4 things you should know when buying refurbished medical equipment

4 things you should know when buying refurbished medical equipment


The cost of healthcare is constantly on the rise. A large part of this can be explained by the fact that hospitals have to buy expensive medical equipment. In the past, hospitals could pay for this because they received substantial funding from the government. However, this funding has largely dried up. The only way hospitals can keep the prices they charge patients for care down is by buying refurbished medical equipment; however, hospital administrators should never buy any refurbished medical equipment that lacks these four fundamental safety features.

The top 4

All refurbished medical equipment hospital administrators buy must have these 4 safety features:

Make sure to buy equipment only from known and reputable suppliers - hospital admin could be buying worthless junk or even dangerous machines otherwise. Make sure that the suppliers have good relationships with the manufacturers, also, make sure that they have sound training programs for the people who manufacture and distribute the equipment. Peoples’ lives depend upon it. Sometimes the brand name also give you the quality of the product so do ask the brand name and research over it, which will help you to decide to make decision to buy or not.

Use intuition - while using intuition would seem out of place when buying refurbished medical equipment, there is something to be said about ‘gut feelings!’ If a hospital admin feels as though something is not right, he or she should refrain from buying the equipment. The admin should do thorough research before placing an order for any refurbished medical equipment. The future of the hospital that he or she works for and patients’ lives depend on this.

Inquire about the refurbishing process - when in doubt, ask questions. Make sure to ask if the process complies with the latest in government standards and regulations. This is the only way to ensure that the equipment really is safe to use. Also inquire if the equipment has been maintained regularly and is frequently tested for safety and effectiveness. Also, one can ask about the date of its last service done and the future service to be done on the equipment which will add to its better life.

Pay attention to details - this is especially important to keep in mind when hospital admins are buying older equipment. While older equipment is less expensive, it may also lack certain accessories and features that make it dangerous for use. Newer versions may be more expensive, but they may have these and other safeguards.Some older versions even have good quality then the new ones in the market, so a proper research is necessary. Hospital admins should always remember that the safety and health of their patients comes first when buying refurbished medical equipment.

These are the 4 things that hospital admin should check for

These are the 4 vital things that hospital admins should check for and know about when buying refurbished medical equipment.

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