Swoop in and Save the Day: A Look at Automated External Defibrillators

Sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 325,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s about 1,000 per day or 1 every 2 minutes. Having a portable automated external defibrillator in your place of business or work, your religious or community center, can, and most probably given the statistics, save a life. External defibrillators restart a heart that has stopped beating, and help reestablish a healthy rhythm once it is beating again.

3 Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Small Practice Owners

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known to many as “Obamacare,” is in full swing, with most of the major provisions having been enacted this spring. And while it’s all very new, some of its effects on small medical practices are already being seen and felt. 

Cutting Costs for Your Private Practice

Could your small medical practice use some financial fine-tuning? Here are a few practical and easily implemented ways to tighten the budgetary belt without sacrificing your staff, patients, or services.
Show Me the Money
Keeping faithful, careful track of all expenses helps you see exactly where you can trim down your practice’s cash flow.

Tips for Improving Patient Experience at Your Private Practice

Keeping patients happy should be the priority of every member of your staff. No practice is perfect, but the happier your patients, the happier you’ll be, too.

10 Tips for Improving Your Family Practice

Family practitioners often feel like they are drowning in paperwork or running themselves ragged trying to wear 10 hats at once.
The unfortunate thing is that vital time management skills are more commonly taught in business school than in medical school—and it’s absolutely essential for the family practitioner. 
Check out the following 10 tips to keep your practice running smoothly:
  1. Diagnose the problems – Take a good, lo

Do No Harm: 5 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Promote Patient Safety

There are many things healthcare organizations can do to ensure the well-being of the many patients that come through their doors. Explore with AKW Medical to learn 5 great ways to promote patient safety in your organization and the healthcare industry as a whole. 


1. Gauge your organization's safety culture.

How to Use a Defibrillator

Heart defibrillation is a life-saving technique that requires an electric current passing through the cardiac muscles to restart the heart or restore a healthy sinus rhythm. There are three types of defibrillators: manual external, automatic external, and automatic internal. They all work in basically the same way. As the heart rhythm becomes dangerously out of sync, the defibrillator causes your heart to resume a normal, steady rhythm. What we’ll examine in this article is the proper steps to use a manual or automatic external defibrillator. 

How to Buy a Cardiac Stress Testing System

A cardiac stress test assesses the heart’s ability to respond to an increase in heart rate. Tests are administered by monitoring a patient during physical activity or after the patient is given a stimulating drug if he or she cannot perform the physical activity necessary to raise heart rate. The test can be given for routine monitoring of cardiac patients or after a heart attack to assist a diagnosis.

Industries That Use Autoclaves

An autoclave is a device used to sterilize items by subjecting them to high temperatures in a pressurized environment. Generally, saturated steam is injected into the device, which has a very strong door to maintain an internal pressure of anywhere from 400 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The term autoclave comes from two Greek roots meaning "self" and "locking", which refer to its powerful door. Autoclaves are used in diverse fields from medicine and mushrooms to rocket science. They make procedures safer and products better.

Medical Equipment Every Doctor's Office Needs

Starting up a business requires a fairly large outlay of expense for office equipment and supplies. On top of the computers, printers, phones, and desks found in any other office, a medical practice requires some specialized equipment for diagnosing and treating patients. Below is an overview of the basic items needed for the standard doctor's office.

1. Furniture: Waiting, Exam, Office, and Filing