POCKET DOPPLER / WITH SPHYGMOMANOMETER / TBI / ABI DOPPLEX DFK REVIEW

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Today, on our Pocket Doppler, with sphygmomanometer, TBI, ABI Dopplex DFK review, we’re going to be covering one of Huntleigh’s popular assessment kits. This kit is a collection of their products specifically chosen for the assessment of diabetics who have issues with leg ulcers, lack of blood flow in the legs, calcification in the arteries, etc. How does it work as an actual ABI assessment machine? Let’s find out below.

Features

As far as features go, Huntleigh goes a little above and beyond by offering a package that really is made specifically for diabetics. This is very evident in the different accessories that they’ve decided to include in this kit.

  • The DFK doppler is a bi-directional Doppler with a probe that can be used in order to make ABI and TBI assessments.
  • Neuropens (10 grams of monofilament) and neuropen tips are provided for ensuring an accurate assessment of small nerve fibers.
  • Latex-free cuffs and a sphygmomanometer are also available for blood pressure readings along the arms/ankle and the large and small toe.
  • The kit comes with a DVD for learning how to use the package to the fullest, and a set of guides for conducting ABI and TBI examinations.
  • They’ve also included a pair of headphones that can be connected to the audio socket of the pocket doppler for clearer readings.

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Tests Performed

It’s been said that around 2 in 3 diabetics are also afflicted with PAD — which can prove to be very dangerous to patients. As it increases the risk for strokes and heart attacks. Huntleigh put this kit together in order to enable physicians to assess diabetic patients who may have PAD.

ABI testing is to be conducted in the traditional way — with the manual doppler, cuffs, and sphygmomanometer provided and TBI testing is to be conducted when patients display possible calcification in the legs and feet — which will make use of the probe and cuffs provided. To add more value to the kid, Huntleigh has also included Neuropens (10g monofilament) for the assessment of the sensitivity of the patient’s nerve fibers.

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POCKET DOPPLER / WITH SPHYGMOMANOMETER / TBI / ABI DOPPLEX DFK REVIEW

Huntleigh did well at providing a very well-rounded kit for assessing diabetics for PAD. However, it’s not all that different from a lot of the other kits provided by Huntleigh. The Doppler probe might be a different model (they’ve used the DFK for this one), but the overall accessories included in the package stays the same. The question is, whether you think it would be worth it to get a small kit like this or to go for an automated system instead.

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Technical Specifications

  • Bi-directional Doppler (MD2) and a Vascular Probe (VP8HS)
  • Neuropens (10g monofilament) w/ Neuropen tips included
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Latex-Free Blood Pressure Cuffs (ankles/arm, large toe, and small toe.)
  • Extra Accessories: Carrying Case (hard), and headset.

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Pros and Cons

A list of pros and cons of the POCKET DOPPLER / WITH SPHYGMOMANOMETER / TBI / ABI DOPPLEX DFK system.


PROS:

  • With this ABI testing kit, you get a package that is meant to be used for diabetics who display symptoms of PAD. The included Doppler and Probe allow for both simple single-level ABI exams and simple single-level TBI exams.
  • You also get the benefit of having all that you could possibly need with this kit. Be it the Pocket Doppler, Vascular Probe, Ankle/Arm/Toe Cuffs, Sphygmomanometer, headset, and even a hard carrying case for safe travel.
  • Lastly, the portability of this system is very respectable, which is great for on-the-go assessments on patients who display poor lower body mobility.

CONS:

  • There’s no denying the convenience of kits like these. However, putting a bunch of items and accessories together does not necessarily make for an innovative move. Not when there are so many new machines out there right now that can conduct assessments via fail-safe algorithms and automated cuffs inflation/deflation.


2.5 Total Score

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