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Making The Right Choices When It Comes To Medical Products

Mar 27, 2008
Every medical facility has a need for supplying itself with the right medical products for the services it offers. There will be several things you will need to consider before purchasing these products for you office or hospital. Since the range of products can vary widely, you will need to take a look at your facility's specific needs first. Will you need to buy in large quantities or do you just need a few of each item? Do you need large pieces of specialized equipment or durable goods, or do you simply require quantities of basic first aid supplies? The answers to these questions can help to narrow you choices for your selection of medical product.

Those who will be using these medical products should be consulted prior to making the decision of which ones to buy. The medical professional who is using the equipment acquired will have his or her own preferences concerning various brands, sizes, and materials. In order to help him give the patients the best possible treatment, he should be supplied with products with which he is comfortable working. In doing so, the physician will be more efficient and effective, and the patients can be better treated for whatever ails them.

Specialists will have particular needs that are not common to other practitioners. An anesthetist will not need the same types of medical products as a plastic surgeon will. If you are looking for smaller pieces of equipment which are intended for use directly on the patients, such as Forceps or Scalpels, you should look for either individually wrapped and sterilized pieces for single use. If those are not available, you must seek pieces which will withstand sanitation by putting them through the high temperatures inside an autoclave. The manufacturer's guidelines included with the product will likely delineate the best method for sterilizing the product. Some materials such as rubber will likely be damaged if frequently subjected to the temperatures of an autoclave, which can be higher than 120 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit). Materials like latex and neoprene can be autoclaved but only for a maximum of fifteen minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. For autoclave safe medical products such as some face masks that often are themselves made of latex or neoprene but might have metal rings or attachments, you should remove all the metal pieces prior to cleaning. This ensures that the metal will not even single use medical products must be sterilized prior to disposal to prevent contamination of local landfills.

If you are looking for larger medical products, you will need to ask how much space you have in your facility. The dimensions of larger, durable goods such as beds, carts , and cabinetry are included with the product literature and should be taken into account. It will be useless to purchase a set of hospital beds to furnish a ward only to find that they are too large to allow for any movement in the rooms. Carefully measuring your space will prevents mishaps such as this when you are purchasing your larger durable goods.

When you are buying medical products, make sure that you plan ahead and consult with those using the products for their recommendations and preferences. You will need to provide them with the highest quality of products in order to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability.
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