What can 3D printing do for the medical device industry?

In industries all across the globe, 3D printers are getting attention for what they’re able to accomplish and how they seem to redefine what is possible. It is in the medical device world that 3D printed solutions have had perhaps the biggest impact.

Here are just a few ways 3D printing solutions have improved health care for consumers:

* Customization. Perhaps the strongest attribute of 3D printed products is their ability to support customization. By using bio-compatible and/or drug-contact materials, these printers can create medical devices perfectly designed to meet the needs of a certain individual. The printers can also be used to produce multiple individualized items at the same time, improving efficiency and ensuring that every device produced is a direct replica of the one that came before it.

* Quicker lead times. Dental offices are already using 3D printing technology to improve patient care. Today the denist can easily scan the patient’s mouth to obtain precise data. This data is then sent to the lab where the team can analyze it and immediately begin to create the necessary components for the patient. In some instances, this technology is being used to develop surgical drill guides to help dentists perform implant procedure for patients.

* Increased options. Perhaps no industry has benefited more from 3D printing thus far than the hearing-aid industry. 3D printers allow for the creation of numerous identical models, allowing patients to choose a hearing aid based not only on fit but color as well.

These are just a few of the ways health-care providers are using the medical devices created by 3D printers to improve patient care. As the technology continues to develop, you can expect the applications to increase as well. To find the right medical device solutions for your practice, visit MedicalDeviceDepot.com today.

Featured Products From Medical Device Depot

With such a large inventory of products, it is challenging to become familiar with every piece offered at Medical Device Depot. From office furniture to veterinary care equipment and urology to dental, we run the gamut of medical supplies. We understand it is no easy task to run a medical office of any kind, and because you are busy enough we have placed our featured devices right on our homepage so you don’t have to dig through the website to find the latest and greatest in the medical world.

The Medical Device depot website is neatly sorted by both product and specialty categories. If you know what you are looking for, it should be very simple to immediately get to your desired product; you can even use the search bar. And just like you would browse for new items being showcased in a brick-and-mortar store, you will want to take a look at the featured products every time you visit. This will keep you up to date regarding all of our newest products.

Whether the devices are big or small, we offer some of the best prices you can find. You can get great savings on EKGs, dopplers and autoclaves. And, as always, we offer leasing options on many of our products so you don’t have to worry about coming up with the full ticket price right away.

Medical Device Tax: Will it be Repealed?

The Medical Device Tax has been a long debated aspect of the ObamaCare plan. The medical device tax went into effect January 1, 2013, and has been a hot topic ever since. The medical device tax adds 2.3 percent of taxes on manufacturers who profit under the law. It has been made clear time and time again that the Obama administration is likely to oppose the repeal unless lawmakers can find a way to make up the cost that would be lost without the tax. According to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, repealing the tax would cost $26 billion over the 2015-2024 period.

House democrats were aiming to pressure the House to repeal the medical device tax before Memorial Day, but that day has come and gone. Rep. Scott Peters led 17 House Democrats in a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging a timely passage of the bill.

As Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, the timeline is no longer possible. But will Democrats and Republicans come together to press for this issue? While there are many issues being debated in the house, ObamaCare remains a hot topic that will certainly come back up again.

What you need to know about vision tests and vision screeners?

A vision screening remains a cost-effective, efficient way to discover visual impairments and assess eye conditions that may cause them. The information attained from the visual screening can then be sent to the proper eye-care professionals for further evaluation and expanded treatment options.

If your practice is looking to improve its vision-screening services, the right vision screeners are essential. Some vision tests you will need vision screeners for include:

* Inspecting the eye, pupils and red reflex. The examiner uses a flashlight to inspect the eyes when looking for abnormalities in shape or structure, as well as pupil shape irregularity. An ophthalmoscope is used to detect red reflex by measuring the red appearance that reflects from the eye. Both eyes should look bright red and equally so in this test.

* Photo screening. This test can identify problems through the red reflex, and modern photo screeners deliver instant results for this quick test.

* Cover testing. Used to detect eye misalignment, the patient is asked to focus on a target while each eye is covered one at a time to check for a shift in the alignment.

* Glaucoma testing. Using a tool like the Diaton Tonometer, this test can be used to spot glaucoma through a simple, noninvasive procedure that measures intraocular pressure through the eyelid. The latest technology has not only increased the simplicity of the test but its safety as well.

To find all of the right vision screeners for any vision test, contact Medical Device Depot today or review our complete product line here.

What you need to know about spirometers?

If you have a patient who may be suffering from asthma, bronchitis or emphysema, a spirometer is an essential tool for conducting Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs).

Spirometers measure the air that is entering and leaving the lungs and allow medical professionals to identify both obstructive and restrictive breathing patterns in patients. Most of these tests are handheld, allowing the patient to blow into the spirometer, and feature direct-to-printer or even built-in printer options. Peak-flow meters can also be used to monitor airway obstruction and breath exhalation.

Once the test is complete, medical professionals can use the readouts generated by the spirometer to monitor breathing patterns and identify possible cases of the diseases mentioned above. In addition, spirometers can also be useful in cases where it is necessary to measure the effect of working in close proximity to chemicals has had on a person’s lung function. Many medical facilities also use spirometers to assess a person’s lung function before they undergo surgery. Measuring a patient’s progress in treatment for a disease or assessing the affect of a certain medication are other tasks that health-care professionals can use spirometers to accomplish.

At Medical Device Depot, we carry a full line of spirometers and mouthpieces featuring the latest technology. We offer products from all the major manufacturers, too, such as Welch Allyn, MIR, Micro Direct, Midmark, SDI and ndd, so you know you’re getting a quality medical device that you can count on time and time again.

If your facility is in need of a spirometer, call us today at 1-877-646-3300 and we can help you find the right device for your medical practice.

What magnesium is doing for products in the cardiovascular and trauma fixation?

The medical device industry is always changing. As the industry continues to grow, you can expect more and more of those future changes to tie to magnesium. That’s in part because of a recent certification that has opened the door for magnesium to play a vital role in cardiovascular and trauma fixation.

Magnesium Elektron, which develops and manufactures high-performance magnesium alloys, was recently awarded ISO 13485:2012 certification for the company’s SynerMag Technology Center, located in Swinton, Manchester. ISO 13485:2012 represents an internationally recognized standard in the medical device industry.

The certification represents a victory of Magnesium Elektron, which has been working for years with medical device manufacturers in an attempt to use its SynerMag magnesium alloy in cardiovascular and/or trauma fixation implants. While the use of metal implants in these areas is already commonplace today, the advantage of using a magnesium alloy in such a situation instead is that it can be absorbed completely by the human body.

For the medical device industry, this represents an intriguing step forward as magnesium combines the benefits of a metallic implant but is also bioabsorbable. It will be intriguing to watch the development of medical devices using the alloy to see how it affects future industry growth.

To keep up with the latest news in the medical device industry and to find the right medical device options for your health-care facility, visit www.MedicalDeviceDepot.com.

How device technology can help nurses today and in the future

Today’s nurses may feel they are one part health-care professional and one part computer programmer. It seems an unlikely combination, but as health care continues to improve across the nation, more focus is being placed on the medical devices that allow professionals to provide this care in an efficient, effective manner.

Many of the technologies used in today’s hospitals and clinics didn’t exist a year ago and were unheard of a decade ago. Devices today allow nurses to accomplish numerous tasks, including:

* Access a patient’s chart without finding a doctor.

* Read the chart in pure, clean copy to minimize errors.

* Attain lab results in real time.

* Communicate more efficiently with health-care professionals in other departments.

* Improve patient care. For example, automated vital signs monitors, from Medical Device Depot,take reliable vital signs in half the time of other technologies.

Today, a nurse can come into a patient’s room and get the information they need from the devices on hand. It makes the health-care system more efficient, but medical professionals say the next step is to find solutions that allow the devices themselves to talk to one another.

A Harris Poll found that two-thirds of surveyed nurses said they spent at least one hour of their shift working as a translator and recording data distributed by devices but not shared with other devices. In the future, devices that are able to share a patient’s statistics with one another and update their own information without assistance will enable nurses to spend more time focusing on their patients.

The solution to this problem lies in improved technology and in medical device manufacturers’ ability to agree on common communication standards. Once a common language is achieved, medical devices will be more adept at communicating with one another, allowing nurses to fulfill their full-time role of being a nurse and leaving the computer programming requirements to the devices themselves.