Must-Have Medical Equipment Lists for Hospitals and Homes

Jul 14, 2022

Must-Have Medical Equipment Lists for Hospitals and Homes

As a medical professional or at-home caregiver, you understand the need to be prepared for emergencies by keeping the right medical items on hand. But what medical equipment do you need — and how does it differ depending on the place of care?

Read more below for a guide detailing the medical equipment needed for a clinic and some of the most basic medical equipment for home use.

Medical equipment list for hospitals, clinics and other professionals

All medical care facilities should have standard medical equipment easily available in order to treat patients quickly and effectively. Here are some of the most commonly used medical equipment items in a hospital.

Storage/transport equipment

All hospitals require equipment for safely transporting patients and moving/storing supplies. Some important equipment items may include:

  • Storage cabinets
  • Movable shelving units
  • Disposal bins and systems
  • Stretchers and wheelchairs
  • Surgical tables

Diagnostic equipment

Diagnostic equipment items are important to help understand a patient’s condition. While laboratories may work with specialised equipment such as microscopes, specimen storage units and special machines to assist in analysing specimens, some more generally used equipment items are:

  • Medical imaging machines
  • Pulse oximeters
  • X-ray machines
  • CT machines
  • MRI machines
  • Ultrasound equipment
  • Stethoscopes

General-use equipment and supplies

Most procedures will require a range of general equipment and single-use supplies, including essentials such as:

Emergency equipment

Occasionally a medical professional will have to use emergency equipment in the hospital to ensure the best outcome for their patient. When that happens, it’s important to have the right supplies on hand, including:

Sterilisation equipment

Hospitals and clinics naturally see high numbers of ill patients, some of whom may need treatment for contagious infections or diseases, and others who can easily be affected by germs. Keeping a clean and sterile environment is a must and calls for equipment such as:

  • Autoclaves
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disinfectant soaps, sanitisers, etc.
  • Sterilisation supplies

Wearables

All medical professionals must wear the proper protective equipment, which may include items like:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks
  • Eyewear
  • Medical gowns, aprons, etc.
  • Patient clothing
  • Hair covers

Other areas such as surgery, obstetrics and maternity, optometry and therapy may require additional specialised equipment. This includes electrosurgical units, surgical tables and lights, infant care supplies, exercise equipment and more.

Essential medical equipment for home caregivers

Medical equipment for home use varies from patient to patient. The main difference between at-home and in-hospital equipment is that medical equipment for the home is often more all-purpose and does not require a professional to operate or use the items.

Whether you’re providing home care for a family member undergoing oxygen therapy, recovering from surgery or otherwise caring for yourself or another out of the clinic, some common home medical supplies that you should have on hand include:

  • Durable medical equipment (DME). These include wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, lifts, etc., as needed.
  • First aid kits. Every home needs a comprehensive aid kit with common medical-grade supplies such as bandages, antibiotics, burn gel, CPR masks, cold packs, over-the-counter pain medications and antihistamines, among other things.
  • Humidifier. A high-quality humidifier helps protect yourself from dry air and airborne diseases.
  • Blood-glucose monitors. These are must-have monitoring tools for those diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
  • Thermometers. These devices are essential in every home, especially during seasons when illness is more common.
  • Oxygen equipment. If the patient is undergoing oxygen therapy, an oxygen tank or oxygen concentrator and the related supplies (oxygen mask, nasal cannula, tubing, etc.) should always be on hand.

Keep all your emergency medical equipment for the home stored safely and securely, and make sure that it’s easily accessible. To the general equipment above, you’ll also want to add any individualised prescriptions or supplies.

If you are not sure what items you need to have in your home to provide the proper medical care to yourself or your patient, you can also ask your medical equipment supplier for a recommendation or home/hospital equipment list and prices of the most important items.

At-home and in-clinic medical supplies

When you’re making a medical equipment list for clinic or home use, it’s important to stock up on all the necessary equipment. To make this easier, our team at Mega Medical strives to provide a comprehensive range of medical equipment and supplies, including medical gases, consumables and more.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our services and range of supplies by visiting our site or calling 1300 881 824.