Medical Equipment Health through technology Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:50:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best Medical Equipment for Home Use Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:45:30 +0000 Many types of medical equipment are designed to only be used by trained professionals. However, there are a few items that can prove to be quite useful around the home. It has even been shown that certain devices have saved lives on occasion. So, what are some examples of different medical devices that enjoy a pronounced presence around the home?

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Blood Pressure Monitors

For those who suffer from hypertension or may have issues with their heart, a blood pressure monitor is a great piece of equipment to have around the home. These do-it-yourself machines will provide accurate readings; potentially highlighting a problem before it becomes serious. Most consist of an inflatable cuff, a pumping mechanism and a screen that displays systolic and diastolic pressure.

Oxygen Tanks

Many elderly and infirmed individuals will have trouble breathing. So, simple movements such as walking up a flight of stairs can become very challenging. Portable oxygen tanks are helpful items that are quite efficient at allowing someone to breathe more naturally. Normally, these lightweight tanks are fastened to a pair of wheels for easy transport. The user can adjust the flow rate of the gas, although this should only be recommended by a doctor.

Insulin Kits

Measuring glucose levels at home is a valuable tool for anyone who suffers from diabetes. So, it should come as no surprise that home-based insulin test kits have become extremely widespread throughout the United Kingdom. These kits will generally consist of a small needle that pricks the skin (on the tip of the finger, for instance). The small drop of blood is then placed into a device that analyses it for levels of glucose and other chemicals. In most instances, an accurate reading can be provided in a matter of minutes.


Thanks to modern technology, these electronic devices are now enjoying an increased presence around the home. Their main purpose is to “jump start” someone’s heart if he or she suffers a heart attack. Although these require basic training to operate properly, they have the ability to save lives.

These are a handful of the most common devices which can be found around the home. Indeed, there is no doubt that their presence has already allowed many to survive what would have otherwise been potentially fatal situations.

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Donations of used medical equipment to third world countries Tue, 12 May 2015 08:37:13 +0000 The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously estimated that around 80% of the medical equipment and supplies used in some countries have been donated by foreign authorities.

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In recent years, critics have cited a growing concern with donations as the recipient countries my not be able to support the technology or infrastructure required to maintain their effective operation.

However, the donation of supplies, including medicines, equipment and machinery, are vital to some third world countries, and much has been done to ensure that the process is both effectively managed and delivers tangible benefits.

Extensive studies have highlighted where potential problems may lie, and public bodies have worked to develop a strong foundation to ensure that these problems can be overcome.

WHO Guidelines for Healthcare Equipment Donations

WHO have published a set of guidelines which aim to provide clear principles and good donation practices. This works on several levels; to improve the overall process of equipment donation and make this beneficial to both the source and recipient.

There are four principles that underline the guidelines:

1. Donations must benefit the receiving country to the maximum amount possible

2. Donations must take into account rules and regulations within the receiving country, and with respect for their wishes and authority

3. Donations must be of high quality, for example, if they are considered to be sub standard to the donor country, they are also considered sub standard to the recipient

4. A clear communication plan must be in place to ensure that both the donator and recipient are clear on the course of action

Provision of support

These guidelines support a positive exchange process and help to ensure this is maintained. Additionally, organisations such as Engineering World Health (EWH) focus on supporting the recipients through the provision of more extensive training for technicians to enable equipment to be maintained and fixed as required. This is an essential part of the process and has gone a long way in improving the public perception.

This not only helps with environmental responsibilities through salvaging usable equipment, but further provides much needed supplies to resource limited areas. This is vital to ensure that medical diagnoses and emergency procedures can take place, and health care services can be effectively provided.

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What is single use medical equipment? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:36:28 +0000 Historically, medical equipment was mostly reusable; it was often made of glass, metal and rubber, and thoroughly cleansed between uses. With the increasing availability of cheaper materials, different production methods are used more regularly and the composition of equipment has changed.

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With the reduced cost of these materials, many medical devices and equipments are now designed as single use instruments to be used once and then discarded. This also allows more complex designs in the morphology of the devices as they do not have to be cleaned so do not have to have parts that are highly accessible.

The development of these complex instruments is aiding the advance of medical science, as more complicated procedures can be carried out faster, with improved sterility and thus reduced rates of infection. A good example of such equipment can be seen in the cell culture applications from Biolamina, where each procedure is particular to a specific patient and hence the absolute sterility and prevention of contamination is essential. For more information, see the company website.

The use of single use medical equipment can be across a range of applications, from instruments that are used during procedures, to equipment that is used to prepare for medical interventions. An example of this is the dishes that the cell cultures from Biolamina take place in; once used, they can be safely discarded to ensure no remnants of the previous material remains, ensuring no chance of cross contamination.

Single use equipment must be bought new to ensure that it is in the perfect condition. The manufacturing process includes a sterilization procedure before and after packaging to ensure that when the instruments arrive, they are in perfect condition for use in a medical environment.

It should be remembered that by referring to something as medical equipment, it does not have to be a ‘device’ as such. For example, medical gloves, which are used in most procedures, are single use – the medical professional wears them once and discards them in a designated way to ensure none of the material that may have been picked up on the gloves will be retained. Disposal of these instruments is done in a controlled way to ensure that once they are gone, they are gone.

Attention must be paid to the economy of such equipment; however, the most important aspect of buying new medical equipment is to ensure the safety, efficacy and functionality of the device or materials is uncompromised.

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3 tips when purchasing used medical equipment Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:52:33 +0000 If you require second-hand medical equipment for your clinic, many websites specialise in these products. One of the benefits of purchasing used medical equipment is the cost, especially as second-hand items can work out to be less expensive than those that are brand new. Here are some tips when buying used medical equipment.

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Do your research

You will need to do your research in order to ascertain the best companies that provide these products. Third party review websites can provide you with the information you need. These sites include reviews left by customers who have purchased equipment from these companies in the past. Some of the most popular second-hand medical equipment can include stretchers, wheelchairs, ultrasound devices, patient monitoring devices, and chiropractic equipment.

Find out more details about the product

You may also want to phone the company directly to find out more about a particular piece of equipment, for example how often it has been used and whether it is in a good state of repair. Although many websites will include photos of the equipment they are selling, it’s not always easy to determine the true condition of these items. You might want to ask the company representative whether the item is second-hand or has been reconditioned. Some products might not come with the additional equipment that is needed to operate the item, such as power sources or manuals. Find out about whether you will need to purchase these items separately.

Enquire about product guarantees

You will need to ensure that any product you buy comes with a guarantee, and has been fully tested. Although a transferred or extended warranty might not be available directly from the manufacturer of the item, the company selling the equipment should provide you with some kind of guarantee when you make a purchase. For example, find out whether you have a limited time to return the item (usually 28 days) if there is any damage or it doesn’t function correctly.

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Best Medical Equipment to Purchase Used Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:24:30 +0000 Establishing a medical practice can be expensive and finding the funds to purchase new medical equipment can be tough. Fortunately, some types of medical equipment can be purchased used and should still be in good working condition. Here are some types of medical equipment that you can purchased used from reputable sellers.

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Laser Machines

This type of medical equipment does not come into direct contact with patients, which means that buying used laser machines should not be a problem. When looking for a laser machine it is important to make sure that the warranty is still valid and there are no dents or other issues that could affect the performance of the laser machine.


This type of diagnostic instrument is used by doctors and other types of medical professionals to listen to the heart beat of a patient as well as their chest cavity and different pulse points. Although this type of medical equipment does come into contact with patients, it is used for non-evasive diagnosis and can be used numerous times after being sterilised. Stethoscopes are designed for multiple use and are built to last, which means that they can often be found used for sale.

Medical Monitors

These machines are used to monitor a patient’s vital signs. Purchasing this type of medical equipment second hand is no problem, as medical monitors come with a long service guarantee.

Diagnostic Equipment

These are tools that are used to screen or test for medical conditions. This type of medical equipment takes either a chemical or biological measurement that is then recorded in the patient’s medical record and is used for diagnosis purposes or to track their therapeutic progress. There are lots of different types of diagnosis equipment such as sphygmomanometers that record blood pressure, ophthalmoscopes that are used in eye exam and otoscopes.

Blood Pressure Cuffs

As the name suggests, a blood pressure cuff is used to check the blood pressure of a patient. This is often done as part of a basic medical exam and blood pressure cuffs are often in high demand, making them easy to find in both new and used conditions.

Weighing Scales

When a patient first enters a medical facility to see a medical consultant they are weighed. This is one of the most important parts of the basic medical exam and all medical facilities need to have at least one set of weighing scales. Medical facilities that are looking to expand often purchase extra scales and they are very easy to find use.

Purchasing used medical equipment is a good way for a medical facility to save money on their ever increasing budget. Of course, when purchasing any type of medical equipment second hand it is important to check it over thoroughly to make sure that it is in good working condition. Products should only be purchased used if they still have a valid warrantee. The person who is planning to operate the equipment must also be fully qualified by a relevant body and know how to operate the equipment so that the patients are not compromised in any way.

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