Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) Are More Common Than You May Think

Did you know approximately 1 out of every 20 patients who are admitted into the hospital will pick up a hospital-acquired infection during their stay? You probably know someone who has acquired an infection while staying in the hospital, but might not realize how common it is. A majority of the time, these hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are often preventable.

Hospital acquired infections typically occur to a patient 2-3 days after being admitted into the hospital. HAI often require patients to stay longer in the hospital, which also includes a longer recovery time. With a longer stay and recovery time, the cost of being in a hospital increases.

Who is more vulnerable to acquire hospital infections?

  • Young children (usually newborn babies or sick children)
  • Elderly people
  • People with existing medical conditions (for example, diabetes)
  • People who have diseases that compromise their immune system or those in chemotherapy treatments or being treated with steroids.

Most common types of hospital acquired infections

  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Wound infections
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Bloodstream infection

What are other risk factors associated with an HAI?

  • Long stay at the hospital can increase your risk for contracting a hospital infection.
  • Not properly washing your hands by hospital staff and patients.
  • The length or type of operation or surgical procedure.
  • Medical equipment that isn’t properly used or sterilized can introduce possible infection into a patient.
  • Any wound or surgical incision are inclined to infections.

How to reduce your risk of an HAI?

  • Before going to the hospital, stop smoking, keep a healthy weight, let your doctor know of any existing illnesses and manage your diabetes appropriately.
  • During your stay, make sure to wash hands properly.
  • During your stay, let your nurse know of any unclean or contaminated items in your room.
  • Ask family and friends not to visit you if they are not feeling well.

Some people are more susceptible to hospital infections compared to others. It’s important to bring awareness to hospital acquired infections, since they have become more and more common.

It’s Multiple Sclerosis Month, 5 Things To Know About MS

March is Multiple Sclerosis month, which gives awareness to a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks a person’s central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). It’s important for people to understand what multiple sclerosis (MS) is and how this disease can impact a person’s life.

  1. MS symptoms can range from mild to severe, since MS is unpredictable and often varies from person to person. Symptoms may include numbness to the limbs, or for more severe symptoms paralysis or loss of vision.
  2. Today, there have been great advances in MS research and new treatment options that provide hope to those with this disease.
  3. While it’s not proven that MS is hereditary, having a relative such as parent or sibling with MS can increase a person’s risk for developing the disease.
  4. Maintaining good health is crucial for people with MS. This includes proper nutrition, exercise, emotional health, etc.
  5. There are many ways to support MS research and awareness. A few examples are joining an MS event (walk, bike, fundraising), becoming an MS activist, and staying informed.

In an effort to spread knowledge of multiple sclerosis, we hope you share this information. For more information, be sure to visit National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Featured Product: Open-End Serological Pipettes

Today’s featured product are our open-end serological pipettes! These specially designed pipettes feature an open end for use with high viscosity liquids. They provide fast fill and release rates and are typically used with oils, cosmetics, paint, sludge, food and cell-culture applications.

Product Features:

  • Available in 1mL, 2mL, 5mL and 10mL sizes.
  • Polystyrene (PS) Open-End Serological Pipettes are color coded for easy identification
  • Fiber filter plug
  • Sterilized by gamma irradiation
  • Sterility assurance level (SAL): 10-6
  • Non-pyrogenic
  • Individually wrapped in thermoformed paper/plastic peel packaging
  • Safe alternative to glass pipettes
  • Industry standard color coding meets ASTM E1380
  • Calibrated to deliver (TD) at +/-2%. Meets ASTM E934

Thyroid Shield Fabric Options

Interested to know what material some of our thyroid shields are made of? Here’s a list of the material options to choose from:

Ripstop is a soft, flexible, lightweight nylon. Ripstop is 70 denier, 100% nylon and has box pattern weave to prevent rips and tears.

Diamond Ripstop is a thicker, heavier version of the standard ripstop. The diamond ripstop is 150 denier, 100% Polyester Diamond Taffeta pattern to prevent rips/tears and PU Coated.

Vinyl is a material which has a smooth surface and is easy to wipe clean. Embroidery & Pocket Options are not available when selecting this material. This material is 10 mil PVC vinyl.

Solid Color Nylon is 200 denier, 100% Oxford Nylon and PU Coated.

Designer Print Nylon is 200 denier, 100% Polyester with Transfer Print and  PU Coated.

Weblon: This fabric is fluid, moisture and tear resistant. It is also easy to wipe clean. Herculex II, Sure-Check Healthcare Fabric with PVC laminated Anti-Microbial Fabric Protection, 8.5 oz.

Have any questions on any of these materials? Let us know in the comment box below!

Featured Product: Scrub Station Bulk Organizer

Today’s featured product is our Scrub Station Bulk Organizer! This organizer is a perfect solution for keeping your PPE supplies organized and appropriately stored.

Features:

  • Constructed of durable, high impact plastic
  • Acrylic mirror on front
  • Hinged lid for easy fill
  • Front lip keeps supplies from falling out
  • Supplies are easily accessible
  • Width 10.5″ x Height 20″ x Depth 12″ x Weight 8.8 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 20 lbs.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March 2014 is Workplace Eye Wellness Month! We’re really big on eye protection in the workplace, especially in medical and research fields. With over 700,000 work-related eye injuries each year, it’s crucial that workplace eye wellness awareness is discussed. This awareness month is a great time to focus on eye protection and wellness standards within your facility.

The National Safety Council states, “all it takes is a tiny silver of metal, particle of dust, or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent eye damage.”

A few preventative tips from Prevent Blindness include:

  • Visit an eye doctor to make sure you are seeing clearly, this will detect any potential vision problems.
  • When at a computer screen, sit 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Adjust text size on your screen to an appropriate level for you.
  • Change your office lighting so that it lowers glares and reflections.
  • Sit in a chair that can be adjusted.
  • Select screens that can tilt and move, and a keyboard that can adjust as well.
  • The Vision Council recommends the 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

To find more about protecting vision in the workplace, be sure to visit Prevent Blindness organization.

Whiteboard Wednesday: Lens Enhancements For Your Lead Glasses

Some radiation glasses offer lens enhancement options. For example, we offer fog-free lens or an anti-reflective coating that can be added to your lead glasses. Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday as we discuss the benefits of each lens enhancement option!

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Featured Product: 4 oz (118ml) Whirl-Pak Write-On Bags

Today’s featured product comes from our selection of Whirl-Pak specimen bags, the 4 oz. (118ml) Whirl-Pak Write-On Bags!

Whirl-Pak bags made the “universal sample system”, which means that a single sample can be used for all tests required for quality control, product content, and legal compliance.

Features:

  • A convenient white Write-On Strip will accept virtually any writing instruments (ballpoint pen, pencil, or felt-tip marker) for easy sample identification
  • Marking for 100ml and 4oz measurements to assist in volume control
  • High-quality blended polyethylene
  • Puncture proof tabs by extending the tape on the tab past the aluminum wire ends eliminating the sharp points which could puncture the bags or gloves
  • Leakproof closure (whirling or tightly folding the tab over 3 times) prevents impurities from entering the bag and contaminating the sample
  • Sterile with +1 Sterilization, a process of sterilizing sealed cartons of Whirl-Pak bags after manufacturing using ethylene oxide gas at an independent ISO-certified facility
  • Not autoclavable
  • Bags should not be used at temperatures above 180°F (82°C)
  • Bags can be frozen to any temperature, even liquid nitrogen temperatures down to -346°F (-210°C); careful handling required after freezing
  • ISO9001 certified
  • FDA approval

Have any questions on the whirl-pak write-on bags? Let us know in the box below!

7 Nutrition Tips In Honor Of National Nutrition Month!

March 2014 is National Nutrition Month! This is a national nutrition campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) with a theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This campaign is a great reminder of how you can create tasty yet nutritious meals to follow the dietary guidelines. What steps are you taking to participate in National Nutrition Month?

Here are a few nutrition tips in honor of National Nutrition Month:

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Incorporate your meals with salad as a main dish or side salad.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast.
  4. Eat less salt.
  5. Eat at least 3 meals per day and plan your meals ahead of time.
  6. Watch portion sizes to manage your calorie intake.
  7. Drink more water.

Have a question or comment about this blog post, leave a comment in the box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Parts Of A Lead Eyeglass Frame

When selecting a pair of lead eyeglasses it is important to understand the various parts of lead glasses. Find out the common terms used to describe the many parts of lead eyeglasses on today’s Whiteboard Wednesday!