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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

Taking a patient’s blood pressure is standard practice for most medical checkups. But the fact is, if a patient suffers from high blood pressure, or you suspect they might have high blood pressure, taking a periodic reading only provides a snapshot. Over the course of a day or a week, various factors can cause a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure to fluctuate.

Think of it this way: If you want to know what the climate of a city is, you need to do more than take random readings from a thermometer. You could end up thinking Minneapolis is a warm city! Instead, you need to take a number of temperature readings at regular intervals.

ABPM-7100STo accurately diagnose and monitor a patient, you need a larger, more regular sampling of their blood pressure. An Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor does exactly this. Over the course of 24 hours, the patient wears this noninvasive device while going about their day. Usually, a patient wears the blood pressure cuff under their sleeve and the monitor, which is about the size of an iPod, on their belt. During the course of the 24-hour period, the patient keeps a diary, recording information about their activities, stress levels, etc. Every 25 to 30 minutes, the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor takes a regular reading.

By providing a more accurate representation of a patient’s overall blood pressure than can be measured in a traditional clinical situation, this process can give way to a better diagnosis and more effective treatment.

Which blood pressure monitor should you use?

Blood pressure testing is a vital part of any medical practice, which is why it’s important to do your research before choosing a blood pressure monitor. There are three main types of blood pressure monitors, also referred to as sphygmomanometers, and each one has its own set of pros and cons. To ensure you have the blood pressure monitor that best meets the needs of your patients and medical staff, read our helpful sphygmomanometer guide below.

Mercury

922-2TMercury sphygmomanometers are considered the most accurate option available, and are often used in clinical trials or clinical evaluations of high-risk patients. However, because they register pressure using a mercury column, they are also considered not as safe as alternative devices.

 

 

Aneroid

DSxx-2TDue to safety and environmental concerns, aneroid blood pressure monitors are often being used in place of mercury devices. When searching for an aneroid sphygmomanometer, be wary of cheap brands, as these are often inaccurate. The ADC brand is a name you can trust, and it carries a wide selection of blood pressure monitors to perfectly meet your practice’s needs.

Digital

UA-767F-2Digital blood pressure monitors may use manual or automatic inflation to obtain measurements. These electronic devices are easy to use without training, but they tend to be less accurate than mercury or aneroid sphygmomanometers.

 

To start your search for blood pressure monitors, visit Medical Device Depot today. We carry all three types of blood pressure monitors in various sizes.​

Manufacturer Spotlight: ADC

9001xxIt’s Medical Device Depot’s mission to provide practices with the highest-quality equipment available — without exceeding your hospital’s budget. That’s why we seek out leading manufacturers in the industry, those who can provide superior tools for an affordable price. Today, we look at American Diagnostic Corporation (ADC). This manufacturer of diagnostic medical products and accessories for the health-care industry was founded in 1984, and since then has expanded to become one of the world’s leading distributors.

775-2ADC’s products are sold in 60 countries across six different continents, and it’s the largest supplier of stethoscopes and blood pressure instruments in the U.S. Co-founders’ Marc Blistein and Neal Weingart aimed for the company “to produce feature-rich, ruggedly built, value-priced diagnostic medical instruments for the health-care marketplace while maintaining a stable, dependable employment environment for our associates and trading partners.” Thanks to long-lasting partnerships, along with the company’s flexibility and attentiveness, ADC continues to live by this vision today.

9002-2From sphygmomanometers to thermometers, you can find a variety of ADC diagnostic tools at Medical Device Depot. Search our selection today to find the latest ADC products at discounted prices, all to ensure your hospital is stocked with the best supplies.

How is blood pressure measured?

One of the most routine parts of any medical exam is blood pressure monitoring. Whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is simply visiting for a routine physical, his or her blood pressure reading provides vital information. A patient’s blood pressure is measured using a noninvasive test. This test involves of a blood pressure cuff, or sphygmomanometer, which has a small pressure gauge that contracts when the cuff is inflated. As this happens, a doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through an artery, measuring two different levels of pressure — systolic and diastolic.

Systolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. The systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.

Diastolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.

Medical Device depot has numerous blood pressure monitoring systems to choose from. From cuff kits to wall mounts, the variety of styles and accessories will help you keep your practice running smoothly. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring systems, including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report, provide an average reimbursement of $80. Just think of the boost your practice could get with such a routine device. Every patient who walks into the exam room has his or blood pressure measured; if you’re not getting reimbursed, your practice is losing money.

Welch Allyn Launches New Promotions for the Fall of 2015

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Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices

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.

Heart Disease: Are women now more at risk than men?

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A recent article released by Nasiff notes the increasing risk of heart disease in older women when compared to men of similar age. In particular:

“Statistics from 2009 show that breast cancer was directly related to the deaths of 40,467 women in the US, while heart disease accounted for 292,188 women. Moreover, the rate of heart disease in women under the age of 55 is rising year on year, despite overall reductions in the total number of people nationwide dying from the disease.”

While healthy eating and regular exercise is important, regular doctors office visits and a greater understanding of the risks of heart disease are equally important. Regular checkups and monitoring of vital signs, including blood pressure and cardiopulmonary health are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on heart-related equipment and other medical devices, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Six-Minute Walk Test

The six-minute walk test (6MWT) measures the distance a patient can walk in six minutes. This simple test measures Sp02 and heart rate, and evaluates multiple exercise parameters including cardiovascular, pulmonary, circulation, metabolism, and blood pressure. The 6MWT often utilizes spirometry, which enables measurement of dynamic hyperinflation (DH), a condition which develops in patients with chronic pulmonary disease.

Medical Device Depot sells the MIR MirOxi spirometer, an easy to use device that provides accurate measurements for the 6MWT. Traditional spirometery readings can also be performed.

For more information, call 877-646-3300 or visit www.medicaldevicedepot.com.

Improving Blood Pressure Checks

Did you know that your blood pressure can alter at the drop of a hat? KevinMD notes a few easy tips that will help you get an accurate blood pressure reading during your next visit to the Doctor’s Office:
  1. Insist on being seated for at least 3 minutes before your pressure is taken. Even walking from the waiting room back into an examining room will briefly increase your blood pressure.
  2. Take several deep, relaxed breaths in and out before the doctor begins to check your blood pressure.
  3. Relax all your muscles, particularly focusing on the tightness in your neck and shoulders.

Having the right equipment is important as well. Check to make sure that your blood pressure monitor and accessories are up to date. For more information on blood pressure monitors, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

ABPM: Best Way to Diagnose Hypertension

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors are used for many things, though a recent report shows that these machines are the most the most cost-effective way to confirm a hypertension diagnosis before starting treatment. Because of this, organizations such as the American Heart Association are now recommending home monitoring for newly diagnosed or suspected hypertension with ambulatory monitoring reserved for equivocal cases to help establish the diagnosis.

CPT Code 93784: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system suchas magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report hold a $64.59 national Average reimbursement.

For more information on ABPM’s or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.