Medical Equipment Cases

Written by Sarah Provost
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Choosing appropriate medical equipment cases is crucial. Protecting your equipment and devices is vital in treating patients and saving lives. You can't treat a broken body with broken tools. Medical equipment is often subject to the stresses of constant transport, sterilization, hard use and difficult or corrosive environments. For these reasons, special care must be taken when choosing your medical equipment cases.

Criteria for Selecting Medical Equipment Cases

The first thing to consider when selecting medical equipment cases is the composition of the case itself. There are two general categories, metal (mainly aluminum) and plastic. Metal cases are generally more impact-resistant, and can withstand greater temperature extremes than plastic. Metal cases are also less likely to transmit gasses, can better withstand autoclaving, and, if deep-drawn, have no seams where bacteria might collect. Finally, aluminum offers protection against EMI/RFI emissions, whereas plastic has to be coated with a shielding substance.

Another question to ask yourself concerns the intended use of the case. Do you need to ship tissue samples to the CDC from Alaska? Will the equipment be hand carried around town to serve multiple facilities? Or maybe you're a manufacturer of medical equipment, and have to take it on the road constantly to trade shows. Beware if false economies when considering this question. The more travel stress your equipment is expected to endure, the more you need to invest in your medical equipment cases.

There's an incredibly wide range of products out there, ranging from paramedic kits to huge hematology cases fitted with ramps. And the Internet makes comparison shopping easy. Finally, if you can't find exactly the product you need, many manufacturers will design and produce custom cases.

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