Medical devices, including advanced surgical tools and diagnostic tools, are available at many health centres.
But the majority of medical devices don’t go on sale until the middle of next year.
Early medical devices, also called medical supplies, are devices that are available in a few months, but aren’t necessarily available in many centres.
A doctor’s office will usually have a small supply of the devices available, said Dr. Scott Stosuy, a pediatric urologist at the University of Waterloo.
The doctor might order a couple of sets of surgical tools, but the device may not be in stock, said Stosuch, who isn’t involved in research on the issue.
Doctors usually order a set of devices from a specialist in a medical facility and can often find a large supply in the hospital.
In the case of the two-year-old daughter of Dr. David Zillinger, the child was treated with an urgent surgical procedure on Sept. 16, and she was given three sets of instruments that cost about $100 each.
When the device was first ordered, the family was told the set was a set with a large metal needle in it, Stosue said.
“The needle itself is an instrument, and we have no clue what the needle is supposed to do,” he said.
The Zillingers said they had a medical emergency the night before and couldn’t afford to wait for the medical equipment to arrive, so they had to pay $100 for each set of instruments.
It took a couple weeks for the family to get the sets of tools they needed, said David Ziller, who was a family physician in Vancouver before he became a pediatrician in Victoria.
Stosuy said that if a device isn’t available, doctors generally order the next-best set of equipment they can find.
If a patient is experiencing any of the symptoms described above, the device can be used as an alternative to a standard operating theatre, and may be more effective than surgery.
The device can also be used in the emergency department as an outpatient tool to assess a patient, according to Stosuh.
While the device is not a cure-all, the devices can be a lifesaver if needed.
Dr. Paul A. Schmitt, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, said the devices could be a valuable part of the delivery system, and that the family had been able to reduce the costs of the procedure.
The devices may be a good option for families with young children, who need more flexibility in how their babies are treated, Schmitt said.
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