Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Benefits of Ear Irrigation

The Benefits of Ear Irrigation

Any build up or blockage in the ear canal can be uncomfortable or even dangerous. Many patients believe the best way to clean their ears is with a cotton swab, but that practice actually forces ear wax and other debris to be compacted down further into the canal. A safer and more effective way to clear the ear canal is with ear irrigation.

While patients should be leery of removing earwax too frequently, it is important to prevent excess buildup. In healthy ears, earwax protects and lubricates the ear, keeps out debris and regulates bacterial growth. Too much, however, can cause damage to the eardrum or canal over time, ultimately affecting your hearing.

Ear irrigation has many benefits, including but not limited to:

  1. Removal of excess buildup.
  2. Safe for all ages.
  3. Simply flushes out foreign debris before it damages the canal.

If you are interested in offering ear irrigation at your practice, you could significantly improve your reimbursement program. The 5-minute procedure costs your practice only $1.50 to perform, and you receive $50.15 in total reimbursement. This is a significant boost for such a simple procedure. By conducting a simple ear exam, you will be able to determine whether a patient is a good candidate. The Welch Allyn Ear Wash System is a great kit to have, whether you are an ENT or you oversee a general practice. With a low price tag, just nine procedures would pay off the device entirely, making it well worth the investment.

Regular Vision Screenings Support a Lifetime of Good Eye Health

Vision screening plays a vital role when it comes to your overall health. Impaired vision, for starters, can lead to headaches and accidents, and many other more complicated concerns begin with the eyes, too. Experts recommend having your vision screened every one to three years depending on your eye health and age. This is because many diseases and conditions related to the eye do not have obvious signs or symptoms that a typical patient can discover himself. So, even when you are seeing clearly, it is still important to stay up to date with your screenings.

While regular vision screenings will help you keep your eyes in good shape, doctors recommend being especially vigilant about screenings at certain ages. Young patients should receive their very first exam at 6 months old, and they should have additional screenings at 3 years old and 5 or 6 years old, too, right before children enter kindergarten. Early eye exams are important because children need to have the following basic visual skills for learning:

  • Near vision.
  • Distance vision.
  • Eye teaming (binocularity) skills.
  • Eye movement skills.
  • Focusing skills.
  • Peripheral awareness.
  • Hand/eye coordination.

Adolescents should continue with exams every two years at the minimum to ensure health and vision quality. From age 18 to 60, biannual vision screenings are recommended for those without corrective lenses, and those with corrective lenses should maintain annual visits.

Vision changes with age, of course — especially in regard to up-close objects or reading material. If patients report a change in vision or eye comfort, additional screenings may be necessary. “At risk” adults should have more frequent exams, too. Those who are “at risk” include:

  • Family history of eye disease.
  • Diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • A visually demanding occupation or one that may pose hazards to the eyes.
  • Taking prescription or non-prescription drugs that may have visual or eye-related side effects.
  • Previous eye injuries or eye surgery.

Once your practice has the ability to perform vision-screening tests, each additional test your practice runs costs nothing — that means every test conducted is all profit. More specifically, this 2-minute procedure will earn you $2.87 each time you run the Titmus vision screener. Medical Device Depot offers a great selection of vision-screening devices to ensure that you find one you enjoy working with — and one that will help you boost your bottom line.

Investing in a Pulse Oximetry Monitor

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.

If you are interested in making the wise investment in a pulse oximetry monitor, check out the selection available at Medical Device Depot. The SPO 7500 Wrist Oximeter Recording Package and the BCI Digit Finger Pulse Oximeter are both popular options that do well with Pulse Oximetry and Overnight Oximetry testing.

Keeping Schools Safe During Flu Season

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.