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Looking for an EKG machine? It pays to shop around

ELI-250cWhen it comes time to upgrade the equipment in your office, the typical process likely goes like this: Your EKG machine is on its last leg and you’ve been thinking of replacing it for a while. Then one day, it breaks down completely and you don’t have the luxury of deciding anymore. The local sales representative who provides your cotton balls, gauze pads and other everyday office supplies brings in a new machine and offers you his normal price. You don’t have the time to bargain, so you accept the offer and take the new machine.

But what if there was an easy way to get a better price?

Although there’s nothing wrong with having a trusty local rep, they may not always have the best deals. It’s important to shop around for something as important as an EKG machine. And while you’re out shopping, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:

What size printout do you need? SomeSample_EKG_Report machines print out on 60 millimeter strips of half-size sheets while others print out on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper, which is often preferable.

Do you need the machine to print out patient demographics? This makes the printouts look more professional, but takes up more of the EKG technician’s time.

CC-ECG1Do you need to connect your machine to a computer? You can find PC-based EKG machines that connect electronically to your medical records and integrate other diagnostic features.

No matter your needs, Medical Device Depot is here to help you compare prices and find the best equipment to fit your budget. Browse our EKG machine selection, which includes PC-based, standalone and veterinary machines and accessories appropriate for any medical center, hospital or facility.

The latest ECG technology you need to have

With an uptick in technological innovations, doctors and nurses have many more options to choose from when it comes to medical devices. There are the old standbys that are always dependable, but there are also great upgrades that help to improve accuracy and efficiency.

  • Synthesized 18-lead ECG – It uses the 12-lead ECG waveforms to mathematically derive the waveforms of the right chest leads and the back leads. It is very useful for right side and posterior infractions.
  • iPhone ECG – The AliveCor iPhone 4 case turns the phone into a wireless ECG with two electrodes that can be placed on the chest or held in the hand.
  • AirStrip Patient Monitoring – This application transmits results straight to the doctor’s phone so real-time results are always in the right hands.
  • Mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry – Has all the benefits of an ECG on the go so patients aren’t bound to one spot.
  • LifeNet technology – This transmits ECG readings from an ambulance to the emergency room.

Whether these innovations seem like must-have features or more like luxuries, it is important to know the improvements that are going on with essential medical devices. As technology continues to build, there will be many more options to choose from when looking for new devices. Stay up to date with the latest and choose the features that best suit your needs.

If you need an updated machine, take a look at the ECG options available at Medical Device Depot today.