Starting your own clinic is an exciting step in your medical career. However, it can also be overwhelming because there are so many things to consider. Stocking all the necessary supplies can seem like an endless task, so start with the basics and begin building your clinic with these five medical technology must-haves.
Blood Pressure Meter
Blood pressure is one of the most important indicators of cardiopulmonary health. It is important to choose an accurate blood pressure monitor for your clinic so you can treat patients effectively. Getting an accurate reading in the office is even more important considering that most home blood pressure meters have a significant degree of inaccuracy.
A scale used in a clinic or doctor’s office has to be more accurate and measure higher weights than scales used at home. A mechanical scale is still the most common type of scale used by medical professionals. This type of scale achieves great accuracy through the use of sliding counterweights. If your practice plans to treat infants, you will also need a special scale designed for babies.
Portable Ultrasound Machine
Ultrasound machines are essential for diagnosing and monitoring medical conditions like blood clots, thyroid disorders and pregnancy. A portable ultrasound machine, such as those available from Keebomed, has all the capabilities of a traditional ultrasound machine in a small, light package. Unlike traditional ultrasound machines, which are large and bulky, portable machines are easily moved and can be shared among offices. Some models can be operated by battery in case of an emergency or power outage.
Heart Rate Monitor
Every clinic should have two types of heart rate monitors. One type is an instant-read heart rate monitor, which is typically used when taking patient vitals during routine check-ups. The other type is the continuous heart rate monitor that is used in stress tests and for long-term monitoring of cardiac patients.
Stress Test Treadmill
A stress test is an important diagnostic and monitoring tool for patients with heart disease. During a stress test, the patient walks on a treadmill while his heart rate, rhythm, breathing and blood pressure are monitored. Having a sturdy treadmill in your clinic will allow you to perform this routine test and provide better care for your cardiac patients.
Once you have these five basic pieces of medical tech installed, the rest of your clinic will begin to fall into place. Soon you will be opening the doors and greeting your first patient.