Users have a choice between the AED G3 defibrillators. There is an automatic and semi-automatic version available. When appropriate, the automatic AED administers a defibrillating shock. The user has a no shock button to press. A press of a button, issues a defibrillating shock from the semi-automatic version.
Of the approximately 75 million American adults with hypertension, millions of patients visit their doctors yearly to monitor and control their blood pressure, yet only about half of them have their condition under control. Since high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease, accurately measuring and tracking a patient’s blood pressure is a vital part of triage and any office consultation.
Testing blood pressure is a two part process, resulting in two numerical measurements - the systolic and the diastolic blood pressures. The systolic indicates how much pressure your blood exerts against the artery walls during heartbeats. The diastolic number indicates the minimum arterial pressure during relaxation and dilation of the ventricles of the heart. To perform the test, a reading is taken by placing a pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer), typically on the upper arm, which is then inflated either manually or electronically.
Commonly known as probes, ultrasound transducers come in a wide array of shapes and sizes designed for specific diagnostic applications. Here are some descriptions of the probes commonly found in hospital, clinical, and medical practice settings:
There is the cardiac transducer, whose primary use is echocardiography. In some cases, because the frequency is low, it can used for abdominal studies as well. Next, there is a vascular transducer, which is typically used for carotid arteries and veins, including those in the legs. It can also be used for the thyroid, needle-guided injections, and in some cases, when the frequency is high enough, for breast exams as well. (It is important to note that when using it for breast exams, it should not take the place of conventional mammography, but rather be used in conjunction with it.)
The standard equipment for a medical setting depends on the size of the facility. A large hospital will have much wider ranging needs than a small hospital. Ultrasound machines, ECG / EKG machines, patient monitors, infusion pumps, and X-ray machines are all standard purchases for every setting from a large facility to a small one. However, no matter the size of the facility, patients and staff alike have come to expect a high quality level of machinery.
Medical settings such as small clinics are held to the same standards as large hospitals, but without the benefit of big budgets. With all the cutting-edge technology available in medical equipment, it makes sense that the clinics that have the best equipment can provide the best care. Good care translates into healthy budgets and healthy people. However, the cost of new machinery exceeds the budgets of most small clinics, so the best alternative is to look at buying pre-owned equipment, which can often be done for a fraction of the cost.
Buying pre-owned medical equipment has become an increasingly popular alternative to purchasing new equipment. This makes financial sense not only for the establishment of small clinics and practices, but also for larger hospitals and clinics who are trying to watch their bottom line more closely.
When pre-owned medical equipment has been refurbished properly, it can be almost as good as new, with a similar life expectancy, but selling for half, or less, of the price. However, making a mistake in your choice of vendor and/or equipment purchased can be very costly. And the cost is not just a matter of dollars--poorly functioning pre-owned medical equipment can also adversely affect lives.