Home healthcare is becoming an increasing issue. With hospitals under growing pressure.
This has allowed the medical equipment industry to serve a new market, ordinary people with little or no medical background. The rise of technology has also helped lay-people in administering complex care to patients at home.
Previously, home medical equipment were simple devices to administer drugs or first aid kits. Thermometers, for example, are ever present in all homes along with dosing cups, bandages, and heating pads.
Recently, however, medical equipment for home use has geared towards assisting people to manage their own illness without needing professional care. These include blood pressure monitoring cuffs, urine testing kits, and blood glucose monitoring kits. This move towards a more independent approach to health management has stemmed from the ever-increasing cost of healthcare services. Now, companies continue to release ever-more complicated equipment specific for home use.
More and more homes are equipped with infusion pumps, ventilators, and even a dialysis machine. This trend will only likely grow as patients become more aware of, and in control of, their health.
We now use a few types of equipment frequently at home, when a few decades ago they existed solely in hospitals.
1. Infusion pump
An infusion pump, as the name implies is a device used to deliver medications, nutrients, or fluids into the body. Generally, such devices deliver substances directly into the bloodstream of the patient. Iinfusion pumps are more accurate than syringes and could deliver medications or nutrients at regular interval with little human intervention. This device is especially popular for people who require constant medication or are bedridden.
2. Air purifier
This device, once common in hospital rooms to circulate clean air, is making its way to more homes. With the threat of air pollution hovering over urban dwellers, people are beginning to see the need to safeguard the air they take in, especially in the home. Contaminated air can lead to respiratory disease. So it makes sense for people to make sure they, and the people they love, are breathing clean air.
3 Apnoea monitor
As medicine advances, we are treating conditions more seriously. Cases of snoring, for example, are a health risk especially when it causes the sleeper to stop breathing for a few seconds. Once considered a butt of a joke, today more people are paying attention. Sleep apnoea can have many adverse effects on the health of the individual, especially when it goes unnoticed. That’s why a lot of people have been getting apnea monitors for their children and spouse as a preemptive measure.
4 Oxygen concentrator
This device delivers a more concentrated mixture of oxygen to the patient, especially those suffering from respiratory illness. It removes some of the nitrogen from the air to increase the level of oxygen in the mixture. In the past couple of years, more and more companies have released redesigned models that are portable and easy to use, especially in the home setting. These are often used with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in treating sleep apnoea.
5 Pulse oximeter
Lastly, if there was a device that has garnered fame in recent years, it would be the pulse oximeter. Often integrated into digital watches, these monitor your oxygen saturation level as well as your pulse rate. This trend first gained traction in the health and fitness market but as new technology arrives that allows devices to monitor more accurately and produce cheaply, it has found its way into the general population. Even your average person with no inkling to go and exercise daily often wears a timepiece that continuously monitors their activity.