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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Beware the Risks of Secondhand Equipment Used capital equipment isn't always such a bargain. T o stretch their capital equip- ment budgets, many facilities, espe- cially smaller ambula- tory surgery centers, are purchasing used equipment online or from larger healthcare organizations. By and large, most seem to be happy with their purchases, as you can see in the poll results on the opposite page. But using secondhand equipment that ends up malfunctioning and harming a patient can put you at serious risk of a liability claim. Here's what you need to know and how to protect yourself. Defunct suction machine Consider the example of a 38-year-old patient with a torn medial meniscus who presents at a surgery center to undergo a knee Medical Malpractice Frank A. Jones • BUYER BEWARE When making a used capital equipment purchase, require a signed contract to protect yourself from future malpractice claims.

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