Disposable Medical Supplies

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While there are certain supplies in a medical facility that can be sanitized and reused, others will need to be tossed out after a single use. These disposable medical supplies will typically be items that come in contact with bodily fluids that will not withstand the sanitization process.

An example of these disposable medical supplies would be a bandage. Once it has been applied to a wound, it is no longer sanitary and cannot be used on another patient. Because of that, it will need to be tossed in hazardous waste and a new bandage would need to be used for the next patient that you see. Since there is a good chance you go through hundreds of these in a year, it will be important that you have the best deal possible on these items.

This is why selecting a company that offers disposable medical supplies at a reasonable cost will be important. Not only will this help you to reduce the amount of money you are throwing away, but you can also help to reduce the overall cost of patient care at the same time, giving them better service at a lower cost to them.

So what are some of the disposable medical supplies you will find? They will include:

  • Body wash

  • Bone collectors

  • Colorectal cancer tests

  • CPR Aids

  • Gauze

  • PPE (Gloves, Aprons, Face masks)

  • IV kits

  • Plastic patient supplies (pitchers, cups)

  • Sponges

  • Test Strips

  • Specimen cups

There are of course other items that would fall into this category and will vary, depending on the type of medical facility that you are running. Keep in mind that since these are disposable items, you will need to be replacing them frequently. That means you need to know when you are running low on a particular item and ensure that it is ordered before you run out. This is where having a regular inventory check will be important for your facility.

Something to keep in mind when you are dealing with disposable medical supplies is that often they can be purchased in bulk. If there are items that you typically go through regularly like bandages, needles and similar items, it can be cost effective to buy them in a larger quantity to reduce the overall costs you have. Just make sure that items you buy in bulk don’t have a short shelf life, otherwise you end up throwing them away when they have expired.

Disposable supplies will be a necessity of any medical facility. Make sure you take the time to look into the different companies that offer them and do all you can to keep your overall costs low, while keeping your quality of patient care as high as possible.

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