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Health Monitors

  • Body temperature is one of the four primary ‘vital signs’ that must be measured to ensure a patient’s health and well-being. Temperature measurement is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence as a part of the initial assessment in acute illness in adults, and a clinical fever (greater than 100.4 F) is often the first visible sign of an infectious or contagious illness. Despite applying in all healthcare environments, wide variations exist on the methods and techniques used to measure body temperature. A person’s temperature can be measured by several methods: orally, axillary (under arms), rectally, and via forehead or temporal scanning. It is crucial to use the most appropriate technique to ensure that temperature is measured accurately. Inaccurate results may influence diagnosis and treatment, lead to a failure to identify patient deterioration and compromise patient safety. The lists below is designed to help you find the right thermometer for your loved one who is feeling ill.
    January 23, 2015
  • The bathroom scale is one of those items that you never really think about until you desperately need it. Maybe that person looking back at you in the mirror is someone you don't recognize anymore, getting soft in the midsection with a few curves that weren't there in your 20's. For those who have become more fitness conscious now, or always were from a young age, the bathroom scale can be a powerful tool in helping you reach your personal body goals. These days they couldn't be easier to use; merely step onto the device and it will give you an almost instantaneous display of your current weight. Digital scales will do this and more, like track your weight loss progress, store data for multiple users, and offer weight capacities up to 400 pounds. Body fat scales go a step or two further, offering other measurements like body fat percentage, hydration levels, even muscle mass and bone density readings in addition to your weight. Then there are the mechanical scales, just like those you may find in the doctor's office using nothing more than a simple spring and gear system that's been deemed accurate for decades, though may require repeated calibration to keep the scale in check. There's a wealth of great options out there, no matter what your personal fitness needs may require. We have found some of the best ones you can buy on our lists below.
    November 21, 2014