Diagnostic

Diagnostic equipment can be used to monitor many different things. An oximeter measures the saturation of oxygen carried in your red blood cells. Other diagnostic equipment, like a sphygmomanometer, will tell you your systolic and diastolic pressure. This equipment is often used in places like hospitals but can be purchased and used at home.


 


Thermometers

 

A thermometer is a common tool. Usually, thermometers contain a liquid, like mercury, or alcohol, in a glass tube. This liquid expands when it get hot and contracts when it gets cold. Digital thermometers use a computing mechanism and a resistor. When the temperature changes, a sensor picks up a change in the resistance. The computing mechanism converts the difference in resistance into a difference in temperature and shows the output in degrees.

 

Thermometers

 

Stethoscope

 


Stethoscopes

 

Stethoscopes have been around for nearly 200 years. They are used to listen to the sounds made by the heart, lungs or intestines, as well as blood flow in arteries and veins. Stethoscopes work by allowing those sounds to vibrate the diaphragm, the soundwaves then travel through hollow tubes and into the ears of the listener. Doctors can hear subtle sounds of the body a lot more clearly and this can be very beneficial to the diagnoses of a patient. If you or someone you know needs their heart or lungs examined daily, you might invest in a stethoscope.

 

 


Oximeters

 

A pulse oximeter is a painless way of measuring your blood oxygen level. It's a small device that can clip on to a body part like a toe or an earlobe, however it's most commonly used on fingertips. These devices can quickly pick up on changes to your blood oxygen level. Oxygen monitors like this can be used in various situations. If you feel like you should keep an eye on your oxygen levels, an oximeter may be what you're looking for.

 

Oximeter

 

 

Sphygmomanometer

 


Blood Pressure

 

The piece of equipment used to measure blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer. It has an inflatable cuff that wraps around your arm and a gauge that monitors the cuff's pressure. Systolic and diastolic pressure are the 2 numbers that make up your blood pressure.  The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats. Systolic is the number on top and diastolic on the bottom. Using a device like this may give you or your doctor a better indication of what condition your heart is in and how it may look in the future.

 


Whether you're using this equipment in a care facility, or in your own home, we have what you're looking for! The next time you need diagnostic equipment, stop by Lindsey Medical Supply. We proudly serve Oklahoma City and the surrounding area.

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