Home treatment is popular due to its convenience. It is said that everything is easier at home, that is why appropriate home treatment speeds up recovery and makes the patient feel better. Moreover, the rare visits to the clinic take fewer times than a permanent stay in the hospital. Today, medical websites and pharmacies allow you to purchase equipment for monitoring the condition of the patient at home. But there are some factors that you should know in order not to break your budget and save the money.
Tonometers, glucose meters, breathing equipment and many other devices are designed specifically to monitor health at home and take measures to maintain it. But before making a purchase, it is worthwhile to figure out whether a particular model of the device is suitable for you or it is better to refuse from it. Also, it will be useful to shop around, check different online pharmacies and medical equipment stores before buying the product you need.
The equipment with similar names is often used for multidirectional purposes. For example, you have bought a fat analyzer to measure the amount of fats in products, but this device is designed to determine the body fat content. And there are a lot of similar examples.
If you want to beat your budget, and stay ahead of the rising costs, you should thoroughly check out the medical supply market.
First of all you should know that there is a great variety of medical equipment for home use. Four major groups of medical supplies are determined, depending on the scope of their use.
1. Rehabilitation equipment.
An extensive list of devices, irreplaceable for the restoration of motor activity:
• canes and crutches;
• bath and shower grab bars for safe bathing in the bathroom;
• devices for orthopedic rehabilitation;
• mobility equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, and rollators);
• treatment tables.
2. Equipment that normalizes the quality of the air and the water:
• ionizers and air purifiers;
• water treatment equipment;
• nitrate testers for fruits and vegetable;
• germicidal lights.
3. Express analysis.
They are used for a regular, and most importantly, rapid measurement of physical health indicators:
• blood glucose meters;
• electronic thermometers;
4. Devices for physiotherapy.
Improving the metabolism and functioning of particular organs:
• complex devices analyzing the general health state;
• oxygen bags;
• breathing equipment, inhalers, nebulizers;
• various heating pads – electric, water and salt;
• hearing aids.
The cost of medical equipment in some cases is very high. If there is a desire to save money, it is better to buy equipment directly from the manufacturer. Foreign medical supplies and devices can be bought abroad or ordered via the Internet. The cost of flight to Germany, Slovakia or France and other countries from individual air carriers is within reasonable limits, and international websites that sell medical equipment allow you to order it with time savings.
Also, you have the possibility to buy second hand or restored equipment. The prices for such equipment are two, three, and sometimes five times cheaper than the prices for a new one. But you should make sure that such device performs well. You also can go to the market, find the necessary equipment and examine it before you buy the same second hand model.
If the equipment is bought abroad, the necessary language may be absent in the instruction. Th ere is a risk of incorrect use of the medical supplies. To avoid such a problem you can order a translation of the instructions of medical equipment, find the instruction in your language online, or even watch videos on YouTube that show you how a particular used model works.
Take advantage of these tips before you plunk down the money to buy the necessary medical supplies for home health care.