What to consider when buying used medical devices and equipment

January 30, 2018  Source: Ddu 219

Used medical equipment is often a smart and cost-effective way of acquiring medical device products. Everything from diagnostics to monitoring medical equipment is available online for second hand purchasing but there are a couple of things to look out for and consider when investing in these products. From first-hand experience, Drugdu.com has created a list of what to look out for and what to keep in mind.

1.  State of equipment

As with any used-item purchase, one of the first factors to consider is the over-all state of the equipment. If you want to avoid unforeseen expenses at a later stage, be sure to test the equipment thoroughly.

2.  Age of equipment

Technological advances in the medical device field are constant and rapid. Due to these advances it is important to consider how old the equipment is and whether or not the features are outdated.

3.  Has the equipment been refurbished?

Purchasing refurbished medical equipment could be a smart choice due to the fact that this means any damage has been repaired and all faults have been fixed. These equipment are naturally more pricy than used-equipment but saves a lot of time and effort.

4.  Ensure operating instructions are provided

This sounds simple but when it comes to testing used medical equipment, it is important to know exactly how they are supposed to work. Doing extensive research before purchasing medical device products is an undeniable must.

5.  Price of equipment

Comprehensive research also allows for a more informed decision when it comes to committing to a purchasing price. Once you have done the research, you will be able to compare the quality of available products as well the prices they are going for.


Whether the medical devices and equipment you are interested in is for home-use or of a professional nature, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional with the necessary knowledge to assist you in making an informed decision. With so many products out there, information is key to ensuring a quality purchase.

By Ddu