A Beginner’s Walkthrough to Buying Refurbished Medical Equipment

A Beginner’s Walkthrough to Buying Refurbished Medical Equipment

While many factors have contributed to the skyrocketing cost of healthcare, the rising prices of medical equipment have certainly played a role. Hospitals and clinics increasingly find themselves between a rock and a hard place — the cost of medical equipment is higher than ever, but health insurers are reimbursing at lower and lower rates. As a result, healthcare providers are looking for creative ways to keep costs down. One very cost-effective solution involves purchasing used or refurbished medical equipment.

Refurbished medical equipment is a smart way to minimize expenses, but you need the right buying approach to ensure each item’s quality. As long as you know what to look for, you don’t need to trade quality and lifespan for affordability. Here are the things every new buyer should know about purchasing refurbished medical equipment.

Understand What “Refurbished” Actually Means

The second-hand medical equipment market contains items that fall into many different categories, including refurbished, used, pre-owned, and reconditioned. Even within the refurbished category, you can find subcategories, such as “visually refurbished,” “fully refurbished,” and “parts replacement.” Before you buy, make sure you understand the distinctions among these categories.  “Used” equipment typically comes as-is, meaning you have no warranties or guarantees about how well it will work or for how long. “Pre-owned” equipment refers to an item purchased new by another party.

“Refurbished” or “reconditioned” equipment usually has received cosmetic or functional repairs of some kind. A cosmetically refurbished item will have no functional problems, but it may have received repairs to improve its visual appeal. Other refurbished items may have received replacement parts prior to resale to restore them to functionality. Lastly, fully refurbished equipment has received repairs that restore it to like-new condition. A complete refurbishment typically includes both cosmetic and functional repairs.

Research the Supplier

Refurbished medical equipment can be just as reliable as new equipment as long as you purchase it from a reputable supplier. Make sure you inquire about the supplier’s refurbishing policies and practices before you buy. Here are some other things you’ll want to look for in an equipment supplier:

  • A quality supplier will offer a warranty with every piece of equipment they sell. The length of the warranty will depend on the type of equipment, but they typically offer a coverage range of three months to one year.
  • Financing options While refurbished medical equipment is significantly more cost effective than new equipment, you may opt for a supplier who offers flexibility with financing options. Ask your supplier if they provide any rental or leasing options for their equipment.
  • Know the Features You Need before You Shop

If the equipment you’re buying is meant to replace a device you currently have, evaluate what you do and do not like about your current equipment. What features does it have? How often do you use it? Has technology progressed since the device was made, offering new features you might want? How long do you need the device to last?

Once you answer those questions, take a look at what’s available on the refurbished market.

The purchase of refurbished medical equipment is a viable consumer alternative— saving money without compromising on quality.  With the tips in this guide, you now have the requisite knowledge to select the appropriate device from a reputable seller.

Ambulatory infusion pumps

Ambulatory infusion pumps

Ambulatory infusion pumps are devices that are compact enough to be portable, allowing the patient the freedom to enjoy an unencumbered lifestyle. The ambulatory pump is designed as a patient friendly unit, as they are smaller, lightweight and less bulky than traditional infusion devices. Most of these pumps are powered by alkaline batteries or rechargeable NICD batteries. They are also equipped with AC power cords.  

Most of these pumps have the capability to deliver a variety of infusion therapies and can be pole mounted. Ambulatory infusion pumps can be utilized in a variety of applications, such as patients who require parenteral medication or nutritional support. They effectively deliver medication without compromising portability.

                                             POINTS TO REMEMBER

  1. Always familiarize yourself with the equipment before use.
  2. If patient is uncertain about operation of pump they must always consult with a knowledgeable health clinician.
  3. Accurate dosage measurements must be determined by a qualified health provider, such as a pharmacy.
  4. Choose a pump that is user friendly with simple features.
  5. Pump display should be an easy read for nursing personnel
  6. Pumps should always be tested to ensure reliability of alarms which alert clinicians to situations that need to be addressed.

 

Smart Pumps – Infusion Pumps

Smart Pumps – Infusion Pumps

Smart pumps are infusion devices that have the capability of storing a drug library known as (DERS) Drug Error Reduction System. This safety software has allowed these pumps to become increasingly technologically advanced and play a key role in monitoring dosage errors . Medication errors contribute to the highest category of patient safety incidences within the larger category of medical mishaps.The software alerts the user to potential oversights. The clinical operators are now capable of calculating and programming dose and delivery rates.

The pumps are programmed to store data on medications with upper and lower drug limits. The availability of this captured data greatly assists in the analysis of  information to improve patient care. When utilized properly, these vital features of the “smart pump” can help prevent IV medication errors and more importantly reduce injury to patients.  Considering all the benefits these pumps have to offer, they are certainly a prudent investment for any medical facility.

Intravenous  Infusion (IV) & Patient Controlled Analgesia Pumps (PCA)

Intravenous Infusion (IV) & Patient Controlled Analgesia Pumps (PCA)

When selecting an IV or PCA pump, a pre-owned pump can be a prudent choice . Intravenous (within vein) pumps infuse fluids, medications, or nutrients commonly known as drips into the patient circulatory system. PCA -Patient Controlled Analgesia is a method of pain control that gives the patients the ability to control their pain tolerance.

Both pumps are quite affordable and can be rented as well as purchased. We offer a vast array of pumps and work closely with our clients to make certain that the choices are not overwhelming.

At Elite Medical Equipment Inc., we represent our pre-owned pumps as fully calibrated, refurbished, and patient ready. In addition, they are sold with our dependable company warranty. Our dedicated staff will ensure that the customer is obtaining the best choice possible to fit their needs.

Our list of satisfied customers include: physicians’ offices, hospitals, veterinarians, teaching institutions and EMS service providers.

Purchasing Pre Owned Medical Equipment

Purchasing Pre Owned Medical Equipment

Most end user customers that will purchase pre owned equipment will not have the opportunity to personally inspect the medical devices in advance. Therefore, it is imperative to ask the seller the right questions and to receive satisfactory responses that provide a level of comfort and reliability.

At Elite Medical Equipment, we always make it a point to relay to our customers that we  want them purchasing equipment that will meet their needs. If the customer is unsure of exactly what it is they require, then we gladly have our bio medical team consult with them to ensure that customer satisfaction is obtained.

Some of the key factors that  put our customers at ease are :

  1. Informing customers of which accessories are included
  2. Displaying the cosmetic condition of the device (photos available upon request)
  3. We offer PM (preventive maintenance) as per request
  4. We offer customers the option of 3 month, 6 month or one year warranties to meet the client’s budget
  5. Most importantly, we take pride in our personal customer service team that is readily available to answer any inquiries or concern

At Elite Medical Equipment we do our up most to provide a pleasant purchasing experience. Our best references are our repeat customers.