Classifications of Medical Equipment

If you want to buy used or refurbished medical equipment, be sure that you know what they are and how they can be used for your practice. Knowing what you need is a vital step to ensuring that your used equipment purchase is well worth it. For one, keep in mind that your choices mostly fall into any of these categories:


As the classification implies, diagnostic medical equipment are those that aid primarily in the diagnosis of ailments. These include monitoring or imaging machines like X-Rays and CT scanners. Other examples include sphygmomanometers, pulse oximeters, and stethoscopes.


While diagnostic equipment are used mainly for assessing and monitoring the health status of patients, therapeutic equipment is used for the actual treatments of patient conditions. This includes LASIK machines, infusion pumps, medical lasers, and gastroscopes.

Life Support

Life support equipment help maintain bodily functions when a patient’s organ systems, specifically the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, can no longer provide for it. Examples include ventilators, dialysis machines, anesthesia machines, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO equipment.

Laboratory Equipment

Lab equipment helps medical professionals analyze samples of a patient’s bodily fluids (e.g. blood, urine, bile) and tissues for the purpose of diagnosing a disease or identifying any medical abnormalities. Equipment under this category includes syringes, centrifuge, glassware, hot plates, and many others.


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