Archives for February 2013

Gel Positioners: Preventing Pressure Sores On Patients

Medical professionals working in operating rooms know all about the potential development of pressure sores on patients during long operations. Pressure sores can be easily developed in surgical procedures, since the patient is generally in the same position for a long amount of time. Patient safety, proper positioning and comfort are essential in any kind of medical treatment.

Pressure sores (also referred to as pressure ulcers) occur when pressure is applied in that the blood flow to the soft skin tissue is completely or somewhat blocked. Generally, these sores will occur when the patient hasn’t moved and is positioned in the same place for a duration of time. The healing process for pressure sores depends on the condition of the patient, the patient’s age, existing medical condition, etc. It’s important for medical personnel to re-position patients and utilize positioning products.

Gel positioners are an excellent way to prevent pressure sores from developing on a patient’s skin. These gel positioners can be easily placed underneath patients and come in a wide variety of sizes and designs. For example, a classic ALPS Gel Horseshoe Headrest is an adult size gel head positioner. This gel-based support aids in pressure distribution and helps to prevent ulcers. The outer film protects against punctures or tearing and is a low risk for moisture retention and harboring bacteria. This positioner is specifically designed to be used while carefully positioning a patient’s head. There are many gel positioners designed for different parts of the body and gel positioning kits to suit your facility’s needs.

Though operating room tables often have a soft cushion for the patient to rest on, it’s simply not enough for prolonged operations. The gel positioners are uniquely designed to prevent pressure sores from developing. It’s very important to keep patients safe and make sure they’re as comfortable as possible.

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Clear Acrylic Vial Racks For Easy Handling

Vial racks come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. To best suit your laboratory needs, it’s important to consider the various features vial racks have. Vial racks in the laboratory serve to adequately store and transport test tubes, safely.

Some vial racks are made of durable acrylic and come in a clear color. This acrylic material is solid and will allow for multiple uses within a laboratory. Clear acrylic vial racks allow for excellent visibility of vial contents compared to those with solid colors. Being able to see the contents within the test tubes can be important, as it may save time and help keep laboratory professionals efficient. Vial racks are also a great way to keep organization among many test tubes. Staying organized certainly goes a long way in the medical field and will result in less confusion and fewer accidents.

Our Large Vial Rack can hold 25mm, 30mm and 40mm diameter vials. This unit is for high capacity test tube storage and transporting. This rack is clear to allow laboratory professionals easy viewing of vial contents or test tube labels. The Small Rack for 13mm Tubes is also a clear acrylic vial rack, but smaller in size. This unit is ideal for those working with a small amount of 13mm test tubes and are looking for a rack that doesn’t take up much counter space. Both vial racks can be assembled and disassembled for easy cleaning by simply unscrewing the side post by hand.

Durable vial racks are an essential element when transporting test tubes from one station to the next. In many labs, it is common for test tubes to be moved around and these durable racks will assist in a safe transport.

Are you using vial racks within your laboratory? Let us know by posting a comment below!

10 Ways To Create A Safe Laboratory

Over 500,000 people work in laboratories across the United States. Laboratory safety is often a main concern for those working in a lab setting. There are a handful of ways to maintain an organized and safe environment in your laboratory. The following safety recommendations can serve as a checklist for your current laboratory setting.

  1. Store Personal Items. Keep all bags and personal items off the ground. Items on the ground such as backpacks, purses, jackets, etc. can potentially lead to tripping, slipping or falling. Personal items should be properly placed in a storage area or kept outside the lab.
  2. No Food or Drinks. Food and drink items should not be stored or consumed in a laboratory. With various toxins, chemicals and hazardous materials a laboratory can contain, it can be dangerous to have food and drinks nearby.
  3. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes eye and hand protection along with proper apparel and shoes.
  4. Proper Disposal. Dispose of chemical waste through your facility’s waste disposal program in a timely manner.
  5. Minimize Exposure. Reduce the levels of chemical exposure by implementing standard operating procedures. This may consist of specific laboratory supplies and equipment, including guidelines for workers to follow to ensure the highest safety measures.
  6. Label. Identify and make sure all chemicals are labeled and stored correctly. Labels will cause less confusion and help maintain an organized space.
  7. Minimize Loud Noise. High levels of noise can lead to anxiety, distractions and fatigue for laboratory workers, it’s important to maintain a quiet setting.
  8. Protect Electrical Equipment. Make sure all electrical equipment is in good standing and follow the manufacturer’s directions for maintenance and use.
  9. Notify Supervisor of Damaged Equipment. Notify your supervisor immediately when equipment or supplies appear to be damaged or not stored at the correct temperature.
  10. Emergency Training. All laboratory workers should be educated on what to do in case of an emergency within the lab. This information should also be covered in your facility’s lab safety guidelines.

As you can tell, there are many important factors that must be considered in a lab. There are many laboratory standards introduced almost every year, it’s important to know how to create a safe laboratory to protect yourself and other lab professionals. Everything from chemical handling and transporting to personal protective equipment can contribute to a safe laboratory.

For a full selection of laboratory products, be sure to check out our website to complete your laboratory supply. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about your laboratory standards you should contact your supervisor or review your lab’s safety procedure manual. Any questions or comments regarding this post can be left in the comment box below!

Test Tube Dispensers For Laboratory Organization

Organization throughout your laboratory is an essential factor for creating an efficient work setting. Without it, you can expect disorder and for projects to take longer than expected.

Imagine yourself working in your facility’s laboratory. You find that you’re having a difficult time locating a particular test tube needed for your project. Most likely, either the test tubes are unorganized or that certain test tube size isn’t available due to low inventory. This situation will delay your project and cause disorder. We’ve found the solution to this problem is storing test tubes inside test tube dispensers for organization, easy access and proper storage.

Test tube dispensers allow test tubes to be stored within a durable acrylic unit and are a clear color to allow excellent visibility when inventory is low. Dispensers allow for easy access and won’t take up much counter space, giving you room to perform your laboratory tasks. Test tube dispensers are offered in a variety of dimensions to accommodate many test tubes. For example, the Culture Tube Dispenser is designed to hold 13 x 100mm tubes. This particular dispenser has a top loading and bottom dispensing feature with an easy open lid at the top to protect the tubes from dust. By distributing your test tubes into separate dispensers it will help laboratory workers quickly identify the exact test tube needed for the task at hand.

By utilizing test tube dispensers throughout your laboratory, it will be easier to maintain organization and efficiency. If you have any questions or comments regarding our test tube dispensers, please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Lead Apron Racks: ALARA Principles In Action

What is ALARA? ALARA is simply an acronym that stands for As Low As Reasonably Achievable. ALARA is a radiation safety principle designed to reduce radiation doses and methods among medical facilities that use radiation.

There are certain factors to consider when working around radiation. These factors include the amount of time spent around radiation exposure, the distance between your body and the radiation source and the proper shielding that is used such as a lead apron, thyroid collar or pair of lead gloves. It’s crucial to wear the appropriate radiation protection attire when working around radiation. Not only is it important to wear this apparel, but it’s also important to properly store your protective apparel when it’s not in use.

Lead apron racks make it easy for medical facilities to keep their lead aprons, thyroid collars and lead gloves intact and properly stored. Lead aprons are often worn as the protective barrier between your body and radiation source. Improperly folding or creasing your lead apron can leave cracks. Radiation can pass through the slightest cracks on your lead apron, leaving you exposed to harmful radiation. By following ALARA principles, lead aprons that contain cracks are not to be used and should be disposed of.

With our variety of lead apron racks to fit your medical setting, you will be able to store your radiation protection apparel correctly. The multi-apron and glove rack is ideal for storing two lead aprons, two thyroid collars and two pairs of lead gloves. This rack can be easily wall-mounted for maintaining organization throughout your storage area.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this post, please leave us a comment below. To find more information on your facility’s radiation safety regulations, please contact your radiation safety officer.

Why Accidents Happen In The Laboratory

Most medical professionals working in a laboratory setting know that accidents can and most likely will happen, unless certain measures are taken. Laboratory safety guidelines are established to ensure the highest safety standards within your lab.

Generally, accidents that take place in a laboratory setting usually occur due to negligence. Most researchers and lab technicians do not actively seek out danger, it’s usually a preventable incident that causes lab accidents. Such incidents can take place when one is rushed and not taking enough time to finish the task at hand. Also, it has been said that by working alongside a co-worker can reduce the risk of laboratory accidents. It’s important to consider a few key factors when working in a laboratory setting:

  • Always double check. Remember to double check labels and never assume you know the content inside a bottle or tube based on color or size.
  • Utilize test tube racks. Test tube racks help create organization within the lab and are often considered a laboratory necessity. By storing test tubes in designated racks, you can sort and separate samples while maintaining an organized space.
  • Do not perform unauthorized experiments. Without the proper knowledge or equipment, performing experiments without consent from a supervisor can lead to major problems.
  • Wear the appropriate safety protective apparel. Laboratory safety apparel may include safety eyewear, a lab coat, gloves, etc.
  • Notify supervisor of missing or damaged equipment. Equipment that is damaged or not working correctly can cause accidents very easily.
  • Know what to do in case of an emergency. This may vary slightly, depending on your facility’s guidelines, but it’s always good to know how to handle emergency situations in any laboratory, medical or clinical setting.

While it’s important to keep these factors in mind, you should always abide by your facility’s lab safety requirements and guidelines. Have you ever came close or had an accident in your laboratory? Leave us a comment in the comment box below!

Using Loupe Light For Dental Or Surgical Procedures

In both dental and surgical applications it’s common to find medical professionals utilizing attachable light sources on their loupes. The right amount of loupe light can be an essential component to any medical application. With a clear view, a doctor can perform procedures and exams thoroughly and safely.

An attachable clip-on light typically generates light from a source that can be easily clipped-on or stored nearby. Some surgical models are designed in that the cord from the light source runs from a tabletop or wall-mounted platform. Both designs will work, it really just depends on the type of procedure and how your medical environment is set up.

It’s important to keep in mind that a good light source can be essential during your medical application. Without proper loupe light, medical professionals can sometimes make an oversight when scrutinizing a patient. Loupes, in general, help determine a better diagnosis for patients and loupe light is an additional benefit during these applications. For many dentists, an attachable loupe light is a crucial component in performing precision dentistry. Dentists and dental assistants can often block the overhead light when examining a patient. Loupe lights allow dentists to focus light onto a particular spot in the patient’s mouth, without shining an uncomfortable bright light into the patient’s eyes.

The benefits of using an added light source includes the ability to clearly see the precise area of the patient. With this clear visibility, doctor’s can use best practices as they keep their patient safe and provide excellent patient care. If you have any questions or comments regarding loupe light, please let us know in the comment box below!