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When is it Time for a New EKG Machine?

You want your office to provide nothing but the best care available to patients, and in order to do that you must have up-to-date equipment. Gaining the trust of your patients requires that you provide the best possible care to every person who walks through your door. While there is nothing wrong with using older equipment, you want to ensure that all of your equipment does the job it is supposed to do so you can do yours.

With an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, it is important to verify that it is giving accurate readings of a patient’s heart activity. If your machine is not giving accurate readings, try these steps to troubleshoot:

  • Recalibrate the machine.
  • Ensure the electrodes are properly placed on the skin.
  • Unhook and reattach leads to ensure they’re securely attached.
  • If the leads are damaged, replace them.

If none of these fix steps the issue, it may be time to look for a new EKG machine. Rather than looking to repair the old one, consider all of the new features that would be available with a new machine to help better serve your patients.

If you need to replace an old EKG machine or you want to update your office before your old machine calls it quits, check out the selection of EKG machines at Medical Device Depot. Your office will be able to give accurate readings in which your patients will feel confident.

Equipment Spotlight: What is an EKG machine?

An electrocardiogram machine, which is also known as an EKG or ECG, is used to check a heart’s electrical activity. Whether the patient visits the office with unexplained chest pains, symptoms of heart disease like palpitations, dizziness and fainting, to check the effectiveness of a pacemaker, or to monitor high blood pressure, an EKG machine can quickly provide a clear picture of the patient’s heart health.

Types of EKG machines

Different types of machines are often distinguished by the number of leads, or electrical cables, that attach the electrodes to the skin. Some of these include:

  • Portable or handheld machines – Simply uses the pulse of a patient’s finger. No leads.
  • 3-lead – Shows waves on a screen.
  • 5-lead – Used for continual monitoring and shows waves on a screen.
  • 12-lead – Prints readings on a paper copy.

The machine translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings of spikes and dips that are easy to decipher. You may choose to use an EKG machine in a variety of ways. Depending on your practice, you may use it as part of a physical examination, during specialized tests or for continual monitoring. Because it is important that this type of information is correct so you can best treat your patients, it is vital to have a high-quality EKG machine in your office that you can depend on for accurate readings.

Certain variables may affect the test, but they do not mean you have a faulty machine. To ensure you get an accurate reading, make sure the electrodes are securely attached to the patient’s skin. Also be certain that the patient does not move around or talk during the test, and restrict exercise prior to testing. Additionally, try to provide a calm environment so the patient is not anxious during the test.

If you are unsure of the accuracy of your EKG machine, you don’t have to proper type for its particular use or yours is out of date, check out the selection of EKG machines at Medical Device Depot to update your practice.

Medical Device Depot, Inc. Donates EKG Machine to Preventive Medicine Research Center

Medical Device Depot was pleased to donate an EKG machine to Preventive Medicine Research Center. This EKG machine will be used to assist in the cardiovascular and preventive health screening of non-insured minorities.

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Medical Device Depot, Inc. Donates 50 EKG Machines to MediSend International

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Earlier this month, Medical Device Depot donated 50 EKG machines to MediSend International. The Mac 1200 EKG Machines made by GE Medical are easy to use devices. With minimal training needed, they are excellent for developing country hospitals and clinics. MediSend intends to both train biomedical repair technicians on the machines as well as ship them to hospitals and clinics in desperate need of electrocardiograph systems.

“Thanks to MediSend’s training, in combination with their shipping programs, we know that these machines will be put to good and proper use wherever they are sent. It is rewarding to know that this donation will save lives that might otherwise be lost,” said John Gladstein of Medical Device Depot, Inc.

“Medical Device Depot’s generous donation will mean better healthcare for communities around the world. On behalf of the hospital and clinics and families we serve in some of the world’s poorest communities, this is a much appreciated donation,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend.

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Why EKG?

Why Does the Doctor Give Patient’s an EKG?

An electrocardiogram – abbreviated as either EKG or ECG – is a test that records the heart’s electrical activity and turns it into a graph that can be read and analyzed. The electrical impulse that travels through the heart is what causes the heart muscle to contract and pump blood. An EKG is one of the many important vital signs tests in medicine because it provides clues to your heart health. It is used to determine if the electrical activity is normal. These recordings tell you about current health problems, such as heart rhythm problems, that might require a pacemaker or drug therapy. Or identify problems that occurred in the past, such as an old, and sometimes silent (unnoticed) heart attach, a heart enlargement that can lead to heart failure, and many other important conditions. It also can tell if a heart attack is in progress, so that drugs can be given to reduce heart damage and improve survival.

The EKG is an important part of a complete medical checkup.  The test cannot predict your heart’s future, but along with a  family and personal history, it can help in decision-making to keep you in the best possible cardiopulmonary health.

When should you have an EKG?

If you are experiencing any chest pains, fainting, dizziness, or shortness of breath, you should consult your doctor right away. He or she may send you directly to an emergency room, where an EKG is one way to determine if you are having a heart attack.

If you are symptom-free, how often you get an EKG will depend on your doctor, who will take into account your history, age, and other heart disease risk factors such as family history, diabetes, and smoking.

The electrocardiogram is a simple, painless, and very safe test done while you are lying face up on an examining table. A machine with numerous long cables (which look similar to electrical wires) nearby. They allow the signals of your beating heart to be read by the electrocardiograph machine.

To pick up the signals, small plastic tabs (with conductors that contract your skin) are stuck on your skin in at least 10 different spots – one on each of your limbs and on six locations around your chest. These patches – usually electrodes that detect electrical current, attach to the cables that lead to the machine. The machine turns the signals into wavy lines that form a graph, a representation of your heart’s electrical activity.

The total examination time, from entering the room until the test is completed, is usually 15-20 minutes. EKG machines often have computerized equipment that analyze the scan automatically, but doctors always like to check the results themselves. In emergencies, you can receive immediate results.

An EKG can provide valuable information that can help your doctor keep you well, and possibly save your life.

Bionet Year-End Promotion

Cardio7 EKG MachineBionet is offering an exciting end of year promotion for their top-selling devices!

Receive the following accessories with purchase of a Bionet Cardiocare 2000, Cardiotouch 3000, or Cardio 7 EKG Machine.

Receive the following accessories with purchase of a Bionet BM3 Plus Patient Monitor.

  • 10 rolls of paper (Item #ECG-PP, ECG Medi-Graph Paper – 10 rolls/box)
  • 1 esophageal temperature probe (Item #TEM-PRV-R, Temperature Probe – Esophageal/Rectal Type)

Receive the following accessories with purchase of a FC700 or FC1400 Fetal Monitor.

  • 10 rolls of paper (Item #ECG-PP, ECG Medi-Graph Paper – 10 rolls/box)
  • 2 probe belts (Item #FC-BELT, Probe belt)

Offer ends December 31, 2012. For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Bionet Cardio7 Comparison Chart

The Cardio7 ECG Monitoring System is Bionet’s latest innovation in ECG machine technology. This 12-channel PC-based interpretive resting ECG offers enhanced usability, data analysis and data management. With pediatric diagnosis, audible QRS, and a memory capability of up to 120 patients, this machine is suitable for a wide variety of clinical needs.

The Cardio7 offers several advanced features over the competition, including a bigger screen along with increased networking capability with USB memory and a barcode scanner.

Click here to view a market comparison chart highlighting the advantages of the Cardio7 over similar ECG machines.

For more information on the Cardio7, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot!

Welch Allyn For Leaders Only 2011 Results

Congratulations to John Gladstein, the top explorer in the Welch Allyn For Leaders Only Program in 2011! John Gladstein submitted the most product leads for Welch Allyn products including EKG machines, spirometers, and vital signs monitors during 2011.

Click here for the entire list of 2011 For Leaders Only Winners.

Medical Device Depot carries all Welch Allyn products at the best prices. Call 877-646-3300 or visit our website to make a purchase.

Where to Find Discount EKG Machines Online

For customers looking for EKG machines online, a Google search for ‘discount EKG machines’ will result in an overwhelming number of results. Over 1.7 million websites are returned, which indicates that this is definitely a well-represented area of Internet medical equipment sales. Although customers will have to be very selective in their research, due to the large amount of information, due diligence is still an important strategy here.

Electrocardiogram machines, also known as EKG or ECG machines are a primary diagnostic device used in many medical offices, clinics and hospitals. They are used to monitor, measure, and record the electrical activity of the heart and are essential in diagnosing a wide variety of different kinds of heart problems.

People who have a genetic history of heart disease or who fall within certain risk groups for contracting heart disease should receive regular EKG testing as a preventative measure. Many, however, never have the test because the doctors from whom they receive their regular check-ups don’t have access to the necessary equipment. The main reason for this is that, until recently, the cost of quality EKG equipment has been prohibitively high.

With the intense competition fostered by the Internet, however, easy access to EKG machines online has had a huge impact in lowering the price of these units. Fast moving technological advancements have also enabled manufacturers to make these diagnostic devices smaller, cheaper and packed with features that, just a few short years ago, would have cost ten times as much to purchase. They have also added computerized interpretation of test results, making the systems easier to use and more accurate.

EKG machines can still be found listed at prices of $35,000 and more, but now these same machines can be found online for less than half that price. These discount EKG machines can be obtained brand new through thousands of online outlets. This includes top-quality equipment from such manufacturers as:
Besides buying new equipment at deep discounts, another alternative to procuring quality EKG monitors is to buy a used, refurbished unit. There are numerous online sites that specialize in second-hand equipment and many that sell both new and used models. Another option for clinics or medical practices on a tight budget is to consider new equipment in a lower price range. While these more affordable machines may not have all the bells and whistles the more expensive units have, they have the capability to do the job properly and completely. Many economically-priced, new EKG monitors can be found online for $2,000 or less.

An EKG machine is an essential diagnostic tool and no doctor’s office or medical clinic should be without one. High cost of the equipment no longer needs to be a reason to be ill-equipped in this area.

For more information on EKG machines, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.