Monthly Archives: September 2016

Patient education: Using ear models to help parents understand ear infections

Dealing with an ear infection is an all too familiar situation to parents with young children. But with the use of anatomical models, you can educate parents to better understand their child’s condition and improve long-term outcomes.

When it comes to improving the overall health care community, patient education is crucial. When a patient feels empowered with the proper medical knowledge, they have a greater chance of creating and experiencing positive results. Educating a patient during treatment can also help reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital and health care expenses.

Providing insight

vj513Ear infections are a common problem, and young parents can benefit from learning the facts. One of the best ways to help them understand is to use an ear model. An anatomical ear model can provide your patients with the valuable information they need to help their child heal faster and prevent future ear infections. By using a model, parents will have improved understanding of their child’s diagnosis. They can’t see what’s happening in the ear — but you can show them on the model.

Effective treatment

w16010Having an ear model readily available makes discussing and explaining ear infection treatment both faster and more effective. When you can show parents or patients the affected area on a model, they can better relate to your explanation.


Find more ear exam tools and services by browsing the selection at Medical Device Depot. Our goal is to help practices like yours provide quality and affordable health care.

Defibrillation Trainers

dcf-a100-en-2Because they’ve seen them used in movies and on TV, much of the public is familiar with the defibrillators that save lives by focusing electric energy on the heart to restore normal rhythm. Many people have even used the more user-friendly automated external defibrillators (AEDs) kept on hand in public places for use in emergencies by minimally trained non-medical professionals.

aed_trainerBut many are unaware of the usefulness of defibrillator training devices that mimic the functions of a real defibrillator for practice purposes. Thorough training on defibrillators is essential in emergency situations, since the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim is reduced 10 percent for each minute defibrillation is delayed. Further, the placement of AEDs in workplaces has saved thousands of lives, since about 10,000 of the cardiac arrests occurring in the U.S. each year happen in the workplace. Since a federal push in 2000, some 2.4 million AEDs now hang on walls in public places across the country.

aedpad_imgThe most effective trainers include pads that actually affix to mannequins and offer real-time audio and visual prompts, as well as pre-recorded rescue training scenarios for drills. A choice of manual and automatic functions is preferred so trainers can adjust conditions as needed.

Often these portable, compact, battery-operated units boast prompts and other features identical to real defibrillators so the student can anticipate and react to how they’ll be using such tools in real life​.

Medical Device Depot – Manufacturer Spotlight: Nasiff

Nasiff Associates made its mark on the medical device world 27 years ago when it developed the world’s first PC-based resting electrocardiograph, allowing for the automatic recording of electrical heart activity via computer.

“Nobody else was doing that in a way that was useful in the clinical environment,” founder Roger E. Nasiff once told the Central New York Business Journal. “Cardiology is our center, because that’s where most people need help medically.”

The device greatly improved the efficiency of the ECG process, allowing for clearer definition of heart rhythm problems that might require a pacemaker or drug therapy along with secure databases and full networking capabilities. The data also began to assist with medical research. After that, the company developed a comparable product that worked with notebooks, followed by cardiology diagnostic machines adapted to wireless and mobile devices.

Since then the New York-based manufacturer has become a specialist in medical diagnostic and administration products that integrate into PCs. Its primary goal is creating a diverse line of U.S.-manufactured innovative devices that efficiently manage data at the point of care.

That line includes everything from defebrillators to electrosurgery tools to feeding pumps to ultrasound machines. Nasiff devices are used in a range of medical specialties extending from bariatric to ob/gyn to radiology to respiratory. The privately held company sells primarily through distributors but also ships directly worldwide, offering a best-price guarantee on all merchandise as well as free installation and training support.

Owner and CEO Nasiff, Ph.D. is a U.S. Air Force veteran and former engineer who’s been in the medical diagnostic field longer than 20 years.

Weighing in on Detecto Scale innovation

Thanks to the ingenuity of immigrant family the Jacobs brothers more than a century ago, products from Detecto Scale can determine the accurate weight of most any human being, regardless of barrier.

6500-detecto-4tThe company’s medical line has evolved with health trends and technology to offer patient scales customized for able-to-stand patients in addition to the obese, the wheelchair bound or those confined to bed. Another of its innovations is a physician scale incorporating a touchless sonar tool that can nearly instantly measure a patient’s height and BMI. Still another is a stainless steel platform called HealthySole that uses UVC technology to kill some 99.9 percent of exposed disease-causing organisms on the soles of shoes. Medical workers merely stand on it to instantly decontaminate their footwear in the workplace.

detecto-cartOther Detecto products seem simple but help solve recurring problems in medical settings; consider its contoured pediatric scale that featured a convenient bracketed measuring tool and a screen that holds the recorded weight even after the baby has been removed. Detecto’s quiet, easy-to-clean medical cart features 360-degree rotation for maneuvering around tight corners, and it also fills specific needs with items like clinical-grade waste receptacles and surgical glove holders.

Founded in 1900, the family-owned firm based out of Webb City, Missouri, bills itself as the largest large-scale medical scale manufacturer in the U.S., with 350 employees, distributors in more than 110 countries and warehouses in Canada and England. That said, all its products are made in the USA in ISO 9001- and ISO 1348- certified factories.

detecto-pediatric-scaleBecause Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co. bought Detecto in 1981, company products are sold under both the Cardinal Scale and Detecto Scale brands. Detecto scales usually measure weights lighter than 5,000 pounds and are most often used in the medical, food service and postal segments. The Cardinal brand primarily includes large-capacity scales for items 5,000 pounds or heavier, used for industrial, agricultural and transportation purposes.

Detecto’s manufacturing processes have been featured on the Science Channel TV show “How It’s Made” and the cable TV show “World’s Greatest!”

More information on the company can be found at Find its products among the wide range of medical supplies at Medical Device Depot.

4 features to look for when shopping for a pediatric scale

For doctors, nurses and medical assistants, the most difficult patients to perform checkups on are often babies. Babies squirm and often cry during appointments, making it harder for medical staff to obtain accurate measurements. That’s why it’s important to have a pediatric table designed specifically for newborn care. Here are four features to look for as you begin browsing your options.

Digital display

8440-ScaleA digital display provides the exact weight, reducing the possibility of human error. Detecto makes a superior digital baby scale, which has a 1.0-inch high transflective LCD display. Get yours through Medical Device Depot.

Lock-in weight feature

Even with typical newborn movement, you’ll be able to achieve an accurate weight measurement if your table has a “lock-in weight” feature. When the weight stabilizes, it is “locked” essentially and displayed clearly for you to read and record.

Built-in measuring tape for length

Now you can weigh babies and measure their length all in one place. When searching for a pediatric scale, make sure it also features a measuring tape to record how much the baby has grown.

Easy cleanup 

6745Cleanliness is a must in all medical facilities. A baby scale that is easy to clean reduces preparation time for each patient, and still ensures a safe environment for the newborn.


The right equipment can enhance your patients’ experience during checkups. Find a wide range of pediatric scales at Medical Device Depot, along with many other types of medical supplies.”

Which blood pressure monitor should you use?

Blood pressure testing is a vital part of any medical practice, which is why it’s important to do your research before choosing a blood pressure monitor. There are three main types of blood pressure monitors, also referred to as sphygmomanometers, and each one has its own set of pros and cons. To ensure you have the blood pressure monitor that best meets the needs of your patients and medical staff, read our helpful sphygmomanometer guide below.


922-2TMercury sphygmomanometers are considered the most accurate option available, and are often used in clinical trials or clinical evaluations of high-risk patients. However, because they register pressure using a mercury column, they are also considered not as safe as alternative devices.




DSxx-2TDue to safety and environmental concerns, aneroid blood pressure monitors are often being used in place of mercury devices. When searching for an aneroid sphygmomanometer, be wary of cheap brands, as these are often inaccurate. The ADC brand is a name you can trust, and it carries a wide selection of blood pressure monitors to perfectly meet your practice’s needs.


UA-767F-2Digital blood pressure monitors may use manual or automatic inflation to obtain measurements. These electronic devices are easy to use without training, but they tend to be less accurate than mercury or aneroid sphygmomanometers.


To start your search for blood pressure monitors, visit Medical Device Depot today. We carry all three types of blood pressure monitors in various sizes.​