Archives for September 2013

Minimizing Radiation Exposure With Lead Blockers

Though x-ray machines are beneficial in many ways, the radiation emitted from them can be dangerous for both patients and medical staff. It’s recommended that lead blockers are used to prevent scatter radiation during your diagnostic imaging procedures.

Lead blockers are one of the best ways to protect patients and staff members from excess radiation during x-ray procedures. The x-ray sheet is ready to drape wherever lead sheeting is required. These blockers help block radioactivity from going to unwanted areas. The coated lead vinyl sheeting can drape for on the job applications wherever your required to using flexible lead sheeting.

Depending on your room setup, you will want to know which size lead blocker you need for maximum protection. Lead blockers come in a large selection of sizes to accommodate your space. Radiology blockers are available in either 0.25mm, 0.5mm or 1mm lead equivalency for radiation protection.

Keep in mind proper radiation protection gear is still necessary with the lead blocker. Is your medical facility currently using lead blockers for radiation protection? Let us know in the comment box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: X-Ray Apron Front vs. Full Protection

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday offers a  few tips when determining whether you need front or full protection when it comes to x-ray aprons. It’s important to keep in mind that scatter radiation can easily reflect off objects in the exam room, so knowing the difference between front and full protection is very important.

What type of protection do you need? 

Download our free white paper to learn about the four main factors you will need to consider to find right x-ray apron for you. The process of selecting the right x-ray apron can seem overwhelming but it can be reduced to a few simple steps. Whether you are buying for yourself or a team, amidst the abundance of radiation shield options, there is the right x-ray apron for you.

 

 

Why It’s Important To Have The Right Bariatric Equipment

It has been said there is a noticeable increase in the number of bariatric patients in healthcare facilities today. Having the appropriate and high-quality bariatric equipment is essential for providing the best care to your bariatric patients.

Transferring bariatric patients can be difficult for medical staff. It’s important to have the right tools for transferring patients from stretchers to tables or hospital beds. We recommend bariatric transfer boards to help secure the patient and make it easier for medical personnel. The bariatric transfer board – supine position is a semi-flexible moving platform with guided hand holes all the way around. This particular transfer board allows 2-6 people to move the patient depending on the patient’s size.

Medical scales are also a regularly needed item when working with bariatric patients. The bariatric waist-high stand-on scale is specifically engineered for weighing obese and unsteady patients. This scale features a larger platform, stainless steel handrails with padded grips and has a weight capacity of 1000 lbs.

Step stools are also a popular item used for assisting patients and provide them a secure method of stepping up or down from a hospital bed. The clinton double-step chrome bariatric step stool with handrail is extra wide with deep tops and has a reinforced base and top.

Having medical equipment specifically designed with bariatric patients in mind will benefit both patients and medical staff in your medical facility. Is your health care facility utilizing bariatric equipment with your patients? Let us know in the comment box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: Personalizing Your X-Ray Apron

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday features the benefits of personalizing your x-ray apron through different colors and styles. Personalizing your  x-ray apron can help differentiate between other x-ray aprons in your facility.

 

 

Selecting the most appropriate apron is essential to ensuring protection from harmful radiation

Choosing an x-ray apron may sound straightforward, but there are almost as many customizable apron options as there are healthcare professions in need of them. Download our free white paper to learn more about the basic differentiators that you should consider before purchasing your x-ray apron.

 

Using A Bead Homogenizer For Cell Lysis

Trying to find an easy-to-use and efficient homogenizer for cell lysis in your laboratory? Homogenizers can be used in applications such as cell lysis which is the process of breaking down cells.

Bead mill homogenizers are often used because of their reputation to deliver consistent and reproducible results. Bead milling takes place by the crushing of beads as they collide with sample cells during vigorous shaking or stirring. It is also said that bead homogenizers are highly effective on tough tissue samples. After running the homogenizer, the beads will settle to the bottom of the tube and the cell can be easily extracted and removed.

The Bead Bug Microtube Homogenizer is an extremely powerful mixing action for lysis, grinding or homogenization. This homogenizer uses beads to homogenize and is more effective and faster than tissue grinders while mixing 1, 2 or 3 tubes simultaneously. The optimized mixing motion causes agile cell disruption through continuous mixing. This homogenizer has dimensions of 6.9″ x 8.3″ x 5.3″, making this unit compact and ideal for busy laboratory work bench stations.

Another bead homogenizer includes the Bead Blaster 24 Microtube Homogenizer, which is ideal for those who need up to 24 tubes homogenized simultaneously. The bead blaster 24 completely lyses, grinds and homogenizes a wide variety of biological samples. Even the most difficult and resistant samples are fully homogenized, often in 35 seconds or less. Are you using a bead homogenizer in your laboratory? Let us know what types of samples you’re working with in your laboratory!

Whiteboard Wednesday: How To Select An X-Ray Apron That Fits You

When it comes to x-ray aprons you want to make sure your are wearing the appropriate size. This week on Whiteboard Wednesday we discuss important steps to remember for the next time you go to select an x-ray apron.

To ensure protection, it is imperative to assure that the x-ray apron fits properly. 

Download our free white paper to guide you through the process of selecting the right apron for you. If an apron is too large or or too small it will not provide optimal protection from radiation.

 

 

 

Stabilizing Upper Extremities During Surgical Procedures

The process of stabilizing patients during surgical procedures is crucial. Being able to properly stabilize and position your patient will directly correlate to the success of that operation. To ensure your patient’s upper body and arms are positioned correctly, surgical arm boards are a necessary addition to your exam table.

By properly positioning a patient’s arm on one of our surgical arm boards, you are reducing the risk of injury. Positioning injuries can take place during surgeries for many reasons. These injuries can include hypotension, hypoxia, direct nerve injury from compression, etc. When positioning patients it’s also important to be aware of patients with existing injuries, since they are higher risk. These patients would include those with peripheral nerve injury, peripheral vascular disease, obesity or diabetes.

Patients experience a higher level of comfort with upper extremity support. With surgical arm boards, the physician can easily adjust the patient’s arm to facilitate access and manipulation during procedures. This keeps the patient safe and allows better access for the physician and medical staff.

The ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) recommend the following for positioning upper extremities:

  • In the supine position, arm should be limited to 90०.
  • Patients with arm positioned using a surgical arm board should be positioned in way to reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve of the humerus.

Surgical arm boards are excellent additions to your exam table in order to prevent patient injury and increase comfort level. If you have any questions, please comment in the box below!

Hospital Disinfectant Spray For Keeping A Safe Environment

Routine cleaning services in hospitals might not be enough. Cleaning services will clean and disinfect hospital rooms, but these routine services won’t necessarily protect against MRSA, VRSA, verticillium albo‐atrum, listeria monocytogenes, etc.

The Mold Medics “M” Spray is a chlorine-free fog spray to treat microscopic airborne spores while penetrating porous surfaces, cracks and crevices to reach hidden mold, bacteria and pathogens.

How do you use the Mold Medics “M” spray in your hospital room? Simple. After the hospital room is cleaned with your existing cleaning service, you will simply spray this fog in the room. This spray will treat microscopic airborne spores that create mold, bacteria, odor, allergens, etc. This product is made from natural ingredients and will leave a wetness behind after sprayed. It will dissipate in about 7-8 minutes and you will be able to use the hospital room quickly after use of this spray. It generally takes one can of this hospital disinfectant spray per hospital room, depending on the size of the room.

What are the benefits of using Mold Medics “M” spray? By using this spray you are not only keeping your space clear of bacteria, mold, odor and allergens but you’re also killing possible viruses such as MRSA and e-coli that can be dangerous to patients and staff.

The mold medics spray is a common disinfectant product used in many hospitals and healthcare facilities. If you have any questions or comments regarding our Mold Medics spray, please let us know below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Size Matters For X-Ray Aprons?

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday features x-ray aprons and why the right x-ray apron size is important. Throughout the next few weeks our weekly Whiteboard Wednesdays will focus around x-ray aprons, since we receive many questions about them!

 

To ensure proper radiation protection, it is imperative to find a properly fitting x-ray apron. 

Download your free white paper to help guide you through the process of selecting the apron that will work best for you. There are several important factors that you will need to consider before making your purchase. Remember we are here to help, so please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.