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Standardisation of Hospital Equipment

Nature volume 135, page 181 (02 February 1935) | Download Citation



A COPY of a report made by a Committee set up in 1931 by the Public Health Congress Council, 13 Victoria Street, London, S.W.I, to explore possibilities of standardisation of hospital equipment in Great Britain has been forwarded to county and county borough councils by the Ministry of Health (Circular 1410). It is concluded that some 30 per cent of the total maintenance costs of hospitals is incurred in respect of goods that can be readily standardised, without affecting the efficient working of institutions or interfering with the requirements of their professional staffs. It is shown that by standardisation and bulk purchasing, economies of 10–30 per cent may be effected. Standardisation is applicable to hospital furniture and textiles, crockery, cutlery, surgical materials and rubber goods, office requisites and many other articles; examples are given of economies that can be effected in this way, and reports of committees that have considered the subject in Germany and in New York are given in appendixes.

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