Archive for April, 2011

Electrosurgical Generator Options

Origins of electrosurgery
Did you know that development of the first commercial electrosurgical device is credited to Dr. William T. Bovie, who worked on it from 1914 to 1927 at Harvard University?  The first use of an electrosurgical generator in operating room occurred on October 1, 1926 in a surgery performed by Dr. Harvey Cushing.

The low-powered hyfrecator, manufactured by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles, for electrosurgery performed on conscious patients in an office setting was in 1940.  The word Hyfrecator® is a brand name derived from “high-frequency eradicator.”  However, a number of manufacturers now produce Hyfrecators and the term, with a lower-case “h,” has since come to be used generically to refer to any dedicated non-ground-return electrosurgical apparatus.

Ganim Medical’s pre-owned and refurbished electrosurgical units
At Ganim Medical, we offer pre-owned and refurbished medical equipment that permits healthcare facilities to use the latest technology for patient treatment, without breaking the bank.  Refurbished medical equipment can be the answer to your needs, instead of making large capital investments in new devices that can become quickly outdated.  Our electrosurgical units come refurbished, rebuilt, and repainted, and include a standard 90-day warranty.

Conmed Excalibur Plus PC Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned) $2,900
This device features the powerful isolated ESU available, allowing the Surgeon to adjust power settings from the surgical field with a standard ES pencil.  The Excalibur Plus PC-patented controlled output voltage in CUT maintains minimum necessary voltage for smooth cutting through various impedance tissues with minimal thermal damage.  This electrosurgical generator includes cut, coag, bipolar and blend.

Conmed Hyfrecator 2000 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned) $700
Features include a memory to store up to three power settings.  The remote-control, hand- switching pencil can change power settings while maintaining the sterile field and decreasing procedure time.  The dual microprocessors permit (1) controlling the function and output of the hyfrecator, (2) termination activation if a hazard or safety issue is detected.  This device is a cost-effective alternative to various laser procedures.

Conmed Sabre 2400 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned/Refurbished) $1,800
This high-power electrosurgical unit has a monopolar foot pedal.  The unit is designed to accommodate the needs of all surgical procedures.  It features independent monopolar outputs, enhanced bipolar performance, and can be programmed for standardization.  It also combines automatic feedback circuitry and visual displays to provide the most sensitive contact quality monitoring system available today.

ValleyLab Force 2 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned/Refurbished) $3,900
The ValleyLab Force 2 electrosurgical generator provides cutting and coagulation in monopolar or bipolar outputs.  The unit offers high-performance capabilities in a multipurpose generator, while featuring flexibility through varying degrees of homeostasis.  The operator can choose one of three preset modes: simultaneous independent coagulation, low-voltage coagulation, and Valleylab REM™ safety, which substantially reduce the risk of patient burns at the return electrode site.

For more information on any of these electrosurgical generators, see our web site or call 800-522-5909.

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Medical Equipment Technology Advancing Rapidly

From ultrasound imaging on smartphones to robot surgeries, we found these incredible advancements in medical technology uncovered by articlesbase.com fascinating.

The ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand

Ultrasound Imaging on Your Phone
Ultrasound machines are still relatively clunky and heavy. But with the help of a $100,000 grant from Microsoft, researchers at Washington University have created the first ever portable ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand by combining the Microsoft smartphone with USB-based ultrasound probe technology. With the device patient data from remote locations can be sent to specialists via phone instantly, and they can in turn study the data and send back a diagnosis.

New Prostate Treatment: Cavitation
Treatment of prostate growths is traditionally invasive, painful and not always effective. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, however, urologists have developed a new method of treating prostate growths by using highly focused microwave pulses. When these pulses reach the growth, they create bubbles of dissolved gas from prostate tissue. When these microscopic bubbles explode, they create a shockwave, which dissolves the growth. This shockwave effect is called cavitation, and not many thought that it could ever be controlled with such precision.

Microwaving Tumors
Liver cancer treatment involves either surgery or transplant.  But a third option is now available at the UC San Diego Medical Center. It’s called microwave ablationand it involves inserting a thin needle into the cancerous tumor and then emitting hot microwaves into it, causing it to die after about 10 minutes. The potential to use microwave ablation to treat other types of cancer is being studied.

Microwave ablation, a new minimally-invasive option for treating liver tumors

Gamma Cameras
High-res gamma cameras have become one of the most useful tools for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Other imaging techniques did not provide sufficient detail to fully detect cancer in some instances. Brest-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is helping doctors detect cancer cases that would have otherwise remained overlooked.

Doctor-free Surgeries
Engineers at Duke University are working to bring about the advent of robot surgeries, unassisted by human hands. By using a rudimentary tabletop robot and 3D ultrasound imaging along with an artificial intelligence program, they built a robot that can perform basic surgical tasks on its own. Though far from practical yet, their robot marks one of the first steps towards this space age dream of someday having robots that perform all kinds of medical procedures, especially in places not immediately accessible to humans.

Purchasing Refurbished and Used Medical Equipment is Good for the Environment

According to the Global Futures Foundation, at least 2.1million tons of solid waste generated each year in the United States can be classified as electronic waste, or “e-waste.”  That means that discarded electronic equipment, which includes medical devices such as patient monitors, defibrillators, autoclaves, sterilizers, centrifuges, ECG and EKG machines, microscopes, radiology and imaging machines, and much more, is contributing to severe human and environmental health impacts.  Most e-waste ends up in landfills, possibly leaking harmful chemicals like mercury, nickel, zinc, and chromium into the groundwater system.

e-waste left in landfills leaks harmful chemicals

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
We at Ganim Medical realize that refurbished and used medical equipment can provide not only very cost-effective and practical solutions for healthcare facilities, but also help cut down on e-waste.  We advocate the basic principles of reduce, recycle, and reuse in our operating principles.

Environmental responsibility means engaging in development that meets the needs of the present 
generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their 
own needs.  Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting 
human life as we know it.

Mindray Accutorr Plus patient monitor (pre-owned) $950 with full factory warranty

 

Why you should choose Ganim
By electing to purchase refurbished medical equipment, you will not only save money and the environment, you can be sure that we have returned the device to a “same as new state” and have tested the unit to meet all original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications. Our technologists have years of experience in the medical technological industry.

Call us toll free today at 800-522-5909.


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