Background and Identification
Clinical equipment refers to medical devices that are widely used in clinical settings for patient care. This includes devices like patient monitors, dialysis machines, ventilators, thermometers, stethoscopes, nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, etc.
It is difficult to pinpoint the origin of clinical equipment because, arguably, it started with the very first tool used in a medical context. Significant advances in clinical equipment history include the stethoscope (invented in 1815), the X-Ray (invented in 1895), and the pacemaker (invented in 1936).
Clinical equipment today is still a rapidly growing field. Modern advances seek to streamline medical procedures, reducing the likelihood of negative outcomes and furthering what is possible to treat. Specifically, the forefront of medical technology includes the implementation of robotics. For instance, robotic-assisted surgery systems, like da Vinci systems from Intuitive Surgical, aim to make surgery less invasive and less risky. Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to be more precise and flexible than standard methods, potentially enabling medical professionals to invent surgical procedures that have never been possible before.
Clinical equipment differs from other types of equipment because it is designed with a special purpose in mind: effective medical treatment. Clinical equipment is built to optimize the experience of both patients and medical professionals, leading to improved medical results.
- Medical Equipment Advancements in History
- Medical Device (Wikipedia)
- da Vinci Systems from Intuitive Surgical
- Robotic-Assisted Surgery