Archives for May 2013

3 Ways To Discard Your Retired Lead Aprons

Looking to throw away your old lead aprons?

This is a common question for those who have lead aprons that can no longer be of use. This post will explain a few lead apron disposal methods for properly discarding lead aprons.

Although lead does an excellent job of blocking out radiation, it can be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. It’s important to note that some states may have different regulations and requirements than others, so check your local disposal regulations before. A few ways for lead apron disposal:

  1. Contact a recycling company. You can easily contact a local recycling (or “re-claimer”) scrap metal company and see if they recycle lead products. Oftentimes these companies will take the material and recycle it to create new lead aprons.
  2. Contact your hazardous waste carrier or handling company. Sometimes a local hazardous waste carrier or handling company will come to you and pick-up the lead apron. It’s important to follow your state and local regulations and check to confirm the handling company is licensed.
  3. Bring your aprons to a local landfill. Many local landfills will accept lead aprons however, sometimes landfills won’t accept lead aprons with large cracks or damage due to high toxicity levels.

There may be more ways to throw away lead aprons but these are the most common and appropriate disposal methods. It’s important to know that you cannot throw away lead aprons in the regular trash, it can be harmful to the environment. If you’re not interested in lead aprons, the alternative is non-lead aprons. Non-lead aprons offer the same protection, are typically lighter in weight and can be discarded in the regular trash. Any questions or comments regarding lead apron disposal? Be sure to let us know in the message box below.

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What You Should Know About Surgical Rail Clamps

Surgical rail clamps are a must for the operating room table! These clamps allow medical professionals the ability to easily use OR table accessories by attaching the clamp to side railings. Surgical table rail clamps are available in a variety of styles and sizes to fit your operating room table, perfectly.

Before deciding which surgical rail clamp is best for you, we recommend determining the type of OR table you have, including the measurements of the side railings. Our medical side rail sockets are durable, easy to clean, easy to remove from side railings, have multifaceted designs allowing for horizontal and vertical mounting and increased clamping force to ensure stability.

Having a durable, high-quality surgical rail clamp can really make a difference in the OR. Why risk the possibility of the clamp breaking or falling off during a surgical procedure?

The Elite Clark Socket has a stainless steel construction to ensure longevity. This socket has the ability to securely hold both round bar accessories up to 11/16” diameter and flat bar accessories up to ¼” thick x 1” wide. This universal socket eliminates the need to inventory various clamps since it can mount on all standard North American surgical table side rails (1 ⅛” x ⅜”). With this socket there is no need to use rail notches, once the socket is mounted to the rail you simply adjust it to the desired angle!

The Tri-Clamp Device is a unique clamp in that it allows three individual adjustments for lithotomy, abduction and rail securement. This latex-free clamp accepts ½” to ⅝” round and 1” x ¼” flat accessories. This particular clamp is available for either a European rail of 10mm x 25mm or a standard US rail of ⅜” x 1 ⅛”.

If you’re using surgical rail clamps in your OR already, what kind are you using? We would love to hear from you in our comment box below!

Why You Need MRI Safe Products In Your Medical Facility

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a medical imaging technique for producing images of internal organs and other soft tissues. An MRI is performed in radiology departments and requires special MRI safe equipment due to it’s strong magnetic field.

In clinical practices an MRI is used to differentiate pathologic tissue from normal soft tissue. The advantage of performing an MRI is that the process is safe for the patient, granted you’re following the appropriate safety protocol and using MRI safety equipment.

Because an MRI system uses a strong constant magnetic field, items must be MRI safe before entering the room. We’ve heard of many stories where products such as jewelry, belts, mop buckets, wheelchairs, etc. were brought into the MRI suite causing a strong magnetic pull of the objects. As you can imagine, this presents major danger factors for both patients, medical personnel and the possible damage towards the MRI machine.

Our line of MRI safe products includes a variety of products that are necessary for use in your MRI suite. For example, fire extinguishers are often a required product to have and our MR Tested Fire Extinguisher was designed for this purpose. This 5 lb. fire extinguisher is recommended to be used in and around MRI rooms, is effective for Class B flammable liquids and is electrically non-conductive. Our non magnetic lighting selection allows for the proper medical lighting in the MRI suite. The MRI Surgical Light – Dual Ceiling Mount is ideal for surgical and specialty procedures in MRI facilities. This light will be unaffected by the magnetism associated with MRI applications.

MRI safety is crucial for keeping patients and medical personnel safe during necessary MRI applications. To check out all our MRI products, be sure to visit our website for our full line. If you have any questions or comments please let us know below.

Lap Guard Apron Offers Radiation Protection

We’ve received a lot of questions regarding the importance of lap shields for radiation protection purposes. Lap guard aprons are commonly used by both patients and technologists for protection against radiation. Oftentimes, lap guard aprons are chosen along with a lead vest to help distribute weight evenly, instead of a full lead apron that can sit heavy on the shoulders.

Lap guard aprons are common in procedures where radiation is present, like interventional procedures and x-ray exams. Patients and technologists wear lap guard aprons to shield the lower portion of their body from harmful radiation, protecting sensitive internal organs.

The Quickship LapGuard Apron is unique as it can ship within 1-2 business days, ideal for those looking for a lap guard apron quickly. This apron is the standard 0.5mm Pb equivalency front protection and comes in a sapphire diamond ripstop color. This particular apron measures 24” wide by 20” long with a 1” adjustable buckle.

Our Male Kilt-Guard is another common lap guard apron designed to be comfortably worn with protection of the lower body. This apron is a wrap around, lead free guard with the standard 0.5mm Pb protection in the front and 0.25mm Pb protection in the back. The waist pad insert allows long-term comfort, is available in multiple sizes and is easy to use with the hook and loop closure with 2” safety buckle. The Female Skirt-Guard is very similar to the male kilt-guard, only designed with the female anatomy in mind.

As always, it’s important to follow your medical facility’s guidelines when it comes to radiation protection. We can’t stress enough how important radiation protection is in the medical field today. If you have any questions or comments regarding this topic, please leave a message in the box below!

Using Disposable Foam Positioners To Position Your Patients

Why use disposable foam positioners to position your patients? Well, this post will take a look at the advantages disposable foam positioners can have when used in your medical facility.

Positioning patients can sometimes be difficult, depending on the application. Patients are positioned for surgical purposes, pressure relief, elevation reasons, and the list goes on. Positioners are ultimately used for keeping patients safe, including medical staff. By having your medical team utilize the proper patient positioners, it can make the process more efficient and comfortable for the patient.

Our line of disposable foam positioners includes a large variety that can be used for various medical settings. Our disposable foam selection consists of head positioners, arterial cannulation supports, armboard pads, elbow protectors, heel protectors, leg positioners, wedges, bolsters and rolls.

The Prone Concave Head Positioner was designed for use in lateral, supine or prone positioning. This disposable positioner assists in accurate neck and spinal alignment. The best part is that this positioner is disposable after use, ideal for infection control purposes!

The Disposable Dome Shape Positioning Bolster was created to assist in prone or sidehead placement. This bolster will help in stabilizing the patient’s neck for surgical, x-ray procedures, elevation, or other areas where pressure needs to be reduced.

Whether you’re positioning patients for procedures or pressure relief and elevation, it’s important to use proper positioners. Having positioners that are disposable after use will help with infection control. If you have any questions or comments about disposable foam positioners, make sure to comment in the box below!

How To Store And Clean Your Radiation Safety Glasses

How do I care for my lead glasses? 

Here are a few basic recommendations for storing and cleaning your radiation safety glasses. After reading this post you will know how to properly store your lead glasses and safely clean your standard, anti-reflective coated lead glass lenses, and fog-free lead glasses.

Storage

Your radiation safety glasses should be stored in a unit that is clean and in “ready to use” condition, away from dust, dirt and other contaminants. For example, the clearly safe acrylic small safety eyeglass holder is ideal for holding radiation safety glasses. For a larger dispenser, the clearly safe acrylic three-in-one safety dispenser can hold approximately 20 glasses along with other safety supplies. This larger unit has a flip-open top to allow easy access while keeping glasses dust-free. These units are a great place to leave radiation safety glasses before and after use.

Cleaning for Standard & Anti-Reflective Coated Lenses:

Here are a few recommendations for cleaning your standard & anti-reflective coated lead glasses:

  • Rinse dirt, dust and particles from lenses by running glasses under a stream of tepid water. If you don’t rinse debris from the lens it may result in scratches that cannot be removed.
  • Apply a small amount of water-diluted hand or dish soap to lenses and carefully rub over the entire surface.
  • Rinse the lenses thoroughly under a stream of water then wipe dry with a dry cloth.
  • Always store your lead glasses face-up in the included case to avoid scratches.

Cleaning for Fog Free Lenses:

Here are a few recommendations for cleaning your fog-free lead glasses:

  • Always use a microfiber cloth to clean and dry lenses and always rub lenses gently.
  • Use a combination of 4 parts alcohol and 1 part water to clean lenses with your microfiber cloth and thoroughly dry.
  • After cleaning, the strength of your fog free coating will temporarily weaken. For best results, we recommend cleaning glasses at the end of the day to leave them out in an open, dry area outside the case for several hours/overnight so that the coating can completely dry.
  • Do not use ammonia or chlorine as a cleaner, do not rinse or submerge lenses in water.
  • Always store your lead glasses face-up in the included case to avoid scratches.

Taking these recommendations into consideration when storing and cleaning lead glasses will help extend use. It’s important for radiologic technologists to follow instructions listed with lead glasses. As always, if you have any questions please let us know in the comment box below!

Microscopes: Which Type Is Right For Your Application?

Microscopes have become an essential tool in biology, education and research applications. Microscopes are available in a variety of types, which can make it confusing when determining which will compliment your needs best. This post highlights the different types of microscopes we offer to determine which is right for your application.

Stereo Microscopes

Stereo microscopes are designed for low magnification. This specific type of microscope has two eyepieces, helping the sample or object look three-dimensional. Stereo microscopes are typically used to study surfaces of solid samples, commonly in microsurgery, medical research, biology, education, manufacturing, and inspection purposes. This microscope is ideal for comparing two samples side by side.

Compound Microscopes

Compound microscopes are designed with two or more convex lenses, allowing a high magnification level. This microscope allows the user to see detailed micro-organisms, bacteria, blood samples, cells and tissues. Ideally the compound microscope is used in scientific, medical research, education and biology applications. This particular microscope has the ability to magnify a sample up to 1,000 times.

Biological Microscopes

Biological microscopes are often used to study organisms, cells, pond life samples, and other microscopic life forms. Most commonly used in education, benchtop, research and biology, the Nexcope CM200 Series Biological Monocular Microscope – LED Illumination is a popular biological microscope and is a rechargeable microscope with Green Friendly LED technology. This particular biological microscope has a 360 degree rotatable head and is built to last with die cast aluminum construction and all glass lenses.

Other factors to consider include the different types of eyepiece styles. Microscopes come in monocular, binocular or trinocular eyepieces. The monocular style has one eyepiece with the objective for monocular vision and magnification capabilities of 1,000 times. Binocular consists of two eyepieces which is ideal for slide samples and two eyepieces tend to be more comfortable for the user. Trinocular consists of three eyepieces, allowing for the ability to mount a camera on the third eyepiece for specific applications.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the different types of microscopes, please let us know below.

High Quality IV Poles Are Necessary In Today’s Medical Field

IV poles and stands are a familiar item to see in any medical facility, particularly a hospital. IV poles, or intravenous poles, provide patients with a continuous supply of fluids and medicine. IV poles and stands come in all different styles, sizes, added features and are constructed of different materials.

In today’s medical field, high quality IV poles and stands are necessary. It’s important that IV poles are easy to use and accessible. These stands ultimately help improve patient care, by allowing mobility instead of being confined to a hospital bed or chair.

Our selection of IV poles and stands include chrome IV stands, IV irrigation systems, IV infusion pump stands and stainless steel IV stands. The Automatic Thumb Control Stainless Steel 5-Leg IV Stand is a common stand for various types of medical facilities. This stand is 24” in diameter and has a polished die cast 5-leg aluminum base with wall saver end caps to protect against scuff marks. A unique feature of this stand is its automatic thumb control height adjustment from 67” to 98”.

The Lakeside Chrome Infusion Pump Stand: 6 Leg Oversize Base – 4 Ram’s Horn Hook is another common IV stand in the medical field. The bottom pole is 1 ¼” diameter chrome plated steel tubing and the top pole is ⅞” in diameter. The 6-leg oversize 26” base offers exceptional stability for heavy duty use. The rubber wheels and casters provide quiet, effortless movement, allowing easy mobility. The height adjustment range for this particular stand is 52.25” to 102.75”.

IV poles and stands are important items in the medical field. Be sure to take into consideration the many different styles, sizes, features and materials used for IV stands and poles. If you have any comments or questions, be sure to let us know in the comment area below!

Why Safety Is Essential In Bariatric Patient Transfer

Safety is an important factor in bariatric patient transfer. With the number of bariatric patients increasing, it’s more important than ever that bariatric patients are safely transported. So, how should you keep bariatric patients safe while transporting them throughout your medical facility?

Let’s start with stating that safe handling and care guidelines are a must! Specific requirements and handling guidelines are most likely already established in your medical facility. Guidelines for safely handling bariatric patients typically include:

  • Eliminate hazards that might pose a potential accident during patient transfer (tripping or bumping into equipment/items on the floor)
  • Provide proper training and education to medical professionals to ensure best patient transfer practices

After safety guidelines are in place, finding high-quality bariatric patient transferring equipment is important. Bariatric patient transfer boards are essential as far as equipment goes. The Bariatric Transfer Board – Supine Position is a semi-flexible moving platform, with hand holes all around the board for secure patient transfer. This radiolucent board allows you to safely reposition a patient back and forth from stretcher to bed or table. This transfer board is ideal for bariatric patients with a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs and allows for 2-6 people to move the patient.

The Bariatric Transfer Board – Seated Position is a premium heavy-duty transfer board with two hand holes and tapered ends. This board is ideal for patients in the seated position and serves those transferring from a wheelchair. This particular board has been stress tested to hold up to 650 lbs. It’s important to consider the patient’s weight before transferring them and acknowledging the weight capacity of each transfer board.

While transferring bariatric patients, keep in mind the importance of safety and quality transfer equipment. If you have any questions or would like to share any comments, please let us know in the comment box below!

Scatter Drapes Used In Interventional Radiology Procedures

How should your medical staff protect themselves against scatter radiation? To start, scatter radiation is a form of secondary radiation that takes place when direct radiation occurs forcing some x-ray particles to scatter.

There are multiple ways to protect against scatter radiation. By wearing the appropriate radiation protective apparel such as lead aprons, lead gloves and lead glasses will ensure radiation protection. Scatter drapes are radiation absorbing shields that are placed on the patient during interventional radiology procedures, reducing the level of scattered radiation exposure to medical staff.

The Attenurad Scatter Drape is designed as a multi-purpose radiation protection shield used in many different interventional radiology procedures. In many types of interventional radiology procedures the main concept is to be minimally invasive using image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat diseases. Scatter drapes are often used in these procedures to protect against scatter radiation.

The sterile multipurpose scatter radiation protection drape has two unique half moon cutouts to allow the drape to be placed over the area of focus. This coverage will provide protection from scatter radiation without meddling with procedure results. The scatter drape is placed on the patient using the drape’s five medical grade adhesive strips. The drape is flexible and will easily mold to the patient’s body when placed for a procedure.

You’re probably thinking, what is the level of protection this scatter drape offers? Well, this drape was specifically designed for levels of scatter radiation however, testing has proved that this drape will also provide protection of 0.22mm lead equivalency from a direct beam at 80 kVp. Another added feature is that the scatter drape is lead free and is made up of materials proven not harmful towards the environment. This also makes the drape disposable without special handling requirements.

If you’re working in interventional radiology procedures, we recommend the attenurad scatter drape to protect medical staff from scatter radiation. Any questions or thoughts, please let us know below!