Hospitals are, by nature, equipped with all manner of medical devices. A hospital setting simply wouldn’t be able to function without a vast array of medical equipment, some more specialist than others. It’s thanks to medical devices that doctors can treat patients with the required speed and efficiency, and that patients can make the quickest recovery possible.

If you were to total up the exact number of unique medical devices within a hospital, you would probably reach the thousands. Some of these devices may be so specialist that they’re only available in certain hospitals around the country. But, going back to the basics, there are a few common devices that you’re guaranteed to find in every medical environment. We’ve listed them below:

  1.       Defibrillators

In a hospital setting, a medical emergency is never too far away. Doctors and nurses are prepared for handling all number of emergencies, through extensive training and with the assistance of medical devices. Defibrillators are found in their masses in hospitals, and are used to reset the heartrate of patients who may have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

  1.       Sterilisers

The very nature of a hospital setting offers the potential for the immense spreading of germs, which is why sterilisation is taken so incredibly seriously within a hospital building. Sterilisation ensures that harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms are killed before they can spread from surgical equipment or medical property.

  1.       Anaesthesia machines

In a hospital alone, hundreds of surgeries are carried out on a daily basis. These might be for inpatients receiving a long-term care plan or outpatients on a one-off basis, but they usually all have one thing in common: the patient is anaesthetised. In order for a patient to be monitored during surgery, an anaesthesia machine uses one of a range of medical oxygen sensors, as well as a ventilator and suction device.  

  1.       ECG machines

For particularly sick patients, an ECG machine may prove vital to examine their physical state and assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment process. An ECG machine monitors a patient’s heart rate over a required period of time, allowing healthcare professionals to keep an eye on trends and changes to a patient’s medical situation.

  1.       Stretchers

Even to this day, with the development of so much new impressive technology, the stretcher remains the most efficient way to transport patients from one location to another. In emergency situations, every second matters, and stretchers allow doctors to easily transport a patient from vehicle to building in rapid time.

  1.       Surgical lights

No surgery can be performed properly without adequate equipment for the job, and one device that is found in all hospitals is the surgical light. Surgical lights are necessary for helping surgeons to get a clear view of the procedure, which is especially important in more complex procedures such as keyhole surgery. Surgical lighting can also produce less heat and a better light tone for optimum comfort and efficiency during a surgery.

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