Must-Have Equipment for an EKG/ECG Test

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Having the ability to perform an EKG/ECG test in a physician’s office not only allows them to bill for the procedure, but it also prevents a loss of time in the diagnostic shuffle of referrals, reading and reporting results. Once you decide to perform in-house EKG’s, what equipment do you need to get the job done? 1. An EKG machine … Read More

A (Very) Short Guide to Respiration

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We do something 17,000 to 30,000 times every day without ever really thinking about it. No, it’s not checking our phones, it’s respiration or breathing. This basic biological process is a complex interplay of systems within our bodies, but we rarely give it a second thought unless we are ill, in an accident, or exercising. So, what exactly is respiration? … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation and You: What You Need to Know

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To poets and artists, the heart is the symbol of love. In fact, often people describe meeting their soul mate and having their heart “skip a beat.” To those in the medical community, the heart is a symbol of mechanical and electrical synergy, the center of life itself. When it “skips a beat,” there is a reason for concern. In … Read More

SPO2: What is it And What Should Your SPO2 Be?

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There are so many medical terms that are batted about in the doctor’s office and emergency room that it is sometimes hard to keep up. During cold, flu and RSV season, one of the most vital terms is SPO2. Also known as pulse ox, this number represents an estimate of the oxygen levels in a person’s bloodstream. Along with blood … Read More

A Brief Look at Neonatal 12 Lead ECG Placement

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The electrocardiogram (ECG) is arguably one of the greatest advancements in 20th-century medicine. With the ability to see how a heart beats in an instant, the ECG has saved countless lives in doctor’s offices, emergency rooms and hospitals around the world. What we don’t often consider is the skill it takes to use a modern marvel like the ECG, especially … Read More

A Small Portable Defibrillator vs The Smallest Portable AED

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We love giant things. The world’s largest ice cream sundae gives us a vicarious sugar rush. The world’s largest ball of twine (in Cawker, Kansas) garners thousands of visitors every year. You can even order a 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. But there are some cases when bigger is not necessarily better. When it … Read More

Where to Find an AED When You Need One

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It seems as though every time you turn on the news you hear about another young athlete who collapses on the court or field with sudden cardiac arrest. This sudden and potentially lethal condition can strike anyone at any time and at any age. In fact, its frequency has prompted several recent laws requiring certain entities to have an automated … Read More

LIFEPAK: What You Should Know Before You Buy

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Shortly after Dr. Karl William Edmark sent an electrical current through a patient’s heart to treat ventricular fibrillation, Physio-Control began to replicate Edmark’s defibrillator in a smaller, more portable machine. A decade later, the company introduced the first portable defibrillator and has been leading the industry in form, feature, and durability. LIFEPAK AEDs and Defibrillators Named for their intended use, … Read More

3 Signs Your ECG Leads May Be Misplaced

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Electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the fastest and safest ways out there to evaluate the heart’s ability to contract and move blood. Sticky electrodes are placed on the skin in specific places to measure the heart’s rhythm. These patches are then connected to wires called leads which reads the heart’s electrical impulses and sends that information to the ECG/EKG. (The … Read More

Can’t Miss Autoclave Sterilization Steps and Tips

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The autoclave sterilization process revolutionized the medical industry when it was introduced by Charles Chamberland in 1884. Suddenly, infection dramatically decreased, cross-contamination was a thing of the past, and simple procedures were no longer precursors to long, infection-ridden recoveries. While today’s autoclaves are marvels of modern technology, these can’t-miss autoclave sterilization steps are among the most important for getting the … Read More