While many people love thrift shopping and don’t mind owning second-hand items, there are just some things that should be purchased new. Amongst those is underwear, toothbrushes, and flash drives. But what about medical equipment?

Used medical equipment can have pros and cons. On the one hand, the price is usually lower and allows hospitals and offices to purchase what they need at an affordable rate. On the other hand, however, you don’t always know at the time of the purchase if it will function well, has been damaged, or has been improperly used or cared for.

 Find a reliable sales company when purchasing used equipment. This will ensure that you not only get the price that you want, but that the equipment will function properly as well.

M.D. Endoscopy knows the importance of getting quality equipment at an affordable price and so we have been providing refurbished, warrantied endoscopes and other equipment for nearly 27 years. We buy, sell, and repair endoscopy equipment to help you get what you need at a price that you love.

How Is An Upper Endoscopy Performed?

An upper endoscopy procedure is performed by feeding a long and flexible tube (an endoscope) with a camera attached to it down the patient’s esophagus and into their stomach and duodenum. The endoscope will pump air into the patient’s stomach, making it easier for the small camera to send a video image to a monitor. The doctor will use this monitor to examine the lining of the upper GI tract. This fifteen to thirty minute procedure will be performed by a gastroenterologist, surgeon, or other health care provider who has been trained to do so. The patient will receive light sedation prior to beginning the in-house procedure, which should wear off with an hour or two.

Symptoms Doctors Will Perform An Upper Endoscopy For

A doctor will perform an upper endoscopy when abnormal symptoms are present, or when lab tests come back abnormal. Symptoms that a doctor may perform one for are:

-          Persistent heartburn

-          Bleeding

-          Nausea and vomiting

-          Pain

-          Unexplained weight loss

-          Problems swallowing

-          and other symptoms

Conditions Diagnosed Using An Upper Endoscopy 

Doctors can use an upper endoscopy to diagnose many different diseases. Some of these include:

-          Anemia

-          Gastroesophageal reflux disease

-          Ulcers

-          Cancer

-          Inflammation, or swelling

-          Precancerous abnormalities

-          Celiac disease

A few of these conditions will require a biopsy to complete the diagnosis. A doctor will obtain the biopsy by passing an instrument through the endoscope to acquire a piece of tissue. This piece of tissue will be small and is needed for proper diagnosis of conditions, such as:

-          Cancer

-          Celiac disease

-          Gastritis

Other Reasons A Doctor Will Perform An Upper Endoscopy 

Other reasons a doctor can use an upper endoscopy are:

-          Treat conditions

-          Dilate strictures

-          Remove objects that are caught in the upper GI tract

Endoscopes are important to utilize in the medical field when properly diagnosing numerous diseases and conditions. They’re able to provide doctors with a clearer image than ultrasounds, making a condition easier to diagnose. M.D. Endoscopy has nearly 27 years of experience in endoscope sales and repair. Because we value our customers, we provide the only 24-month warranty in the business. Visit https://www.mdendoscopy.com/ to learn more about us, view our products, and/or contact us.

Endoscopic Ultrasound Transducer

When you need high-quality images of internal organs in the abdomen or thoracic cavity, one of the best options for obtaining those images is an endoscopic ultrasound. With the ultrasound transducer on the end of the endoscope, you can obtain more accurate and detailed images of the organs in question than you would if your used an external ultrasound transducer. This can help you to obtain quality images of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, lymph nodes, lungs, and of course, the GI tract.

Why Choose Endoscopic Ultrasounds?

One of the primary reasons to choose endoscopic ultrasounds for your patients is that it is minimally invasive. In many cases, your only other option will be surgical. Endoscopic ultrasounds will help you evaluate the findings from other imaging tests more precisely or determine the extent of diseases and cancers without performing exploratory surgeries. They can also help you to pinpoint the exact location where you will want to perform a biopsy or even locate a precise area where medications can be injected directly into the pancreas, liver, or other organs. Faster, less invasive procedures will speed your patients recovery.

Get High Quality Imaging Tools from M.D. Endoscopy

When you want to offer endoscopic ultrasounds to your patients, you’ll want top quality equipment to work with, such as the Olympus EXERA II GF-UCT180 Ultrasound Linear Echoendoscope / Video Gastroscope. This endoscope delivers high quality ultrasounds with great imaging depth. It features a detachable ultrasound cable to make it easier to handle, reprocess, and store. M.D. Endoscopy also offers a wide array of image capture devices to make recording, storing, and reviewing the results of endoscopies and endoscopic ultrasounds as simple as possible for the imaging technician. Examples of great image capture devices are the Medicapture USB-170 Image Capture Device, Medicapture USB-200 Image Capture Device, and the Medicapture USB-300 High Definition Video Recording, for when you need the greatest possible resolution.

The Best Prices for the Best Imaging Solutions

There’s a reason that M.D. Endoscopy is the leader in refurbished, pre-owned endoscopy equipment. All our machines have been impeccably restored to the manufacturer’s original standards, and we are so confident that our solutions will work for you, that we offer a 24-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Since your patients are your priority, you want fast accurate diagnoses from minimally invasive procedures. For that you’ll want the best imaging tools from M.D. Endoscopy. To make an order, US customers can call us at 1-800-866-ENDO. International customers can reach us at 386-492-7993.

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Last February, UCLA released a statement concerning an outbreak of the carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria that occurred a few months prior. It involved a cross contamination in the use of a duodenoscope. Two patients died from the infection and five more were also infected. A similar case took place in Illinois just months before this incident. Endoscopies take place every day, so you would think that it’s a safe procedure. So…

Why do these cross-contamination cases pop up?

Whenever you undergo an endoscopic operation, you are essentially sharing a used endoscope with someone else, meaning you are subject to an endoscope that may not be 100% rid of the previous user’s germs. Any time a doctor uses an Olympus bronchoscope, there is a real possibility of an infection passed from a previous patient. The risk for infection or outbreak is significant, with over 19 million people undergoing endoscopic procedures every year.

A few reasons why patients are infected are reprocessing failures, guideline neglections, and defective equipment. Infections were more likely to take place when incorrect disinfection methods were used. This ranges from failure to flush channels to using expired detergent. Therefore, it is more important than ever to care for your Olympus endoscopes. We discussed how to go about upkeeping your refurbished endoscopy equipment in a previous blog post.

However, even when applying best practices to disinfect endoscopy equipment patients can still be subject to cross contamination. Instruments that have long, narrow channels are difficult to thoroughly clean. Germs have a higher chance of hiding in the scope the greater the complexity of the endoscope.

What solutions are there?

Using disposable sheaths that cover the tube-like apparatus is the best way to prevent an infection. This way, the endoscope itself never touches the patient. It is a similar approach to using disposable, one-time use needles so there is no risk of cross contamination. Like needles these sheaths are inexpensive, disposable, and very effective in its one-time use.

Sheaths are also cost-effective. Cleaning procedures are usually a 43-step process for a reduction of bacteria, not a complete purge. Using a sheath would reduce the number of steps drastically down to two. Because sheaths are used as buffers between the patient and the Olympus endoscope, the equipment does not get contaminated, reducing the need for hard chemicals and increasing the life of refurbished endoscopes.

By raising discourse for endoscopic safety, we can eventually utilize sheathing technology and integrate it into this common procedure to eliminate infections via cross contamination. For used or refurbished endoscopy equipment sold in pristine condition, come to M.D. Endoscopy for the endoscope that fits your needs.

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Endoscopy Overview

An endoscopy examines your digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, and large intestine. It allows surgeons and doctors to find any problems in your body without having to make large incisions or put the person on an anesthesia. The reasons why a person would need to have an endoscopy include, but are not limited to, stomach pain, ulcers, trouble swallowing, digestive tract bleeding, changes in bowel habits, growths in the colon like polyps, and infections.

An endoscope such as the Olympus PCF-160AL is a flexible tube with a small camera at the end. A monitor is connected so that the doctor can see. It is capable of treating digestive tract problems via devices can be slipped through the endoscopes to stop any bleeding that’s detected or remove polyps, gallstones, or other substances created by the body.

There are different kinds of endoscopes depending on the organ being examined. They include:

Endoscopy preparations

Upper endoscopies require you to fast anywhere from six to eight hours, depending on your doctor’s instructions before the procedure begins. Examining the colon requires the complete evacuation of waste so a laxative is taken the night before the clear the system. In both cases the digestive system must be cleared of any substance so that the doctor can make a comprehensive examination. Sedation is also provided before a procedure, during which you will be monitored by a nurse anesthetist, to increase comfort. It produces relaxation and light sleep through an injection.

The Follow-Up

After the endoscopy, your doctor will close any incisions that he made and dress it with bandages. Most procedures will leave you with some discomfort that will go away after a short time. You will wake up from the sedative, but there will be residual effects of the medicine so do not drive until the next day when it will completely wear off. While you will be able to go home on the same day, most facilities recommend you not to handle machinery or make important decisions for the rest of the day. After you wake up you will be observed by a qualified person in the endoscopy or sent to a recovery room. If you had an upper endoscopy done you may be left with a mild sore throat, which responds to saline gargles or feeling of distention from the air that was used during the procedure. While you will be able to go home on the same day, most facilities recommend you not to handle machinery.

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M.D. Endoscopy

As the industry leader of pre-owned, refurbished and used endoscopy equipment, M.D. Endoscopy, Inc. offers one of the largest inventories of endoscopes in the world. We offer products from all major manufacturers including but not limited to Olympus, Pentax and Fujinon with the only and most comprehensive 24-month warranty in the industry.

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