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Replace or Repair Medical Equipment - How do You Decide?

By CME Corp Staff on Jun 8, 2023 12:15:00 PM

Replace Or Repair Medical Equipment - How Do You Decide?

Caregivers grumble about equipment that has stopped working… again. Accountants are concerned about spending. Headlines scream that landfills are full.

Should you replace medical equipment or repair it?

For many healthcare facilities the knee jerk response is to repair. Unfortunately, in the long run, this can be costly on multiple levels, including public perception.

Not to mention that over time manufacturers make business decisions to stop producing replacement parts for older products they would like to phase out completely.

Replace or repair? It’s a conundrum.

How do You Decide?

 

First, consider these two questions:

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Healthcare Associated Infections: We've Come a Long Way But We Aren't There Yet

By CME Corp Staff on May 22, 2023 7:30:00 AM

By a show of hands who has had or knows someone who has had a legal medical procedure, performed in recent memory, without sterile instruments, in an unhygienic environment, in the United States.

That’s what we thought.

We’ve come a long way from the days when “a man laid on the operating table of one of our surgical hospitals is more exposed to more chance of death than was the English soldier on the field of Waterloo” (Sir James Young Simpson, Surgeon and Professor of Medicine and Midwifery (1860s)).1

But we aren’t there yet. 

Despite a $987M and growing market for surface disinfectants, 1 out of every 25 hospitalized patients are affected by a healthcare-associated infection (HAI).

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Short on Shelf Space? Optimize With High-Density Shelving

By InterMetro Industries Corporation on May 2, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Shelving units filled with an array of roughly organized supplies and crowded into a small space. Sound familiar? 

For many healthcare facilities supply storage space is limited, challenging even the best inventory control systems to maintain required levels of supplies and manage product expirations in the crowded, possibly disorganized environment. 

So, is the problem the size of the space or is it how the limited space is used?

While more space for supplies is always on the wish list, the best solution is to optimize the available space with high-density shelving. Increase storage space with Track Shelving, Basket Shelving or a Customized Shelving system specific to your needs.

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Assault and Verbal Abuse Are Not Part Of the Job

By CME Corp Staff on Apr 27, 2023 12:00:00 PM

More than two (2) acts of violence are committed each hour against nurses1. That’s roughly 57 assaults a day.

What’s especially concerning is that this statistic does not include all healthcare professionals, nor does it capture unreported assaults chalked up to “part of the job”! Equally mind boggling is that the majority of these assaults are by patients. Patients, the same people healthcare workers solemnly pledge to help by making their health the first consideration.

While a bill called the Safer Hospitals Act (HB 3832)2 recently passed the Georgia House, it is an after-the-fact penal solution that calls for 3-20 years prison time for assailants. Certainly a deterrent, but what about real-time intervention when caregivers need it most? Nurses deserve to be protected and feel safe while caring for people in their most vulnerable state” says Dr. Jeff Doucette, Chief Nursing Officer, Press Ganey.1

Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) can help create safer working environments.

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Sustainability, We Are All in This Together

By CME Corp Staff on Apr 20, 2023 8:00:00 AM

When we hear about the mounting threat of Climate Change caused by Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and Carbon Footprints many of us righteously point the finger at manufacturing and demand reform in the name of Sustainability. 

While finger pointing is always counterproductive, some vindication of the pointers may be in order. Let's pause a quick moment and consider how manufacturing may in fact affect the GHG attributed to other sectors and how taking the Climate Pledge can help improve climate resilience.

Take the healthcare sector for example, only 8.5%1 of all GHG in the United States originates in this sector. 

But, of that 8.5%, 80% of healthcare attributed GHG are "indirect emissions from the production and transportation of goods and services procured by the health sector, such as those related to pharmaceuticals and other medical products and devices."1

Why is that?

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Efficiency, Staff Retention & Saving Money: Think Medical Equipment

By Cindy Juhas on Apr 13, 2023 9:26:16 AM

Current staffing shortages in healthcare have caused an increased spend on temporary help that has exploded budgets. In response, becoming more efficient and retaining and attracting staff are the primary focus for many, if not most, healthcare facilities in our post-pandemic world.

Choosing the right equipment can help with these goals. There are many products that not only increase efficiency by decreasing staff involvement but also make the clinical environment safer. In the long run, the right equipment can ultimately save money.

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Higher Levels of Care With Streamlined Cardiology Systems

By Baxter on Apr 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM

With the ongoing prevalence of heart disease and stroke in the American population, soaring supply and operating expenses, critically low staffing levels and inefficient processes, healthcare systems are clamoring for new and better ways to manage clinical care and its associated costs. These challenges not only negatively affect the bottom line, but limit access to patient data across the health network, making it harder to perform vital clinical activities. In response to this landscape, top organizations are simplifying their workflows with streamlined cardiology systems to provide clinicians with greater access to patient data and ultimately, more confident clinical decisions.

 

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CME Corp Reduces Waste in Healthcare Construction Projects

By Cindy Juhas on Mar 23, 2023 12:01:48 PM

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States generated 600 million tons of construction and demolition waste in 2018 (this is the most current data available) with approximately 180 million tons of that waste associated with building construction and demolition. Sadly, only 38% of this debris was recycled. These are mind-boggling numbers and many are looking for ways to reduce waste before it even gets to the project site.

CME has been working to decrease the amount of waste generated at a construction site for years.  Not only is it important from a green perspective but decreasing waste at a construction site also helps the healthcare facility streamline activities at the site and ultimately facilitates on-time construction schedules.  All of these factors are extremely important to healthcare facilities.  

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A Medical Equipment List for Your Primary Care Practice

By CME Corp Staff on May 25, 2021 9:58:00 AM

It does not take much strength to do things,
but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.
- Elbert Hubbard

When you’re about to begin planning a project to develop a primary care facility, you may divide that project into phases.  One of those phases will likely be supplies and equipment provision/acquisition.  

If you’re in charge of medical equipment procurement, you already know what the basic minimum equipment should include, so here’s a short – and by no means complete – basic list:

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