Hospital equipment is grossly overpriced. A Hoyer patient lift can cost as much as $3000. If you would like to save $2800, skip those over priced medical supply joints and hustle on over to your local, friendly Harbor Freight Tool store. You can purchase a $189 engine hoist that can easily double as a Hoyer and save thousands. Maybe you could give the nurses a raise. One caveat, both engines and patients can be prone to fluid leaks at the most inopportune times. Engines leak oil and coolant. There is something about the herkey-jerkey action of patient lifts that stimulate peristalsis. Blue chux pads are in order for patients and absorbing granules should be scattered on the garage floor. If you are a free spirit try the absorbent material for the patient and stick a blue pad under that oil belching engine.
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I will let you in on a little secret. All animals on earth are carbon based lifeforms. Homo sapiens have only been around for 200,000 years or so. Inflammation, infection, and disease processes are similar in humans and animals. I think religious entities are to blame for spreading that baloney about humans being superior and having domain over animals. People and animals are more alike than most homo sapiens would admit.
When I took my best friend to the veterinarian she only charged $35 to remove a huge sebaceous cyst from his back. They say pet owners are much like their pets and in my case this was true, but when I inquired of the veterinarian about removing the cysts on my back she looked at me like I was nuts. Something about licensing laws and such. Think of the money that could be saved by letting veterinarians perform surgery on humans. That would really be something to bark about.
Any type of specialized equipment is likely to be overpriced. A good example is evacuation chairs and I'm not talking about bedside commodes. There is actually a special device for moving patients down a flight of stairs in a disaster. These gizmos probably work but cost several thousand dollars and how do you keep one of these overpriced wonder seats available for disaster use. Ordinary chairs and wheelchairs are everywhere in a hospital while evacuation chairs are few and far between. With practice a wheelchair can be used to evacuate patients down a flight of stairs. Just go down backwards with the big wheels first. Two people can carry a patient downstairs in a standard chair if you restrain the patient to the chair with a Posey belt. We used to actually practice this with drills.
With the influx of big business types and the corporatization of hospitals real money wasting is as common as infections in pre-Lister days. One of the most costly trends is when business types attempt to quantify completely subjective matters. I'm thinking of those pain rating scales where patients have 10 increments to rate their pain. Whenever I've been in pain, it hurt too much to figure out the difference between a 6 and 7. When the cost of addiction and all the related pain and suffering is factored in, this has to be a very expensive endeavor.
I'm thinking of starting a new feature called "caresucker of the month" for the most wasteful use of healthcare resources. This month the award goes to those who seek to quantify subjective experiences. I suspect they are the same characters that would spend 3 thousand dollars for an evacuation chair.