Looking for an EKG machine? It pays to shop around

ELI-250cWhen it comes time to upgrade the equipment in your office, the typical process likely goes like this: Your EKG machine is on its last leg and you’ve been thinking of replacing it for a while. Then one day, it breaks down completely and you don’t have the luxury of deciding anymore. The local sales representative who provides your cotton balls, gauze pads and other everyday office supplies brings in a new machine and offers you his normal price. You don’t have the time to bargain, so you accept the offer and take the new machine.

But what if there was an easy way to get a better price?

Although there’s nothing wrong with having a trusty local rep, they may not always have the best deals. It’s important to shop around for something as important as an EKG machine. And while you’re out shopping, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:

What size printout do you need? SomeSample_EKG_Report machines print out on 60 millimeter strips of half-size sheets while others print out on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper, which is often preferable.

Do you need the machine to print out patient demographics? This makes the printouts look more professional, but takes up more of the EKG technician’s time.

CC-ECG1Do you need to connect your machine to a computer? You can find PC-based EKG machines that connect electronically to your medical records and integrate other diagnostic features.

No matter your needs, Medical Device Depot is here to help you compare prices and find the best equipment to fit your budget. Browse our EKG machine selection, which includes PC-based, standalone and veterinary machines and accessories appropriate for any medical center, hospital or facility.

3 Spirometry Devices You Can’t Miss

As humans, we often take the act of breathing for granted. Think about it. When was the last time you consciously listened to or thought about your breath outside of a yoga class? Unfortunately, the simple act of breathing can become extremely difficult for those with lung disease and other lung issues. But there are products available to help.

Spirometers make lung function testing faster and more reliable, especially when these machines employ state-of-the-art technology. Here are some of the top spirometers with mouthpieces you’ll find from Medical Device Depot:

2001-2NPEasyOne Plus Diagnostic Spirometer, Cradle and EasyWare Software

This spirometer works without a computer, but can be easily linked. This standalone instrument is perfect for office spirometry, and features direct print capability and long-term stability without calibration.

2000-2PEasyOne Plus Frontline Spirometer, Cradle, Printer and EasyWare Software

This simple screening instrument features a single curve, simple screening and economical pricing. Make this instrument work for you with point-of-care testing and bedside monitoring. You can bring your lab to your patients without compromising accuracy.

911021MIR SpiroBank II Spirometer – Basic

An innovative design combines with user-friendly technology to establish new standards in the field of spirometry. You can even choose from disposable mouthpiece options.

Find all the right technology to put your patients first. Medical Device Depot is your partner in spirometry.

Save Big with Section 179

Small business owners rejoice! With the Section 179 deduction, you can save big. Business owners who acquire equipment for their business, including medical equipment — like EKG machines and spirometers — are eligible for a section 179 tax savings.

What is Section 179?

As of January 1, 2016, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) was passed by both the U.S. House and Senate and signed into law. This bill expanded the Section 129 deduction limit to $500,000. This tax savings allows a small business to obtain an enhanced deduction on equipment and software purchased or financed during the single tax year. In 2016, the spending cap on equipment purchases is $2,000,000, making Section 179 a true incentive for small business.

What else is new for 2016?

The 50% Bonus Depreciation will extend through 2019. This means businesses of all sizes can depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired during 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the bonus depreciation will phase to 40 percent, and 30 percent in 2019.

Important for the 2016 Tax Year:
Section 179 provides significant tax relief, but only if you finance in time. All equipment and software must be financed and put in place by 12:00 a.m. on December 31, 2016.

Want to find out how much you can save? Check out this Section 179 Qualified Financing Calculator to see how much your business can save.

What’s the difference between a sterilizer and an autoclave?

As a medical professional, your main goal is to keep your patients happy and healthy — and that starts with sterilizing your equipment. But finding the right sterilization equipment, like sterilizers and autoclaves, can be tricky and expensive. So be sure you’re investing in the right tools for your practice. Here are some helpful hints:

What’s the difference between a sterilizer and an autoclave?

ez10k-2A sterilizer is a general term for any piece of equipment that can sterilize. An autoclave falls under this category of equipment. An autoclave sterilizer’s purpose is to kill all forms of life on the surface of an object like fungi, spores, viruses and bacteria. Autoclaves use only steam to disinfect, while other sterilizers might use high pressure, irritation, chemicals, filtration or a combination of processes to sterilize a surface. Additionally, steam autoclaves also have an auto-lock feature as an extra safety precaution.

How do you choose the right sterilizer?

10-2701-2Choosing the right sterilizer will depend on your sterilization requirements, sizing needs and how much space you have for storage. You’ll want to choose a sterilizer that can accommodate your equipment load and size. The chamber in your sterilizer needs to be at least the length of your longest instrument. It’s also important to find a trustworthy vendor.

Medical Device Depot carries a variety of autoclaves, sterilizersdetergents and accessories with the latest technology. We know that safety, speed and reliability are important, so you’ll find plenty of options to keep your practice running smoothly without having to overcharge your patients.

The latest trends in ECG monitoring

As medical technology advances, it’s important for hospitals and medical facilities to stay up to date, especially when it comes to ECG systems. Newer ECG systems offer better integration, including interoperability with other software, PCs and smart phones. Here are some of the most recent advancements:

Workflow

cc-ecg1-ipadRecent ECG systems have been designed to improve workflow and simplify operation. With step-by-step operation, touch-screen systems and connectivity with medical records and information systems, processing an ECG has never been easier.

Connectivity

Bluetooth and wireless connection capabilities make transferring information a breeze. New PC-based Resting ECG systems perform fast testing, and with seamlessly integrated systems, you can easily manage medical records and provide outstanding patient support.

cc-ecg1-btNasiff Associates, Inc. is an exceptional example of this technology. The company continues to lead among PC-Based Resting ECG systems. The Nasiff CardioResting PC Based Bluetooth ECG System is not only reliable and user-friendly, but it also offers all the benefits of the latest ECG technology. Browse Medical Device Depot to find the latest technology to protect and support your patients.

A better way to help your patients understand diabetes

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Observing diabetes awareness in November helps individuals, health-care professionals and communities across the United States call attention to a disease that affects millions of Americans.

This year, the National Diabetes theme is “Managing Diabetes: It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.” This theme shows the importance of managing diabetes so you can prevent further health conditions down the road — like heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and amputation. National Diabetes Awareness month also serves as a reminder to diabetes patients that they are not alone.

And when your patients are dealing with diabetes, sometimes a simple conversation about what’s happening with their body isn’t enough. Visual representations tell a more comprehensive story than words alone. Try referencing an anatomical chart that shows the story of diabetes in depth.

vr1441lAnatomical charts and posters help tell the causes and effects of the disease, as well as outlining treatment options. A chart like the Diabetes Millitus Chart is a great resource for both classrooms and doctors’ offices with thickly laminated, UV resistant paper.

From eye disease charts to drug and alcohol dependency signs, you’ll find plenty of high-quality anatomical charts and posters at Medical Device Depot.

American Diabetes Awareness Month: Eye health and diabetes

Eye health is important for everyone, but especially for those with diabetes. People with diabetes have high blood glucose levels that, over time, can damage the eyes. Diabetic eye disease covers a group of eye conditions including diabetic macular edema, cataract and glaucoma. Each has the potential to cause sever vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Controlling diabetes with medication, physical activity and a healthy diet can help slow the progress of these eye conditions.

retinavue_screening_pcDiabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, so people with diabetes should make sure to have an eye exam at least once per year for early detection and treatment. And with the right tools, eye screening for diabetic retinopathy is made both simple and affordable for primary care.

rv100-bIf you’re a health-care provider looking to improve management of patients with diabetes, there are tools that can help. For example, The RetinaVue Network is designed to help providers easily perform retinal exams in a primary care setting with only four simple steps.

Find the tools you need to offer the best and most affordable care for your patients. Browse our selection to add simple, affordable and effective equipment to your practice.

Patient education: Taking advantage of visuals to aid patient understanding

v2001mThe human body is complex and multi-faceted, made up of hundreds of amazing parts and functions. Human functions might make sense if you’re a doctor, but it’s difficult for many patients to wrap their head around what’s happening in their body. Patient education is crucial when it comes to improving the health community. Proper medical knowledge greatly increases a patient’s chance of improving health. Additionally, correctly educating a patient during treatment can help reduce additional health-care expenses.

 

Empowering with understanding

vr1441lWhether it’s a common health problem or a rare condition, visuals can help a patient better understand their body. Anatomical visual aids can provide your patients with the knowledge they need to heal faster and prevent future care needs. By using a visual aid, patients will have improved understanding of their diagnosis. They can’t always see what’s happening in their body — but you can show them — with a model.

 

Getting effective treatment

e12Making visual aids readily available helps ease the discussion of a diagnosis with your patient. Patients will be able to relate when you show them a visual aid of the effected area. From head to toe, you can find a visual aid to assist you in giving your patients the best possible care.

You’ll find a wide selection of visual aids when you browse the selection at Medical Device Depot. Whether you’re explaining an ear infection or acupuncture, we have just the model for you. Our goal is to help practices like yours provide quality and affordable health care.

Patient education: Using ear models to help parents understand ear infections

Dealing with an ear infection is an all too familiar situation to parents with young children. But with the use of anatomical models, you can educate parents to better understand their child’s condition and improve long-term outcomes.

When it comes to improving the overall health care community, patient education is crucial. When a patient feels empowered with the proper medical knowledge, they have a greater chance of creating and experiencing positive results. Educating a patient during treatment can also help reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital and health care expenses.

Providing insight

vj513Ear infections are a common problem, and young parents can benefit from learning the facts. One of the best ways to help them understand is to use an ear model. An anatomical ear model can provide your patients with the valuable information they need to help their child heal faster and prevent future ear infections. By using a model, parents will have improved understanding of their child’s diagnosis. They can’t see what’s happening in the ear — but you can show them on the model.

Effective treatment

w16010Having an ear model readily available makes discussing and explaining ear infection treatment both faster and more effective. When you can show parents or patients the affected area on a model, they can better relate to your explanation.

 

Find more ear exam tools and services by browsing the selection at Medical Device Depot. Our goal is to help practices like yours provide quality and affordable health care.

Defibrillation Trainers

dcf-a100-en-2Because they’ve seen them used in movies and on TV, much of the public is familiar with the defibrillators that save lives by focusing electric energy on the heart to restore normal rhythm. Many people have even used the more user-friendly automated external defibrillators (AEDs) kept on hand in public places for use in emergencies by minimally trained non-medical professionals.

aed_trainerBut many are unaware of the usefulness of defibrillator training devices that mimic the functions of a real defibrillator for practice purposes. Thorough training on defibrillators is essential in emergency situations, since the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim is reduced 10 percent for each minute defibrillation is delayed. Further, the placement of AEDs in workplaces has saved thousands of lives, since about 10,000 of the cardiac arrests occurring in the U.S. each year happen in the workplace. Since a federal push in 2000, some 2.4 million AEDs now hang on walls in public places across the country.

aedpad_imgThe most effective trainers include pads that actually affix to mannequins and offer real-time audio and visual prompts, as well as pre-recorded rescue training scenarios for drills. A choice of manual and automatic functions is preferred so trainers can adjust conditions as needed.

Often these portable, compact, battery-operated units boast prompts and other features identical to real defibrillators so the student can anticipate and react to how they’ll be using such tools in real life​.