The top three U.S. medical equipment deals in 2015 were all medical device purchases, with each accounting for over $10 billion, according to research firm Technomic.
That’s almost three times as much as in 2014.
While the largest medical equipment purchases were all equipment that could be used in medical devices, most of those deals were in equipment that’s now in the hands of other companies.
It’s unclear how many of those big equipment purchases have ended up in the hospital, but the total value of all equipment purchases in the U.K. in 2015 was over $100 billion.
The U.N. agency for health and human rights has also warned about the increasing use of hospital-grade medical equipment in hospitals.
A U.F.O. that’s part of an emergency response unit in a hospital is being used in emergency operations by a doctor and a nurse, for example, without an appropriate mask.
There’s been a surge in medical equipment that can’t be used and in which patients have serious or permanent injuries, according the UNAIDS report.
A typical U.R.A. unit includes a respirator, oxygen mask, heart monitor, heart pacemaker, defibrillator, ventilator, an ECG monitor, an IV, and a catheter, according UNAID.
These kinds of items are critical in the emergency department because they allow for quick diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of patients, UNAIDs report says.
“These items can be lifesaving for patients, but they also pose risks,” the agency said in its report.
In a recent report, Technomic found that medical equipment prices in the United States have soared in recent years, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Technomic, in the first nine months of 2015, medical equipment costs were up by 10 percent compared with the same period last year.