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When buying medical batteries, here at Euro Energy, we recognise that there are many different factors to consider before selecting the right battery to use in your medical equipment.
For many items of medical equipment you may have a choice between Original Manufacturer medical batteries and Compatible medical batteries, though in some cases, there might be a third option – refurbished medical batteries. So let’s start by explaining the difference.
An Original Manufacturer battery (also sometimes known as OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer – battery) is a battery built by/supplied by, or recommended for, a specific piece of medical equipment.
It will usually have a part number allocated by the Manufacturer to identify the specific battery. For example, the original manufacturer battery to be used in the Laerdal Suction Unit is identified as LAE780800, when quoting this part number is it known that the battery utilises a nickel Metal Hydride chemistry, delivers 12.0V with a capacity of 2000mAh, measures 182mm L x 23mm W x 61mm H and weighs 430g.
An OEM battery may go through several revisions during it’s supported life, often identified by additional numbers or letters at the end of the Original Manufacturer part number. Original Equipment Manufacturers will confirm a minimum term during which the equipment will be supported for – once this time has elapsed the OEM may become harder to source or become obsolete.
Also sometimes known as Replacement batteries, are batteries built to replicate an Original Manufacturer battery, but built by a manufacturer completely unrelated to the OEM.
Typically a compatible medical battery will be cheaper than an OEM battery, though there are factors you will need to consider – we’ll look at these later in this blog.
Compatible batteries may replace OEM batteries that have become obsolete – thereby allowing a piece of equipment to continue to be used long after Original Manufacturer support has been withdrawn – or may be offered as a cheaper alternative option to more expensive OEM batteries.
A refurbished battery is one that has been reworked to have the internal ‘dead’ cells replaced with fresh, new ones. Often cheaper than a Compatible battery as the case and many of the existing components will be reused.
When buying medical batteries, here are the pros and cons of these 3 medical battery types to consider
Original Manufacturer Medical Batteries
Refurbished Medical Batteries
In addition to the points above, many hospitals will have their own policies which govern where Compatible medical batteries can be used and where governance dictates that ONLY Original Manufacturer medical batteries are to be used.
This is often decided by use of risk assessments based upon patient safety. For example a hospital may have a policy to only ever use Original Manufacturer batteries in it’s ‘life critical’ equipment and locations. This may include defibs and suction units available in Intensive Care, but allow compatible batteries to be used in suction units and other equipment in other wards.
The points above are to be considered alongside individual hospital policy, not instead of.
Euro Energy are specialist battery suppliers to the Healthcare sector with over 35 years experience of supplying the NHS & Private Healthcare from our Leicester base. During that time, we have established a strong reputation built upon excellent service, high product quality and a comprehensive product range.
With a product range that includes Original Manufacturer medical batteries from all major manufacturers and a wide range of compatible batteries, Euro Energy provide a one stop solution for all your medical battery needs.
For further information or to discuss our range of Original Manufacturer medical batteries & Compatible medical batteries, Original Manufacturer medical accessories and general purpose Sealed Lead Acid/VRLA batteries contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org