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A Checklist of Healthcare Equipment for your Ambulatory Surgery Center

By Cindy Juhas | June 30, 2021

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been a steady growth of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country. The growth was predicated on the fact that many elective surgeries - and some less complicated procedures - cost less to perform in the ASC setting than in the acute-care setting. Well, COVID-19 escalated that growth.

As hospitals treated more and more COVID-19 cases, procedures and surgeries that could've been moved to ASCs were quickly moved. Now, with an influx of private equity money, the growth of ASCs is even more accelerated.

Here are specific rooms that might need to be equipped:

  • Waiting Room/Reception 

  • Nursing Station/Offices

  • Pre-Op

  • Operating Rooms/Procedure Rooms

  • Recovery/Post Op

  • Breakroom/Refreshment Center

  • Pharmacy/Medication Room

  • Sterile Processing

  • Janitor’s Closet

  • Soiled Workroom/Bio Holding

  • Scope Processing

  • Storage

  • Private Rooms

Here are the various equipment categories and manufacturers that would be needed:

  • Stainless Steel

  • Carts
    • Procedure, Suture Supply, OR, Isolation, Airway, Anesthesia, ESU, Pharmacy, Breast, GYN, Computer (WOWs)

      Manufacturers include Altus, Capsa, Harloff, and Metro

  • Diagnostic Equipment

    • Vital Signs Monitors, Thermometers, Ophthalmology, Defibrillator, Scales, Electrosurgical Units, EKG Machines

      Manufacturers include Bovie, Detecto, Exergen, GE Healthcare, Haig-Streit, Health-o-Meter,  Lombart, Hill-Rom, Philips, Seca, Schiller, Symmetry, Welch Allyn, and Zoll

  • Storage Solutions

  • Lights

    • Surgical, Procedure

      Manufacturers include Midmark, Philips Burton, and Symmetry  

  • Medical Furniture

    • OR tables, Procedure Tables, Surgical Stools, Recliners

      Manufacturers include Biodex, Brewer, Champion, Hausted, MediHealth Solutions, Midmark,  MTI, Oakworks, and Pedigo

  • Transport Equipment

    • Stretchers, Wheelchairs

      Manufacturers include Drive Medical, Gendron, Hausted, Pedigo, and Staxi 

  • Breakroom/Refreshment Equipment

    • Refrigerators, Microwaves, Toasters, Coffee Makers, Ice Makers

      Manufacturers include Avantco, Bunn, Hoshizaki, GE, Scotsman, and Sharp

  • Waste and EVS (Environmental Services Department) Items

    • Waste Cans, Sharps Containers, Biohazard, EVS Equipment

      Manufacturers include Continental, Covidien Rubbermaid, Tough Guy, and Toter

  • Miscellaneous

    • X-Ray Boxes, TVs and Mounts, Medical Freezers and Refrigerators, Glove Boxes, PPE Dispensers, UV-C Disinfection, Narcotic Cabinets, Apron Rack, Headwall Accessories, Suction, Vacuum Regulators, Sterilizer, Hypothermia Units, Fluid Warmers, Compression Units, Hand Trucks

This is far from a complete list, but it is certainly a good start. Along with products, any new ASC should also be considering RTLS (Real Time Location Services) that can help track assets as well as maximize workflow and staff efficiency. CME Corp is a full-service equipment distributor that carries over 2 million products from more than 2,000 manufacturers. CME has equipped many new ASCs across the US, and our highly trained account managers can help you itemize and secure the equipment you need.

Along with the purchase of the equipment, CME can ship the equipment to a nearby service center, stage, assemble and deliver directly to the rooms, ready to use. Our trained biomedical technicians can check the new equipment to make sure everything works properly, as well as asset-tag the equipment. We also have service contracts available if you need on-going maintenance.

If you are planning a new ASC, please call us at (800) 338-2372 or visit our website for more information.


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 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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