Quality standards for medical devices provided by ICare
What are Home health care devices?
Home health care equipment is defined as any product or device used at home by people with an illness or a health condition.
These people may need training, education or other health care services by a home nurse or doctor to be able to use as well as maintain their equipment correctly and safely at home or elsewhere, such as work or school.
Wheelchairs, blood glucose meters, and blood pressure monitors are examples of home health care devices.
Numerous high-tech medical devices have been produced for home use, specifically for non-trained people to facilitate medical follow-ups, or as a preventive method against some diseases.
Many medical devices are varying in shape, price, and method of use and accuracy of results. The main objective is to ensure the individual's health. Therefore, the standard of choice for these devices should not be the price that we see in the market, nor the products produced by commercial companies, as they do not value the importance of the accuracy of the results, which should be the main objective of these devices.
There is a significant factor that must be taken into consideration so as to ensure the correct and accurate use of these devices. The blood pressure measuring devices and blood sugar testing devices have turned into a curse for their users due to excessive use, as some people have, and repeat the blood pressure measurement process more than five times a day in some cases. They then fall into a spiral of suspicion regarding each rise and fall, causing a deterioration of the individual’s health due to these very suspicions. Try to avoid doing this and falling into the same trap.
The following are some Home medical devices that iCare may provide for you through our partnered company, all but not limited to:
Blood pressure monitoring device
Device to measure the level of sugar in the blood (Glucometers)
A device to check the level of "cholesterol" or Biometers
Digital home thermometer
A tool to examine urine
Measurement of the domestic body
Portable oxygen cylinder
Portable ultrasound device
Electronic injection device/infusion devices
Medical Bed and Mattress
Home Safety Tips for Use of Home Medical Devices
- Check the information that came with your device.
- Follow the instructions given.
- Ask your doctor or provider about your device and write down your notes for later use.
- Know what your device needs to work: Does it need electricity? Do you need a water source? Do you need phone or computer connections?
- Make sure that your home is suitable for your device—are stairs, doors, corridors, toilets or wiring extensions any barrier to the presence of the device?
- Keep a copy of the device operating instructions close to it.
- Be aware of warnings and error messages; try to know what error messages may mean, and how to deal with them.
- Ask your device provider if you have trouble turning on your device.
- Provide your doctor or device provider with reports of errors and problems that occur while you use the device.
- Take care of the device and operate it according to the instructions given.
- Read instructions and follow them when taking care of your device such as: cleaning the device, changing batteries and filters.
- Keep food and drinks away from the machine.
- Follow the instructions when moving your device from home to school or workplace.
- Make sure that the above places are appropriate for your device.
- If you need to get rid of your device, do so as instructed in the instructions.
- Make sure you know what to do when an error occurs, or the device fails.
- Keep phone numbers of your doctor or provider in case of an emergency, and make sure that their phone numbers are available after hours.
- If possible, keep extra batteries for your device. Be aware of how to change the batteries.
Family awareness and caregivers about the device:
- Attend training sessions related to the device.
- Make sure they know how to turn on the device.
- Do not let children tamper with settings, switches, or wires.
- If pets are present, do not allow them to tamper with the wires.
- Contact your doctor and care team to review your health status.
- If there is a change in your health condition, ask how to deal with your device during these changes.
- Report any crashes or injuries caused by your device.
We take pride that at iCare, all our home care nursing staff is trained in the use and interpretation of results of Home Medical Devices. Our staff’s knowledge is continuously updated, and each staff member underwent rigorous In-House Training to ensure that we only provide you with the best quality services.