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(iNews (UK))   A cancer patient has saved his local hospital thousands of pounds after he found crucial secondhand medical equipment for the oncology department on eBay   ( inews.co.uk) divider line
    More: Interesting, Cancer, Peterborough City Hospital, Oncology, Angelo Cuenca, local hospital thousands, 62-year-old Steve Brewer, Chemotherapy Nurse Practitioner, triple pump  
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2018-02-09 05:41:33 AM  
I saved my hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars when I discovered that my stage three skin cancer was actually a raisin.
 
2018-02-09 08:32:34 AM  
Thousands of pounds?  How heavy was the equipment before?
 
2018-02-09 08:37:05 AM  
"A+ ebayer, cancer drugs went in good~~~"
 
2018-02-09 08:56:13 AM  
The Machine that goes Ping
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Endoscopy (stomach) on Wednesday, biopsy report next week. So far, so good.
The Anesthesiologists know about the Machine That Goes BING! Going to (the) Hospital is always a trip; I try to keep a sense of humo(u)r and it's nice when the Med Pros have a good Bedside Manner.
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2018-02-09 09:33:37 AM  
And now watch the price of those pumps on ebay skyrocket.
 
2018-02-09 10:04:02 AM  

Spindle: Thousands of pounds?  How heavy was the equipment before?


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2018-02-09 10:14:01 AM  
My late father in law was a biochemistry professor and he would buy would buy defunct private labs at auction, keep the equipment he wanted, and sell the rest to second hand scientific equipment dealers. Usually he'd make enough from selling the surplus to cover the cost of the original purchase.

The problem he ran into was the university's purchasing system wasn't set up for such transactions so it was too much of a hassle to use his grant-funded lab account. Fortunately he had a lot of private sector funding so he could bypass the bureaucrats. As a bonus, since the equipment wasn't purchased with grant money, it didn't belong to the university. When he retired he sold it all (laminar flow hoods, powerpacks, gel rigs, HPLC and FPLC rigs, etc.) and left the university with a fairly spartan lab.

I was in grad school at the same time and tried to convince my supervisor to do the same thing but she didn't want to deal with the monumental amounts of red tape and was too risk averse fearing that she might over pay or otherwise lose out in the transaction.
 
2018-02-09 10:27:23 AM  
Second hand gear?
Not sure I'd be okay with that when it comes to my health.
 
2018-02-09 10:35:35 AM  
FTA:
He has now persuaded pump manufacturers Baxter, with the help of Chemotherapy Nurse Practitioner Angelo Cuenca, to re-commission the pumps and has bought seven of them for the hospital.

They agreed to re-commission the units free of charge and then lease them back to the hospital free of charge as long as they paid for a maintenance contract.


Obviously hospital has no idea that those are where the REAL money is. Yes, used equipment from large companies/gov can frequently be purchased for low, low prices (I personally buy server equipment), but a maintenance contract is the real gift that keeps on giving for the manufacturer.
They agreed to re-commission the units free of charge and then lease them back to the hospital free of charge as long as they paid for a maintenance contract. Now Steve has bought a further six machines for £100 each.

/Also, big middle finger to inews.co.uk for javascript auto-inserting self-ads into any copy
 
2018-02-09 11:02:10 AM  

mrsleep: Second hand gear?
Not sure I'd be okay with that when it comes to my health.


Why not?

Is there something about being "used" that makes the equipment dangerous?

Yes, yes, I know, the prior usage is unknown to you, and possibly the hospital, but the "gear" has presumably been inspected and certified by competent authorities.
 
2018-02-09 11:43:12 AM  
It's like shooting fish in a barrel by now, so here's a perfunctory and lackadaisical swipe at single payer health systems.
 
2018-02-09 01:06:47 PM  

Harlee: I know


Harlee!  Your schtick!  Remember your schtick!
 
2018-02-09 01:20:11 PM  
A friend of ours did his phd work at one of the top universities in the world. They were doung a purge of equipment and were going to toss out some machine that goes PING that cost 1m at that time. Friend asks if he can have it and on a job interview mentions he has this machine and a few others. The lab that he was interviewing at already new they would hire him, but the equip. Sealed the deal.  Its been 30 years since then and he still uses the Ping Machine every day.
 
2018-02-09 01:56:09 PM  

donutsauce: Harlee: I know

Harlee!  Your schtick!  Remember your schtick!


Served its purpose and abandoned quite some time ago.

Try and keep up.
 
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