Medical equipment: What your practice really needs

If you are looking to fulfill the dream of running your own practice, there are many things to consider. For one, an office space needs to be found. That office space doesn’t only have to be fully furnished, but also properly equipped to function as a medical practice.

When it comes to the often pricey medical equipment, there are two basic choices. Renting and leasing. If you are just launching your practice, it might be difficult to have enough cash to purchase pricey medical equipment. Even when taking out a loan, the downpayment for medical equipment is often more than start-up practices can handle. Leasing medical equipment is often the way to go for many practices just starting out.

Below is a list of a few significant items to consider for certain practice specialties. The list provides a great starting point with only three to four items for a practice, but is by no means complete. For a more comprehensive list of medical supplies, have a look here (https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/documents/product-guidance/894-comprehensive-medical-supplies-updated-list-2014/file).

General Medical Equipment and Supplies

Such as: Stethoscopes, Speculums, Medical scissors, Forceps

Anesthesiology

Such as: Anesthesiometers, Oral airways, Peripheral nerve stimulators

Apparel

Such as: Head or beard covers and nets, Medical shoe and boot covers

Cardiology

Such as: Cardiac pacemaker, Cardiac programmer, Cardiac monitors, implantable or external

Dental equipment and supplies

Such as: Dental and oral implants or devices, Tooth and denture brushes, Denture and temporary oral device containers

Gynecology & Urology

Such as: Bladder scanners, Pouches, urostomy

Laboratory

Such as: Light microscopes , Osmometers, Pipettes

Nephrology

Such as: Hemodialysis connection or tubing kits

Neurology

Such as: Hemodialysis connection or tubing kits

Obstetrics and Maternity Care

Such as: Ventilator, infant/pediatric and tubing and accessories

Ophthalmology and Optometry

Such as: Eyecharts, Phoropter, Tonometer

Local colleagues, and hospitals are often great sources when looking for supplies, vendors, and a complete guide for requirements.

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