Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips to Maintain Your Oximeter

Once limited to hospitals and critical care environments, oximeters are now a common medical tool used by individuals and hospitals alike. With purposes ranging from blood oxygen concentration monitoring in critical care individuals to allowing athletes to perform at their physical peaks when combined with one of the many affordable oximeters available, oximeters are now one of the most common pieces of medical technology in the world.

Like any piece of equipment, an oximeter requires some periodic maintenance to be able to complete its functions. From tabletop critical care monitoring systems to the smallest, simplest fingertip pulse oximeters, the requirements of oximeter maintenance are fairly consistent across models. Listed below are the things you’ll need to check out every few months to ensure your oximeter is delivering accurate readings. 
  1. Battery and Power Source – Small fingertip oximeters typically run on AAA batteries, and more advanced models utilize a rechargeable battery pack. If the batteries are drained, or otherwise not transmitting their power properly to the device, readings can become inaccurate and the display will not work correctly. Also, batteries can decay if left inside devices for months or years without replacement. This can cause severe damage to the oximeters and might end up spoiling the device completely. Check your batteries every 2-3 months depending on use; and for hardwired devices, make sure to examine the power supply every 3-6 months to ensure everything’s working properly. 

  2. Cleaning – Over time, oximeters will become dirty from the oils on your fingers, dead skin, and from handling. Buildup of these materials can cause inaccurate readings and damage to the device. Since oximeters make contact with skin, in some instances, they can transfer bacteria and illnesses. In order to keep your oximeter working properly and ensure your safety, all that’s needed is the occasional treatment with alcohol wipes. 

  3. Testing – After replacing batteries and cleaning the oximeter, you may want to test your oximeter to ensure readings are proper. There are a few different ways to test the effectiveness of your oximeter – here’s a helpful example video. Be sure to inspect for damage to the device, dead pixels on the LED display, and other issues.
By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your oximeter continues to provide you with accurate readings so that you can ensure your health and safety. Be sure to visit us at Concord Health Supply for oximeter batteries, alcohol wipes, and a wide range of oximeters and related accessories.

Friday, July 25, 2014

LungBoost Respiratory Trainer

There are many reasons individuals seek to improve lung capacity. For some, it’s a matter of athletic performance – wanting to be able to compete at a higher level for extended periods of time. This is exceptionally true in sports where breathing becomes a major factor – swimming, for example, the higher your lung capacity, the longer you can swim between breaths. For others, it’s a matter of quality of life – wanting to be able to improve their overall health and fitness.

The LungBoost Respiratory Trainer from ChoiceMMed is the ideal tool for improving your lung capacity and general respiratory health. Used in situations ranging from hospital recovery from smoke inhaliation and respiratory illnesses to athletic training facilities, the LungBoost is one of the most effective respiratory training devices available. Breate easier, feel better, and improve your performance. Multiple studies show that a respiratory trainer, in addition to fitness programs, improves the strength and endurance of your respiratory muscles.

Why should you choose LungBoost Respiratory Trainer over the competition? Simply put, LungBoost is one of the most effective products on the market, offering:  

  • Both low-intensity (rehabiliation and general fitness) and high-intensity (aerobic fitness/athletic performance) training modes.
  • Six resistance levels and five positions to truly customize your training experience to your needs. 
  • Real time display on a large, clear electronic monitor. 
  • Internal memory to keep track of your progress and set goals.
If you’re ready to improve your athletic performance or improve your overall health, LungBoost can help.  Get it today at Concord Health Supply, and visit us for more medical devices which help improve your health!