Top Modern Health Devices Offering Great Benefits

Top Modern Health Devices Offering Great Benefits

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Since the information technology boom, we have seen advancements in various fields, but the most noticeable developments have been in the medical industry.

A wide range of medical health devices have been introduced in the healthcare industry by healthcare marketing companies, such as Device Pharm. These devices help in administering the best possible healthcare services to the patients. It has improved the quality of healthcare, new medications have been developed and have enabled doctors to counter problems effectively and efficiently. In the last decade alone, thousands of devices have been introduced, but the top modern health devices that do and can offer the greatest benefits nowadays are:

Melanoma Biopsies

Source: Chicagotribune.com

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. A large number of dangerous-looking moles form on your skin, but they can often be harmless. However, it is difficult to determine if they are safe or not without performing an invasive surgical biopsy. Today, a handheld tool can be used by dermatologists in making the right call. The FDA has approved this tool for doing a multispectral analysis of the skin tissues. While the MelaFind optical scanner cannot be used for making a definitive diagnosis, it can provide doctors with additional information that can be used to decide whether a biopsy is needed or not. The purpose is to reduce the number of people who are left with biopsy scars that might be unnecessary.

Needle-Free Diabetes Care

Source: Cardiff University

Diabetes self-care can be painful and a headache. You have to constantly draw blood for testing your glucose levels and administer insulin shots on a daily basis, which can heighten the risk of infection due to so much poking. Even though people have now begun to use insulin pumps and glucose monitors for blood sugar management, there is still a need for shots and skin pricks. Luckily, an alternative in the form of a transdermal biosensor is currently being developed, which can replace the poke with a patch as it will be able to read blood analytes via the skin and not have to draw blood. The device is like an electric toothbrush and only removes the top-layer skin cells for checking the blood chemistry with a biosensor. A reading is collected every minute and the data is sent to a remote monitor wirelessly.

Robotic Checkups

The field of robotics has also gotten considerably advanced and is being employed in the medical industry for delivering better services to people. New medical robots have been developed for patrolling hallways in hospitals and doing the routine rounds. They are also able to check on patients in different rooms and can also manage their individual charts as well as vital signs without requiring direct human intervention. Some robots have also been created to assist nurses in performing their duties. For instance, if the patient has to be moved and a nurse doesn’t have the physical strength, a robot can take up the job.

Hearth Health

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An alternative has been introduced for open-heart surgery in the form of the Sapien transcatheter aortic valve, which is essentially life-saving for patients who need new valves, but don’t have the strength to survive under the rigorous surgical procedure. It is ideal for use in frail patients. A small incision is made near the rib cage or grown and the catheter is used for guiding the Sapien valve through the femoral artery. The bovine tissue has been used for making the valve and it is attached to a stent made of stainless steel. A small balloon is used to inflate it when it has been placed correctly in the valve space. It reduces the hospitalization period thereby reducing the cost of care needed.

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To The Nursing Major

Is it all worth it?
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"You're going to feel like quitting. You're going to struggle. You'll have days where you'll wonder, 'what's it all for?' You'll have days when people attempt to break you down, or challenge your intelligence, skills and right to be where you are. You'll have moments when you question your own abilities, and perhaps your sanity - but you'll rise. You'll rise, because your strength as a nurse is not determined by one grade, one shift or one job - it's an ongoing journey of learning, honor, humility and a chance to make even the smallest difference in the lives of your patients."

Don't ever give up on achieving your dreams to be a nurse. Keep pushing forward, no matter how hard it is. Nursing is not an easy major. You will have very little, if any, time to do anything other than study. But just think about how great it will feel to connect with a patient, pray with them, and even save his or her life. This will make all of the late night studying, weekly breakdowns, countless cups of coffee, and tests so hard all you want to do is cry, worth it. To see a patient's face light up when you walk in his or her room will make your heart melt and you'll know you chose the right major.

The kind of nurse you will be isn't based on a test grade, it's based on your heart for the people you are caring for. You may have failed a class, but don't let that ruin you. Try again and keep pushing toward your goal. Don't allow others around you to drag you down and tell you you aren't good enough to be a nurse. Show them how strong you are and that you will never give up. There will be days when all you want to do is quit, I know I question my major more than once a week; however, there is a patient out there that needs you and your caring heart. You can do this, have faith in yourself that you can move mountains.

I will say that you definitely must have a heart for nursing. Personally, I want to be a Pediatric Oncologist and work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Just the thought of those precious children going through the hardest part of their lives, keeps me going so that I can be there for them. I want to be a light to my patients and their families during a dark time. When I feel like giving up, I just think about how many lives I have the chance to touch and I keep on going. So when you feel like giving up, just think about your future patients and how you can make a difference, even if its only for one person. I love the quote from Katie Davis that states, "I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. But I can change the world for one person. So I will keep loving, one person at a time." Even though this quote is about foreign missions, I believe it fits the mold for nursing as well. Nurses have the opportunity to change the world for people everyday. Just remember that, smile, don't give up, and keep pushing toward your goal.

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10 things no one tells you about taking an Online class

Online or on campus, school is still school.

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While school has been out for most people, it isn't for me. This summer I decided to take a couple of classes. Both of which involved class online. My first class was a hybrid class, meaning it was half in person and half online, and my second class is entirely online. I expected class online to be like the busy practice work we get from the access codes in our textbooks, and boy was a wrong.

So let me tell you what no one tell you about taking an online class.

1. You constantly have to check in with your professor and classmates.

While you don't see them in person, you are constantly writing and replying to discussion board posts.

2. It's so much harder to focus on the material.

Trying to focus on your laptop, or tablet screen without checking your social media or going online shopping, is almost impossible. The temptation to switch open another tab and go off topic is crazy.

3. There's no slowing down, everything has a set deadline.

Typically, in an traditional in-person class, if the class isn't understanding something the professor can move deadlines for assignments, but online everything is set in stone.

4. You need great time management skills.

Don't get me wrong, I have pretty great time management skills between all my classes and working full-time, but online classes come with a lot more work, considering you aren't constricted by classroom time, traffic, weather and campus problems.

5. There's so much more class work.

On top of having to reading 20 chapters, you have questions in every section of every chapter that you need to answer, end of chapter questions, videos that you need to watch, homework assignments, vocabulary, test/quizzes/exams, and papers. Mind you the tests/quizzes/exam and papers are after every single chapter. I don't know about you but in my classes that actually meet in person, I have never had to answer any questions at the end of each section or chapter, and my tests/quizzes/exams where grouped into multiple chapters, not after every single chapter.

6. You still need to take notes.

Some assignments don't allow you to stop and look for the answer and you can't open another tab and Google the answer and scroll forever because you're being timed on the assignment. Writing notes down will help you remember the information.

7. If you learn hands on, you're going to have a harder time.

If you're a hands on learner, an online class might not be for you. There's nothing hands on about sitting in front of a computer screen.

8. You still have to study.

Like I said before, when you're doing an assignment and you can't stop and you're being timed, it helps to have studied the information before hand.

9. Technology can be a major problem.

Websites crash and run super slow sometimes and there's nothing that we can do about it. You just have to work through it and be patient. So don't do your work last minute, you never know when the website will be down!!

10. You are 100% responsible for everything.

While yes you are responsible for most of your traditional classes, you still have the professor to lecture and teach, but online you're teaching yourself everything.

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