Archives for December 2012

Traveling With Your Lead Apron?

Many radiology technicians, doctors and nurses are traveling more often from one medical facility to another. Since the importance of using lead aprons continues to grow, it’s necessary to have your lead apron safe while traveling. An efficient and safe way to travel with your lead apron is with an apron carry bag

Many medical professionals stress about damaging their lead aprons as they travel. The apron carry bag conveniently holds and protects your lead aprons. Its tube shape design allows for the apron to be wrapped around a sturdy cardboard tube, while keeping the apron safe and secure. It is equipped with a carrying handle and shoulder strap to make traveling with a lead apron easier. If you are traveling with a group of people or afraid of misplacing your apron carry bag we recommend selecting the embroidery option for your name or initials. This bag is offered in an assortment of colors and designs to allow for personalization.

It is important to travel with an apron carry bag to avoid damaging your lead aprons or vests. Folding or creasing lead aprons can result in cracking, which will allow harmful radiation to pass through. By traveling with your lead apron you’ll have peace of mind knowing that it will provide full protection because it fits you properly. If you travel without a lead apron, the other hospital may not have a lead apron for your size which can increase the risk of radiation exposure.

The next time you have to travel from one location to the next with your lead apron, consider the apron carry bag to help keep you organized and your lead apron safe! If you have any questions regarding this post, please feel free to post below.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Lead Aprons

Lead aprons and other radiation protective apparel can be considered expensive. It’s important to always keep these items in good condition, for as long as possible. To keep your lead aprons at their fullest protection level you must properly store these items. By utilizing lead apron racks within your facility you will be able to get the most out of your lead aprons.

When lead aprons are folded or creased it can make the slightest cracks. These cracks allow radiation to pass through the lead apron, exposing you to harmful radiation. To prevent exposure it is recommended to hang your lead aprons on lead apron racks or hooks. Lead apron racks are constructed with high-quality material to allow for many years of use.

If a lead apron has the slightest crack, it is considered no good and should be properly disposed. Since medical facilities are typically fast-paced environments, they don’t need to spend more time and money on additional lead aprons. Lead apron racks will help cut down on having to re-purchase lead aprons due to cracks and damages.

Lead apron racks come in all sorts of styles and sizes to accommodate your work space. Our garment style apron storage rack is a popular option which allows for a 300 lb. weight capacity and is equipped with heavy-duty casters for excellent mobility. The spyder apron rack is unique in that it can store up to eight lead aprons and three pairs of lead gloves. This rack is constructed of solid steel, equipped with casters for transportation and can hold a weight capacity of 200 lbs.

Remember, you can prolong the life of your lead aprons by taking proper care of them. If you have any questions regarding this post, please feel free to comment below.

How To Store Your Lead Aprons Properly

Did you know that by improperly storing your lead aprons you could potentially be weakening the level of necessary radiation protection? By taking the proper steps to store your lead aprons within lead apron racks while they’re not in use, you are protecting yourself from harmful radiation.

Lead apron racks will appropriately store and organize your lead aprons (or vests) within your department. When you are done wearing your lead apron it’s important not to fold or crease the apron, this can lead to cracking. If a lead apron cracks it is easier for radiation to pass through, ultimately putting yourself at risk for radiation exposure.

Lead apron racks, such as the wall mounted peg style lead apron rack will keep lead aprons safely stored away. The pegs on this rack are 4 inches long and are available in a variety of configurations. So depending on the amount of lead aprons you have to store, you will most likely find the configuration to fit all your aprons and weight capacity. There are a variety of other types of lead apron racks as well, ranging from wall mounted racks to free standing racks. The combination apron and glove holder is a popular rack for storing both lead aprons and lead gloves.

The safety of medical personnel and patients is always a main concern in radiology departments, cath labs and operating rooms. Within each department every lead apron or vest should be stored in a rack or holder.  Since departments within a medical facility are all different sizes, you can choose from our assortment of racks that best fits your needs and space. These lead apron racks are built of high quality material so your facility will be able to use them for many years to come.

Keep in mind that you may be putting yourself at risk by improperly storing lead aprons. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please feel free to post below!

Protect Your Hands During Cardiac Catheterization

Looking to keep your hands protected from radiation during a cardiac catheterization? A pair of radiation protection gloves is a perfect tool for reducing radiation exposure to your hands during any fluoroscopic procedure.

Like many fluoroscopic procedures, during a cardiac catheterization a C-arm system is used. This system allows surgeons to see inside a patient’s body through an x-ray and imaging source. It’s important for surgeons to be able to clearly see arteries in cardiac catheterization procedures, since this procedure can help clear blocked arteries. The surgeon will focus their attention to the images on a monitor (produced by the C-arm) as they insert the proper tubing, dyes or instruments inside the patient. A cardiac catheterization can be as quick as a 45 minute procedure, is minimally invasive and has a lower recovery time.

C-arm systems emit radiation so it is considered best practice for surgeons to use radiation protection, particularly if they perform many of these procedures. Radiation protection gloves will give surgeons excellent dexterity and sensitivity for handling instruments while protecting their hands from both scatter and direct radiation.

Our sterile latex and lead free radiation resistant gloves are made of bismuth impregnated neoprene (thickness of only .008 inches) and offer the following levels of protection from direct radiation exposure:

  • 57% at 60 kVp
  • 47% at 80 kVp
  • 40% at 100 kVp

These radiation protection gloves are available in 6 sizes, each pair of gloves comes in a sterile pouch ready for use in any interventional radiology procedure. These lead free gloves are a one-time use only which can be disposed of in your regular trash removal. So don’t worry about having to pay for disposal fees like many radiation protection apparel requirements!

Protection against radiation while allowing surgeon dexterity with instruments is crucial in today’s interventional radiology procedures. Keep your surgeon’s hands shielded with proper radiation protection gloves. Remember exposure to radiation is cumulative throughout one’s life and the effects can be permanent. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please feel free to post below!

Live Chat Is Now Here To Answer Your Questions

Do you have questions while navigating our website? We now have Online Live Chat available to answer all of your questions! The best part is that you will be chatting online with one of our customer representatives, who are real people.

If you visit our website (www.universalmedicalinc.com) you will notice that we sell thousands of products geared toward the medical industry. Many of our product pages have detailed descriptions and some have informational product videos. However, sometimes that information is not enough and we understand you may still have questions that can be answered by us in real time.

How does our Live Chat work? Well, it’s actually very easy. You simply visit our website and click on the green “Live Support Online” button towards the bottom of the screen.

You will be asked to provide your email address, then you go ahead and type your question into the provided box. You can either choose to email or chat live with us, whichever best fits your schedule. When you select the Live Chat feature you will be connected to one of our in-house customer representatives, who will be able to provide answers for you on the spot. Please know that our customer service representatives are on live chat Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM EST. During all other times, please email your questions and we will get back to you right away.

By incorporating a live chat feature on our website, we are able to provide customers quick, on-the-spot answers so that online purchasing is easy. We enjoy being able to give our customers a positive and personal experience. The live chat feature connects customers to real people, not automated computer responses.

Being able to communicate with you directly and promptly answer your questions will help us better serve your needs. The next time you shop on Universal Medical’s website, remember we will be there to help you with any questions you may have.  All you have to do is ask!

Eliminating Room For Error: The Diode Extended Laser Safety Glasses

Are your medical personnel and patients being exposed to diode, UV excimer and inGaAs laser systems? The diode extended laser safety glasses will protect your eyes from harmful radiation caused by these lasers.

When laser safety glasses protect against multiple laser systems they’re called combination filters (sometimes referred to as a broadband or multi-wavelength combination filter). When your medical personnel are working with multiple laser systems during a procedure or treatment, combination filters are really the best approach. While wearing combination filters, there is less room for error for wearing the wrong glasses with the wrong laser. The adverse side of combination filters is that whenever a multi-wavelength glass or polycarbonate is created, the material will be slightly darker in color to incorporate the necessary protection.

Safety should be the first priority around all medical laser systems. Your facility can eliminate room for error by purchasing laser glasses that correlate with your laser system(s). The diode extended laser safety glasses and goggles will protect your eyes at the following wavelength ranges when working with your diode, UV excimer and inGaAs laser systems:

WavelengthOptical DensityColorVisible Light Transmission
190-420nm6+Green64%
660-780nm2+Green64%
745-1115nm3+Green64%
800-904nm5+Green64%
905-1075nm6+Green64%
10,600nm 6+Green64%

Since these laser glasses are protecting against multiple lasers at various wavelength ranges, the color of the lenses will be slightly darker. The lenses are a green color and transmit 64% visible light. Both medical personnel and patients should be required to wear these laser glasses. Medical laser systems are typically medium to high-powered systems, which if exposed to can have damaging effects on your eyes.

Medical laser systems will to continue to be an essential piece of equipment in many medical facilities. It’s important to ensure laser eye protection among both staff and patients when working around any laser system.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this topic, please feel free to post below!

Retrieving Small Surgical Tools With A Medical Needle Finder

Losing small, hard-to-see surgical instruments in the operating room has become a common problem. Among the hundreds of instruments used in OR procedures, many are extremely small in size, some smaller than a toothpick. A medical needle finder is a perfect addition to your operating room equipment. This product will assist your OR team with retrieving those hard-to-see metal surgical tools that may have been dropped on the floor.

The amount of surgical instruments found in an operating room can be overwhelming. A few of the smaller instruments include sutures, hooks, retractors, blades, tweezers, forceps and scissors, which all can significantly delay inventory count time if missing. The chance of accidentally dropping these instruments on the floor is greater than one might expect.

It is standard for OR personnel to perform a surgical inventory count of all surgical instruments. This inventory count must be done at the beginning and end of each surgery. When you run into the problem of an inaccurate inventory count at the end of the procedure, the missing instruments must be found quickly. This is when the medical needle finder comes into play. It will allow you to retrieve metal surgical tools from the floor and underneath objects using its high lifting capacity of ferrous metal. Many medical professionals will agree that smaller instruments are the hardest to find on the floor and they’re usually the easiest to loose.

The medical needle finder has an overall length of 40 inches, allowing your medical staff to remain upright which will prevent back strains and injuries. Your OR personnel will simply glide the finder around the operating room floor, allowing the magnetic piece to attract the small metal surgical instruments to the edge of the magnet.

With surgical instruments known for being costly, the medical needle finder will save your facility the cost of replacing lost instruments. Furthermore, this finder will drastically reduce your inventory count times when those small surgical tools are missing. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please let us know below.

OR Attractor Magnet: The Solution For Finding Lost Surgical Instruments

Have you ever had that slight feeling of anxiety at the end of an operation when you couldn’t find that last suture needle or scalpel? Or when your inventory count time took far too long? Maybe you haven’t experienced this yet, but there is a good possibility you will in the future if you work in an operating room. Fortunately, we’ve found the solution for finding lost surgical items, the operating room attractor magnet.

This product uses its magnetic head piece to attract metal surgical tools from surfaces. By storing an attractor magnet in all your operating rooms, your medical staff will have a way of retrieving lost surgical instruments from the floor.  The surgical team can remain upright as they use this 40-inch attractor, preventing staff back strains and injuries.

Operating room medical personnel are usually required to perform an inventory count of surgical tools before and after all surgeries. If the post-surgery count is off, it is common that lost tools will be found on the floor of the operating room (particularly if they are small in size). A surgeon is estimated to use between 250-300 surgical tools throughout a surgery, so you can understand how easy it is to misplace these items. Many of these surgical tools, such as sutures, can be small and hard to find if they happen to fall to the floor. The attractor magnet will significantly reduce the time it takes to locate missing tools, ultimately reducing your inventory count time. Its high lifting capacity of ferrous metal will quickly retrieve items from the floor or underneath objects.

OR personnel can invest significant time searching for lost instruments. Missing instruments must be found to make the inventory count accurate and for the procedure to be considered complete.  This prolonged time requires the patient to be under anesthesia for longer than expected, ultimately risking the patient’s safety.

Not only will this product reduce searching time, it can also reduce the costs your facility will spend on replacement tools (which can be very expensive).  The OR attractor magnet is an essential addition to your operating room’s equipment. If you have any questions or comments regarding this product, please let us know below.

5 Ways To Stay Compliant When It Comes To Infection Control

Looking for a few ways to make sure your facility is in compliance with infection control standards? These standards are very important in hospitals and health care facilities today. Infection control standards and guidelines are in place to keep physicians, medical personnel and patients safe.

We came up with five easy ways to help your medical facility stay compliant with many of today’s health care standards and guidelines. Keep in mind, the following are only a few ways to follow infection control standards.

1. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
One of the best ways for protecting staff and patients from infection is to wear personal protective equipment. The following items are commonly found in medical facilities and should be appropriately worn: exam gloves, face masks, protective eyewear, bouffant caps, coverall gowns, etc.

2. Use Infection Control Products
Infection control products should be routinely used throughout your medical facility. These items include hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, towelettes, wipes, etc. These products will help keep certain areas in your facility clean, so it’s important to have them in stock.

3. Protect Your Patients
Patients should have access to certain supplies such as tissues, disposable gowns, hand sanitizer, etc. Medical personnel should know which supplies will keep their patients protected, depending on the patient’s illness.

4. Utilize Organizers & Dispensers


Organizers and dispensers will keep supplies organized, easily accessible and visible. By displaying these units, it will increase supply utilization from your medical staff.

5. Train Medical Staff
Medical staff should have the appropriate training on infection control supplies. Staff should know how these supplies are appropriately used and where to locate these items. They must understand what kind of personal protective equipment is necessary for certain applications. They should also be well informed of all the health care standards and guidelines (i.e. OSHA).

By following these recommendations your facility will comply with many health care standards and guidelines. If you have any questions regarding this post, please let us know below.