Monthly Archives: February 2016

Why a Colposcope is Necessary to Detect Cervical Cancer

The death rate among women with cervical cancer has gone down by more than 50 percent over the last 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society. Why? An increase in Pap tests, mainly. Pap tests show whether a patient has abnormal cells on the cervix and if further tests are needed. When a Pap comes back abnormal, physicians should use a colposcope to examine the area more closely and determine whether the patient requires a biopsy.

A colposcope looks similar to binoculars and is essentially a magnifying tool used to see the cervix up close. The ZoomStar Colposcope with Trulight, which can be purchased through Medical Device Depot and has an average reimbursement of $94.21, provides a colposcopy of the entire vagina, with cervix if present. This high-quality equipment features a full range of magnification from 4.5X to 20X, and has an overhead suspension system to ensure unobstructed access to the area being examined. With a colposcope designed to help physicians accurately analyze abnormal cells, patients can feel confident choosing the next steps after results are given.

A colposcopy typically takes around 20 minutes. Patients will not feel any less comfortable during a colposcopy than they would during their regular Pap smear tests. They will, however, be given more answers. Help patients stay on top of their health by offering this essential service at your practice.

How an Audiometer in Your Practice Can Benefit Patients

Nearly 50 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Worldwide, more people experience hearing loss than the number of those affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and diabetes combined, according to Hearing Health Foundation. Even though aging is a cause of hearing loss, it’s not just people over the age of 50 who suffer from this health issue. Kids, teens and young adults can also show signs of hearing loss, and the signs may continue to worsen over time. Along with aging, loud noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, and genetic conditions, medications and infections can also be contributing factors. Parents of young children or growing teenagers who begin to experience hearing loss might not be aware until it is too late.

You can help make patients aware of their hearing abilities with one simple test. The Ambco 1000 Audiometer + OTO Screen and Ambco 650 Pure Tone Audiometer are designed to screen test patients’ hearing by presenting pure tones. The patient wears earphones included with the air-only audiometer and responds appropriately upon hearing each tone you present. Patients who are unable to hear certain tones may be experiencing hearing loss. Catching signs of hearing loss early gives patients and families the chance to seek help and make any necessary changes to prevent further damage.

These pure tone audiometers, sold through Medical Device Depot, take only a minute to test patients and can bring in $11.82 or $30.81 in reimbursements, depending on the model you choose. Improve your practice with equipment designed to improve the lives of your patients.

Hemoglobin Test

Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to organs and tissues, transporting carbon dioxide away so it can be expelled back out through the lungs. This protein has a very important role, and as a result, it is essential that it remains at a healthy level within the body.

Low hemoglobin means a patient is anemic. Various causes can lead to many different types of anemia, and these can vary from iron deficiency to liver disease. Follow-up tests can determine the type, cause and recommended treatment plant. A higher-than-normal hemoglobin level, for example, could indicate Polycythemia vera, dehydration or that the patient lives at a high altitude, to name a few. Bottom line, if the body’s hemoglobin level is below or above normal, the hemoglobin test results should be evaluated — along with other tests — to determine how best to bring the hemoglobin level back within the normal range.

In order to perform an accurate test, you will need a reliable device. The AimStrip Hb Test System Starter Kit is easy to use and always gives accurate readings thanks to its automatic and factory calibration. You can simply insert the test sample and read results in fewer than 15 seconds. With such quick results, a $3.31 total reimbursement can quickly add up to profits for your practice.

Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. An elevation in eye pressure can lead to damage to the optic nerve. This pressure is caused by a buildup of a fluid that flows within the eye, which typically drains. While glaucoma usually affects older adults, those who are at risk should be tested regularly. Because the most common form of glaucoma often comes without any warning signs, regular screenings are necessary for detection and treatment.

Measuring intraocular pressure is most efficient way to detect glaucoma. Patients will prefer this new kind of glaucoma testing because it does not require that pesky puff of air common to previous tests. The Diaton Tonometer Glaucoma Screening Device simply measures pressure over the eyelid. Patients with contact lenses can even keep their lenses on. This non-invasive technique eliminates any risk of infection or scratching of the cornea. Without any need for numbing drops, no recovery time is needed. Your patients will be able to walk out of your office just as easily as they walked in.

This test takes a mere two minutes to conduct and brings in $63.76 in reimbursements. Because it doesn’t require any disposable equipment, there is no recurring cost with each test administered. The entire reimbursement can go right back in your practice to fund more amazing devices and equipment. Browse the inventory of Medical Device Depot to see if your practice needs any other items to better serve your patients.

The Necessity of Fetal Monitoring

Whether you oversee a hospital, doctor’s office or prenatal care center, your practice can provide better care with a fetal monitor on hand. While this device is vital during labor, it is also useful for monitoring the health of the unborn baby while he or she is still in the womb. To do so, the device’s electrodes are placed on the belly to record the baby’s heart rate and measure the mother’s contractions. If certain changes are detected in the fetal heart rate, then doctors can move to treat the underlying problem before or after delivery.

If a mother in labor receives an epidural, faces complications or requires oxytocin to induce labor, a continuous fetal monitor is required during labor and delivery. Depending on your practice, you may even choose to have all mothers use a continuous fetal monitor despite risk factors.

With this 30-minute test, your practice can earn back $48.72 in reimbursement. And because all parts are reusable, you don’t have to pay any recurring fees for subsequent uses. The Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350, which can be purchased through Medical Device Depot, is a top-of-the-line monitor. It is available in LCD or LED displays with memory to save 450 hours of patient data. Additionally, this device can be used for a single fetus or twins, making it a great addition to your medical office.