If you are a health care provider or work in any medical senior market, you must hear the term Durable Medical Equipment.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) refers to a category of medical devices and equipment designed for long-term use to aid in treating various medical conditions or illnesses. They include iron lungs, nebulizers, catheters, hospital beds, wheelchairs, Oxygen equipment, and blood testing strips. A healthcare provider typically prescribes DME and it may be used both in medical facilities and in patient’s homes. Common examples of durable medical equipment:
Manual or powered devices that assist individuals with mobility impairments.
Hospital Beds: Adjustable beds used at home for individuals with medical conditions that require special positioning
Here are the characteristics of DME:
DME is intended to serve a medical purpose and includes items such as wheelchairs, crutches, hospital beds, nebulizers, oxygen equipment, orthopedic braces, and more.
They are used to assist patients with daily activities and recovery.
DME is built to withstand regular use over an extended time. It is expected to have a longer lifespan compared to disposable or single-use medical supplies.
Most DME items require a prescription from a qualified healthcare professional. This helps ensure that the equipment is medically necessary and tailored to the patient’s specific needs.