Archives for April 2013

What Type Of Medical Scale Does Your Facility Need?

Is your medical facility using the appropriate medical scale? Having the right scale in a medical setting can make weighing patients easier and more efficient.

The accurate measuring of a patient’s weight isn’t only important, it’s required. Physicians and medical professionals often need to keep track of patient weight loss or weight gain. This information must be correct, that’s why we recommend our high-quality, precise medical scales.

So, what types of medical scales are out there? Well, different types are included in our full line of medical scales: chair scales, floor scales, digital scales, mechanical scales and wheelchair scales. For weighing patients in a wheelchair we offer the Digital Stationary Wheelchair Scale, which has a platform designed to accommodate most wheelchair sizes and comes with an attachable ramp. For medical professional on-the-go, we recommend the Digital Visiting Nurse Scale. This scale is lightweight and portable making them perfect for mobile clinics and home care nurses. For those looking for a more basic approach, the Personal Floor Scale is well-designed and easy to read while having a weight capacity of 350 lbs.

Your medical scale should ensure 100% accuracy. Whether you’re looking for a digital or mechanical form, our large variety of medical scales are used in many medical facilities and hospitals. Having the right medical scale in your health care facility, weight loss clinic, pediatric office or hospital is crucial for weighing patients accurately. If you have any questions or comments regarding our medical scales, please let us know below!

Surgical Mats Are A Must In The Operating Room

Operating room surgeons generally work long hours and often perform surgeries that require standing for a long period of time. You can imagine the toll it can take on their bodies after standing on hard surfaces for hours upon hours. That’s why we recommend medical professionals utilize surgical mats in the operating room.

It’s very important to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue and to create maximum comfort for medical staff. Surgical mats are available in multiple sizes and constructed of various materials. These mats are set on the floor of an operating room so medical personnel can stand on the mat instead of a hard floor.

Surgical mats are intended to help reduce musculoskeletal injury and improve workplace ergonomics. For example, the Disposable Surgical Mat was designed to address three major operating room concerns: surgical comfort, fluid buildup and OR safety.This surgical mat offers elasticity and ultimate cushioning in order to provide exceptional comfort during prolonged surgeries. This disposable surgical mat is often used in the following surgeries: arthroscopy, laparoscopy, spine surgery, total joint replacement & revision procedures, trauma surgery, transplant surgery, neurosurgery & craniotomy, urologic procedures, labor and delivery & c-sections, cardiothoracic surgery, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, oral maxillofacial procedures and ear, nose & throat surgery.

OSHA, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, advocates the use of anti fatigue matting in the workplace. The ramifications of extended standing can lead to serious health problems. Prolonged standing can surmount to leg pain, spinal compression, fatigue, impaired circulation particularly in the lower extremities, etc. Keeping your medical professionals in healthy condition not only benefits the individual but fellow medical staff and patients.

If your medical staff is working in time-consuming procedures without a surgical mat to stand on, consider the future benefits these mats have. Is your facility using surgical mats already? If you have any questions or comments, please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

How Pediatric Exam Tables May Help Reduce Patient Anxiety

Visiting the doctors office as a child has the potential to cause anxiety and uncertainty. Oftentimes pediatricians design their office space to display colors and playful designs that are appealing to pediatric patients. If you’re looking for the appearance of a doctors office to help reduce anxiety for young patients, we have a variety of pediatric exam tables for you.

Our pediatric treatment tables were designed with safety in mind. Although the tables are intended to entertain and maybe distract pediatric patients, safety and durability are essential.

We offer a series of fun pediatric treatment tables, within this series are tables with different designs and accommodating features. For example, the Fun Series Pediatric Treatment Table – Zoo Bus with Jungle Friends features four-door storage with three adjustable shelves. This table has a playful yellow design of friendly zoo animals riding a school bus. This graphic is permanently embedded in the high pressure laminate and will not peel off. This particular exam table will certainly help distract patients and reduce patient anxiety.

Another unique pediatric treatment table is our Find-4 Cabinet Style Laminate Treatment Table. This particular table comes with a unique and detailed design on the cabinet panels. Within this design are hidden items that can make for a fun game while the child is waiting to see their physician.

With a full collection of pediatric exam tables, all displaying unique child-friendly designs, you will be able to find the perfect table for your pediatrics office. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the comment box below.

Why Are Papoose Boards Important?

Papoose boards are important for both dental and medical procedures. These boards help temporarily stabilize a patient and limit their ability for movement. Papoose boards are really a safety measure to prevent patient injury during important procedures.

Did you know these boards were radiolucent? Our papoose boards are metal free and can be used in radiology departments. Constructed of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) these papoose boards are durable and completely radiolucent. There are many papoose boards on the market that contain metal, which will negatively alter data during a diagnostic imaging procedure. Our papoose boards will not artifact your image during an x-ray exam and will safely restrain a patient during this time.

Papoose boards were designed with the intention to be used for children who cannot keep still due to a disorder or have the inability to follow instructions. Our boards are designed in multiple sizes including an adult size. The available sizes include small (infants 3-24 months), regular (2-5 years old), large (6-12 years old) and extra large (teenager-adult). All sizes are MRI safe, latex free and have hanging holes for easy storage. Each set is complete with the following: 1 board, 1 padded three tier flap set, 1 padded head strap and 4 arm/wrist straps.

There are alternatives to using papoose boards, which usually involves sedation. Many physicians and medical professionals will agree that restraining a child on a board is safer than giving patients strong medication.

Keep in mind that papoose boards are designed to ensure safety for patients who cannot be immobilized without restraints. If you have any comments or questions regarding our papoose boards, please let us know in the comment box below!

What To Consider Before Choosing An Ultrasound Table

Trying to choose the right ultrasound table for your medical facility? Ultrasound exam tables are offered in a large variety of designs and are equipped with many features. It’s important to identify which features you’re interested in. We’ve fragmented this post into a few key factors one should consider when selecting an ultrasound table.

1. Patient Weight Capacity
Always check the patient weight capacity of the ultrasound table. A majority of ultrasound tables have a rather large weight capacity, but it’s always a good idea to take this into consideration.

2. Mobility
For many, mobility is a very important factor for ultrasound tables. A mobile ultrasound table can make transferring patients easy and quick. For example, the MD-250 Multi-Purpose Exam Table has 5” locking casters for mobility. Sometimes mobile ultrasound tables aren’t necessary, so it really depends on your setting and application.

3. Table Height and Position Capability
When selecting an ultrasound exam table, take into consideration the measurements of the table itself. Also factor in the table height range to validate that it’s a good fit for your setting, the height range can often vary. Position capability is a major factor since patient positioning is important. Keep in mind that many ultrasound tables can be positioned in a fowler position, Trendelenburg position and other auto level motorized adjustments.

4. Drop Window

A drop window on an ultrasound table is a cutout that drops down and folds up for maximum access to patients. For example, the Echo Pro Echocardiography Ultrasound Table has a swing-out cardiac scanning cutout that can also serve as an armrest. This feature can be very beneficial for sonographers and will improve procedure ergonomics.

In any procedure or treatment, patient comfort and proper positioning is important. Our wide selection of high-quality ultrasound tables will help create a smooth and efficient medical environment for both staff and patients. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share your thoughts below.

Educating Patients Through Anatomical Models And Charts

Anatomical models and charts can offer great benefits for both medical personnel and patients. With a wide selection of charts and models, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for to help inform patients through visual concept.

The human body is complex and varied in that its made up of sophisticated organs and functionalities. Because there are so many diseases, injuries, and illnesses that can affect specific areas of the body, physicians try to explain and articulate information to patients as clearly as possible.

We have a large variety of anatomical education charts and anatomy model designs. Within this broad range of anatomical charts includes: brain and head, ear nose and throat, female and male anatomy, immune system, skin anatomy, vascular system, dental anatomical, extremities, general health, joint, muscle, spine and vertebrae, digestive, heart, lung, skeletal and urinary system charts. Within the selection of anatomical models: alternative medicine, veterinary, brain anatomy, dental, digestive, ear nose and throat, exercise and diet education, extremity anatomy, female and male anatomy, head and skull, heart, immune system and cancer, joint, medical art, medical training, muscle, respiratory, skeleton anatomical, skin and dermatology, spine anatomical, torso anatomy, vascular system and urinary models.

Without a medical background, you might not know where the thoracic vertebrae is located. By showing a patient a full spine model that highlights five sections of the spinal cord it will offer more information for simplified patient education. This model can also be used for lessons in a classroom environment where the didactic colors help to immediately differentiate the full spinal cord, even from a distance.

How better to educate your patients with visual anatomy charts and models? With detailed, high-quality charts and models it’s easier to explain specific areas of the body to patients, especially areas of injury or illness. Are you currently using the power of visual communication with your patients? Let us know if you have any questions or comments in the box below! Find the right anatomical model for your specific application by visiting our e-commerce website.

 

 

Is It Time To Replace Your Table Pad On Your OR Table?

Is it time to replace your foam table pads on your OR table? If there are any rips or tears your answer should most certainly be yes! If your operating room table is used frequently, it may be a good idea to seek replacements table pads to ensure maximum patient comfort.

This post will highlight a few important factors to consider when looking for replacement table pads.

  • Start with identifying what type of OR table you have. Table pads are first broken down into the table brand and model. For example, we sell table pads for the following OR tables: Liebel Flarsheim, Steris, Siemens/Maquet, Skytron, OEC, Midmark, Shampaine/MDT/Getinge and Amsco.
  • Determine the foam pad thickness you are interested in. Keep in mind, the thicker the foam pad typically increases patient comfort. Most table pads are offered in a 2″, 3″, 4″ or 5″ thickness.
  • Then we recommend identifying the types of applications and procedures your OR table is used for. Determine if a majority of the tables use is for lengthy, time-consuming procedures vs. shorter procedures. For lengthy procedures, purchasing the foam table pads with the added top gel layer may be best for patient comfort. Foam table pads with a top gel layer may potentially prevent the development of pressure sores that transpire during lengthy procedures.
  • Another consideration is the table pad cover. Basic models are fluid resistant and the seams are sewn using a waterfall technology. The models with welded covers are fluid proof, meaning the seams are welded for a fluid proof seal. If your OR table frequently experiences bodily fluids, the welded cover is most likely your best option. For infection control purposes, you cannot allow fluids to absorb into the foam underneath the cover.

With our assortment of high-quality foam table pads you can ensure patient comfort during what is most likely a physically and emotionally trying procedure. Creating a high level of comfort for your patients is essential. A relaxed patient is much less likely to suffer from muscle tension, stiffness and other potentially injurious conditions. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below!

It’s All About Safe Patient Transfer

Patients are transported every day within a medical facility. Patient transfers take place for various reasons, often to relocate the patient for further testing or examination. This post will be highlighting the importance of transporting patients safely and how transfer boards can assist in this process.

Patient transfer can oftentimes be a difficult task for medical professionals. Depending on a patient’s size and the quality of transfer boards or equipment used, it can create quite the task.

Safety is the key element in patient transfer. Medical facility’s aim to create safe patient transfers for both the patient and medical personnel. It’s important that your medical staff is equipped with the appropriate transfer accessories for preventing stress on the lower back and shoulders.

Transfer boards can be used when moving a patient from a bed to a stretcher or stretcher to an exam table. Several transfer boards are constructed of polyethylene, many of fabric with rollers on the inside and some are made of sturdy wood. We offer a variety of different transfer boards to accommodate your medical facility’s needs. The Static Treated Transfer Board makes transfers over uneven surfaces safe and easy and has an anti-static coating. This particular transfer board is radiolucent so it can be left underneath patients during procedures. The Roll Aid transfer board is a great solution for performing a lateral transfer between two adjacent surfaces. This board will help reduce personnel back injuries by eliminating the need for physical lifting of patients.

Patient transfer is an important technique practiced in medical facilities everywhere. Be sure that your medical staff is equipped with the best patient transfer equipment. How is your medical facility transporting patients? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Safety Straps, Excellent For Patient Positioning Techniques

Not only are safety straps used to position patients in the medical field, they serve as a safety mechanism as well. In many medical facilities, the proper patient positioning techniques often require durable safety straps.

There are a considerable amount of medical applications that require the use of safety straps to assist in patient positioning. Surgeries that use anesthesia and x-ray procedures are common applications that often require the use of medical safety straps. When patients are improperly positioned the potential for nerve damage, muscle soreness and other associated risks increase.

Safety straps for medical purposes are available in an assortment of options. Our wide variety of safety straps include disposable, velcro, gel, padded, rubber and radiolucent safety straps. The Disposable Velcro Self Strap Restraint System is a leading choice, used to assist in immobilizing patients. This system is available by the roll, case or carton and is loop laminated to hook and make an automatic self adjusting strap/immobilizer during any OR procedure. A unique feature about this restraint system is that it’s disposable, great for infection control purposes. Another common safety strap is our Bariatric Security Strap, ideal for positioning your bariatric patients comfortably. This security strap has an ample pad and four extra-durable straps for a secure fit.

Safety straps will help medical professionals easily and safely position patients. If you have any questions or comments regarding our safety straps, please leave a comment in the box below! The following video illustrates the unique features of our disposable velcro self strap restraint system.

How To Care For Your X-Ray Apron

Proper X-Ray Apron Care

Whether you already have an x-ray apron or you’re planning on purchasing one, it’s important to know the basic care requirements for keeping your x-ray apron intact. Understanding the proper x-ray apron care can result in longer use.

We’ve broken this post down into four simple recommendations to consider for how to care for your x-ray apron.

1. Cleaning
In a medical setting, it’s easy for protective apparel to get dirty. If your x-ray apron is dirty from blood or other bodily fluids, you should clean it as soon as possible. Using cold water and mild detergent, carefully wipe down your x-ray apron. Do not use bleach or any harsh chemicals, this can deteriorate and perhaps alter the effectiveness of protection. Do not autoclave, dry-clean or machine launder x-ray aprons.

2. Storage
Don’t fold, crease, drape, or sit down tightly on your x-ray aprons. We strongly recommend that our aprons are safely hung on a lead apron rack, hanger or equivalent storage unit. After storing your x-ray apron make sure to hook and loop any closure to avoid snagging or tearing of fabric. Storing aprons correctly can increase the life cycle of your x-ray aprons.

3. Inspection
It’s recommended that lead aprons are to be checked fluoroscopically at least once a year to uphold standard performance. Checking x-ray aprons as often as possible is always best practice, the slightest crack can render the apron damaged.

4. Disposal
Each apron that contains lead must be properly disposed. You can do this by contacting a disposal service who can properly discard lead material. Hazardous-waste carriers and certain handling companies have pick-up or drop-off services for unwanted aprons.  Alternatively, all non-lead aprons can be disposed of in the regular garbage disposal. There is no need to contact a disposal service for non-lead aprons.

These recommendations are key to caring for x-ray aprons. Take care of your x-ray aprons, if not the abuse can significantly shorten apron’s use. If you have any questions or comments regarding x-ray apron care, please let us know in the comment box below.

Understanding the key elements of x-ray aprons

If you are looking to purchase a new x-ray apron it is important to understand the core material, coverage and style options of your new x-ray apron. Download your free white paper below to learn more about selecting the proper x-ray apron for your specific needs.