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Fetal Doppler Rental

Maybe you're interested in renting or buying a fetal doppler or you know someone who has. If so, you may be unaware that FDA regulation requires you to acquire physician approval in the form of a prescription to legally rent or purchase a fetal doppler.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the penalty for procuring a medical device without a prescription can be as high as $16,500 per violation. This means that not only could the company you rent or buy from be fined, but you could be as well. Beware of online fetal doppler rental companies that don't require a prescription. These companies are putting their profitability ahead of your well-being.

Stork Radio is one of the first online fetal doppler companies and is the only one legally renting and selling fetal dopplers online. They've even implemented systems within their Website to make getting physician approval as easy as possible. Just place your order providing the patient's name, physician's name, phone and fax numbers and Stork Radio will fax a caregiver approval form to you. All you need do is follow up with your physician and make sure they fax it back. It's easy and, most importantly, legal.

Are fetal doppler monitors safe?

Yes. Since the late 1950s, ultrasound technology has been used in Obstetrics/Gynecology with no evidence of any harmful side effects for mother or baby. The FDA regulates ultrasound technology and has approved the fetal doppler for 'continuous use.' This isn't to say you should monitor the heartbeat of your unborn baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We feel that with everything in life, moderation is the best policy. When using a fetal doppler, each exam should take no longer than 7 to 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week.

Are all fetal doppler monitors created equally?

If you've been researching the fetal doppler market you know that it is becoming saturated with many different models offering various capabilities and options. The first thing you should ensure when renting or purchasing a fetal doppler is its FDA approval. Every fetal doppler on the market that uses ultrasound technology (the only kind you want) must be approved by the FDA. Secondly, be sure the equipment you're renting or buying is a medical grade baby doppler which uses ultrasound technology and not simply a microphone which simply amplifies digestive sounds (BeBe Sounds, etc.). You won't find a medical grade fetal doppler at your local Wal-Mart. Finally, rent or buy from a reputable company such as Stork which offers great prices on top-of-the-line medical grade fetal dopplers as well as industry leading customer service.

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