Patients understand they need to have medical treatments to improve their overall health. Yet these patients shouldn’t have to just grin and bear the enormous amount of discomfort and pain that accompanies some of the simplest of treatments. In additional, some patients are even becoming sick from infections they receive in the hospital from medical devices such as certain IV catheter types.
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Medical advancements are now focusing on making patients more comfortable, as patients who are comfortable and in good spirits have a greater chance of recovering quickly and fully from their health conditions. One thing about the health care industry is that medical providers are always ready to adopt new technologies to make treating patients easier while still providing high quality healthcare. Let’s take a look at some medical advancements to make patients more comfortable on the examination table.
One of the most terrifying experiences patients will often complain about is getting an MRI. Besides the extremely loud noises, laying down on the table and mechanically drawn into the tight claustrophobic area of the imaging machine can be terrifying.
MRI advancements have included more open-style MRI imaging chambers to reduce the claustrophobic feeling while still meeting all medical standards. Improved lighting and better airflow can allow patients to relax and interact with technicians who are using in-room imaging monitors.
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimal invasive surgery, is a medical advancement that has grown in popularity over the years. This type of surgery allows for patients to recover in a faster amount of time, experience less pain and have less scarring in the surgical area. A patient can receive hernia repair or have their gallbladder removed using such a surgical technique.
IV Catheter Advancements
Patients are going into a hospital to get better, not to receive a serious infection caused by certain IV catheter types. Unfortunately, IV catheter infections at hospitals have been on the rise, spurring medical companies to come up with new technologies to prevent hospital errors. Several manufacturers have come up with new types of IV catheter systems and guidelines for IV catheter use, including Tangent Medical who has developed the new NovaCath Secure IV Catheter System.
Automatically Dispensed Medications
Some people simply can’t remember to take their daily medication. For patients who have serious medical conditions, there is now a way for them to take their pills at the appropriate time and dosage. A physician can implant a wireless chip into the patient’s hip that will dispense the right amount of medication. The physician can adjust the dosage and dispense times using a wireless controller.
Microchip Medical History
Sometimes, a patient simply forgets to tell the physician about a certain medical condition they may have. Or the person may be incapable of telling healthcare professionals about their medical history due to a medical emergency. Technology is making things easier for physicians to learn more about their patients. In the next five years, people will be able to place all their medical history, including blood test results, on an encrypted flash drive. Hackers will have no access to the information, but a doctor will be able to download the medical history data to provide quality health care.
With these advancements in technology, patients can receive the medical treatment they need in a comfortable manner. They can recover from treatments quicker while physicians can reduce the number of medical errors that can occur in the healthcare industry.
Philippe Wainwright is a health and medical blogger with primary interest in hospitals and hospital care.