Featured Product: BrandTech Accu-Jet Pro Pipette Controller

Our featured product today is our BrandTech Accu-Jet Pro Pipette Controller! The accu-jet pro elevates pipette control to the next generation.

Product Features

  • Speed Control: A new range dial lets you set maximum pipetting speed, but still provides the touch-sensitive, continuously adjustable speed control that made the accu-jet so popular.
  • Ergonomic Grip: The accu-jet pro has a reshaped ergonomic grip that works well with both small and large hands.
  • Battery Life: The accu-jet pro provides 8 hours of full speed operation on a 4-hour charge. There’s even an LED indicator when you have two hours of pipetting time left. Convenient battery access with a slide-on cover.
  • Protects Cell Pellets: Unparalleled soft blow-out control minimizes disturbance of cell pellets, or density gradient interfaces.
  • Comes with: NiHM battery pack, wall holder, two sterile replacement 0.2µm hydrophobic filters, 120V/60Hz charger, operating manual, and one-year warranty.
  • Dimensions: 9.50″ L x 9.50″ W x 2.50″ H
  • Color Selection: dark blue, green, magenta and royal blue.

Understanding Serological Pipettes

Understanding serological pipettes is very important in your laboratory applications. Serological pipettes are often used in laboratory settings to transfer liquid, typically in measurements of 1mL to 50mL. Serology is a scientific study of plasma serum or other bodily fluids that refers to diagnostic identification of antibodies. We’ve put together a few helpful techniques and tips to keep in mind when using serological pipettes.

  1. Don’t touch the sterile pipette with your hands or lay it on the table, this can lead to contamination.
  2. Blown Out” is a common term used that means to empty the pipette in order to measure the correct volume.
  3. You never want the solution to go up into the cotton plug.
  4. When using serological pipettes it’s important for the user to wear protective apparel, such as a lab coat, gloves, eyewear, etc.

With a variety of serological pipettes to choose from, they can be used for a wide range of experimental assays.  Our 25mL UniPlast Plastic Serological Pipettes are available as non-sterile or sterile, and red striped color coded using the ASTM E1380 industry standards. These pipettes have smooth one-piece construction seamless design eliminates the weld points that trap liquid and provide a faster fill and release, ensures a complete flow out and offers a high degree of accuracy. Be sure to watch our product video below to see the 25mL UniPlast serological pipettes in use.

Why Are Head & Neck Positioners Important In The OR?

Why are neck and head positioners important for patients to use while in the operating room? The number one reason for positioning a patients head with a positioner in this situation is safety purposes. Many patients need support of their head and neck  to relieve pressure while going in to surgery.

Below are a few examples of a few different kinds of head and neck positioners we offer.

  1. Head & Neck Support is an ideal positioner for general skull work. Dimensions are 6.5″ high x 10″ wide x 12″ long
  2. 5.5″ D Ring is a reusable foam positioner that provides a safe area for minimizing pressure points and nerve damage during surgery. Dimensions are 5.5″ diameter x 1.5″ thick with a 2″ hole in the center.
  3. Slotted Adult Head Positioner has a soft flexible coating to provide comfort to patients, with 1″ deep slots for tubing. Dimensions are 8.5″ x 8″ x 4″ thick at the highest point, 3″thick at center.
  4. Waters Positioner was especially designed for laminographs of the orbits and facial bones. Dimensions are 7.4″ high x 12.4″ wide x 8″ long.
  5. Concave Disc are ideal for general skull work in general positioning, CT scan, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasounds. Dimensions are 7″ in diameter and available in  1.5″ high, 2.5″ high and 3″ high discs.

Making sure patients are comfortable, safe and don’t develop pressure sores or pain. With our large selection of head and neck patient positioners, you’ll be able to find the support needed for your medical setting. Have any questions on this post? Let us know in the comment box below!

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.

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.

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!

Proper Pipetting Procedures – Adjustable Pipettes

We have put together a few important steps when it comes to proper pipetting procedures for an adjustable pipette. It’s very important to accurately use your pipette, pipette tips and pipette accessories. If done correctly, the transfer of liquid will be accurate.

  1. If you’re using an adjustable pipette, you must select the volume amount that needs to be transferred. You can do this by rotating the volume selector wheel to the correct volume. (Tip: Always go higher then the desired volume, then slowly turn the wheel down to the needed volume.)
  2. Then you will need to choose the correct pipette tip. When attaching, you must firmly press the shaft of the pipette into the wider opening of the tip for a good seal.  (Tip: Do not force the shaft into the tip, it could potentially cause damage over time.)
  3. Place either your index finger or thumb over the top of plunger and press to the first stopping point. Hold the plunger in this position.
  4. Place your pipette tip into your sample and let up on the plunger to allow the sample to rise into the tip. Also, make sure your pipette is vertical or within a 20 degree angle. (Tip: Do not remove your thumb from the plunger or let the plunger rise up fast because your sample volume might dispense incorrectly.)
  5. You will want to make sure you don’t have any bubbles in the pipette tip after the aspiration of the sample fluid is complete.
  6. Remove the pipette tip from the sample and wipe off excess fluid from outside of tip. (Tip: Be careful not to touch the bottom of the tip)
  7. To dispense the liquid sample into a receiving tube, press the plunger down slowly and steadily pass the first stop all the way to the bottom. Wait approximately 2 seconds to allow complete dispensing of sample into receiving unit.
  8. Then remove the tip from the wall of the receiving unit and release the plunger.
  9. Then simply dispose the pipette tip by pressing the ejector button to remove the tip and dispose in the appropriate bio-hazard container depending on your facility’s guidelines.

As always, following your facility’s guidelines and laboratory rules is highly recommended. If you have any questions regarding this post, please let us know in the comment box below!

Featured Product: Culture Tubes and Caps

Today’s featured product is our disposable culture tubes and caps! These disposable sterile round bottom culture tubes are made of high quality Polypropylene (PP) plastic or crystal clear Polystyrene (PS).

Features:

  • Polypropylene (PP) Tubes will withstand temperatures from -190° to +120°C and may be centrifuged at up to 4000xg
  • Polystyrene (PS) Tubes will withstand with a more limited temperatures range of 0° to 70°C and may be centrifuged at up to 2000xg
  • Caps are made of polyethylene (PE) and have the popular two position design (up/loose for aerobic work and down/sealed for anaerobic cultures)
  • 12mm x 75mm tubes are graduated to 4ml
  • 17mm x 100mm tubes are graduated to 12ml
  • Printed graduations & marking spot
  • Sterile; RNase & DNase free
  • Culture Tubes are supplied with dual position caps attached

Have any questions about today’s featured product? Let us know in the comment box below.

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