There may be a term that many of you have heard, but not know the meaning: “Durable medical equipment” or “DME” products. DME is a term that covers a diverse range of apparatus that has been designed to assist patients suffering from an illness or injury which restrict their normal mobility and function. It can help people lead more normal lives without heavy reliance on family and caregivers.
There are many different types of durable medical equipment available. They range from simple tools such as ramps that can assist wheelchair users to access entry into buildings and vehicles to highly specialized devices such as hearing aids and respiratory apparatus. Other examples are self help tools such as crutches, walkers, grab rails and prosthetics. Many of these can significantly improve the quality of life for patients and offer them ways in which they can be more mobile and independent.
The range of durable medical equipment is diverse and costs can vary significantly depending on the individual person’s needs and the duration of his illness. However, there is no doubt that durable medical equipment can significantly improve the lives of many patients and allow them to live at home with minimum reliance of care givers and family members.
Types of durable
Durable medical equipment comes in many different shapes and varieties. Although the term ‘durable’ is used, it can also cover disposable, non-durable items that are used in everyday essential home healthcare. Therefore, durable medical equipment can be split into two main groups:
• Durable equipment which includes long lasting essential items such as wheelchairs, beds, adaptive bikes, walkers, respiratory apparatus, nebulizers, hearing aids and more.
•Non-durable equipment which includes disposable or non-permanent equipment such as gloves, rubber/plastic hose (used for equipment such as catheters and nebulizers that needs regular replacement), syringes and more.