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  • Revised/Updated: 2015/02/25
  • Synopsis : Information on home monitoring devices and medical products including medical alarms and blood pressure monitors.

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News and reviews of independent living medical aids - products that are used to help senior citizens or disabled people in their day-to-day activities.

Medical devices play a vital role in people's lives as these products are revolutionizing medicine with breathtaking advances in both the treatment and the detection of many diseases.

A good majority of people with disabilities and those who suffer from chronic illnesses and pain are burdened with co-pays and out-of-pocket medical expenses. Probably the most taxing medical expenses are co-pays for medical equipment and supplies. And yet, these things are necessary for the well being of many who have physical disabilities or certain prolonged or otherwise life-changing medical conditions.

An instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions, and does not achieve its purposes through chemical action within or on the body. Examples range from simple devices such as tongue depressors, medical thermometers, and disposable gloves to advanced devices such as computers which assist in the conduct of medical testing, implants, and prostheses. The design of medical devices constitutes a major segment of the field of biomedical engineering.

The Disabled World medical device reviews cover items such as adaptive seats, blood pressure monitors, reachers, grippers, dressing aids, pill crushers and other aids and devices including emergency medical supplies used for fire and EMS, home health supplies medical bracelets and other home health monitors and medical emergency care needs.

Millions of persons suffer from a number of harmful medical conditions, which can include cardiovascular problems, diabetes, asthma, neurological disorders, allergies, fainting, epilepsy, memory loss or blindness, to name a few. People are not safe in their homes, for the fear of an attack occurring when they are home alone. Items such as Medical Alerts or personal alarm systems are not only useful for the old, infirm or weak, but also for those who are recovering from surgery and cannot move about easily. Many Medical Alerts or alarm systems have dual communication lines, meaning the alarm sends messages to the family or friends of the patient, and also an SOS to summon aid immediately from the medical agency that constantly monitors his condition. Today medical alert alarms come in necklaces, keyrings, bracelets, and other fashionable medical identification jewelry.

Walk into a pharmacy or health aisle of a local supermarket, and you will see more than a dozen electronic devices for personal health monitoring.

Prices range from $10 to more than $100, but there is a remarkable amount of technology available for the money. Common home monitoring medical products available include blood pressure monitors, blood sugar level testers, and heart rate monitors that resemble wristwatches. Body-fat analysis can be used as a metric to measure progress in personal fitness programs or weight-control, and has the potential to be a better metric than absolute weight.

While personal devices today are largely if not completely external, the next generation may be implanted under the skin. Such devices [Schwiebert, Gupta, & Weinmann] could include artificial retinas, glucose monitors, organ monitors, cancer detectors, and general health monitors. They include many unique challenges but have the potential to give people an unprecedented view of what goes on inside their bodies.

As part of their effort to make medical equipment and supplies affordable to people, many manufacturers are looking for cost-effective means to produce quality products. Now, there are actually a lot of affordable, brand new medical supplies and equipment from top quality manufacturers.

Many people have the mistaken notion that quality comes with a hefty price tag.

While this may be true in some instances, this is not always the case. Quality products and services can only be useful if they are accessible and affordable to people.

Ordering medical products online is quick, discreet, and very often more affordable than buying supplies through traditional retailers. Elderly patients who live at home depend upon certain supplies and equipment to help them get through their day. It is these supplies that often allow them to continue living at home without having to resort to nursing home care.

In addition to being able to afford better quality products, you can rest assured that your privacy will be respected. You don't have to feel embarrassed about ordering certain products when you shop online, which is truly a relief to many people who feel self-conscious walking into a pharmacy to buy incontinence undergarments.

Before going ahead with the actual purchase take some pains to verify the credentials of medical supplier. Take some time to browse through various medical supply sites to familiarize you with the products available to the public. Read the feedback and testimonials of the customers. With proper research you can safely and conveniently buy all the medical equipments online needed by you at cut throat market rates.

Quick Facts: Medical Device

The global medical device market reached roughly $209 billion in 2006 and medical technology companies are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care. They are also making inroads with U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulators to re-engineer the complex review and approval process for new medical devices.

Researchers at the University of Florida are developing devices which can interpret signals in the brain and stimulate neurons to perform correctly. The initial aim of this technology was to correct conditions such as paralysis and epilepsy. The chip would be implanted directly into brain tissue, where it could gather data from signals, decode them, and stimulate the brain to function properly. One of the eventual goals of these advances is to one day make it possible for a paralyzed person to control a prosthetic limb just by thinking about it.

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