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Some of the world’s most innovative medical devices

Many of the innovative creations we hear about in the medical field come from well-known manufacturers like 3M and Welch Allyn, which are top name brands at Medical Device Depot. There are plenty of other manufacturers who have not yet made big names for themselves, but they are still doing big things. With this year’s title from the Medical Design Excellence Awards going to a Norwegian company, it is more obvious than ever that manufacturers near and far are contributing to the industry’s exciting growth.

The winner of the Medical Design Excellence Awards went to Krabat AS, which designed a wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use. Among other features, the chair comes with a saddle seat for a better base of support and offers enhanced self-mobility. A few more impressive innovations coming from around the globe include:

  • Avita Medical’s ReCell – This is a device that allows clinicians to process a skin sample into a suspension of activated skin cells, called a Regenerative Epithelial Suspension (RES), for treating burns or other wounds.
  • Cyfuse Biomedical’s Regenova bio 3-D printer – This uses 3-D modeling software to robotically pick up and place cellular spheroids onto stainless steel needle arrays for tissue or organs.
  • InfraEyes’s Veinus – This handheld device helps health-care workers find patients’ veins.
  • Pixium Vision’s Vision Restoration Systems (VRS) – While this device may still be in development, it aims to restore sight to blind patients with a working optic nerve.

Keep your eyes on the inventory at Medical Device Depot to get some of the latest and greatest devices once they go to market.

Does your office need a stress test system?

Patients who complain of chest pain or those who have a history of heart disease may require stress testing. A stress test system can be used to discover how the heart responds to exertion. Because exercise makes the heart pump harder, a stress test can reveal problems within the heart that may go undetected in a regular stationary checkup.

Stress tests help you:

  • Determine the likelihood of coronary artery disease.
  • Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a cardiac treatment plan.
  • Develop a safe exercise program for patients.

You can opt to install a stress cart like the Midmark version or a complete set like the Welch Allyn model. Each system will use some sort of cardio exercise to increase the patient’s heart rate and activate the respiratory system, but it is up to your practice to determine whether a treadmill or stationary bike is the best option. Many tests require only moderate movement, but some may require more vigorous exercise. For a truly accurate test, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure should be monitored.

On the other hand, if you rarely do stress tests at your location, it may make more sense to send patients to a specialist or to a hospital that is outfitted with the necessary equipment. Complete stress test systems can be paid for in payment plans, but they still require a large investment from your practice. If you do not frequently offer this type of test to patients, continuing to outsource the testing may be a wise financial decision.

If your practice would benefit from a stress test system, Medical Device Depot has many options available for you to consider, meaning you’ll no longer need to send patients elsewhere to have extra testing done. Instead, you can do it all in-house to provide a diagnosis quickly, allowing your patients to feel comfortable with the caretakers they know and trust.

Issues with medical device patent litigation

According to the National Law Review, the number of patent infringement disputes filed annually at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has more than tripled over the last 20 years. While this is not limited to medical devices, it certainly contains a good number of them. In a field where new innovations bring plenty of recognition, praise and good money, it is important to keep intellectual property safely under wraps. Medical device patents are not a new phenomenon, but with the growing number of suits, it is important to protect medical technology from the beginning.

According to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, U.S. intellectual property owners can seek exclusion orders that do not allow the importation of articles that infringe their patents or other intellectual property rights. If the case is won, the infringing product will not be allowed to cross the border into U.S. territory.

In order to prove a patent suit, the complaint must contain four things, according to the International Trade Commission Trail Lawyers Association:

  1. That articles are being imported into the United States
  2. That those articles infringe complainant’s patent or patents
  3. That the complaining company or its licensee has made sufficient economic investments in exploiting its patent in the United States to satisfy section 337’s definition of a “domestic industry”
  4. That the alleged unfair act has caused or threatens to cause injury

Check out Medical Device Depot’s number of American-made medical device manufacturers such as MidmarkNasiff, Mortara and Welch Allyn.

How the industry will change with wearable devices

Wearable technology can be found just about everywhere these days. Whether it is a fitness tracker, a cellphone-paired watch or a medical device, you are likely to see someone wearing a device as you move throughout your day. Additionally, there are many wearable pieces of technology hidden from sight, and you may not be aware of them by simply glancing at someone. Patients who use wearable medical devices can keep their health a priority without having to feel like they stand out.

Welch Allyn and Gentag have collaborated to improve technologies for remote patient monitoring. One of the life-saving benefits of wearable medical devices is the ability of doctors and nurses to monitor patients even when they are not by their side. This gives the patient more freedom to live his or her life, and clinicians gain access to data and information that is vital to providing the best possible care.

The Welch Allyn and Gentag collaboration focuses on technology that will allow for remote monitoring across the world. This longer reach will connect directly to a near field communication (NFC) device or smart phone using a simple skin patch that monitors vitals. The barely-there patch is comfortable for the patients and a welcome innovation for clinicians.

As technology continues to grow there is expected to be an even greater range of what these wearable medical devices are capable of.

Welch Allyn PCH-100 Holter Software Kit – Special Offer!

Welch Allyn is offering a fantastic Summer offer on their PCH-100 Holter Software Kit. Purchase the kit before August 31, 2012 and receive 50% off regular pricing!

Welch Allyn Holter Systems feature easy-to-use software and recorders that can improve patient compliance due to their lightweight, compact profile. Systems can be configured with a compact digital recorder featuring 2 or 3 channel recording for a detailed evaluation.

 An HR 100 Holter recorder is included in this software kit.
For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Medical Device Depot wins Welch Allyn’s April Monthly Leaders Prize

Congratulations to Medical Device Depot sales manager John Gladstein, who was recognized today by Welch Allyn for submitting the most product leads in the month of April. With 23 leads submitted, John Gladstein continues the tradition of excellent salesmanship and hard work brought forth by all Medical Device Depot employees.

For more information on Welch Allyn products, including their EKG machines, spirometers, and vital signs monitors, call us today at 877-646-3300 or visit our website.

Welch Allyn Connectivity to DETECTO Digital Scales

DETECTO, a manufacturer of medical scales has partnered with Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic equipment to enable automated interfacing between their devices. DETECTO professional medical scales which utilize the model 758C weight indicator can interface with the Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitor 6000 Series and the Welch Allyn Connex Integrated Wall System.

The following DETECTO scales are capable of interfacing with the Welch Allyn devices:

Model Number Scale Description Scale Family
8437S Stainless Steel Scale, Waist-High Digital Digital Column
8430S Stainless Steel Scale, Waist-High Digital and Height Rod Digital Column
FHD-133-II Geriatric/Bariatric Wheelchair Scale 36″x36″ Wheelchair
FHD-144-II Geriatric/Bariatric Wheelchair Scale 48″x48″ Wheelchair

These DETECTO scales feature a USB port which will interface with applicable Welch Allyn Devices via the DETECTO-supplied USB cable. These scales can operate on either battery or AC power and transmit weight with 100% accuracy.

For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Connex® Integrated Wall System

With almost a century of clinical diagnostic experience, Welch Allyn proudly offers the Welch Allyn Connex Integrated Wall System—an advanced vitals management and physical assessment solution that combines all necessary exam tools in one convenient system—allowing clinicians to take and electronically capture accurate patient vital signs and perform basic diagnostic exams.

The integration of vital signs management and physical assessment tools in one system helps enhance clinical decision-making, improves patient safety and saves valuable time.
  • Configure your wall system based on your workflow needs
  • Eliminates frustrating and time-consuming searches for individual pieces of equipment throughout the facility
  • Allows clinicians to immediately view all necessary patient data, then send it directly to an EHR system
  • Prevents tools from being lost, stolen or misplaced
  • Enhances the visibility of information to your patients and improves communication and compliance
  • Saves valuable floor space and minimizes device wear and tear
  • Provides accurate data every time, speeding decision-making and improving patient safety

For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.