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!

What Kind Of Medication Cart Is Best For Your Medical Facility?

Medication carts can be found in many healthcare facilities and are typically used by medical staff on a regular basis. There are many different types of medical carts such as anesthesia carts, emergency carts, ergonomic carts, isolation carts, etc. Medication carts specifically, are very common in hospitals, clinical settings and other medical facilities.

The purpose of a medication cart is to make it easier and more efficient for medical personnel to give out medication to patients. Without a cart to store medication, it can be difficult to keep medication organized and stored properly.

It’s important to find medication carts that offer durability. Our carts are built from heavy-duty steel with double-wall construction and electronically welded seams. Durable medication carts can result in years of reliable performance, crucial for any medical facility.

Medication carts are available in many different sizes, shapes, colors, and are sometimes constructed of different material. The Value Line 360 Capacity Punch Card Medication Cart with Key Lock has overall dimensions of 46.75″ high x 29.5″ wide x 22.5″ depth. This cart was designed to meet the storage needs for an individual, a group home or a large nursing unit. This specific cart has a painted steel cabinet and drawers with an internal locking narcotics box in the bottom 9” drawer.

The Wood Laminate 480 Capacity Punch Card Medication Cart with Key Lock has a cherry mahogany wood-look and provides an attractive alternative to traditional medical carts. This specific cart was designed to look like a piece of furniture and with 480 punch card capacity.

Medication carts allow medical personnel to provide better patient care. With a variety of medication carts, your medical facility will be able to select the perfect medication storage cart. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, please let us know below!

Safely Dispose Needles And Syringes With Sharps Containers

 Sharps Containers are an essential item to have in your medical facility for protecting patients and staff. By utilizing sharps containers within your medical facility it allows medical professionals to properly dispose needles and syringes.

By not discarding needles and syringes into sharps containers, it can pose health risks to not only medical professionals and patients, but also the public and waste workers. Sharps can consist of needles, scalpels, broken glass, syringes, capillary tubes, etc. Hospitals, medical facilities and many organizations are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to place sharps into sharps containers that comply with OSHA regulations. The main purpose of sharps containers is to protect employees from sharps that may carry contagious diseases.

It’s important for medical professionals to dispose of sharps promptly. They shouldn’t be left on the medical tray or out in the open, sharps should be disposed in sharps containers as soon as possible to eliminate potential accidents.

Things to look for in sharps containers: containers should be puncture resistant, leak proof, appropriately labeled or color-coded red to alert others contents are hazardous. Sharps containers are offered in various sizes (typically by US quart), which will depend on your facility’s disposal volume.

The 8 Qt. Horizontal Sharps Container Red is a popular item and has touch-less deposit of sharps. This automatic rotating chamber is designed to safely deposit sharps into the puncture resistant container. It can be mounted to the wall with optional wall mounting bracket, for efficient work set up.

Sharps containers are essential for the proper disposal of sharps in any medical application. It’s important to keep people safe when working around these items using precautionary equipment, like sharps containers. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to let us know in the comment 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!

Surgical Mats Are A Must In The Operating Room

Operating room surgeons generally work long hours and often perform surgeries that require standing for a long period of time. You can imagine the toll it can take on their bodies after standing on hard surfaces for hours upon hours. That’s why we recommend medical professionals utilize surgical mats in the operating room.

It’s very important to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue and to create maximum comfort for medical staff. Surgical mats are available in multiple sizes and constructed of various materials. These mats are set on the floor of an operating room so medical personnel can stand on the mat instead of a hard floor.

Surgical mats are intended to help reduce musculoskeletal injury and improve workplace ergonomics. For example, the Disposable Surgical Mat was designed to address three major operating room concerns: surgical comfort, fluid buildup and OR safety.This surgical mat offers elasticity and ultimate cushioning in order to provide exceptional comfort during prolonged surgeries. This disposable surgical mat is often used in the following surgeries: arthroscopy, laparoscopy, spine surgery, total joint replacement & revision procedures, trauma surgery, transplant surgery, neurosurgery & craniotomy, urologic procedures, labor and delivery & c-sections, cardiothoracic surgery, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, oral maxillofacial procedures and ear, nose & throat surgery.

OSHA, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, advocates the use of anti fatigue matting in the workplace. The ramifications of extended standing can lead to serious health problems. Prolonged standing can surmount to leg pain, spinal compression, fatigue, impaired circulation particularly in the lower extremities, etc. Keeping your medical professionals in healthy condition not only benefits the individual but fellow medical staff and patients.

If your medical staff is working in time-consuming procedures without a surgical mat to stand on, consider the future benefits these mats have. Is your facility using surgical mats already? If you have any questions or comments, please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Educating Patients Through Anatomical Models And Charts

Anatomical models and charts can offer great benefits for both medical personnel and patients. With a wide selection of charts and models, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for to help inform patients through visual concept.

The human body is complex and varied in that its made up of sophisticated organs and functionalities. Because there are so many diseases, injuries, and illnesses that can affect specific areas of the body, physicians try to explain and articulate information to patients as clearly as possible.

We have a large variety of anatomical education charts and anatomy model designs. Within this broad range of anatomical charts includes: brain and head, ear nose and throat, female and male anatomy, immune system, skin anatomy, vascular system, dental anatomical, extremities, general health, joint, muscle, spine and vertebrae, digestive, heart, lung, skeletal and urinary system charts. Within the selection of anatomical models: alternative medicine, veterinary, brain anatomy, dental, digestive, ear nose and throat, exercise and diet education, extremity anatomy, female and male anatomy, head and skull, heart, immune system and cancer, joint, medical art, medical training, muscle, respiratory, skeleton anatomical, skin and dermatology, spine anatomical, torso anatomy, vascular system and urinary models.

Without a medical background, you might not know where the thoracic vertebrae is located. By showing a patient a full spine model that highlights five sections of the spinal cord it will offer more information for simplified patient education. This model can also be used for lessons in a classroom environment where the didactic colors help to immediately differentiate the full spinal cord, even from a distance.

How better to educate your patients with visual anatomy charts and models? With detailed, high-quality charts and models it’s easier to explain specific areas of the body to patients, especially areas of injury or illness. Are you currently using the power of visual communication with your patients? Let us know if you have any questions or comments in the box below! Find the right anatomical model for your specific application by visiting our e-commerce website.

 

 

Using Ultrasound Lotion In Therapeutic Ultrasound Treatments

Therapeutic ultrasound treatments generally refer to any type of therapeutic treatment that uses ultrasounds. A therapeutic ultrasound is a technique that consists of stimulating tissue underneath the skin’s surface through sound waves. These ultrasound treatments can include pain management, physical therapy and a variety of other treatments used in rehabilitation centers.

Similar to how ultrasound gel in diagnostic imaging is an essential product, ultrasound lotion for therapeutic ultrasound treatments is just as essential. Polysonic Ultrasound Lotion is available in 1 gallon jugs, dispensers and pump sizes to accommodate your treatment setting. This multi-purpose ultrasound lotion has a rich, moisturizing formula that is recommended for medical ultrasound procedures where lotion is preferred. Compared to ultrasound gel, the ultrasound lotion is often preferred by medical staff and patients in therapeutic ultrasound treatments. This ultrasound lotion is easily absorbed by the skin during massage, manual application and other physical therapy modalities during therapeutic treatments.

At the beginning of a therapeutic ultrasound treatment, ultrasound lotion is applied to the area of the patient’s body that is being treated. The probe from the ultrasound machine will then circulate the ultrasound lotion against the affected area of the patient. Depending on the type of treatment, generally the ultrasound stimulates a patient’s tissue beneath the surface of skin using high frequency sound waves. Therapeutic ultrasounds not only have the possibility to create heating effects, but its also shown to increase tissue relaxation, increase in blood flow to reduce swelling and inflammation and breakdown of scar tissue.

Therapeutic ultrasound treatments can treat a large variety of pain management therapies including muscle strain, muscle tension, chronic pain, and injuries toward tendon, muscle and ligaments. It is important to use the appropriate ultrasound lotion to assist in these types of treatments. If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please leave your thoughts below!

How-To Find The Right Size X-Ray Apron

Proper shielding is essential when protecting against radiation. X-ray aprons come in a variety of sizes, styles, product materials, colors, and patterns. Today we will be focusing on the sizing and style. When selecting an x-ray apron, size and style, are the two leading factors one must consider. A doctor who spends many hours exposed to radiation will have to decide which style of x-ray apron he/she desires depending on the application they are using it in. For example, if a doctor turns around during a procedure, exposing his/her back, then a full wrap around or full skirt and vest apron is highly recommended. If the procedure doesn’t involve much movement and the doctor only exposes the chest area, then a frontal apron is appropriate.

Now that you know the style you want it’s time to pick the size, and believe me when I say “size really does matter” in this circumstance. Never try to squeeze yourself into an apron or go for a baggy look.  Having an apron that is too big can lead to gaps, which increases your risk of exposure. The extra weight can also be cumbersome. If the apron is too tight, you risk limiting your mobility, which is essential in the operating room.  If fashion is your main concern check out our post on lead apron designs.

Sizing up your x-ray apron is an easy process. First decide the style apron you desire. If you picked a frontal apron then there are only two measurements to consider. The first measurement is your chest size and the second is your length. When referring to one piece aprons your length is the distance from your shoulder to the top of your kneecap. We have constructed sizing charts for each style apron that will give you the most comfortable and safe fit.

For a full wrap around apron you will still be considering your length, but instead of a chest measurement you will be factoring in your suit/dress size for maximum protection and comfort.

If you are trying to size up for a full vest and skirt apron there are two lengths to think about. These lengths include the length of the vest and of the skirt. The vest length is from the shoulder to a couple inches past the waist and the length of the skirt is the distance from your waist to the top of the kneecap. This will create an overlap for full protection. The last measurement you will need is your suit/dress size.

The full skirt and vest option will give you a stronger custom fit for full protection. It also offers an even weight distribution onto your waist and shoulders reducing stress on your lower back. If there is ever an instance where you feel you are in between sizes always go with the bigger choice for maximum protection and comfort.  X-ray aprons are also designed with buckles and velcro straps for additional fine tuning. Let us know what you think of our post. Feel free to visit our radiation protection page to see a variety of products we offer.

Lead Aprons: A New Fashion Trend?

Want to become the most popular Rad. tech in your department?  Then maybe you should start updating your wardrobe. As radiation techniques advance, lead aprons have been progressing in stylish colors and patterns. The last time I wore lead, I was receiving an X-Ray. During the procedure I couldn’t help but imagine that a picture of a lobster on my apron would be a nice touch instead of the drab gray it was. I have yet to see this style (let me know if you find it), but the trend of custom designing lead aprons as well as non-lead is becoming more noticeable.

There are many different styles Rad. Techs or doctors can choose from as well as designs depending on the radiation exposure. 

The colors range from hot pink, to camouflage for our troops. You can now pick a favorite color and who knows maybe even grab the attention of your boss you have been trying to impress. From a psychological perspective, the fun designs might be something to consider when working with young children undergoing an operation.  It’s a great way to make them feel less intimidated as well as show their guardians you care.

One may argue that these new styles can be distracting in an environment where focus is important. For those who feel this way, the new colors and designs can also be used for organizational purposes. Hospitals that are trying to keep their departments structured can color code or use the embroidery option for labeling. This will also keep the lead aprons from bouncing in between departments as well. It is vital for occupations exposed to radiation to be properly protected. More importantly, those affected on a daily basis. Radiation is not something to take lightly, but with the custom designing of lead aprons it’s a nice way to lighten the mood of any stressful environment.

When And Why You Should Use Lead Shields

The effects of radiation exposure from x-rays can be detrimental to your health. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to protect yourself during every procedure that involves possible exposure to radiation. Lead shields provide an additional layer of protection from x-ray radiation exposure. This radiation protection equipment allows nurses, doctors and technicians to stand behind a barrier during procedures. These lead barriers are often used in medical and dental applications where the healthcare professional needs to stand next to or near the patient during the procedure.

Lead shields come in a variety of styles and sizes. One of the important features of almost all radiation protective lead barriers is that they are mobile and can be easily readjusted around the exam room. The standard lead shields are a large framed barrier with a half or full window that allows the doctor, nurse or technician to be able to easily see their patient. They also can be wide enough to accommodate two healthcare professionals standing behind the barrier.

Some models of x-ray lead shields are also available in a durable nylon material which allows for mobility and flexibility. These lead shields are also ideal for diagnostic procedures because of their ability to adjust the height of the shield and they can easily rotate. For procedures involving a C-arm, there are lead shields available that are designed with pleats, which allow the C-arm to pass through the panels of the shield without affecting the procedure.

Mobile lead sheets with panels are also available. They are attached to the arm of a hospital bed, blocking radiation that can come from the space in between the table and the floor. If a medical table is being used during the procedure, there are lead table shields that can be draped over the medical table to block the radiation.

It is important to have lead barriers on hand or easy accessible at all times in a medical or dentist exam room. Ensuring that nurses, doctors and technicians are protected from x-ray radiation exposure during a procedure is absolutely critical to their well being.