It is true that the extent to which medical devices contribute to overall healthcare costs in the US and elsewhere is a matter of debate. Nothing had changed, except the trainee, who hadn't bothered to read any of the medical notes for the past five days. But I like the fact that it appeals to a semi-lunar set of people who don't conform to the medical status quo and want to make a difference. Finally, ultrasound scanners perform a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture real-time images of the inside of the body.
After five days, a change in the medical term prompted a brand new cardiology trainee to enter the patient's room to inform him that he had booked an urgent coronary angiography for the next day. But medical devices and machines are expensive and necessary, so their cost must be taken into account when discussing healthcare costs. Here are five of the most expensive medical devices, to give you an idea of what these life-saving machines cost. I have no idea if there is a "change advocacy group" among the medical community at large, let alone among critical care physicians.
So what is the most expensive medical equipment in the world? Well, according to Gawande in his New Yorker article, it's a doctor's pen.