What You Need To Know About Ultrasound Gels And Warmers

The Importance of Ultrasound Gels

Ultrasound gels are placed on a patient’s skin at the beginning of an ultrasound procedure or exam. Ultrasound gels serve several purposes including its use in a variety of procedures, treatments, and routine exams.

Ultrasound technology works by sending a pulse of high-frequency sound waves into the patient’s tissue using an ultrasound transducer or probe.  The ultrasound gel is placed on a patient’s skin and the transducer carefully glides the gel across the patient’s body. This device sends and receives sound waves which are transmitted to a computer screen for a sonographer to view. The computer screen monitor captures real-time imaging of the patient’s internal organs, also allowing for a screen shot image in case a printout is needed.

Conductive Medium

Ultrasound gels are considered a type of conductive medium used in a multitude of ultrasound diagnostic procedures and treatments. Ultrasound gel can be applied to many different areas of the body therefore being an essential tool in a variety of procedures, treatments and routine exams.

Different Gel Formulations

Ultrasound gels are available in different formulations and sizes. For example, the Aquasonic 100 Ultrasound Transmission Gel dispenser bottle is a favorite among many doctors offices and medical centers. This dispenser bottle is used and recommended by manufacturers of medical ultrasound equipment worldwide. The Aquasonic 100 gel formula is hypoallergenic, bacteriostatic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.

Packaging Designed For Your Needs

The Aquasonic 100 Ultrasound Transmission Gel is available in 20g single-use packettes, 60g Doppler size tubes, 0.25 liter dispenser, 1 liter with dispenser cap, and 5 liter SONICPAC with refillable dispenser. A variety of ultrasound gels are available in refillable containers, dispenser caps and pumps to accommodate your medical setting.

Ultrasound Gel Warmers

An ultrasound gel warmer is a unit designed to keep ultrasound gel bottles at a warm temperature. Ultrasound gel warmers are primarily used to increase patient comfort. These ultrasound gel warmers are easy-to-use and come in a couple different configurations including single bottle and multi-bottle. Using a gel warmer will keep patients relaxed since cold ultrasound gel can cause discomfort for patients. These warmers are constructed of high-quality materials and are made for multiple uses.

Ultrasound gels and warmers are essential tools found in many hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices today. Still not sure which gel is right for you? Why not try a free sample to help you decide? Visit our ultrasound gels and warmers page and select the ultrasound gel that you would like to try and we’ll be in touch shortly.

 

 

What You Need To Know About Your Laser Systems

Lasers emit a source of high-energy light, which can be focused to transmit light onto small areas. Medical lasers have been used in a variety of different applications and procedures for many years. They are used in many clinical, surgical, cosmetic, diagnostic and dermatologic procedures.

Laser Safety glasses are a primary safety requirement and should be worn at all times during laser procedures. It is a crucial that the operating laser and protective eyewear match. This post will highlight a few common lasers and their many applications in the medical arena.

YAG Lasers (Nd:Yag and Er:Yag) are commonly used in the following medical procedures: eye surgeries, dentistry, skin restoration treatments, hair removal, orthopedic procedures and more. This type of laser produces short-pulsed and high-energy light beams giving the ability to cut, perforate and separate tissue. All Yag lasers can be operated in continuous/pulsed or Q-switched mode. Yag Laser Safety Glasses will keep your medical staff and patients protected during Yag laser applications.

CO2 Lasers (carbon dioxide lasers) are very useful in surgical procedures because biological tissue absorbs this frequency of light well. Some medical uses are skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, treatments of skin conditions, microsurgeries and more. It is important to make sure all your medical personnel are properly trained for using and working around high powered lasers. Accidents can easily take place without the appropriate training and education.

Diode Lasers are often used in dentistry and medical applications and have the ability to emit many different ranges of wavelengths. Common medical uses for the diode lasers are hair removal, skin rejuvenation, varicose vein removal, dental applications, treatments of macular degeneration and carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Protective eyewear, like the Diode Safety Laser Glasses should be stored in a protective unit for safe keeping when they are not being used. Safety glasses dispensers will help keep glasses clean and organized.

Alexandrite Lasers are often used in cosmetic and dermatologic treatments also including fluorescence diagnostics. These lasers were developed to isolate and emit certain wavelengths of light to be used in a variety of medical and scientific purposes.

Your facility should be compliant with ANSI standards (Safe Use if Lasers in Health Care) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, both require staff to wear laser safety glasses or goggles when operating or around Class 3b and Class 4 lasers. These lasers can cause significant injuries to the eye, including partial/full loss of vision. There are many other important types of laser systems used in the medical setting and it is important to know the safety measures that are needed with each one. If you have any comments of questions, please let us know below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: Selecting The Right Lab Mixing Equipment

Whiteboard Wednesday Topic

How to select the right laboratory mixing equipment for your facility.

There are three categories of laboratory mixing equipment:

  1. Lab mixers
  2. Shakers
  3. Rockers

Watch our video below to learn more!

Whiteboard Wednesday: What Should Someone Consider Before Selecting A Lab Rocker or Shaker?

Today on Whiteboard Wednesday we’re talking about what someone should consider before selecting a laboratory rocker or shaker. With many different sizes and variations to laboratory equipment, it’s important to know exactly what your lab needs. Watch our Whiteboard Wednesday video below:

Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Reliable Specimen Bags Are Key For Handling Laboratory Samples

Today we’re talking about reliable specimen bags for handling laboratory samples on Whiteboard Wednesday. The problem with selecting sample bags is that the user must have a reliable, high-quality bag for certain applications. Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday to see what types of sample bags are reliable for sampling!

Lead Markers: Helping Technicians With X-Ray Imaging

A Necessary Tool

Lead markers are also referred to as Pb markers, X-ray markers, max markers and radiographic film identification markers. We offer an assortment of unique, personalized lead markers for diagnostic imaging purposes. Lead markers serve as a necessary tool for X-ray technicians to produce accurate and clear X-ray images.

Quickly And Easily Mark X-Rays

The purpose of a lead marker is to mark an X-ray. You will commonly find markers in “left” and “right” letter options, to clearly identify each side of the patient’s body. By labeling the left and right side during an X-ray, it can prevent future mistakes and confusion.

How Many Times Have You Lost Your X-Ray Markers?

You Can Answer Here (Google Doc)

This form is just for fun, but it should be interesting to see the responses. Once you answer the question you’ll be able to see how your results compare with everyone else. Feel free to share this post/form with your friends and co-workers.

Most X-ray technicians can agree that it’s easy to misplace X-ray markers. Personalizing your X-ray markers will help you locate your markers quickly and may even help prevent you from losing your markers. Most medical facilities require X-ray technicians to get markers with their initials to so that they can properly identify their X-ray images.

Personalize Your Markers

Choose Your Initials

You can personalize your lead markers by selecting three letters or numbers. Most of our customers use their initials to make it easy for them to identify the images that they took and to keep track of their markers when they’re not using them.

Easily Find “L” and “R”

Most of our markers are available in blue for the left marker and red for the right marker.

Lead markers come in different shapes and sizes, so, let your personality shine by choosing one of our fish or skull lead markers.

Are you or your X-ray technicians using personalized markers?

Have you ever lost your X-ray markers before? Have a funny story or some words of wisdom? We want to hear from you. If you have any additional comments or questions regarding our lead markers, please leave a comment in the comment box below.

Featured Product: 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer

Today’s featured product is our 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer! This medical anatomy trainer is an excellent tool to improve clinical skills in diagnosis and palpation.

Features:

  • Five identifiable anatomical anomalies
  • Fluid filled cyst for aspiration and palpation
  • 2 palpable lumps (approx. 1 cm and 1.5cm diameter) on the lateral side of the breast
  • Infection in Armpit in axilla region
  • Lump in tissue above the clavicle
  • Modular design for simple replacement of skin, cyst, lump axilliary gland
  • Skin detaches for replacing cysts
  • Realistic tactile feel
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Weight: 1.11 kg (2.45 lb)
  • Dimensions: 33 x 25 x 15 cm (13.0 x 9.8 x 5.9 in)

This clinical breast trainer is a great medical tool to use for hands on learning. Have a question or comment about our clinical breast trainer? Leave a message in the box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Different Types of Pipettes For Your Laboratory

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday features different pipette types for your laboratory setting. Today we discuss the different types of pipettes offered on our website, which include:

  • Adjustable Volume
  • Fixed Volume
  • Electronic
  • 8-Channel
  • 12-Channel
  • Repeater
  • Positive Displacement
  • Disposable Polyethylene

Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday to learn more about our different pipette styles!

6 Anatomical Models For Setting Up Your Physical Therapy Anatomy Laboratory

In physical therapy, it’s important for medical staff to fully understand the human anatomy and how it works. Did you know the brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text? For learning purposes, anatomical models are an excellent tool to use.

So what type of anatomical models will help set up your physical therapy anatomy laboratory? We’ve listed a few top anatomical models used for physical therapy training and applications.

  1. Lifting Demonstration Figure: Provide your clients with a graphic demonstration of the effects of correct and incorrect lifting techniques on the spine.
  2. Shoulder Joint with Rotator Cuff 5-Part: This model shows the musculature of the rotator cuff and the origin and insertion points of the shoulder muscles.
  3. Muscled Knee Joint Model: Included with this model is an educational card, this model is articulating the right knee with ligaments: meniscus, fibular collateral, tibial collateral, anterior and posterior cruciate and patellar ligament with patella.
  4. Functional Elbow Joint Model: This model provides an excellent graphic demonstration of the anatomy and mechanics of the joint, allowing better doctor-patient or teacher-student understanding.
  5. Hip Joint with Removable Muscles 7-Part: For educational purposes, the origin and insertion areas of the muscles have been raised and presented in color on the hip joint.
  6. Functional Model of the Knee Joint: In this model, the ligaments flexibility allows an excellent demonstration of the full range of motion, including flexion, extension, inner and outer rotation.

For a full list of joint anatomy models and other anatomical models for setting up your physical therapy laboratory, be sure to visit our anatomical model category on our website.

Why Medical Training Models Are Essential For Medical Students

Medical training models are common for teaching medical students certain medical applications and procedures. Anatomical models and simulators will help guide students in learning the process of a procedure, while increasing their comfort level with the application. Medical training models not only provide the student with hands-on practice, it gives the student a visual to apply real life situations instead of reading about it via books and slides.

We have a variety of models and simulators to choose from, such as CPR simulators, medical patient simulators, IV training models, real baby care dolls, and more! Our I.V. Injection Arm Model is unique in that it allows a realistic training to teach competence to medical staff. This model is also great for group instructors because of its high quality, stain resistance and easy to clean material. Many instructors use this model for the following training:

  • Intravenous injections
  • Correct puncture of peripheral veins for blood sampling. The following veins can be punctured: basilic vein, cephalic vein, median cubital vein, dorsal venous rete of hand
  • Positioning of a venous catheter

Another popular medical training model is our Basic Billy Basic Life Support Simulator. This simulator is used to teach students CPR techniques focusing on the depth and force of compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiac failure is one of the leading causes of death and with this medical training model, it shows how easy it is to provide help and save lives through correct CPR techniques.

Are you currently using any medical training models in your facility?