Any build up or blockage in the ear canal can be uncomfortable or even dangerous. Many patients believe the best way to clean their ears is with a cotton swab, but that practice actually forces ear wax and other debris to be compacted down further into the canal. A safer and more effective way to clear the ear canal is with ear irrigation.
While patients should be leery of removing earwax too frequently, it is important to prevent excess buildup. In healthy ears, earwax protects and lubricates the ear, keeps out debris and regulates bacterial growth. Too much, however, can cause damage to the eardrum or canal over time, ultimately affecting your hearing.
Ear irrigation has many benefits, including but not limited to:
Removal of excess buildup.
Safe for all ages.
Simply flushes out foreign debris before it damages the canal.
If you are interested in offering ear irrigation at your practice, you could significantly improve your reimbursement program. The 5-minute procedure costs your practice only $1.50 to perform, and you receive $50.15 in total reimbursement. This is a significant boost for such a simple procedure. By conducting a simple ear exam, you will be able to determine whether a patient is a good candidate. The Welch Allyn Ear Wash System is a great kit to have, whether you are an ENT or you oversee a general practice. With a low price tag, just nine procedures would pay off the device entirely, making it well worth the investment.
Many of the innovative creations we hear about in the medical field come from well-known manufacturers like 3M and Welch Allyn, which are top name brands at Medical Device Depot. There are plenty of other manufacturers who have not yet made big names for themselves, but they are still doing big things. With this year’s title from the Medical Design Excellence Awards going to a Norwegian company, it is more obvious than ever that manufacturers near and far are contributing to the industry’s exciting growth.
The winner of the Medical Design Excellence Awards went to Krabat AS, which designed a wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use. Among other features, the chair comes with a saddle seat for a better base of support and offers enhanced self-mobility. A few more impressive innovations coming from around the globe include:
Avita Medical’s ReCell – This is a device that allows clinicians to process a skin sample into a suspension of activated skin cells, called a Regenerative Epithelial Suspension (RES), for treating burns or other wounds.
Cyfuse Biomedical’s Regenova bio 3-D printer – This uses 3-D modeling software to robotically pick up and place cellular spheroids onto stainless steel needle arrays for tissue or organs.
Patients who complain of chest pain or those who have a history of heart disease may require stress testing. A stress test system can be used to discover how the heart responds to exertion. Because exercise makes the heart pump harder, a stress test can reveal problems within the heart that may go undetected in a regular stationary checkup.
Stress tests help you:
Determine the likelihood of coronary artery disease.
Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
Evaluate the effectiveness of a cardiac treatment plan.
Develop a safe exercise program for patients.
You can opt to install a stress cart like the Midmark version or a complete set like the Welch Allyn model. Each system will use some sort of cardio exercise to increase the patient’s heart rate and activate the respiratory system, but it is up to your practice to determine whether a treadmill or stationary bike is the best option. Many tests require only moderate movement, but some may require more vigorous exercise. For a truly accurate test, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure should be monitored.
On the other hand, if you rarely do stress tests at your location, it may make more sense to send patients to a specialist or to a hospital that is outfitted with the necessary equipment. Complete stress test systems can be paid for in payment plans, but they still require a large investment from your practice. If you do not frequently offer this type of test to patients, continuing to outsource the testing may be a wise financial decision.
If your practice would benefit from a stress test system, Medical Device Depot has many options available for you to consider, meaning you’ll no longer need to send patients elsewhere to have extra testing done. Instead, you can do it all in-house to provide a diagnosis quickly, allowing your patients to feel comfortable with the caretakers they know and trust.
If you have a patient who may be suffering from asthma, bronchitis or emphysema, a spirometer is an essential tool for conducting Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs).
Spirometers measure the air that is entering and leaving the lungs and allow medical professionals to identify both obstructive and restrictive breathing patterns in patients. Most of these tests are handheld, allowing the patient to blow into the spirometer, and feature direct-to-printer or even built-in printer options. Peak-flow meters can also be used to monitor airway obstruction and breath exhalation.
Once the test is complete, medical professionals can use the readouts generated by the spirometer to monitor breathing patterns and identify possible cases of the diseases mentioned above. In addition, spirometers can also be useful in cases where it is necessary to measure the effect of working in close proximity to chemicals has had on a person’s lung function. Many medical facilities also use spirometers to assess a person’s lung function before they undergo surgery. Measuring a patient’s progress in treatment for a disease or assessing the affect of a certain medication are other tasks that health-care professionals can use spirometers to accomplish.
At Medical Device Depot, we carry a full line ofspirometers and mouthpiecesfeaturing the latest technology. We offer products from all the major manufacturers, too, such as Welch Allyn, MIR, Micro Direct, Midmark, SDI and ndd, so you know you’re getting a quality medical device that you can count on time and time again.
If your facility is in need of a spirometer, call us today at 1-877-646-3300 and we can help you find the right device for your medical practice.
According to the National Law Review, the number of patent infringement disputes filed annually at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has more than tripled over the last 20 years. While this is not limited to medical devices, it certainly contains a good number of them. In a field where new innovations bring plenty of recognition, praise and good money, it is important to keep intellectual property safely under wraps. Medical device patents are not a new phenomenon, but with the growing number of suits, it is important to protect medical technology from the beginning.
According to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, U.S. intellectual property owners can seek exclusion orders that do not allow the importation of articles that infringe their patents or other intellectual property rights. If the case is won, the infringing product will not be allowed to cross the border into U.S. territory.
Wearable technology can be found just about everywhere these days. Whether it is a fitness tracker, a cellphone-paired watch or a medical device, you are likely to see someone wearing a device as you move throughout your day. Additionally, there are many wearable pieces of technology hidden from sight, and you may not be aware of them by simply glancing at someone. Patients who use wearable medical devices can keep their health a priority without having to feel like they stand out.
Welch Allyn and Gentag have collaborated to improve technologies for remote patient monitoring. One of the life-saving benefits of wearable medical devices is the ability of doctors and nurses to monitor patients even when they are not by their side. This gives the patient more freedom to live his or her life, and clinicians gain access to data and information that is vital to providing the best possible care.
The Welch Allyn and Gentag collaboration focuses on technology that will allow for remote monitoring across the world. This longer reach will connect directly to a near field communication (NFC) device or smart phone using a simple skin patch that monitors vitals. The barely-there patch is comfortable for the patients and a welcome innovation for clinicians.
As technology continues to grow there is expected to be an even greater range of what these wearable medical devices are capable of.
Welch Allyn Holter Systems feature easy-to-use software and recorders that can improve patient compliance due to their lightweight, compact profile. Systems can be configured with a compact digital recorder featuring 2 or 3 channel recording for a detailed evaluation.
Congratulations to Medical Device Depot sales manager John Gladstein, who was recognized today by Welch Allyn for submitting the most product leads in the month of April. With 23 leads submitted, John Gladstein continues the tradition of excellent salesmanship and hard work brought forth by all Medical Device Depot employees.