Do Not Throw That Out! A Guide to Medical Equipment Reuse in Maine – June 18, 2024

Nurse helping woman to stand with use of crutches from a hospital bed.

Recorded: June 18, 2024 – Do you have a walker or a tub seat you are no longer using? Do you need a home medical device that you cannot find or afford? Durable medical equipment (DME) reuse provides medical equipment second-hand to create less waste and make needed devices available to more people. In this webinar, we will learn what durable medical equipment is; how people acquire new and used equipment; and what resources in Maine offer equipment reuse programs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn national and state trends for health and waste related to durable medical equipment (DME).
  2. Learn what durable medical equipment is; what types of devices are available and how they are used; and the different ways medical equipment can be acquired.  
  3. Learn about the reuse process and examples of local and national reuse resources for DME and assistive technology.

Presenter

Darren J. Smart, MOT, OTR/L – Darren is an occupational therapist and the program manager for Spurwink ALLTECH. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine occupational therapy program in 2015 before moving to Austin, Texas, where he worked in a variety of clinical settings, including skilled nursing facilities, home health, and in-patient rehab. He returned to Maine in 2022. Darren is committed to finding functional solutions for all clients and feels passionately about technology’s role as a tool to improve our quality of life.

Resources

Resources discussed in webinar:

Do Not Throw That Out! PowerPoint – PDF
Do Not Throw That Out! Handout – PDF
DME Glossary – PDF
DME Reuse List – PDF

Rev: 6/26/2024