Taking a patient’s blood pressure is standard practice for most medical checkups. But the fact is, if a patient suffers from high blood pressure, or you suspect they might have high blood pressure, taking a periodic reading only provides a snapshot. Over the course of a day or a week, various factors can cause a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure to fluctuate.
Think of it this way: If you want to know what the climate of a city is, you need to do more than take random readings from a thermometer. You could end up thinking Minneapolis is a warm city! Instead, you need to take a number of temperature readings at regular intervals.
To accurately diagnose and monitor a patient, you need a larger, more regular sampling of their blood pressure. An Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor does exactly this. Over the course of 24 hours, the patient wears this noninvasive device while going about their day. Usually, a patient wears the blood pressure cuff under their sleeve and the monitor, which is about the size of an iPod, on their belt. During the course of the 24-hour period, the patient keeps a diary, recording information about their activities, stress levels, etc. Every 25 to 30 minutes, the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor takes a regular reading.
By providing a more accurate representation of a patient’s overall blood pressure than can be measured in a traditional clinical situation, this process can give way to a better diagnosis and more effective treatment.
From glaucoma testing to diabetic retinopathy screening and everything in between, vision screeners test for primary vision disorders. In addition to standard adult models, there are also vision screeners specifically designed for testing younger patients. At Medical Device Depot, you’ll find lightweight, portable vision testers with ergonomic designs to maximize patient comfort. Read on to learn more about our specific products.
Designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues, this handheld, portable device is for patients six months of age and older. The Spot Vision Screener screens both eyes at once at a nonthreatening 3-foot distance. And with a convenient touch-screen display, you can simply manage patient data entry and easily configure both vision screening and autorefraction applications.
Are you looking to make diabetic retinopathy screening simple and more affordable for your patients? The RetinaVue Network is designed for healthcare providers who want to improve diabetic patient management. This system performs retinal exams in a four-step process:
Acquire: Develop fundus images in ten minutes or less using an automated non-mydriatic camera
Transfer: Send encrypted images via the secure HIPAA-compliant RetinaVue Network
Analyze: A board-certified retinal specialist evaluates the images
Report: Your patient will receive a diagnostic report and management plan in the same day — usually within 90 minutes of the exam
Easy to use but known for trusted accuracy, the Optec 5500 features a remote control and weighs less than 15 pounds. This package includes 12 test slides and a choice of standard vision-testing slide packages or the option to create a library of more than 150 test slides.
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In working-age adults, diabetic retinopathy (a condition that affects those with diabetes) is the leading cause of vision impairment. Over time, diabetes can damage blood vessels in the retina, eventually causing the vessels to leak blood and other fluids. This results in cloudy and blurred vision, which can be treated but not cured. For the best possible outcome, diabetic patients should come in for a yearly diabetic retinopathy screening, which can detect the condition in its early stages and limit the amount of vision loss that patient will experience. This is where the Welch Allyn RetinaVue 100 Imager can significantly help your practice.
The RetinaVue 100 Imager uses a simple and affordable four-step process to accurately screen for diabetic retinopathy. Results are provided the same day, usually within just 90 minutes. Because this screening device can detect the condition early, it can save patients large sums of money in treatment costs. The national average reimbursement to use this service is $75 per exam, helping hospitals save money, too.
Improve patient care in your practice by offering diabetic retinopathy screening. You can find the RetinaVue 100 Imager, and more important equipment, for an affordable cost at Medical Device Depot today.
In medical facilities that perform comprehensive eye exams, it’s necessary to offer vision tests that do not require verbal communication on the patient’s end. Nonverbal patients can’t vocalize their vision struggles, nor can they read an eye chart out loud. Instead, your practice can provide quality baby eye exams and autism eye testing by seeking out nonverbal alternatives. Here are four ideas to consider.
Spot vision screeners
Spot vision screeners don’t require any communication, allowing you to test patients as young as six months old. They also test patients from a non-threatening three-foot distance, which is a benefit when working with young children who feel uncomfortable with equipment close to their face. Spot vision screeners test a variety of vission issues, ranging from near-sightedness to blurred vision.
Cycloplegic retinoscopy is a nonverbal exam that can detect vision issues and help doctors determine eyeglass prescriptions. This test involves relaxing the eye and dilating the pupils with ophthalmic drops. The doctor can then use a retinoscope to look into the dilated eye and measure how the eye refracts light.
Matching games can be an effective way to test autistic children who are nonverbal. Bradley Davitt, director of pediatric ophthalmology at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, suggests asking patients to “match pictures, letters or numbers on a card held near to them with corresponding images at the back of the room.”
An autorefractor is another type of medical equipment that does not require any communication from patients in order to test them. When using an autorefractor, the patient looks into a machine with his or her chest sitting on a rest. This computer-controlled machine shouldn’t be your only nonverbal testing solution, as some children feel uncomfortable getting close to the machine.
When buying medical equipment for your practice, it’s important to think about all of your patients. Use this helpful guide when preparing for nonverbal eye exams.
A trip to the doctor’s office is enough to make many young kids a little nervous. Nervousness can quickly turn into discomfort during vision exams, which often involve medical professionals or equipment getting close to the child’s face. It’s important to find ways to put child patients at ease, without compromising the examination. For child eye care, this means utilizing screeners that detect early vision issues from a distance.
Tools like the Spot Vision Screener allow doctors to spot screen both eyes at once from a nonthreatening three-foot distance. It can be used on patients as young as 6-months-old and detects a number of issues including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, pupil size deviations and eye misalignment. Results are easy to understand and are provided instantly.
Eye care equipment is often large and difficult to move, but this convenient vision screener is both small and portable. Medical professionals can easily bring the Spot Vision Screener from room to room as needed, then store the handheld device when it’s not being used.
It’s essential that parents bring their young kids in for pediatric vision screening, and many will feel confident scheduling an appointment knowing your practice cares about their child’s experience. Find the Spot Vision Screener at Medical Device Depot today to provide eye care exams both you and the patient will find easy.
More than one million people will develop in their lifetime a form a diabetic retinopathy, an eye disorder that affects those with diabetes and causes vision impairment. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in working-age adults and it unfortunately often goes undetected until it is too late and the damage is already done. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. If detected early, you can prevent around 95 percent of vision loss in patients diagnosed with this eye disease. You just need the right equipment at your practice to provide effective and affordable diabetic retinopathy screening.
The Welch Allyn RetinaVue Network allows you to easily incorporate retinal exams during primary care, doubling patient compliance rates and increasing revenue for your practice. It’s an affordable solution for patients, as many common health-care plans offer reimbursement for screenings. The national average reimbursement for using the service is 75 dollars per exam, which means the RetinaVue Network is affordable for your clinic as well.
The RetinaVue Network uses a simple, four-step process to screen patients and provide accurate results. First, an image is acquired using an automated non-mydriatic camera. The image is then sent to a board-certified retinal specialist through a secure network. The image is evaluated by this specialist, and that same day, the a diagnostic report and management plan is sent back to the provider. The results are typically returned in just 90 minutes.
Invest in medical equipment that benefits both your patients and the practice. The Welch Allyn RetinaVue 100 Imager can be purchased or leased through Medical Device Depot today.
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.