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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.

Detecting peripheral artery disease through ABI systems

​Similar to coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a vascular disease that involves a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, legs, arms and head. While this condition is serious and can lead to loss of limbs or a heart attack, it is also a condition that can often go undiagnosed. People who suffer from PAD may experience pain while walking or exercising but are not always aware that this pain relates to a problem with their heart.

Like most medical conditions, early detection is crucial to keeping PAD in check and ensuring patients get the treatment they need to continue to lead a healthy life.

abi_250_imageThe Summit LifeDop ABI 250 Reimbursable Vascular Doppler is an effective and portable way to diagnose PAD.

It works by employing a bi-directional Doppler, which helps you study upper or lower extremity arteries with ease. The display shows the direction of blood flow and frequency of the Doppler signal, giving the practitioner the ability to detect signs of PAD in a patient.

In addition, this portable, noninvasive method features a fast, waveform printer that can easily print out adhesive labels for reimbursement report forms.

Simple to use, effective and designed to meet reimbursement criteria, the Summit LifeDop ABI 250 is a powerful piece of equipment that helps patients and makes financial sense for practitioners.​

A variety of audiometers for your ENT clinic

Used to measure hearing loss and evaluate the hearing acuity in an individual, audiometers have come a long way in the past few decades. Though more precise and efficient, their basic setup is the same: A computer delivers a number of tones at different intensities to a patient wearing a set of headphones. The patient responds to the tones they can hear, and this data is used to help determine what kind of hearing aid they may need.

Different practices require different audiometers. To give you a sample of the variety available, here are three audiometers to suit the various needs of ENT clinics.

For children

Pilot_Hearing_Test_AudiometerThe Digital Pilot Hearing Test Audiometer is engineered to screen children as young as three years old. It works by turning the procedure into a game, where children are asked to look at pictures and match them to the sentences they hear. It’s a great example of ingenuity and technology coming together to serve the youngest patients.

For portability

MA_27For those looking for a compact unit that still allows you to test using a tone, pulse or warble at a full range of frequencies, the MA 27 Portable Audiometer provides an optimal solution. Easy to set up and easy to use, this unit is perfect for house calls or as a backup machine.

 

Customizable

Over the years, many doctors and practitioners develop a very ES3-2specific method for testing patients. In these cases, they want more than a one-size-fits-all audiometer. The Earscan 3 is a fully programmable audiometer that allows users to customize it to fit their needs and those of their patients.

 

Understanding Section 179 for 2017

As we make our way into 2017, one day looms larger than all others: Tax Day.

Many medical practitioners and those in private practice will be busy the next several weeks preparing for the big day (April 18, in case you didn’t know). One of the most important parts of their tax filings is Section 179. This is the part of the tax code where businesses can deduct the cost of qualified equipment and software.

Each year, Section 179 is a little different, so let’s forget about past years and consider how it will affect you in 2017.

Limit for deduction

Businesses can deduct the full purchase price of new and used equipment and off-the-shelf software if it is purchased or financed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

Spending cap

To qualify for the Section 179 deduction, companies can spend a maximum of $2 million on equipment in 2017. This cap exists to ensure Section 179 remains a true “small business” deduction.

Bonus depreciation

The bonus depreciation isn’t always offered, but in 2017, it is being offered at 50 percent. The “bonus” is that even if you spend more than $2 million on equipment, you can still get a 50 percent deduction on new equipment you buy that goes over the spending cap.

With this in mind, the bonus depreciation makes 2017 a good year to buy extra equipment.

Choosing the right vital signs monitor

6102F-PA00020-2Vital signs monitors are one of the most essential devices in any medical office. From blood pressure to heart rate, temperature and pulse oximetry, this is the information you need to gather about each of your patients. Whether you’re part of an intensive care unit, a small clinic or a nursing home, you need an effective way to measure these vital signs in order to give your patients the best possible care.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping around for a vital signs monitor.

How will your staff handle the equipment?

This depends on the nature of your practice. Emergency rooms and paramedics need a machine that’s easily portable in order to get the equipment to a patient’s bedside or inside an ambulance. And no matter where you need to use it, all vital signs monitoring equipment should be easy to use, even for those without additional expertise or training. This ensures all types of health care professionals can use the equipment in any situation.

8100E1What kind of patients are you treating?

Consider the medical needs of your patients before deciding on a vital signs monitor. Patients treated often with drugs will need a more comprehensive monitor to keep track of heart rate, end-tidal carbon dioxide exchange and respirations. But in a smaller health care facility, you might only need a simple monitor to measure the basic stats.

Medical Device Depot carries vital signs monitors and accessories from all major manufacturers, including ADCBionetEdanMortaraCriticareMidmarkMindraySchiller, Welch Allyn and Venni. Browse our selection today to find equipment that works for you and your practice.

Save Big with Section 179

Small business owners rejoice! With the Section 179 deduction, you can save big. Business owners who acquire equipment for their business, including medical equipment — like EKG machines and spirometers — are eligible for a section 179 tax savings.

What is Section 179?

As of January 1, 2016, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) was passed by both the U.S. House and Senate and signed into law. This bill expanded the Section 129 deduction limit to $500,000. This tax savings allows a small business to obtain an enhanced deduction on equipment and software purchased or financed during the single tax year. In 2016, the spending cap on equipment purchases is $2,000,000, making Section 179 a true incentive for small business.

What else is new for 2016?

The 50% Bonus Depreciation will extend through 2019. This means businesses of all sizes can depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired during 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the bonus depreciation will phase to 40 percent, and 30 percent in 2019.

Important for the 2016 Tax Year:
Section 179 provides significant tax relief, but only if you finance in time. All equipment and software must be financed and put in place by 12:00 a.m. on December 31, 2016.

Want to find out how much you can save? Check out this Section 179 Qualified Financing Calculator to see how much your business can save.