Category Archives: Medical Device

3 Essentials for a Surgery Suite

​Setting up and maintaining a surgery suite entails the double difficulty of managing costs and negotiating the considerable complexity involved. Hospitals want to be sure they can evaluate the cost and quality of the products they use so they can know they are getting the most out of their investments.

With this in mind, here are three essential surgical instruments and items to outfit virtually any surgery suite.

Gomco_01-12-0405_imageGomco Portable Aspirator Model 405/4005. This portable unit has been designed to provide suction at a moment’s notice. Whether for use in a recovery room, dental office or pediatrician’s office to remove mucus from the throats of newborns, the 405/4005 provides invaluable insurance and peace of mind.

 

BV-MST Multi-Purpose Surgery Exam Table. What make this mobile surgery table particularly BV-MSTremarkable is that it combines three pieces of equipment in one. With remote-activated functions to raise and lower the front and back, it can be used for a number of operations and treatments. Because it can transform into a chair, it eliminates the need for medical practitioners to transfer a patient to a wheelchair or other device to move them. This increases patient comfort and reduces the chance of accidents.

Double_Bowl_SinkDouble Bowl Sink. Designed to save space and fit in virtually any surgery suite, this 14-inch deep stainless steel bowl comes fully packaged and is easy to assemble. With a full 10-inch backsplash (compared to the normal 7 inches), this sink combines exquisite craftsmanship with a polished, clean look.

If you want to know more about any of these products, or are looking for other medical devices, feel free to contact us at any time. As one of the country’s premier surgical equipment suppliers, we can answer any questions you might have.

Cost-effective ECG machines

Electrocardiograms, either called ECGs or EKGs, are essential machines used to record the heart’s electrical impulses and monitor a patient’s heart health. Because they are so widely used, it can be a challenge to know what features you’ll need in an ECG machine for your practice.

BCC-2000-ECGThe CardioCare 2000 Interpretive EKG Machine represents the extent to which EKG machines can take advantage of the latest digital upgrades and still be cost effective.

The unit comes with EKG II Plus Software, a powerful tool that allows you to preview and control the machine from any Windows-based operating system. Streamlined in this way, this 12-channel machine gives practitioners the advantage of simultaneously acquiring 10 seconds of ECG data from 10 leads in an accurate, 12-channel printout in less than 60 seconds.

Along with this printout are 80 kinds of interpretations based off the advanced Minnesota Code to help aid in the diagnosis. Algorithms used for the interpretive analysis are continually expanded with regular software updates.

An excellent choice to diagnose patients quickly and effectively, the CardioCare 2000 is a great value and a great instrument for use in a general practice or emergency room setting.

Vet supplies online

In addition to selling an extensive line of cutting-edge medical equipment, Medical Device Depot also sells a variety of supplies for veterinary clinics. Here is a cross-section of the many veterinary supplies we carry.

Solaris_Multiparameter_Patient_MonitorSolaris Multiparameter Patient Monitor. This basic but essential patient monitor is suitable for use on horses, cats, dogs and other similar-sized animals. With a display ranging between one to eight wave forms, a 7-leads ECG display and a ST segment analysis, this 10.4-inch screen packs a lot of information. In addition, the OxyCRG diagram and drug dose calculation feature allow for precision monitoring.

Solaris Desktop Pulse Oximeter. Another piece of essential Solaris_Desktop_Pulse_Oximetersequipment suitable for use with cats, dogs, horses and more, this desktop pulse oximeter can connect to the nurse-call network and features a 72-hour data memory and on-screen data replay features. With an optional internal thermal recorder available, this system is a key complement to veterinary surgical instruments.

Wolf_Vet_Dental_X-Ray_FilmWolf Veterinary Dental X-ray Film: Pet Dent. Veterinarians also serve as dentists for their patients. The x-ray film in this package comes in soft vinyl packets so that when animals bite on them, they create a tight, extra-strong seal. This is a crucial part of getting excellent images of an animal’s teeth.

 

For more information about our veterinary products, feel free to call us at (877) 646-3300 or (410) 750-8757.

​The unique features of the Astra 300 Spirometer

For patients, breathing problems can be particularly frightening. Is it an allergic reaction to environmental conditions, a chronic breathing disorder or some deeper, more worrisome lung condition? The anxiety surrounding their troubled breathing is often compounded by the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose the exact cause of their symptoms.

For years, doctors and practitioners have used spirometers to test and assess how well a patient’s lungs function by measuring the amount the patient can inhale and exhale. This effective diagnostic and measuring tool has recently received an update.

astra-300Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the Astra 300 Spirometer represents the next generation of spirometers that can more effectively and efficiently diagnose a variety of conditions that affect breathing.

One of the highlights of this system is the easy-to-use touchscreen that allows you to quickly enter data, test patents, then send and print out reports. The data, which is easy to read and interpret, can quickly sync with your EHR system.

Along with these and other significant digital features, the Astra 300 Spirometer offers multifunctional testing capabilities. Its unique AstraPro Software measures over 40 parameters pertaining to a patient’s Forced Expiratory Volume (FVC), Maximum Voluntary Ventilation (MVV) and Slow Vital Capacity (SVC).

With features that make data collection and analysis easy and highly accurate, the Astra 300 Spirometer is the ideal tool to diagnose symptoms pertaining to breathing difficulties.

Keeping tabs: When is antepartum fetal monitoring important?

Thanks to innovations in technology, antepartum fetal monitors have come a long way since the 1970s.

Today’s equipment is highly valuable in detecting heartbeat irregularities in fetuses in their last trimesters subject to increased risk of stillbirth. Often used in conjunction with real-time ultrasonography and umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry, the monitors can accurately inform on whether intervention is needed to restore a normal heartbeat and/or prevent intrauterine injury or neurological damage.

“In most cases, a normal antepartum fetal test result is highly reassuring, as reflected in the low false-negative rate of antepartum fetal surveillance,” notes a recent bulletin by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. “Theoretic models and large clinical studies suggest initiating antepartum fetal testing no earlier than 32 0/7 weeks of gestation is appropriate for most at-risk patients. However, in pregnancies with multiple or particularly worrisome high-risk conditions (e.g., chronic hypertension with suspected fetal growth restriction), testing might begin at a gestational age when delivery would be considered for perinatal benefit.”

BT-350The monitors are typically recommended when the pregnant woman exhibits the following, reports American Family Physician:

  • Maternal conditions such as antiphospholipid syndrome; poorly controlled hyperthyroidism; hemoglobinopathies such as hemoglobin SS, SC or S-thalassemia; cyanotic heart disease; systemic lupus erythematosus; chronic renal disease; type 1 diabetes mellitus or hypertensive disorders.
  • Pregnancy-related conditions such as pregnancy-induced hypertension; decreased fetal movement; oligohydramnios; polyhydramnios; intrauterine growth restriction; post-term pregnancy; moderate to severe isoimmunization; previous fetal demise or multiple gestation with significant growth discrepancy.

Our Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350 offers ease of use and accuracy through its 7-inch TFT color LCD monitor, waterproof probes, rechargeable built-in battery, storage capacity for 450 hours of patient data at any given time and ability to network with a PC (RS-232 or optional Bluetooth).

Cognitive measurement and management for non-specialists

​For a time, it was believed that identifying cognitive impairments or offering cognitive measurement tests was reserved for practices that specialized in neurological conditions and treatments.

But the Cognitive Measurement and Management System ​has been designed specifically for the non-neurologist to objectively measure and assess cognitive impairments over time.​ Among these are memory loss, anxiety, depression, dementia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and others.​

Many tools used to assess memory loss, cognitive impairment, anxiety or attention deficit rely on tests that need to be analyzed by trained experts in the field. The Cognitive Measurement and Management System relies on objective, quantitative measurements that can be assessed by practitioners who do not have extensive training in neurology or cognitive behavior because of the advanced interpretation and clinical ability of the software​.

The system works using multiple electrophysiological technologies that provide functional measurements of the brain and cognition. The noninvasive technologies that are included in this portable device are: Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP).

Hooked into the system, the patient ​answers a very specific, symptom-focused questionnaire. Then, they go through ​a resting assessment with eyes open and closed, and finally a response measurement​. During this process, the electrophysiological technologies in the system measure key brain​ processing speeds​ and cognitive functions.

Designed to be used by general practitioners, primary care physicians and behavioral specialists, the ​system includes fully finished report generation with an easy-to-use reporting system that gives visual and statistical data on the patient’s biomarkers, visual and auditory processing, and memory.

This reporting system provides clinicians with quantitative information with which they can identify and assess a patient’s cognitive health. With this data, they can ​uncover mental health issues earlier, making more specific and objective diagnosis​.

In the end, wider use of this system will allow for more practices to ​transcend the limitations of a short mental health questionnaire as the only source of diagnosing their patients neurological health.

Phototherapy for newborn jaundice treatment

Jaundice, which commonly shows up in infants as the yellowish pigmentation of the skin due to high bilirubin levels in the blood, can be caused by a number of different medical conditions.

Many new or expectant parents are surprised to learn how common jaundice is in newborn babies. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, jaundice shows up in approximately 60 percent of all newborn babies within the first week.

In most cases, infants exhibit nonpathological, or physiologic, jaundice that is not connected to any serious medical condition. Nonetheless, if untreated, the rising bilirubin levels may lead to further complications.

Fortunately, this common condition is easy to treat through phototherapy. The process is remarkably simple: specialized light is used to convert the excess bilirubin into water-soluble isomers the infant’s body can excrete.

BT-400_imageTo be effective, phototherapy needs to employ a specific kind of light that can be absorbed by the infant. One of the most effective treatments available, the BT-400, uses blue-light phototherapy, a far more effective treatment option than either halogen or ultraviolet lights.

The BT-400 is lightweight, compact, has two adjustable levels of intensity and boasts an incredible 20,000 hours of operating time. Because neonatal jaundice is so common, this simple and highly effective instrument has a place in any practice that treats infants or families.​

Detecting peripheral artery disease through ABI systems

​Similar to coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a vascular disease that involves a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, legs, arms and head. While this condition is serious and can lead to loss of limbs or a heart attack, it is also a condition that can often go undiagnosed. People who suffer from PAD may experience pain while walking or exercising but are not always aware that this pain relates to a problem with their heart.

Like most medical conditions, early detection is crucial to keeping PAD in check and ensuring patients get the treatment they need to continue to lead a healthy life.

abi_250_imageThe Summit LifeDop ABI 250 Reimbursable Vascular Doppler is an effective and portable way to diagnose PAD.

It works by employing a bi-directional Doppler, which helps you study upper or lower extremity arteries with ease. The display shows the direction of blood flow and frequency of the Doppler signal, giving the practitioner the ability to detect signs of PAD in a patient.

In addition, this portable, noninvasive method features a fast, waveform printer that can easily print out adhesive labels for reimbursement report forms.

Simple to use, effective and designed to meet reimbursement criteria, the Summit LifeDop ABI 250 is a powerful piece of equipment that helps patients and makes financial sense for practitioners.​

The new generation of portable ultrasounds

Of all the things people can now do with their laptop, from having face-to-face video conferences with people from around the world to shopping for virtually anything, many are surprised to learn just what a laptop is capable of in a medical setting.

SeeMore_Ultrasound_ProbeThe SeeMore General Purpose Abdominal Probe is one such next-generation device, a handheld ultrasound that plugs directly into your laptop, transforming it into a portable ultrasound device. Recognized as one of the top ten innovations of the year by the International Academy of Science, this revolutionary device can be used in clinical applications involving the kidney, liver, gallbladder, abdominal aorta, uterus and bladder, as well as for a FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) exam. And it can do so for a fraction of the cost of other portable ultrasound devices.

Capable of displaying 256 shades of gray, and featuring an autoscan as well as scan and view modes, you can easily save, store and print images, and at an incredibly low price point. With its built-in measurements, calculations, annotations, cine loop, zoom functions and more, you can be sure you get clear, precise images every time you use it.

For a firsthand look at the power of this portable system, download the SeeMore Software and SeeMore Pictures.

Finding the root of nerve pain

Pain, and how to adequately treat it, is one of the most daunting challenges facing the medical profession today. It’s estimated that 50 to 80 percent of spinal surgeries fail. One of the major reasons for this isn’t treatment, but misdiagnosis of the nerves causing the pain.

Axon_II_Sample_ReportUsed to diagnose the root cause of many common pain symptoms, the Axon Nerve Test provides a simple test that can accurately identify the exact level and side of the nerve root causing the pain. This test can be used as part of a successful treatment of almost all sorts of bodily pain, from back to wrist to neck and much more.

The way the test is administered is simple. The doctor or practitioner places a small electrode to a specific pain point on a patient. The practitioner then increases the level of intensity until the patient reports feeling a sensation. This otherwise innocuous stimulus sends an electrical signal that selectively stimulates A-delta nerve fibers. Technology built in to the system verifies the firing of each nerve, leading to an accurate and objective pinpointing of the damage.  This, in turn, is one of the reasons for its’ 97% sensitivity.

Other benefits of using this specific technology is a membership to the American Association of Sensory Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AASEM), Unlimited phone support, Training videos and Online Textbook, and more.