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Why choose a PC-based EKG?

When you choose a PC-based EKG, you leverage the power of a computer. These EKG systems take advantage of the PC’s unlimited storage capacity, large displays, standard printers and network connectivity, which are all limited or unavailable on the standalone systems.

The best systems integrate all primary tests for stress, Holter and resting, and offer built-in connectivity to a computer (or tablet) via Bluetooth, USB or both, as well as connectivity to a web portal (clinic locations can send EKGs to a central hospital).

7 advantages of PC-based EKG systems over standalone box units

• Ease of use: point and click, large display, standard printers
• Unlimited database
• No need for hardware upgrades. Upgrade via software.
• Use industry standard communication protocols between EKG and EMR
• Save money on paper, compared to thermal paper of standalone EKG systems
• Work with Windows PCs, Macs or tablets (iPad, Android and Windows tablets)
• Web portal

Essential ear, nose and throat equipment

Aspirators have a place in almost every medical setting: in hospitals, clinics, private practice, EMS and home care. Different models have different applications, but no matter what branch of medicine you specialize in, aspirators are a basic, though essential, piece of equipment.

Gomco 309 Ear Nose & Throat/Dental Aspirator. Professionals have long recognized that Gomco ENT equipment is among the best available. Like many medical specialties, there is a lot of overlap with Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors and general practitioners. Given the frequency of ear, nose and throat issues that arise in patients, many general practitioners find it useful to have one of these tabletop units on hand.

Gomco Portable Aspirator 270/2701. Designed for post-op gastrointestinal drainage, this unit has no movable parts and can operate quietly for an extended period of time. With an advanced bacteria filter that prevents pathogens and other contaminants from infiltrating the unit, this is a safe, easy-to-use aspirator.

Gomco 3020 Portable Suction Unit. A perfect general-use aspirator that is ideal for most clinics, this portable aspirator packs a lot of power, generating up to -559 mm Hg of vacuum pressure and a 26 lpm flow rate at open flow. With a maintenance- and oil-free diaphragm pump, this portable unit is easy to maintain, use and store.

4 different clinical scales

Virtually every visit to the doctor’s office, whether it’s a specialty clinic or a general checkup, involves a weigh-in. At the most basic level, this is a simple procedure. However, factors such as a patient’s size and physical limitations play a part in determining what model of clinical scale is best for your practice.

Today we’ll look at the features of four of our top scales.

  • Health O Meter Mechanical Beam Scale with Height Rod. For high-traffic clinics and even fitness centers where you don’t need to do more than weigh or measure a patient, this is the ideal mechanical scale. Durable, precisely calibrated and easy to clean, this is a great all-around model for professional use.
  • Detecto Digital Chair Scale. Designed with patient safety in mind, this chair scale offers easy side and front access for patients with mobility concerns. The easy-raise arms allow you to assist patients in and out of the unit, and the LCD readout rapidly weighs a patient with an accuracy to .2 pounds or .1 kilograms.
  • Detecto apex Digital Clinical Scale w/Sonar Height Rod. Utilizing the latest in sonar technology, Detecto’s touchless scale precisely and instantly takes in the patient’s height and weight. This allows for a quick BMI calculation and unprecedented accuracy. And you don’t even touch a button!
  • Health O Meter G6 Body Composition Scale. For those who want more from their scales, this cutting-edge, high-capacity scale (up to 1,000 pounds) gives a full report on a patient’s body composition, including body fat percentage, visceral fat, fat-free mass, percentage of water in the body, body mass index and a recommended caloric intake.

If you have questions about these scales or any other products we carry, don’t hesitate to contact us!

3 Essentials for a Surgery Suite

​Setting up and maintaining a surgery suite entails the double difficulty of managing costs and negotiating the considerable complexity involved. Hospitals want to be sure they can evaluate the cost and quality of the products they use so they can know they are getting the most out of their investments.

With this in mind, here are three essential surgical instruments and items to outfit virtually any surgery suite.

Gomco_01-12-0405_imageGomco Portable Aspirator Model 405/4005. This portable unit has been designed to provide suction at a moment’s notice. Whether for use in a recovery room, dental office or pediatrician’s office to remove mucus from the throats of newborns, the 405/4005 provides invaluable insurance and peace of mind.

 

BV-MST Multi-Purpose Surgery Exam Table. What make this mobile surgery table particularly BV-MSTremarkable is that it combines three pieces of equipment in one. With remote-activated functions to raise and lower the front and back, it can be used for a number of operations and treatments. Because it can transform into a chair, it eliminates the need for medical practitioners to transfer a patient to a wheelchair or other device to move them. This increases patient comfort and reduces the chance of accidents.

Double_Bowl_SinkDouble Bowl Sink. Designed to save space and fit in virtually any surgery suite, this 14-inch deep stainless steel bowl comes fully packaged and is easy to assemble. With a full 10-inch backsplash (compared to the normal 7 inches), this sink combines exquisite craftsmanship with a polished, clean look.

If you want to know more about any of these products, or are looking for other medical devices, feel free to contact us at any time. As one of the country’s premier surgical equipment suppliers, we can answer any questions you might have.

Cost-effective ECG machines

Electrocardiograms, either called ECGs or EKGs, are essential machines used to record the heart’s electrical impulses and monitor a patient’s heart health. Because they are so widely used, it can be a challenge to know what features you’ll need in an ECG machine for your practice.

BCC-2000-ECGThe CardioCare 2000 Interpretive EKG Machine represents the extent to which EKG machines can take advantage of the latest digital upgrades and still be cost effective.

The unit comes with EKG II Plus Software, a powerful tool that allows you to preview and control the machine from any Windows-based operating system. Streamlined in this way, this 12-channel machine gives practitioners the advantage of simultaneously acquiring 10 seconds of ECG data from 10 leads in an accurate, 12-channel printout in less than 60 seconds.

Along with this printout are 80 kinds of interpretations based off the advanced Minnesota Code to help aid in the diagnosis. Algorithms used for the interpretive analysis are continually expanded with regular software updates.

An excellent choice to diagnose patients quickly and effectively, the CardioCare 2000 is a great value and a great instrument for use in a general practice or emergency room setting.

Vet supplies online

In addition to selling an extensive line of cutting-edge medical equipment, Medical Device Depot also sells a variety of supplies for veterinary clinics. Here is a cross-section of the many veterinary supplies we carry.

Solaris_Multiparameter_Patient_MonitorSolaris Multiparameter Patient Monitor. This basic but essential patient monitor is suitable for use on horses, cats, dogs and other similar-sized animals. With a display ranging between one to eight wave forms, a 7-leads ECG display and a ST segment analysis, this 10.4-inch screen packs a lot of information. In addition, the OxyCRG diagram and drug dose calculation feature allow for precision monitoring.

Solaris Desktop Pulse Oximeter. Another piece of essential Solaris_Desktop_Pulse_Oximetersequipment suitable for use with cats, dogs, horses and more, this desktop pulse oximeter can connect to the nurse-call network and features a 72-hour data memory and on-screen data replay features. With an optional internal thermal recorder available, this system is a key complement to veterinary surgical instruments.

Wolf_Vet_Dental_X-Ray_FilmWolf Veterinary Dental X-ray Film: Pet Dent. Veterinarians also serve as dentists for their patients. The x-ray film in this package comes in soft vinyl packets so that when animals bite on them, they create a tight, extra-strong seal. This is a crucial part of getting excellent images of an animal’s teeth.

 

For more information about our veterinary products, feel free to call us at (877) 646-3300 or (410) 750-8757.

​The unique features of the Astra 300 Spirometer

For patients, breathing problems can be particularly frightening. Is it an allergic reaction to environmental conditions, a chronic breathing disorder or some deeper, more worrisome lung condition? The anxiety surrounding their troubled breathing is often compounded by the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose the exact cause of their symptoms.

For years, doctors and practitioners have used spirometers to test and assess how well a patient’s lungs function by measuring the amount the patient can inhale and exhale. This effective diagnostic and measuring tool has recently received an update.

astra-300Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the Astra 300 Spirometer represents the next generation of spirometers that can more effectively and efficiently diagnose a variety of conditions that affect breathing.

One of the highlights of this system is the easy-to-use touchscreen that allows you to quickly enter data, test patents, then send and print out reports. The data, which is easy to read and interpret, can quickly sync with your EHR system.

Along with these and other significant digital features, the Astra 300 Spirometer offers multifunctional testing capabilities. Its unique AstraPro Software measures over 40 parameters pertaining to a patient’s Forced Expiratory Volume (FVC), Maximum Voluntary Ventilation (MVV) and Slow Vital Capacity (SVC).

With features that make data collection and analysis easy and highly accurate, the Astra 300 Spirometer is the ideal tool to diagnose symptoms pertaining to breathing difficulties.

Keeping tabs: When is antepartum fetal monitoring important?

Thanks to innovations in technology, antepartum fetal monitors have come a long way since the 1970s.

Today’s equipment is highly valuable in detecting heartbeat irregularities in fetuses in their last trimesters subject to increased risk of stillbirth. Often used in conjunction with real-time ultrasonography and umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry, the monitors can accurately inform on whether intervention is needed to restore a normal heartbeat and/or prevent intrauterine injury or neurological damage.

“In most cases, a normal antepartum fetal test result is highly reassuring, as reflected in the low false-negative rate of antepartum fetal surveillance,” notes a recent bulletin by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. “Theoretic models and large clinical studies suggest initiating antepartum fetal testing no earlier than 32 0/7 weeks of gestation is appropriate for most at-risk patients. However, in pregnancies with multiple or particularly worrisome high-risk conditions (e.g., chronic hypertension with suspected fetal growth restriction), testing might begin at a gestational age when delivery would be considered for perinatal benefit.”

BT-350The monitors are typically recommended when the pregnant woman exhibits the following, reports American Family Physician:

  • Maternal conditions such as antiphospholipid syndrome; poorly controlled hyperthyroidism; hemoglobinopathies such as hemoglobin SS, SC or S-thalassemia; cyanotic heart disease; systemic lupus erythematosus; chronic renal disease; type 1 diabetes mellitus or hypertensive disorders.
  • Pregnancy-related conditions such as pregnancy-induced hypertension; decreased fetal movement; oligohydramnios; polyhydramnios; intrauterine growth restriction; post-term pregnancy; moderate to severe isoimmunization; previous fetal demise or multiple gestation with significant growth discrepancy.

Our Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350 offers ease of use and accuracy through its 7-inch TFT color LCD monitor, waterproof probes, rechargeable built-in battery, storage capacity for 450 hours of patient data at any given time and ability to network with a PC (RS-232 or optional Bluetooth).

Cognitive measurement and management for non-specialists

​For a time, it was believed that identifying cognitive impairments or offering cognitive measurement tests was reserved for practices that specialized in neurological conditions and treatments.

But the Cognitive Measurement and Management System ​has been designed specifically for the non-neurologist to objectively measure and assess cognitive impairments over time.​ Among these are memory loss, anxiety, depression, dementia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and others.​

Many tools used to assess memory loss, cognitive impairment, anxiety or attention deficit rely on tests that need to be analyzed by trained experts in the field. The Cognitive Measurement and Management System relies on objective, quantitative measurements that can be assessed by practitioners who do not have extensive training in neurology or cognitive behavior because of the advanced interpretation and clinical ability of the software​.

The system works using multiple electrophysiological technologies that provide functional measurements of the brain and cognition. The noninvasive technologies that are included in this portable device are: Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP).

Hooked into the system, the patient ​answers a very specific, symptom-focused questionnaire. Then, they go through ​a resting assessment with eyes open and closed, and finally a response measurement​. During this process, the electrophysiological technologies in the system measure key brain​ processing speeds​ and cognitive functions.

Designed to be used by general practitioners, primary care physicians and behavioral specialists, the ​system includes fully finished report generation with an easy-to-use reporting system that gives visual and statistical data on the patient’s biomarkers, visual and auditory processing, and memory.

This reporting system provides clinicians with quantitative information with which they can identify and assess a patient’s cognitive health. With this data, they can ​uncover mental health issues earlier, making more specific and objective diagnosis​.

In the end, wider use of this system will allow for more practices to ​transcend the limitations of a short mental health questionnaire as the only source of diagnosing their patients neurological health.

The advantages of offering allergy testing at a general practice

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, a number that appears to be rising and may affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. Because allergies are so common and can be responsible for numerous skin, lung and autoimmune conditions, many patients would benefit from having easier access to allergy tests and treatments.

Where once patients had to be referred to a specialist, breakthroughs in medical technology and allergy testing have made it much more accessible, especially for family practice and primary care physicians to offer thorough and cost-effective allergy testing.

The allergy testing program offered by Medical Device Depot includes everything you need for a point-of-care allergy “scratch” test. This is the gold standard when it comes to allergy testing, and is commonly performed in general practitioner offices around the country.  Administered in a matter of minutes, any technician or MA simply apply’s a set of applicators to a patients back with a small amount of allergens.  After 15 minutes, the test yields results and the patient has a few different options for long-term treatment and desensitization.

To get started, an initial order of 25 patients worth of supplies is all that is necessary.  This includes master test applicators for 25 patients, antigens, measuring instruments, material for patient education and sample treatment sets. This is everything needed for a turn-key program, backed with full clinical support.

In addition to providing testing and treatment procedures, the program includes ongoing training and consulting services that allow the program to be fitted to your practice