Monday, 24 November 2014

4 Common Categories of Durable Medical Equipment

Durable medical equipments are very essential for patients as to improve their quality of living. These durable medical equipments are therapeutic devices which are designed for the recovery of the patients ailment as quickly and comfortably as possible. Durable medical equipment are intended to withstand repeated use by non-professionals or the patient, and is appropriate for use in the home. As the word durable itself tells about the significance of these medical equipment’s which are likely to last for a long time without breaking or getting weaker. Health of the patients is fully depended on these equipment, if these equipment are weak or break easily then they are harmful for the patients and instead of improving their health they prove to be really critical. Responsibilities of durable medical equipment are to keep the user safe and these products are built strong, long-lasting and generally easy to clean and maintain.  
 

There are two types of durable medical equipment:

  1. Life Sustaining durable medical equipment: Equipment like nebulizer, humidifier, cycle dialysis machine for peritoneal dialysis etc are considered as life sustaining without which the patient cannot survive and hence need to be purchased.
  2. Non-life sustaining durable medical equipment: All other equipment those are not listed as life sustaining comes in this category will be paid as rental up to the allowed purchase price. 

Commonly used durable medical equipment’s are:

 
1) Ambulation assistive devices: These are mobility devices help a person with functional impairment move about in their environment. Such devices are:
 
a. Walker: There are various kind of walker like 2-button walker is a folding walker that is easy to use and store. Trigger release walker is also type of folding walker that is easy to transport, use and store. Trigger release with 5” wheels is most common type of folding/rolling walker easy to use over different type of terrain. There are heavy duty walker and wenzelite walker also available to accommodate most patient weight.  

b. Cane: It is the most widely used assistive device which is used when the individual needs limited support and has good balance. It supports up to 25% of a person’s weight and may prevent many falls.
 
c. Crutch: Crutches should have comfortable grip and padding and adjusted for length so that the crutch does not press on your underarms.
 
2) Wheelchair: When physical changes seems to limit your movements the option of wheelchair makes your life easier and comfortable.

A wheel chair is of different types:

a. Power wheel chair: It is a battery operated based with four wheels and adjustable seat controller attached on one of the armrest that allows the rider to control the movements of the chair. These are beneficial to those patients who are unable to operate wheelchair manually.
 
b. Hybrid wheelchair: These chairs come with transport wheels attached to the chair and are the combination of the chairs comes between the standard and transport wheelchairs.
 
c. Manual wheelchair: These chairs are easy to transfer with a built-in or removable armrest. A mid to high level back and push handle to allow no occupants to propel the chair.
 
3) Orthopedic devices:     
   
a. Belt: An infinite variety of Dacron, cloth and leather material is used to fabricate waist belts, shoulder harness and chest straps, which provide suspension as well as control through their attachment to cables that attach lock to various joints. Halter, Fracture frame, Trapeze bars are other orthopaedic durable medical equipment.
 
4) Bath safety:
 
Hand held shower, shower chairs and bathroom grab bars and assist bars are some examples of bath safety which are mostly used by the patients who face difficulty while bathing.
 
Most of the durable medical equipment can be purchased without a prescription but it is essential and safe to purchase prescribed equipment.
 
GPC Medical tries to supply a comprehensive range of products to its clients.
 
 
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Glimpses of the MEDICA Fair 2014 by GPC Medical Ltd.

GPC Medical Limited had a successful stint at the MEDICA Fair held in Germany from 12th to 15th November, 2014. It was highly appreciated for all its medical products and hospital supplies. The GPC stall had a large number of visitors who inquired about our products and placed their orders with us. Even though all our goods were highly appreciated by clients from world over but our orthopedic implants and instruments were the highlights of the show. The highly cooperative staff members and the whole team of GPC Medical worked relentlessly to make this show a success.

Here are some glimpses of the MEDICA Fair...


 

Check out the links given below to know more about GPC Medical Limited:

 
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Surgical Operating Room Instrument Checklist

World wide data about the surgical checklist demonstrates that it reduces morbidity and mortality. A World Health Organisation encourages surgeons across the world to use the checklist while operating on patients. The use of WHO surgical safety checklist in the operating room lowers the risk of miss happening during Medical surgery.
 
This checklist is based on the successful international program “Safe Surgery Saves Lives”.
 
There is no country in the world where no mistakes are noticed during operating the patients. Checklist consists of three columns, which correlates to the three phases of an operation. These three phases are: 
  • Before anaesthesia (Sign-in)
  • Before skin incision (Time-out)
  • Before leaving the operating room (Sign-out)
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Surgical Instruments


In medical-surgical operating room instrument checklist, all the information about the instruments is given which are used in an operation. It is meant to help in planning operating rooms. Setting surgery tray properly according to the type of surgery being conducted is valuable and important in any surgery. Proper setup and arrangement of surgical tray helps the surgeon not only perform the surgery efficiently, but it also allows him to have all his preferred surgical instruments easily available. Surgical technicians have to understand the requirement of each specific surgeon’s for proper surgical tray arrangement. Wide ranges of instruments are used in the surgical operating room, some standard instruments are used for most surgeries and other are specialized for specific type of surgery. A general instrument tray consists all of the following instruments:

  • Clamps: Clamps are also known as haemostats and is used to stop bleeding from vessels. Many size and types of clamps are available in the market.
  • Retractors: It is known as retracting instrument it is used to separate incision edges and restrain internal body structure. Two type of retractor are hand-held retractor and self-retaining retractor.
  • Forceps: function as grasping tool which is used by surgeons for grasping tough tissues. Some forceps are used to deliver babies however others are used as needle forceps which are used to needles to carry out various suture procedures.
  • Needle holders: Needle holders are used to attach suture and it comes in the category of suturing instruments. Size of these needle holders depends on the type of the surgery for which they are needed.
  • Suction: Suction tubes are used to remove the blood  from the area being operated on to allow the surgeons to view and work on the area.
  • Surgical scalpels: Scalpels have a handle to hold the device and a blade attached on another end to make incisions. These blades are sharp and made from fine quality steel of medical-grade.
  • Surgical scissors: Used to cut bandages, sutures or even tissue. This is an instrument which is used in all type of surgery.

Specialized Instruments:

 
Instruments used in Orthopaedic or bone surgery: Orthopaedic tray includes bone cutter called rongeurs, saw, screwdrivers, hammer, drills, steel pins and metallic plates to cut and scrape the bones. This type of surgery is performed on joints, muscles and bones.

Instruments used in micro surgeries: micro surgery instruments are used in the surgery of neurology, vascular, eye, hand. These instruments are smallest of all the services.
 
Instruments used in gynaecology and urology: Dilation instruments which is part of kit used in urology and gynaecology.
 
Different surgery services have its own surgery tray with some devices of general instrument tray added to it. Frequently used instruments are sterilized properly and separately from those which are not often used. It plays an important role in the patients post-operative health. Microscopes and air compressors are not sterilized.
 
It is extremely important to ensure that the instruments being used are properly sterilized and have been purchased from the right source. Quality and precise instruments are the most important aspect of the instruments being used during a surgery.
 
GPC Medical Limited supplies and manufactures the best instruments in the medical industry. They are used indigeneously by the surgeons in India and are also widely exported to many countries.
 
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

How to Purchase Medical Equipment?

The demand and supply of medical equipment is growing exponentially by the day. Medical equipment plays a crucial role for medical professionals and patients. These medical equipment's can play a pivotal role in keeping a check over most of the generalized health parameters. They can play be a very centralized role in increasing the longevity of your life and be preventive in guarding you from some long term illness. The key elements of purchasing medical equipment are approximately the same whether you are buying them for home or for your clinic. Home-use medical equipment helps to improve individual medical condition and retain the quality of life while living at home.

 

While considering about buying medical equipment you need to follow some instructions:

  • The process of purchase usually starts with a demand or requirement. A requisition is generated by the medical professional or medical authority. There are different medical professional expertise including Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Physical and Occupational Therapist who assist individuals in determining which medical equipment is necessary.
  • Determine whether you want equipment for a short period or for a long time. If you needed home-use equipment for a short period, it is beneficial to take equipment like walker or wheel chair on rent. Purchasing equipment is cheaper for long term use. 
     
  • Determine the size of the equipment according to the size of room or where you are going to place the equipment.
     
  • Before purchasing the product you should ask for guarantee and do not forget to collect guarantee card.
     
  • It is beneficial to know the vendor’s policy for replacing malfunctioning equipment. It is important to review the policies for the replacement of defective piece because even the high quality medical equipment can stop working.

After knowing the requirement of equipment’s there are two ways to purchase medical equipment:

Traditional method-purchase equipment from medical supply store:

There are so many reputable medical supply companies; you have to visit three or four medical supply store to check the price and quality of the product. Take the list of needed items, along with the space and budget requirements.
Steps for purchasing medical equipment from medical store:
  1. Requisition received from the national health services purchasing department or by health professionals.
     
  2. Source suppliers: information have to be collected about suppliers.
  3. Tender process: to know about the tender process whether it is required or not.
     
  4. Purchase approved for the required equipment.
     
  5. Purchase order sent to supplier.
  6. Expediting is must for quick supply of equipment at the time of demand.
     
  7. Delivery of equipment’s.
  8. Supplier invoice.

Modern method-purchase medical equipment online:

Online shopping is modern method of purchasing any anything or medical equipment. While exploring on internet you should check whether the medical equipment vendor is licensed and accredited. You should also verify that the vendor has a reputation for providing quality service.
Steps of purchasing medical equipment online:
  1. Electronic requisition system through popular sites like eBay and snap deal (ERP).
  2. Requisition auto initiated by ERP.
  3. Supplier selected from approved list.
  4. Required order sent electronically.
  5. Supplier acknowledges and provides update delivery for cast data electronically with the help of which buyer can check the status of their product.
  6. Delivery- Electronic proof of dispatch sent by supplier.
  7. Payment via electronic invoice eg. Debit card and credit card.
Medical Equipment & Supplies
For purchasing medical equipment you have to critically evaluate provider’s reputation, legitimacy, equipment policies and customer service. Need of durable medical equipment’s is increasing day by day. You have to find a professional medical equipment installation company that can do it for you to guarantee that equipment is installed properly. Many options are available in selecting a medical equipment provider, so carefully compare the products and then purchase.
 
GPC Medical Limited is a reputed medical company that honestly sells its products as per the need of the patient. Their products have long term durability and are trusted by all its users. Be very careful in buying any type of medical equipment as they are life saving devices.
 

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Six medical specialities and the basic equipment needed for each

Being a Doctor is a noble profession, who with completely advanced education and clinical training cares for your health. They prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases. In today’s times it is a necessity to have medical specialists around you. However, a doctor also needs various basic equipment to cure his patients and diagnose the cause of their sufferings. It is like a hand and glove situation where the medical specialists and the basic medical specialities go hand in hand in supporting each other and therefore save many lives. A doctor also goes through professional training to specialize in various fields like Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics to name a few. These medical specialists use various kinds of equipment to diagnose the disease of their patients and these equipment’s are very essential in the field of medicine.
 
Pathology: Pathology is a branch of medical speciality concerning the examination of tissues, cell and bodily fluids for determining the cause and nature of diseases. Pathologists enable medical professionals to diagnose and treat patient flawlessly. Equipment’s used by pathologists are flow cytometer, spirometer, haemocytometer, manometer, trephine biopsy needle and a Ryle’s tube. Some of the equipment’s are explained below.
  • Flow Cytometry - We use this innovative test to diagnose  cancer and evaluate the risk of recurrence. It is a technology which  is used to inspect the physical and chemical characteristics of particles in a fluid as it passes through at least one laser. The application of this laser based technology is to perform several procedures including cell counting, cell sorting, protein engineering and detection of biomarkers.
  • Spirometer - There are various spirometer made by different companies but the main function of this device is to help diagnose various lung condition, most commonly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Spirometer is a lung function test and looks at how well your lungs work it shows how well you in and out, breathing in and out can also be affected by lung disease.
 
Paediatrics: Paediatrics is a medical speciality that provides not only medical care but also manages physical, mental and emotional well-being of the infant, toddlers, children and adolescents.  A paediatrician uses basically the same equipment as any other doctor such as stethoscope, thermometer, microscope etc; except that some of the equipment designed with its use for child in mind. These equipment are :
 
  • Infant Incubators - Infant incubator is used for those infant who born premature because these infants often can’t keep themselves warm without help so they are placed inside incubator. These incubators protect infants from noise, light and infection.
  • Baby Scale - There are various kinds of scales to examine your baby health.  Digital baby scale helps to measure the weight accurately and another scale is used to measure the height of baby and a comparison is made to a standard growth chart to determine whether the growth of child is normal.
  • Sphygmomanometer - It is use to check your baby’s blood pressure. This equipment with a cuff that is attached to a monitor gives automatic digital readouts.
 
Cardiology: Medical speciality deals with heart related disorder is known as cardiology. Cardiologists diagnose and treat heart disease such as congenital heart defect, heart failure and valvular heart disease. Equipment used to diagnose heart related disease are:
  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging(CMR) - This medical equipment allow  cardiologist to know about the mechanical functions of the heart. Detailed pictures of your tissues and organ are created with the use of this equipment; which is safe and non-invasive test in which no surgery is done and no instruments are inserted into your body.
  • ECG -  ECG stands for electrocardiography is the recording of the electrical activity of heart.
 
Gynecology: A medical science that deals with the diseases and routine physical care of the reproductive system of women.
  • Maternity Bed - Also known as birthing bed are developed to ensure that women have the best possible birthing experience.
  • Ayre’s spatula - This instrument is disposable and made of wood so that cells can adhere to its porous surface.
 
Radiology: A radiologist is a specialist medical doctor who uses imaging in diagnosing and treating injuries and disease. A radiologist uses various equipment such as X-ray, ultrasound and positron emission tomography.
  • Ultrasound Scan - It is a very commonly used painless test which uses sound waves to create images of organs inside your body. Ultrasound thought to be harmless as it uses sound waves instead of radiations.
 
Neurosurgery: Neurology is a branch of medicine that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disease which infect any part of the nervous system including brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Equipment  used by neurosurgeon are pneumatic bone punch and operating knives.
  • Pneumatic Bone Punch - This very precise and efficient punch enables cut bone with no effort. It saves time and with the help of this instrument it is very easy to perform a lumbar fusion where you have to cut a significant amount of bone material.

     
GPC Medical Limited is a pioneer in manufacturing these devices. Our products give accurate results and have long term durability with efficient after sales service for the sales in India.
 
 
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