Caregiver Interview https://vimeo.com/656159144 Early physicians recognized that illness often was associated with fever, but it took centuries for scientists to develop the means to measure body temperature. Although Galileo in 1592 was the first to fashion a crude...
Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer https://vimeo.com/229499657 Forehead temperatures have been taken by concerned mothers since the dawn of time, and Francesco Pompei, the founder and chief executive officer of Exergen, suspected that the superficial branch of the...
ScopeAround WiFi Otoscope https://vimeo.com/606723682 Physicians usually pay top dollar for medical equipment, so I was quite surprised when I acquired the Scope Around Wifi Otoscope from Amazon for $35 dollars. A patient sent an image of a child’s TM using this...
HD Steth Digital Stethoscope https://vimeo.com/592220034 I’ve been using digital stethoscopes for decades and have been very pleased that new devices are being introduced with regularity. There is a lot to like about the HD Steth from HD Medical group. It features a...
HomeSoap UV-C Sanitizer https://vimeo.com/588969928 While we continue to battle SARS-CoV-2, it is prudent to continue to sanitize your smartphone, tablets, keys, stethoscopes as well as any PPE that you plan to reuse. An effective method of sanitizing equipment is...
https://vimeo.com/576260718 Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter I’ve long been a fan of the pulse oximeters produced by Masimo (Irvine, California). Please see my article from Contemporary Pediatrics October 2014, Pulse oximetry: The fifth vital sign, for a...
New Welch Allyn Diagnostic Tools - 2021Update: Interview and Review https://vimeo.com/564761157 https://vimeo.com/566301535 The (new) tools of the trade…. Primary care physicians have been using Welch Allyn diagnostic sets for decades. In 2008, Welch Allyn introduced...
https://vimeo.com/534569305 The Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the engineers at Remmie Health to develop and begin distribution of an inexpensive ($150) otoscope that can be used to capture images of the tympanic membranes and throat of an ill child...
I continue to be amazed by how versatile smart phones have become and how innovative companies continue to add to our repertoire of “connected” healthcare devices.
I love tech that is simple, affordable and improves medical practice. Such is the case for the Optivisor which is a $40 to $50 purchase from Staples, or Amazon, or EBay!.
Pulse oximetry is recognized as the fifth vital sign – together with temperature, respirations, pulse, temperature and blood pressure, it is routinely obtained at most medical visits.
There is no medical device more iconic of medical practice than the stethoscope we carry in our lab coat or drape around our neck.
Several studies have shown that OAE hearing screening can be easily performed in pediatric practice and it will identify children with hearing problems.
As a pediatrician who wants to improve the patient experience for my young patients, I have been waiting forever for needle free injections, but I don’t see this happening anytime soon (these do exist but have very limited indications).
Not all helpful medical gizmos survive the test of time. Such is the case of the “Acoustic Otoscope” (also called the “Spectral Gradient Angle Reflectometer”) which was introduced in the early 1980s as an alternative to tympanometry to detect the presence of fluid behind the tympanic membrane.
I’ve always been interested in new medical technologies. Over the years some have proven themselves indispensable and have changed medical practice.
Amblyopia is one of the most common visual problems of childhood, occurring in as many as 1% to 4% of children.
The CLIA’ 88 regulations, were published in 1992 and phased in through 1994. Over the years they’ve had a dramatic impact on primary care medical practice.
For many years primary care physicians have been using lateral flow assays to diagnose strep A, Influenza A and B and RSV infections at the time of an office visit.
I previously presented a video on the FebriDx system from RPS Diagnostics (FebriDx-part 1).
Physicians don’t want to overlook a serious bacterial infection that may cause prolonged illness, disability or death, yet we realize that antibiotics are overprescribed.
I’ve long been a fan of digital stethoscopes, in part because they improve my ability to auscultate lung and heart sounds, but also because they advance the iconic device that has been associated with medical practice for centuries.
Approximately 2.5% of all children have amblyopia, which is poor vision, typically in one eye, that occurs when the brain does not recognize the sight from that eye. If treatment does not start by age 7 years, amblyopia may never improve.
Steve Jobs introduced the SmartPhone in 2007 and there are now many “connected” devices that have transformed smartphones into medical devices.
Overall in the school-aged population, as many as 9 to 10 of every 1000 children have a permanent hearing loss and about 1 in 7 (14%) will have either permanent or temporary hearing problems that impact on school performance.
When I started my pediatric practice in 1986, we tested patients for strep throat by performing a throat culture, which was placed in a small office incubator for 48 hours.
Many years ago I used the Clozex wound closure system in my pediatric practice. It was inexpensive and allowed me to close superficial lacerations in children without infiltrating lidocaine.
Bionix (Toledo, Ohio) has been marketing cerumen removal products since 1984, and most pediatricians use their curettes and cerumen spoons routinely.
Another painless, suture free wound closure system comes from ZipLine Medical (Campbell, California).
Seal Shield has been providing sanitizable high quality mice and keyboards for medical practices for many years.
Ideally N95 masks are disposable and should be used only once and then discarded. However, these masks are in very short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic and most providers are reusing their N95 masks for weeks at a time.
Unfortunately, healthcare workers have had limited access to N95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
here are numerous ways to treat warts, molluscum and skin tags in the primary care office.
Pediatricians are extremely facile with otoscopy, but sometimes children squirm making visualization of the ear canal difficult – and even small amounts of cerumen can obscure our view of the tympanic membrane.
There is no medical device more iconic of medical practice than the stethoscope we carry in our lab coat or drape around our neck. I’ve been an avid user of the Littmann (St. Paul, Minnesota) model 3200 digital stethoscope for many years.