Medical equipment is important in the budget of hospitals and in general practice. Purchasing decisions are made infrequently, and affect practice for many years. It is therefore important to make good choices. The DHSS publishes bulletins on ‘Health Equipment Information’ which provides detailed comparative information on electromedical equipment costing more than a few hundred pounds. Each year several such bulletins assess different types of equipment. The bulletins, published since 1979, have dealt with ECG monitors and recorders, ultrasonic scanners, diathermy units, defibrillators, infusion pumps, and transcutaneous oxygen monitors. Eventually the reports will cover a wide range of equipment and hopefully will include assessment of smaller pieces of apparatus such as humidifiers, ophthalmoscopes, electrical thermometers etc.
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