Featured Product: AquaTrak Sonic Ankle High Boot Covers

Today’s featured product is our AquaTrak Sonic Welded Seamless Sole Ankle Boot Covers! These boot covers will keep medical personnel protected and stable in both wet and dry conditions. With the sonic welded seamless soles, these boot covers offer complete protection – even in standing water! This versatile item provides your staff with stable protection for the entire shoe and high ankle area.

Features:

  • Material is fluid impervious
  • Anti-skid properties provide slip and fall protection – with no additional coatings.
  • Tunneled elastic top
  • High breathability and low particulate count fabric wears comfortably and completely contains contamination
  • Ankle ties provide snug fit
  • Thread colors around the top opening allows for size identification
  • Available in universal and extra-large sizing

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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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Weekly Wrap For December 9 – December 13, 2013

What Is Electroporation?

Electroporation is the application of an electric current to a living surface (as the skin or a cell membrane) in order to open pores or channels through which something (as a drug or DNA) may pass.  Electroporation or electropermeabilization is usually used in molecular biology as a way of introducing some substance into a cell, such as loading it with a molecular probe, a drug that can change a cell’s function, or a piece of coding DNA.

Freezing Tissue For Frozen Section Diagnosis

When performing a frozen section procedure (also known as cryosection), it’s important to use the appropriate tools and chemicals. Throughout this process an aerosol refrigerant is sprayed to freeze the sample and expedite the freezing process. Frozen section procedures are referred to as pathological laboratory procedures that performed often in oncological surgery.

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Benefits Of Wearing Exam Gloves

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday we highlight the benefits of wearing medical exam gloves in your facility! Exam gloves are ideal for many reasons, protecting hands from infection and germs, keeping in line with infection control standards, being able to use them in many different types of  procedures and applications, etc.

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.

Just In Time For The New Year – 2014 Year Labels!

Looking to start 2014 off with an organized office or department? We have a variety of 2014 year labels that will help maintain organization and efficiency in your medical office.

Whiteboard Wednesday: The Benefits Of Wearing Exam Gloves

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday we highlight the benefits of wearing medical exam gloves in your facility! Exam gloves are ideal for many reasons, protecting hands from infection and germs, keeping in line with infection control standards, being able to use them in many different types of  procedures and applications, etc.

 

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Weekly Wrap For December 2 – December 6, 2013

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? 

Benchmark Scientific – Mortexer Vortex Mixer With Multi-Head

This week [December 2, 2013 through December 6, 2013] we are offering a special Buy One, Get One Free“ promotion on our Mortexer™ Vortex Mixer with Multi-Head™ from Benchmark Scientific. When you buy one Mortexer™ Vortex Mixer [BV1005] at the regular price you will receive your second one free. The free unit will automatically be added to your cart with purchase.

What Are The Parts Of A Lead Eyeglass Frame?

Why are lead eyeglasses important? The risk for radiation induced eye injuries are particularly high for health professionals such as interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, doctors using fluoroscopy in operating theaters and paramedical personnel who remain close to the patient during the procedure.

Whiteboard Wednesday: What You Should Do After Using PPE Supplies

Today on Whiteboard Wednesday we discuss proper ways to dispose your PPE (personal protection equipment) supplies after use. Properly disposing your PPE supplies in your medical facility is very important for reducing the spread of infection. Be sure to watch our Whiteboard Wednesday video below!

The Different Types of Ultrasound Scans

There are several different types of ultrasound scans depending on the part of the body being examined. There are external, internal and endoscopic ultrasound scans. An external ultrasound involves the use of a an ultrasonic sensor also known as a transducer or transceiver which is placed on the patients skin and is moved over the body part being examined. An ultrasound gel is applied to the skin to improve the movement of the transducer and ensure continuous contact between the skin and the transducer. 

Weekly Wrap For November 18 – November 22, 2013

5 Benefits Of Disposable Patient Positioning Straps

Disposable patient positioning straps are used to assist in immobilizing patients and are great for infection control purposes. Proper patient positioning is critical to patient safety, a durable safety strap is often required for specific positioning techniques. 

Sharps Containers: Preventing Sharps Injuries With Proper Disposal

Sharps injuries are a very serious matter in healthcare facilities. According to the CDC, they estimate that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur yearly among medical workers in hospitals. Careful handling of contaminated sharps can reduce the risk of infection for hospital workers.

Whiteboard Wednesday: Types of PPE Supplies

This week's Whiteboard Wednesday, we discuss the different types of PPE supplies! Disposable gowns, face masks, infection control footwear, bouffants, lab coats, etc. are all important PPE supplies to keep in your medical setting.

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day – November 21, 2013

We are proud to join the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in the promotion of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day!

“The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.”

Sharps Containers: Preventing Sharps Injuries With Proper Disposal

Sharps injuries are a very serious matter in healthcare facilities. According to the CDC, they estimate that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur yearly among medical workers in hospitals. Careful handling of contaminated sharps can reduce the risk of infection for hospital workers.

A sharps container is simply a container that is filled with used medical needles, scalpels or any small sharp medical instruments. According to OSHA, containers for contaminated sharps must be puncture-resistant. The sides and the bottom must be leakproof. They must be appropriately labeled or color-coded red to warn everyone that the contents are hazardous.

What can you do to prevent sharps injuries?

  • Utilize appropriate sharps containers in your work environment.
  • Dispose sharps with care (keep fingers away from opening of the container, do not overfill the sharps containers, follow safety guidelines when disposing sharps).
  • Recapping a used needle prior to placing into sharps containers.
  • Dispose sharps immediately after use, or as soon as possible.

The 1 Gallon Red Sharps Container has a locking screw cap and needle keyhole to provide safe, one hand sharps disposal. This particular unit is puncture-resistant and can be used freestanding or mounted onto metal cabinets and stands.

Sharps containers are a must-have for sharps disposal! If you have any questions or comments regarding sharps containers please let us know in the box below.

Weekly Wrap For November 11 – November 15, 2013

Whiteboard Wednesday: Types Of Common Infections And How To Prevent Them

In this weeks Whiteboard Wednesday we review a few common types of infections that take place in hospitals and medical facilities, and a few ways to prevent these infections! 

How To Choose The Right Exam Glove Dispenser

Choosing the right exam glove box dispenser is an important step in keeping your medical facility organized and promoting sound infection control practices. Exam glove box dispensers, sometimes referred to as PPE dispensers, eliminate the need to carry exam gloves in pockets, loose in drawers or on countertops. 

Hand Hygiene Tips You’ll Want To Know

It’s the perfect time of year to review some basic hand hygiene tips! As many of us already know, washing your hands before and after you eat, after using the restroom and before and after tending to sick patients is important. 

How To Choose The Right Exam Glove Dispenser

Choosing the right exam glove box dispenser is an important step in keeping your medical facility organized and promoting sound infection control practices. Exam glove box dispensers, sometimes referred to as PPE dispensers, eliminate the need to carry exam gloves in pockets, loose in drawers or on countertops. There are several factors to consider when selecting the right exam glove box dispenser. The type of facility and the amount of traffic your facility or department receives are two of the top considerations. The application and location of the dispenser will determine what size capacity is needed, the type of material, mounting orientation and any additional features.

Application

In high traffic locations such as emergency departments, operating rooms and trauma units where exam glove usage is critical, keeping a safe stocking level is crucial to staying compliant with infection control policies.  Selecting a quad or four box exam glove dispenser ensures that your department will always have sufficient inventory on hand at all times. Hospitals with a large number of staff will typically want to choose a quad or triple box exam glove dispenser that can accommodate multiple sizes.  For more specialized infection control applications, the Microban Anti-Microbial exam glove box holder is ideal for use in cleanrooms, hospitals, and microbiological work areas.

Capacity

There are four common exam glove box dispenser configurations: single, double, triple, and quad to meet your facilities needs. Some of the dispensers are designed to be dedicated exam glove box holders while other dispensers, like the FlexHold quad glove/mask holder have been designed to hold various types of PPE supply boxes. There are also specialty exam glove dispenser boxes that incorporate an additional pocket to hold hand sanitizer.

Material

Exam glove box dispensers are available in multiple substrates: acrylic, powder coated steel wire, epoxy coated steel wire, stainless steel, white steel, and high-impact polystyrene. Acrylic dispensers are clear and durable allowing for quick glove identification and easy refilling. The powder coated and epoxy coated wire dispensers feature a see-through construction which allows for easy identification of glove sizes. The durable stainless steel dispensers are long lasting and safe to clean with most bleach solutions. The powder coated steel dispensers offer a durable finish and an open design which allows for easy identification of glove sizes. Dispensers constructed from high impact polystyrene (HIPS) are durable and are resistant to harsh cleaning solutions.

Mounting Orientation

Exam glove box dispensers are available in multiple mounting configurations. Some dispensers are designed with two-way keyholes that allow for a dual mounting option so that the dispenser can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Dispensers may also come with suction cups that allow for mounting on glass surfaces. In addition to the wall mount option, many of the dispensers can also be placed on a counter or tabletop which will keep glove boxes organized and improve the utilization of exam gloves in your facility.

Features 

Unique features may be necessary depending on the specific location and application. Let’s take a look at some of the unique features available. There are Dispensers with locking lids which offer an added level of protection for safely and securely storing exam gloves while still allowing for easy access. Most acrylic dispensers have finger holes located on one end to make refilling quick and easy. There are several types of loading configurations including, top, side, and bottom loading. Some dispensers have spring loaded back flaps that keeps glove boxes up front and firmly in place, preventing smaller boxes from sliding. The FlexHold quad glove/mask holder has a unique bottom loading, adjustable clamp design that adjusts to a variety of different sized PPE boxes including, gloves, mop caps, ear defenders, face masks, and shoe covers.

There are a variety of exam glove dispensers to choose from and that is why it is important to take the criteria listed above into consideration before making your decision. Purchasing exam glove dispensers might seem like a fairly straightforward process but with the amount of options available it can make the decision more difficult then originally anticipated. If you may have any questions regarding how to choose the right exam glove please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us directly at info@universalmedicalinc.com.

Disposable UV-Transparent Spectrophotometer Cuvettes

Disposable UV-Transparent spectrophotometer cuvettes are an excellent alternative to fragile, expensive quartz cuvettes for DNA, RNA, and protein analyses between 220-900nm. For example, the disposable BRAND UV-Cuvettes are made from a proprietary polycyclical olefin which is resistant to many aggressive solvents and eliminates the need for tedious maintenance, cleaning, and most importantly the contamination risk associated with quartz cuvettes. Disposable spectrophotometry cuvettes eliminate the risk of cross-contamination from previous analysis which will cause inaccuracies, low sensitivity, and lack of precision. Over time quartz cuvettes can become cracked, chipped or scratched,  choosing a disposable cuvette you will allow you to save valuable time.

The BRAND disposable UV-Transparent Spectrophotometer cuvettes are available in three different sizes; ultra-micro, semi-micro, and macro which offer additional flexibility regarding sample volume (see table below for specifications).

UV-Transparent Spectrophotometry Cuvettes  
Ultra-MicroSemi-MicroMacro
Filling Volume
Minimum70μL1.5mL2.5mL
Maximum 550μL (15mm window)3.0mL4.5mL
850μL (8.5mm window)--
Sample Window Dimensions2mm x 3.5mm (minimum)4.5mm x 23mm10mm x 35mm
Light Path10mm10mm10mm
Range of Application220-900nm220-900nm220-900nm

The ultra-micro cuvettes are available individually-wrapped and independently-certified DNA-, DNase-, and RNase-free for an extra degree of sample protection. The BRAND cuvettes have improved chemical resistance; including most polar organic solvents, as well as a broad range of acids and bases. Polystyrene and methacrylate cuvettes have a lower chemical resistance compared to the BRAND UV-Cuvettes which are compatible with chemicals such as acetone, butanone, DMF, and concentrated hydrochloric acid.

When choosing a cuvette, consistent and repeatable results are essential to any analysis. The BRAND UV-Cuvettes are manufactured from scratch-resistant materials, and are grouped by manufacturing mold cavity number to ensure the lowest variation in extinction coefficient. The BRAND UV-Cuvettes are compatible with most commercial spectrophotometers and photometers without the use of special adapters.

The benefits of disposable cuvettes have many advantages over quartz cuvettes. Quartz cuvettes are expensive and typically cost much more than disposable UV-Cuvettes. Disposable UV-Transparent cuvettes eliminate the risk of sample carryover and can enhance the reliability of analytical results. Traditional quartz cuvettes take approximately 5 minutes to wash and dry, using disposable UV-Transparent spectrophotometer cuvettes will eliminate the need for cleaning and reusing cuvettes which in turn will save time and money.

Our cuvettes are designed to fit all major spectrophotometers and photometers from all the top manufacturers. If you are concerned about unit compatibility, request a free sample to try out before you decide to buy.