Monthly Archives: April 2016

Eye-testing exam ideas for nonverbal patients

In medical facilities that perform comprehensive eye exams, it’s necessary to offer vision tests that do not require verbal communication on the patient’s end. Nonverbal patients can’t vocalize their vision struggles, nor can they read an eye chart out loud. Instead, your practice can provide quality baby eye exams and autism eye testing by seeking out nonverbal alternatives. Here are four ideas to consider.

Spot vision screeners

Spot vision screeners don’t require any communication, allowing you to test patients as young as six months old. They also test patients from a non-threatening three-foot distance, which is a benefit when working with young children who feel uncomfortable with equipment close to their face. Spot vision screeners test a variety of vission issues, ranging from near-sightedness to blurred vision.

Cycloplegic retinoscopy

Cycloplegic retinoscopy is a nonverbal exam that can detect vision issues and help doctors determine eyeglass prescriptions. This test involves relaxing the eye and dilating the pupils with ophthalmic drops. The doctor can then use a retinoscope to look into the dilated eye and measure how the eye refracts light.

Matching games

Matching games can be an effective way to test autistic children who are nonverbal. Bradley Davitt, director of pediatric ophthalmology at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, suggests asking patients to “match pictures, letters or numbers on a card held near to them with corresponding images at the back of the room.”

Autorefractors

An autorefractor is another type of medical equipment that does not require any communication from patients in order to test them. When using an autorefractor, the patient looks into a machine with his or her chest sitting on a rest. This computer-controlled machine shouldn’t be your only nonverbal testing solution, as some children feel uncomfortable getting close to the machine.

When buying medical equipment for your practice, it’s important to think about all of your patients. Use this helpful guide when preparing for nonverbal eye exams.

Tools for easy and effective children’s eye exams

A trip to the doctor’s office is enough to make many young kids a little nervous. Nervousness can quickly turn into discomfort during vision exams, which often involve medical professionals or equipment getting close to the child’s face. It’s important to find ways to put child patients at ease, without compromising the examination. For child eye care, this means utilizing screeners that detect early vision issues from a distance.

Tools like the Spot Vision Screener allow doctors to spot screen both eyes at once from a nonthreatening three-foot distance. It can be used on patients as young as 6-months-old and detects a number of issues including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, pupil size deviations and eye misalignment. Results are easy to understand and are provided instantly.

Eye care equipment is often large and difficult to move, but this convenient vision screener is both small and portable. Medical professionals can easily bring the Spot Vision Screener from room to room as needed, then store the handheld device when it’s not being used.

It’s essential that parents bring their young kids in for pediatric vision screening, and many will feel confident scheduling an appointment knowing your practice cares about their child’s experience. Find the Spot Vision Screener at Medical Device Depot today to provide eye care exams both you and the patient will find easy.​

Why it’s important to wear protective eyeware in radiology?

Doctors, nurses and technicians who are frequently exposed to x-ray radiation wear lead aprons, masks, gloves and more clothing accessories to protect their bodies from the harmful side effects of radiation. Now medical professionals are starting to realize the importance of protecting their eyes, too. The eyes are valuable and sensitive organs, and regular exposure to x-ray radiation can increase the risk of medical workers developing cataracts. Wearing radiation glasses to reduce or eliminate radiation exposure is a simple way for technicians to keep their eyes protected and safe.

Radiation glasses, also referred to as lead glasses, limit the amount of radiation that can pass through the glass lenses and affect the eyes. Any medical worker who is exposed to x-ray radiation on a routine basis should wear protective radiation glasses during procedures. While glasses aren’t guaranteed to eliminate all exposure, they significantly reduce the chance of radiation causing harm to the eyes.

Medical professionals can find both prescription and non-prescription glasses in a wide range of sizes and fits at Medical Device Depot. We lower the cost of high-quality safety gear, helping hospitals keep their employees and patients safe. Find radiation glasses as well as a large selection of medical equipment on our website today.

Encourage eye safety by bringing quality vision equipment into your hospital

April is sports eye safety month, but because you work in the medical field, you know it’s important to promote eye health all year long. That’s why you make sure your medical facility is equipped with the right tools to prevent vision loss and eye injury. Find more quality equipment to maintain eye health in patients and employees at Medical Device Depot. Here you’ll find a variety of vision screeners and eyewash fountains that benefit medical labs, hospitals and patients.

Vision screeners: Millions of Americans have some form of vision impairment. Vision screeners can help identify children, teenagers and adults who are at risk for eye disease. After a vision-screening test, examiners can provide proper treatment to prevent the condition from worsening or causing blindness. Vision screeners for both adults and children are available.

Eyewash fountains: In medical labs, hazardous chemicals can cause lasting eye damage if the proper safety precautions aren’t in place. Eyewash fountains easily install into existing sinks, allowing workers to rinse their eyes in the event of an accident. Unlike sinks, eyewash fountains spray directly into people’s eyes and have very strong water pressure to get rid of chemicals.

Severe vision loss and blindness can usually be prevented. Make sure your hospital and medical labs are equipped with tools designed to maintain eye health in patients and employees.

PT/INR Testing to detect abnormal bleeding in patients

When not needed, blood clots can be serious and even life-threatening. Most of the time, however, clots are healthy because they stop bleeding and help people heal. There are many factors that influence whether blood can clot appropriately; prothombin, for example, is a blood-clotting protein produced by the liver. When the liver is not working properly or has a low level of vitamin K, it’s not able to produce prothrombin. As a result, that person would be at risk for abnormal bleeding. A simple prothrombin time (PT), also known as the INR test, can detect low levels of clotting factors and determine the cause for abnormal bleeding in patients. It can also be used to show whether treatment to prevent clots is effective.

PT/INR tests can be used to detect blood disorders, prepare for a safe surgery and check liver function. Quality tests like the Coag-Sense Professional Test Strip Kit have a total of 50 patient test strips, plus two high and two low control strips. This specific test only takes 13 seconds to complete and when purchased through Medical Device Depot, it offers a total reimbursement of $5.49.

Give patients the best care possible by investing in tests that are effective, efficient and affordable. You can find the PT test and more high-quality medical supplies at Medical Device Depot today.

Testing the autonomic nervous system function

Autonomic neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the nerves that control involuntary bodily functions, such as digestion, blood pressure and bladder function. It’s a group of symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases and factors, ranging from diabetes to alcohol abuse. When patients show symptoms of autonomic neuropathy and have a condition such as diabetes, testing might not be needed. Autonomic testing is designed for patients who have autonomic neuropathy symptoms, but don’t have any risk factors.

There are numerous ways to test for autonomic neuropathy and the test you choose may depend on the patient’s symptoms. Cardiovagal innervation testing, for example, monitors the heart rate’s response to deep breathing. Medical Device Depot also offers equipment designed to test the patient’s beat-to-beat blood pressure and pulse-wave velocity. Testing averages about 15 minutes and only costs a dollar per test. With this investment, your practice will see a total reimbursement of $200.

Autonomic testing can help patients determine the cause of their symptoms and steer your practice in the right direction for helping them find treatment. Learn more about your options for autonomic testing by contacting the experts at Medical ​Device Depot today.​

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.