When it comes time to upgrade the equipment in your office, the typical process likely goes like this: Your EKG machine is on its last leg and you’ve been thinking of replacing it for a while. Then one day, it breaks down completely and you don’t have the luxury of deciding anymore. The local sales representative who provides your cotton balls, gauze pads and other everyday office supplies brings in a new machine and offers you his normal price. You don’t have the time to bargain, so you accept the offer and take the new machine.
But what if there was an easy way to get a better price?
Although there’s nothing wrong with having a trusty local rep, they may not always have the best deals. It’s important to shop around for something as important as an EKG machine. And while you’re out shopping, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:
What size printout do you need? Some machines print out on 60 millimeter strips of half-size sheets while others print out on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper, which is often preferable.
Do you need the machine to print out patient demographics? This makes the printouts look more professional, but takes up more of the EKG technician’s time.
Do you need to connect your machine to a computer? You can find PC-based EKG machines that connect electronically to your medical records and integrate other diagnostic features.
No matter your needs, Medical Device Depot is here to help you compare prices and find the best equipment to fit your budget. Browse our EKG machine selection, which includes PC-based, standalone and veterinary machines and accessories appropriate for any medical center, hospital or facility.
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:
Recent 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.
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.
Nasiff 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.
Most frequently, an electrocardiogram machine will be used when a patient is sitting down on the exam table or in a hospital bed. Because the patient is not mobile in those instances, a stationary machine would be perfectly sufficient. But there are other times when additional tests may need to be conducted away from the exam table or when a doctor needs to meet a patient at a particular location.
Depending on the type of practice you run, those particular cases may be few and far between, or you may see an even mix of them both. Either way, the frequency with which you will use an ECG on the go will determine which type is best for you. Most medical offices will have a stationary ECG machine and then supplement that one with a portable machine. Whichever route you decide to take is up to you. Just look at the benefits of each before making a decision.
Benefits of a portable machine
Light and compact, you can easily bring this anywhere. There are even handheld versions that just use a connection on the thumbs.
Allows for home monitoring.
Can help determine when it is necessary to go to the hospital.
Data can be promptly relayed to medical staff.
Benefits of a stationary machine
The less-compact nature of the machine allows for more features that do not fit on a portable ECG.
Yes, they are the same thing. Both acronyms are short for electrocardiogram. But both terms are still used depending on where you are in the world.
Dutch Nobel Laureate Willem Einthoven, who was credited with inventing the machine in 1903, used the Dutch spelling of “elektrocardiogram,” which is where EKG may have stemmed from. Many places outside of the U.S. use the term “ECG,” but the U.S. is sticking with tradition.
While medical professionals or those who frequently work with medical professionals will know the difference, most people in the United States refer to it as an EKG machine. The term “EKG” has been accepted in part because “ECG” sounds too similar to EEG when spoken aloud. An EEG is an entirely different test, an electroencephalogram, which monitors electrical acitivity in the brain. To avoid any confusion or mix ups whenever possible, EKG has become the common term.
Take a look at the large selection of EKG or ECG Machines at Medical Device Depot. Whether your office is looking for a portable, PC-based or stand-alone machine, you will find the best brands all in one place. And if you need any assistance deciding, you can always call and speak to one of the knowledgeable representatives. No more dealing with representatives who are unsure whether EKGs and ECGs are two different machines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in charge of protecting public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of medical devices, among many other things. With their thorough monitoring, the FDA ensures that medical devices do their intended job. When a device or drug is approved, patients understand that they will be receiving quality health care that has been proven effective through numerous tests. The FDA either denies the device, approves the device after reviewing a premarket approval (PMA) application that has been submitted, or it “clears” a device after reviewing a premarket notification, otherwise known as a 510(k).
According to the FDA, “In order to acquire clearance to market a device using the 510(k) pathway, the submitter of the 510(k) must show that the medical device is ‘substantially equivalent’ to a device that is already legally marketed for the same use.” After thorough performance testing, the FDA will determine whether the machine is suitable for widespread use.
If you are in the market for a new EKG machine for your office, check out the large selection of FDA-approved EKG machines, EKG cables and sensors and a wide variety of other medical devices at Medical Device Depot to help enhance your practice and your patient experience.
Researching the best machine to replace your office’s old EKG machine? Take a look at these 5 popular manufacturers and see if they have a model that would be right for your practice:
Bionet – This manufacturer was established in 1999. With a Bionet EKG, you get free access to EKG Plus II Software, which allows users to preview, store and transfer EKG readings. There is a typical 4-year warranty on all EKGs. The company continues to develop new products and models based on your needs, as well as findings from their research and development center.
Midmark – Starting as the Cummings Machine Company in 1915, the company produced concrete mixers. In 1974, the company changed its name to Midmark, and then in the ’90s it transitioned into the world of medical equipment.
Schiller – This manufacturer was founded in 1974 and really made a name for itself with the creation of their portable, compact EKG devices. The company plans to grow by acquiring, applying and integrating scientific findings.
Philips – This vast company does much more than just produce health-care equipment. Starting back in 1891, the manufacturer had not even thought of working with health-care equipment. Today they combine their unique clinical expertise with human insights. With the combination of the machines and data-management software they offer, you will be able to ensure an accurate reading with the whole bundle from Philips.
GE Healthcare – Another company that reaches far past health-care devices, GE has made an impact in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient-monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions.
If you are ready to invest in an EKG machine from one of these top manufacturers, browse the selection available at Medical Device Depot. The experienced customer service representatives will be able to work with you to answer any questions you may have to ensure that you get the best piece of equipment for your office. No matter which manufacturer you choose, you will have peace of mind.
You want your office to provide nothing but the best care available to patients, and in order to do that you must have up-to-date equipment. Gaining the trust of your patients requires that you provide the best possible care to every person who walks through your door. While there is nothing wrong with using older equipment, you want to ensure that all of your equipment does the job it is supposed to do so you can do yours.
With an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, it is important to verify that it is giving accurate readings of a patient’s heart activity. If your machine is not giving accurate readings, try these steps to troubleshoot:
Recalibrate the machine.
Ensure the electrodes are properly placed on the skin.
Unhook and reattach leads to ensure they’re securely attached.
If the leads are damaged, replace them.
If none of these fix steps the issue, it may be time to look for a new EKG machine. Rather than looking to repair the old one, consider all of the new features that would be available with a new machine to help better serve your patients.
If you need to replace an old EKG machine or you want to update your office before your old machine calls it quits, check out the selection of EKG machines at Medical Device Depot. Your office will be able to give accurate readings in which your patients will feel confident.
An electrocardiogram machine, which is also known as an EKG or ECG, is used to check a heart’s electrical activity. Whether the patient visits the office with unexplained chest pains, symptoms of heart disease like palpitations, dizziness and fainting, to check the effectiveness of a pacemaker, or to monitor high blood pressure, an EKG machine can quickly provide a clear picture of the patient’s heart health.
Types of EKG machines
Different types of machines are often distinguished by the number of leads, or electrical cables, that attach the electrodes to the skin. Some of these include:
Portable or handheld machines – Simply uses the pulse of a patient’s finger. No leads.
3-lead – Shows waves on a screen.
5-lead – Used for continual monitoring and shows waves on a screen.
12-lead – Prints readings on a paper copy.
The machine translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings of spikes and dips that are easy to decipher. You may choose to use an EKG machine in a variety of ways. Depending on your practice, you may use it as part of a physical examination, during specialized tests or for continual monitoring. Because it is important that this type of information is correct so you can best treat your patients, it is vital to have a high-quality EKG machine in your office that you can depend on for accurate readings.
Certain variables may affect the test, but they do not mean you have a faulty machine. To ensure you get an accurate reading, make sure the electrodes are securely attached to the patient’s skin. Also be certain that the patient does not move around or talk during the test, and restrict exercise prior to testing. Additionally, try to provide a calm environment so the patient is not anxious during the test.
If you are unsure of the accuracy of your EKG machine, you don’t have to proper type for its particular use or yours is out of date, check out the selection of EKG machines at Medical Device Depot to update your practice.
Earlier this month, Medical Device Depot donated 50 EKG machines to MediSend International. The Mac 1200 EKG Machines made by GE Medical are easy to use devices. With minimal training needed, they are excellent for developing country hospitals and clinics. MediSend intends to both train biomedical repair technicians on the machines as well as ship them to hospitals and clinics in desperate need of electrocardiograph systems.
“Thanks to MediSend’s training, in combination with their shipping programs, we know that these machines will be put to good and proper use wherever they are sent. It is rewarding to know that this donation will save lives that might otherwise be lost,” said John Gladstein of Medical Device Depot, Inc.
“Medical Device Depot’s generous donation will mean better healthcare for communities around the world. On behalf of the hospital and clinics and families we serve in some of the world’s poorest communities, this is a much appreciated donation,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend.
The Cardio7 ECG Monitoring System is Bionet’s latest innovation in ECG machine technology. This 12-channel PC-based interpretive resting ECG offers enhanced usability, data analysis and data management. With pediatric diagnosis, audible QRS, and a memory capability of up to 120 patients, this machine is suitable for a wide variety of clinical needs.
The Cardio7 offers several advanced features over the competition, including a bigger screen along with increased networking capability with USB memory and a barcode scanner.