What Type of Allergy-Testing Device Should Your Practice Have?

Whether it is due to genetics or environment, numerous people develop allergies at some point in their life. Allergies affect more than 50 million people every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). While it isn’t always easy to identify a clear-cut cause behind the allergies, there should always be a clear-cut answer to which allergies a patient has. Allergies are known to cause everything from a runny nose to anaphylactic shock, so it is vital that all allergens are properly discovered, treated and maintained.

The best way to test for allergies is through a skin test. There are three different types of skin tests, and these include scratch tests, intradermal tests and patch tests.

Scratch allergy-testing devices like the Medical Device Depot Allergy Testing Kit allow you to introduce a small amount of common allergens to patients skin using a special tool. These are the most common tests and are easy to use and monitor. The comprehensive kits come with skin test applicators for 20 tests, an antigen for approximately 150 tests, patient education and result forms, measuring devices and sample treatment sets. Scoring and monitoring results for these tests are simple yet very effective, not to mention necessary for patients who suffer from allergies.

Keeping patients aware of potentially dangerous allergens is an important part of your role. While you should give patients who test positive for allergies plenty of information surrounding their diagnosis, it may help to have an allergies chart or other visual aid in the exam room so patients can better understand their allergies

Some of the world’s most innovative medical devices

Many of the innovative creations we hear about in the medical field come from well-known manufacturers like 3M and Welch Allyn, which are top name brands at Medical Device Depot. There are plenty of other manufacturers who have not yet made big names for themselves, but they are still doing big things. With this year’s title from the Medical Design Excellence Awards going to a Norwegian company, it is more obvious than ever that manufacturers near and far are contributing to the industry’s exciting growth.

The winner of the Medical Design Excellence Awards went to Krabat AS, which designed a wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use. Among other features, the chair comes with a saddle seat for a better base of support and offers enhanced self-mobility. A few more impressive innovations coming from around the globe include:

  • Avita Medical’s ReCell – This is a device that allows clinicians to process a skin sample into a suspension of activated skin cells, called a Regenerative Epithelial Suspension (RES), for treating burns or other wounds.
  • Cyfuse Biomedical’s Regenova bio 3-D printer – This uses 3-D modeling software to robotically pick up and place cellular spheroids onto stainless steel needle arrays for tissue or organs.
  • InfraEyes’s Veinus – This handheld device helps health-care workers find patients’ veins.
  • Pixium Vision’s Vision Restoration Systems (VRS) – While this device may still be in development, it aims to restore sight to blind patients with a working optic nerve.

Keep your eyes on the inventory at Medical Device Depot to get some of the latest and greatest devices once they go to market.

5 Outcomes Medical Device Manufacturers Need to Strive For

The focus when creating medical devices should be to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. This means that manufacturers should want to help patients avoid repeat visits, lingering symptoms and other complications. In short, the first treatment should ideally be the last. With that in mind, all of the devices sold through Medical Device Depot are highly refined in order to produce the best possible outcome. From the bone densitometers to the fetal monitors, every item is carefully chosen to aim toward the new standard of medical devices.

These 5 outcomes should be at the forefront of every manufacture’s goals, according to the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry:

  1. Streamlined Processes – In a complicated field, it is essential to streamline processes as much as possible to ensure that patients receive speedy and effective care. Because an inefficient workflow could keep a patient from being referred to surgery on time, for example, it should be a goal to identify ways to optimize the any and all processes.
  2. Smart Functions – While doctors are experts, they are still human. Mistakes can be made and not every treatment is guaranteed to be successful. Devices like vessel detection technology, for instance, can help prevent accidental cuts before they occur.
  3. Enhanced Patient-Doctor Communication – Clear communication surrounding diagnoses and after-care is vital to a patient’s comfort and feeling of well-being. Manufacturers should consider how procedures will be discussed and what needs to be done in order to communicate questions and concerns.
  4. Simple and Targeted Education – Another facet that is essential to success is the complete understanding of what a doctor is communicating to the patient. Patients should be educated carefully and thoroughly so each is comfortable with the information given to them.
  5. Macro Data Translation – With the rise of electronic health records, compiling and reading data is easier than ever. Data can be sortedby patient geography, state of the disease, as well as culture and lifestyle trends. Tailoring solutions to particular segments of the population is a powerful way to track individual behaviors that lead to better health outcomes and can be applied to larger populations.

What Medical Devices Do Schools Require?

While school health requirements will vary across cities and states, there a few common threads that weave them all together. Whether it is a grade school or a high school, private school or public, all school clinics look out for the health and wellness of the students who come through the doors when the morning bell rings.

The ongoing debate over vaccinations has brought school health requirements to the forefront of the conversation, but fewer people are discussing what type of assistance should be offered to kids once they are already in the building. Because school clinics are suited only to conduct initial assessments, kids are typically required to see their primary doctor for a physical exam before the school year begins. But when kids feel woozy after gym class, when their stomach starts churning after lunch or when they run a fever in history class, it is time to visit the nurse’s office.

The nurse’s office tends to have the bare minimum when it comes to medical devices, but that doesn’t mean the nurses aren’t well prepared. School nurses have plenty of supplies to determine whether students should take short break, head home for the day or receive further medical attention. They use devices like stethoscopesthermometers and plenty of disposables like gauze dressings and gloves, all of which are sold at Medical Device Depot. Additionally, every school must have a defibrillator in case of an emergency. While schools may not be where kids go for primary care, they still need to be prepared for the challenges that every new school year brings. If your school needs updated devices, be sure to make the swap early in the school year before you wear out your old devices.

Does your office need a stress test system?

Patients who complain of chest pain or those who have a history of heart disease may require stress testing. A stress test system can be used to discover how the heart responds to exertion. Because exercise makes the heart pump harder, a stress test can reveal problems within the heart that may go undetected in a regular stationary checkup.

Stress tests help you:

  • Determine the likelihood of coronary artery disease.
  • Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a cardiac treatment plan.
  • Develop a safe exercise program for patients.

You can opt to install a stress cart like the Midmark version or a complete set like the Welch Allyn model. Each system will use some sort of cardio exercise to increase the patient’s heart rate and activate the respiratory system, but it is up to your practice to determine whether a treadmill or stationary bike is the best option. Many tests require only moderate movement, but some may require more vigorous exercise. For a truly accurate test, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure should be monitored.

On the other hand, if you rarely do stress tests at your location, it may make more sense to send patients to a specialist or to a hospital that is outfitted with the necessary equipment. Complete stress test systems can be paid for in payment plans, but they still require a large investment from your practice. If you do not frequently offer this type of test to patients, continuing to outsource the testing may be a wise financial decision.

If your practice would benefit from a stress test system, Medical Device Depot has many options available for you to consider, meaning you’ll no longer need to send patients elsewhere to have extra testing done. Instead, you can do it all in-house to provide a diagnosis quickly, allowing your patients to feel comfortable with the caretakers they know and trust.

Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices

It’s easy to go on autopilot and stick with what works, and it can be costly to try new things. That’s why many manufacturers stay with the tried and true and try to avoid taking a hit in revenue. However, it’s important to remember that oftentimes the tried and true was at one time risky, innovative and costly. For example, many of the products offered at Medical Device Depot such as ventilators and blood pressure monitors, are considered commonplace and relatively inexpensive technologies in the medical world today; but they didn’t start out that way.

Fortunately, big players like Johnson & Johnson’s are able to stick their neck out and shake things up, which ends up benefitting users and manufacturers in the long run. As the world’s largest medical device company in terms of revenue, Johnson & Johnson is able to combine advances in technology with their strong partnerships to come up with new medical devices that will amaze the industry.

In March, the company announced a collaboration with Google to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform. This will combine medical devices with robotic systems, imaging and data analytics to streamline the surgical method. The company also announced it would team up with IBM’s new Watson Health business and Apple to create virtual coaching solutions on preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing joint replacement and spine surgeries. The aim is to eventually offer general wellness and chronic condition management as well.

By working in collaboration with other companies and manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson is able to offer new medical devices that other manufacturers have steered clear of in the past. With every innovation, there is a trial period to test for efficacy and safety, but it appears they just may be on the right track.

The Progression of the Medical Device Tax Repeal

As the Affordable Healthcare Act—or Obamacare as it is commonly called—moves along, medical device manufacturers are watching closely. That’s because the hotly debated Medical Device Tax continues to meet resistance among manufacturers and politicians alike. The tax, which began in 2013, was created to help fund the health-care law, and to do so, it takes 2.3 percent from the makers of defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial joints and heart stents.

After garnering disapproval from both sides of the aisle, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the medical device tax in June by a vote of 280-140. Those opposing the repeal state that completely eliminating the medical device tax without establishing an alternative area of funding creates a shortfall of about $25 billion.

Because the House’s decision was one vote short of a veto-proof consensus, the vote will go to the Senate next where the lack of alternative funding has stalled the repeal previously. Even if the Senate approves the repeal, President Obama holds veto power. The prospective strategy may attach the medical device tax repeal to other legislation that Obama would find hard to veto or to negotiate to limit the tax. In any case, the Senate will determine the next step in this long debate.

Is it Better to Finance or Lease?

Contemplating whether leasing or buying medical devices is the best option for your practice? You are not alone. Numerous medical offices make the same decision every day. Devices come in all shapes and sizes, but they also come in varying prices. For those big-ticket items, it may not be feasible to pay for the device outright. Fortunately, there are two different payment options that may fit the bill for those larger devices.

Leasing

With the constant flux of technology, leasing more expensive machines protects against obsolescence and an empty wallet. With a lower upfront cost you can save for other areas of the practice and get a tax break as well for the lease payments. The company that owns the equipment will also handle maintenance and repairs so you don’t have to foot that bill. Not all of Medical Device Depot’s products have a leasing option, but many do.

  • Updated equipment
  • Low cost
  • Maintenance covered

Financing

This is an option for all credit types and new and established businesses. The number-one advantage you will immediately recognize when you opt for financing is that you will own the device. Some practices value being able to treat equipment like it is their own, which also means selling it when they are done with it. Others, however, prefer to trade their equipment for a newer model when a lease’s term is up. There is also no re-negotiating to continue using the product when you own it.

  • Ownership
  • Resale

If you have any questions about what pricing option is best for you and your practice, the customer service staff at Medical Device Depot can help you find the solution that fits. The phone will always be answered by a trained representative who is ready to help you find the best option for your practice. Whether this is your first time buying from Medical Device Depot or your tenth, they will be eager to find a unique solution to your current needs and pricing limits. When it comes to making large financial decisions, the customer service representatives will leave you feeling supported and secure.