By John Pritchard
There are some interesting things regarding medical equipment that many practitioners, patients, and consumers simply may not know. While the face of medical supplies and devices is ever-changing and new technology is always on the horizon, there are some simple facts that everyone should be cognizant of.
Five interesting things that you might not know about medical equipment include:
1. Used medical equipment can be as safe and effective as new devices
Buying used medical equipment may seem like a shaky option, but typically this is a pragmatic solution that saves every one a bit of money and hassle. When insurance companies balk at the cost of a medical device, they may be more open to the prospect of a reprocessed or used option. When a piece of equipment is reprocessed, it goes through an arduous cleaning and sterilizing process before a series of trials to deem it ready for dissemination and use. Don’t dismiss the benefits of used medical devices until you have spoken with providers, distributors, and patients to evaluate if the situation warrants such cost-effective measures.
2. ‘Single Use’ stickers don’t mean squat
Many may be familiar with the stickers often found on medical equipment and devices that identify the items as being intended for “single use.” You should know that these stickers are put on by the individual or business distributing the item and that putting these stickers on a piece of medical equipment is at the manufacturer’s discretion and may be for financial gain rather than patient safety reasons. As long as particular items are reprocessed professionally, cleaned and sterilized to meet FDA guidelines, multiple utility of most devices is perfectly fine and safe. Talk with your practitioner or distributor to determine if this is a viable option.
3. Anything you can buy, you can lease
If you think about it, leasing makes sense for doctors, medical practices, and patients. Medical equipment can be expensive, and depending on the need and the device, insurance may not cover the associated costs. Did you know that you can lease pretty much anything that is available for sale? This could mean good news for those individuals seeking short-term use of things such as oxygen concentrators or hospital beds. Be sure that the items you endorse or use are cleaned, sterilized, and reprocessed by the manufacturer and distributor before using, and that you are leasing from a reputable medical supply business.
4. Batteries can make all the difference in performance
There seems to be exciting new battery technology emerging for medical equipment and devices. In fact, the chemistry of these new-and-improved batteries, as lauded by battery manufacturer Duracell, attest to extending the lifespan and utility of modern medical devices. This could mean more efficacy, increased convenience, and easier use for providers, patients, and consumers. The new advancements seem to come from a compatibility and dual-purpose within the battery itself, whereas the ion and cathode work together harmoniously and efficiently to create a boost of power and extended lifespan which could be life-changing for those depending on battery life to operate their medical equipment and necessities.
5. Reprocessed medical equipment is a win-win
Refurbishing and reusing medical equipment is not just a viable alternative for consumers, but it is also good for the environment. It is estimated that tons of medical equipment is deposited into community landfills every year; this carbon footprint looks even worse over time for those concerned with the environment and stewardship. Talk to practitioners about ways that you can curb the waste and toll that these devices present when they are no longer useful.
Put your new knowledge to good use!
These are just a few of the fascinating facts surrounding medical equipment that are pertinent for both practitioners and patients. Having a sense of what is available, what technology is forthcoming, and the impact that these devices have after they are no longer needed could be key in making such equipment accessible, affordable, and environmentally conscientious for others.
John Pritchard is CEO and Sales Leader of Venture Medical, a leader in the nation’s medical equipment industry. He is passionate about educating those in the medical industry on the importance of high quality medical equipment and supplies. His transparent business techniques and strategies for low-pressure sales and marketing are core values in building relationships.