It’s hard to believe there was a time when testing your blood glucose levels was painful and a huge ordeal, or an era when those on oxygen therapy weren’t able to fly. The advances in medical technology are phenomenal, offering better lifestyles and convenience for patients around the world. However, most people don’t look very closely at these advancements unless they or someone they know relies on it. Here’s a look at some of the best advancements in recent history and how they’ve changed lives for the better.
1. Oxygen machines and accessories
Today’s options for oxygen therapy trump those of even a few years ago. Now, the machines are lightweight, designed to be carried with ease, feature impressive battery lives and there are portable options which are FAA-approved for flying. For patients who rely on science for the quality of oxygen they need, suddenly the world’s most taken for granted “free” resource can be a challenge.
2. The modern EPIpen
The number of people with life threatening allergies is on the rise, including the influx of nut allergies in very young children. Obviously, education and personal management is crucial when addressing allergies, but sometimes mistakes are made. Today’s EPIpen offer an easy to carry, simple to conceal option for those with fatal allergies. The effectiveness and ease of use has opened up a world of opportunities, allowing patients (some for the first time) to travel and engage in activities worry-free.
3. Saliva-based blood glucose testers
Type-1 diabetics especially have to keep a close eye on their blood glucose levels, but fear of needle pricks has made life nearly debilitating for some. The invention of saliva-based blood glucose testers has made this sometimes painful multi-daily activity moot for many. It’s also been a lifesaver for parents of diabetic children.
4. YAG Laser therapy
For many years, there were no advances in the laser therapy dentists and endodontists used, which lead to root canals failing, extra pain, time and money from patients. However, the latest YAG Laser device offers more comprehensive dental pulp cleanings and has streamlined the entire root canal process. It’s lessened the instances of failed root canals and provides a faster chair experience for patients.
From improved pregnancy tests to digital x-rays that severely cut down on radiation exposure, the wonder of medical advances are popping up at lightening speed. If you’re unhappy with your current medical device or gadget, talk to your doctor and start researching potential alternatives.