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Stocking your new hospital
This checklist covers almost everything you'll need to make opening day a success. There's even a printable PDF!

VETERINARY ECONOMICS

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Jump to: Waiting room | Front office | Bathroom | Employee lounge | Doctor's office | Comfort or consultation room | Exam rooms | Treatment area, pack prep, and lab | Surgery | Hospital ward | Pharmacy | Other furnishings/equipment | Office supplies | Printed materials | Clinic supplies

Furnishings and equipment
Waiting room

  • Chairs or benches
  • Brochure display stand
  • Table lamps
  • End tables
  • Wastebasket
  • Recycle bins
  • Books for kids
  • Magazines and magazine rack
  • Computer with patient education CD-ROM
  • Coffee station
  • Printer for informational handouts
  • Client education handouts
  • Computer table
  • Workstation chair
  • Courtesy phone
  • Artwork
  • Plants
  • Water cooler
  • Air purifier

Front office

  • Chairs
  • Clock
  • Computers (minimum of two)
  • Printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine
  • Toner cartridges for copier and fax machine
  • Credit card machine
  • Paper rolls for credit card machine
  • Paper shredder
  • Phones
  • Phone books
  • Appointment book or scheduling software
  • Business card holder
  • Calculators
  • Clipboards
  • Pencils
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Pens
  • Two- and three-hole punch
  • Postage stamps or meter
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Petty cash box
  • Locking drawer for each person who handles cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wastebasket
  • Recycle bins

Bathroom

  • Paper towels
  • Towel dispenser
  • Soap
  • Soap dispenser
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush

Employee lounge

  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Wastebasket
  • Recycle bins
  • Microwave oven
  • Coffeemaker
  • Water cooler
  • Refrigerator
  • Coat rack

Doctor?s office

  • Desk with locking drawer
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Desk lamp
  • Executive desk chair
  • Side chairs
  • Paging equipment
  • Computer equipped with practice management software
  • Printer
  • File cabinet
  • Bookcases
  • Coat hook for door
  • Fire safe or fireproof cabinet
  • Pictures
  • Plants
  • Wastebasket
  • Recycle bins

Comfort or consultation room

  • Sofa
  • End tables
  • Educational videos or DVDs
  • Reading material
  • Bookshelf
  • Television and DVD player
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Lamps

Exam rooms

  • Desktop computer central to all exam rooms
  • Exam tables
  • Rolling chairs or stools
  • Side chairs
  • Dog treats
  • Magazines
  • Cabinets
  • Waste receptacles
  • Chart holders
  • Sharps containers
  • Nail trimmers
  • Stethoscopes
  • Styptic powder or pencils
  • Reflex hammer
  • Eye wash
  • Cotton-tip applicators
  • Assorted gauze
  • Alcohol
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Storage jars
  • Gloves
  • Feline scale
  • Small exotics or gram scale
  • Otoscope
  • Otoscope cones
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Indirect viewing lens
  • Radiography view box
  • Exam lights
  • Binocular head loupe magnifier
  • Thermometers
  • Video otoscope
  • Schirmer tear tests
  • Fluorescein dye
  • Assorted syringes
  • Penlights
  • Anatomic models and posters

Treatment area, pack prep, and lab

  • Rolling stools
  • Side chairs
  • Refrigerator for samples
  • Walk-on scale
  • Wet table
  • Waste disposal container (general)
  • Waste disposal container
    (infectious)
  • Dental unit'scaler, drill, polisher
  • Dental instruments and supplies
  • Safety goggles
  • Endoscope and supplies
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Portable O2 unit
  • Electrocardiograph
  • Test tube rack
  • Hematology, chemistry, and coagulation analyzers
  • Centrifuge
  • Hemocytometer
  • Unopettes
  • Manual cell counter
  • Calculator
  • Timer
  • Ultrasound machine and supplies
  • Refractometer
  • Glucometer
  • Radiography machine and film cassettes or digital radiography equipment
  • Lead gloves and aprons
  • Patient positioning devices
  • Radiograph developing supplies
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • First aid kit
  • Crash cart
  • Resuscitation bag
  • Clippers
  • Tonometer
  • Ear lavage equipment
  • Tongue depressors
  • Thermometers
  • Splinting equipment
  • Culture media
  • Diagnostic reagent strips
  • Microscope
  • Microscope slides, coverslips, stains, and holders
  • Bacterial incubator
  • Inoculation loops
  • Lab mailing supplies
  • Sterility indicators
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Biopsy jars
  • Formalin
  • Ethylene glycol test kit
  • FeLV/FIV test kits
  • Heartworm tests
  • Elizabethan collars
  • Muzzles
  • Autoclave and trays
  • Autoclave tape
  • Ultrasonic cleaner
  • Endotracheal tubes, stylets, and cleaning brush
  • Endotracheal tube rack
  • Feeding tubes
  • Chest tubes
  • Tracheostomy tubes
  • Stomach tubes
  • Stomach tube speculum
  • IV fluid warmer
  • IV poles and stands
  • Fecalizer, centrifuge, and flotation solution
  • Fecal loops, sample collection containers
  • Nonabsorbent cat litter
  • Urine collection containers
  • Activated charcoal
  • Gastric lavage supplies
  • Barium
  • Wood?s lamp
  • Surgical pack wraps
  • Surgical caps, masks, gowns, and gloves
  • Disinfectants
  • Surgical scrub brushes and soak trays
  • Surgical instrument cleaner
  • Suture scissors
  • Staple removal forceps
  • Vaginal speculum

Surgery

  • Surgical blades
  • Surgical instruments
  • Scrub sink
  • Surgical drapes and towels
  • Heated surgery table
  • Surgical ties
  • Portable suction unit
  • Suction hoses and tips
  • Crash cart
  • Electrocardiograph
  • Water-circulating or forced-air heating blankets
  • SpO2 pulse oximeter
  • ETCO2 monitor
  • Body temperature monitor
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Suture material and needles
  • Tissue adhesive
  • Skin stapler
  • Esophageal stethoscopes
  • Anesthesia machine and supplies
  • Respirometer
  • Anesthesia masks
  • Waste gas evacuation system
  • Infusion pumps
  • Syringe pump
  • Induction chamber
  • Mayo stand
  • Surgical lights
  • Lacrimal cannulas
  • Cautery unit
  • CO2 surgical laser
  • Radiosurgical unit

Hospital ward

  • Nasal oxygen cannula, oxygen hood, humidifier, or oxygen cage
  • Oxygen flowmeter
  • Water-circulating or forced-air heating blankets
  • Towels
  • Nebulizer
  • Incubator
  • Cages
  • Litter pans
  • Food and water bowls
  • Washer and dryer
  • Grooming tub and dryer
  • Towels and blankets
  • Catch pole
  • Restraint bags or cages

Pharmacy

  • Pill splitters
  • Alcohol containers to hold pill splitters
  • Pill counting trays
  • Pill crusher
  • Prescription labels and printer
  • Vials and bottles
  • Pill guns

Other furnishings/equipment

  • Cleaning supplies for entire clinic
  • Controlled substance safe
  • Security system
  • Vacuum cleaner

Office supplies

  • File folders
  • File folder labels, white
  • Label maker
  • Alphabetical or numerical tabs and year tabs
  • "Pay at time of service" sign
  • "Returned check policy" sign
  • Phone message pads
  • Scratch pads
  • Standard-lined note pads
  • Binders
  • Sticky notes, large and small
  • Cellophane tape
  • Packing tape
  • Staplers
  • Paper clips, large and small
  • Copier paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Desk calendars
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Erasers
  • Dictionary
  • Medical dictionary
  • Medical and surgery reference library
  • Vertical chart holders
  • Large manila envelopes
  • Letter envelopes
  • Large rubber bands
  • Return-address stamp
  • Desk organizers
  • "In" and "out" bins
  • Time cards/clock or computerized version

Printed materials

  • Letterhead stationery
  • Letterhead envelopes
  • Business cards
  • Thank-you notes
  • Practice brochure
  • Promotional materials
  • New patient information forms
  • New patient medical history forms
  • Prescription pads

Clinic supplies

  • Insulin syringes
  • Syringes (1, 3, 6, 12, 20, and 60 cc, plus 60 cc with catheter tip)
  • Needles (25, 22, 20, and 18 gauge)
  • Intraosseous needles
  • Spinal needles
  • Various biopsy needles
  • Stick pole syringe
  • Skin punch biopsy
  • Tru-cut biopsy needles
  • Sterile water, 500-ml bottles
  • Sterile saline for injection
  • Sterile saline for irrigation, six 250-ml bottles
  • Urinary catheters
  • Butterfly catheters
  • Urinalysis tubes
  • Jugular catheters
  • Bulb syringe
  • Blood transfusion kits
  • IV infusion pumps
  • Primary IV sets, secondary IV sets, and extension sets
  • IV catheters (24, 22, 20, and 18 gauge)
  • IV fluids (e.g., LRS, Normosol-R, sodium chloride, D5W)
  • Male adapter plugs
  • Penrose drains
  • Porous tape
  • Elastic tape
  • Hematocrit tubes
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Safety goggles
  • Wash bottles
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Stretch gauze
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Povidone-iodine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Blood collection vials
  • Clotting tubes
  • Separation tubes
  • Pipettes
  • Sterile culture tubes and swabs
  • Formalin jars
  • Casting materials
  • Lint rollers
  • Roll cotton
  • Stockinette
  • Telfa pads
  • Tourniquets
  • Splints
  • Wood?s lamp

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