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.

Maximize Your Lab’s Budget With These Pipette Offers

High Quality Pipettes From BrandTech Scientific

BrandTech Scientific has prided itself on providing premium quality liquid handling products. BrandTech’s liquid handling line, includes the Transferpette pipettes, HandyStep repeating pipettes, Dispensette bottletop dispenser, and Titrette bottletop burettes, is distinguished by the accuracy, precision, safety, and ergonomics of the instruments’ designs.

Pipettes

The Transferpette S family of pipettes provides unparalleled comfort and ease-of-use in a central-button pipette. Available in single and multichannel, these pipettes are manufactured using innovative materials that reduce weight, improve corrosion resistance and protect accuracy, even after repeated autoclaving. Pistons in multichannel models are light, dimensionally stable and corrosion resistant.

Reduce RSI Risk

The risk of RSI (repetitive strain injury) is reduced with the short pipetting stroke, operators with smaller hands will notice a substantial difference compared to pipettes with a longer pipetting stroke. The curved finger rest comfortably supports the pipette for a relaxed grip.

True One-Handed Operation

These pipettes only require the use of one hand. Volume can be set and secured with the tip of the thumb – even while wearing gloves. The large separate tip ejector reduces tip ejection forces.

Easy Calibration technology 

The Transferpette pipettes incorporate Easy Calibration technology which ensure fast, easy, in-lab calibration adjustments without tools for ISO/GLP compliance.

Transferpette S Adjustable Volume Single Channel Pipettes

The adjustable volume single channel pipettes are available in nine volumes:

  • 0.1-1 μL
  • 0.1-2.5 μL
  • 0.5-10 μL
  • 2-20 μL
  • 10-100 μL
  • 20-200 μL
  • 100-1000 μL
  • 500-5000 μL (o.5-5mL)
  • 1000-10000 μL (1-10 mL)

Transferpette S Fixed Volume Single Channel Pipettes

The fixed volume single channel pipettes are available in eight volumes:

  • 10 μL
  • 20 μL
  • 25 μL
  • 50 μL
  • 100 μL
  • 200 μL
  • 500 μL
  • 1000 μL

Current Promotion

Buy 3 Transferpette S single channel pipettes, get one free!

 Transferpette S

8-Channel Pipettes

12-Channel Pipettes

The multichannel pipettes are available in five volumes for both the 8 channel and 12 channel:

  • 0.5-10μL 
  • 5-50μL
  • 10-100μL
  • 20-200μL
  • 30-300μL

Current Promotions

Buy 2 Transferpette multichannel pipttes (electronic, classic or S style), get a Transferpette S single channel starter set free!

Buy a Transferpette multichannel pipette (classic, S, or electronic), get 10 boxes of Ultra Low Retention Tips Free!

Transferpette S Single Channel Start Sets

Starter Set available in four volume ranges:

  • Micro: 0.1-1μL, 0.5-10μL, and 10-100μL
  • Mid-Size: 2-20μL, 20-200μL, and 100-1000μL
  • Macro: 100-1000μL, 500-5000μL, and 1000-10000μL 
  • Standard: 0.5μL, 10-100μL, and 100-1000 μL

Pipette Controllers 

BRAND macro pipette controller

A laboratory standard for decades, the macro pipette controller has been completely redesigned for even finer control of all volumetric and serological pipettes from 0.1-200 mL. All of the function of that made this pipette controller a favorite in the lab has been retained – from the “one-size-fits-all” silicone adapter, the reinforced ridge for easy tip wiping, and the sensitive toggle for smooth aspiration and dispensing.

  • Simplifies pipetting
  • Fits most pipettes
  • Improves lab ergonomics
  • Pipettes to Class A tolerances
  • Autoclavable for decontamination and sterile pipetting

The improved macro is comfortable and offers convenient meniscus control. Operation is asa simple as squeezing the suction bellows and adjusting a lever. One squeeze of the bellows powers aspiration and dispensing up to 50 mL. Equipped with a convenient blow-out bulb to empty “to contain” pipettes. The macro is an excellent tool for laboratories with multiple novice users.

Glass and Plastic Compatible 

Compatible with glass and plastic 01 to 200 mL serological, volumetric and graduated pipettes with a maximum suction tube out diameter of 9.2mm, calibrated “to deliver” and “to contain.” The modified mechanism allows for finer control with small volume pipettes.

Ergonomic Design

The macro eliminates the awkward hand positioning associated with rubber pipette bulbs while increasing control of meniscus-level and flow rate. Featuring a relaxed grip design, low weight 125 grams (4 oz.), and low resistance operation to minimize strain from prolonged pipetting, the redesigned macro pipette controller will make a great addition to your lab.

Current Promotion

Buy 2 macros, get two macros free!

BRAND accu-jet pro pipette controller

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The BRAND accu-jet pro pipette controller incorporates comfort and performance features that make it one of the most popular pipette controllers in the market.

Comfort

Contoured for better fit for small and large hands. it is light weight and well balanced for low-fatigue pipetting.

Control

The pressure-sensitive buttons control pipetting speed, plus a motor-speed-limiter control thumbwheel adds extra assurance with pipettes as small as 0.1 mL.

Charge Indicator 

Don’t worry about you pipette controller failing on you in the middle of your work. An LED indicator alerts you when there is approximately 2 hours of charge time remaining. The controller can be operated when charging, providing you even more flexibility.

Advanced Electronics 

The accu-jet pro features a long-life, environmentally friendly Nickel-Metal hydride battery, with a special pulsed-mode charger to eliminate “lazy-battery-effect.” The controller will provide you with approximately 8 hours of continuous pipetting (based on the use of a 10 mL pipette) without recharging, while the LED indicates low battery.

Ergonomic Design

Weighing only 190 grams (6.7 oz.), this light weight pipette controller features a smoothly curved shape to eliminate pressure points to enhance operator comfort.

Corrosion Protection 

A built-in check valve protects against liquid penetration. The unique active vapor exhaust system vents externally to protect internal components.

Current Promotion

Buy 3 accu-jet pro pipette controllers, get one free!

Promotion Details

These BrandTech Scientific promotions are valid when you purchase any of the qualifying items between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14. Follow these 4 steps to save money and stock up your lab.

  1. Purchase qualifying items and amounts (click on the specific product for the promo form)
  2. Check the box of the free item that you would like to receive (certain products may have pricing requirements e.g. equal or lesser value)
  3. Complete the form with your shipping information (please allow for 4-6 weeks for delivery)
  4. Email or fax your proof-of-purchase with a copy of your purchase order or invoice (dated between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14) to BrandTech Scientific, Inc. 860-767-2562 or email to: promotions@brandtech.com with scanned proof-of-purchase.

Please note: Offer is only valid to customers in the United States of America. Not valid for resellers. Void where prohibited by law or company policy. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Limits may apply. Product appearance, catalog numbers, prices, specifications, and technical information are subject to change without notice. 

Do You Know Your Occupational Radiation Dose?

Ionizing Radiation Exposure 

Ionizing radiation is radiation with enough energy so that during an interaction with an atom, it can remove tightly bound electrons from the orbit of an atom, causing the atom to become charged or ionized¹.

X-radiation

X-rays are a type ionizing radiation, which are electromagnetic, indirectly ionizing radiation. X-ray machines and radiation emitting sources are used in hospitals for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Hospital employees or “occupational workers” who work in radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, and some laboratories are specifically trained in the operation of machines that emit radiation as well as the handling of radioactive materials and sources.

Shortly after Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895 , concern over the biological effects of ionizing radiation began. Over the past 100 years, diagnostic radiology has evolved from the original, unrefined practices to the advanced medical imaging techniques that are now an essential tool for all branches and specialties.

Ionizing radiation provides many benefits, but also has the potential to cause harm to patients and medical personnel. Throughout the years, multiple recommendations regarding occupational exposure limits have been developed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other radiation protection groups. The primary guidelines established have had two principle objectives: 1) to prevent acute exposure; and 2) to limit chronic exposure to “acceptable” levels.

The ALARA Principle

Based on the conservative assumption, current guidelines state that there is no safe level of radiation exposure. Even the smallest exposure to ionizing radiation has some probability of causing a stochastic effect, such as cancer. The ALARA principle is based upon this assumption and has led to the general philosophy of keeping exposures below recommended levels and regulation limits. ALARA is a basic radiation safety principle and means that every reasonable effort must be made to keep the dose to workers and the public “as low as reasonably achievable.”

Occupational Exposure

Regulatory limits for occupational exposure are found in Title 10 Part 20 [Standards For Protection Against Radiation] of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Code of Federal Regulations, and in equivalent state regulations. The annual occupational dose limits have been derived from a study of the observed health effects of radiation on humans and animals during the 20th century². By creating these maximum exposure limits, occupationally exposed radiation workers will be subjected to a level of risk no greater than that in other occupations subject to high safety standards.

Units of Measure

Absorption of radiation can cause tissue damage, therefore a unit of measuring the damage and ensuring that the damage is kept to a minimum is necessary. The amount of radiation energy absorbed in a body is referred to as dose, therefore dose is the amount of radiation you receive. Dose rate indicates how fast you receive the dose or the intensity of the radiation.

  • Dose – generally measured in mrem
  • Dose rate – generally measured in mrem/hr.

Dose-equivalent or rem is a special unit used for measuring dose in a person.

“The rem is the unit used for equating radiation absorption with biological damage.” 

The rem is a rather large unit of measure. Consequently, radiation exposure is generally measured in thousandths of a rem – or a millirem as shown in the table above.

1 rem = 1000 millirem

Occupational radiation exposure is recorded in rems or Roentgen equivalent man. The rem factors in the energy absorbed and the relative biological effect on the body due to the different types of radiation (quality factor). The rem is a measure of the relative harm or risk caused by a given dose of radiation when compared to other doses of radiation of any type. Put simply, the rem can be thought of as the unit of biological hazard.

Maximum Annual Occupational Dose
Whole Body5000 millirem
Extremities 50000 millirem
Lens of the Eye15000 millirem
Fetus500 millirem*
Individuals in the General Public100 millirem

*500 millirem for the fetus is during the gestation period

Sources:

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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.

 

 

LITERATURE CITED

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).

Featured Product: FlexHold Quad Universal Glove/Mask Box Holder

Looking for a glove box holder that can hold different sized boxes? The FlexHold Quad Glove/Mask Box Holder was designed to hold various sized and types of PPE supplies. Many glove box dispensers and holders in the industry can only accommodate certain sized boxes, but this unique design can hold various sizes making it easier to purchase glove and mask boxes.

The adjustable holding points give you the true flexibility to hold up to four different boxed protective products and other lab essentials (size dependent). Ideal for holding different boxed sizes of gloves, mop caps, ear defenders, face masks, shoe covers etc. Displaying glove and mask box holders throughout your medical facility is essential to increase the use of certain PPE supplies. 

Features:

  • Holds any box size
  • Holds 1 to 4 boxes
  • Adjustable universal fit
  • Easy to clean
  • Wall-or door-mountable
  • Low profile wall mount
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Made in USA
  • Unit Measures: 6″ W x 30″ H x 3″ D

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Featured Product: Chemo Sharps Container

 A needlestick from a contaminated sharp has the possibility of leaving a worker infected with HIV, HBV, HCV and other dangerous pathogens. It’s important to appropriately discard sharps in your facility’s designated sharps containers. When selecting sharps containers it’s good to know the type of waste your facility has to discard, the storage area and space limitations and your facility’s state and federal regulations.

Chemo sharps containers are a safe way to dispose of trace chemotherapy, needles, administration sets and medication vials. The 1.5 gallon chemo sharps container is ideal for smaller volume treatment areas and home infusion usage and will help prevent percutaneous injuries and exposure to hazardous materials.

Features:

  • Dimensions: 8″ wide x 4.25″ deep x 11.75″ high
  • Has a liquid absorbent pouch and a gasketed locking screw cap to prevent leakage during disposal or transport
  • Bright yellow color for medical staff to easily identify
  • Unique locking top minimizes the risk of hazards resulting from mishandled, overturned or dropped containers
  • Container can be free standing on a table top or mounted with metal cabinets and stands
  • Puncture resistant walls

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Benchmark Scientific – Mortexer Vortex Mixer With Multi-Head

The Mortexer™ is MORE than your standard vortex mixer. The unique design of the Multi-Head™ (included) features a traditional cup head for general purpose mixing plus holds up to eight microcentrifuge tubes. The drive system is balanced with Q-Drive™ technology, providing a smooth vortexing action, while minimizing noise and excessive vibration. This results in quieter, more efficient and longer lasting operation. Increased speed, up to 3400 rpm produces an instant vortex of even the largest sample sizes, including 50ml tubes.

 

Technical Data 
Speed Range200 to 3400 rpm
Operating ModesTouch or Continuous
Operating Temperature Range+4 to +65 degrees celsius
Dimensions13 x 16 x 17 cm
5 x 6.3 x 6.7 in.
Weight3.8 kg/ 8.4 lb
Electrical115V AC, 60 Hz, 1.5A
230V AC, 50Hz, 0.75A
230V AC, 60 Hz, 0.75A
Warranty2 years

 

Main Features 

  • Unique Multi-Head™ for general purpose vortexing PLUS holds up to eight microtubes (Patent Pending)
  • Powerful motor for INSTANT vortexing
  • Continuous or “touch” operation
  • Q-Drive™ dynamic balancing system
  • Variable speed from 200 to 3400 rpm
  • Wide variety of accessories

 

Accessories  
BV1000-FLATOptional 3 in. flat head attachment
BV1000-COMBOOptional combination head for one microplate & microtubes (38x1.5 & 28x0.5)
BV1000-H15Optional attachment, 12 x 1.5ml, horizontal
BV1000-H150Optional attachment for 4 x 15ml, horizontal
BV1000-H500Optional attachment for 2 x 50ml, horizontal

 

Other features include: “no-walk” suction feet, cold room/incubator compatibility and spill-proof electronic controls. The Mortexer™ Vortex Mixer with Multi-Head™ features a 2-year warranty. The Mortexer™ Vortex Mixer with Multi-Head™ and accessories are available on our main site.

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Be sure to check back regularly as occasionally we will be running promotions that will only be posted in this section of our blog. When manufacturers announce sales promotions, especially with new product launches, we pass the savings on to our customers with our own unique blog promotions. The promotions may be for a limited time, so return often and act fast! Following this blog is just one of the ways that you can stay updated with our latest specials and savings.

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