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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, 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.

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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.


Improvements in EKG Stress Tests

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

EKG stress tests are important diagnostic tests for identifying coronary heart disease. The stress tests have not changed that much but what has changed are a number of key elements to improve the machinery’s ability to record and generate valuable insight into the patients health.Medical practitioners have a lot more freedom to use the machinery that suits them and the patients rather operations being dictated by the constraints of the machines.Other improvements enable doctors and medical practitioners to identify other related diseases and issues related to the hearts performance during the test.The lightweight natures of these wires are a great improvement from the heavy wires before these developments

The Improvements and Options of Bone Densitometers

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Bone densitometers are very powerful machine but are generally underutilized and employed in imaging modality. According to research in osteoporotic fractures in woman the numbers of woman with the condition are greater than the population suffering from breast cancer, stroke and heart attack combined. There are three main processes used in bone densitometers and while you may be looking to replace or consider your options here are the different approaches.

Vascular Probe Treats Disease

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Vascular probe research can help further treatment of vascular disease. The vascular probe can be compared to many of the other probes. The probe has specific crystals that can then send ultrasound waves into the patient. Another crystal is designed to receive the returning wave and they bounce back from the blood cells.

The advancement of the technology has allowed these probes to pick up a range of data when the ultrasound waves hit the cells. They can track blood flow as well as the direction in which the cells are flowing.  With use of high low pitch sound they can identify move, flow and its direction, helping identify further details of any problems

Pulse Oximeter New Role in COPD testing

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a form of lung disease and is based on reduced air flow into the lungs because of the deterioration of the lung tissue and the dysfunction of the minor airways. Unless treated the disease continually gets worse. The effects of this disease are shortness of breath and coughing.

The pulse oximeter is non invasive and can easily check oxygen saturation and other vital signs of an individual. Improvements have made the pulse oximeter more attractive and accepted for use in a number of primary and specialty care practice applications.

Widespread acceptance of Ultrasound Devices

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Medical ultrasound devices have been around for a longtime and have been heavily associated with gynecology clinics but as ultrasound machinery becomes increasingly more powerful you will find that a range of other medical departments.

The increase in the use of Ultrasound devices is  four main reasons. One is the absence of needles, injections and surgical incisions that are found in many of the previous procedures. The Ultrasound process is painless and also extremely quick to identify any issues in the area being tested. In many instances patients would need to go through an x-ray process to identify problems and collect data. The offset would long term exposure to radiation to the patients which has its side effects and risks. Ultrasound does not have any radiation making it safer and easier for the patients. Patients are happier and it’s easier to position the ultrasound in difficult to reach places and get the readings and results. This is in place of painful time consuming procedures that would require preparation time and recovery time. 

Autoclave and Sterlizing Machines Clean a Range of Applications

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Autoclave and Sterilizing machines have been used for a long time in a number of industries. The process is well known to prepare and mange utensils and materials used in a clean, sterile environment. The steam that is applied can cause a strong build up of pressure and It’s an simple way to keep anything clean.

In actuality all an autoclave is, is a very powerful dishwasher and that in mind has found some interesting applications not just in piercings but in more remote areas like NASA and rocket launches.

Improvements Impact on the Developments in MRI Machines

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

There are two main concerns that patients have when using a MRI, the environment of the MRI and the radiation.The cold and the claustrophobic nature of the procedure and equipment make the patients usually uncomfortable and practitioners need to keep patients as calm and happy as possible.

The claustrophobia is a big part for patients to stay calm to undergo the treatment. They really don’t enjoy it and being restrained for large amounts of time can be really difficult.Patients are always concerned about the side effects or long term effects of radiation.

The possibility to reduce the levels of radiation is always a concern because it is a payoff to image quality and the priority is always to protect that quality.

Keep Your Probes and Transducers Clean

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Vaginal probes are used in sonographic scans. These probes including endocavitary probes really need a cover. The reason for this is that they become semi-critical due to their contact with mucous membranes creating a hazard when sharing the probes with patients. A solution is for probes to have a cover before the probe is applied to each patient.  These covers are not fail proof and have been found to tear reducing their protective quality. This has led many to improve their protection to disinfection post examination as well as placing a cover on the probe before any following assessment with a new patient.

Indicators from a Fetal Monitor

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

The fetal monitor is part of the overall observation of the baby. It tracks the heart rate of the baby and tells us a great deal about the health of the baby as well as if the baby is under any stress.

Occasional changes in the baby’s heart rate can be caused by the umbilical cord pressing on the baby causing it stress as is worse than episodic acceleration. If the heart rate speeds up then the situation can progress to further categories.

ECG/EKG Deliver Improved Results

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

The ECG and EKG have achieved a process to identifying and quantifying vital signs of the heart. Buy putting on electrodes over the heart the electrical impulses can be recorded and analyzed. There is a continuous need in the cardiology community to evaluate and improve the analytical abilities of the machinery to better identify abnormalities.

This constant drive for more accurate and better identification of heart issues using ECG/EKG technology has met, head on, with smart phone technology


New Study Places Defibrillators in Public Places

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

A recent study found that placing defibrillators in offices and other public areas with trained people can have a positive impact on cardiac arrest patients at the time of the arrest itself. We are used to seeing defibrillators being rushed in by a first responder paramedic but having them placed in these areas can be very effective to treat patients.

Defibrillators can double survival with trained teams available to carry out treatment when the need occurs. The training and equipment makes it very safe. The machinery can detect if body is going through a cardiac arrest to make sure the shocks are not administers incorrectly and in the two years there was not one occasion where a shock was ordered prematurely or in the incorrect circumstances

Research in Iron Levels Supports Patients Healthy Living

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

Recent research found that people with low or very high levels of transferrin saturation ratio are at higher risk of death. The death measure available iron in the blood where normal results lower level prove deficiency and high levels excess of iron in the blood.

Research found that patients with considerably  deficient iron levels, below 17.5% saw the death rate increase by 45% but high levels of iron did not see a particularly increase from the regular rate of death.

In this iron test lower levels indicated deficiency while higher levels, over 50% can be cause for concern and be damaging to the patients health. Haemochromatosis multiple blood transfusions and cirrhosis are usually the cause of these high levels of iron.

Great Things to Know Before Buying Refurbished Equipment

By: Absolute Medical Equipment

The medical care community has always been looking to budget to provide the best service to their customers and patients with the best facilities and equipment. The equipment is particularly costly and hospitals and health care centers look to ways in which they can have the equipment in a inexpensive way. The best way is to reuse and refurbish equipment to save waste and money and help these care centers continue.

Here at Absolute Medical Equipment we lead in providing the very best in refurbished, reconditioned and used equipment for the full range of medical environments. We work with leading manufacturers and vendors to refurbish and recondition equipment through vigorous testing ensuring they are in perfect working order and ready for use.