Doctors and nurses are the face of the health care industry. When patients think of health care providers, they think of the people who work directly with them. However, just as important as the medical practitioners are the medical equipment suppliers and manufacturers. A doctor cannot operate with his imagination; he needs specific equipment for each task. For this reason, we will be taking a look at some of the top medical equipment manufacturers (in no particular order).
1. Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of medical equipment. Medtronic began in 1949, based out of a garage, and have since expanded into a Fortune 500 company divided into six main units. They develop equipment and therapies to treat many chronic diseases, including heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, obesity, and chronic pain.
2. Johnson & Johnson
Perhaps the foremost medical supplies manufacturer in terms of brand recognition, Johnson & Johnson has been in existence since 1886 and created such universally recognized products as Band-Aid and Tylenol. They specialize in non surgical medical supplies, and have pioneered more products than can be counted. Among their most notable innovations was the development of the original First Aid kits. These were originally designed for special uses, but have since become a household product. Also known for their commitment to children, Johnson & Johnson has received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy for its funding of educational and safety programs for children worldwide.
3. Boston Scientific
Another one of the most successful medical equipment manufacturers, Boston Scientific’s medical devices are used in a variety of interventional specialties, including cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, endoscopy, neuromodulation, and many others. They are dedicated to developing less invasive medical devices in order to improve patient care quality. In keeping with their focus on patients’ concerns, they serve as a source of information and assistance to many patient advocacy groups, informing them of new treatments and services.
4. St. Jude Medical
One of the principal competitors of Boston Scientific and Medtronic, Inc., St. Jude Medical produces medical equipment with an emphasis on cardiac, neurological, and chronic pain patients. Its product line includes catheters, artificial pacemakers, heart valves, spinal cord stimulators, and implantable defibrillators. The $12 billion business sells its products in over 100 countries and has manufacturing facilities in 20 locations worldwide. Their products can be obtained from many new and used medical equipment distributors.
Amanda is a writer and blogger living in San Diego, CA. She writes on behalf of AKW Medical, a used medical equipment distributor.