Medical Equipment Blog

03-30-2015
Breakthrough Medical Device Called iStent Gives New Focus to Glaucoma Sufferers

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

A tiny medical device the size of a number on a penny is significantly improving vision in glaucoma patients, reports CBS News. The millimeter-long iStent, the tiniest implantable device ever approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is inserted through a 1.5 millimeter corneal incision in the trabecular meshwork of the eye during cataract surgery.
03-23-2015
A Game-Changer for Drug-Resistant Superbugs

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Finally, scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic that is resistant to resistance. This new compound is derived from soil bacteria and makes it tough for pathogens to mutate into resistant strains. Microbiologist Kim Lewis and colleagues have reported their new discovery in the journal Nature.
03-16-2015
Electronic Medical Record Backlash as Doctors Protest Flawed System

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

A recent report by the American Medical Association reports that many of the nation’s physicians have major concerns about Electronic Health Records (EHR). What concerns are prompting so many of the nation’s health care professional prganizations to resist transitioning to EHR, even when threatened with fines and other sanctions? Privacy and the ability to safeguard patient information top the list, according to the AMA.

03-09-2015
Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted for Genetech Lung Cancer Treatment

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently awarded a Breakthrough Therapy Designation to research company Genetech for its work with small cell lung cancer. This is the second designation for Genetech, a member of the Roche Group, and was granted for  the company’s investigational cancer immunotherapy MPDL3280A (anti-PDL1). The treatment for people with Programmed Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive non-small cell cancer of the lung (NSCLC) and used as a targeted therapy for patients with progressed stages of the disease who have already had chemotherapy.

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03-02-2015
HIV-Related Breakthroughs, Habits and Statistics Point to Need for Preventive Medicine Education

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Not too long ago, an HIV-positive test result was as good as a death sentence. Today, the prognosis isnt nearly as grim. While HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's top health threats, recent medical breakthroughs have given infected individuals a ray of hope. It's certainly promising news, but experts believe that the greatest change will come from an educated public.
02-26-2015
Is a Spinal Implant the Medical Breakthrough that will End Paralysis?

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Each year, approximately 12,500 people suffer spinal cord damage as a result of a fall, sports injury, car accident or another grave trauma. That leaves almost 300,000 individuals in the U.S. alone living with some form of disability or paralysis, according to theNational Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Many researchers focus on stimulating regrowth of the damaged area with hopes of triggering the body to heal itself. A recent medical breakthrough is using a different approach to mend the central nervous system.

 

Is e-Dura a cure for paralysis? Time will tell, but the data looks promising. The spine is really just a biological cabling system, not that different than what you see in computers or other electrical equipment. These researchers are offering a mechanical way to fix the cord and restore function. It is a therapeutic approach that offers hope to those who suffer from a spinal injury.

02-20-2015
3D Ultrasound Machine: Used for so Much More

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

A decade ago, when the word "ultrasound" entered into the conversation, it was generally because of a discussion about pregnancy. Ultrasounds were the go-to diagnostic tool for pregnancy confirmation and examination. Today, however, the 3d ultrasound machine is used for so much more. In fact, the BBC predicts the ultrasonic market will reach $26.6 billion this year--a record high on its way to even higher numbers. Because of this statistic, the value of used ultrasound machines is also increasing.

Specifically, the medical equipment will be used in more settings for more reasons because of the following:

1. No cutting


In the cardiac department, for instance, the use of ultrasounds in cardiology is not new. Echocardiography has been used for years to make 3d images, measure blood flow, and observe cardiac problems. Ultrasounds have and will continue to play an important role in observing cardiac valves and heart abnormalities--a great alternative to cutting into the patient to obtain this information. As often as possible, medical professionals prefer to avoid needless surgery, and ultrasounds make this possible.


2. No pain


In the musculoskeletal department, for instance, relying on ultrasounds to check bones, tissues, nerves, and muscles, etc., is a great decision because of the type and level of pain that often presents itself in musculoskeletal abnormalities. Looking 3d imaging is advantageous for people who are already in pain because 3d ultrasound machines do not cause further discomfort. As often as possible, patients prefer pain-free procedures, and ultrasounds make this possible.


3. No radiation


As the medical community's understanding of x-rays and other medical procedures continues to evolve and expand, so does the desire to avoid radiation as often as possible. Sometimes medical events make radiation necessary. At other times--even in the case of radiology, for instance--medical ultrasound devices are ideal because they offer some of the same benefits without the added radiation. In surgical settings, the improved image quality provided by ultrasound technology offers flexibility and advanced GPS positioning. As often as possible, patients and professionals like to avoid radiation, and ultrasounds make this possible.

As if the lack of cutting, pain, and radiation were not enough reasons to favor ultrasound technology, it should be noted that the 3d ultrasound machine is also an effective cost-saving strategy for medical practices and hospital settings. Generally speaking, ultrasounds--and especially used ultrasound machines--are widely accessible and less expensive than other medical equipment and diagnostic tools.

02-16-2015
Medical Equipment News: New Device Could Solve Paralysis

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

An injury or medical condition that results in paralysis is an unfortunate reality for many individuals. However, a solution could be on the horizon with a new medical device breakthrough.

A soft and malleable device has been tested in rats and proven to help the animals walk again. This new flexible device was not rejected by the rats’ bodies and does not contribute to any discomfort.

These new stretchy implants that reverse paralysis are called e-Dura and were created by French scientists. Each implant, which is a low-profile prosthetic ribbon, includes electrodes. The implant runs parallel with the spine.

The implant mimics the living tissue (i.e. dura mater) around the spine that controls movements. It sends electric impulses and drugs that can stimulate cells.

Furthermore, researchers believe the device won’t need replacing for approximately 10 years. It’s the first study to demonstrate that a device, not rejected by the body, can create movement in rats with paralysis.

This is fantastic news for spinal cord injury patients or those with neurological conditions. Researchers believe this device could be beneficial not only for spinal cord injury patients but also for those with Parkinson’s, epilepsy and for pain management.

Clinical trials in humans should begin within three years, according to researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.

Absolute Medical Equipment provides new and reconditioned medical devices for hospitals, technicians, clinics and private practice offices. We are here to help answer your questions about the latest medical devices and legislative requirements under the Affordable Care Act. We offer everything from MRI and EKG machines to fetal and anesthesia monitors. All of our reconditioned machines are FDA approved.

 

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02-11-2015
Top MedTech Industry Trends for 2015

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Industry analysts continue to project strong growth for medtech industries, with the Department of Health and Human Services reporting that the U.S. medical device market will reach $133 billion by 2016.  As U.S. companies represent 38% of the global medtech market, the year is poised to result in record industry growth.  Several notable medtech trends for 2015 include:

 

1.   Elimination of the medical device tax.  With a general Congressional focus on tax reform, the 2.3% medical device tax is expected to be repealed this year.  Elimination of the tax has bipartisan support, with several key Democratic lawmakers joining Republicans in support of tax repeal.

2.   Widespread adoption of PEEK to replace metal parts.  Although PEEK has been around for decades, experts anticipate that 2015 will usher in a boom in its use in medical technology.  R&D teams continue to investigate ways to combine PEEK’s bio-inert properties with compounds designed to promote tissue regeneration.

3.   Consolidation of big players in the medtech world.  Mergers are the name of the game for 2015, with Stryker rumored to be seeking to acquire Smith & Nephew.  Dozens of innovative start-ups are also poised to be bought out by medtech industry giants.

4.   Generation of chemical-resistant polymers.  Although the CDC reports that life-threatening MRSA infections continue to decline, there is growing interest in hospital equipment treated with chemical-resistant polymers.  2015 is expected to bring a renewed focus on production and delivery of chemical-resistant equipment.

5.   Mobile apps grabbing a large segment of the market.  Mobile health is here to stay.  Nearly 1 in 5 smartphone owners have downloaded a health tracking app, and that number is expected to expand in 2015.  Industry observers are keen to note whether mHealth can tap into the desirable youth demographic.

6.   3D printing boom poised to revolutionize medical care delivery.  With 2014 bringing 3D-printed vertebrae and knee cartilage, some predict that 2015 will be “the year of medical 3D printing.”  An expansion of available materials for printing is predicted to spur innovation and improve access to life-saving medical equipment.

7.   Large newcomers entering the playing field.  No longer content to sit on the sidelines of the lucrative medical market, Google is poised to use its vast resources to solve medical problems (Apple may be close behind). Google’s new R&D firm Calico intends to develop technologies that combat neurodegeneration, cancer, and other age-related diseases.

01-26-2015
Will Telemedicine Take Over this Year?

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

What will be the most exciting thing to happen in the healthcare industry this year? It could be the widespread use of telemedicine, as more and more embrace new norms thanks to healthcare advances.

With these telehealth advances, more and more patients are conversing with their physicians online via video-based visits. This offers patients convenient accessibility to their doctors when needed.

Optimizing care outside of the traditional doctor’s office is the pursuit of many patients and healthcare professionals. Finding ways to bring preemptive and accessible care to homes is a priority. Delivering services remotely will see greater interest this year. In addition to patient benefits, it helps physicians expand their reach and increase their number of patients.

Telemedicine means that patients can get immediate care in case of an emergency and don’t have to bother with transportation issues. With everyone’s busy schedules, teleconferencing with a physician helps save time and can be less of a stressful event for many.

There is software available to help you experiment with telemedicine before fully integrating the strategy in your private practice. Health monitoring devices also are available to complement such software.

Invite your patients to try out the telemedicine offerings. Studies have proven that physicians who personally invite patients to test out telehealth options see adoption increase quite soon.

Telemedicine is a safety and efficient offering. It also is a secure way to discuss your concerns with your physician within the comfort of your living room.

Absolute Medical provides reconditioned and new equipment for interested parties, like hospitals, technicians, private practice doctors and clinics. For a list of our available high-quality products, please visit our website here. If you have a pressing need, call us today at 1-888-267-2966 to speak with one of our specialists.

 

01-19-2015
FDA Aims to Get New Medical Equipment to the Public Faster

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

During a speech in early December last year, Bill Maisel, the deputy director for science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, expressed a positive outlook for the new medical device industry.

 

The center supervises medical device approval. Maisel said that the center had made great strides with fixing how long it takes to approval trials and yet-to-be-approved medical devices.

 

The comments regarding this topic were made at FDA Update, which is an event for MassMEDIC members. MassMEDIC is a medical equipment industry advocacy group. FDA Update provided members a snapshot of important issues regarding regulatory approval.

 

An MIT and Harvard graduate, Maisel addressed various advances the center has made in getting new medical devices to the American public. He said the agency will match or improve upon its own deadlines for approvals. And in the past few years, they have halved its long list of pending medical device approvals.

 

He said the agency cut the average time frame between an application’s submission and possible approval by 75 percent in three years. It took around 400 days to process applications in 2011, whereas it only too around 101 days in 2014.

 

He also said the agency tried to analyze whether a new piece of medical equipment should be reclassified from high-risk to less-demanding devices to help expedite the decision-making process.

 

Additionally, a new “Expedited Access PMA” program will create more communication avenues between high-risk product companies and the agency. Maisel hopes also to better its level of customer service. They will collect feedback and eventually hope to achieve a 70 percent satisfaction rate with government agencies who work with the FDA and industry representatives.

 

He said the Center for Devices and Radiological Health reached an 84 percent approval rating, which surpassed their goal.

 

Ultimately, he wants U.S. patients to have first access to the latest and best technology to hit the market – a goal for 2015.

 

Absolute Medical Equipment provides FDA-approved-refurbished and new medical devices. If you have questions about acquiring a specific piece of medical equipment, please call us today at 888-267-2966. Learn more about our available medical devices on our website.

10-29-2014
Defibrillators Save Lives

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

“What is a defibrillator? A defibrillator, also known as an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), is a medical device that evaluates the heart beat. When necessary, the defibrillator delivers an electrical shock to help re-establish an effective rhythm.”

Defibrillators Save Lives
10-06-2014
Demand for pre-owned medical equipment continues to rise

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

New York-based Absolute Medical Equipment, which buys and sells new and certified refurbished medical equipment, continues to see an increasing demand for its pre-owned medical equipment amid a stock of nearly 10,000 machines.

One of the main reasons for this is that the current medical system continues to see a decline in hospital reimbursements. For example, an MRI reimbursement used to be around $1,500; however, it’s now around $400. Facilities are unable to afford equipment like an MRI machine that costs thousands of dollars when reimbursements are decreasing. Greater demand for used medical equipment began about five years ago, noted Absolute Medical’s co-owner Ashley Herschman.

Absolute Medical primarily purchases its pre-owned equipment through banks, manufacturers and leasing companies, though the company has purchased equipment directly from private practice offices and hospitals. The 13-year-old company buys almost any piece of medical equipment, as some devices can be utilized for parts.

Pieces are frequently bought in “as-is” condition. The company utilizes three biomedical technicians to service the medical equipment and get it FDA-certified. The sophisticated process involves a number of checks and balances to ensure quality control and to provide the safest medical equipment to help save lives.

Absolute Medical’s clients include hospitals, private practice doctors, technicians and clinics.

Payment in full is received through certified funds or wire transfer, and it is provided in advance or upon receiving.

Absolute Medical buys the following secondhand medical equipment —man of which are cardiac-related machines:

·        3D ultrasound machine

·        4D ultrasound machine

·        Electrocardiograms (EKG machines/ECG machines)

·        Patient monitors

·        Blood pressure monitors

·        Stress monitor

·        Defibrillators

·        Anesthesia monitors

If you have any questions, or are interested in a quote, please call Absolute Medical at 888-267-2966. 

09-29-2014
RTI is helping GE make connected medical equipment

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

The industrial internet — It’s General Electric’s phrase for how networked software and sensors are combining with physical machinery and medical equipment.

Medical equipment is becoming more sophisticated thanks to technological advances. One of GE’s new connected medical devices includes a CT scanner that can take images of the moment a heart stops beating when it’s linked to a heart monitor.

RTI, a 23-year-old California-based company, is GE’s new software provider and is helping the technology giant’s advancement in the industrial internet field. RTI is using open source DDS (Data Distribution Service) messaging protocol, according to an article on gigaom.com, in order to help machines communicate and send data to each other. RTI’s Connext software is already used by NASA and Canada’s air traffic control system.

A version of its software that connected devices and sensors can use was released in February. The article notes that “in a medical setting a hospital might need to coordinate data between 1,000 beds with 100 separate sensors sending information.”

The article notes that RTI is a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, which is a group created by GE, IBM, Intel and others, to “build out reference architectures for the industrial internet.” Therefore, DDS may become the platform of choice when helping to connect devices.

To see what GE equipment Absolute Medical has available, visit our website here. Absolute Medical provides medical equipment to hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and imaging centers. If you have any questions regarding services or available equipment, like CT scanners, please contact us at 1-888-267-2966.

09-19-2014
Absolute Medical Donates Defibrillators, Medical Equipment To Nonprofits Around the World

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Absolute Medical Equipment’s Ashley Herschman would like to think that in any militant or terrorist bombing situation that has occurred around the world, perhaps one of the many defibrillators he’s donated helped save the life of an innocent civilian.

Occasionally, he will hear back from a nonprofit with a real-life example of how one of his medical devices helped save a life. That brings Herschman a lot of joy.

“Rather than handing over a signed check, I’m much happier giving away medical devices that directly impact people who find themselves in life-and-death situations,” the new and used medical equipment provider’s co-owner said recently.

For the past 10 years, Absolute Medical’s philanthropic efforts have included loaning or donating tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of defibrillators and other life-saving medical devices (e.g. surgical centers, ultrasounds and anesthesia monitors).

Nonprofits and other volunteer-based organizations in Africa, Ethiopia, Haiti, Israel, India, the British Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic received Herschman’s medical equipment.