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4 Essential Tips for Smooth Medical Equipment Acquisition, Delivery, & Installation

By CME Corp Staff | March 12, 2014

Medical facilities must run smoothly. The constant flow of patients requiring immediate attention makes it necessary to have all equipment properly placed, ready and working, immediately.  When a piece of equipment isn't working or, even worse, not available, it can literally be a life or death situation.  With this in mind, there are some essential components you need to consider when ordering your equipment.  Let's take a look at how to plan your delivery and installation.

Meeting Delivery Timelines

You need your equipment on time and don't have the time to deal with a supplier who doesn't know what you need.  You want your distributor to work with you to establish your needs well in advance of the scheduled delivery date. When the distributor reduces the number of deliveries, keeps down the number of POs and does not outsource logistics, it saves you time and money.  Most importantly, you want to know that your equipment will be delivered according to your timeline.

All Parts Included

When your equipment arrives, you need to have everything that is required for a smooth delivery and installation at hand. Every screw, nut and bolt must be included.  By finding a distributor that requires all these smaller components to be included in the same box as the major parts, you avoid scrambling around looking for the one small part that will have your equipment up and running.

Location, Location, Location

Your equipment is not going to do you any good sitting in a box in the basement of your facility.  Having the equipment delivered directly to the location in which it will be used is vital.  When the truck arrives, you can't just stop everything you’re doing to move and assemble it.  A distributor who knows exactly where you need it set up and delivers it there, can save you precious time.  This brings us to the next point.


You can't always spare staff members to stop what they were hired for, to see your equipment is assembled and ready to go as soon as possible.  Your staff is trained in running the equipment, not putting it together.  A distribution company that has trained personnel in how to properly set-up your equipment is invaluable.  While your staff is busy taking care of other duties, a knowledgeable person who understands the importance of getting it up and running as soon as possible is assembling the equipment and placing it in the assigned area.

With these four essential components for a smooth transaction you can rest assured knowing that your patients are happy, your staff is happy and you are happy.  You have fully functional equipment thanks to the work of a distributor who knows what is needed and delivers it smoothly.  Everyone wins.

About CME: CME Corp is the nation’s premier source for healthcare equipment, turnkey logistics, and biomedical services, representing 2 million+ products from more than 2,000 manufacturers.

With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.


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