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Choosing the right vital signs monitor

6102F-PA00020-2Vital signs monitors are one of the most essential devices in any medical office. From blood pressure to heart rate, temperature and pulse oximetry, this is the information you need to gather about each of your patients. Whether you’re part of an intensive care unit, a small clinic or a nursing home, you need an effective way to measure these vital signs in order to give your patients the best possible care.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping around for a vital signs monitor.

How will your staff handle the equipment?

This depends on the nature of your practice. Emergency rooms and paramedics need a machine that’s easily portable in order to get the equipment to a patient’s bedside or inside an ambulance. And no matter where you need to use it, all vital signs monitoring equipment should be easy to use, even for those without additional expertise or training. This ensures all types of health care professionals can use the equipment in any situation.

8100E1What kind of patients are you treating?

Consider the medical needs of your patients before deciding on a vital signs monitor. Patients treated often with drugs will need a more comprehensive monitor to keep track of heart rate, end-tidal carbon dioxide exchange and respirations. But in a smaller health care facility, you might only need a simple monitor to measure the basic stats.

Medical Device Depot carries vital signs monitors and accessories from all major manufacturers, including ADCBionetEdanMortaraCriticareMidmarkMindraySchiller, Welch Allyn and Venni. Browse our selection today to find equipment that works for you and your practice.

Save Big with Section 179

Small business owners rejoice! With the Section 179 deduction, you can save big. Business owners who acquire equipment for their business, including medical equipment — like EKG machines and spirometers — are eligible for a section 179 tax savings.

What is Section 179?

As of January 1, 2016, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) was passed by both the U.S. House and Senate and signed into law. This bill expanded the Section 129 deduction limit to $500,000. This tax savings allows a small business to obtain an enhanced deduction on equipment and software purchased or financed during the single tax year. In 2016, the spending cap on equipment purchases is $2,000,000, making Section 179 a true incentive for small business.

What else is new for 2016?

The 50% Bonus Depreciation will extend through 2019. This means businesses of all sizes can depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired during 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the bonus depreciation will phase to 40 percent, and 30 percent in 2019.

Important for the 2016 Tax Year:
Section 179 provides significant tax relief, but only if you finance in time. All equipment and software must be financed and put in place by 12:00 a.m. on December 31, 2016.

Want to find out how much you can save? Check out this Section 179 Qualified Financing Calculator to see how much your business can save.

How to Choose the Best Medical Cart

6400PEC-2If comparing medical equipment, most people would assume that hospital carts are the least important. While they don’t measure blood pressure or cure illness, medical carts do organize and hold the supplies that doctors use to treat patients. This is an important job, and not just any old cart will do. When searching for medical carts for your practice, look for these three features.

Casters

Time is valuable, especially in a hospital. To prevent doctors, nurses and medical assistants from wasting their time getting up and walking over to the storage cabinets every time they need another tool, provide them with a cart with casters. This allows medical professionals to bring the supplies to them.

Numerous compartments

A lot of medical tools are small and easily lost. To organize equipment and make them accessible, choose a cart that has several compartments. One large storage cabinet or drawer makes it difficult for medical staff to keep track of all their supplies.

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In some situations, like at a pediatric’s office, it makes sense to store medical supplies in a locked cupboard or drawer. If you’re concerned with patients getting into the practice’s medical equipment, search for a cart with locks that lets you secure supplies and prevent unfortunate accidents.

Medical Device Depot offers a wide range of medical carts to help you find the perfect design. Visit our site to begin your search today.

Testing for sudomotor dysfunction

Diabetes is a complex condition that often causes a variety of complications, one of them being autonomic neuropathy (or autonomic dysfunction). From the digestive system to heart and blood vessels, autonomic neuropathy affects numerous body systems all at once. It’s important your practice is prepared to diagnose and treat the wide range of symptoms that patients with this condition can experience.

Sudomotor dysfunction refers to the symptom of diabetic autonomic neuropathy that affects a person’s sweat glands. Patients experiencing sudomotor dysfunction might sweat excessively, especially after eating even non-spicy foods and at night. Sudomotor dysfunction also causes patients to not sweat at all, even when it’s extremely hot outside. Sweat, of course, is needed to keep the body cool.

To diagnose sudomotor dysfuntion, along with other common features of diabetic autonomic neuropathy, your practice should invest in equipment that provides a precise evaluation of sweat gland function. The SudoCheck Sudomotor Testing device is a new method that tests the electrochemical reaction between electrodes and the chloride of stimulated sweat glands, which allows your staff to discover information that otherwise would go undetected. It’s backed by 30 years of documented medical studies and features a variety of benefits, including Sympathetic Skin Response and Body Composition Analyzer.

To learn more about the SudoCheck Sudomotor Testing system, and how you can use this new method in your practice, visit Medical Device Depot. Here you can receive the newest technologies for an affordable cost, ensuring your practice is prepared to provide the best patient care possible.