There are many devices that boast the latest and greatest in the medical world. But some simple devices can deliver wonderful benefits with a low overhead cost to your practice and a non-invasive alternative for your patients. Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive method for monitoring a person’s oxygen saturation in the bloodstream. This is a painless way to measure how well oxygen is being sent to parts of the body furthest from the heart. This device is often used:
During or after procedures that use sedation
To see how well lung medicines are working
To monitor safety of increased activity levels
To see if a ventilator is needed/monitor a ventilator
To diagnose sleep apnea
A pulse oximetry monitor can be a great boon to your practice. This small non-invasive device can improve patient care and increase reimbursement thanks to its low cost per test. Testing does not require any invasive procedures or risky medical care. This simple device is clipped on the the patients finger to read vitals and oxygen saturation. With an investment like this is in your practice, you can run ancillary services such as basic Pulse Oximetry or Overnight Oximetry. These services return $3.22 and $24.72 respectively per test, helping your practice’s bottom line.
Flu season. It comes every year, yet every year it seems to catch everyone off-guard. The timing is never certain, and neither are the virus’s severity or length. The flu can wreak havoc on the body and on the overall functioning of your schoo, because the extremely contagious virus can infect students and faculty at a fast pace.
To stop the spread of flu-causing germs, your best bet is to remind students of the importance of hygiene in these coming months. Make hand sanitizer readily available in classrooms, especially where tissues are located, and leave signs reminding kids to wash their hands thoroughly. It may seem elementary, but it really is the most basic form of prevention. Education surrounding covering coughs and sneezes should be constant during the season. Another way to keep your school healthy lands with the school nurse.
Every school nurse should have a touch-free thermometer to help prevent cross contamination. These thermometers allow the school nurse to take a student’s temperature without even making contact with the student, which helps keep the nurse safe from infection, as well as other students. The nursing staff should also have a reliable stethoscope to listen for any fluid in the lungs. Aside from the basics necessary for school health supplies, school nursing staff should also have a supply of sanitation wipes and sprays to keep their entire area clean as students come in and out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people of all ages get sick with the flu, but school-aged children are the group most at risk. Vaccines can help to prevent influenza and are highly recommended for people who are at high risk. Some schools even offer a vaccination clinic on premise for convenience. If you are considering this route, the CDC has ample information for Influenza School-located Vaccinations to help you keep your school safe this flu season.
Picking out your perfect medical device is only part of the process. Once you have made the selection, your device needs to make its way from the warehouse to your office. No matter how big or small the particular device is, a strict process must be followed to ensure that your device is inspected, approved and prepared for shipping so it gets to your office ready to work.
While all Medical Device Depot customers can track their purchases through the “My Account / Order Status” link on the site, buyers can always contact customer service with any questions or concerns. Getting the right shipment in pristine quality isn’t something to compromise on when it comes to medical equipment. You want to ensure that everything you order is up to code; with Medical Device Depot, you can expect just that. While you might typically expect a private shipping company, UPS no longer limits its services to goods like birthday presents and clothing orders. In September 2015, the United Parcel Service opened a new health-care-compliant distribution and warehousing facility in New Jersey. This step will help support the growth of UPS customers, and it will also support the growth of UPS itself.
The new facility is the first in UPS’s network to offer medical device companies comprehensive logistics services. The site will feature autoclave capabilities, instrument inspection, surgical set replenishment services, and more. Because the site is located right next to the UPS airport, health-care manufacturers and distributors can reach more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals within four hours. This helps provide the best possible care to patients in a timely matter. No matter how hospital owners approach the logistics of a given situation, they can never plan for the unpredictable. That’s why an urgent shipping service like this one could come in handy.
While Medical Device Depot will continue to offer its reliable shipping and international shipping policies, we are always keeping our eye on the future to see what the best solutions are for our buyers and their practices.
Patients with disabilities require care just as frequently, if not more frequently, than other patients. While they may visit your practice more often, many doctors’ offices fail to accommodate patients in wheelchairs. In a March 19th Annals of Internal Medicine survey, 22 percent of medical and surgical sub-specialty practices indicated they could not accommodate patients in wheelchairs, mostly because they couldn’t transfer them to an exam table. More than two decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act was implemented, it is bewildering to think that the medical community has not effectively met these requirements.
To make your practice more accessible to people with disabilities, the number-one issue to address is the exam table. Since so many offices do not have an ADA table, their plan, according to the survey, has been to manually move patients from their chair to the table, which is neither safe for the patient or the medical team. A table like the Hausmann Powermatic Wheelchair Accessible ADA Exam Table allows patients to adjust themselves onto the table, just like any other patient who visits your practice. Offering this streamlined solution is the most inclusive and safest option for an ADA-compliant practice.
The entire layout of the office should be taken into consideration as well, beyond wheelchair ramps extra-wide door frames. Exam rooms should be set up to have enough space for someone to wheel their chair into the room and get up next to the exam table. More than 3 million U.S. adults who use wheelchairs have difficulty gaining access to physicians and receive less preventive care than other adults, according to Dr. Tara Lagu, M.D., lead author of the Annals article. This type of limited access to medical care is simply unacceptable.
Help your practice stand out from the crowd by making it fully ADA accessible. Doing so doesn’t require a full renovation and it may even be as simple as getting a new exam table, which is a small price to pay for equal care.
In order to provide the best care possible, your practice needs to have a healthy income to stay up to date on the latest and most effective treatments. One of the best ways to ensure that your practice will have a steady income is to invest in things like new medical devices, the latest technology, experienced staff and ongoing training.
Recurring revenue can come from many outlets, but one outlet in particular has proven to be very lucrative for doctors and their practices. While providing patients with the expert care they need, you can also see a greater return on your investment. This will give you some extra revenue to put toward improving your patient experience and quality of care.
The Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT, code set forth by the AMA has been updated recently. At the start of 2015, Medicare began accepting billing from practices managing the health status of patients with chronic conditions. CPT code 99490 is the first chronic-care-specific code that reimburses physicians for their extensive work with chronic care patients. According to Advanced Clinical Products (ACP), it is estimated that from 20 minutes of care you can bill $43.53, keeping $15.53 after all costs of the care plan that ACP manages. That means that each month for each patient, you would bank an additional $15.53, and that can add up quickly. According to ACP, with 1,000 patients you could make $186,360 per year.
By following a simple care plan, managing medications, tracking time and managing post-discharge transitional care, you will be well on your way to a more fulfilling practice.
Numerous patients who visit your office complain of chronic pain. Oftentimes, this pain may occur independent of other ailments or in combination with them. While patients are no doubt familiar with the nagging discomfort, sharp pangs and immobility that accompany chronic pain, turning to medication can be a slippery slope. Because chronic pain does not respond to a one-time prescription of pain medication, patients will often continue to seek relief after one prescription has ended. With an eye toward preventing this kind of growing dependence on pain medication, many doctors are looking to holistic, drug-free pain clinics.
You too can add a pain clinic to your office to help patients deal with their pain in a healthy, manageable way.
The first step in a properly functioning pain clinic is to accurately diagnose the pain. The Axon II Neural Scanner provides objective monitoring of neuropathic pain so you can precisely determine its cause.
To treat the source of the pain, a horizontal therapy pain-treatment system called the Hako-Med stimulates peripheral and motor nerves. This effectively reduces pain through muscle re-education.
This quick and effective two-part system will help a good number of your patients overcome their chronic pain. Many patients do not understand the source of their pain and are unaware that it could be diminished without using addictive and dangerous pain medication. Adding a holistic, drug-free pain clinic to your practice doesn’t need to be daunting. Just two devices, which offer a great return on investment, will help you better treat each patient and meet their pain at the source.
The most important part of your practice may be the medical care you provide for each patient who comes through your doors, but you wouldn’t go very far without a good exam table. In fact, this piece of equipment likely gets the most use of all, whether you are treating an injury or just doing a routine check-up. From young to old, short to tall, all of your patients will eventually take a seat on your exam table.
Because it plays such an important role in your patient care, it is vital that you stay up to date with the latest designs and offerings when it comes to exam tables. Medical Device Depot has a wide selection of medical exam tables to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for handicap-accessible tables, pediatric tables, chiropractic tables, imaging tables or gynecological tables, you are sure to find one of your favorite brands right here at a great price.
Power exam tables are a hot style right now, and many come with extra storage. Tables like the Brewer Access High-Low Exam Table allow doctors to quickly adjust the table with the press of a button so the patient can remain comfortable. The table even has a pelvic tilt feature so you don’t need to worry about continuously asking patients to readjust. Another main perk of this specific design is that it has plenty of storage to keep your most used equipment nearby. You will be able to attend to the patient more carefully when you don’t have to keep rolling over to the cabinets across the room to grab the tools you need for the exam. You and your patients will be much more comfortable with a state-of-the-art exam table.
It has been a long time coming, but the European Union has finally reformed the current medical device legislation. The whole ordeal started back in 2012 with two proposed regulations, one for medical devices and one for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). These new regulations were aimed at producing better quality and safety for patients. While scientific and technological advances has skyrocketed in previous years, medical device and IVD legislation has still lagged behind. The wait to bridge that gap is finally coming to an end after a long and difficult legislative process.
Manufacturers will now be scrutinized with stricter post-market surveillance requirements. The risks of any device must be offset by acceptable likelihood of benefits. Companies will be required to submit periodic safety update reports annually and respond to public health threats swiftly and with their full force. This model has worked well for pharmaceutical companies, so it is expected to translate well to medical devices.
Although some in the industry may disagree with these provisions, it is a sign of progress to finally be moving once again. With safety checks and surveillance requirements, devices like new EKG machines and dopplers will be ready for patient use. Give your patients the best possible care by purchasing through Medical Device Depot, which stays up to date on all of the latest rules, regulations and legislation in the industry.
Collaboration can be a boon to innovation. If you ever find yourself stuck at a certain point while working on a project, oftentimes all it takes is a fresh perspective to grease the gears once again. Whether you are uninspired, in need of a jump start for some new ideas, or you just want to continue learning about your chosen field, industry events are the place to go. You can be new to the field or a weathered veteran, and you will still leave an industry event with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. With so many options and focuses, industry events can help you to network, catch up on the latest innovations or even market your own brand. If you want to stay up to date and remain competitive, it would be wise to attend at least a few events each year.
This fall, there is no shortage of wonderful Medical Device Industry Events. With a number of great options, you can surely find one that suits your specialization, interests and desired location. Check out any of these popular events coming in the month of September:
San Diego – A unique, intimate event dedicated to education and networking for medical device professionals. TheMEDevice San Diego educational conference program features the industry’s very best subject matter experts as they gather to address timely and relevant issues that impact your device design project.
Philadelphia – Join us at the world’s largest medtech design and manufacturing event and connect to the inspiration, partnerships, education and technologies that drive medical device innovation.
Minneapolis – Attend the region’s most comprehensive medical device event and benefit from access to world-class education and hundreds of critical suppliers. Learn to create more innovative products, discover improved reimbursement strategies, find new materials and designs for 3D printing, get firsthand advice from leaders at Minnesota OEMs, hospitals and payers, and enjoy countless networking opportunities.
Florida – Event highlights include hundreds of exhibitors specializing in medical device development, MedTech Innovate seminars, complimentary technology presentations and more.
San Jose– Find the nation’s top suppliers, an array of design and manufacturing resources, and the education you need to outperform the competition.