When opening a new facility it is important to be well-capitalized. You don’t want to scrimp on your equipment and supplies. Purchasing the correct equipment and supplies in the proper quantities can save you money in the short run and in the long run.
You don’t want to shop price at the expense of quality. Purchasing refurbished equipment from a reputable dealer who will provide a warranty will save you money versus purchasing new, but purchasing items from Craigslist or eBay can lead to you wasting your money. Many times the equipment is missing a key component or does not work.
All equipment whether new or used must be certified by a qualified biomedical engineer initially and annually thereafter.
When purchasing medications you will find that you sometimes may be required to buy a larger quantity of crash cart drugs then you will need, leaving multiple vials unused heading into their expiration date. We recommend you seek out a pharmacy supplier that will sell partial boxes. This could reduce the cost of your crash cart drug purchase by 30% or more.
Lastly, it's most important to be aware of what equipment you are required to have to meet regulatory and best practice guidelines. You should purchase just what you need and not more. When setting up your supplies and inventory, develop a par quantity for each item. If a particular item is offered at a more competitive price, and will not expire, then take advantage of that and purchase a bit more. These are just a few ways to run your new surgical facility more efficiently and profitably.