Refrigerators and freezers are vital in the fight against COVID-19. Here is Kamran Sarwar setting up a refrigerator, ARG23ML, in a pediatric office.
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The increasing demand for safe and reliable preservation of immunizations and boosters is more critical than ever this year. Are you prepared? AccuCold pharmaceutical refrigerators and freezers are designed to meet the specific needs of clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies where vaccines are stored. The best way to protect vaccine efficacy for end-point storage is to follow CDC guidelines for vaccine storage. AccuCold offers a full range of pharmaceutical refrigeration options that markets this easy.
Choosing the Right Sized Unit
Below are a very few handy steps for determining the ideal Accucold refrigerator size for your clinic:
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Add the number of doses on hand (current inventory) from your last order form.
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Maximum doses = _______________
2.) Match your maximum doses with the minimum cubic feet needed to safely store your vaccine.
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3.) Using this refrigerator and freezer guide as a reference, search medicaldevicedepot.com for a storage unit that’s properly sized and meets all VFC requirements. Whenever possible, choose biomedical-grade over household style units.
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A Simple Guide to Understanding Ventilators
For healthy people, breathing is the simple inhale of oxygen followed by an exhale of carbon dioxide, but for those with breathing problems due to chronic conditions or viral infections, help is needed to breathe, and
ventilators are used to accomplish this. This guide will help you gain a better understanding of mechanical ventilation and its importance during the coronavirus pandemic.
What Is a Ventilator?
The name “ventilator” is often also used when talking about a respirator. However, a respirator refers to a device or mask that’s worn over the mouth and nose for the purpose of filtering out substances like bacteria and fumes from the air that’s being inhaled. In contrast, a ventilator is a device that’s been designed to help a person breathe by introducing fresh air and expelling stagnant air.
How Is a Ventilator Used?
Ventilators can be used for a number of purposes. During surgery, a patient under anesthesia will be placed under ventilation to ensure continued breathing. Ventilators are also used for patients in intensive care who are unable to breathe independently. Finally, a ventilator can also be the solution when the lungs have sustained damage and need time to recover before a patient can breathe on their own again.
Types of Ventilation
Ventilators deliver oxygen to the lungs in two ways: invasive and non-invasive. Invasive ventilation involves the insertion of a tube into the airway. This is the type of ventilation typically used in intensive care units. Non-invasive ventilation involves wearing a mask with a hose that’s attached to the ventilation unit. Non-invasive ventilation can be used at home to help with breathing.
Ventilator Importance During COVID-19
The COVID-19 virus is an infection that affects the respiratory system. In some people, the virus causes inflammation in the lungs that can produce enough fluid to make breathing very difficult or impossible without assistance.
This can develop into the need for a ventilator should a patient go into what’s called acute respiratory distress, or ARDS. When this occurs, a person cannot inhale enough air to maintain healthy oxygen levels in the body. As a result, their oxygen levels drop dramatically, and breathing becomes impossible, making it necessary to mechanically ventilate.
Some COVID sufferers require breathing assistance with a ventilator for several weeks, and others may be helped by a ventilator for a month or more. Once treatment has had time to take effect and their lungs have healed, ventilation will no longer be needed.
Choosing the Right Coronavirus Ventilators
The best course of action is to conduct as much research as possible into the features of each ventilator type to see how well each product will meet your needs. It’s important to keep in mind that it may take some time to ship your ventilator order, due to the fact that they are currently in high demand due to the pandemic.
Medical Device Depot offers ventilation solutions from top brands, including Pneupac and Autovent. Browse our inventory online, or call 1-877-646-3300 for more information today.
The Benefits of PC-Based ECG Machines
When medical professionals need to evaluate
a patient’s heart health, an ECG or electrocardiogram machine is the tool
that’s chosen. This machine provides accurate and immediate information about
the heart’s electrical rhythm so that certain conditions can be detected and
treated. Today, the
is the most commonly used, and for several reasons.
What Is an ECG Machine?
The ECG or EKG machine allows for diagnostic tests of the heart to be conducted without invasive exploratory surgical procedures. Electrodes placed on a patient’s chest detect the electrical charges generated by their heart. These electrical charges are represented on a graph, which is then interpreted by a medical professional.
How Are ECG Machines Used to Diagnose Heart Disease?
The ECG machine’s output of the heart’s rhythm occurs in waves. These waves are generated each time the heart beats, and they form a pattern on the graph outputted by the ECG. A normal heart rhythm will appear as a series of consistent waves of a standard shape.
Should the waves be inconsistent and non-standard in shape, this can indicate heart disease. The precise diagnosis will depend on the types of wave changes observed when the graph is analyzed.
Benefits of the PC-Based ECG
Today’s PC-based ECG machines offer many benefits, both to medical professionals and their patients.
The highly portable ECG unit can fit in the palm of the hand, which makes transport between examination rooms and patients effortless. Information about several patients and their results can be stored in the unit until it is connected to a PC and that information is transferred.
Accuracy and Efficiency
PC-based ECGs offer medical professionals incredibly accurate results thanks to modern technology. The unit can display accurate results in real-time and capture unlimited amounts of data. Data can be transferred to any department or PC in real-time for the ultimate in efficient interpretation and diagnosis. These units also offer an automatic interpretation of results, which only increases the efficiency of diagnosis.
Versatility and Compatibility
PC-based ECG machines offer versatility that their traditional counterparts simply cannot match. They are compatible with several EMR systems, including PractiseFusion, Medent, NextGen, and AthenaNet, and can also perform via Bluetooth or USB. In the event that the unit is being used in areas without PC access, information can be accessed via a tablet or another device. These units are also able to store information in several file formats, including PDF and JPEG.
Is a PC-Based ECG Right for You?
The modern medical landscape demands fast and efficient diagnosis with cost-efficient, reliable, and easy-to-use tools. If you’ve been using traditional ECGs but want to improve your patient testing and diagnostic protocols, the PC-based ECG may be the ideal addition to your practice.
Medical Device Depot offers only the highest quality medical devices, priced to provide the highest possible value. Visit us online to view our wide range of PC-based EKG equipment from top brands, including Nasiff, Schiller, and Welch Allyn, or call to learn more: 877-646-3300.
How to Improve Your Pediatric Clinic
Pediatric offices have the unique challenge of providing quality care while also maintaining an inviting, child-friendly atmosphere. With some children being afraid of or uncooperative with their doctors, every pediatric clinic has a vested interest in making the experience as pleasant and efficient as possible—especially for their youngest patients.
While bedside manner is crucial for achieving this goal, there are a few investments that clinics can make to improve patient experience and quality of care.
Expedite the Visit
Children may need medical care, but they don’t always want it— many may even try to actively resist treatment! As a result, children often have a low tolerance for long waits and procedures, with the likelihood of cooperation usually decreasing over time.
As a result, finding ways to expedite visits is an extremely effective way to improve your pediatrician office workflow. By keeping visits short, younger patients will be more likely to cooperate with treatment and less likely to get upset.
Upgrading your equipment can help make visits quicker and more pleasant for young patients, especially where it helps deliver therapies through faster, contactless methods. Contactless forehead thermometers, for example, minimize invasiveness and help speed along basic diagnostics.
Keeping your equipment organized can also help improve patient experience, especially during routine diagnostics (e.g., taking temperature, monitoring heart rate, etc.). A pediatric diagnostic station is one way you can stay organized, with models such as the Amico Pediatric Diagnostic Station keeping everything secure in a single, convenient location.
Create a Child-Friendly Atmosphere
While your clinic doesn’t have to become a daycare, making the visit fun for children can help improve everyone’s experience. One effective way of creating a child-friendly atmosphere is to improve the waiting room by including simple games and reading material. Wall art, particularly those with fun and friendly designs, can also help improve the patient experience.
Of course, the atmosphere extends beyond the waiting room—and few things are worse for child patients than being taken away from a fun environment only to be put into an overly clinical one. While the doctor’s office should remain practical and efficient, simple improvements such as child-friendly posters and specialty equipment can help maintain a friendly, inviting atmosphere throughout the visit.
Update Safety Procedures for COVID-19
While the COVID-19 pandemic poses health threats for everyone, children are among the most vulnerable demographics. Unfortunately, most clinics have no choice but to continue in-person medical care, resulting in an increased need for novel therapies and contactless care.
When in-person pediatric clinical visits are necessary, it’s crucial to make sure that you and your staff take enough precautions to keep everyone safe. Basic methods include wearing masks and face shields, thorough sanitization of hands, equipment, and surfaces, and limiting contact wherever possible. Where some of these measures might be scary for some children, it’s important for staff to remain especially upbeat and friendly throughout the visit.
Improving Patient Experience Through Medical Equipment
Investing in the right medical equipment is an effective way of improving any pediatrician office visit, especially where it can also create a more pleasant environment for children. For more information on how our selection of child-friendly medical devices can help improve your clinic, contact our sales team at 877-646-3300.
The Benefits of a No-Contact Forehead Thermometer
Taking your patient’s temperature is an important diagnostic step, but traditional methods often involve placing the thermometer in direct internal contact with the patient— potentially posing sanitary risks in the process.
As global healthcare takes on extra precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical practitioners are adopting contactless tools and therapies to minimize the spread of germs and disease. As a result, no-contact forehead thermometers are quickly gaining in popularity, especially as taking temperature becomes an increasingly important diagnostic tool.
What Is a No-Contact Forehead Thermometer?
A no-contact forehead thermometer takes your patient’s temperature from a point about 1-5 cm from their forehead. Using infrared sensors, the thermometer reads infrared waves emitted by the temporal artery that runs just under the center of the forehead. Many models are also faster and more accurate than traditional thermometers.
The Benefits of a No-Contact Forehead Thermometer
The primary benefit of using a no-contact thermometer is preventing the spread of disease by eliminating contact with the patient. This benefit is especially helpful for medical practitioners working with large numbers of patients while using the same thermometers.
Safer and More Hygienic
By avoiding direct contact with the patient, no-contact thermometers virtually eliminate the risk of spreading germs and disease between multiple patients using the same thermometer. Since conventional methods of taking patient temperature often involve some form of direct, internal contact (such as when placed under the tongue), contactless thermometers are a far more sanitary alternative.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made no-contact thermometers all the more appealing. Using contactless thermometers can help quickly screen for potential cases. Instead of having to sanitize the thermometer between probes, users can simply “scan” patients in rapid succession, such as people standing in a line.
Where conventional thermometers may misread temperature fluctuations from under the tongue or other internal areas, no-contact thermometers use infrared waves to precisely detect temperature. Most models target infrared rays given off by the heat of the temporal artery, which runs just beneath the skin of the forehead. By measuring temperature this way, no-contact thermometers offer greater precision and reliability than conventional models.
Fast and Convenient
No-contact thermometers can read temperatures almost instantly, whereas conventional thermometers often need several seconds—sometimes up to a minute—to gain a reasonably accurate temperature reading. No-contact thermometers owe this ability to their infrared scanning ability.
Easy to Read Display
Most models of no-contact thermometers come equipped with intuitive digital displays and interfaces. Depending on the manufacturer and user configurations, these interfaces can display temperature information both numerically and graphically. The JG-2000IR forehead thermometer, for example, displays a green, yellow, or red background depending on whether the patient’s temperature is normal or feverish.
Test for COVID-19 at Home with a No-Contact Forehead Thermometer
While patient temperature is not enough to properly diagnose COVID-19, fevers are often early indicators of the disease. As a result, daily temperature readings can be an effective way of monitoring patient health—or the health of you and your family—at home.
For more information on contactless thermometers and which model is right for you or your practice, call our medical device team at 877-646-3300.
The Importance of Fetal Monitoring
Using fetal monitors, healthcare providers can observe a baby’s heart rate and other vital functions. These medical devices are used during pregnancy and while a mother is in labor. Typically, the fetal heart rate is around 110 to 160 beats per minute and can fluctuate as conditions in the uterus change.1
A fetal doppler monitor allows a clinician to see any changes and whether abnormal heart rates or patterns occur. Such abnormalities can indicate a lack of oxygen or other problems with the baby. These can help doctors determine whether additional testing is needed or if an emergency cesarean section (C-section) is required. Monitoring can be done continuously during labor or if a mother is at high risk, or intermittently at regular intervals for low risk individuals.
Types of Monitoring
Most of the time, fetal monitoring is done externally using a type of stethoscope called a fetoscope. Fetal dopplers are also commonly used. They generate images on a computer screen using sound waves. Less frequently used is internal monitoring, in which an electrode (connected to a catheter) is attached to the baby’s head while it is still in the uterus.
The general types of fetal monitoring include:
Auscultation: A fetoscope or doppler transducer is pressed against the abdomen.
Cardiotocography: Enables a baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions to be monitored using an ultrasound machine. Fetal heart rate and contractions are shown together (as EFM tracings) on a readout to track whether the heart rate accelerates or decelerates.
Mobile Electric Fetal Monitoring: Wireless electronic monitors are sometimes used in hospitals. These waterproof devices can be used in the shower. They’re also used when a women is giving birth upright away from the hospital bed.
Fetal doppler monitors are the most popular because fetal heart motion can be heard by everyone in the room. Some dopplers only play the audio, but others have a digital display that shows the baby’s heartbeat and heart rate values. This is generally the most comfortable method and can be used in different laboring positions.
What to Expect During the Monitoring Process
Some types of monitoring require only a stethoscope to be applied to the abdomen. You can get up and walk around in between checks. Doppler monitoring is performed by applying a gel to the skin and moving an ultrasound probe over it to record the fetal heartbeat. A belt with an external tocodynamometer may be put on to record contractions.
With continuous monitoring, sensors are attached to the body with elastic belts and you must either stay in bed or be very close to the monitor. Internal monitoring requires a wire to be inserted through the open cervix. It can only be done if the cervix is dilated and the amniotic sac has broken.
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We offer monitoring equipment from Edan, Nicolet, Sonicaid, and Wallach. Many of these systems provide digital and printed readouts. Monitors for twins are also available. For the latest fetal monitors and accessories, browse our inventory, order online, and apply for business financing with low monthly payments. Call us at 877-646-3300 to learn more.
Advanced surgical methods allow for many conditions to be easily treated. At Medical Device Depot, we offer the latest cryosurgery equipment at reasonable prices. In this guide, we will help understand what this process is and its purpose, benefits, and risks.
What Is Cryosurgery?
A cryosurgery procedure uses extreme cold to target abnormal tissues. It may be used for cancer on the skin or in the body and to treat small warts, skin tags, and other benign epidermal lesions. Liquid nitrogen is the most effective because, at temperatures of -346°F to -320°F, it instantly freezes and destroys any cells it touches. In some cases, carbon dioxide or argon may be used.
The Purpose of Cryosurgery
It is often chosen when other types of treatment aren’t effective. An alternative to riskier procedures on internal organs such as the liver, it’s also used to treat early prostate cancer or that which has returned. A cryosurgical procedure often requires just an outpatient doctor’s visit. Abnormal cells freeze, as do the cells surrounding them, which disrupts the blood supply and results—once the frozen skin thaws—in a scab that forms and eventually falls off.
Extreme cold is often effective for removing skin lesions. However, there are risks associated with cryosurgery, including blistering, ulcers, infection, scarring (which can cause the skin to turn white), and changes in skin color more often seen in patients with darker skin color. Loss of function due to nerve or cartilage damage is possible as well. Pain is a side effect more often seen in children and people who’ve had treatment on a large plantar wart.
Is Cryosurgery Right for You?
It’s most suited for people when the origin of an epidermal lesion is known. Trained clinicians can use a cryosurgical system to destroy any basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. However, if you have a mole or vascular lesion of unknown nature, liquid nitrogen isn’t the best treatment. Vascularized lesions can survive treatment; the potential for malignant transformation means further investigation is required. Your physician will discuss the necessary course of action and, if cryosurgery is used, the indications, risks, and alternatives.
Cryosurgery Machines and Supplies
Cryosurgical devices generally consist of a cartridge and tip freezer, but some systems look more like a spray canister with a tip. We also offer console systems complete with a base. An example is the Wallach WA100B, which provides precise readouts of temperature and has an audible freeze timer that indicates freezing temperature has been reached. It also records how long the tip is within freezing range. Our cryosurgical medical equipment also includes products from Bovie, which produces a small device used to treat simple skin lesions, as well as Integra and Miltex.
Medical Device Depot’s cryosurgery equipment and systems are available now to order. For information on these, worldwide shipping, and financing, reach out to our live support for help or call 877-646-3300.
What Is the Amplivox 116?
Amplivox 116 is a manual screening audiometer with a compact portable design. It is suited for use in primary care facilities, clinics, schools, and occupational settings. While it’s not intended for use by hearing specialists, it offers several convenient features and functions for performing basic hearing tests. For example, a threshold retention function allows results to be quickly stored, reducing test times and helping patients concentrate.
In addition to the main unit, the Amplivox 116 audiometer includes an audiometric headset, patient response switch, audiogram cards, main adapter, carrying case, operating manual, and the ampliSuite application (the manual and application are contained on a USB stick). The software enables test results to be transferred to the Amplivox Audibase database or to a computer via USB. Test results can be printed via PC or an optional thermal printer.
The portable audiometer comes with a power supply, but it can be run on batteries as well. It has a frequency range of 125 to 8,000 Hz (with an output level accuracy of within 3 dB) and an attenuation range of -10 to 100 dBHL. Users can choose from pure, pulsed, warble, or continuous tones.
Ergonomically designed, the control panel is easy to read and incorporates a display for viewing settings and results. The threshold retention function records the thresholds for both ears, which can be manually or automatically recorded. While test results can’t be recorded between frequencies, they are displayed and recorded at the end of the test. The instrument’s software enables users to add patient information, analyze data, and compare test results to baselines.
The Amplivox 116 screening audiometer is a versatile system that offers the following advantages:
Continuous use: Designed for continuous operation, the instrument can be run using the included main adapter (and plugged into a wall outlet) or using four 1.5V “C” batteries. When operating on batteries, the instrument will automatically turn off 90 seconds after use. Low battery indicators are provided on the display.
Portability: The audiometer can be transported from one site to another using the included carrying case. A choice of power supply options means it can be operated anywhere. Clinicians can bring it along with them to a testing site and perform tests in virtually any environment.
Options: Optional features and accessories include the battery function, Audibase software, and a USB cable for connecting the Amplivox 116 to a PC. An optional Sanibel Infra-Red thermal printer can be provided as well. Other accessories include Amplivox Audiocups for noise reduction and a pediatric headband for school screening.
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What to Consider When Purchasing Medical Furniture
For any medical facility, procuring
medical furniture can be a challenging process. Understanding all of the requirements, consulting with different people in your organization, and making a selection are all important steps. The value of this equipment depends on its cost of acquisition, lifespan, and a variety of other factors. From lobby chairs, to patient room furniture, to tables for x-ray systems, and other medical equipment, here are some of the main considerations:
Size and function aren’t enough; it also matters what the item looks like. A healthcare facility should have furniture with calming colors. In addition to complementing the color scheme and theme of your facility’s décor, furniture should be colored so that it doesn’t make patients nervous or uncomfortable. Inviting furnishings can also give your facility a good reputation, especially in the lobby where visitors get their first impression.
The waiting room isn’t most patients’ favorite place to be. Important factors to consider include seat height, cushions, armrests, and even places to store/charge personal devices. Recliners, glove box holders, properly sized medical tables, blood drawing chairs, and instrument stands offer a more positive impression. Comfort improves both the waiting and treatment experience for patients and shapes their overall perception of your facility.
Safety is a factor during delivery, training, and the use of equipment and furniture. The appropriate personnel must be involved when planning and preparing for the delivery of items. Furniture should be delivered and installed where it will be used in such a way that improper placement doesn’t create a safety hazard (proper positioning and assembly are critical as well). Shipping materials should be removed immediately upon installation. Protocols should be in place if the items could spread dust and dirt into surgical and other clean areas.
Having durable medical equipment can help save time and cost by avoiding frequent replacement. More durable furniture can support up to 400 pounds or more. Also, select furniture that meets the needs of different patients, from small children to larger adults, and that has replaceable components such as seatbacks or armrests. Disposable items won’t save on costs. You want quality furniture that will last.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Avoid materials that absorb liquid easily, such as fabrics or untreated woven surfaces. Vinyl or a stain-resistant coated material is more easily cleaned. Choose furniture that doesn’t easily trap moisture and debris. If possible, pick a material with antimicrobial properties that can be easily wiped down. In a healthcare environment, having furniture that can be disinfected with little hassle is important. It makes your facility much safer and more sanitary while protecting patients and visitors.
Medical Device Depot carries all kinds of specialized medical furniture, including tables, chairs, recliners, step stools, cabinetry, stainless steel products, and much more. Purchasing equipment from our online medical equipment store is easy, and our sales and service representatives can answer all your questions. Learn more about our products and financing by calling 877-646-3300.
Audiometers: Diagnosing Ear Disorders
Hearing loss can affect any age group at any time. Audiometry, a way to test and measure hearing acuity, is a simple, yet very effective method of treating hearing loss directly or any underlying conditions which may be causing it.
Audiometers emit varying sound intensities and pitches to accomplish this. They can also complete testing by altering the pressure inside the ear.
How Do Audiometers Work?
Audiometers test each ear independently by producing pure tones at particular volumes. The volume of each tone is decreased to the point where it is inaudible. This point is called the auditory threshold, and it identifies which frequencies have been lost to the person undergoing the audiometry test. Emitted tones and their auditory thresholds are recorded by the audiometer.
Loss of particular frequencies can be typical of certain conditions and can, therefore, guide medical professionals on the best next steps for treatment. Audiometry testing is accomplished in three ways.
Pure tone testing delivers pure tones through earphones connected to the audiometer. The patient signals when they hear these tones. Speech audiometry delivers spoken words through a headset, which are detected and repeated by the patient. Immittance audiometry involves the insertion in the ear of a probe that uses pumped air to alter in-ear pressure as it produces tones.
Some audiometry devices are able to display testing graphs. Others produce a printout of results from the device, and there are models that will offer both display and printing features. There is a wide range of headphone styles.
Devices are available in a handheld form for the purposes of screening, as well as those able to complete full diagnostics and emit higher sound frequencies. Yearly calibrations of audiometric equipment are necessary in order to ensure accurate results and meet standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
What Conditions Can Audiometers Detect?
Audiometers can detect a wide range of conditions. Some of these include:
Abnormal bone growth
Acoustic trauma from exposure to loud or intense sounds
Hearing loss due to age
Perforated or ruptured eardrum
Acoustic neuromas (benign tumors of the vestibular cochlear nerve)
Audiometry testing takes up to one hour to complete. Following their interpretation of test results, patients will meet with their doctor to discuss treatment options.
Where Can You Find Audiometric Testing Equipment?
Thanks to technology, equipment to test hearing can be purchased online. However, only certain brand names should be considered, and you must ensure you’re purchasing from a reputable company to ensure the best quality. Medical Device Depot specializes in the sale of top-quality audiometry equipment brand names like Welch Allyn, Amplivox and easyTymp to ensure the best possible results for all of your patients or yourself.
Testing equipment to detect hearing loss can be purchased by healthcare facilities, practitioners, and individuals who want to have the benefits of having their hearing tested in their home. To purchase your equipment, call Medical Device Depot to speak with an experienced representative: 1-877-646-3300.
Why More Patients Are Choosing Cryosurgery
Cryosurgery is a specialized surgical method which uses freezing to remove or neutralize abnormal tissue in a way similar to that of cryoablation. Although cryosurgery is a relatively new procedure, the National Cancer Institute notes that doctors are already finding it effective for treating certain cancers. As a result, cryosurgery is increasing in popularity among cancer patients.
What Is Cryosurgery?
A variation of cryotherapy, cryosurgery removes abnormal tissue (particularly tumors) through freezing. Common applications include both external tumors (such as precancerous skin growths) and internal tumors (such as bone tumors).
By contrast, cryotherapy as a general non-surgical practice involves using cold temperatures to treat multiple conditions through ice baths and cold chambers. However, cryosurgery remains the most valid and effective variant of cryotherapy, demonstrating similarities with and a similar efficacy to cryoablation.
How Does Cryosurgery Work?
Cryosurgery equipment and procedures vary depending on the area of treatment. For external tumors or skin growths, low-temperature gas (usually liquid nitrogen) is applied directly to the affected area using either a spray gun or cotton swab. This process differs somewhat from cryoablation, where cold temperatures are typically administered through needles.
Treating internal tumors with cryosurgery requires a cryoprobe, which is a specialized cryosurgery device consisting of a hollow tube. Using an MRI, surgeons guide the cryoprobe to the affected area and run low-temperature gas through the tube, resulting in freezing. The frozen tumor, once thawed, will either be naturally reabsorbed by the body or become benign.
Conditions Treatable with Cryosurgery
While cryosurgery is not appropriate for all cancers, the National Cancer Institute notes that cryosurgery is especially effective at treating the following cancers:
Early stages of skin cancer and precancerous skin growths
Precancerous conditions affecting the cervix
Generally, cryosurgery is most effective for external pre-cancerous growths or early stages of other cancers. Further, advanced stages of cancer will likely require more thorough treatment methods.
Potential Health Benefits of Cryosurgery
As cryosurgery procedures are largely non-invasive, it has quickly become a preferred treatment option for those with precancerous conditions or early stages of cancers. Even the most invasive cases are limited to making a small incision for the cryoprobe.
Further, cryosurgery is generally less expensive than traditional surgery and often requires less recovery time.
Potential Side Effects of Cryosurgery
Cryosurgery currently has no known direct side effects; however, its long-term efficacy for cancer treatment is still uncertain. Further, the National Cancer Institute notes that cryosurgery could miss microscopic cancer spread, and is best used almost exclusively for isolated, early, or precancerous conditions as a result.
Despite these uncertainties, the benefits of cryosurgery tend to outweigh the risks for most patients and procedures.
Adopting Cryosurgery at Your Practice
Due to its simplicity, adopting cryosurgery at your practice requires only minimal training and the purchase of basic cryosurgery systems, specifically a cryoprobe and/or a low-temperature gas spray gun.
For more information on cryosurgery equipment and how you can best incorporate cryosurgery into your practice, call our medical device experts at 877-646-3300.
Signs of heart disease can be found by examining cardiac electrical activity. Using an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) test, a doctor can check your heart rhythm, measure blood flow to the heart muscle, detect thickened muscle walls, or identify abnormalities in potassium or calcium levels. It can even detect a heart attack and find evidence of a lack of blood flow/oxygen (ischemia). You’ll find an
EKG machine in a doctor’s office, operating room, or ambulance.
How Does EKG Equipment Work?
The test equipment consists of electrodes that are attached to your body (chest, arms, and legs). These sticky pads pick up electrical signals. Each one is connected to a wire that transmits these signals to a computer monitor. The test takes just a few minutes, with results appearing as oscillating lines that represent your heartbeat.
A clinician can see the timing of activity between the top and lower chambers of your heart. ECG machines measure the impulse or wave that travels through the heart as it pumps blood. The lines that appear on the EKG monitor represent the P wave, which is the impulse that begins at the right and left atria (upper chambers of the heart). A flat line represents the period during which the electrical impulse travels to the bottom chambers. The QRS complex shows the electrical activity of the lower ventricles, while the T wave represents a return to a resting state.
When Does the EKG Show a Problem?
An ECG can measure how long it takes for an electrical wave to pass through the heart. If it is slow, fast, or irregular, your doctor will want to know why. The amount of electrical activity present provides a look at heart health too. It may indicate whether parts of the heart are overworked or enlarged.
Understanding EKG Results
The machine can determine if a heartbeat is too fast or too slow (a human heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute). The readout also shows heart rhythm, so a doctor can see if there is an abnormal rhythm or electrical impulses are traveling out of sequence compared to normal. If conduction is poor, this can mean a heart attack or restricted blood flow. Abnormal readings can also indicate imbalanced electrolytes such as calcium or magnesium.
There are various treatments for an abnormal EKG. Depending on the cause, the patient may be prescribed medication, receive a pacemaker, or be given fluids for rehydration. In the case of a heart attack, surgery may be required.
When Should I Get an EKG?
It can be used as a screening test, but the American Heart Association doesn’t recommend getting an EKG for low-risk, asymptomatic individuals. However, if you experience signs such as chest pain, heart palpitations, rapid pulse, shortness of breath, dizziness, confusion, or unusual weakness or fatigue, you may need an EKG. In cases when an ECG monitor doesn’t show the cause, a portable ECG such as a Holter or event monitor may be used.
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What Is an Otoscope Used for and Why Is It Important?
An otoscope is a handheld medical device that allows a physician to examine the outer ear canal and eardrum. It can be used for routine health screenings and to check for the causes of symptoms.
Purpose of an Otoscope
The instrument is used as part of a routine physical exam. If a patient is complaining of an earache or hearing loss or feels pressure in their ear, it can help find or point to the potential cause. It can identify wax buildup or help determine whether an infection is limited to the external ear canal. The tool can also identify swelling or the presence of a foreign object.
Parts of an Otoscope
These features allow a practitioner to examine a patient’s ears:
Handle: Allows the user to hold the device and control it with a power switch and light intensity control; it may also contain batteries.
Light: Illuminates the ear canal to provide a clear view of outer ear structures.
Magnifying lens: Provides an even more detailed view of small structures and potential irregularities, at a 3x to 4x magnification.
Speculum: A conical attachment that aligns the ear canal as it is inserted; it also allows the ear to be examined at different angles.
Head: Contains the light, lens, and speculum and can be used to examine the ear, nose, or throat.
Depending on the model, the lens may be removable. This allows instruments to be inserted into the ear canal to, for example, remove earwax. A pneumatic otoscope has an attachment point for a bulb that can push air into the ear canal, which helps examine the function of the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in response to pressure changes.
What Can Otoscopes Diagnose?
Aside from earwax, infections, and foreign bodies, otoscopes can detect a variety of disorders associated with the tympanic membrane, including perforations, plaques, and cysts. Abnormalities include a red, tender, or swollen ear canal or the presence of yellowish-green pus; a red, bulging eardrum or one that appears dull or pulled inward; or yellow, gray, or amber liquid/bubbles behind the eardrum. Scars on the eardrum surface or a lack of movement in response to puffs of air are other abnormalities an examiner can look for.
What to Expect During an Ear Examination
An ear exam can be performed just about anywhere. Aside from a doctor’s office, it can be done at a school or workplace. Before inserting the instrument, the ear is pulled back and slightly up (for babies under 12 months, it is pulled downward and out), straightening the ear canal. The speculum is then gently moved into the ear canal to examine the ear without causing irritation. Unless an ear infection is present, the exam usually isn’t painful or uncomfortable.
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What Does Telemetry Do?
Telemetry is defined as the process of recording and transmitting an instrument’s readings. Medical professionals use telemetry to monitor the electrical signals emitted by a patient’s heart and recorded by the unit. Here’s more about what
telemetry does and why it’s important for medical practitioners and healthcare facilities to offer this option.
Monitors Heart Health in Real-Time
Telemetry monitoring units produce a series of recordings for the duration they are worn by the patient in or out of the hospital, which is between 24 to 72 hours. Once monitoring is finished, all of these recordings are studied to determine whether a patient has a problem with the way their heart beats.
Allows for Increased Accuracy of Diagnosis
The readings emitted by the telemetry monitoring unit can offer specialists more information about the accompanying symptoms a patient is experiencing. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis of underlying conditions.
Where a patient’s existing condition has changed, telemetry monitoring can provide information about the effects of this change on their heart.
Aids in Planning Medications and Treatments
With the information that the telemetry machine provides them, all members of a healthcare team can be in a better position to be able to prescribe or adjust medications or recommend treatments while the patient is still in the hospital.
Gives Faster Alerts
A patient who is wearing a monitor either at home or at the hospital allows medical professionals to know right away if there is a potential problem because the unit will alert them instantly. This allows the patient to receive intervention more quickly.
Has a Modern Design for More Patient Freedom
Today’s mobile cardiac telemonitoring machines allow patients who have been cleared by their doctor to move and walk around while in the hospital. They also allow patients to return home and continue to be monitored, significantly improving their quality of life.
Allows for Earlier Diagnosis
Because of the continuous monitoring that telemetry offers, all symptoms, even those that are less frequent, are recorded. This allows for the early detection of problems, which can result in the patient receiving treatment before a condition worsens.
No Wasted Resources
False alarms or those which are clinically insignificant can quickly add up in terms of the costs to operate a medical facility. When telemetry technicians are present, results can be more accurately and more quickly interpreted and any changes immediately recognized. This ensures that only true emergencies receive the necessary resources.
The Right Equipment Will Save Money
Whether you’re a medical facility needing to keep its costs low or an individual who wants the benefits of telemetry at home, it’s important to choose the right equipment. Telemetry systems that are durable and high-quality will ensure you always get accurate results.
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What Are Laryngoscopes and How Are They Useful in the Operating Room?
When it’s necessary to view the larynx, laryngoscopes are one of the most useful tools to have in the operating room. Here’s what makes the laryngoscope a key instrument for surgeons working in any medical office, hospital, or ambulatory surgery center.
As a Diagnostic Tool
When a patient is experiencing symptoms associated with the larynx, glottis, or vocal cords, the laryngoscope can help a surgeon see the main and other causes of symptoms in the operating room. Common issues that can benefit from viewing with a laryngoscopy include but are not limited to:
Weakness, hoarseness, or loss of voice
Signs of cancer in the larynx
Unexplained ear or throat pain
The device can be of great assistance to a surgeon, allowing them to decide on or alter the course of surgery in real-time.
To Facilitate Repair
When cardiopulmonary resuscitation has resulted in injury to the larynx and its surrounding structures, the laryngoscope is instrumental for surgeons, as it allows them to see where damage has occurred and illuminates the area, making it easier for a surgeon to know where attention is needed.
When a patient has something stuck in their throat, a laryngoscope can help a surgeon to see and remove the obstruction. The device is also incredibly useful when it’s necessary to take tissue samples during surgery for further analysis.
Conventional and Video Laryngoscopes
The conventional laryngoscope is used during surgeries where patients must be placed under anesthesia. The use of this device requires a specialized technique and awareness of potential complications.
Video laryngoscopes were developed out of a need for an adequate view of the larynx and trachea. These devices can provide an alternative to conventional laryngoscopes and provide the doctor or surgeon with a clear view of the patient’s larynx using an anti-fog lens connected to a video screen.
The fiber optic laryngoscope allows for state-of-the-art illumination by using fiber optic bundles to transfer light to the examination or surgical area. Video devices are incredibly useful in operating rooms, allowing surgeons to obtain a clear and accurate view of the part of the throat being concentrated on.
Regardless whether performing a laryngoscopy using manual or video-enabled tools, quality is absolutely essential. Welch Allyn continues to manufacture both standard and fiber-optic laryngoscope sets and accessories. Their company’s offerings allow surgeons to ensure safe and efficient surgeries with high blade integrity and the option to upgrade to fiber optic products.
ADC’s fiber-optic laryngoscopes provide medical professionals with the durability and excellent performance required for medical procedures and diagnoses. Their products are lightweight and allow for full compatibility with all major laryngoscope brands.
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5 Benefits of Using Phototherapy
Those with vitiligo, eczema, and other skin diseases often choose phototherapy. The treatment, which exposes the skin briefly to a particular wavelength of UV light, has also been used successfully in the treatment of other conditions. Read on for the types of phototherapy and the benefits of this treatment.
Types of Phototherapy
There are three main types of light used in phototherapy. These are PUVA, narrowband UVB, and broadband UVB. PUVA is short for psoralen ultraviolet. PUVA combines UVA light and psoralen, a chemical that is found in plants to treat psoriasis and cutaneous T cell lymphoma.
Narrowband phototherapy uses UV light of a specific wavelength identified as being most beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and several other skin conditions. Broadband UVB was used to treat psoriasis and is beneficial for treating eczema, although only under certain circumstances.
Other methods of treating skin conditions like acne can be painful, but phototherapy allows light to penetrate the cell walls of skin to destroy this bacteria without any piercing or other invasive procedures.
There are several options for treating skin conditions, depression, and sleep disorders with pharmaceutical drugs. Phototherapy offers a more natural option for those who prefer drug-free treatment.
3. At-Home Option
Treatment at a doctor’s office may be cost-prohibitive or there may be other reasons why at-home treatment is preferred. Regardless of the reason, phototherapy units provide an option for those who want to self-treat at home.
Phototherapy is safe because the amount of light applied to the skin can be controlled and the effects of the treatment monitored. Professionals can adjust the frequency, intensity, and amount of light easily.
Overall, treatment with Bistos phototherapy lamps has been used effectively for a high percentage of patients who elect to undergo it.
Consistency Is Key
Whether having phototherapy in a doctor’s office or at home, consistency is the key to successful treatment. Most types of phototherapy require two or three weekly treatments for anywhere from two to four months or more. The length of time needed for treatment will depend on the:
Condition being treated
Severity of the condition
Type of phototherapy treatment
It may take several treatments before you see improvement in your skin. Some see results after six weeks; others may require two months or more for results to be evident.
Common Side Effects
The process of phototherapy can produce many of the same effects you experience when out in the sun for too long. Burns, changes in skin color, blisters, and redness are all common side effects of this treatment.
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Using AstraTouch Spirometer Gives You Everything Needed for Spirometry Tests
Where it comes to assessing a patient’s breathing or diagnosing and managing their respiratory condition, there is simply no substitute for a high-quality spirometer. With the AstraTouch, you’ll easily be able to test, get detailed results, and much more.
What Makes the AstraTouch Such a Good Choice?
This particular spirometry device has certain features and benefits that put it above the rest.
One Unit Does It All
Whether you want to do in-office testing or test in a lab setting, this unit easily goes with you. Just connect via Bluetooth or to a computer, and you can test and get results anywhere at any time.
The unit will display a list of questions about your patient that you answer right in the unit; simply touch the screen for the virtual keyboard. To test, just look to the bottom right for the testing icon and tap. The next screen will display an estimated result based on the patient’s information, a pressure scale, and the maneuvers that you’ve selected.
Not only does the AstraTouch test over 40 parameters of FVC, VC, and MVV, but it also offers 16 predicted sets. The vibrant touchscreen allows you to choose your desired combination of parameters quickly and easily.
Once testing is complete, you either save them to your patient’s record or print results directly from the unit. All that’s needed for this is to navigate through a series of screens to confirm your preferences.
Patients Will Love It
Unlike other spirometers that require the patient to endure more than one session before a result is obtained, the AstraTouch can accomplish accurate testing after a single inhale and exhale. The mouthpiece only goes in one way for an instant connection.
Then, simply give it to the patient. Because it allows tidal breathing, they can hold it in their mouth, relax, and release the air in their lungs. When it detects a sharp increase in breath, the unit will be triggered and testing begins. This means no pre-testing anxiety for your patient, which will also help ensure they make their best effort the first time.
It Goes Beyond Testing
One of the great things about the AstraTouch is that it allows you to do far more than testing. This portable handheld unit allows you not only to view test results right away but send test results instantly. If you need more room for reporting and testing, certain models like the Astra 300 will allow you to customize for the unique needs of your practice.
Whether you’re trying to diagnose a particular condition or wish to help a patient manage their asthma, COPD, restrictive lung condition, or another disorder, the AstraTouch is your single-unit solution.
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The Purpose of a Pocket-Sized Ultrasound System
The invention of the ultrasound revolutionized the health industry. Just as other devices have become much smaller and more portable, so, too, has the handheld ultrasound. Let’s take a closer look at all of the things this small but mighty piece of technology allows healthcare providers to accomplish today.
What Can an Ultrasound Reveal?
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create real-time images of the inner areas of the body. Because it provides healthcare providers with pictures of soft tissue and its structures, ultrasound imaging can reveal much about a patient’s general health. It is also capable of detecting any anomalies such as cysts, growths, blockages, or tumors early-on in their development.
Benefits of the Pocket-Sized Ultrasound
The smaller size of the ultrasound offers important benefits to healthcare providers at all levels of care.
No Patient Transport Needed
Where a patient would previously need to be transported to an ultrasound machine in order to be scanned, the pocket-sized version renders this unnecessary. The healthcare provider can offer scanning where the patient is, which can increase the efficiency of information flow and allow for faster treatment decisions to be made.
Make More Accurate Decisions
Because the pocket ultrasound can be used at any time for immediate results, accurate treatment decisions or adjustments can be more readily made. Compare this with traditional ultrasound results, which may take several days to reach a healthcare provider and their patient.
No Waiting for Machine Availability
A healthcare provider can take their ultrasound with them anywhere, allowing it to be used for any type of examination in virtually every department. No longer does a provider or patient need to wait for scanning or results to arrive, as both can take place almost instantly. This can be especially beneficial in emergency situations that rely on quick assessment and immediate treatment.
More Patients Can Be Treated
Because of its high portability and elimination of wait times, use of the pocket-sized ultrasound can mean that a higher number of patients can receive treatment in a single day, adding up to possible hundreds at year’s end.
Features That Contribute to Ease-of-Use
Portable units have a variety of features that make them very easy for anyone to use. For example, the GEVscan ultrasound uses a similar interface to many smartphones to ensure the simple navigation needed to provide fast and accurate results.
Where traditional machines can force the operator to search for needed probes, this brand of unit features a dual probe for deep or shallow views., all contained in the handle. Thanks to its ability to seamlessly integrate with a facility’s wireless network, providers can review images at the point of care and transfer scan data securely.
Durable, Top-Quality Equipment
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The Purpose of an Astra 300 Spirometer
Spirometry plays a critical role in being able to manage and diagnose patients with respiratory conditions. Even so, this incredibly important tool may not be used as consistently as it could be, possibly due to a lack of high-quality, reliable equipment. However, thanks to the Astra 300 Spirometer, there is a way to offer accurate results and better treatment.
What Spirometers Do
Spirometry measures lung function by having a patient breathe in and out through a mouthpiece attached to the spirometer machine. This helps healthcare providers diagnose respiratory conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, as well as helps them measure lung function over time for adjusting treatment and medications.
All spirometers measure the volume and speed of air that a patient is able to inhale and exhale and will all show specific types of breathing patterns, including normal, obstructive, and restrictive. However, not all spirometers are equal in quality, durability, or accuracy.
Why Use the Astra 300 Spirometer?
The Astra 300 is a handheld spirometer that combines sophisticated technology with incredible ease of use. From this one unit, a healthcare provider can go well beyond testing and:
Enter data into the unit
Instantly review test results
Print a results report
In addition to the above, the Astra 300 can be customized for greater testing and reporting capability. The touchscreen is bright to ensure easy reading and sensitive enough to allow instant access to a wide range of functions, including a graphical or tabular representation of testing data.
Spirometry Testing and Results Recording, Anywhere
The portability of the Astra 300 means that patients can be tested in the lab or a doctor’s office for any combination of 40 parameters. The device can be connected to any PC for interactive, real-time testing or connect wirelessly with optional Bluetooth. All testing results can be saved directly to a patient’s record or selected data printed in hard copy.
Easier and Higher-Quality Testing
The Astra 300 makes testing much easier for patients with its AccuFlo bi-directional digital turbine. Sapphire bearings ensure optimal performance, and the flow trigger algorithm allows tidal breathing before patient-exhale for easier testing. With assurance prompts for testing quality, the result is highly accurate testing.
Plenty of Included Materials
Along with all of the features and advantages above, the Astra 300 also includes several materials that allow you to begin using it almost as soon as it arrives. These materials include:
2 cables for PC and external printer connections
Viral/bacterial filters and nose clips
The Most Reliable Testing Available
In offering top-quality spirometry testing to patients with the Astra 300, you can ensure accurate results every time. Because instant results are available from anywhere, your patients can begin receiving needed treatment far more quickly.
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EMR software has transformed busy medical practices, allowing for the increased quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the care given to patients, as well as increased job satisfaction for caregivers—but what is EMR software, and why does your practice need one? You may be pleasantly surprised by the answers.
What Is EMR Software?
EMR stands for “electronic medical records.” EMR software allows for patient medical records, lab results, billing, and treatment plans to be stored in a digital database. Individuals with controlled access can review and update patient information, and this information can be accessed and updated by several medical providers and facilities.
There are many types of medical devices that are compliant with EMR software. These include vital signs monitors, ECG machines, colposcopes, and stress systems.
What Does It Do?
Electronic medical records software allows for the creation of a single patient file for all practitioners and facilities instead of several files at each facility. Centralizing patient files in this way allows for far faster file creation and updating than the multiple paper files of old.
In transferring paper files to digital format with EMR software, patients can receive diagnoses and medications more quickly. Facilities can also reduce billing errors while saving on drug expenditures due to duplicate prescriptions.
In being able to spend less time creating, searching for, and updating multiple files, facilities can increase the quality of their patient care and the efficiency of their employees.
Who Needs EMR Software?
Electronic medical records software can be used by virtually every type of medical facility. Clinics can use EMR to automate tasks like appointment reminders for patients to reduce interruptions in treatment. When a patient checks in, this notification can be sent to their doctor, who can analyze the details of the appointment to determine whether further treatment may be beneficial.
Electronic medical charting software can also allow for prescriptions to be created or refilled electronically following a doctor’s visit. Medical professionals can enter this information directly into the patient’s file, and then send the prescription to their preferred pharmacy for pick-up.
Labs can benefit from EMR software, which can allow an order to be sent directly to them. Once the results have been published, EMR software can take this information and place it in the patient’s file as soon as it’s available.
Anyone wanting a higher degree of security for their patient information can benefit from EMR software, which is HIPAA-secure. Electronic health record EMR software also complies with HIPAA coding and billing standards.
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How Does Pulse Oximetry Work?
Pulse oximetry allows a patient’s heart rate and blood oxygen level to be measured in a painless and non-invasive way. Although there are several types of devices to measure these important aspects of patient health, all pulse oximeters use the same method to measure levels of oxygen in the blood.
Usage, Placement, and Benefit of Pulse Oximeters
These devices are used on patients with existing heart or lung conditions, as well as those who are experiencing shortness of breath. These devices can be placed in several locations on the body, including the toes, ears, fingers, and forehead to obtain a reading.
They are able to quickly measure the amount of oxygen in red blood cells, which offers several benefits, including helping health professionals determine next steps for treatment. The device is used for patients with a range of conditions, including COPD, heart failure, lung cancer, and asthma.
The pulse oximeter is also used to determine whether or not a patient will require oxygen supplementation, and whether or not medications need to be added or adjusted for a particular treatment program.
How It Works
When different wavelengths of light are passed through red blood cells, the way in which they interact with that light determines how much oxygen they contain. In the case of pulse oximeters, both infrared and red light are shone through the skin. The amount of each type of light that red blood cells absorb determines oxygen saturation.
Different absorption rates are based on whether or not hemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen, is oxygenated or not. If oxygenated, hemoglobin will absorb more infrared than red light, and low oxygen hemoglobin more red than infrared light.
Oxygen Saturation and Pulse in Seconds
Pulse oximeters offer an incredibly fast, easy, and convenient way to measure a patient’s heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. In just a few seconds after placing the device on their finger or another area, a complete and accurate reading can be obtained. The most accurate readings are produced by high-quality pulse oximetry analyzers.
The Best Analyzers for the Best Results
When it comes to producing accurate readings quickly, certain types of oximetry analyzers are more efficient than others. For example, the Masimo Rad-97 Co-Oximeter is a key device that’s used by leading medical professionals around the world.
The Rad-97 device provides a bright LCD display in high resolution for easy reading. It also includes the standard measurements for Sp02, Pi, Pulse rate, and Pvi and allows for upgrades to Rainbow SET Measurements.
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What Is Capnography?
Often used by paramedics in emergency situations,
capnography measures carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in a patient’s exhaled breath. These measurements provide insight into how CO2 levels change over time. A CO2 patient monitor is used for individuals undergoing procedures that require anesthesia and for those with respiratory distress, to determine whether CPR was successful, or to confirm clinical death.
Capnography is important because:
By determining blood-CO2 levels, practitioners can learn about a patient’s oxygenation and metabolism. Irregularities help health care providers learn about a patient’s condition and determine the proper course of treatment.
Measuring EtCO2, or End Tidal CO2, levels over time provides accurate indications as to whether chest compressions are effective. If a patient is not responsive, the readings can indicate whether circulation has returned.
It can help analyze the cause of respiratory distress. Capnography can be used to diagnose and analyze asthma, bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as hypoventilation prior to heart rate or blood pressure changes.
A capnograph can also identify reduced perfusion, a precursor to shock. The role of this measurement technology is expanding. It can quickly provide insights into the function of the human body and be used in pre-hospital emergency situations.
Why Is Capnography So Effective?
The machine passes a beam of infrared light over the gas sample collected from a patient’s breath. Since CO2 absorbs infrared radiation, its presence or lack thereof can be measured. The sensor receives a low amount of infrared light when CO2 levels are high, and more infrared when carbon dioxide levels are low. The capnograph then measures EtCO2 to assess cardiac output via the partial pressure of carbon dioxide the patient expires.
Waveform Capnography: Reading the Signs
One reason measuring EtCO2 is preferred over tracking ventilation rate is the quantity, shape, and trends of waveforms are the same for everyone, regardless of gender or age. Knowing a patient’s ventilation rate, target EtCO2 (35-45 mmHg), and trending of the waveforms (deteriorating, stable, or improving) is important. The shape of the waveform can also tell a lot. It should appear as a rectangle with rounded corners; the graph goes up as the patient inhales, comes to a plateau during exhalation, reaching the EtCO2 before falling back to the baseline.
The waveform can take on different shapes, depending on the patient’s condition. For example, cardiac arrest, shock, asthma, emphysema, and intubation present in specific patterns that are extremely useful to health care providers.
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What Is Capnography
The measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaled air over time,
capnography can be used to diagnose diseases, gauge their severity, and measure the response to treatment. Carbon dioxide concentrations are represented as a waveform. Thus, waveform capnography is effective at measuring what’s known as tidal carbon dioxide.
The maximum CO2 concentration at the end of each tidal breath, or end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2), helps see how severe a respiratory problem is and how to adapt a given treatment method to the patient’s condition.
Capnography is used by medical services personnel to assess a patient’s:
Ventilation: How efficiently the pulmonary system is eliminating CO2
Perfusion: The ability of the vascular system to transport CO2
Metabolism: The efficiency of cellular metabolism in producing CO2
By contrast, pulse oximetry provides real-time information on oxygenation. Along with ventilation, this is also a physiologic respiratory function measured in patients who are intubated or who can breathe on their own.
How Is Respiratory CO2 Measured?
Monitoring the partial pressure of carbon, or its gas concentration in exhaled air, can be accomplished with mainstream sensors placed in the airway. In this configuration, the sensor is placed on an endotracheal tube’s airway adapter. A side-stream sensor measures respiratory gas by sampling it via a nasal or nasal-oral cannula. Small samples of exhaled breath are aspirated through the tubing to the monitor’s sensor.
When Is Capnography Used?
By measuring ETCO2, it’s possible to track respiratory effort in addition to other important parameters, such as the respiratory rate and sounds of a patient’s breath. It can be used when the brain doesn’t respond to changes in carbon dioxide, which can happen in cases of a head injury, seizure, or overdose.
Patients with conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may struggle to get air out. Waveform capnography can be used to measure their effort vs. how effectively their bodies are eliminating CO2. Changes in tidal volume can cause EtCO2 levels to rise or fall.
These measurements can also help to provide real-time feedback on treatments such as medications and bag valve masks or to determine how fast a patient should be ventilated. This is important since under- or over-ventilating a patient can cause serious harm. Low EtCO2 levels can accompany other signs of shock and provide clues about circulation to the lungs and body. The ideal EtCO2 range is around 35-45 mmHg.1
Where Do I Find the Best Capnography Equipment?
Medical Device Depot carries leading-brand waveform capnography systems from Welch Allyn, Criticare, and Masimo. We offer standalone CO2 monitors and multifunctional units that measure carbon dioxide output and other parameters.
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Pulmonary Function Tests: Everything You Need to Know
pulmonary function test (PFT), which is also called lung function testing, is used to measure how well the lungs are performing. The test is a noninvasive procedure that requires you to breathe using a special device attached to your mouth or to stand or sit inside a phone-booth-like box.
The mouthpiece device is referred to as a PFT spirometry test. The spirometer is connected directly to a small computer that records each breath and translates this into useable data.
The phone-booth-like box test is referred to as a PFT plethysmography test. Instead of a mouthpiece, you are placed inside the box and it is sealed so it is air-tight. As you breathe in and out, sensors and other devices inside the box monitor and record the test data.
What Is a Pulmonary Function Test Used For?
A PFT can be ordered by your healthcare provider if you are experiencing one of two different types of breathing disorders, to determine the cause for the breathing problem. The first type of disorder is referred to as restrictive breathing.
This condition is when you are breathing in, yet your lungs cannot expand sufficiently enough to accommodate the air. As such, you can experience labored breathing since your body is getting a reduced amount of air through the lungs.
The second condition is referred to as obstructive breathing. This condition is when you are not able to exhale a sufficient amount of air with each breath. There is essentially something blocking the airflow that can cause you to take shorter and faster breaths.
Who Gets a Pulmonary Function Test?
Anyone who suffers from respiratory and breathing problems can be referred to take a PFT by their healthcare provider. Other types of health conditions one may have that could warrant a PFT could include:
Inflammation of the Lungs
Post-Op Breathing Problems
Breathing Problems Following a Chest Injury
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Exposure to Asbestosis and Other Hazardous Materials
Part of an Annual Wellness Physical
Family History of Lung/Respiratory Problems
Keep in mind, these are just some of the more common reasons a PFT might be prescribed. There can be other reasons and medical conditions when your healthcare provider could recommend getting a PFT.
What Does a Pulmonary Function Test Measure?
A PFT is used to measure various information about airflow rates, air capacity of the lungs, the air volume in the lungs, and the exchange rate of gas (i.e., oxygen and carbon dioxide). Your test results are used to determine if you have a lung disorder and to decide on an effective treatment plan.
How Often Does a Pulmonary Function Test Needs to Be Performed?
A PFT can be performed at set intervals based on the patient’s needs, current medical conditions, age, and overall health and well-being. For instance, if you had surgery on your lungs to remove pre-cancerous lung nodules, your surgeon can prescribe PFTs as part of your post-op recovery. Your surgeon may have also had you take a PFT prior to surgery to use the test results as a benchmark to compare to your post-op tests.
Are There Any Adverse or Serious Side Effects of a Pulmonary Function Test?
Both types of PFTs are noninvasive procedures that are safe with very little risks of adverse or serious side effects. However, as with any procedure or test, there can be certain risks you should be aware of, such as:
Triggering an Asthma Attack
Shortness of Breath
The health professional performing the PFT will review any risks with you before you take your PFT.
Please feel free to explore Medical Device Depot to find medical equipment used for PFT and lung function testing you and your healthcare facility needs. You may also call us at 877-646-3300 if you have further questions or need help finding specific items.
What Is Electrosurgery?
Electrosurgery is a surgical technique which makes use of high-frequency electrical current to cut and coagulate tissues. Skilled surgeons make use of electrical waveforms to help patients experience less post-operative pain.1
This process is different from electrocautery or thermo cautery, and it uses a different type of medical device. There are several types of electrosurgical equipment for various medical applications, but they all use electricity and the resultant heat to transform tissues through these effects:
How Is Electrosurgery Used?
Electrosurgery has widely varied applications and can replace a scalpel for many delicate surgical procedures. Some of the uses of electrosurgery include:
Debulking during nasal plastic surgery
Treatment of benign skin problems such as skin tags
Treatment of malignant skin diseases, including basal cell carcinoma2
How Does an Electrosurgical Unit Work?
The electrosurgical unit (ESU) device has a generator and electrodes located in a handpiece. It is usually controlled with a finger or foot switch. Alternating current at a high frequency, between 100 kilohertz and 5 megahertz, is passed through the tissue at voltages ranging between 200 and 10,000 volts.3
By varying these combinations of frequency and voltage, the trained surgical operator can produce the desired tissue effects by generating different waveforms. There are two types of electrosurgical units, bipolar and monopolar.
Bipolar refers to equipment which has both an active and return electrode at the site of surgery. These two tips provide the “active” and “return” functions, causing only the tissue between the forceps to be part of the electrical circuit. Bipolar electrosurgery works exceptionally well in all mediums, especially in a “wet field” or fluid surgical site.
In this type of electrosurgery, there is only one active electrode used at the surgical site and it works well in dry surgical fields. The return electrode is located in a dispersive pad placed elsewhere on the patient’s body. Electrical current completes its circuit from the handheld active electrode out through the return pad. Built-in safety features prevent burns at the dispersal pad location.
Using an Electrosurgical Generator Unit Safely
Training in their operation and these safety procedures make the use of high-frequency electrical current a safe and effective surgical alternative. Some of the essential safety guidelines for use of an ESU include:3
Always returning the handpiece to its nonconductive holster.
Using the lowest possible generator settings to produce the surgical results needed.
Cleaning electrode tips frequently with a sponge to remove buildup during use.
Checking dispersal pads frequently for heat buildup, and ensuring monopolar electrosurgery patients do not have metal implants or a pacemaker.
Having patients remove all metal jewelry prior to the procedure.
Avoiding use in environments containing high levels of oxygen or flammable agents. Allowing alcohol vapors to fully dissipate from surgical prep before use.
Preventing electrical cables from coming into contact with sharp metal clips or being wrapped around metal instruments or objects.
Using the handpiece only with dry gloves and while standing on a dry surface.
Keeping ECG electrodes away from the surgical site and out of the path of electrical current.
Choosing Cutting-Edge Electrosurgical Equipment and Devices
When purchasing electrosurgical devices and equipment, talk with our trained sales and service staff at the Medical Device Depot. With personalized and knowledgeable representatives waiting to answer your questions, adding this essential equipment to your facility is easy.
Putting the latest surgical equipment into the hands of doctors and surgeons brings the best standard of care to your patients, expands your service opportunities, and enhances your reputation for excellence in healthcare. Don’t wait to add electrosurgical devices to your organization’s healers.
Contact us today to select the perfect unit for your doctors and patients.
autoclave is a laboratory or medical device that uses steam to sterilize equipment and biohazardous waste. This method of using wet heat to destroy dangerous organisms is considered the most reliable method of sterilization for most applications.
By heating laboratory or medical equipment and contaminated materials to temperatures of at least 134 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes, or 121 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes, autoclaving destroys or inactivates:
What Are the Applications of Autoclave Sterilization?
The autoclave sterilization process is used in a wide variety of settings and manufacturing applications. Some of these include:
Sterilizing medical and surgical equipment during manufacture and for re-use.
Sterilizing laboratory equipment between uses and preventing cross-contamination of cultures.
Sterilizing dental instruments in compliance with health codes and requirements.
Sterilizing medical or biological waste products prior to disposal into landfills or municipal waste facilities.
Neutralizing potentially infectious waste, such as specimen cultures, serums, vaccines, plant materials, and plant pests which must be made biologically inactive before disposal.
The autoclave sterilization process is not used for plastics with a low melting temperature or for paper products.
How Does an Autoclave Work?
Medical and laboratory autoclaves work by circulating hot steam around the items to be sterilized. The guidelines will ensure proper operation:
Properly calibrated equipment provides saturated steam under a pressure, to achieve 15 pounds per square inch at a temperature of at least 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121°C) for the full cycle—typically 30-60 minutes.
Reusable items of laboratory and medical equipment are placed to allow all surfaces to come in contact with the pressurized steam.
Infectious waste may be processed in autoclavable bags marked with the universal biohazard symbol and filled to no more than ¾ full.
Regular maintenance and sterility monitoring are performed by using chemical autoclave indicator tape to monitor efficacy monthly, at a minimum.
Finding a Laboratory or Medical Grade Autoclave for Your Application
Industrial and medical regulations may guide your choice in selecting the right autoclave for your facility. Whether you need an autoclave for continuous hospital use, daily equipment sterilization, or preparing biological waste for disposal, we have the right system for your needs.
Operating costs will include water and power consumption, so
selecting a model that suits your application while making efficient use of autoclave space and design will be the best facility investment. Replacing old and outdated autoclave or sterilization equipment today starts saving your organization money tomorrow.
While the financial benefits of purchasing a new autoclave may not be as obvious as revenue-generating equipment like an ECG machine or new ultrasound machines, re-using expensive equipment, saving water, reducing energy costs, and complying with regulations make an autoclave a wise investment for most laboratories and medical facilities.
Purchasing a new autoclave from the Medical Device Depot will bring these benefits to you and offer the widest range of equipment ready to ship to your location fast. With available financing, there is no reason to work with sub-standard equipment.
Contact us today to learn more.
Ultrasound Machines from Mindray
Z5, Z6, and M7 are popular Doppler ultrasound models we recommend to physicans, depending on their application, image quality requirement and budget.
Z5: The Z5 line is an economic, color ultrasound that can be used for a routine indoor or an outdoor emergency.
35C50EA is convex for abdomen (OB/GYN, or deep vein)
75L38EA is generic linear probe for vascular, MSK, Thyroid etc
10L24EA, higher frequency linear for vascular (more superficial such as vascular access, vein)
65EC10EA is endocavity probe for Gyn application or prostate (urology) imaging.
Z6: A portable high resolution color Doppler with an ideal combination of advanced image enhancing technologies and convenient workflow applications.
3C5P: same function as 35C50EA
7L4P: same funtion as 75L38EA
6CV1P: same function as 65EC10EA
M7: This easy to use color Doppler is ideal in busy and challenging point-of-care environments.
C5-2s: same function as 35CT0EA
7L4P: same function as 75L38EA
L12-4s: same function as 10L24EA
L14-6Ns: much higher frequency linear probe, mainly for superficial nerve block, MSK, vein etc.
V10-4s: same function as 65EC10EA
P4-2s: this is the probe for cardiac (M7 Advance is required)
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From our family to yours; have a healthy, happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
Improving patient safety and workflow efficiency. Seca understands the clinical demands and financial challenges that you face to deliver quality care for patients with multiple chronic health conditions. With innovative and practical functions that reduce transcription errors, improve safety and streamline workflow to allow more time on what matters most – the patient. Take advantage of these multi functional scales.
Thank you to all the veterans that have sacrificed to keep our country free.
Note: General reimbursement information is being provided only as of January 1, 2017, on an “as is” basis. Medical Device Depot makes no representation or warranties of any kind to the accuracy or applicability of any content contained herein. The information does not constitute professional or legal advice on coding or reimbursement and should be used at your soul liability and discretion. All coding, policies and reimbursement information is subject to change without notice. Before filing any claims, it is the provider’s responsibility to verify current requirements and policies with the payer
The Nonin LifeSense ll and RespSense ll are ideal for a wide range of medical monitoring applications where a stand-along capnograph is desirable, including resuscitation, procedural sedation, pain management, post-anesthesia monitoring and sleep testing. With both devices, clinicians have fast, first-breath detection of respiratory rate and end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2).
In addition, the LifeSense ll adds Nonin’s proven PureSAT® SpO2 technology which utilizes intelligent pulse-by-pulse filtering to provide precise oximetry measurements. Both capnograph monitors offer key benefits over first-generation LifeSense and RespSense products, including a larger display, internal memory with USB and multiple settings options, among many other advantages.
Medical Device Depot continuing the tradition at the Baltimore Running Festival 5k (@baltrunfest) on Saturday October 15, 2016.
Happy Birthday Alyssa Figueroa
We have enjoyed learning Bionets new product offering
Medical Device Depot's Alyssa Figueroa and Lauren Earnest attending NDC University
Medical Device Depot is a proud sponsor, and avid supporter, of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide is as bad as any silent, medical killer. Please consider joining us for the walk, or click on the website for other options of support. The more awareness we can create, the more lives we can save.
Tragedy hits Historic Ellicott City, Maryland as record floods tear through shops and residences on July 30th, 2016
Approximately 3 miles away from the Medical Device Depot corporate office, flash flooding sent 4-5 feet of water into downtown Ellicott City, MD on Friday night around 9pm. Over 150 people had to be evacuated, over 180 cars were destroyed and 2 lives were lost. We are deeply saddened by this event, leaving people out of their homes, closing businesses down and worst of all, the death of 2 people.
Our hearts go out to the victims families, the residents and business owners, and anyone else affected by this disaster. Although we are not directly affected, the staff at Medical Device Depot live in and around that area, and have family and friends there.
The Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) is a local group that is taking donations in the form of financial support to help assist local small businesses and residents recover their lives.
Click here to make a donation.
Happy Birthday to our fearless leader, John Gladstein!
Be safe and have a great Independence Day!
Have a good memorial day weekend!
Rachael Ray featured our Firefly Digital Video Otoscope on her show today!
Happy Birthday to the President of Medical Device Depot Marlee Gladstein!
In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Man should be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of the skin." This message is eternal.
The Americans with Disabilities Act includes several provisions aimed at making businesses more accessible to people with disabilities. Customers who purchase from the Hill Adjustable line of tables, featuring electric power elevation, are often eligible for the Section 44 provision of this tax credit.
The provision reads as follows:
Small Business Tax Credit (Internal Revenue Code Section: 44 Disabled Access Credit)
Small businesses with either $1,000,000 or less in revenue or 30 or fewer full-time employees may take a tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for the cost of providing reasonable accommodations such as sign language interpreters, readers, materials in alternative format (such as Braille or large print), the purchase of adaptive equipment, the modification of existing equipment, or the removal of architectural barriers.
This tax credit is considerable and amounts to nearly
half the purchase price of your table with an overall cap of $5,000 of credit.
Happy New Year!
Medical Device Depot had a great time at the Autobahn Speedway. Congratulations to the following winners: Matt Berens (1st Place), John Gladstein (2nd Place) and Kate Felix (3rd Place).
Happy Holidays to everyone!
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We would love to help you with any end of the year equipment needs you may have!
Be sure to ask your tax preparer about the newly increased Section 179 tax benefits for 2015. Click here for Section 179
*Please consult your tax adviser or accountant for additional information. Equipment must be purchased and placed in service by 12/31/15.
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a happy birthday to our staff Kamran Sarwar
Midmark announces IQvitals integration with athenahealth
Midmark Corporation (Dayton, OH) announced that Midmark IQvitals is now integrated with athenaClinicals, a cloud-based EHR service provided by athenahealth (Watertown, MA). athenahealth now integrates with Midmark’s entire IQ Digital Diagnostic System. Midmark’s IQvitals is a Windows-based touch screen device that provides automated blood pressure, temperature, Sp02, and pulse-rate readings. It can be used as a standalone unit or connected to a computer using IQmanager software or an EHR solution. The system’s collection of digital diagnostic devices and software solutions enables caregivers to quickly and accurately capture, interpret, and retrieve patient information.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Thank you to all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We appreciate your dedication and sacrifice to keep our country safe.
End-Users Get a $400 Rebate or Free Ultrasonic (with SS Basket) with Purchase of the Following Tuttnauer Items (Offer Ends December 31, 2015)
Basically, The Disabled Access Credit is a 50% tax credit available to any small business making an equipment purchase that makes it easier for a disabled person.
Credit vs. Deduction
To understand the value of the tax credit, you must first understand the difference between a "tax deduction" and a "tax credit". A tax deduction is basically any valid expense you may incur in running your business. You deduct it from your revenues to determine your income, which you are then taxed on. A tax credit is much more valuable, as it is offset directly against any tax you owe.
Here is a simple illustration of how this works:
Expenses (Tax deductions) ($175,000)
Taxable Income $75,000
Income Tax (25%) $18,750
Less (Tax Credits) ($2,500)
Net Income Tax $16,250
The use of the tax credit is just the same as getting 50% off the equipment's purchase price, you just have to wait to file your taxes in order to get it back.
There are basically 2 main criteria your business must meet to qualify for the credit:
Gross Receipts for the preceding year did not exceed $ 1 million
Business had no more than 30 full time employees in the preceding year
The other criteria relates to the equipment purchased. Eligible expenditures include amounts paid or incurred to acquire or modify equipment or devices for individuals with disabilities. Most chiropractic tables with elevation or high-low features meet these criteria.
Calculating the Credit
Calculating the credit is pretty straightforward. You take your total expenditure, subtract $250, and multiply the result by 50%. If you purchased a piece of equipment for $5,250, your tax credit would be $2,500 calculated as follows ($5,250 - $250 = $5,000, $5,000 X 50% = $2,500). The maximum amount of the credit is $5,000. The credit is calculated on IRS form 8826. If you are unable to utilize the entire credit in the current year because it is greater than your tax liability, you can use the remaining credit in future years.
While the time of year you make a qualifying purchase has no bearing whatsoever on your eligibility to use the credit, as a practical matter, the end of the year often makes more sense. Most taxpayers are on a calendar year and file their taxes in March or April. If you make a purchase in November or December, you will receive the benefit of the credit within a few months. If you make a purchase in January, you will have to wait 15 or 16 months to receive that same benefit. That is why many doctors make these types of purchases at the end of the year, to maximize their cash flow.
Tax credits of any kind can be very valuable and should not be overlooked. Everyone's tax situation is different and it is recommended that you consult with your tax adviser for advice on your particular situation.
CardioChek® Plus Analyzer Physician Office Promotion
PTS Diagnostics is offering a special, limited-time offer for new customers who provide point-of-care clinical services. Physician offices that agree to purchase a
CardioChek starter pack, consisting of test strips and supplies (controls and capillary tubes), to perform 45 lipid panel and 50 glucose tests, will receive an included CardioChek analyzer at no additional charge. There is no further commitment to purchase any additional test strips. This offer may not be combined with other promotions, must be drop-shipped from PTS Diagnostics and is valid through December 31, 2015.
Simple Skin Tag Removals Can Have A Powerful Impact
$23,148 is the estimated annual reimbursement received by performing the removal of five patients' skin tags a week, for one year.
Simple skin procedures, like skin tags can easily be performed in-office by family practice physicians. By introducing these types of procedures, practitioners can reduce their patient's healthcare cost, by decreasing the need to see a specialist and increase their practice income. Introduce your customers to revenue potentials of the
Bovie Freezepoint multi-use cryosurgical device, Derm 101 and 102 high frequency dessicator.
The Bovie skin procedures package; an investment in their patients and their practice.
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a happy birthday to our staff Alyssa Figueroa
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a happy birthday to our staff Hope Braley
Who invented the first PC Based ECG?
Nasiff is the inventor and innovator in top quality integrated PC Based ECG diagnostic devices for over 26 years. The companies currently carried by others have emulated various parts of our products and solutions with various degrees of success. The others represented have varying degrees of meeting customer's needs, whereas the CardioCard® and CardioSuite® Systems have stayed ahead because our vision is ahead of our competition. This will be an advantage for you as well.
Nasiff Associates Advantages include:
Nasiff Associates, the first company in the world to produce a clinically useful PC-based PC ECG/PC EKG the first to have a PC-based Stress ECG System, the first to have a notebook based ECG System, the first to integrate Resting, Stress and Holter into one System.
Technology leaders in PC-based Cardiology Diagnostic Devices, wireless devices and mobile (Android and iOS) device's.
Over 26 years in-depth experience in the PC-based Cardiology Diagnostic Device market.
Known in the industry having the best customer support and the best quality because of the most experience.
Competitively priced and feature rich, so best commissions for representatives. (best value and ROI for customers)
Secure Unlimited Cardio Patient Database with networking built in.
Developed and manufactured in the USA
All CardioCard® products can securely share data for over-reads, second opinions etc... using the CardioHospital™
All Nasiff CardioCard® products have free installation and training support. Nasiff CardioCard® products carry a 2-year warranty on technical and customer support and on all devices and software via web or phone.
We look forward to providing you the best in ECG acquisition and management.
Welch Allyn Introduces Braun ThermoScan PRO 6000 Ear Thermometer
Welch Allyn introduces the new ThermoScan PRO 6000 Ear Thermometer, a new electronic ear thermometer that offers advanced measurement technology to help capture accurate, reliable temperature readings. The Welch Allyn Braun ThermoScan PRO 6000 Ear Thermometer with exclusive PerfecTemp technology helps overcome challenges presented by ear canal anatomy and variability in probe placement, according to the company. The thermometer collects information about the direction and depth of ear probe placement and automatically incorporates it into temperature calculation - helping to increase the accuracy of readings. The new Welch Allyn thermometer also includes ExacTemp technology that provides an active user feedback to ensure proper stability of the probe during measurement to help improve accuracy in calculating temperatures.LipidPlus® FREE Lipid Analyzer and Printer Promotion
Welch Allyn Launches New Promotions for the Fall of 2015
For each eligible products during the promotion, you will receive your choice of the following offers:. Offer ends on December 15, 2015.
Happy birthday to our Sales Manager John Gladstein.
Medical Device Depot wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.
Remembering those who serve, and those we lost, on Memorial Day.
FREE SPIROMETER!!! Buy a Welch Allyn CP 150 or PC Based ECG machine and get a free spirometer until August 12th, 2015
FREE SPIROMETER!!! Buy a Cardio7 EKG machine and get a free SPM-300 Spirometer Until June 30th, 2015
This week is one of our staff members final week at Medical Device Depot; Christina Felix. Best of luck!
MDD Employees attend the TAPS charity
On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, employees John Gladstein and Matt Berens hit the ice rink with the Washington Capitals players for a good cause. The skating party that was hosted by the washington capitals benefited Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
TAPS is a non-profit organization which offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces.
Perfect Spirometer for Physicians prescribing Afreeza®.
Happy Birthday to the President of Medical Device Depot Marlee Gladstein!
Welch Allyn Celebrates it's 100th anniversary!
"2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Welch Allyn. When we introduced the world’s first direct-illuminating ophthalmoscope in 1915, it fundamentally changed the way physicians diagnose diseases and care for patients. We've come a long way since then, but our vision remains the same — help transform care wherever patients and healthcare professionals connect, with measurable improvement in value, so all can thrive. We invite you to take a step back in time with us, visit the new
www.welchallyn.comsite, and see what 100 years of medical device innovation looks like from the eyes of the pioneers who helped build our legacy and shape an industry. Read the blog, watch videos, check out our photo gallery and interactive timeline, and see just how far a century of care has taken us." - Welch Allyn (Skaneateles Falls, NY)
Medical Device Depot wishes you a safe and Happy New Year!
Medical Device Depot wishes you a safe and Happy Holidays!
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We would love to help you with any end of the year equipment needs you may have!
Be sure to ask your tax preparer about the newly increased Section 179 tax benefits for 2014. You may be eligible for deductions up to $500,000.*
*Please consult your tax adviser or accountant for additional information. Equipment must be purchased and placed in service by 12/31/14.
Former Medical Device Depot staff Elliott Goldstein traveled to Hadassah hospital along with Dr. Ben Carson.
Medical Device Depot had a great time at their holiday party. Congratulations to the following winners at the Autobahn Speedway: Matt Berens (1st Place), John Gladstein (2nd Place) and Hope Braley (3rd Place).
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a happy birthday to our staff Kamran Sarwar
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving to all our family, friends and customers!
93015 (Cardiovascular stress test using maximal or submaximal treadmill or bicycle exercise, continuous electrocardiographic monitoring, and/or pharmacological stress; with supervision, interpretation and report)
92542 (Positional nystagmus test, minimum of 4 positions, with recording), 92546 (Sinusoidal vertical axis rotational testing), 92547 (Use of vertical electrodes (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), 92270 (Electro-oculography with interpretation and report)
95921 (Testing of autonomic nervous system function; cardiovagal innervation (parasympathetic function), including 2 or more of the following: heart rate response to deep breathing with recorded R-R interval, Valsalva ratio, and 30:15 ratio), 95922 (Testing of autonomic nervous system function; vasomotor adrenergic innervation (sympathetic adrenergic function), including beat-to-beat blood pressure and R-R interval changes during Valsalva maneuver and at least 5 minutes of passive tilt), 93923 (Complete bilateral noninvasive physiologic studies of upper or lower extremity arteries, 3 or more levels), 93040 (Rhythm ECG, 1-3 leads; with interpretation and report)
93224 (External electrocardiographic recording up to 48 hours by continuous rhythm recording and storage; includes recording, scanning analysis with report, review and interpretation by a physician or other qualified health care professional)
95923 (Testing of autonomic nervous system function; sudomotor, including 1 or more of the following: quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART), silastic sweat imprint, thermoregulatory sweat test, and changes in sympathetic skin potential)
17110 (Destruction (eg, laser surgery, electro surgery, cryosurgery, chemosurgery, surgical curettement), of benign lesions other than skin tags or cutaneous vascular proliferative lesions; up to 14), 11200 (Removal of skin tags, multiple fibrocutaneous tags, any area, up to and including 15 lesions)
Thank you to all the men and women who served the armed forces.
Spirometry (meaning the measuring of breath) is the gold standard pulmonary function test (PFT) for the diagnosis and management of both asthma and COPD. The earlier you detect the disease; the easier you can treat and manage.
It can be performed by any one of your staff and they can be trained in minutes! The easy-to-read reports, quality checks and built-in interpretation assist with your diagnosis.
Performing spirometry tests could not be easier than with a MD Spiro automated spirometer. Your patients will be correctly diagnosed and treated more accurately and conveniently in your office and spirometry is fully REIMBURSABLE. The average primary care physician tests ten patients per week and can generate over $20,000 per year in additional revenue.
Medical Device Depot would like to wish a happy birthday to our staff Hope Braley
Receive a free Wireless USB Adapter with purchase of the following. Offer ends December 31, 2014
End-Users Get a Free Cart or $150 Rebate with Purchase of the Following Bionet Items (Offer Ends December 31, 2014)
From neuro hammers and penlights, to stethoscopes, sphygs, temperature, SpO2, NIBP and now, EENT, ADC offers it all. From a medical student buying their first set of diagnostic and physical exam instruments, to a physician re-outfitting their practice, ADC makes a quality instrument that fits your needs… and budget.
Receive a rebate or free products with the purchase of Midmark diagnostic products including vital signs monitors, spirometers, and EKG machines! For each eligible product purchased during the promotion, you will receive your choice of the following offers:
Receive a $300 rebate or Lead Wire, Holter Prep Kit Case, and Disposable Pouch Pack with purchase of the IQholter Recorder.
Offer ends December 18, 2014. For more information on this promotion call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Medical Device Depot Not Affected By Heartbleed Security Bug
Medical Device Depot is not affected by the
Heartbleed Security Bug. This is because our website does not use OpenSSL coding, and our outside services, including PayPal are not affected. All customer information is safe and secure.
Section 179 Deduction and Bonus Depreciation - 2014 Update
In 2014 the section 179 deduction, which allows partial expense of equipment and software purchases in a calendar year, has dropped to
$25,000.00. Prior to 2014, Bonus Depreciation allowed for immediate depreciation of 50% of the cost of equipment. It was allowed to expire on December 31, 2013. Now the maximum amount of equipment that can be purchased before the deduction begins to be phased out is $200,000.00 (the deduction will be completely phased out once purchases exceed $225,000).
Off-the-shelf computer software placed in service during the tax year is qualifying property for purposes of the Section 179 Deduction. This is software available for purchase by the general public, subject to a nonexclusive license and has not been substantially modified
For more information about the Section 179 update, call us at 877-646-3300.
stress test can be used to test for heart disease. Stress tests are tests performed by a doctor and/or trained technician to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to heart muscle). The most commonly performed stress test is the exercise stress test.
What is an Exercise Stress test?
The exercise stress test - also called a stress test, exercise elecrocardiogram, treadmill test, graded exercise test, or stress
ECG - is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It usually involves walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.
Why Do I Need a Stress Test?
Your doctor uses the stress test to:
Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications to control angina and ischemia.
Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation.
Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease.
Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
Help you develop a safe exercise program.
What Are the Types of Stress Tests?
Stress tests come in many forms, including:
Treadmill Stress Test: As long as you can walk and maintain a normal ECG, this is typically the first stress test performed. You walk on a treadmill while being monitored to see how far you walk and if you develop chest pains or changes in your ECG that suggest that your heart is not getting enough blood.
Dobutamine or Adenosine Stress Test: This test is used for people who are unable to exercise. A drug is given to make the heart respond as though the person were exercising.
Stress Echocardiogram: A graphic outline of the heart's movement. A stress echo can accurately visualize the motion of the heart's walls and pumping action when the heart is stressed; it may reveal a lack of blood flow that isn't always apparent on other heart tests.
Nuclear Stress Test: This test helps to determine which parts of the heart are healthy or unhealthy. A small amount of radioactive substance is injected into the patient. Then the doctor uses a special camera to identify the rays emitted from the substance within the body both at rest and after exercise. This detects areas of the heart with a decreased blood supply.
For more information on stress testing, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot!
According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, continual monitoring for the presence of expired carbon dioxide is standard for every patient receiving anesthesia.
The Respsense Monitor offers MedAir EtCO2 technology for continuous long-term monitoring. It is simple and easy-to-use for EtCO2 spot-checks as well as ET-tube placement verification. Portable, accurate, and cost-effective, RespSense is perfect for emergency services and ambulance use - or in clinical settings where fast, easy EtCO2 monitoring is required.
Nonin Medical's LifeSense multi-parameter monitor provides numeric EtCO2 and SpO2 values in addition to a continuous visual waveform — making it ideal for spot checks or continuous monitoring. Equipped with Nonin Medical's proven motion and low perfusion tolerant PureSAT SpO2 technology, and Medair EtCO2 technology, LifeSense provides accurate EtCO2 data on the first breath.
Least Expensive Vital Signs (EKG, NIBP, SpO2, CO2)
Designed with emergency and operating room medical responders in mind, the VI-8410P patient monitor provides the efficient and fast-acting response needed for medical emergencies. Minimum ECG waveform and HR distortions during electrosurgical cutting and ablation, and total protection from electrosurgical interference prevent technical interference.
Revolutionary New 12-Lead ECG/EKG Device Works Wirelessly With Any Android Cell Phone or Tablet
CardioCard Mobile is available exclusively through Medical Device Depot
Nasiff Associates announces the release of the first 12-lead EKG machine available on a tablet or smartphone. The CardioCard Mobile is a wireless 12 lead EKG machine with interpretation. The CardioCard Mobile is the first ECG machine with the ability to run a 12-lead wireless ECG test directly on Android tablets and smartphones, turning the portable device into a fully-functioning electrocardiogram machine. Now you can provide expert ECG analysis to patients in the doctor's office or halfway across the world.
After performing an ECG, the CardioCard Management System performs further analysis and the ability to print reports.
EMR connectivity assists with wireless record management, reducing errors and allowing immediate remote reviews. A PDF output option ensures a universally compliant format for storing and exchanging ECG data. Gain the combined power of advanced ECG technology with the versatility to store and send data.
EMR integration now works with
Nasiff products through the Cardio Universal EMR Interface! Acquire patient ECG in a Nasiff device such as the CardioCard. Then over read the report on a computer, add comments, sign and submit electronically.
In addition to EMR submission, Nasiff ECG reports can be viewed in several electronic programs including Amazing Charts, Nextgen, and eClinicalWorks.
Capnography, which graphically monitors carbon dioxide concentration and measures ventilation and respiration, is utilized in operating rooms, intensive care units and other hospital areas where patients are under anesthesia or receiving sedation. This device sees greater use because it lets providers know that a patient is breathing effectively.
ECG monitoring for 24 hours by continuous original ECG waveform recording and storage with visual superimposition scanning; includes recording, scanning analysis with report, physician review and interpretation.
Recording (includes hook-up, recording and disconnection)
Graphic report, total and timed forced vital capacity (FVC)
Bronchospasm evaluation: spirometry as in 94010, before and after bronchodilator (aerosol or parenteral) or exercise.
Prolonged postexposure evaluation of bronchospasm with multiple spirometric determinations after test dose of bronchodilator (aerosol only) antigen, exercise, cold air, methocholine or other chemical agent.
Vital Capacity, total (separate procedure)
Maximum breathing capacity, maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV)