Monofilaments can truly be a lifesaver. As a health care professional or patient, it’s important to be aware of these tools commonly used in the medical setting. Monofilaments are small instruments designed to test sensation on the skin and can be a useful tool for physicians in diagnosing nerve damage and muscle weakness. While they may look basic from the outside, monofilaments offer truly invaluable services that can inform diagnoses and treatments across several areas of medicine.
From the name alone, you can sort of get a sense as to what monofilament is. Mono means one and filament means slender threadlike object. Allowing you to figure out that a monofilament is a single slender threadlike object. The fibers that make up a monofilament can be used for other things such as fishing lines and strings for tennis rackets. In the medical field, this slender threadlike object is crucial in evaluating sensory and motor responses to see if the nervous system is impaired. The goal is not only to detect any numbness or tingling but also any weak spots that may be present due to neuropathy or muscular problems. Making monofilaments a crucial part in reducing diabetic foot ulceration and subsequent limb loss.
When diagnosing and testing patients, medical professionals have a multitude of different monofilaments to choose from. This is because each monofilament is unique in having a different threshold to use. There are different monofilaments that are marked by force and size to help measure the sensation level of a patient. Which is why some medical professionals may have a whole collection of monofilaments. But what if you could store some of the most used monofilaments in an easy-to-use pen? Introducing the Baseline® Multi-Filament Pen! Our newest monofilament product offers testing for normal sensation, diminished light touch, diminished protective sensation, and loss of protective sensation. Making it both an innovative and convenient way for doctors to test their patients. There are four monofilament force levels in this single device. Leaving you with the satisfaction of not having to lug around multiple monofilaments everywhere.
Monofilaments can be a highly effective tool for helping to diagnose nerve damage, muscle weakness, and other complications due to diabetes. The Baseline® Multi-Filament Pen provides an innovative solution that is quick and easy to use. To prevent more serious problems from occurring down the line, it’s important to use the right tools during diagnosis now. The Baseline® Multi-Filament Pen is what you need when you’re looking for a way to test your diabetic patients’ sensation levels.
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Article written by William Graves.