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What is Durable Medical Equipment?





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:


Medical Purpose:

DME is intended to serve a medical purpose and includes items such as wheelchairs, crutches, hospital beds, nebulizers, oxygen equipment, orthopedic braces, and more.

Home Use: 

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. 

Prescription Required:

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.

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