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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 trends in ECG monitoring

As medical technology advances, it’s important for hospitals and medical facilities to stay up to date, especially when it comes to ECG systems. Newer ECG systems offer better integration, including interoperability with other software, PCs and smart phones. Here are some of the most recent advancements:

Workflow

cc-ecg1-ipadRecent ECG systems have been designed to improve workflow and simplify operation. With step-by-step operation, touch-screen systems and connectivity with medical records and information systems, processing an ECG has never been easier.

Connectivity

Bluetooth and wireless connection capabilities make transferring information a breeze. New PC-based Resting ECG systems perform fast testing, and with seamlessly integrated systems, you can easily manage medical records and provide outstanding patient support.

cc-ecg1-btNasiff Associates, Inc. is an exceptional example of this technology. The company continues to lead among PC-Based Resting ECG systems. The Nasiff CardioResting PC Based Bluetooth ECG System is not only reliable and user-friendly, but it also offers all the benefits of the latest ECG technology. Browse Medical Device Depot to find the latest technology to protect and support your patients.

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.

Keep your patients heart healthy with routine ECG testing

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an essential test for detecting heart problems in patients. Routine ECGs, which record the heart’s rhythm and activity, can find causes for chest pain and symptoms of heart disease. It detects abnormalities and clogging and can even be used to check how well medicine or medical devices like pacemakers are working for patients.

The Bionet Cardio7 Interpretive ECG Machine is a monitoring system with both interpretation and reporting functionality. This high-quality equipment, which meets the newest FFA standards for ECG report submissions, comes with pediatric diagnosis and memory capacity for up to 120 patients. It also prints out the ECGs in multiple formats.

This easy-to-use ECG machine earns in a reimbursement of $16.84 and each test after initial purchase only costs your medical facility 89 cents. The test takes a mere five minutes to complete, helping both your staff and patients get the accurate answers they need more quickly.

Learn about additional features and benefits offered by the Bionet Cardio 7 and what materials are included with your purchase. Medical Device Depot helps quality medical practices like yours afford the best equipment available. Start browsing our selection of equipment and accessories today.

Get a better reading with an external electrocardiographic recording

An ECG or EKG may allow you to see your patient’s heart activity, but it provides only a glimpse of a bigger picture. Because abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms come and go throughout the day, a singular test won’t always show everything that is happening. In order to get the bigger picture, patients need to be recorded throughout an entire day. A holter monitor, or external electrocardiographic recording, is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records the heart’s activity continuously for 24 hours. It is essentially a portable ECG that allows you to watch a patient’s heart rate in real time as he or she moves through the day. It has wires with small electrodes that attach to the skin, so it offers a non-invasive test that can yield insightful results.

With each test you run, your practice will earn $125 in reimbursement. The disposable parts cost just $6 for each test, so you still keep a significant profit. Each individual test takes 3 minutes to hook up to the patient and then another 5 to 10 minutes to print and edit the report when the device is removed. The external electrocardiographic recording can be worn for up to 24 hours, monitoring the patient’s heart rate while he or she completes daily activities. The Nasiff CardioCard PC Based Holter ECG System is Medical Device Depot’s top pick when it comes to holter monitors. You can choose from five or seven leads and trust in the reliable and accurate reporting. The system is even EMR compatible (Allscripts MyWay, AthenaNet, Centricity, ChartMaker, eClinical Works, LytecMD, Medent, NextGen, Office Ally, OmniMed, PractiseFusion) and comes with a free database-management system, which integrates patient history so you can diagnose with confidence.

Long-Awaited EU Medical Device Legislation

It has been a long time coming, but the European Union has finally reformed the current medical device legislation. The whole ordeal started back in 2012 with two proposed regulations, one for medical devices and one for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). These new regulations were aimed at producing better quality and safety for patients. While scientific and technological advances has skyrocketed in previous years, medical device and IVD legislation has still lagged behind. The wait to bridge that gap is finally coming to an end after a long and difficult legislative process.

Manufacturers will now be scrutinized with stricter post-market surveillance requirements. The risks of any device must be offset by acceptable likelihood of benefits. Companies will be required to submit periodic safety update reports annually and respond to public health threats swiftly and with their full force. This model has worked well for pharmaceutical companies, so it is expected to translate well to medical devices.

Although some in the industry may disagree with these provisions, it is a sign of progress to finally be moving once again. With safety checks and surveillance requirements, devices like new EKG machines and dopplers will be ready for patient use. Give your patients the best possible care by purchasing through Medical Device Depot, which stays up to date on all of the latest rules, regulations and legislation in the industry.

What’s best for your office: Portable or Stationary ECG machine?

Most frequently, an electrocardiogram machine will be used when a patient is sitting down on the exam table or in a hospital bed. Because the patient is not mobile in those instances, a stationary machine would be perfectly sufficient. But there are other times when additional tests may need to be conducted away from the exam table or when a doctor needs to meet a patient at a particular location.

Depending on the type of practice you run, those particular cases may be few and far between, or you may see an even mix of them both. Either way, the frequency with which you will use an ECG on the go will determine which type is best for you. Most medical offices will have a stationary ECG machine and then supplement that one with a portable machine. Whichever route you decide to take is up to you. Just look at the benefits of each before making a decision.

Benefits of a portable machine

  • Light and compact, you can easily bring this anywhere. There are even handheld versions that just use a connection on the thumbs.
  • Allows for home monitoring.
  • Can help determine when it is necessary to go to the hospital.
  • Data can be promptly relayed to medical staff.

Benefits of a stationary machine

  • The less-compact nature of the machine allows for more features that do not fit on a portable ECG.
  • Multiple leads give a more accurate reading.
  • Results can be traced directly onto paper.
  • Able to capture more data.

Upgrade your office with an ECG machine

When a patient first walks into your office, he or she may not be taking a mental inventory of your equipment. Once the visit is underway, however, they will expect that your office is equipped with all of the medical devices necessary to make a diagnosis or answer any questions they have.

While the aesthetics of the waiting room or individual patient rooms may help to put a patient at ease, the real comfort comes from knowing they are receiving quality care. Make sure your doctors and nurses have access to vital tools like an ECG machine to monitor a patient’s heart activity. In addition to simply having a modern machine in your office, your staff should know how to quickly and effectively work with the particular device. There may be slight differences from brand to brand of ECG machines, so ensure that the whole staff is trained to properly use the new device, especially if a patient comes in the office with any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or heart palpitations
  • Medicinal side effects
  • Ineffective pacemaker
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

You will certainly want to have an electrocardiography machine on hand to help determine the root cause of any symptoms. If you are searching for a new ECG machine, browse our vast selection of top brands available at Medical Device Depot.