In recent years, the business of selling medical equipment has seen a palpable surge in revenues. Entrepreneur.com asserts that every year, millions of dollars’ worth of medical equipment is being sold, making medical equipment sales one of the more lucrative forms of business ventures. As a matter of fact, taking part in this rewarding industry is not all too difficult, and aspiring entrepreneurs may break into it without difficulty—as long as they do their homework properly.
The site also states that tart-up costs may range from $10,000 to $50,000. While this might seem too hefty a capital for the starting entrepreneur, the return of investment could make one reconsider. The potential profit range may reach a whopping $50,ooo to $150,000 per year—as much as five times larger than the starting capital.
Interestingly, there are a few strategies that can be adopted in terms of medical equipment sales. First, one can establish a retail store that directly sells medical equipment to walk-in customers and online shoppers (if an online shopping option exists). Another possibility is to become an independent sales consultant who represents medical equipment manufacturers. In this strategy, medical equipment may be sold to hospitals and health centers by soliciting or using the tender process in which hospitals and medical centers routinely ask for bids to replace equipment.
Either way, a venture into the world of medical equipment sales may prove to be profitable to anyone who is willing to invest the proper amount of persistence and hard work. As with any form of investment, it is not without risks; a huge amount of effort is needed to effect commensurate returns.
Jason Nikouyeh is the chief operating officer of Duramedix Healthcare, LLC, America’s premier supplier of quality home and medical supplies.
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Researchers in Oklahoma have discovered a promising solution to lessen the damage caused by diabetes to the heart. Find out more in this from MIAMIOK.com article.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Healthy heart cells are omnivores, meaning they can use several types of fuel to do their work. But for people with poorly managed or undiagnosed diabetes, the heart’s fuel source is limited, and that can cause problems during heart attacks and stroke.
New research from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation might hold promise for reversing changes to the heart caused by diabetes.
Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, including 296,000 Oklahomans. Normally, cells use a hormone called insulin to turn glucose—a type of sugar created by the body when it processes food—into energy. But diabetic patients’ bodies don’t make enough insulin or become insulin-resistant, so they can’t process the glucose.
Heart cells prefer to use fat as fuel. So it might not seem like a big deal that heart cells can’t process glucose in diabetic patients, said OMRF scientist Ken Humphries, Ph.D.
“Heart cells always need to be able to make energy so the heart can keep beating,” he said. “When you start restricting which fuels they can use, that causes problems.”
In a paper published in the Biochemical Journal, Humphries found that mitochondria—the power generators—in the heart cells of diabetic mice looked like they were broken, but they could still create energy if given the right fuel.
In response to the diabetes, the proteins in the heart cells had been modified to limit the kind of fuel it could accept. But if those changes could be reversed, it would allow the cells to continue using more kinds of fuel and improve energy production, he said.
“Getting them closer to a pre-diabetic condition could save lives,” Humphries said.
The next step is to find exactly which proteins in the heart cells are being modified and to understand what conditions might allow modifications to be reversed.
Funding for the research was provided by grant number P20RR024215 from the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
Easy access to hospitals is essential when you get wounded in a home accident. However, not everybody has easy access to hospitals, and this is just one reason why proper wound care at home is important. Here are some tips when cleaning, treating, and protecting a wound at home:
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Contrary to popular belief, you can’t clean a wound by just washing it with water and soap and wiping it down with a towel or tissue. The wound and the area surrounding it should be gently cleaned with water and mild soap. It should then be blotted with sterile gauze pads. Medical professionals believe that these sterile gauze pads help clean and remove water from the wound without introducing contaminants.
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Gently apply an antiseptic or an antibiotic, or both, to avoid aggravating the damaged tissue and to protect it against infection.
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For years, there have been debates on whether leaving the wound open to the elements would help it heal faster because of scabbing. This has already been disproved by extensive research. Although scab formation is the body’s way of protecting against infection, it is easily torn and impedes the healing process. Scabbing also usually results in unsightly scars. So the proper way to protect a wound would be to cover it using a sterile gauze pad, remembering to only touch the edges to prevent contaminant transfer from your hand, and then use a first-aid tape to secure the gauze and keep out dirt, germs, and bacteria. The gauze pad will absorb fluids and maintain the proper moisture balance that is conducive to healing.
Erectile dysfunction affects one out of 10 men in the entire world. In fact, in the United States alone, over 30 million men have it. This condition is a very common problem among older men, especially those who have had prostate surgery or who are suffering from diabetes.
Among the most popular solutions to this problem are as follows:
• Oral medications such as Viagra and Revatio (sildenafil), Staxyn and Levitra (vardenafil), and Cialis and Adcirca (tadalafil)
• Medications that are inserted into the urethra or directly injected into the penis
• Implants that are surgically positioned into the penis
However, not all of these popular solutions work with all men. In addition, some of these popular treatments may also cause side effects such as headaches, bladder pain, and diarrhea.
This is where penis pumps come in.
A penis pump, where the penis is inserted into, is an acrylic tube with a pumping mechanism that pumps air out of the tube, resulting in a vacuum. The vacuum increases the blood flow into the organ, and sliding the constriction ring over the base of the organ maintains the erection when the tube is removed. According to an article from MayoClinic.com, pumps pose less of a risk than other treatments, are noninvasive and effective, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
Ever felt numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands after an extended session of Internet surfing or playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? What you’re experiencing is carpal tunnel syndrome. With computer workstations crowding the workplace and computer gaming taking up most people’s free time, carpal tunnel syndrome has become a common condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition wherein the median nerve in your wrist experiences pressure. The median nerve is responsible for supplying feeling and movement to parts of your hand. People with carpal tunnel syndrome experience muscle damage in the hand and fingers, making them weak. This condition is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as driving, writing, using a mouse, and typing on a keyboard on a daily basis.
In order to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome (or to prevent it from getting worse), you can follow these guidelines:
• Make use of various foam- or gel-filled wrist rests when using the computer for any tasks, like gaming, coding, typing, or surfing the Internet.
• When working in front of a computer for hours, take breaks whenever you feel pain in your wrists and maintain proper wrist position when typing (wrists should not bend upward).
• You can use carpal tunnel gloves to support and relax injured or aching wrists.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, or surgery.
Wheelchairs not only allow mobility-challenged people to move around, they also give them independence and help make life easier. However, medical insurance coverage in the United States covers only one wheelchair per person, so searching for the perfect wheelchair is of utmost importance.
Before purchasing a wheelchair, patients need to ask themselves the following questions:
• “Are my home, community, and work environments wheelchair-friendly?”
• “After an entire day’s work, would I still have the energy to propel my wheelchair to go home?”
• “Can I perform weight shifts on the chair adequately and independently to avoid skin breakdown?”
• “Can I load my wheelchair in the car?”
The wheelchair’s weight, seating capacity, seat size, and seat height should be also taken into account. A lightweight chair may be easier to stow in a car, but it is not as durable as a heavier chair especially if it is used in harsher terrain. As wheelchair measurements and specifications tend to be different for most people, it is highly beneficial for the wheelchair buyers to test each one to see the best size that works for them. It is, however, worth considering buying a wheelchair that can sufficiently handle the wheelchair user’s weight plus a few more pounds just in case.
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The belief that people with limited mobility are helpless is no longer relevant, especially now that they can choose from a lot of options that will help them regain the freedom to move around independently once again. There are two kinds of electric mobility assistance apparatuses in the market today: wheelchairs and scooters. But before choosing between an electric wheelchair and a medical scooter, it is important to know how they differ from one another.
An electric wheelchair is a high-tech piece of equipment with advanced seat movement options like motor-powered tilt, recline, and stand features to make it more comfortable to use for an extended period of time. Mostly used indoors, it is steered by an eight-way joystick, which makes it very maneuverable. However, it is hard to transport and is very heavy and expensive.
Medical or travel scooters
Scooters are steered using handlebars, can be used both indoors and outdoors, cost much less than electric wheelchairs, and are easier to transport. However, scooters are not as stable and advanced as electric wheelchairs. In addition, since scooters are controlled via handlebars and not joysticks, people with upper body mobility issues will have difficulty steering one.
In deciding between an electric wheelchair and a scooter, buying the right one is better than buying the best one.
Nebulizers are devices that are used to administer medication in forms of a liquid mist to the airways. It is the route preferred by doctors in treating respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, and cystic fibrosis, as the drug immediately becomes available to the affected organs, thereby producing quicker results.
The most common type of nebulizer in the healthcare setting today is called the jet nebulizer. This type is also known as “atomizer” because it pumps compressed air through a liquid medicine to turn it into aerosol or vapor. The vapor is then inhaled by the patient in such a way that it settles into the bases of the lungs so that the desired effect could be achieved. Because it bypasses the usual metabolic pathways through which oral medications undergo, physicians can reduce the doses they prescribe.
While jet nebulizers have been ubiquitous in most medical settings for quite some time now, medical companies are coming up with newer technologies that enable more portable, more efficient, and more quiet delivery of medication through nebulization. Examples are ultrasonic wave nebulizers, vibrating mesh nebulizers, and soft mist inhalers.
Jason Nikouyeh is the COO of Duramedix Healthcare, a company that provides a line of high-quality medical equipment that have aided thousands of customers in recovering right in the comfort of their home. Learn more about the company by visiting Duramedix.com.
Patients confounded with mobility problems usually necessitate canes to assist them with walking. Canes are widely used because of their functionality — providing balance and support, and decreasing weight bearing on the affected lower extremity of people having a hard time walking.
However, cane use does not immediately produce the desired results. Patients must be taught how to properly use a cane so that the above mentioned effects can be achieved.
MayoClinic.com provides the following tips to ensure that patients get the most out of their canes:
When stepping on the affected leg, it is best to pick up and move the cane in unison with the opposite leg. If there is an accompanying injury affecting the hip, the knee, or the ankle, physical therapists recommend a gait where the patient holds the cane in the hand opposite the affected leg and move the cane in unison with the affected leg. Doing so provides stability and additional support while walking.
When using the cane on steps, extra care must be taken to ensure the patient’s safety. If there is an injury or disability that affects one leg, the patient is advised to leverage the additional steadiness provided by railings. Moreover, the unaffected leg must be stepped up first, so that the affected leg may be relieved from bearing additional weight.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a traumatic experience for most, if not all, women. Surviving it is another battle, as chemotherapy and, especially, mastectomy can cause extreme bouts of depression and loss of confidence; more so with mastectomy, as hair lost during chemotherapy can grow back in a matter of months, whereas a breast lost after a mastectomy procedure cannot. With most women, the loss of one or both breasts constitutes feelings of incompleteness and ugliness that permeate their inner being. These feelings stem from human beings’ inclination toward symmetry and proportion as main indicators of beauty.
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Regaining lost confidence is part of the recovery process for breast cancer survivors, and the two alternatives currently available are breast reconstruction and mastectomy bras.
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Surgical breast reconstruction involves using silicone implants or taking fatty tissues from other parts of the body and incorporating them with flap reconstruction to build a natural-looking breast. Although this is considered as the best option for most women, not many take it for many reasons, particularly the aversion to cosmetic surgery. Those who prefer a non-surgical option may use mastectomy bras and inserts that are worn just above the missing breast. They are made of high-quality silicone and are of the same weight as the original breast, making them viable alternatives to breast reconstruction.
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