Medical Devices Directory
Many impressive and intricate medical devices help make health care efficient. From robotics to implantable devices, medical devices can treat conditions, assist in everyday activities, and even perform surgery. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how medical devices are used, which types exist and which are in the works, and much more.
Using Vaporizers and Humidifiers-Topic Overview
Vaporizers and humidifiers help moisten the mouth and throat when breathing the dry,heated indoor air of the winter months. The mist from a humidifier may be preferred because of the risk of burns from steam vaporizers. A shallow pan of water in the room can substitute for a vaporizer or humidifier and avoids the hazard of mold. Be sure to keep the pan out of the reach of babies and toddlers. ...
Assistive Devices and Orthotics-Topic Overview
Assistive devices and orthotics are tools that help you hold objects,open and close things,transfer weight while shifting positions,or walk. It is important to find a balance between use and rest of a painful (arthritic) joint. When exercise is not enough to control pain,assistive devices and orthotics may help to reduce stress on a joint by shifting weight off of the joint. The Arthritis ...
Using Antibiotics Wisely-References
Other Works ConsultedCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (2005). Background on Antibiotic Resistance. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/community.Steinman MA, et al.(2003). Changing use of antibiotics in community - based outpatient practice, 1991 - 1999. Annals of Internal Medicine. 138(7): 525–534. ...
Central Venous Catheters-Topic Overview
What is a central venous catheter?A central venous catheter, or vascular access device (VAD), is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medications, fluids, nutrients, or blood products over a long period of time, usually several weeks or more. The catheter is inserted through the skin into a vein often in the neck or chest. It is threaded through the vein until it reaches a large vein near the
Implantable Devices for Heart-Failure Treatment
Technological breakthroughs are changing the course of heart-failure treatment -- but doubts remain about how many people will benefit in the near future.
Antique medicines contained everything from arsenic to opium -- and promised instant cures.
Easy Listening: Hearing Devices for a Muffled World
In addition to hearing aids, there are a number of assistive listening devices that can be used to improve hearing. This article talks about low-tech and hi-tech options.
Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis
From the kitchen to the bedroom, here is WebMD's room-by-room guide to easier living with arthritis.