Archives for April 2014

Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Reliable Specimen Bags Are Key For Handling Laboratory Samples

Today we’re talking about reliable specimen bags for handling laboratory samples on Whiteboard Wednesday. The problem with selecting sample bags is that the user must have a reliable, high-quality bag for certain applications. Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday to see what types of sample bags are reliable for sampling!

Lead Markers: Helping Technicians With X-Ray Imaging

A Necessary Tool

Lead markers are also referred to as Pb markers, X-ray markers, max markers and radiographic film identification markers. We offer an assortment of unique, personalized lead markers for diagnostic imaging purposes. Lead markers serve as a necessary tool for X-ray technicians to produce accurate and clear X-ray images.

Quickly And Easily Mark X-Rays

The purpose of a lead marker is to mark an X-ray. You will commonly find markers in “left” and “right” letter options, to clearly identify each side of the patient’s body. By labeling the left and right side during an X-ray, it can prevent future mistakes and confusion.

How Many Times Have You Lost Your X-Ray Markers?

You Can Answer Here (Google Doc)

This form is just for fun, but it should be interesting to see the responses. Once you answer the question you’ll be able to see how your results compare with everyone else. Feel free to share this post/form with your friends and co-workers.

Most X-ray technicians can agree that it’s easy to misplace X-ray markers. Personalizing your X-ray markers will help you locate your markers quickly and may even help prevent you from losing your markers. Most medical facilities require X-ray technicians to get markers with their initials to so that they can properly identify their X-ray images.

Personalize Your Markers

Choose Your Initials

You can personalize your lead markers by selecting three letters or numbers. Most of our customers use their initials to make it easy for them to identify the images that they took and to keep track of their markers when they’re not using them.

Easily Find “L” and “R”

Most of our markers are available in blue for the left marker and red for the right marker.

Lead markers come in different shapes and sizes, so, let your personality shine by choosing one of our fish or skull lead markers.

Are you or your X-ray technicians using personalized markers?

Have you ever lost your X-ray markers before? Have a funny story or some words of wisdom? We want to hear from you. If you have any additional comments or questions regarding our lead markers, please leave a comment in the comment box below.

3 Benefits Of The Basic Billy Life Support Simulator

Cardiac Failure, A Leading Cause Of Death

With cardiac failure as one of the leading causes of death, let “Basic Billy” show that it is not difficult to provide help and save lives through correct cardiac massage and ventilation techniques.

“About 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure¹

Heart failure occurs when the weakened heart muscle cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body. Unlike a healthy heart muscle that pumps blood into the aorta, the weakened heart muscle cannot pump enough blood into the aorta which results in heart failure. Although heart failure is a serious condition, the heart has not entirely stopped beating or is about to stop working². The heart simply cannot pump blood the way it should.

Designed Based Upon Extensive Results of Studies 

Basic Billy CPR manikin emerged by using the extensive results of studies focusing on the depth and force of compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation or more commonly referred to as (CPR). The design of “Basic Billy” was based on guidelines set forth by the AHA (American Heart Association)  and ERC (European Resuscitation Council). “Basic Billy”, developed in Germany, was designed with optimal force and compression values in mind. Basic Billy is both anatomically correct and hygienic to use.

Two CPR Manikins In One

The “Basic Billy” basic life support simulator is quite versatile, as it can be used as either an adult or child  (approximate age 12). The interchangeable compression springs are located in the back of the trainer to give realistic depth feedback of either the adult or child. The head tilts easily to provide an open airway for mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose resuscitation. As an added feature, the thorax raises as the lungs are ventilated.

3 Benefits Of The “Basic Billy” Life Support Simulator 

1. Easily exchangeable lung bag – The lung bag can be changed quickly and easily. Begin by removing the thorax skin and then remove the face skin. To detach the lung bag from the lung bag socket, you will need to remove the jaw insert. Replace the used lung bag with a new one and then reattach the lung bag socket to the jaw insert (make sure the lung bag lays flat once in place). Reattach the face skin and thorax skin to complete the complete the process.

2. Compression spring is quickly and easily converted from adult to child mode – Changing the compression spring allows for child mode. To exchange the adult compression spring (red spring) for the child compression spring (green spring), begin by removing the thorax skin, face skin and lung bag. Once that step has been completed, the thorax cover can be detached and removed (Tilting the head back will make it easier to remove the thorax cover).  The compression spring is located in the back of the trainer and can be easily replaced. Once the compression spring has been exchanged, follow the first step in reverse order.

3. Easily cleanable and hygienic – Basic Billy comes with disinfectant cleaning solution, 50 lung bags and 2 additional face masks for hygienic reasons. Cleaning is easy, simply spoon the contents of the package of cleaning solution into a large bowl of warm water and place the lung bag socket, jaw insert and face skin into the bowl of solution. The cleaning process will take approximately 30 minutes. Rinse all of the components with clean, warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

The robust construction, ease of use and realistic handling,  the “Basic Billy” life support simulator is suitable for both medical training and for teaching in schools, clubs and first aid courses. This simulator offers all the necessary features to learn about the life-saving algorithm, comprising cardiac massage and respiration for adults and children. For more information on the “Basic Billy” life support simulator, review the video below.


Please note this post/video is for product demonstration only and is not intended to train CPR. 



Featured Product: 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer

Today’s featured product is our 3B Scientific Clinical Breast Trainer! This medical anatomy trainer is an excellent tool to improve clinical skills in diagnosis and palpation.


  • Five identifiable anatomical anomalies
  • Fluid filled cyst for aspiration and palpation
  • 2 palpable lumps (approx. 1 cm and 1.5cm diameter) on the lateral side of the breast
  • Infection in Armpit in axilla region
  • Lump in tissue above the clavicle
  • Modular design for simple replacement of skin, cyst, lump axilliary gland
  • Skin detaches for replacing cysts
  • Realistic tactile feel
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Weight: 1.11 kg (2.45 lb)
  • Dimensions: 33 x 25 x 15 cm (13.0 x 9.8 x 5.9 in)

This clinical breast trainer is a great medical tool to use for hands on learning. Have a question or comment about our clinical breast trainer? Leave a message in the box below!

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Different Types of Pipettes For Your Laboratory

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday features different pipette types for your laboratory setting. Today we discuss the different types of pipettes offered on our website, which include:

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

Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday to learn more about our different pipette styles!

9 Study Tips To Help You Learn Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy

Human anatomy courses present a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Many courses will begin with the introduction of anatomical terminology and an overview of the cellular processes and tissue classifications. Students learn about the gross and microscopic anatomy of the following systems: nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, integumentary system, urinary system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system and the endocrine system. Human anatomy courses will generally offer a laboratory component that parallels and reinforces concepts through the use of anatomical models, histological slides, skeletal materials and cadaver demonstrations.

1. Study early and frequently

When learning a new subject it is important to keep up with the course material and develop a habit of reviewing your coursework on a daily basis. Repetition is an important factor that will contribute to your overall success, study new and previous material to improve your understanding of the subject matter.

2. Understand your optimal learning style

Are you a visual, auditory or tactile learner. Determine what method works the best for you and develop your study habits based on your preferred learning style.

3. Budget your time

The human body is a complex structure comprised of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, integumentary system, urinary system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system and the endocrine system. When learning about such a complex structure like the human body it is important to manage your time by setting priorities and planning study sessions. A general rule of thumb is to allocate 90 – 120 minutes for outside study for every 60 minutes spent in the classroom. Similar to establishing a good exercise routine, you will want to establish a study routine throughout the week dedicated to learning the material. Shorter, more frequent study sessions will improve your retention of the material and avoid burnout.

The human brain has about 100,000,000,000 neurons. (100 billion)

4. Create a suitable study space

Creating a good study environment allows you to maximize your learning efficiency. When combined with effective time management, good reading and note taking skills, developing effective test taking strategies, a good study space serves as impetus for productive effort. Depending on your optimal learning style, you will want to recognize which environmental distractions are most likely to interfere with your concentration.

5. Formulate a reading strategy 

Memory is formed by associations, so if you want help remembering things, create associations for yourself. 

Developing a sound reading strategy is crucial to successfully learning the material. Before class make sure to scan the chapter by looking at the headings, terms and figures so that you are aware of the topics and terms that will be discussed during the lecture. Following the lecture, review the chapter and us the the notes taken in class as a guide. Take breaks between reading sections and review the information before moving on to the next session. Make a list of what you need to read and budget out the material in an easy to manage manner, this will prevent you from cramming too much information into one study session. Set goals that are realistic and attainable. Try to follow the SQ3R reading method – Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Recite.

6. Take detailed notes

The SQ3R reading method can be incorporated into your note taking system. The Cornell Note-Taking System will help improve your note taking and overall study skills. When taking notes during the lecture, record only the essentials or telegraphic sentences. Formulate questions based on the lecture material immediately after class, this will improve retention of the material and also provides study questions for upcoming exams. Recite the answers to your questions in your own words and then reflect on the material. Once you have completed this process, spend ten minutes every week reviewing your previous notes to improve retention and prepare you for exams.

7. Study actively

Active study techniques are important for many reasons, especially when it comes to learning about human anatomy. Learning any complicated subject takes time. Understanding human anatomy involves a number of pre-requisites and drawing from information gained from previous courses. The human brain learns by hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting and detecting motion or kinetic energy. When studying human anatomy you will listen to your professor lecturing, you will read your course material, you will feel the anatomical models, and record the information from lectures, labs and reading. There are a number of active study tips including mnemonics, study cards, memorization that can help you increase material retention. Repetition is essential to learning a complicated subject like human anatomy.

8. Develop effective test taking strategies

Developing effective test strategies is much easier when you have established a sound study routine. When dealing with course material that you are familiar with rather than material you are just learning will improve your overall retention and lead to better performance in exams. Many of the strategies previously discussed will prove to be beneficial leading up to your exam.
9. Use all resources available to you  

It is important to properly manage your resources just as you manage your time. Use all the class time available, don’t leave early. Utilize open lab periods to expand and test your knowledge. By taking good notes and asking good questions you will be able to work with your instructors on any issues you may have, hopefully long before the exam. If your school has anatomical models in the classroom, lab or library make sure to take advantage of those resources to help you master the material, 90% of what you remember is based on what you do. Create a study group of fellow students to review the material and develop study questions based on important topics.


Learning human anatomy is difficult and it will take a considerable amount of time and dedication. As mentioned earlier you should expect to invest 10-12 hours per week studying anatomy outside of class, including weeks after breaks. Human anatomy courses are largely based on memorization, both visual (cadavers, 3D anatomical models, anatomical charts) and definitions. There is also a critical thinking component where you will need to be able to identify a part of the anatomy based upon clues. As stated before, repetition and developing sound study techniques will provide you the framework for success in learning human anatomy.

6 Anatomical Models For Setting Up Your Physical Therapy Anatomy Laboratory

In physical therapy, it’s important for medical staff to fully understand the human anatomy and how it works. Did you know the brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text? For learning purposes, anatomical models are an excellent tool to use.

So what type of anatomical models will help set up your physical therapy anatomy laboratory? We’ve listed a few top anatomical models used for physical therapy training and applications.

  1. Lifting Demonstration Figure: Provide your clients with a graphic demonstration of the effects of correct and incorrect lifting techniques on the spine.
  2. Shoulder Joint with Rotator Cuff 5-Part: This model shows the musculature of the rotator cuff and the origin and insertion points of the shoulder muscles.
  3. Muscled Knee Joint Model: Included with this model is an educational card, this model is articulating the right knee with ligaments: meniscus, fibular collateral, tibial collateral, anterior and posterior cruciate and patellar ligament with patella.
  4. Functional Elbow Joint Model: This model provides an excellent graphic demonstration of the anatomy and mechanics of the joint, allowing better doctor-patient or teacher-student understanding.
  5. Hip Joint with Removable Muscles 7-Part: For educational purposes, the origin and insertion areas of the muscles have been raised and presented in color on the hip joint.
  6. Functional Model of the Knee Joint: In this model, the ligaments flexibility allows an excellent demonstration of the full range of motion, including flexion, extension, inner and outer rotation.

For a full list of joint anatomy models and other anatomical models for setting up your physical therapy laboratory, be sure to visit our anatomical model category on our website.

3 Ways To Improve Patient Education With Anatomical Models

The Importance Of Patient Education

Patient education is important on several levels, including improving the overall well-being of the patient, healthcare community, insurance companies and taxpayers. When a patient is empowered with the proper medical knowledge, they have a higher chance of experiencing a positive outcome. Patient education is an important part of treating the patient and can help reduce the chance of unnecessary admissions to the hospital, an increase in medication costs and financial burden to the patient and family.

Patient education is a valuable step in the treatment process where the patient is provided verbal or written material to improve understanding and prevent complications. Providing patient education can improve long term outcomes which ultimately can lead to better coping and decision making skills. When patients have a strong understanding of their disease or illness they are more likely to fully recover and not experience repeated setbacks.

“At least 20 percent of all patients admitted to a U.S hospital make a repeat visit within 30 days of their discharge, according to Medicare and others who’ve studied the problem of hospital readmissions.¹”

When patient education is performed successfully it can benefit many different parties including the patient, medical staff, healthcare facilities, etc. The likelihood of readmission is diminished when a patient is properly educated regarding treatable conditions. A patient should keep in mind that knowledge is power, armed with knowledge, the patient will be able to take control of their lives and live a healthier life. Below we take a look at three ways to improve patient education by incorporating anatomical models into the patient education process.

1. Patient Education In DIGMAs Settings

“In DIGMAs and PSMAs, the physician often enhances patient education by using a variety of educational materials, charts, anatomical models, and handouts while addressing each patients’s health issues in turn so that all are able to listen, ask questions, and learn.”

Physicians use educational props and materials including anatomical modelsanatomical charts, as well as an assortment of educational handouts to help get important points across to their patients in the DIGMA (Drop-in Group Medical Appointment) and PSMA (Physicals Shared Medical Appointment) settings. “Properly run DIGMAs provide an effective medical treatment in a relaxed and informative setting along with the information, encouragement, and support that patients and their families need for living their lives as fully as possible, despite their illnesses.” Patients benefit from the experiences of other patients who may have the same condition for a longer period of time, this provides a unique opportunity for the patient discuss important issues with their peers (Noffsinger, 2009).

2. Awareness Of Medical Conditions 

Anatomical models can provide the patient with valuable information regarding a specific condition or diagnosis. Ranging from a life size diseased heart to diseased lung, these models provide an invaluable resource for patients and students  to gain a better understanding of specific medical conditions. The diseased heart model improves the patients awareness and understanding of heart disease, many of these models come with full color patient education cards illustrating  general heart anatomy and heart disease. The diseased lung model illustrates the effects of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), cancer and asthma.

By incorporating anatomical models and anatomical charts into the patient education processes, patients will have an improved understanding of a specific medical condition, diagnosis, disease, or disability. Patient education may include preventative education or awareness, including discussions regarding skin cancer, or more specific recommendations regarding a diagnosis of Type II diabetes and how to manage it properly.

3. Physical Therapy Patient Education 

Having a anatomical model or chart readily accessible makes discussing an initial evaluation or  treatment session with a patient much more effective. When discussing an injury with a patient it’s beneficial to show them the impacted area, common treatment approaches and injury descriptions that patients can relate to. As a physical therapist, it’s important to be able to educate patients by explaining the patients anatomy as well as treatment options. Full size muscular figures are an excellent tool to help explain the different muscles, the proper way to treat injuries, and compare muscle figures of healthy and unhealthy muscles examples.




¹Hernandez, Adrian F. M.D., Greiner, Melissa A. M.S., Fonarow, Gregg C. M.D., et al, Relationship between early physician follow-up and 30-day readmission among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure, Journal of the American Medical Association 303(17) May 5, 2010, pp 1716-1722

Noffsinger, Edward B. Running Group Visits in Your Practice, 80 and 382 (2009).

Why Medical Training Models Are Essential For Medical Students

Medical training models are common for teaching medical students certain medical applications and procedures. Anatomical models and simulators will help guide students in learning the process of a procedure, while increasing their comfort level with the application. Medical training models not only provide the student with hands-on practice, it gives the student a visual to apply real life situations instead of reading about it via books and slides.

We have a variety of models and simulators to choose from, such as CPR simulators, medical patient simulators, IV training models, real baby care dolls, and more! Our I.V. Injection Arm Model is unique in that it allows a realistic training to teach competence to medical staff. This model is also great for group instructors because of its high quality, stain resistance and easy to clean material. Many instructors use this model for the following training:

  • Intravenous injections
  • Correct puncture of peripheral veins for blood sampling. The following veins can be punctured: basilic vein, cephalic vein, median cubital vein, dorsal venous rete of hand
  • Positioning of a venous catheter

Another popular medical training model is our Basic Billy Basic Life Support Simulator. This simulator is used to teach students CPR techniques focusing on the depth and force of compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiac failure is one of the leading causes of death and with this medical training model, it shows how easy it is to provide help and save lives through correct CPR techniques.

Are you currently using any medical training models in your facility?

Giving Patients A Visual With Anatomical Models

Physicians try their best to communicate to their patients in a way that they can understand a specific medical situation. Since a majority of patients don’t have medical backgrounds, some medical terminology may not be understood or could potentially be misinterpreted.

We’ve found that physicians often prefer communicating with patients when they have a visual to reference – like an anatomical model.

How do anatomical models help?

  • Help accurately evaluate your patient’s anatomy
  • Improves communication between you and your patient and medical staff
  • Serves as a visual reference before, during, after surgery
  • Cuts down the risk of patients misinterpreting information
  • Anatomical models are accurate

Patients will appreciate the visual reference when communicating about a health issue or situation. For example, for a patient that has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) we offer a Diseased Lung Model. This anatomical model is a full-size model of two separate lungs with 4 cutaway sections illustrating the anatomy and effects of COPD, cancer and asthma on the opposite side.

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