Medical equipments help in diagnosing, monitoring and treatment of patients.
The types of such equipments include:
o Diagnostic equipments like resonance imaging and x-ray machines.
o Therapeutic equipments like lasers.
o Life support equipments including ventilators.
o Medical monitors for ECG and blood pressure. chemistry analyzer
Technology plays a very important role in enhancing the world of equipments thus helps to develop the lifestyle of the patients. These equipments make prior identification of the diseases and prevent the serious ones.
Home medical equipments help provide medical care to the patients at home, by any non-professional care-giver. Some of the home medical equipments include: air purifier, cannula, nebulizer, prosthesis, walkers and wheel-chair.
Patients must keep prescriptions from the doctor for home medical equipments. These equipments should be taken from the stores within immediate area.
The important supply companies of such equipments include very large organizations such as Walgreen’s and Invacare and smaller companies include sole owners or may be some families. Internet retailers also play important role in supplying equipments. But all necessary supply and transactions are based on the laws of the government.
Some basic functions while supplying equipments at home are:
o Proper set up of the equipment at home.
o Make the home environment suitable for the patient as well as for he better usage of the machine.
o Training the care giver to use the equipment properly.
o 24 hour contact with the suppliers to deal emergency.
o Helping in periodic maintenance.
All suppliers must comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect patients’ confidentiality and records. HIPAA regulates the availability and breadth of group health plans and certain individual health insurance policies. It helps in amending many acts in favor of the sick persons.
Home medical equipment is typically covered by patient’s healthcare insurance, including Medicare. They provide best quality services to those patients at home.
The tools and equipments at hospitals are termed as medical equipments. Many companies are involved in hospital equipment business. Examples of commonly used hospital equipments include malecot catheters, stomach tube, rubber sheets, rubber infant syringes, surgical rubber bulbs, ryles tube, lavine tubes, endotracheal tubes, douche tube, pipette bulb, etc.