It is no secret that purchasing medical equipment comes with a hefty price tag. Proprietary software, portability, software compatibility and user-friendly interfaces are not cheap. But before we get down to dollars and cents, it is important to think about your purchasing options.
New vs. Refurbished Defibrillator
Saying the word “refurbished” when referring to medical equipment and you are likely to be met with a cringe followed by reasons why refurbished medical equipment is less desirable than its new counterpart. While some hospitals are legally required to only purchase new medical equipment, most medical centers, and doctor’s offices that would benefit from a defibrillator are not required to follow the same restrictions.
A new Physio-Control LIFEPAK 12 Defibrillator costs around $9,000. If purchasing a new defibrillator was the only option, such a price tag would be cost-prohibitive for doctor’s offices and smaller medical centers.
Refurbished defibrillators offer medical professionals with a smaller budget an opportunity to own lifesaving equipment at a fraction of the cost. The same Physio-Control LIFEPAK 12 Defibrillator in a refurbished model is available from Foremost Medical Equipment for less than $5,000 – a 50 percent savings. Every refurbished defibrillator is thoroughly inspected for wear and tear, and all disposable parts are replaced. Each refurbished defibrillator is shipped ready to use right out of the box with an optional one-year parts and labor warranty available.
But let’s say you want to purchase a new model. Which leads us to the question…
How Much is a Defibrillator?
Defibrillator costs vary depending on the brand, features, and accessories that are included with the product. For instance, Physio-Control’s LIFEPAK 15 features 12 lead EKG, pacing capabilities, a SpCO finger sensor and an NIBP Cuff/Hose. Since this model is Physio-Control’s most recent generation, it also carries the highest price tag of all of the brand’s models. Zoll’s model has many of the same features in a more compact, portable design.
The Phillips Heartstart MRx also includes a therapy cable and compatibility with many hospitals’ software systems. With optional print out features, software, and accessories, it is nearly impossible to give you an accurate price for each of these models. That is why it is so important to call one of the Foremost Medical Equipment specialists. Not only can our representatives offer competitive, special pricing for those looking for these devices, but they can also help you decide which device is right for your location.
Don’t let the initial expense deter you from equipping your office, medical center or hospital with the life saving medical equipment you need. In fact, when you consider the cost of not having this equipment on hand, the price tag does not loom quite so large. However, do not let the long list of available features, accessories, software, and capabilities push you into purchasing a device you do not need. Consult with one of Foremost Medical Equipment’s specialists to find out which brand of a defibrillator, new or refurbished, is right for you.