Medical equipment rental businesses offer a range of products for rent. Medical equipment can vary from basic safety and home health equipment to respiratory and pain management items. Renting medical equipment to clients is a good way to provide what would otherwise be costly items to consumers at a manageable price for the period of time that they need it. Knowing the types of equipment available can help you offer the best medical equipment rentals to your clients. The following are some key terms for medical items commonly available for rent.
Durable medical equipment (DME)
Durable medical equipment refers to medical items that are used repeatedly for the treatment or rehabilitation of a medical injury or illness. This can include wheelchairs, hospital beds or commodes. Health insurance companies as well as Medicare use this term for reimbursement purposes.
Hospital beds are beds that are adjustable in height and at the head and feet for the comfort and positioning of persons needing medical treatment. Hospital beds can be manually operated or use electronic controls to adjust for head or feet elevation.
Infusion pumps infuse medications, nutrients or fluids into a person. These pumps are generally used intravenously to deliver the medicine to the patient into their circulatory system. These pumps can control the amount, the flow and timing of the fluid delivery.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine helps maintain a person's airway while sleeping. This machine can use either a mask or nasal prongs to deliver the continuous airway pressure.
Oxygen concentrators are electrical units that convert the air into 95.5% pure oxygen for persons requiring oxygen flow because they suffer from respiratory disease. Oxygen concentrators can be portable for travel use or non-portable for use at home.
A shower chair is a seat used for bath and shower safety and to promote independence for persons with poor mobility or balance from an injury or illness. Shower chairs come in various styles, such as large wheels for rolling into showers or long benches to allow a person to transfer into the tub. Some shower chairs can also double as commodes for bedside use.