Archives for June 2013

Improve Communication With Hospital Planning Boards

Scheduling is an important factor in any department within a hospital or medical facility. It’s important for communication and schedules to run smoothly in order to keep organization. Planning boards can easily assist in improving visual communication throughout any department.

A well designed planning board allows staff to quickly communicate schedules and schedule changes through a visual display. Scheduling for a fast-paced operating room for example, can ensure that all staff members are prepared and knowledgeable of what’s to come. These boards allow you to know when and where personnel are stationed during each shift, creating organization and efficiency through your department.

Also, planning boards help to reduce potential conflicts or miscommunication that may occur. Not only is it often easier to communicate through visual display, but it’s also easier for people to remember information that has been communicated visually.

Often a planning board can include information such as doctors name, procedure time, room name or number, etc. Our In/Out Planner Board Kits have a more basic planning board design, which is easy to setup and make changes to it. Included in this kit are black magnetic indicators, red and black bullet point dry-erase markers, magnetic felt eraser and hanging hardware. This unique planning board kit affords maximum efficiency.

Planning boards can be used in many departments within a hospital, including various health clinics and other medical facilities. If you have any questions or comments regarding how planning boards to improve visual communication, please let us know in the comment box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: When Is It Time For A New X-Ray Apron?

Do you know when it's the right time for a new x-ray apron?

Watch this week's Whiteboard Wednesday to find out!


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The process of selecting the right x-ray apron can seem overwhelming but it can be reduced to a few simple steps. We have compiled this white paper to help you choose the optimal x-ray apron for you . Whether you are buying for yourself or a team, amidst the abundance of radiation shield options, there is the right x-ray apron for you.

How Effective Are X-Ray Aprons During Fluoroscopic Procedures?

Very Effective! X-Ray aprons are one of the most effective personal radiation protection devices that can be worn during fluoroscopic procedures.

During fluoroscopic procedures, a continuous x-ray beam is passed through a specific part of the patient’s body. The beam transmits an image to a monitor so the body part and motions can be easily seen in great detail. Fluoroscopy is used in many types of medical procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, lumbar puncture, biopsies, etc. Medical personnel who are around fluoroscopic work must use appropriate radiation protection and this absolutely includes wearing an x-ray apron.

X-ray aprons can reduce the dose of radiation received by over 90%, depending on the kV settings (energy of x-rays) and the lead equivalency from your apron. For employees working in a high-energy work environment regularly, it may be best to select an x-ray apron with both front and back protection. Scatter radiation can easily reflect off objects in the procedure room. Different procedures may require different levels of radiation, but it’s always best to use the standard level of protection when working around radiation.

Both lead and non-lead aprons can be used for protection during fluoroscopic procedures. The standard level of protection is 0.5 mm Pb lead equivalency. If scatter radiation is an issue in your medical setting, we recommend selecting an apron that can protect both your front and back. For example, the Xenolite NonLead Tabbard Style Apron has lead protection front/back of 0.5 /0.25 mm Pb equivalency. For more specific information pertaining to your medical setting, your radiation safety officer in your facility will be able to provide more detailed information.

In addition to x-ray aprons it’s important to keep other body parts protected such as hands, eyes, thyroid, etc. If you have any questions or comments regarding x-ray aprons in fluoroscopic procedures please let us know in the comment box below. We would love to hear what type of personal radiation protection gear you’re wearing in your medical facility!

Finding Accuracy With Disposable Fast Find Grid In CT Guided Biopsies

CT guided biopsies are commonly performed in medical facilities nationwide. These biopsies help physicians closely examine an area of the body through CT images to determine precise location. In order to identify other conditions, it’s important for biopsies to be accurate.

The Disposable CT Biopsy Fast Find Grid is used for all CT (Computed Technology) guided biopsies and drainage procedures, regardless of the body part. This includes thyroid, lung, liver, abdominal, pelvic and extremity biopsies and drainages.

A particularly important feature is how the grid forms to the patient’s body for precise and accurate imaging technique. A few other key features the Disposable Fast Find Grid offers:

  • 1 cm markings across each slice for precise needle placement
  • Flexible grid material conforms closely to the patient’s anatomy for accurate imaging
  • Disposable grid prevents cross-contamination
  • Tape strips assure non-slip positioning
  • Fast, accurate pinpointing of area of concern saves time and money
  • Radio opaque grid yields a readily identifiable dot pattern on each CT image
  • Porous grid allows accurate marking of area with felt-tip or marking pen
  • Latex Free

This fast find grid saves physicians and medical professionals time. The grid saves time by increasing the accuracy of needle placement with the 1 cm markings. It also reduces time by having tape strips for non-slipping positioning and being very flexible as it conforms to the patients body with ease.

The fast find grid is a simple, disposable tool that can be used in all CT guided biopsies and drainage procedures and allows accurate results. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please let us know in the comment box below. Looking to try the fast find grid before you make your purchase? We are confident you will be satisfied with the disposable fast find CT grid that we will send you a free sample to try.


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!

Perfect Addition To Your Laboratory: Pipette Accessories

Pipette accessories are used to organize pipettes, maintain a clean and safe lab environment, and help make the pipetting process efficient and controlled. This post will highlight a few pipette accessories that would make great additions to your laboratory setting.

A few common pipette accessories include the following items. The Clear Acrylic Manual Pipet Rack with Angled Four Shelf Compartments protects and stores delicate pipettes. This organizer has four angled shelved compartments to store your 0.1 to 25 mL pipettes, allowing easy access while preventing damage and clutter. The Pipettor Workstation with Disposable Tip Bins will organize your pipettes and disposable tips together in one unique stand. The acrylic rack will hold up to four pipettors on the top shelf while holding a variety of pipette tips on the dual bins below.

Another accessory is the Rubber Bulbs for Large Pipets and Syringes, allowing easier use during the pipetting process. The 150 mL capacity bulb has reinforcing ribs for use with large pipettes. Also, the Pipette Tip Disposal Box has a quick flip cover that makes ejecting pipette tips easy. This disposable box eliminates the need to handle pipette tips and can be used with one-hand disposal.

The BrandTech Reagent Reservoir with Lid is made from heavy-duty polypropylene to withstand repeated autoclaving. This unit can be used with all multi-channel pipettes and has a volume measurement of 60 mL. The lids are included to help protect from sample contamination. Contaminated samples can cause many problems in the laboratory.

Additional pipette accessories are an excellent way to keep your laboratory organized, safe and efficient. What types of pipette accessories are you using in the lab? Let us know in the message box below!

Laboratory Supply Storage May Be Just What You Need

Staying with the laboratory theme from last week, I decided it was important to highlight a few important products for laboratory supply storage. If you’ve ever worked in a laboratory setting you know that keeping an organized work space is crucial. Storing necessary laboratory supplies properly can make a world of difference in organization and productivity.

Due to the fact that laboratories often require a large number of supplies, work spaces can easily become cluttered and unorganized. Appropriate laboratory supply storage units can keep supplies easily accessible and out of the way. Whether you’re working in a laboratory that focuses on medical, scientific or research applications, laboratory supplies are always a must!

Take for example the Phlebotomy Tube Holder, which is a durable acrylic holder with 3 tiers to hold tubes, vials and culture bottles and is commonly used to complete blood workups. Or a simple bandage organizer, which stores and organizes boxes of bandages in any medical facility.

A more detailed laboratory supply storage unit is the Lab Top Station, ideal for eliminating clutter in your laboratory setting. This station takes up little work space, is constructed of durable acrylic and can hold a variety of supplies (test tubes, bottles, etc.) Another unique storage unit is the One Tier Rotating Shelf, which is an organizer shelf with the ability to rotate 360 degrees for quick access to items. Storage units can also keep supplies safe and out of harms way, reducing the need to repurchase items that are missing or damaged.

What type of storage units is your laboratory using to store supplies? Please leave your answers in the comment box below along with any questions you may have!

Ultra Low Retention Pipette Tips Are The Solution For Sample Loss

The Brand Ultra Low Retention Pipette Tips are unique in that they can significantly reduce the loss of samples.

The persistent problem that occurs with ordinary pipette tips continues to be sample loss. Many applications require high precision measurements, making the low retention tips ideal. In some applications, it’s not a problem when fluid droplets or liquid remains inside the tip, that’s when the ordinary pipette tips are typically used.

In many biological applications, like PCR, PAGE or many areas of chemistry, samples must be treated with a detergent. Detergents can greatly decrease the surface tension of liquids, hindering the correct dispensing amount and affecting pipette performance. These specific ultra low retention pipette tips are ideal for biological samples that contain detergents such as Triton X-100, SDS, Tween, etc.

The ultra low retention tips surface area is produced with a unique, patented physicochemical process. The homogeneous, defect-free surface has extremely low surface tension, reducing sample loss. Surface tension is the strength of intermolecular forces that hold liquids together. An example of a liquid with high surface tension would be water. Pipetting with low surface tension liquids causes a thin film of liquid to remain on the tip walls, slowly flowing down the tip. The following chart compares the surface tension of brand ultra low retention tips with other samples. 

Does your laboratory application require high accuracy and reproducibility? Well, the Ultra Low Retention Tips could be perfect for you. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by commenting below!

How To Find The Right Tips For Your Pipette

Stuck on finding the right pipette tips for your pipette? Pipette tips are important for creating a reliable and accurate pipetting system.

This post will break down the different styles of pipette tips we offer. Within these selected styles, there are many different sizes to accommodate various liquid volumes.

Non-Sterile Pipette Tips
Our selection of non-sterile pipette tips were designed for use in a large range of pipetting applications, including the most sensitive assays. These pipette tips, like most of our BrandTech tips, are precision-molded from high purity, DiHEMDA- and oleamide-free, virgin polypropylene.

Sterile Pipette Tips
The Bio-Cert Sterile Pipette Tips were designed for the most sensitive applications. These tips are sterile and certified free of DNA, RNase, ATP and pyrogens to preserve sample integrity. Our sterile pipette tips are colorless and ideal for applications that require sterilization.

Filter Pipette Tips
Filter pipette tips are ideal for applications like PCR, microbiology, clinical diagnostics and radioisotope work. The filter tips are high quality filter tips to maximize tip performance by ensuring a great fit and seal. For reducing cross-contamination, the filter tips protect shafts from the risk of contamination and faulty measuring results. Filtered tips are designed to prevent aerosols from forming.

Ultra Low Retention Pipette Tips

Our Ultra Low Retention Tips are unique in that they are an ultra-hydrophobic tip. The surfaces of these tips are created through a special, patented physicochemical process. The homogeneous, defect-free surface produced has extremely low surface tension. Due to the unique surface, sample loss will be significantly reduced and it will provide higher reproducibility when working with critical substances.

With many options it can often be difficult in finding the right tips for your pipette, we hope this post made it a little easier! If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Pipettes: The Necessary Liquid Handling Instrument

Pipettes are a common laboratory tool that can transport liquids in precise measurements. This liquid handling instrument is often a necessity in many laboratory settings.

Pipettes are generally used in molecular biology, chemistry and medical testing along with various laboratory applications. When the top button is pressed, a partial vacuum is created to allow the pipette to draw in the intended amount of liquid. Pipettes are designed in various styles and differ in levels of accuracy and precision. Our pipettes are available in the following styles:

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

Positive displacement pipettes are often used to prevent contamination and are used for small volume substances, like DNA samples. The BrandTech Transferpettor Positive Displacement Pipettes are best used with liquids when traditional air-displacement pipettes are ineffective. The piston of the transferpettor directly ejects the media from the tip, wiping the tip walls completely clean. Results from this particular pipette are highly accurate, especially with viscous, high-vapor-pressure, and other dubious liquids. The positive displacement pipettes are often used in applications for wastewater treatment plants, biochemical, genetics, molecular biology laboratories and more.

The BrandTech Transferpette Electronic Single Channel Pipettes are ideally used in standard pipetting, sample mixing, reverse pipetting, step dispensing and gel loading. This ergonomic pipette has five volume ranges for reliable dispensing of volumes 0.5uL to 5mL. The large, LED screen with operational symbols is very easy to use.

There are many types of pipettes, differing in application use, volume size, accuracy, etc. If you have any questions or comments regarding our pipettes, please leave a comment below!