Archives for March 2014

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.

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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!

Featured Product: TruLife Oasis Elite Closed Head Ring

Our featured product for today is the TruLife Oasis Elite Closed Head Ring, an excellent gel positioner to provide pressure relief for your patients. This head positioner is designed with lightweight foam with silicone Trugel, the foam and gel work together to conform to the patient’s body shake and helps distribute weight evenly.

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Product Features:

  • Unique gel & foam combination conforms comfortably to the patient’s head
  • Suitable for use in many surgical procedures
  • Dimensions:
  • Adolescent: 5.5″ Diameter x 1.3″ Thick
  • Adult: 7.8″ Diameter x 1.9″ Thick
  • MRI Safe
  • Latex Free
  • Non-Hazardous

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

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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!

Looking To Spice Up Your X-Ray Markers?

Looking To Spice Up Your X-Ray Markers? 

Personalizing your x-ray markers with your initials is a fun and easy way to keep track of the X-rays that you have taken. Many medical facilities require radiologists, radiologic technologists and technicians to place their initials on X-ray markers. By choosing high-quality X-ray markers, you’ll be able to clearly, easily, and permanently identify your radiographs.

What Are My Options?

You can choose from a variety of non-lead casings including aluminum, aluminum-copper, plastic-copper, and plastic. The lead letters are embedded in a crystal-clear epoxy for durability and safety. The background of durable aluminum adds density and enhances the image.

Personalization

Many of the x-ray markers allow for personalization. In addition to the standard Left (Blue) and Right (Red) indicators, you can personalize your x-ray markers by adding 1 to 3 characters (e.g. initials).

Available X-Ray Marker Casings

The following types of X-ray marker casings are available:

  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum-Copper (Designed for high KV)
  • Plastic-Copper
  • Plastic

Made Just For You!

X-ray markers are made especially for you. Due to the custom nature of these X-ray markers you can expect to receive your markers in 10-14 business days plus transit time from the time you place your order.

Looking For Position Markers? 

Position markers indicate laterality (Left or Right) and the inclination of the patient. Small lead balls inside these markers indicate whether the patient is horizontal or shows direction of inclination. You can purchase them with or without initials and with aluminum or molded plastic backing.

Are You Tired Of Losing Your X-Ray Markers?

Losing X-ray markers can be expensive, not to mention that it can be frustrating and time-consuming to try and locate your missing markers. Personalize your markers with your initials and stop wasting time chasing down your missing X-ray markers.

Looking To Order?

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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.

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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.