Monthly Archives: November 2016

What’s the difference between a sterilizer and an autoclave?

As a medical professional, your main goal is to keep your patients happy and healthy — and that starts with sterilizing your equipment. But finding the right sterilization equipment, like sterilizers and autoclaves, can be tricky and expensive. So be sure you’re investing in the right tools for your practice. Here are some helpful hints:

What’s the difference between a sterilizer and an autoclave?

ez10k-2A sterilizer is a general term for any piece of equipment that can sterilize. An autoclave falls under this category of equipment. An autoclave sterilizer’s purpose is to kill all forms of life on the surface of an object like fungi, spores, viruses and bacteria. Autoclaves use only steam to disinfect, while other sterilizers might use high pressure, irritation, chemicals, filtration or a combination of processes to sterilize a surface. Additionally, steam autoclaves also have an auto-lock feature as an extra safety precaution.

How do you choose the right sterilizer?

10-2701-2Choosing the right sterilizer will depend on your sterilization requirements, sizing needs and how much space you have for storage. You’ll want to choose a sterilizer that can accommodate your equipment load and size. The chamber in your sterilizer needs to be at least the length of your longest instrument. It’s also important to find a trustworthy vendor.

Medical Device Depot carries a variety of autoclaves, sterilizersdetergents and accessories with the latest technology. We know that safety, speed and reliability are important, so you’ll find plenty of options to keep your practice running smoothly without having to overcharge your patients.

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.

A better way to help your patients understand diabetes

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Observing diabetes awareness in November helps individuals, health-care professionals and communities across the United States call attention to a disease that affects millions of Americans.

This year, the National Diabetes theme is “Managing Diabetes: It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.” This theme shows the importance of managing diabetes so you can prevent further health conditions down the road — like heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and amputation. National Diabetes Awareness month also serves as a reminder to diabetes patients that they are not alone.

And when your patients are dealing with diabetes, sometimes a simple conversation about what’s happening with their body isn’t enough. Visual representations tell a more comprehensive story than words alone. Try referencing an anatomical chart that shows the story of diabetes in depth.

vr1441lAnatomical charts and posters help tell the causes and effects of the disease, as well as outlining treatment options. A chart like the Diabetes Millitus Chart is a great resource for both classrooms and doctors’ offices with thickly laminated, UV resistant paper.

From eye disease charts to drug and alcohol dependency signs, you’ll find plenty of high-quality anatomical charts and posters at Medical Device Depot.

American Diabetes Awareness Month: Eye health and diabetes

Eye health is important for everyone, but especially for those with diabetes. People with diabetes have high blood glucose levels that, over time, can damage the eyes. Diabetic eye disease covers a group of eye conditions including diabetic macular edema, cataract and glaucoma. Each has the potential to cause sever vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Controlling diabetes with medication, physical activity and a healthy diet can help slow the progress of these eye conditions.

retinavue_screening_pcDiabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, so people with diabetes should make sure to have an eye exam at least once per year for early detection and treatment. And with the right tools, eye screening for diabetic retinopathy is made both simple and affordable for primary care.

rv100-bIf you’re a health-care provider looking to improve management of patients with diabetes, there are tools that can help. For example, The RetinaVue Network is designed to help providers easily perform retinal exams in a primary care setting with only four simple steps.

Find the tools you need to offer the best and most affordable care for your patients. Browse our selection to add simple, affordable and effective equipment to your practice.