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Medical Equipment Planning

Medical equipment planning for medical suppliers as well as wholesale drug distributors and retail pharmacies requires an extensive amount of deliberation. Along with determining which supplies to focus on, whether it be medical equipment for hospitals and clinics or pharmaceutical supplies, there is so much involved in this industry. Managing medical and pharmacy equipment planning requires identifying products for purchasing, along with pinpointing and predicting healthcare industry needs. Compliance is also a major factor. Healthcare providers involved with medical and pharmacy equipment supplies must meet federal regulations to ensure all equipment and supplies are safe for use in the capacity of private patient care. To help you determine how to begin this behemoth task of medical and pharmacy equipment planning, here are several key areas including space, machine needs, and other requirements to cover as a business owner or wholesale equipment dealer.

Machine Needs

Choosing the right equipment for a facility is paramount to helping medical customers and healthcare providers save lives, as well as a huge amount of money. There are many different types of medical equipment and supplies. These range from storage and transport of equipment to diagnostic, electronic, surgical, and acute care equipment. In terms of storage of medical equipment, trays and transport systems are needed to store and move medical equipment. At the very least, you will need these for holding medical equipment while in inventory or for display and testing purposes. Facilities may also provide durable medical equipment (DME), which is used in home health care, including hospice care. This includes beds and equipment provided for patients in their home environment.

Diagnostic medical equipment includes X-ray generators, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanners, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Smaller yet still as important equipment needed for efficient medical management includes thermometers, stethoscopes, and procedure medical equipment. Examples of procedural medical supplies include forceps, surgical clamps, operating scissors, and scalpels, as well as headlights and gloves.

Acute care equipment is much in-demand for hospitals and medical clinics. This type of medical equipment includes monitoring equipment and nonsurgical instruments, as well as trash for minor procedures and general purposes. Wound care and skincare supply kits are also in constant demand for medical units. Other examples of medical equipment needed for efficient medication management include medication pumps, medical imaging software, heart rate monitors, and powered medical equipment. This covers defibrillators, pacemakers, and other lifesaving medical devices.

Pharmacies require suppliers to have shelving and software, as well as bottling and labeling supplies. This also includes applicators and dispensers, as well as balance printers, cables, and adapters plus accessories. Pill counters, tampers, capsule machines, and full systems for compounding pharmacists are also in demand in this market. Powder presses, remote swabbing, and microbiological sampling tools are also some of the interesting equipment needed by pharmacy equipment wholesalers. 


The amount of square footage available in the pharmacy section will depend on several factors. Medical supplies and drug manufacturing equipment, as well as trays and tables for bottling and packaging materials will be included in this area. While this may not seem like a lot in terms of inventory and storage, pharmacy storage can quickly ramp up to be equal to the amount of footage you need to store machinery.

This brings up how to determine the space that will be dedicated to machinery and larger medical equipment. This includes storage and transport equipment along with traction equipment, hospital beds, and lifts. Surgical tables and instrument tables are also large pieces of equipment that will take up a lot of storage space.

Most likely the split for pharmacy and machinery will be 40/60 at the most for pharmacy goods, whereas a 30/70 divide for pharmacy/machinery would be doable as well. Medical machinery and equipment tends to be larger and requires more room to move it around in inventory compared to pharmacy equipment and supplies...

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