The standard equipment for a medical setting depends on the size of the facility. A large hospital will have much wider ranging needs than a small hospital. Ultrasound machines, ECG / EKG machines, patient monitors, infusion pumps, and X-ray machines are all standard purchases for every setting from a large facility to a small one. However, no matter the size of the facility, patients and staff alike have come to expect a high quality level of machinery.
New equipment is costly and, like a new car, depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot, so to speak. When you purchase brand new equipment outright, you are going to pay a high cost with a rapid depreciation. With so many options and levels of used and pre-owned equipment, a savvy shopper can find some real bargains and maximize the value of their equipment budget. It’s important to make sure that you establish that your vendor provides warranties on work performed, as well as replacement equipment and parts, in case of malfunction.
It has become much more common for medical facilities to defray the cost of a purchase by choosing to go with certified pre-owned or refurbished equipment. In many cases, you will find equipment that has been so thoroughly restored that you can’t even tell the difference between new and used. Certified pre-owned equipment is the best you can get, short of buying new equipment, as it’s put through a multi-point inspection, with the machinery taken apart and used parts completely replaced with new. With certified pre-owned equipment, you have access to some of the most cutting-edge machinery without breaking the bank.
There are several levels of refurbishment on used and certified pre-owned equipment. For instance, if your machinery is located in a high traffic patient area, the expectation is that the equipment will look new. New equipment inspires confidence in patients and staff, while older looking machinery can bring into question, rightly or wrongly, the expertise and resources of the facility. However, if you have machinery that is located away from patients’ eyes, you can choose to purchase used equipment that is not restored to look completely new, while still having great functioning machinery. These levels of equipment refurbishment enable you to spend more on some pieces, while saving on others.
Whether you purchase new or used, you always want to check the reputation of a vendor and compare costs. Working with a reputable dealer, such as Absolute Medical Equipment, is the best way to ensure that you are getting the highest quality machinery for your facility. Do your research, get recommendations, and compare prices to be certain that you are getting the best value for your dollar. Many resources are available online, but ideally you should find a way to physically look at equipment to be certain it will be a good fit for your institution.
Medical equipment can range from several hundred to several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars, if you are buying new equipment. However, if you are buying used or refurbished equipment, you can cut that cost at least in half and often much more, depending on the level of refurbishment you are seeking.
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