Caring for Personal Medical Devices

There are a number of medical devices that we use on a daily basis. Modern technology has allowed us to have many gadgets at home that were once only at the doctor’s office or hospital, like blood pressure monitoring, heart rate monitors, glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and other personal medical devices.

Keeping Track of the Batteries

Some devices use readily available battery types, like AA or AAA. Others use special types that are a little harder to find. Specialized battery stores are often helpful in finding these. Non-removable internal rechargeable batteries are increasingly popular, as they make it easier to design compact, waterproof cases.

What If It Goes Out Under Warranty?

Medical devices are designed for long life, but things do go wrong sometimes. If shipping your device with the batteries enclosed, you may need to find out from your shipper whether dangerous goods packaging is needed to avoid any risks of battery leakage. You’ll typically need a return materials authorization (RMA) from the manufacturer. Be sure to document what went wrong and provide the proof of purchase information for the warranty claim.

Other Consumable Items

Glucose test strips, lines for insulin pumps, and other consumable items need to be kept on hand, as they aren’t always available from local stores. Insurance usually covers or helps with the cost. Check with your insurance plan on how to handle reimbursement for these items.

Keep Out of Extreme Heat

When traveling with these devices, avoid leaving them in the trunk of your car if possible. Extreme heat can reduce accuracy and damage batteries.

Personal medical devices can help us keep track of medical conditions and provide an early warning sign of problems. This is especially true for diabetics and people with high blood pressure and heart conditions. Keeping these devices in good working order is imperative to ensure best results.