Launching Today: The New Universal Medical Online Store

It’s Launch Day

Are you ready for liftoff?

Today is the big day. We’ve been working hard to bring you a mobile-friendly site that is faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. And that day is finally here.

How do I prepare for launch?

To begin using our newly designed site, you’ll need to reset your current account password. The example below shows you what the password reset page will look like. Once you have navigated to the “Forgot Your Password” page, you can enter your email address in the “Email Address” box and press submit.

Watch Our Screencast

We’ve recorded a screencast to help walk you through the password reset process. Click on the image below to watch the screencast.

 

Password-Reset-Screen

 

Resetting Your Password Is Easy

To reset your password, simply click on the orange “Reset My Password” button below and enter your existing account email address in the box of the example “Forgot Your Password” page shown above.

 

Have you visited our new site yet?

Over the past several months, we’ve been working hard to bring you a mobile-friendly site that is faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. We can all agree that technology moves fast. And to keep up, we’ve redesigned the site from the ground up with a clean and modern design that provides you with an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices. We want you to enjoy your shopping experience across all your devices (from desktop monitors to mobile phones and tablets).

Why not take a look?

We couldn’t be more excited about our newly redesigned site and how it will make shopping faster, easier, and more enjoyable for our customers. Visit www.universalmedicalinc.com or simply click on the screenshot below to see our new eCommerce site for yourself.

 

New-Site-Screen

 

Do You Have Any Questions?

We’re here to help. You can call, email or live chat with us during our normal business hours (M-F 9AM to 5PM EST) with any questions, issues or comments.

The New Universal Medical eCommerce Site Is Coming Soon

We’re excited to announce that in the coming weeks, we’ll be launching our newly redesigned Universal Medical online store, revamping familiar features and introducing new ones. In this post, we’ll share some of the details of the new UniversalMedicalInc.com and how it will improve your overall shopping experience.

So what’s new?

A Cleaner, Bolder, And More Modern Design

Over the past several months, we’ve been working hard to bring you a mobile-friendly site that is faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. We can all agree that technology moves fast. And to keep up, we’ve redesigned the site from the ground up with a clean and modern design that provides you with an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices. We want you to enjoy your shopping experience across all your devices (from desktop monitors to mobile phones and tablets).

What should I expect?

A Faster and Easier Site to Navigate

If you’ve been a customer of ours for a while, you’ll immediately notice the new design of our Homepage. We’ve revamped our Homepage by making it simpler and easier for you to navigate. With the newly designed site, you’ll be able to find the products you’ve been searching for quickly and easily. Additionally, we’ve enhanced the site search functionality to quickly provide you with relevant products related to your initial search query.

Richer Visuals

Redesigned Logo

One of the first changes you’ll probably notice is the updated Universal Medical logo. We’ve kept the core elements of our logo and made a few minor tweaks to the typography to reflect the clean and modern design of our new site.

Improved Site Search

Another improvement we are really excited about is the search bar. You’ll immediately notice the new location of the search bar, previously, the smaller search bar was located in the upper right corner, now the larger search bar takes center stage, making it much more accessible. Additionally, you’ll no longer have to click away from the Homepage to see the search results. And last but certainly not least, the search results have become visual. Immediately after you start typing, products will begin to display on the search bar drop-down menu – no more clicking away from the Homepage to see your search results – making it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for on our site.

Stay Tuned for Even More Features to Come

There are many more features that we didn’t discuss in this post, as we approach launch day we’ll be rolling out more information. We couldn’t be more excited about our newly redesigned site and how it will make shopping faster, easier, and more enjoyable for our customers. Keep an eye on your inbox for our pre-launch and launch day notification emails. We look forward to having you check out the New Universal Medical eCommerce site.

What is FluoroSafety?

Identifying Important Risks Associated with FGI

In 1994 the FDA released a public health advisory warning of the potential for serious radiation-induced skin injuries to patients resulting from fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGI).  In the 20 years since this advisory, there have been hundreds of published cases of skin injury resulting from FGI, and the number is steadily increasing even today.  As the scope of disease that can be diagnosed and treated using FGI increases, so does the complexity of these procedures and the radiation doses to patients, physicians, and staff.  While these procedures provide an incredible benefit to the patient compared to open-surgical alternatives, there are important risks that must be understood by the performing physician.

The Need for Effective Training

In 2010, frustrated by the lack of user-friendly, accessible, and effective training focused on this topic, two diagnostic medical physicists started Fluoroscopic Safety, LLC [//www.fluorosafety.com]. Understanding the need for a balanced perspective and considering that radiation is not the only risk from FGI, they collaborated with an experienced board certified interventional radiologist well-known for his work in quality improvement.  Because of the multi-disciplinary M.D. and Ph.D. backgrounds of the authors of FluoroSafety courses, we understand that when a physician is performing an FGI, managing radiation dose is not the first thing on his mind.  Instead, practitioners are thinking about the patient-specific technical challenges associated with these procedures.  The training programs from FluoroSafety are developed with this in mind.  While our courses do provide instruction on the fundamental physics of fluoroscopy and radiation biology, we focus on simple methods for managing patient and staff radiation dose.  Using videos and animations, our courses provide an easy to remember and easy to execute set of practices which benefit both the physician and their patients.  This is one of the key features of our courses, designed by physicians and physicists together.

Fluoro CME Training and Education

The educational programs from FluoroSafety also help providers satisfy state regulatory requirements. Through a joint sponsorship with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, our courses have been approved for up to 10.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.   Our programs meet the training requirements for practitioners who use fluoroscopy in Oregon, California, and Texas.  In addition, board certified providers who complete these courses are eligible to claim self assessment CME (SA-CME), as required for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by members of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Interactive and Engaging Content

The educational programs from FluoroSafety are tailored to the needs of busy healthcare professionals and feature on-demand Flash-based learning rich in animations and videos.  Our courses also feature optional narration.  Course content can be accessed at the convenience of the physician from any computer, smartphone, or tablet with Internet access.

Meet State Requirements

Whether you are trying to meet state regulatory requirements or are simply interested in improving the care you provide to your patients, FluoroSafety has a course for you.  The most common feedback we have received from physicians who have taken our course is that they were surprised by how much they didn’t know about the safe use of fluoroscopy—you may be surprised too!

FluoroSafety.com

A. Kyle Jones, PhD

Alexander S. Pasciak, PhD

Joseph Steele, MD

Fluoroscopic Safety, LLC

3 Rugged Oakley Radiation Eye Protection Lead Glasses

New Lead Glasses From Oakley

We are excited to announce the addition of a new line of high-quality and durable radiation eye protection lead glasses from Oakley. There are three models available including the classic Oakley Straight Jacket, the Oakley Crankshaft, and the Oakley Fives Squared. These new frames are a welcomed addition to our extensive selection of radiation eye protection and that provides our customers with a stylish and unique answer to traditional radiation eye protection.

 Straight Jacket® Lead Glasses

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The aggressive styling combined with over a decade worth of research has produced the Oakley Straight Jacket radiation glasses. These lightweight and durable stress resistant Straight Jacket frames utilize Oakley’s O-Matter® frame technology and are engineered to provide you with all-day comfort and performance.

Part of the Oakley active line, and available in a variety of colors, these frames offer protection that meets ANSI standards for both high-velocity and high-mass impact.

Designed to fit medium faces, the Straight Jacket frame utilizes soft Unobtanium components to increase grip with perspiration around the nose and ears, ensuring a snug fit.

For those that define style on their terms, the Oakley Straight Jacket Radiation Protection Lead Glasses provide you with unmatched comfort, performance and eye protection from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

Crankshaft™ Lead Glasses

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Fusing radiation protection with the inspired smooth styling of the popular Oakley Gascan® and Fuel Cell™ designs comes the ultimate in radiation eye protection, introducing the revolutionary Crankshaft Radiation Glasses.

The lightweight and durable stress-resistant Crankshaft frames, available in a variety of colors, utilize Oakley O-Matter frame technology providing you with all-day comfort and performance.

Part of the Oakley Lifestyle line, these wraparound frames improve side protection and are designed to comfortably fit medium to large faces.

Achieve a new level of performance and style while protecting your eyes from radiation with the innovative Crankshaft Radiation Glasses.

Fives Squared Radiation Protection Lead Glasses

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Faces are not one size fits all, your radiation glasses are no exception. Introducing the Fives Squared Radiation Protection Glasses, specifically designed for small to medium faces, that feel as great as they look.

Constructed of Oakley’s lightweight and durable stress-resistant O-Matter material, this frame is engineered to provide you all-day comfort and performance by utilizing Oakleys unique condensed cranial geometry.

The patented hydrophilic Unobtainum nose pads reduce slipping by increasing grip with perspiration, providing you with a snug and secure fit.

The dimensional reliefs, metal icons and sculpturally integrated hinges with dual action cams, the Fives Squared frame is the perfect blend of sophisticated styling and performance eye protection.

When ordinary radiation protection glasses just don’t fit, look no further, the Fives Squared Radiation Glasses is your answer to comfort and protection.

Lead Glass Lenses 

All three of the frames are outfitted with SCHOTT Radiation Safety Glass Lenses that provide the industry standard 0.75 millimeter lead equivalency and are held securely in place by Oakley’s unique Three-Point Fit technology, ensuring safety and long lasting performance.

Frame Personalization 

You can leave your mark by adding the option of a personalized imprinting of up to 35 characters on the outside of the frame arm and enhance the performance of the lead glass lenses with the optional fog-free or anti-reflective coatings. These customizations and enhancements are available for all three frames.

This is an exciting addition to our radiation eye protection line-up and if you would like to be notified of any future radiation eye protection glasses subscribe to our blog and we will notify you of upcoming product releases.

Coming Soon…New Anatomical Models!

We’re excited to announce that we’re adding new products to our anatomical model category!

These new anatomical models are excellent tools for learning and understanding human anatomy (most commonly used for medical students and explaining procedures to patients). This new addition will include skeleton models, simulators, skin models, heart models, eye and ear models, and more! These models are manufactured from 3B Scientific and Denoyer-Geppert and will be live on our website mid-April.

Have any questions about our latest product addition? Leave a comment in the box below!

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.

7 Nutrition Tips In Honor Of National Nutrition Month!

March 2014 is National Nutrition Month! This is a national nutrition campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) with a theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This campaign is a great reminder of how you can create tasty yet nutritious meals to follow the dietary guidelines. What steps are you taking to participate in National Nutrition Month?

Here are a few nutrition tips in honor of National Nutrition Month:

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Incorporate your meals with salad as a main dish or side salad.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast.
  4. Eat less salt.
  5. Eat at least 3 meals per day and plan your meals ahead of time.
  6. Watch portion sizes to manage your calorie intake.
  7. Drink more water.

Have a question or comment about this blog post, leave a comment in the box below!

New Partnership With Globe Scientific!

Exciting news – we have recently partnered up with Globe Scientific to bring our customers a larger selection of laboratory products! With this new partnership, we will be adding a variety of laboratory products from culture and centrifuge tubes to serological pipettes and well plates.

Who is Globe Scientific?

For over 30 years, Globe Scientific has been a top manufacturer for high-quality laboratory products. Their products range from lab plasticware, glassware and essential bench-top equipment to keep your lab running smoothly. Their products can be found in a number of clinical, research, veterinary, kit manufacturing, education facilities nationwide.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comment section below!

Season’s Greetings & Happy Holidays From Universal Medical

Happy Holidays from all of us at Universal Medical. On behalf of the whole Universal Medical team we would like to send you a very big thank you this holiday season! We appreciate your business and we look forward to serving you in 2014! Sending you best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

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Proper Handwashing Techniques & Tips

 Proper handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to other people. The first full week in December is National Handwashing Awareness Week. To help celebrate and help raise awareness of the importance of handwashing, we will share some helpful tips and techniques to stay healthy.

What is the right way to wash your hands?

There are five steps you should remember when washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands properly. The first step is to wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap. After applying the soap you want to rub your hands together and make a lather and scrub them well, make sure you scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. Make sure you continue this process for at least 20 seconds, you can count or hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands under running water. The final step is to dry your hands by using a clean towel or air dryer. If you follow these steps you will decrease the chance of getting yourself sick or spreading germs to other people.

The Five Steps to Washing Your Hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (hot or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds, hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

When should you wash your hands? 

  • Before, during, and after eating preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

When possible it is best to use soap and water. Although there are times that soap and water are not available, in those cases it is recommended to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol. Sanitizers will reduce the amount of germs in some situations, but they do not eliminate all types of germs. When using a hand sanitizer you want to apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub your hands together like you would with soap and continue until your hands are completely dry.

Remember the five steps the next time you go to wash your hands to help reduce the spread of infection and illness. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. We have made a quick video filled with handwashing tips for you to watch and share with your friends, family and colleagues.