Archives for February 2014

How To Whirl A Whirl-Pak Specimen Bag?

Wonder how Whirl-Pak bags got their name? Well, because by whirling your Whirl-Pak specimen bag, it creates a tight seal! Whirl-Pak specimen bags are very unique sample bags as they are durable and have many features to make your specimen handling process easy. It’s very simple to mix the sample in the whirl-pak specimen bag, this post will break down the step-by-step process of whirling your whirl-pak bag.

There are many styles and sizes within the Whirl-Pak family. For the smaller to medium sized bags here are instructions on how to use them:

  1. Label the bag with any necessary sample information. (You can use virtually any writing instrument – ballpoint pen, pencil, felt-tip marker)
  2. Tear off the top of the bag along perforation.
  3. Use the pull tabs on each side of the bag to open. (Sometimes a little pull on the bottom of the bag can help when opening)
  4. Put the sample, either liquid or solid, into the bag. (Leave space at the top for closing and mixing if necessary)
  5. Pull the ends of the wire to close the bag. Hold the bag by the wire ends, whirl the bag 3 complete revolutions to form a leak-proof seal. (whirling the bag will  create the tightest seal)
  6. Bend the wire ends over onto the bag to complete the closing.

For larger bags, you can simply close the bag by folding the tab over as tightly as possible.

For a visual on how to whirl a whirl-pak bag, click here for our instructional sheet. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comment box below!

February: American Heart Month

With February almost at a close, we didn’t want to forget about American Heart Month! February is nationally recognized as American Heart Month, a perfect time to learn about keeping a healthy heart! We have listed a few important facts for American Heart Month:

  1. According to the CDC, the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States is cardiovascular disease. This includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure.
  2. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) costs the U.S. over $300 billion each year! (This includes cost of medical services, medications and lost productivity)
  3. Most heart attacks are discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The feeling has been described at uncomfortable squeezing, pressure, fullness or pain.
  4. A few CVD prevention tips: monitor your blood pressure, have your cholesterol checked, have routine physicals from your doctor, eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight, incorporate exercise part of your routine, do not smoke, avoid drinking too much alcohol, ,manage diabetes, take prescribed medication.

Keeping a healthy heart is very important, for more information about American Heart Month and tips visit the American Heart Association: www.heart.org

Whiteboard Wednesday: How To Size Yourself For Your Lead Glasses

Properly sizing yourself for your lead glasses is important and knowing the measurements before purchasing is helpful. With many different styles to choose from, it’s important find the style and size that will fit best. A few key measurements to look for:

  • Eye size: refers to the horizontal width in millimeters of one of the frame’s lenses
  • Bridge size: measurement is the distance in millimeters between the two lenses. It is measured between the two closest points of the two lenses.
  • Temple size: is measured along the length of the temple, from one end to the other, including the bend.

To learn more, watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday video below!

Featured Product: Padded Rubber Patient Restraint Strap with Buckles and Hooks

Today’s featured product is our Padded Rubber Patient Restraint Strap with Buckles and Hooks. This padded safety strap is ideal for safely and comfortably securing patients to an operating room table.

Features

  • Strap Width: 2″ W
  • Padded Mid-Panel Dimensions: 18″ L x 5″ W
  • Available in 3 lengths: 96″, 108″, 120″
  • Strap Material: All Rubber, Conductive
  • Mid-Panel Pad Material: 3/4″ Thick Softcare Memory Foam with Deluxe Stretch Material Cover
  • Buckles: Two Airplane Style buckles to adjust strap length
  • Hooks: Ships complete with Two side rail Hooks to quickly anchor and remove the strap from the operating room table
  • Latex Free

New Partnership With Globe Scientific!

Exciting news – we have recently partnered up with Globe Scientific to bring our customers a larger selection of laboratory products! With this new partnership, we will be adding a variety of laboratory products from culture and centrifuge tubes to serological pipettes and well plates.

Who is Globe Scientific?

For over 30 years, Globe Scientific has been a top manufacturer for high-quality laboratory products. Their products range from lab plasticware, glassware and essential bench-top equipment to keep your lab running smoothly. Their products can be found in a number of clinical, research, veterinary, kit manufacturing, education facilities nationwide.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comment section below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: Finding Comfort And Style In Lead Glasses

Today on Whiteboard Wednesday we discuss how to find comfort and style in radiation glasses! It’s important that your lead glasses are comfortable to wear. With many different styles and designs out there, it’s good to know what you’re looking for in leaded eyewear.

What Are The Different Styles Of Lead Glasses? 

Fit Over Lead Glasses

 

Ideal for medical professionals, the fit-over lead glasses have been designed for those who wear their own prescription eyewear. The Phillips fit-over frame is a comfortable and lightweight frame that is designed to fit over most prescription eyewear.

Overall Dimensions

  • Eye size: 59 mm
  • Bridge Size: 18 mm
  • Temple Size: 135 mm

The frames come standard with SCHOTT SF6HT 0.75 mm Pb lead equivalency radiation resistant glass and 0.35 mm Pb lead equivalency side shields. Many medical professionals enjoy the quality and fit over design so that they can wear them over their prescription glasses. The fit-over style frame is perfect for those whose lens prescriptions may change over time. The fit over lead glasses come with a protective case, adjustable strap and microfiber cleaning pouch.

Fit Over Lead Glasses

The glasses were true to the description, arrived quickly, and are perfect for wearing over my prescription lenses. The sleeve and case provided work perfectly. I travel extensively for work and the case makes traveling with the glasses several times a week.~Brandon from San Francisco, CA

Wrap around Lead Glasses 

Offering a panoramic view, the wrap-around frames have been designed to curve around the head providing a larger viewing area and improved comfort. Those who are looking for a rugged and sporty look will find that the semi-circular shape of the wrap-around frame provides a wider field of vision and improved peripheral vision. The wrap-around lead glasses are well-suited for people with oval, heart-shaped or diamond faces.

Jake Wiley-X Wrap Around Radiation Glasses

Excellent product, I have had many compliments on the style of the Jake Wiley-X Wrap Around Glasses, peripheral vision is excellent, the case is great, and service from Universal Medical is excellent. Thank You ~Richard Martin from Auburndale, FL

Lead Goggles

Designed to be worn over existing eyewear or those who prefer goggles over traditional lead glasses. The large lens pockets allow for an enlarged viewing area. The front lenses come standard with SCHOTT (SF6HT) 0.75 mm lead equivalency radiation resistant lead glass. The goggle design is ideal for those looking to protect against splashing and sweat on their face. The elastic headband makes wearing the lead goggles more comfortable for longer procedures.

Questions? 

Selecting the right pair of lead glasses or goggles is an important decision, take the time to review your options before making your decision. If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to contact us. We want you to select the right pair of lead glasses that will provide you with the proper protection and a comfortable fit.

Whiteboard Wednesday: ALARA Principles

Radiation safety officers (RSO) review information from dosimeters to ensure the individual is under the regulatory radiation dose limits. ALARA (As-Low-As-Reasonably-Achievable) is a radiation measure for minimizing radiation exposure that all medical facilities should follow. Be sure to watch today's Whiteboard Wednesday video to learn more!

Featured Product: Apron Carry Bag

Today’s featured product is the apron carry bag, perfect for the rad tech on the go! This carry bag holds protective apparel, such as lead aprons, lead skirts and lead vests.

Features

  • Conveniently holds and protects your protective apparel
  • Its tube shape design allows for apron to be wrapped around a sturdy cardboard tube, while keeping it safe and secure
  • Includes cardboard tube, carrying handle and shoulder strap
  • Holds one apron
  • Size: 8″ Diameter x 29″ L
  • Latex Free