Doctors and nurses rely on hospital medical equipment every day. Patients need to be placed in special beds, connected to IVs, and hooked up to electrocardiogram machines (EKGS). Hospitals see hundreds of patients each day and these types of machines need to be available for everyone. These machines save lives because they help physicians diagnose and treat their patients.
People are living longer today than ever before. Two thousand years ago, our ancestors lived an average of only twenty years; many of them would have never reached our legal drinking age! By the turn of the nineteenth century, the life expectancy had not increased by much; the average age was around 24 years. However, this number doubled by the 1900s and today, it has increased significantly. The average lifespan for a human today is around 63 but this number is much higher in developed countries. Japan holds the record of with the highest average, hovering around 80 years, and the United States is not far behind with an average of 77 years. One doctor predicts that nearly half of the baby boomers will even reach the ripe old age of 100 in good health.
Today, we enjoy many benefits that are ancestors did not such as reliable food sources, medications, and ways to tolerate extreme weather conditions. Advances in medicine have significantly helped keep that average number rising every year. For instance, the use of the EKG machine has helped doctors prevent thousands of heart attacks, which is the cause of nearly 20 percent of the deaths in America each year. The number of annual deaths would be much higher without this machine and its ability to map the activity of the heart.
Scientists are constantly perfecting hospital medical equipment and new machines are invented yearly. These machines are put on display at medical equipment shows throughout the world. Doctors are able to attend these conferences and learn about the new technology and how it can better treat or diagnose disease. Medical machines have become so specialized that a new field of medicine, that of radiology, was developed. Radiologists are the ones who know how to operate and interpret the machines properly.
With the continuing advancements in medical technology, we might all be able to reach that 100-year mark!