Vital Signs Diagnostic Equipment
Measuring vital signs is usually the first step that a health professional takes when diagnosing a medical condition. Vital signs are clinical measurements which determine the state of the patient’s most essential bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse rate, respiration capacity, temperature and weight. Vital signs are measured using a variety of diagnostic devices with the common list of equipment including Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG), Pulse Oximeters, Scales, Sphygmomanometers or Blood Pressure Monitors, Spirometers, Stethoscopes, Thermometers and Vital Signs Monitors.
ECGs are machines that measure the electrical activity of the patient’s heart in order to detect any abnormal heart rhythms. Pulse Oximeters are used to measure oxygen saturation in the blood to determine whether the patient’s body is receiving enough oxygen. Scales are used to determine the patients weight in order to calculate correct dosages and determine BMI. Sphygmomanometers and Blood Pressure Monitors measure the patient’s blood pressure by applying pressure to the brachial artery in the arm via a specialised cuff. Spirometers measure lung function and test the amount of air that your patient can breathe in and out of their lungs. Stethoscopes are an acoustic device which allow practitioners to listen to sounds inside the body such as the heart, lungs and blood. Thermometers measure core body temperature to ensure that the patient’s body is operating at the optimum temperature. Vital Signs Monitors are all-in-one machines that show real time vital signs information on one screen including blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and SpO2 (oxygen saturation in the blood).
Specialised Medical Diagnostic Equipment
Diagnostic Equipment that provides more specialised diagnostic functions is also available for sale. This type of diagnostic equipment is normally used to further investigate a patient’s condition once their vital signs information have been measured. These specialised devices may be used by specialists such as dermatologists, ophthalmologists and sonographers, as well as doctors and nurses depending on the condition. A common list of specialised medical diagnostic equipment includes Dermatoscopes, Episcopes, Glucose Meters, Lighting Devices, Ophthalmoscopes, Otoscopes, Ultrasound Dopplers and X-Ray Boxes.
Dermatoscopes and Episcopes are used by dermatologists to examine skin lesions more closely. Glucose Meters are used by general practitioners and patients to measure blood sugar levels for diabetes management. Diagnostic lighting is used to provide concentrated light for examinations and procedures. Ophthalmoscopes are used during eye examinations to allow practitioners to view inside the eye’s internal structure. Otoscopes are used to examine the inside of the ear including the ear drum and tympanic membrane. Ultrasound Dopplers are medical imaging devices used to acquire images of internal structures within the body such as during pregnancy and assessing organs and soft tissues. X-Ray Light Boxes illuminate x-ray negatives to help the practitioner assess bone structures.
Because diagnostic devices are commonly used in the medical field, a number of solutions are available for housing multiple devices. Diagnostic Sets are a cost-effective option for when you require multiple diagnostic devices and can be fully customized according to your equipment needs. Wall mounted, desktop or pocket sets are available with most manufacturers providing multiple equipment options.
Diagnostic Equipment Manufacturers
Marne Medical are a wholesale supplier for the majority of diagnostic equipment manufacturers. Welch Allyn is one of the most well known and trusted medical equipment manufacturers in Australia. They manufacture a range of quality diagnostic equipment and are considered a leader in their field. Other well known diagnostic equipment manufacturers that Marne Medical stock include Littmann, Omron, ABN, Roche, and Heine.