Monthly Archives: September 2011

Pocket-Dop 3 Assists Researchers in Monitoring Endangered Sea Turtles

CareFusion has taken up a humanitarian cause through the aid of sea turtles. The company recently recently donated a Pocket-Dop 3 Hand-Held Doppler to be used in the health assessment of Western Pacific leatherback turtles, an endangered species.

The Pocket-Dop 3 is used to monitor heart rates in turtles during boat-based capture operations. A human obstetrical doppler with a low frequency (2-3 MHz) probe is necessary to detect heart rates in these large animals. In addition to monitoring pacific turtles, the Pocket-Dop 3 has been used by veterinarians to monitor heart rates in leatherbacks on the east coast, as well as in other species of sea turtles during the Gulf oil spill.

For more information on the Pocket-Dop 3, or to make a purchase, please call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Saving Time and Money With the Axon-II

In the recent article by Kevin Pho, MD, Defensive medicine accounts for 20 percent of MRI scans and x-rays, he reviews a study where orthopedic surgeons admit roughly 20% of ordered images for a patient are primarily for a ‘defensive’ purpose.   The study shows 70% of the ‘defensive’ images were conventional x-rays, while only 25% were MRI scans.  Although just one quarter of the images were MRI’s, they accounted for 75% of the costs.

Without getting into the discussion of validating defensive medicine, it’s clear that there are new and more accurate technologies for patient diagnosis available.  For example, a patient in pain showing signs of nerve pathology could have a 15 minute test done with an Axon II Neural Scan in any Primary Care/Internal Medicine office.  Ruling in or out a nerve issue makes a significant impact on the next step, as well as avoidance of costly and timely tests like EMG and MRI.  Using machines like the Axon II will save patients time and money, and decrease unnecessary medical costs in the medical industry as a whole.

Matt Berens

Sales Director

Advanced Clinical Products

(For more information on the Axon-II or to make a purchase, please call 877-646-3300.)

Welch Allyn Updates CardioPerfect Workstation

Welch Allyn recently released its CardioPerfect™ Workstation (CPWS) software version 1.6.4, the next generation of its electronic health record (EHR)-ready software that allows digital storage and more efficient review of diagnostic test data from a variety of different electronic devices. The upgrade expands and simplifies the ability to perform spirometry testing in medical practices working in thin-client environments. In addition, the updated spirometry  module improves the clinician’s ability to comply with the latest guidelines of the American Thoracic Society by providing enhanced real-time quality feedback for both adult and pediatric patients.

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