Portable Equipment Design and Transportation
g. How are equipment and supplies transported?

One of the advantages of the portable dental equipment approach is that special vehicles or trailers are not generally required to move these items from site to site. Because of the smaller size and weight of the equipment, the trunks and back seats of passenger vehicles are typically utilized. Not counting back seats that may fold down, economy cars will have about 15 cubic feet of trunk space and the larger full-size cars or mini-vans will provide almost 19 cubic feet. Some of the bigger and heavier mobile units will have the capacity to be broken down into smaller parts for easier movement capability. Back seats and overhead racks may also be necessary to provide adequate space to transport a fully portable dental system. Utility carts can be helpful when moving equipment, instruments, and supplies.

Practice organizing and loading supplies and equipment into whatever vehicle(s) will be used for transportation. Package smaller items into containers that are easily carried or placed on carts to minimize the number of trips into the site. Label all storage containers. You may need to secure items within the vehicle to prevent sliding around curves or in the case of sudden stops.