Acumar Companion Unit and Cord for the Single Digital Inclinometer
The Acumar Companion Unit and Cord for the Single Digital Inclinometer are devices for upgrading the Acumar Single Digital Inclinometer so two points of a patient's joint can be measured at the same time. This can aid efficiency, objectivity and accuracy of the measurement process, so practitioners can carry out assessments with greater ease and confidence. The addition of this device will also provide automatic calculations of patient joints, which can then be sent wirelessly to a computer for display and storage.
What's Included In My Purchase?
- 1 x Companion unit
- 1 x Connecting cable
What is an Inclinometer?
Inclinometers are devices for measuring the angle of an object or person in comparison to a pre-set reference point, or gravity. Medical professionals can use inclinometers to assess the range of a patient's movement in different parts of their body, including the flexion or extension of certain joints. This can help them determine the extent of a condition, and the next steps for intervention.
Upgrade Your Digital Inclinometer
By connecting your main inclinometer unit to the companion unit with the cord provided, healthcare professionals can vastly improve the efficiency and objectivity of measurements. It ensures you are able to measure two sections a patient's joint simultaneously, and then uses these results to immediately calculate the correct angle. This helps to reduce the risk of human error and subjectivity when taking measurements and calculating results, for a more reliable result.
Wireless Data Capabilities
When combined with the main digital inclinometer unit, this companion unit and connecting cable allows you to transfer calculated readings to a computer of your choice. This helps improve the accuracy and objectivity of readings by reducing the risk of human error.
Key Features and Benefits of the Acumar Digital Inclinometer
- Allows you to efficiently calculate the angle of a patient's bent joint when combined with the main unit
- Suitable for measuring joints like the spinal subluxation and cervical spine flexion and extension
- Digital LCD screen is easy to see and read
- HOLD function freezes reading so you don't have to record it manually
- Features large liquid crystal display readout
- Allows for 360° measurement range (Displays this above or below 180°)
- Choice of gravity or reference based measurements
- Can be used to store a number of measurements
- Stored data can be retrieved manually or sent wirelessly to a computer
How Do I Use the Companion Unit and the Inclinometer?
The Companion Unit needs to be connected to the main inclinometer using the cable provided, and enables more accurate, objective readings. While the inclinometer can be used on its own for certain measurements, like those of the upper extremities, this companion unit is necessary for spinal assessments.
An example of how the devices would be used together to take a measurement of spinal flexion (forward bending of the spine) can be found below:
- Hold the main unit against the top of the patients head (specifically their calvarium) and the companion unit against the lower portion of the neck (specifically the T1 spinous process).
- Press the start button on the main unit.
- When neck of the patient is upright, or in a 'neutral' position, press the zero button.
- Wait until the individual bends their head as far forward as they can, then press the hold button to capture the maximum flexion angle (this angle is calculated by subtracting the main unit's value by the value of the companion unit).
- Allow the patient to return to an upright position, then repeat steps 3 and 4 between two to five times to ensure results are within the necessary validity criteria of ±5° or 10%.