How Do You Determine Which Patient Monitor Is Right For Your Medical Facility?
Outfitting any office, clinic, hospital or surgery center is a big investment and takes days, months and sometimes, even years of research and decision-making to know what kind of medical equipment will best suit your facility.
Whether it’s the lights that will give the surgeon superb visibility when precision counts the most or the kick bucket that gets overlooked until its needed, every equipment aspect of an operating room is important.
And one of the most important and helpful pieces of equipment in the O.R. is the patient monitor.
The patient monitor is essential in telling the nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons what a patient’s vital signs are doing before, during and after surgery. So, how do you know what patient monitor is right for your facility?
There are a few questions you can ask yourself before purchasing a patient monitor that may help you determine which monitor is best for your center.
Asking Appropriate Questions Is Key:
The first question you will want to answer is, ‘What size facility are you outfitting?’
Is it large or small? If your answer is large, you might want a monitor that is large in stature to accommodate the room your patient will be in before, during and after surgery. An Edan M80 is a monitor that is of substantial size and has a great reputation. If your rooms are small and space is limited, you might want a monitor like the Philips IntelliVue MP5.
The second question you might want to ask yourself is, ‘What is your budget?’
If your budget is large and you want the newest and most innovative monitor on the market, you may consider a Mindray Beneview T8. And if your budget is tight and you want to save money in the monitor department, you might consider a Datascope Passport 2.
And finally, you will want to consider whether or not your facility will want to have a patient monitor that can monitor CO2. Some facilities may think that a monitor with a gas module is the only way to go, and in that case, consider the Datex-Ohmeda Cardiocap/5, while others might think their facility can function fine without it.
Once you’ve answered all of those questions, your task of picking a patient monitor might be much easier. And if you’re still having trouble, you can contact us today and one of our knowledgeable and experienced representatives can help point you in the right direction.
Brad Rumph is the President of Heartland Medical Sales and Services LLC. Together with his investment partners, he established Heartland Medical in 1998, after working for a medical equipment distributor for several years, taking on the roles of Anesthesia System Specialist, a Director of Technical Sales, and finally the Vice President.
He went on to earn a number of certifications connected with medical equipment, such as Medical Gas Maintenance Personnel. Additionally, he successfully completed several courses which required passing a final exam, including IPMM/SCR seminar, technical service basic and advanced seminars, Fabius GS seminar, Narkomed Mobile, and so on. He has also successfully gained the NAD Service Classification of Senior Technical Representative.