Category Archives: ECG

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

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.

Looking for an EKG machine? It pays to shop around

ELI-250cWhen 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? SomeSample_EKG_Report 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.

CC-ECG1Do 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.

The latest trends in ECG monitoring

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:

Workflow

cc-ecg1-ipadRecent 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.

Connectivity

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.

cc-ecg1-btNasiff 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.

Medical Device Depot – Manufacturer Spotlight: Nasiff

Nasiff Associates made its mark on the medical device world 27 years ago when it developed the world’s first PC-based resting electrocardiograph, allowing for the automatic recording of electrical heart activity via computer.

“Nobody else was doing that in a way that was useful in the clinical environment,” founder Roger E. Nasiff once told the Central New York Business Journal. “Cardiology is our center, because that’s where most people need help medically.”

The device greatly improved the efficiency of the ECG process, allowing for clearer definition of heart rhythm problems that might require a pacemaker or drug therapy along with secure databases and full networking capabilities. The data also began to assist with medical research. After that, the company developed a comparable product that worked with notebooks, followed by cardiology diagnostic machines adapted to wireless and mobile devices.

Since then the New York-based manufacturer has become a specialist in medical diagnostic and administration products that integrate into PCs. Its primary goal is creating a diverse line of U.S.-manufactured innovative devices that efficiently manage data at the point of care.

That line includes everything from defebrillators to electrosurgery tools to feeding pumps to ultrasound machines. Nasiff devices are used in a range of medical specialties extending from bariatric to ob/gyn to radiology to respiratory. The privately held company sells primarily through distributors but also ships directly worldwide, offering a best-price guarantee on all merchandise as well as free installation and training support.

Owner and CEO Nasiff, Ph.D. is a U.S. Air Force veteran and former engineer who’s been in the medical diagnostic field longer than 20 years.

How much time is needed to do cognitive testing?

Dementia can’t be slowed or cured, but those experiencing memory loss can function better with proper care. That’s why older patients should be encouraged to set up regular cognitive-function screenings with their primary-care practice. Dementia testing is quick, non-invasive and can detect early signs of cognitive impairments in patients, ensuring they are properly treated right away.

With the proper tools readily available, cognitive tests should require only 10 minutes or less of both your and the patient’s time. Primary-care facilities can find high-quality medical equipment at reduced rates through Medical Device Depot, including brain-measuring tools like the eVox system, to ensure essential tests like these are accessible to patients. Here’s a quick list of benefits that you can expect from the eVox system:

  • Provides objective measurement of brain function
  • Delivers clean and actionable reporting
  • Detects subtle variations that often go unnoticed
  • Assesses level of cognitive impairment
  • Helps physicians understand response to therapy

Early memory-loss screenings can detect underlying health issues and help care providers manage conditions more effectively. Learn how your practice can set up screenings by reading up on the eVox system today. This easy-to-use tool improves patient care without costing your practice a fortune.

Test for dementia and other cognitive function impairments with this one tool

Though we hold on to memories as best we can, over time events and names from the past start to slip away; the older we become, the more likely we are to forget. Forgetfulness, however, isn’t always a sign of natural aging or too many years gone by. Sometimes it’s actually signaling something much more serious. Significant memory loss can occur after brain trauma or a sudden change in mental health. It can also indicate underlying health conditions, like dementia. Testing cognitive functions early and regularly in patients is critical to managing and preventing brain impairment. Learn how your practice can objectively assess patients using one simple, affordable device.

The eVox system includes Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP) to help identify and understand cognitive impairment. It assesses the level of cognitive impairment and the change in brain function over time. While managing a patient’s memory loss and cognitive function, your staff can also use the eVox system to determine effectiveness of treatments and provide the best care possible.

Find the eVox system for an affordable price through Medical Device Depot. This device is the first objective tool that is also portable, non-invasive and easy to use. You can learn more details on the eVox system, as well as find more high-quality medical equipment by visiting our website today.

Keep your patients heart healthy with routine ECG testing

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an essential test for detecting heart problems in patients. Routine ECGs, which record the heart’s rhythm and activity, can find causes for chest pain and symptoms of heart disease. It detects abnormalities and clogging and can even be used to check how well medicine or medical devices like pacemakers are working for patients.

The Bionet Cardio7 Interpretive ECG Machine is a monitoring system with both interpretation and reporting functionality. This high-quality equipment, which meets the newest FFA standards for ECG report submissions, comes with pediatric diagnosis and memory capacity for up to 120 patients. It also prints out the ECGs in multiple formats.

This easy-to-use ECG machine earns in a reimbursement of $16.84 and each test after initial purchase only costs your medical facility 89 cents. The test takes a mere five minutes to complete, helping both your staff and patients get the accurate answers they need more quickly.

Learn about additional features and benefits offered by the Bionet Cardio 7 and what materials are included with your purchase. Medical Device Depot helps quality medical practices like yours afford the best equipment available. Start browsing our selection of equipment and accessories today.

Skintact Pediatric Resting Electrodes

An electrocardiogram (EKG) test can be a life-saving tool for patients of all ages. The device searches for irregularities by monitoring the electrical activity of the heart. Whether a patient is young or old, this test is the best way to monitor heart health. While some people believe that testing children requires a different type of EKG altogether, it does not. You can use the same device, and all you need to do is simply switch out the electrodes at the end of the leads.

Skintact Pediatric Resting Electrodes are the perfect size and offer impeccable signal tracing on diagnostic resting EKGs. These disposable electrodes are much more sanitary than re-usable suction cups, and they also secure better thanks to the adhesive hydrogel, which feels soft but sticks extremely well to the patient’s skin. You won’t have to worry about them slipping off or feeling sticky and tight on the skin, as they are designed for maximum patient comfort.

The Skintact Pediatric Resting Electrodes are all your practice needs to switch your EKG machine over to a child-friendly device. These electrodes come in a variety of shapes, and they are all PVC and Latex-free to avoid allergens. If you are interested in investing in some child-safe electrodes, visit Medical Device Depot to buy a box today.

Get a better reading with an external electrocardiographic recording

An ECG or EKG may allow you to see your patient’s heart activity, but it provides only a glimpse of a bigger picture. Because abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms come and go throughout the day, a singular test won’t always show everything that is happening. In order to get the bigger picture, patients need to be recorded throughout an entire day. A holter monitor, or external electrocardiographic recording, is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records the heart’s activity continuously for 24 hours. It is essentially a portable ECG that allows you to watch a patient’s heart rate in real time as he or she moves through the day. It has wires with small electrodes that attach to the skin, so it offers a non-invasive test that can yield insightful results.

With each test you run, your practice will earn $125 in reimbursement. The disposable parts cost just $6 for each test, so you still keep a significant profit. Each individual test takes 3 minutes to hook up to the patient and then another 5 to 10 minutes to print and edit the report when the device is removed. The external electrocardiographic recording can be worn for up to 24 hours, monitoring the patient’s heart rate while he or she completes daily activities. The Nasiff CardioCard PC Based Holter ECG System is Medical Device Depot’s top pick when it comes to holter monitors. You can choose from five or seven leads and trust in the reliable and accurate reporting. The system is even EMR compatible (Allscripts MyWay, AthenaNet, Centricity, ChartMaker, eClinical Works, LytecMD, Medent, NextGen, Office Ally, OmniMed, PractiseFusion) and comes with a free database-management system, which integrates patient history so you can diagnose with confidence.