Although hospitals can be a scary place to spend some time in, it's important to know that patients are in good hands while taking residency. From specialized doctors, certified registered nurses and a caring hospital staff, a stay at the hospital can be comfortable and well-equipped.

The medical devices hospitals use are also an important part of the equation because they help to save lives and assist in curing disease. Here are the five medical devices every hospital uses.

Stress System for Practicing Cardiology

The Quinton Q4500 Stress System is ideal for practicing cardiology. The device features a dedicated keyboard, large CRT screen, 7 user-definable treadmill and 3 user-definable ergometer protocols, which each include a resting stage and up to 99 exercise stages to measure the patient's capabilities. Other features of the Quinton Q4500 include a menu/entry/control functions that are easily accessible and an oversized soft-touch exercise device control, which allows the treadmill or bicycle ergometer operation.

Autoclave for Sterilizing Objects

The Pelton & Crane Delta 10 Autoclave is specifically used for sterilizing objects and can be found in every hospital. The autoclave includes a sterile dry cycle and a 10 inch chamber and features filtered close door drying, electronic temperature and time controls and preprogrammed sterilization. Another important feature is the automatic chamber, which preheats to maximize productivity by shortening the cycle times. A digital function display is also a key component because it allows for accurate and easy monitoring of the sterilization cycle.

Patient Monitor for Recording Blood Pressure

The Datascope Passport Patient Monitor includes ECG, SPO2 and non-invasive blood pressure and recorder. The monitor features a large screen for viewing at any angle of the operating room, adult finger sensor, ECG cable, blood pressure hose, standard adult cuff and recorder paper.

Surgical Lights for a Precision Work

The Skytron Stellar ST2323 is a popular brand of surgical lights that feature dual center-mounted light heads with focusable control and wall-mounted intensity control box. The surgical lights also feature advanced multi-lamp optics with vertically segmented reflector designs, light maneuverability, 360 degree movement of all points of rotation, intensity of up to 24,000 footcandles, 90 degree downward travel for low angle lighting and cool beam temperature.

Popular Defibrillators

The Philips Headstart XL is a popular brand for defibrillators and combines the technology of biphasic defibrillation, pacing, ECG and AED. The device uses voice prompts and text messages to guide the user through the process of defibrillation. The manual mode is also available and operates with 1-2-3 operation and can be easily switched from AED to manual mode. The defibrillator also features child and adult paddles in one, portability and synchronized cardioversion.

To view other important medical devices that every hospital uses, browse online directories and medical equipment providers about what systems can be found in every operating room and doctor's office. Or ask the local nurse or doctor about what devices they use on a daily basis to get a clearer understanding of how the hospital works and saves lives on a daily basis. It's important to understand the process of how medical devices work and how they are designed to assist in caring for patients.