Selecting Medical, Lab and Caregiving Furniture
Obtaining medical and lab furniture can be one of the most expensive parts of setting up a new practice. If you buy surplus furniture from a health care provider or a medical facility that has overestimated its own needs, you may be able to save money.
Types of medical, lab, and caregiving furniture
When you’re searching for a particular item on eBay, it may be necessary to identify the medical discipline it’s mostly closely associated with in order to track that item down. Here are some common categories:
- Dentistry - Furniture in this category includes dental examination chairs, rolling trolleys and trays, and rolling stainless steel instrument tables.
- Surgery - Furniture in this category includes surgical examination lights, procedure tables, operating tables, IV poles, and IV attachment accessories.
- Medical care - Furniture in this category includes hospital beds, IV poles, and over-bed tilt-top tables.
- Emergency care - Furniture in this category includes stretchers and gurneys.
What types of medical and caregiving furniture are used in home care?
These days, patients who are released from health care facilities may still need a great deal of care, which requires specialized furniture. Common types of homecare furniture include adjustable assist beds with pressure-relieving mattresses, lift chairs, and patient lifts.
Beds used in homecare frequently have lockable wheels, and they typically have two sets of electrical controls for raising and lowering the height of the bed and the height of the heads and feet. Patient beds commonly have side rails, which protect patients from falling out of bed.
Lift chairs are chairs equipped with an elevating mechanism that helps patients stand up. Patient lifts are assistive devices that facilitate the transfer of a patient from a bed to a chair.
What types of medical and caregiving furniture are used in veterinary care?
Veterinary practices utilize many of the same types of furniture that human medical practices do. These include stretchers for transporting animal patients, electric and hydraulic-lift exam tables, electric and hydraulic-lift procedure tables, IV poles, and specialized surgical and examination lights.
Are there restrictions of the sale of medical, lab, and caregiving furniture?
While there are no restrictions on the sale of medical, lab, and caregiving furniture, strict legal obligations pertain to the sale of many types of medical equipment. The sales of medical devices, for example, are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Administration.) The Food and Drug Administration defines a medical device as anything that is used for the diagnosis or prevention of an illness.