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A variety of audiometers for your ENT clinic

Used to measure hearing loss and evaluate the hearing acuity in an individual, audiometers have come a long way in the past few decades. Though more precise and efficient, their basic setup is the same: A computer delivers a number of tones at different intensities to a patient wearing a set of headphones. The patient responds to the tones they can hear, and this data is used to help determine what kind of hearing aid they may need.

Different practices require different audiometers. To give you a sample of the variety available, here are three audiometers to suit the various needs of ENT clinics.

For children

Pilot_Hearing_Test_AudiometerThe Digital Pilot Hearing Test Audiometer is engineered to screen children as young as three years old. It works by turning the procedure into a game, where children are asked to look at pictures and match them to the sentences they hear. It’s a great example of ingenuity and technology coming together to serve the youngest patients.

For portability

MA_27For those looking for a compact unit that still allows you to test using a tone, pulse or warble at a full range of frequencies, the MA 27 Portable Audiometer provides an optimal solution. Easy to set up and easy to use, this unit is perfect for house calls or as a backup machine.

 

Customizable

Over the years, many doctors and practitioners develop a very ES3-2specific method for testing patients. In these cases, they want more than a one-size-fits-all audiometer. The Earscan 3 is a fully programmable audiometer that allows users to customize it to fit their needs and those of their patients.

 

Understanding Section 179 for 2017

As we make our way into 2017, one day looms larger than all others: Tax Day.

Many medical practitioners and those in private practice will be busy the next several weeks preparing for the big day (April 18, in case you didn’t know). One of the most important parts of their tax filings is Section 179. This is the part of the tax code where businesses can deduct the cost of qualified equipment and software.

Each year, Section 179 is a little different, so let’s forget about past years and consider how it will affect you in 2017.

Limit for deduction

Businesses can deduct the full purchase price of new and used equipment and off-the-shelf software if it is purchased or financed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

Spending cap

To qualify for the Section 179 deduction, companies can spend a maximum of $2 million on equipment in 2017. This cap exists to ensure Section 179 remains a true “small business” deduction.

Bonus depreciation

The bonus depreciation isn’t always offered, but in 2017, it is being offered at 50 percent. The “bonus” is that even if you spend more than $2 million on equipment, you can still get a 50 percent deduction on new equipment you buy that goes over the spending cap.

With this in mind, the bonus depreciation makes 2017 a good year to buy extra equipment.

Choosing the right vital signs monitor

6102F-PA00020-2Vital signs monitors are one of the most essential devices in any medical office. From blood pressure to heart rate, temperature and pulse oximetry, this is the information you need to gather about each of your patients. Whether you’re part of an intensive care unit, a small clinic or a nursing home, you need an effective way to measure these vital signs in order to give your patients the best possible care.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping around for a vital signs monitor.

How will your staff handle the equipment?

This depends on the nature of your practice. Emergency rooms and paramedics need a machine that’s easily portable in order to get the equipment to a patient’s bedside or inside an ambulance. And no matter where you need to use it, all vital signs monitoring equipment should be easy to use, even for those without additional expertise or training. This ensures all types of health care professionals can use the equipment in any situation.

8100E1What kind of patients are you treating?

Consider the medical needs of your patients before deciding on a vital signs monitor. Patients treated often with drugs will need a more comprehensive monitor to keep track of heart rate, end-tidal carbon dioxide exchange and respirations. But in a smaller health care facility, you might only need a simple monitor to measure the basic stats.

Medical Device Depot carries vital signs monitors and accessories from all major manufacturers, including ADCBionetEdanMortaraCriticareMidmarkMindraySchiller, Welch Allyn and Venni. Browse our selection today to find equipment that works for you and your practice.

Save Big with Section 179

Small business owners rejoice! With the Section 179 deduction, you can save big. Business owners who acquire equipment for their business, including medical equipment — like EKG machines and spirometers — are eligible for a section 179 tax savings.

What is Section 179?

As of January 1, 2016, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) was passed by both the U.S. House and Senate and signed into law. This bill expanded the Section 129 deduction limit to $500,000. This tax savings allows a small business to obtain an enhanced deduction on equipment and software purchased or financed during the single tax year. In 2016, the spending cap on equipment purchases is $2,000,000, making Section 179 a true incentive for small business.

What else is new for 2016?

The 50% Bonus Depreciation will extend through 2019. This means businesses of all sizes can depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired during 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the bonus depreciation will phase to 40 percent, and 30 percent in 2019.

Important for the 2016 Tax Year:
Section 179 provides significant tax relief, but only if you finance in time. All equipment and software must be financed and put in place by 12:00 a.m. on December 31, 2016.

Want to find out how much you can save? Check out this Section 179 Qualified Financing Calculator to see how much your business can save.

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.

Testing for sudomotor dysfunction

Diabetes is a complex condition that often causes a variety of complications, one of them being autonomic neuropathy (or autonomic dysfunction). From the digestive system to heart and blood vessels, autonomic neuropathy affects numerous body systems all at once. It’s important your practice is prepared to diagnose and treat the wide range of symptoms that patients with this condition can experience.

Sudomotor dysfunction refers to the symptom of diabetic autonomic neuropathy that affects a person’s sweat glands. Patients experiencing sudomotor dysfunction might sweat excessively, especially after eating even non-spicy foods and at night. Sudomotor dysfunction also causes patients to not sweat at all, even when it’s extremely hot outside. Sweat, of course, is needed to keep the body cool.

To diagnose sudomotor dysfuntion, along with other common features of diabetic autonomic neuropathy, your practice should invest in equipment that provides a precise evaluation of sweat gland function. The SudoCheck Sudomotor Testing device is a new method that tests the electrochemical reaction between electrodes and the chloride of stimulated sweat glands, which allows your staff to discover information that otherwise would go undetected. It’s backed by 30 years of documented medical studies and features a variety of benefits, including Sympathetic Skin Response and Body Composition Analyzer.

To learn more about the SudoCheck Sudomotor Testing system, and how you can use this new method in your practice, visit Medical Device Depot. Here you can receive the newest technologies for an affordable cost, ensuring your practice is prepared to provide the best patient care possible.

Welch Allyn Launches New Promotions for the Fall of 2015

CP150EKG CP50EKG PCBasedEKG 7xxxx-2 ABPM7100

For each eligible products during the promotion, you will receive your choice of the following offers:

5 key benefits of using a medical device supplier like Medical Device Depot

You need a new device for your practice but you’re unsure where to turn. A medical device supplier can help, and partnering with a supplier like Medical Device Depot offers numerous benefits. These include:

* Quality products. At Medical Device Depot, we carry only the highest-quality medical devices so you never need to worry that you’re choosing the right device. We’ve already done the investigating for you, and we guarantee the quality of everything we sell.

* Experienced customer service. Have a question about the products you need for your practice? Our experienced customer service team is ready and willing to help you anytime. Call us today at 877-646-3300.

* Multiple payment options. We have the payment solutions that work for your practice. We accept all major credit cards and offer financing for qualified customers as well.

* A warranty you can depend on. Because we have personally investigated the products we sell, we feel comfortable supporting every one of our products. All of our equipment is brand new and comes with a long-term warranty. If your device doesn’t work the first time, we’ll replace it with one that does.

* The best price every time. Our loyalty is to you, our customer, and because of that, we want to make sure you’re being offered the best price on every product. If you find a product we sell for a lower price somewhere else, let us know and we’ll beat that price immediately.

Shopping for the right medical device can be confusing, but partnering with a medical device supplier like Medical Device Depot can help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can provide your practice with everything it needs to succeed now and in the years ahead.

The steps to FDA approval for a medical device

Medical devices play a huge role in the health-care industry. They are there to resuscitate patients, monitor vital signs, diagnose disease and give medical support when needed. Because they are responsible for maintaining, preserving and improving the lives of patients, it is vital that these medical devices perform properly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that medical devices are safe and effective for use. It is no surprise that such a large government agency with such an important job has a strict set of rules and guidelines to follow when it comes to approving effective devices for medical use.

When working to approve a new medical device, many steps need to be followed precisely. The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating the firms that manufacture, repackage, re-label and import medical devices that are sold in the United States. The device requirements follow a rigid set of guidelines in order to ensure quality and safety. While the class of a device will determine how strenuous the process is, gaining the FDA’s approval is not an easy task at any level. Be extra cautious when purchasing medical equipment from China that is not FDA Approved. Items that are sold on eBay and other websites could cause more trouble than the bargain is worth.

According to the FDA’s Device Regulation and Guidance Overview, the basic regulatory requirements for manufacturers of medical devices include:

  • Establishment registration
  • Medical Device Listing
  • Premarket Notification 510(k) or Premarket Approval (PMA)
  • When FDA review is needed prior to marketing a medical device, the FDA will either:
    1. “clear” the device after reviewing a premarket notification, otherwise known as a 510(k) (named for a section in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), that has been filed with FDA or,
    2. “approve” the device after reviewing a premarket approval (PMA) application that has been submitted to FDA.
  • Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for clinical studies
  • Quality System (QS) regulation
  • Labeling requirements
  • Medical Device Reporting (MDR)

Once a device has the approval of the FDA, then they can move forward with putting the device into practice. Medical Device Depot only sells FDA Approved medical equipment, so you can rest assured that you will have the best quality when your browse our selection of devices.

IRS Finalizes New Tax for Medical Devices in Healthcare Law

According to Reuters, the IRS released final guidelines for a new medical device tax. Although the 2.3% tax will not apply to smaller, over-the-counter equipment, higher-end devices used by medical professionals will incur the fee after December 31.

Deductions will also be effected by the medical tax. Current deductions are at $139,000. Next year deductions will be at $25,000.

Check out some of our medical equipment bargains and supplement your practice before the tax hits! For more information on the latest medical equipment deals, call 877-646-3300 or visit www.medicaldevicedepot.com.