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Cognitive measurement and management for non-specialists

​For a time, it was believed that identifying cognitive impairments or offering cognitive measurement tests was reserved for practices that specialized in neurological conditions and treatments.

But the Cognitive Measurement and Management System ​has been designed specifically for the non-neurologist to objectively measure and assess cognitive impairments over time.​ Among these are memory loss, anxiety, depression, dementia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and others.​

Many tools used to assess memory loss, cognitive impairment, anxiety or attention deficit rely on tests that need to be analyzed by trained experts in the field. The Cognitive Measurement and Management System relies on objective, quantitative measurements that can be assessed by practitioners who do not have extensive training in neurology or cognitive behavior because of the advanced interpretation and clinical ability of the software​.

The system works using multiple electrophysiological technologies that provide functional measurements of the brain and cognition. The noninvasive technologies that are included in this portable device are: Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP).

Hooked into the system, the patient ​answers a very specific, symptom-focused questionnaire. Then, they go through ​a resting assessment with eyes open and closed, and finally a response measurement​. During this process, the electrophysiological technologies in the system measure key brain​ processing speeds​ and cognitive functions.

Designed to be used by general practitioners, primary care physicians and behavioral specialists, the ​system includes fully finished report generation with an easy-to-use reporting system that gives visual and statistical data on the patient’s biomarkers, visual and auditory processing, and memory.

This reporting system provides clinicians with quantitative information with which they can identify and assess a patient’s cognitive health. With this data, they can ​uncover mental health issues earlier, making more specific and objective diagnosis​.

In the end, wider use of this system will allow for more practices to ​transcend the limitations of a short mental health questionnaire as the only source of diagnosing their patients neurological health.

The advantages of offering allergy testing at a general practice

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, a number that appears to be rising and may affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. Because allergies are so common and can be responsible for numerous skin, lung and autoimmune conditions, many patients would benefit from having easier access to allergy tests and treatments.

Where once patients had to be referred to a specialist, breakthroughs in medical technology and allergy testing have made it much more accessible, especially for family practice and primary care physicians to offer thorough and cost-effective allergy testing.

The allergy testing program offered by Medical Device Depot includes everything you need for a point-of-care allergy “scratch” test. This is the gold standard when it comes to allergy testing, and is commonly performed in general practitioner offices around the country.  Administered in a matter of minutes, any technician or MA simply apply’s a set of applicators to a patients back with a small amount of allergens.  After 15 minutes, the test yields results and the patient has a few different options for long-term treatment and desensitization.

To get started, an initial order of 25 patients worth of supplies is all that is necessary.  This includes master test applicators for 25 patients, antigens, measuring instruments, material for patient education and sample treatment sets. This is everything needed for a turn-key program, backed with full clinical support.

In addition to providing testing and treatment procedures, the program includes ongoing training and consulting services that allow the program to be fitted to your practice

Phototherapy for newborn jaundice treatment

Jaundice, which commonly shows up in infants as the yellowish pigmentation of the skin due to high bilirubin levels in the blood, can be caused by a number of different medical conditions.

Many new or expectant parents are surprised to learn how common jaundice is in newborn babies. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, jaundice shows up in approximately 60 percent of all newborn babies within the first week.

In most cases, infants exhibit nonpathological, or physiologic, jaundice that is not connected to any serious medical condition. Nonetheless, if untreated, the rising bilirubin levels may lead to further complications.

Fortunately, this common condition is easy to treat through phototherapy. The process is remarkably simple: specialized light is used to convert the excess bilirubin into water-soluble isomers the infant’s body can excrete.

BT-400_imageTo be effective, phototherapy needs to employ a specific kind of light that can be absorbed by the infant. One of the most effective treatments available, the BT-400, uses blue-light phototherapy, a far more effective treatment option than either halogen or ultraviolet lights.

The BT-400 is lightweight, compact, has two adjustable levels of intensity and boasts an incredible 20,000 hours of operating time. Because neonatal jaundice is so common, this simple and highly effective instrument has a place in any practice that treats infants or families.​