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.
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The focus when creating medical devices should be to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. This means that manufacturers should want to help patients avoid repeat visits, lingering symptoms and other complications. In short, the first treatment should ideally be the last. With that in mind, all of the devices sold through Medical Device Depot are highly refined in order to produce the best possible outcome. From the bone densitometers to the fetal monitors, every item is carefully chosen to aim toward the new standard of medical devices.
These 5 outcomes should be at the forefront of every manufacture’s goals, according to the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry:
- Streamlined Processes – In a complicated field, it is essential to streamline processes as much as possible to ensure that patients receive speedy and effective care. Because an inefficient workflow could keep a patient from being referred to surgery on time, for example, it should be a goal to identify ways to optimize the any and all processes.
- Smart Functions – While doctors are experts, they are still human. Mistakes can be made and not every treatment is guaranteed to be successful. Devices like vessel detection technology, for instance, can help prevent accidental cuts before they occur.
- Enhanced Patient-Doctor Communication – Clear communication surrounding diagnoses and after-care is vital to a patient’s comfort and feeling of well-being. Manufacturers should consider how procedures will be discussed and what needs to be done in order to communicate questions and concerns.
- Simple and Targeted Education – Another facet that is essential to success is the complete understanding of what a doctor is communicating to the patient. Patients should be educated carefully and thoroughly so each is comfortable with the information given to them.
- Macro Data Translation – With the rise of electronic health records, compiling and reading data is easier than ever. Data can be sortedby patient geography, state of the disease, as well as culture and lifestyle trends. Tailoring solutions to particular segments of the population is a powerful way to track individual behaviors that lead to better health outcomes and can be applied to larger populations.
While school health requirements will vary across cities and states, there a few common threads that weave them all together. Whether it is a grade school or a high school, private school or public, all school clinics look out for the health and wellness of the students who come through the doors when the morning bell rings.
The ongoing debate over vaccinations has brought school health requirements to the forefront of the conversation, but fewer people are discussing what type of assistance should be offered to kids once they are already in the building. Because school clinics are suited only to conduct initial assessments, kids are typically required to see their primary doctor for a physical exam before the school year begins. But when kids feel woozy after gym class, when their stomach starts churning after lunch or when they run a fever in history class, it is time to visit the nurse’s office.
The nurse’s office tends to have the bare minimum when it comes to medical devices, but that doesn’t mean the nurses aren’t well prepared. School nurses have plenty of supplies to determine whether students should take short break, head home for the day or receive further medical attention. They use devices like stethoscopes, thermometers and plenty of disposables like gauze dressings and gloves, all of which are sold at Medical Device Depot. Additionally, every school must have a defibrillator in case of an emergency. While schools may not be where kids go for primary care, they still need to be prepared for the challenges that every new school year brings. If your school needs updated devices, be sure to make the swap early in the school year before you wear out your old devices.
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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.
It’s easy to go on autopilot and stick with what works, and it can be costly to try new things. That’s why many manufacturers stay with the tried and true and try to avoid taking a hit in revenue. However, it’s important to remember that oftentimes the tried and true was at one time risky, innovative and costly. For example, many of the products offered at Medical Device Depot such as ventilators and blood pressure monitors, are considered commonplace and relatively inexpensive technologies in the medical world today; but they didn’t start out that way.
Fortunately, big players like Johnson & Johnson’s are able to stick their neck out and shake things up, which ends up benefitting users and manufacturers in the long run. As the world’s largest medical device company in terms of revenue, Johnson & Johnson is able to combine advances in technology with their strong partnerships to come up with new medical devices that will amaze the industry.
In March, the company announced a collaboration with Google to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform. This will combine medical devices with robotic systems, imaging and data analytics to streamline the surgical method. The company also announced it would team up with IBM’s new Watson Health business and Apple to create virtual coaching solutions on preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing joint replacement and spine surgeries. The aim is to eventually offer general wellness and chronic condition management as well.
By working in collaboration with other companies and manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson is able to offer new medical devices that other manufacturers have steered clear of in the past. With every innovation, there is a trial period to test for efficacy and safety, but it appears they just may be on the right track.