Ebola and the medical device industry

In the past, the Ebola virus has proven to be incurable. No single treatment has proven itself effective against the virus, it has been known to claim the lives of half of those who are infected. The person-to-person transmitted virus has previously touched remote villages or tropical rainforest regions, but the most recent outbreak in Sierra Leone, Giunea and Liberia has grabbed hold of more densely populated cities. With this close proximity to more people, the virus has spread rapidly and claimed over 6,000 lives in those three West African nations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previously, the only supportive care available has been to rehydrate. While this does improve survival rates, there still aren’t any licensed treatments or vaccinations; great strides have been made, however, in understanding the virus and controlling it. A Ugandan Ebola patient being cared for in Germany was treated with a new device that may have helped the patient. He underwent therapy from an Aethlon Hemopurifier, a device that filters virus particles and other detrimental cell products from the infected individual’s blood.

The company, Aethlon, claims that the Hemopurifier targets the rapid elimination of viruses and immunosuppressive proteins from the circulatory system of infected individuals. There may be something to this method, too, because the patient in Germany was suffering from multiple organ failures and started on the road to recovery only after receiving treatment with this device.

While this device is still working its way through trials, it shows how amazing innovative devices can be. There are other medical devices that have helped to monitor patients vitals such as their temperature with no-touch devices that keep medical workers safe, such as the non-contact thermometer. There may be even more innovations on the horizon.

3D printing in the medical device industry

3D printers have been used to create everything from games and toys to robots and clothing. If you can dream it, 3D printers can print it. These amazing devices have inched their way into the medical world and have left quite the impact. When it comes to medical applications, there are a few extra steps to follow, like pre-clinical research and trials, but once the final stage is achieved the benefits could be profound.

From amazing feats of skin cell printing on burn victims, to false teeth and the printing of body parts, these devices have made many new products for the medical world in a short amount of time. These devices can work with precise measurements to make the finished product much more accurate and far less likely to fail.

But in the medical world, one of the uses that doctors will come into contact with most frequently is the creation of medical devices. While there is no shortage of medical devices in the field, the complexity makes each one time consuming and expensive to create. The dental and medical market for 3D printers is expected to expand by 365%, according to according to IDTechEx analysts. With 3D printing at their side, medicine companies can create customized medical devices with such speed, precision and accuracy that they will never want to go back to the old way.

The medical industry is not a stranger to cutting-edge technology. Most doctors have quickly accepted the idea of 3D printers producing new devices that they would house in their hospitals and offices. Where do you stand on using 3D printers in the medical world?

If you want to stick with conventionally manufactured devices, browse Medical Device Depot‘s selection to find the items necessary for your office today.

3 Frightening Medical Devices You Won’t Believe Existed

In the current age of medical enlightenment, people around the globe have access to expert care at a moment’s notice. Patients can drive a few minutes to urgent care or the nearest hospital, or call an ambulance that’s sure to respond quickly. And when they arrive at the doctor’s office, we can be certain the latest medical advancements are at their disposal: Cutting-edge techniques to reduce pain, and precise instruments to make our visit efficient and effective.

Great doctors over the years have universally had premium patient care in mind, but they haven’t always had access to the medical devices needed to do the job. Take a look at a few:

  1. Tonsil Guillotine. Open wide! Before antibiotics, infections could often lead to death. This vintage medical device slipped down the patient’s throat, then speared and snipped the troublesome tonsils.  
  2. Dental Key. Stress ball needed! Before dental equipment and data caught up with patient needs, this archaic device was used to clamp a painful molar and wrench it free, roots and all.
  3. Osteotome. Not exactly cutting edge! Used for trepanning, or relieving under-the-surface pressure after a cranial injury. Doctors of old used this mini chainsaw to treat brain trauma; today, the tool has been updated (to put it mildly) to help relieve pressure under a fingernail or toenail.

Thankfully, there’s no need for those scary tools nowadays. In fact, you can find every modern device you need for your office, from furniture and lighting to surgical instruments and AEDs at Medical Device Depot.

Is Obamacare’s medical device tax working?

On October 1, numerous Americans gained access to the new marketplaces mandated by Obamacare. While the health-care program is multifaceted, the medical device tax that came tied to the program has been another hot-button issue. The tax increased by 2.3 percent on gross revenues.

The tax that was put on medical device manufacturers forced such companies to lay off (or avoid hiring) about 33,000 workers, according to a survey completed by Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). The AdvaMed report stated that about 14,000 of those workers were those who companies had to cut. The medical device tax is just one aspect of the Affordable Care Act that allows citizens to attain medical care.

Those on the other side of the issue counter that the medical-device industry can easily afford the extra tax without having to tax the industry. In order to repeal the tax over the next 10 years, Congress would need to come up with roughly $30 billion dollars. Those opposed to the tax are concerned that it will hurt productivity and innovation of smaller device companies that do not have the means to continue running with this required tax.

New medical device for migraine prevention

Thanks to increased research and improved medical devices, those who suffer from migraines may be able to find relief finally. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medical device to help prevent migraines from occurring. The crown-like device is placed just above a patient’s eyes and works by stimulating nerves beneath the forehead with an electric current. It simply feels like a gentle tingling sensation and is completely comfortable for the person wearing the device.

The new and exciting device is called the Cefaly, manufactured by STX-Med. It has no known side effect as of yet and can be used in conjunction with other medication. The device is already being sold in Canada for about $250, where migraine sufferers can purchase the device for home use.

While it is still a new device, the FDA approval and warm reception show great promise. A 67-person trial published in the journal Neurology last month found that Cefaly reduced chronic migraine attacks on average by two per month, and 38 percent of users had at least a 50 percent reduction in their number of migraines.

This new medical device could be a great addition to the world of medicine. Migraines have long been an issue for many people and any relief would be more than welcome.

Must-have items for your family practice

No matter what type of practice you have, there are a number of items that you simply cannot get by without. First there are the basic staples of every exam room, and then there are more specialized items that are necessary for each type of practice. Because family medicine focuses on comprehensive health care for people of all ages, it requires a level of wide-reaching generalization that many specialists do not offer. General practice doctors will always need the basic supplies that are necessary for a routine physical examination, but they will also need to have equipment for common diagnostic tests as well.

While family practitioners don’t need the specific high-tech equipment that specialists do, there are plenty of essentials that they cannot overlook. Make sure your office is outfitted with all of the most popular family practice products. You won’t be able to get by without these 7 items:

Both you and your patients will feel more confident when you have all the necessary equipment ready to go in your office. Whether you have been in practice for years or you are just getting your footing in the community, investing in high-quality equipment is essential to your job. Take inventory of your office and see if you are missing any of these items or if your old items are overdue for an upgrade.

Outfitting a family practice office

Patients want to feel good about bringing their families to the doctor’s office. From the moment they make the appointment to the second they shut the door behind them on their way out, you want to ensure that your patients have a positive feeling about their visit. Staying healthy should be a priority of each family member and it should be your priority to help them attain that goal.

In order to get everyone on the path tpward total health, you need to outfit your office with all of the right family practice products so you can efficiently and thoroughly examine each patient.

  • An adjustable exam table is vital, as you will certainly have patients of all different heights and ages.
  • Opt for cloth gowns. A recent survey done by Harris Interactive concluded that four out of every five patients prefer cloth gowns over disposable paper gowns because they are more comfortable.
  • Create rooms for adults and children. You won’t want to decorate an adult exam room with the same colorful cartoon characters that you would use for a child’s. There will be different tools and devices in each room, too, saving on the amount of storage space necessary.
  • Design the area to be spacious enough to comfortably fit parents in the exam room with children.

Ensure that your office has all of the necessary tools and devices to take your family practice to the next level. If you need a few items to better serve your patients, check out Medical Device Depot’s inventory of family practice products.

Furnishing your office with the necessary medical office items

Creating the ideal office space requires more than just high-tech medical devices, monitors and equipment. In order to build a successful office, you need to focus on the basic medical office items as well. Stripping down your office to the most simple aspects will help you create a solid space that patients can appreciate.

It is important to really invest in quality items that will be used frequently. The items that get the most use during every visit are the furniture. No matter what the patient is visiting the office for, they will surely use either a chair, exam table or some sort of seat. Common cold, heart monitor check-up or a broken bone, each visit requires some sort of questioning and examination of the patient. If you don’t have furniture that makes patients feel relaxed and welcome, you will be off to a rocky start. In short, the backbone of any medical visit is the medical furniture.

Look for essential pieces that stand up to years of use, as these are the items that will be used day-in and day-out. From blood-drawing chairs in the lab to wall-mounted file holders, you will want to ensure that each item is made of sturdy, easy-to-clean materials. Attention to the small furnishings will help your patients feel more at ease and it will make work much more manageable for them, too. These details will truly set your office apart from the neighboring practice.

To find the perfect furnishing for your office, check out the selection of medical furniture available at Medical Device Depot

What’s best for your office: Portable or Stationary ECG machine?

Most frequently, an electrocardiogram machine will be used when a patient is sitting down on the exam table or in a hospital bed. Because the patient is not mobile in those instances, a stationary machine would be perfectly sufficient. But there are other times when additional tests may need to be conducted away from the exam table or when a doctor needs to meet a patient at a particular location.

Depending on the type of practice you run, those particular cases may be few and far between, or you may see an even mix of them both. Either way, the frequency with which you will use an ECG on the go will determine which type is best for you. Most medical offices will have a stationary ECG machine and then supplement that one with a portable machine. Whichever route you decide to take is up to you. Just look at the benefits of each before making a decision.

Benefits of a portable machine

  • Light and compact, you can easily bring this anywhere. There are even handheld versions that just use a connection on the thumbs.
  • Allows for home monitoring.
  • Can help determine when it is necessary to go to the hospital.
  • Data can be promptly relayed to medical staff.

Benefits of a stationary machine

  • The less-compact nature of the machine allows for more features that do not fit on a portable ECG.
  • Multiple leads give a more accurate reading.
  • Results can be traced directly onto paper.
  • Able to capture more data.

Upgrade your office with an ECG machine

When a patient first walks into your office, he or she may not be taking a mental inventory of your equipment. Once the visit is underway, however, they will expect that your office is equipped with all of the medical devices necessary to make a diagnosis or answer any questions they have.

While the aesthetics of the waiting room or individual patient rooms may help to put a patient at ease, the real comfort comes from knowing they are receiving quality care. Make sure your doctors and nurses have access to vital tools like an ECG machine to monitor a patient’s heart activity. In addition to simply having a modern machine in your office, your staff should know how to quickly and effectively work with the particular device. There may be slight differences from brand to brand of ECG machines, so ensure that the whole staff is trained to properly use the new device, especially if a patient comes in the office with any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or heart palpitations
  • Medicinal side effects
  • Ineffective pacemaker
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

You will certainly want to have an electrocardiography machine on hand to help determine the root cause of any symptoms. If you are searching for a new ECG machine, browse our vast selection of top brands available at Medical Device Depot.