By Teri25 Latest Reply 2011-04-12 19:15:10 -0500
Started 2009-06-24 22:41:46 -0500

I am looking for some help with donating my old meters to someone or organations. I have like 6 of them and i was thinking it would be nice to give them away to. I really don't want to throw them away. Is there a place that wants them for people who cant afford them? If anyone has any idea or anything for me to help me please send me a e-mail at small

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pkwillhoite 2011-04-12 19:12:25 -0500 Report

I answer online questions and then tke the meteres to my dr and she gives them to people that need them. I have medical so I cant really use them..

beadmom 2009-08-25 16:24:23 -0500 Report

I would like to applaud you for thinking in this direction. The environmental impact of thrown away medical equipment is huge. This is an article pertaining to hospitals but for some of us we have old meters like other people have old cell phones. If we all just try a little with small efforts like yours right now it will make a difference in both the lives of people less fortunate and the health of our planet.


Donations of medical supplies offer green options for hospitals
Until recently, healthcare organizations had few options for disposing of outdated medical equipment or unused supplies. Today, the estimated value of such medical surplus is $6.25 billion per year.

Fueled by the green movement and increasing shortages of needed healthcare supplies in impoverished or developing countries, new organizations are providing bona fide repositories for used medical equipment and supplies. Many operate large warehouses in major cities where donated items are inspected, inventoried and shipped to countries around the world.


• Global Links This international nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh has recovered more than 3,000 tons of medical materials and delivered more than $140 million worth of medical materials to hospitals and clinics in more than 70 countries. Through its suture donation program, hospitals around the world have received more than 1 million sutures, a critical medical supply that is often lacking. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has a long history of donating much needed medical equipment. After a recent change in the brand of sutures, all of the boxes that were opened and therefore not returnable, were sent to Global Links and redirected to 16 hospitals, including Linden Hospital in Guyana, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

• AFYA Foundation This New York-based worldwide organization partners with a growing network of donor hospitals, health organizations, corporations, and individual households to collect medical and non-medical supplies and equipment. AFYA (the Swahili term for "good health") stores and sorts donations from a New York warehouse, loading containers bound for health clinics in Africa and the Caribbean. For example, St. John's Riverside Hospital, a 407-bed community hospital located on the banks of the Hudson River and part of Riverside Health Care System, has donated more than 25 tons of furniture, medical equipment and supplies – even toner cartridges – to AFYA and other charitable organizations and equipment recovery firms.
Creative recovery
Some hospitals are even creating their own revenue streams from outdated medical equipment or unused and expired supplies. After converting an existing 10,000-square-foot warehouse, staff inspect and refurbish the items, using an eBay-like Web site to market them. Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee expects to recover more than $1 million through its Asset Investment Recovery program, a full integrated cradle-to-grave approach to maximize the remaining value of unused or underutilized medical equipment.

Opportunity remains
Despite these efforts, U.S. hospitals each year still throw away an estimated 2,000 tons of unused surgical supplies worth more than $200 million. This still useful material often ends up being landfilled or incinerated. Hospitals seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and take an active role in environmental stewardship have many options today to donate these items instead to organizations that find homes for them in developing or third-world nations. The Premier Safety Institute recently established a Web site dedicated to information about medical equipment and supply donations. The site includes resources and case studies.

Kerri30 2009-08-15 12:03:53 -0500 Report

I do not know of places. But I am one of those people that can not afford meters or strips

Teri25 2009-08-25 16:04:58 -0500 Report

I know how that is i was unable to pay for my testing supplies i use to be that way until i got on medicaid.

GabbyPA 2009-06-25 08:58:27 -0500 Report

We donate ours to the church my mom goes to. They have a homeless ministry that can use them. So you might want to check with a local church. Also, your hospital or a clinic may be able to use them. Or, if there is a diabetes class in your town, perhaps they could have them to give to people who have just been diagnosed.

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