People rely on and put full faith in the healthcare industry to treat their ailments, be it a minor injury or a life-threatening illness. When a patient enters an office, lab, or emergency room, they expect to be treated by qualified professionals using safe, state of the art techniques and tools. Technology is evolving and improving faster than ever before, which means utilizing the most up-to-date medical equipment can greatly improve overall patient experiences.
Issues with Medical Equipment
One issue common to all areas of healthcare is the quality of equipment used. There’s a near-constant influx of new tools and machines being made available and keeping track of what’s current and what no longer meets the needs of your patients and should be replaced can be a difficult task. Factor in common problems like out-of-control costs and under-staffing, and gauging the effectiveness of your equipment may find itself low on your list of priorities.
Another concern is sticker shock. The cost of updating the technology you use can be a heavy one. But consider the cost of poor treatment, both for your practice and your patients, or the cost of expired and wasted medical devices. Updating and replacing medical equipment may cost more upfront but will ideally save you more in the long run.
Benefits of Improving Equipment
When talking about medical equipment, it’s vitally important to see the whole picture. It’s not just a matter of the “big” items, like monitors, beds, or x-rays. Everything you use to treat a patient, no matter how small the role it plays, factors into their health and your efficiency. Knowing that the equipment you’re using is doing everything it should be doing as well as it can is crucial, but without a specialized platform, it’s nearly impossible to keep accurate records of everything you’re using and everything that’s been released.
So what can you do?
A good first step is to check that your current equipment meets important factors in utility, and if they don’t, seek out replacements that do. One of the most important factors to consider is compatibility. You’ll get more for your money and minimize the amount of equipment you’ll actually need by purchasing equipment that is compatible with other devices you’re using. For example, Sage Service Patient Cables Product P06X-11M works with Nellcor/Covidien, Advantage Medical, and Philips devices. Its wider range of compatibility makes it more versatile and easier to integrate into your operations.
Consider warranty as well, especially for devices with OEM parts. The P06X-11M cable has several (specifically, 989803109811, DS-100A, M4789A, PR-A520-1011, and PR-A520-1011N). Sage Service provides a one-year warranty to all of our accessories to negate the need for early replacement or difficult repairs. Such warranties will help you get the most use out of a device before you absolutely must be replaced and keep extra costs down at the same time.
The equipment you use is just as important to the quality of your work as your skills and education. It may seem overwhelming at first, but once you start taking a closer look at your devices, you’ll soon find the benefits to staying current are immeasurable.
If you have questions about improving your medical equipment or want to know more about current, state-of-the-art technologies, Sage Services is your trusted industry provider of today’s best and safest medical technology.