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​Manufacturer Spotlight: Mindray’s mission to provide affordable, high-quality health care​

Working at a medical practice, you face the difficult challenge of having to equip your facility with high-quality tools that are also within your budget. That’s why many health-care providers like your company take advantage of Medical Device Depot’s high-value products and great discounts. At Medical Device Depot, we take the necessary time to make sure every brand offering is one your health-care practice can trust. One such manufacturer is Mindray, a leading global provider of medical devices and solutions. Mindray puts people above all else, and makes it their mission to make quality health care accessible to as many regions as possible.

Mindray is committed to quality and actually was one of the first companies of its kind to secure TUV ISO9001/12385 Certification, CE Mark and FDA Clearance in China. Since then, Mindray has achieved many more milestones, such as setting up research centers in Seattle, New Jersey and several cities in China. With its established distribution and service network, Mindray is able to reduce the cost of quality care across the world.

Find Mindray’s affordable and top-rated medical equipment for your own practice through Medical Device Depot today. From award-winning patient monitors to oximeters, we have a wide selection of discounted medical equipment from Mindray to better equip your practice.

How device technology can help nurses today and in the future

Today’s nurses may feel they are one part health-care professional and one part computer programmer. It seems an unlikely combination, but as health care continues to improve across the nation, more focus is being placed on the medical devices that allow professionals to provide this care in an efficient, effective manner.

Many of the technologies used in today’s hospitals and clinics didn’t exist a year ago and were unheard of a decade ago. Devices today allow nurses to accomplish numerous tasks, including:

* Access a patient’s chart without finding a doctor.

* Read the chart in pure, clean copy to minimize errors.

* Attain lab results in real time.

* Communicate more efficiently with health-care professionals in other departments.

* Improve patient care. For example, automated vital signs monitors, from Medical Device Depot,take reliable vital signs in half the time of other technologies.

Today, a nurse can come into a patient’s room and get the information they need from the devices on hand. It makes the health-care system more efficient, but medical professionals say the next step is to find solutions that allow the devices themselves to talk to one another.

A Harris Poll found that two-thirds of surveyed nurses said they spent at least one hour of their shift working as a translator and recording data distributed by devices but not shared with other devices. In the future, devices that are able to share a patient’s statistics with one another and update their own information without assistance will enable nurses to spend more time focusing on their patients.

The solution to this problem lies in improved technology and in medical device manufacturers’ ability to agree on common communication standards. Once a common language is achieved, medical devices will be more adept at communicating with one another, allowing nurses to fulfill their full-time role of being a nurse and leaving the computer programming requirements to the devices themselves.

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

Nasiff Cardiocard Mobile

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.

In Response to Dr. Alan Cato’s Pill Mill Editorial

In response to a very passionate Dr Alan Cato, who recently commented on the current exploitation of the pain epidemic, I think he brings up many truths, but no constructive input.  His article, How pain as a vital sign contributed to prescription pill mills, is a direct attack at the Joint Commission’s “Pain: the Fifth Vital Sign” movement back in 2001.  I agree, when a large governing body wants to guarantee that anyone in pain is receiving treatment, and that treatment is a vastly profitable industry, it will enable exploitation.  However, it is only exploited if there are unclear indices and diagnoses, and that is the real discussion.  Pain is perceptual, pain is  qualitative, and the current tools like EMG and MRI are borderline ineffective at providing specific, quantitative information.  The key is innovation, education and regulation.

Innovation means not settling for inadequate technology to diagnose pain.  EMG is a strictly motor/muscle test, with no ability to test pain specific fibers; but it is the first prescription when a patient comes in with neck or back pain.  MRI is anatomical, not physiological.  As of right now, the only FDA approved device on the market to diagnose and pinpoint specific nerve pain is the Axon II.  It is quick, painless and accurate, making it a standard piece of equipment needed in any medical office.  The education is needed in medical schools and hospitals where new technology doesn’t permeate traditional, outdated tools.  Lastly, regulation is put in to place when solid, helpful tools like the Axon II are introduced and proven.

Matthew Berens

Director of Sales

Advanced Clinical Products