Equipment Standards

1)      Clinically and Economically Appropriate:   Provide equipment that

A.    Achieves the needed clinical function

B.     Operates in the appropriate environment and is realistically maintained.

C.     Is economically reasonable.

2)      Equipment Quality:   Ensure that equipment is fully operational with all essential accessories and supplies before shipping to the end user.  Providers should follow a basic checklist to see that all components have been included and will provide the recipient with a like list.

3)      Technical Manuals:   Provide appropriate Operator, Service and Technical manuals for all equipment.

4)      Installation Instructions:   Ensure that detailed installation instructions are provided for all equipment that requires installation.

5)      Technical Assistance in Installation:   The supplier, where necessary and possible, will provide technical assistance for the installation of equipment.

6)      Equipment Training:   The supplier, where possible, will promote, recommend and provide technical assistance for the operation of equipment.

7)      Packing and Shipping:   Ensure that equipment is packed to minimize damage during shipment and with all components clearly identified.

8)      Desired Equipment Features:   All parties involved with providing equipment will refer to the following list of characteristics:  simplicity, portability, minimum required accessories, and availability of supplies necessary for operation.  Standardization of equipment in the user’s area is ideal if possible.

9)      Supplier-Recipient Agreement:   Communication between the supplier and the end user shall determine the appropriateness of the equipment before it is shipped.


Supply Standards


1)       Clinically and Economically Appropriate:   Provide supplies that

A.      Achieve the needed clinical function.

B.      Are appropriate in the environment to which they are sent.

C.      Are economically reasonable.

2)       Quality and Condition:   Ensure that the supplies are of good quality and in a useable condition. 

3)       Proper Utilization:   The supplier and recipient both must understand the proper use and application of the supplies being transferred.  When providing supplies, suppliers and recipients will both consider the following characteristics:  simplicity, disposable vs. non-disposable, sterilization, temperature requirements, and availability of future supplies necessary for sustainability. 

4)       Expiration Dates:   The supplier and recipient must have a working knowledge of product dating terms and regulations (e.g. manufacture date, sterility date, and expiration/use before date, etc.).  The shipper shall comply with all shipping, customs, government or recipient dating requirements.

5)       Storage and Shipping:   The supplier will ensure that supplies are packed to minimize damage during shipment and with all containers clearly identified with proper labels.  The supplier will ensure proper storage prior to shipping and will verify that the recipient can receive and store properly as well. All hazardous material must be packaged, labeled, and shipped per hazmat shipping regulations.

6)       Sterilization:   The supplier will remind the recipient that the recipient is responsible for ensuring proper sterilization of supplies before use if sterilization is actually required.   

7)       Supplier- Recipient Agreement:   Communication between the supplier and the end user shall determine the appropriateness of the supplies before they are shipped.