All you need to know about Medical Implants

 A medical device made to support biological structures which get damaged, helps in replacing biological structures which are missing, or helps in enhancing biological structures which already exist is called an implant. Medical implants are devices made by man transplanted for biomedical tissues. Titanium, apatite and silicone are biomedical materials which are used in the surface of implants for contacting the body. These are used according to the requirement of function. Cochlear implants and artificial implants are electronics which are used in some of the implants whereas, some implants as per the requirement are bioactive such as devices which are drug delivery. Let’s discuss some of the common implants which even we are familiar with and which help people to heal from their injuries,

Medical Implants

Can You Get Artificial Hips?

The medical joints or devices used in surgeries for the replacement of hips are called artificial hips. They are implanted according to the need and requirement of patients, that is, there can be a half as well as full hip replacements. The artificial hips contain almost 60 types, so you can choose according to your own need.

Yes there are Different Types of Breast Implants:

Devices used for reconstructing, enhancing or reshaping the size of breast of a woman are called breast implants. Breast implants are of three types:

  • Composite
  • Saline
  • Silicone

You can get the kind of breast implants you want according to your requirement.

The Two Types of Heart Pacemakers:

Patients with heart diseases or with conditions causing abnormal heart rhythms go for heart pacemakers. Now, heart pacemakers comes in two types. One in which chambers of the heart are triggered and the second one is used to control the rate and rhythm of the heart by sending an electrical pulse to it. Both these devices come under medical implants, they are implanted under a person’s skin near his heart to control the heartbeat.

Artificial Knees for Support

The real knee or joint of a patient gets changed by an artificial knee according to the requirement of the patient. That is whether he wants a total knee replacement surgery or wants to go for half replacement. This category has also several types, so you are given options which you can choose according to your need.

Artificial Eye for Different Requirements:

A surgery is the one where patients eyes lens are replaced by artificial eyes. Artificial eyes have four types depending on the requirements and need conditions of the patients. The types are as following:

  • Mono-focal Lenses
  • Astigmatic Lenses
  • Mono-vision Lenses
  • Multi-focal Lenses

Each of these lenses offer visual result of different size.

Ear Tubes as Saviour

Patient’s ears that can’t be treated by medication are fixed by ear tubes which are used diminish the damages caused in ears. How are they implanted? They are inserted into the drums of ears, these are basically small tubes. A variety of them is available in the market. From which some of them are used for temporary purposes while others are designed to treat long-term chronic conditions. All these types depend on the patients requirements and how much need they require for this.

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Corporate Video – GPC Medical Ltd. – #1 Medical Supplies Company in India

GPC Medical Limited is a New Delhi based company that manufactures, supplies, and exports all kinds of hospital supplies and medical equipment. We are an ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2012, CE, US FDA 510(K), WHO-GMP approved company that has its supplies all over the globe extending across 100+ countries.

The company envisages a vision to continue to supply medical and hospital products to all its present clients along with a view to grow exponentially with the same spirit and of keeping each one of our clients completely satisfied.

Medical and hospital products deal with saving lives and making life pain free therefore GPC Medical ensures that there is no scope of compromise at any level for the quality of the products. Our prices too bear a tag that is very competitive to make sure that each one of our user has the maximum benefit with the best pricing.

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What is a Hospital Bed?

In the modern medical world a comprehensive line of beds combined with ground-breaking intelligence, with high technology engineering to advance the standard of patients are being used. A hospital bed or cot is generally designed for hospitalised patients and for the convenience of health care workers. Common features of these beds are adjustable height, the head and the feet, adjustable side rail and electronic buttons to operate both the bed and the electronic devices nearby or attached to it.

Hospital Beds

Types of Hospital Beds:

1. MANUAL HOSPITAL BEDS:

Manual beds are moved or adjusted by using hand cranks. These cranks are located at the foot or head of the bed. Manual beds are not much advanced like electronic bed as you may not be able move this bed as many position like that of electronic bed.

2. ELECTRONIC HOSPITAL BEDS:

These beds are more advance and easier to move or adjusted by simply pushing buttons. You can see more advance features on electronic bed, it has a hand control pad hooked to the bed that looks like a remote control of television.

ICU Beds

Modern Features of Hospital Beds are:

Most of the hospital bed models are quite complex due to this reason. Health care professionals and patients should understand how to use them properly. They should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers. Most important modern features of hospital beds are as follow:

1. WHEELS:

With the help of wheels of the hospital beds you can easily move the patient bed to the destination point with minimal disturbance. In patient care sometimes movement of a patient bed from a few inches to a few feet may be necessary. Wheels of these beds are lockable for the safety point of view of the patients.

2. SIDE RAILS:

Beds with adjustable side rails first appeared in England between 1815 and 1825. Manufacturers have designed their bed frames and their side rails to reduce the risk of injuries to the patients. These side rails can be easily raised or lowered according to the demand of the situation. Variety of different type of side rail is used to serve different purpose such as these are used by patients or staff members to prevent the patient falls. If the side rails are not properly built then it can be risky for the patients, so the manufacturing company has to follow guidelines regarding the safety of the side rails.

3. ELEVATION:

Side of the bed can be raised at the head, feet and their entire height. On the older beds it is done through cranks usually found at the foot of the bed but you can see this feature on electronic modern beds. Adjusting the bed by raising and lowering the height can help bring the bed to a comfortable level for the caregivers and patients to get in and out of bed. Fowler’s position or raising the head of the bed is used for sitting the patient for feeding or some other activities. Raising the feet may also be necessary and can help easy movements of the patient toward the headboard.

4. SPECIALIST BEDS:

Specialist beds are beds with special features designed to help older and disabled people. Some of the examples of this type of beds are height adjustable beds, pressure reducing mattresses, chair bed, bed table, rope ladder, standing bed, turning bed and legacy bed. In other words you can say that these specialist beds are produced to effectively treat different injuries.

Operating Tables

You need a hospital bed if you or a family member is recovering from illness. A hospital bed can be rented or bought with the help of online medical store where you can also get some beneficial offers just like you can get mattresses or pillows free of cost. Hospital beds are used not only in hospitals, but also in outpatient care departments, long-term care facilities, and in private homes.

GPC Medical makes the most safe and comfortable beds with all modern features. We ensure that all the needs of the patients are being taken care of.

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What are the different types of Hospital Equipment?

Medical or hospital equipment also known as armamentarium is designed to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of patients in various health care departments. The development of new advance featured medical equipment helps a patient to easily recover from their disease.  There are several basic types of hospital equipment are:

1) Diagnostic equipment:

Digital Thermometer

Equipment or tools used to diagnose, test or screen for health conditions are known as diagnostic equipment. Thermometer, Sphygmomanometer, Stethoscope, X-Ray machines, MRI machines comes in this category. It is said that correct diagnosis leads to correct treatment and it is the first task of the doctor, without doing this a health care professional cannot treat a patient well. Aim of hospitals which are health care centres is to diagnose, treat and care for their patient who suffers from any disease or injury. There is wide range of diagnostic equipment easily available in the market.  With the help of CT scan you are able detect heart disease. X-Ray machine is helpful in scanning orthopaedic and other ailments.

2) Therapeutic equipment:

There are numerous of medical equipment that can be used to treat patients and therapeutic medical equipment is one of these. Physiotherapy includes electrotherapy devices, ultrasound, laser therapy and magneto therapy equipment, high technology is used to design all these devices. Therapeutic medical products serve to both prevent and heal wounds of their patients with various types of swelling and wounds related to disease states ranging from lymphedema to diabetes need to depend on these products.

3) Surgical instruments:

Retractors

Success of a surgery depends on accuracy continuity and high quality surgical instruments used during surgery. The range of surgical instruments is wide and it can be divided into six categories by function. These are:

a) Cutting instruments:

Bone chisel, dissecting knife, tenotomy scissors and bone cutter are used as cutting instrument during surgery.

b) Grasping or holding instruments:

Examples of grasping or holding instrument are surgical Pinzette, forceps dissecting, forceps tissue and needle holder.

c) Haemostatic forceps:

Mosquito forceps, Kelly forceps and kocher forceps are known as haemostatic forceps which are used to stop blood flow during surgery.

d) Retractors:

Nerve hook, Obstetrical hook, goelet retractor and skin hook with the help of these instruments a surgeon can either actively separate the edges of a surgical incision or wound.

e) Clamps and distractors:

Towel clamp and towel forceps are good example of this class of instruments.

f) Accessories and implants:

Dilator, cannula, surgical needle and sterilization tray and many more are used as accessories and implants.

4) Durable medical equipment:

Wheel Chair

Wheel chair, commodes and raised toilet sheet, walker and power operated vehicles which improves the quality of living of the patients are known as durable medical equipment. It also includes iron lungs, oxygen tents, nebulizers, catheters and hospital beds. Durable medical equipment is long lasting that are able to protect patients from injury.

5) Biomedical equipment:

In hospitals biomedical test equipment are used to check whether the accurate measure flow is irreplaceable of various medical equipment. These analysis tools have been used for oxygen concentrators, ventilator testing and anaesthesia gas delivery device to accurately measure oxygen, air as well as nitrous oxide pressure and flow. A biomedical equipment technician(BMET) employed primarily by hospital is responsible for  maintaining a facility’s medical equipment.

You should follow medical equipment maintenance manual provided by ministry of health and family welfare for the better maintenance of the equipment and to provide good treatment to your patients. The world health organisation department of Essential Health Technologies is planning to continuously update the list of core medical equipment so that outstanding treatment can be provided and they make it publically available on the WHO website for information purpose.

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Medical Devices in India – An Emerging Market with Paradoxes

India stands on a plethora of multiple paradoxical situations as far as the medical devices demand and supply imbalance is pictured. With a large population of 1.3 billion people and with almost 18% of the total population of the world living in India it is no rocket science to assume how much the potential of the demand for medical devices in our own country can be. However, how our healthcare eco system caters to this demand is the question that leaves many unanswered queries.

Medical Devices in IndiaIndia is an emerging name as far as medical tourism destinations is talked about. In fact it stands amongst the top five medical destinations of the world but when it comes medical facilities and infrastructure for our own population we need a lot of socks pulling. Most of India’s health facilities feature around the urban population whereas 70% of India lives in the rural towns. The poor infrastructure of our rural towns and the over bursting hospitals in the urban cities needs to be balanced rightly to provide even basic medical facilities to the citizens of India.

There is a large emerging middle class section in India that is becoming health conscious and the growing popularity and requirement of the health insurance policies has made this industry a booming prospect in the coming future. Apart from that an ageing population is likely to accentuate the demand for medical devices.

The medical devices market in India is expected to be worth $11 billion dollars by 2023. According to a report by visiongain, a London-based business information provider, India certainly is one of the most lucrative markets for medical devices globally. Additionally, the Indian medical tourism market is growing at a double digit rate of 30% already touching @ 2 billion. India’s medical device market is currently the fourth largest market in Asia with 700 medical device makers, and ranks among the top 20 in the world according to the data collected from the India Semi Conductor Association.

However, the paradoxical situation is that even though Prime Minister Narender Modi has made “Make in India” one of the thrust areas of the government, but unfortunately when it comes to medical devices, its own taxation policies seem to take a reverse gear in this sector. The duties on device manufacture in India remain very high and make it very difficult for the manufacturers in India to make international standard devices at reasonable pricing. On the other hand duties on finished goods have been heavily reduced and on some products like cardiac stents have been made zero. These policies are not very encouraging for the manufacturing of these devices in India and goes against the mantra of ‘Make in India”

This makes the ever growing medical devices market in India greatly in favor of importing goods which has resulted in over 75% of India’s Rs. 30,000 crore medical devices market dependent on imports. A Boston Consultancy Group study estimates the market would be worth about 3 lakh crore by 2025. This means to say that if India continues to remain 75% on imports, that would estimate that we would be importing Rs. 2 lakh crore worth of medical devices skewing so largely in favour of imports. This does not help us in keeping the inflation at bay.

GPC Medical Limited in a bid to encourage the Indian manufactures to make medical devices in India makes serious indigenous efforts in the areas of research and globally interacting with the best medical devices manufacturing companies to give the best products to all its clients.

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How to Buy Medical Supplies: For Hospitals, Clinics, Doctors & Home

Medical supplies are needed in all types of health care centres. These medical supplies compromise from a tiny needle to a large MRI machine. All the items that are required in medical colleges and hospitals or used by health care professionals such as doctors and nurses come in the category of medical supplies. It usually involves surgical, medical products, diagnostic equipment, home medical supply, medical laboratory equipment, life support and many more like this. The business of medical supplies is growing at a very fast pace. If you are willing to purchase medical equipment or supplies, online shopping is the better option to buy these things. The number of online medical suppliers is booming as companies race to grab a slice of market. As there are so many online vendors there is competition between them. To attract their customers they use various schemes and try and give as much as discount on their products. While purchasing medical supplies or equipment you have to follow some instructions which apply for all whether you are buying for a hospital, small clinic or for home use. There are several factors which must be considered before purchase.

  1. Make a list of medical supplies and equipment you are in need and also know the quantity of the products.
  2. Sufficient knowledge of any product is essential before purchasing it.
  3. Browse on internet, you will find a wide range of online medical suppliers.
  4. While exploring on net you have to compare the quality and price of the products of different vendors or sites. High quality medical supplies or equipment may cost you more than standard products but you will likely find that these supplies actually save your money.
  5. Before purchasing the product you should know about the guarantee and it is also beneficial to know the policy of replacing malfunctioning equipment or defected supplies.
  6. It is also important to know the delivery time of the product so that you get delivery on time.
  7. Understand the shipping and pick-up procedure completely with great attention.
  8. Try to purchase medical supplies and equipment from reputed online store so that there may be less chances of cheating. The main reason for buying products from reputable supply company is that you are getting sterile equipment and supplies. They will also supply fully tested and proven products.
  9. Buying products in bulk is a great way to save money on those items which are used frequently in hospitals such as gloves, cotton and bandages.
  10. There is tracking system in online shopping with the help of which we are updated about every action of the product; when it is dispatched and delivered.
  11. You can make payment by debit card and credit card or you can also pay cash on delivery.

Medical Equipment & SuppliesMedical supplies are required in all types of medical facilities. It is also needed in homes, offices and transports in the form of first aid. These supplies usually consist of emergency care product first aid material and equipment for assisted living. Physicians, nurses and other medical industry professional need high-quality equipment and supplies for their practices. You can get thousands of products sitting at home. It is important to purchase wisely so that it can reduce the financial implications of buying medical supplies. Online shopping is always cost-effective as compared to local stores to purchase medical supplies and equipment and these stores also have latest equipment for each and every brand.

GPC Medical Limited, a well trusted brand for all your medical supplies has a reputed name all over the world for their quality products and on time supplies. Since, the usage of these products means that we are dealing with precious lives GPC Medical makes no compromises in the standard of quality and also prices its products reasonably.

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How to Sanitize Medical Equipment?

Autoclaves/Sterilizers

Autoclaves/Sterilizers

Sanitize medical equipment is to clean the equipment thoroughly using chemicals to remove bacteria. Medical equipment are divided into three groups by the centre of disease control according to the degree of infection risk associated with each, these are critical, semi critical and non-critical. The process of sanitize these medical equipment is a process called decontamination. With the help of these reusable medical devices doctors and health care provider reuses these equipment to diagnose and treat multiple patients. Endoscopes, stethoscopes and surgical forceps are some examples of reusable medical equipment’s. Adequate sanitization of medical equipment is vital for protecting patients because these devices enters normally to the sterile tissue or the vascular system or through which blood flows should be decontaminate before each use.

Content required for effective sanitisation or reprocessing:

  1. Equipment purchase:

This is the first and essential part of the sanitization process. Health care administration is responsible for selecting which product is capable for clean, sterilize and disinfect medical equipment according to the most current standards and guidelines from the association.

  1. Centralized reprocessing:

There must be a centralized area approved by reprocessing committee to sanitize medical devices. Decontamination work area should be physically separated from other work areas by wall or partition. Decontamination sinks should be designed and arranged to facilitate soaking, washing and rinsing of equipment with minimum delay between steps. Hand hygiene facility should be located at every entrance and exit of the decontamination area.

  1. Trained Staff:

A person who is involved in decontamination process should be properly trained and their practice also should be on regular basis. The topics of training are information on cleaning, sterilization and disinfection, infection prevention and control, and occupational health and safety issues.

  1. Written policies and procedures:

These policies and procedures must be followed which are established by public health organisation. The formulation of policies and procedure follows infrastructure and environmental condition.

  1. Quality monitoring:

While reprocessing medical equipment are handled appropriately. Chemicals are labelled and stored in a proper manner. An eyewash fountain should be installed to prevent eyes from chemical and biological agents. Personal protective instruments such as gloves, mask, apron must be used for safety purpose. Storage of food items, application of cosmetics and smoking is not permitted in this area. Hand and arm jewellery is also not allowed in this area.

  1. Transportation and handling of contaminated medical devices:

Closed carts or covered containers with easily cleanable surface should be used for transporting soiled equipment. You should avoid high-traffic, clean storage and patient areas, and it shall be transported by direct route.

  1. Selection of product and level of sanitisation or reprocessing:

Selection of product should be according to the intended use of the device and potential risk of infection involved in using it. There are three categories which tell about the risk involved in using the equipment’s.

  • Critical equipment:

These are the devices that enter sterile tissues including the vascular system. You should clean these devices by sterilization. Examples of these instruments are foot care equipment, eye and dental equipment, surgical instruments and biopsy instrument.

  • Semi critical equipment:

Equipment come in contact with mucous membrane but do not penetrate or enter them. These instruments should be cleaned by High Level Disinfection, sterilization is preferred. Respiratory therapy device, tonometer and anaesthesia equipment are the example of semi critical device.

  •  Non critical equipment:

Equipment does not directly touch the patient. It touches only intact skin and not mucous membranes. For these equipment, low level disinfection is sufficient and the examples are oximeters, bedpans, ECG machines and commodes.

Non critical and semi critical medical equipment’s that are owned by the patient and he is reusing the device again and again need not to be disinfect between uses instead they are cleaned adequately and stored dry between uses.

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