Thursday, January 24, 2013

Airpurifiers which work

These air purifiers quietly and efficiently destroy most airborne microorganisms, including any type of fungi, spores, virues and bacteria. Also, neutralizes the extremely harmful toxins and fungus freed by dust mite feces that trigger respiratory allergies.
Features:
  • Up to 99% efficient in destroying airborne mold spores, bacteria, ozone, viruses, dust mites, allergens and other airborne pollutants.
  • Patented and exclusive TSS Technology.
  • Maintenance free - no expensive filters to replace
  • Fast performance - Microorganism reduction starts 15 minutes after being plugged in
  • Completely silent
  • Low energy consumption
  • Clean and environmentally friendly technology
  • Small and portable
  • Ozone free and ion free
  • Anti-stress light
Specifications:
  • Air purification capacity in rooms: 450 sq. ft
  • Electric consumption: 45w
  • Voltage: 110V-240V
  • Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • Noise level: totally silent
  • Anti-free stress light: yes, dimmable or can be turned off
  • Compact design: 8.4in x 10.5in
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs
  • Cerifications: ISO, CE, UL
Manufacturer warranty: 2 years

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Electronic Medical Column Scales: An Extensive Range of Solutions

MSEC offers you a wide range of measuring and weighing solutions to provide to your customers. Our measuring stations and column scales are distinguished by high precision, with features that simplify and shorten everyday medical routines. Thanks to the combination of scale and measuring rod, weight and height can be digitally obtained in a single procedure. There is no longer any effort involved in figuring out a patients BMI, since it appears automatically on the display after weight and height are taken.
• Capacity: 660 lbs / 300 kg
• Wireless EMR-integration
• Heel positioner and integrated Frankfurt line for precise positioning
• Multi-function touch display shows weight, height and BMI
 
 
 
 
• Capacity: 550 lbs / 250 kg
• EMR compatible with option
• Large head piece on rod for exact positioning of head
• Integrated measuring rod for automatic BMI calculation
  
 



• Capacity: 550 lbs / 250 kg
• Wireless EMR-integration
• Oversized cast iron base
• Transport castors for mobile use
• Measuring rod is included

 
 
• Capacity: 450 lbs / 200 kg
• Low-maintenance and economical battery operation
• Non-slip platform guarantees a safe and secure foothold
• Measuring rod is included



 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Precise Medication with Precise SECA Scales

Emergency Departments (ED) possess high stress environments, making the positions of an emergency room nurse and physician one of the most challenging in medicine.  Time-critical decisions on life-and-death situations are vital in emergency care settings and can often cause doctors to quickly estimate a patient’s weight upon arrival.

With weight being a critical indicator to calculate the appropriate medication dose, it‘s no wonder that emergency departments see the highest number of preventable medication errors in hospitals,
according to the National Center of Health Statistics. Seca takes a strong stance in providing frontline care with cutting-edge measurement solutions and breakthrough technologies that allow you to obtain precise patient measurements quickly and accurately to improve patient outcomes.

With medication errors associated with inaccurate patient weight ranging from 20% to 40% nationwide, it is essential to have an array of measuring and weighing devices in the ED to easily obtain an accurate patient weight. Ranging from stretcher scales, chair scales, and portable standing scales, SECA offers a variety of solutions to best suit your facility.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Weighing In On The Pros Of Physicians Scales

What safety features can be found on physician scales and how to they benefit the patient?

Mechanical Beam Scsale w Height Rod
There are several different safety features that can be built into any of the standard models of physician scales. One of the most common and practical is to have a rubberized mat or coating on the actual platform. This prevents the patient from slipping when stepping on and off the scale, even if they are not wearing any footwear. The rubberized surface may be ridged, dimpled or texturized to add traction to an otherwise very slick surface.

Another safety feature to consider is the position of either a handle or a rail for the patient to grasp. Handles are typically mounted directly to the column and are centered with the column in the middle of the platform. Often times these handles have rubberized grips to provide additional security. Patients that are not comfortable with the step up or step down can utilize the handle to provide balance. Rails can be another option. These are more substantial and are set to be at waist height for an average adult. This is a perfect option for seniors and patients that are used to using a standard walker for support and balance.

Low profile platforms that minimize the necessity to step up and step down are a good idea for most patients. Using a high capacity model with a larger platform can also provide security for larger adult patients that may feel that the standard platform is not wide or long enough for comfort and balance.

Is there a correct way to use a balance beam scale and, if so, what are the steps?
Traditional Mechanical Scale
There are recommended steps in using a balance beam scale, which are also known as physician scales. The first step is to make sure that the weights are all the way to the zero indicator side of the beam prior to stepping up on the platform. The tip of the scale should be in the middle of the notch in this position. Step up on the scale and allow the slight movement in the platform to stop.

Using the heavy weight, located on the bottom rod of the beam scale, slide it across until the tip drops to the bottom of the slot. Move the weight backwards (lighter) one notch. Make sure that the weight is dropped into the notch on the beam. The tip should spring up and touch the top of the slot.

Using the smaller, light weight on the top beam start to slowly slide it across from light to heavy. When the tip starts to waiver and drop slow down and move notch by notch until the tip balances in the center of the slot without touching the top or bottom. Read the weight off of both beams and then return the weights to the zero end of the beams and step off the scale. Add the two weights together for your total weight.

How can physician scales be cleaned between patient use?

Cleaning physician scales should be easy. Most offer a solid construction of metal for the frame that can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down. In addition the platform of the scale should also be easy to clean using a wipe or spray type of disinfectant. The major area of concern is any possible groove or indentation around the platform, especially if the frame is level with the platform and there is a gap. Contaminants and liquids can drain into that gap and allow bacteria or other types of contaminants to collect.

Many of the scales with this type of design provide a removable platform that can be washed easily and then replaced. This will not impact the calibration of the scale.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Operating Efficiency in Linen Trolleys & Carts

What options are available for very lightweight linen trolleys that can stand up to daily use?
Four Shelf Linen Trolley Cart
Most of the standard linen trolley models will have frames made of very lightweight aluminum which is an ideal material for several reasons. It is resistant to staining and rusting and it is also very scuff and scratch resistant in typical use. However, for another style of lightweight option there is also PVC construction. This very strong yet very light material is used in a wide variety of items within hospitals and health care facilities. Like aluminum and stainless steel PVC is does not rust and it is resistant to molds and mildew.

The bins or baskets of the linen trolley can be made of a variety of different materials. A very lightweight option is a canvas or vinyl bag that fits into the frame of the cart. These can be easily removed from the frame to lift the entire contents and transfer it to a washer or sorting area. Poly or fiberglass shelves, bins or cabinet types of options do not add a lot of weight to the frame but provide more options for using the cart with pre-sorted clean linens. Staff can easily glance at the shelves and remove the supplies needed in each particular room of the hospital. With optional covers that can be rolled down or placed over the open sides these linen trolley models will quickly convert to clean linen storage units.  Covers can be made of mesh or vinyl depending on the particular style of linen cart and the needs of staff.

Is there a good option for keeping laundry from different patients or rooms separate in an efficient and effective way?
Three Shelf Enclosed Landry Cart
A resident cart that has wire or plastic bins is really the way to go when you need to move a variety of different items between the laundry and the rooms. Each room or person can have his or her own bin or shelf that is divided off from and separate from anyone else's laundry. The linen trolley shelves or baskets can be labeled with room numbers or names so there is never any confusion.
In addition smaller linen carts of any style can be used in particular rooms. These can also be identified on a label card and kept separate through the entire laundry system. Rolling hampers are another popular option for use in a patient room or in a particular area of a facility. Rolling hampers offer the option of larger items being moved to the laundry that may not be appropriate for smaller bin designs.

How flexible or adjustable is a linen trolley for carrying a variety of different linen items within a facility?
Wheeled Enclosed Linen Trolley
Depending on the style that is selected there can be a wide range of options for changing the configuration and storage space in the cart. Most designs will have fully adjustable shelves that can be moved to create larger spaces for bigger items or smaller spaces for small items. Most designs offer the adjustment along a pre-set track which means there is no need for specific types of tools to change the shelf. The shelves can be easily locked into place with the use of clips and insets to prevent the shelf from moving or sliding when the unit is in motion.

Other systems allow bins and dividers to be added to selves to create various configurations for storage. Some carts may offer the option of a full bulk type bin or the option for shelving. These turnaround bins allow the shelves to flip up against an open side, creating a wire wall to allow bulk storage. Simply flipping the shelves down on the support pole turns this full bulk bin into individual storage areas that can be accessed from the open side of the bin. This is a cost and space saving idea if a facility wants to have various storage and transport options using the same trolley.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Medical Scales for Office or Home Use

What types of readouts are available with medical scales that can be used in institutions and medical facilities?

Medical scales come in a huge range of different styles. There are some that are traditional mechanical styles that allows the user or a staff member to manually move weights across a beam. When the scale balances the two weights, a heavier lower weight and a lighter upper weight are added together. Most mechanical scales have the option of reading in either metric or standard systems. These scales also can be read from both sides of the scale, which makes it easy for staff and patients alike.

You may also want to consider a digital readout model.  This is a LED display that is positioned at a convenient level to be easily read. It can be on the column on mechanical scales or it can be one the platform on a floor type. It is important to choose a LED display and background that provides enough contrast for easy and accurate reading of the information.

Mechanical style medical scales are a good option for many uses. These are very easy to read but may not be as accurate as they typically show only whole units of weight and not fractions. You would be able to weigh to the nearest pound or kilogram or approximate for ½ the distance for greater accuracy.

Can medical scales be use in the home and what would be the advantage over the commercial models available?

Medical scales, both mechanical and digital, are excellent for home use. This can be a very important consideration if you need accurate weight measurements that are to the nearest fraction provided by the readability of the scale. The heavier design and increased accuracy of these models over commercially available scales is the one big advantage. In addition many of the scales for home use cannot be calibrated or are very limited in their calibration which may cause increased inaccuracies in weight measurements over time.

Another major benefit to the medical models is that some come equipped with either the option to print out the information as well as an automatic option to store recordings right in the system. This allows the user to simply recall his or her last weight. For multiple users the system can be customized to store data separately, making it easy to see success in weight loss or weight gain efforts.

Medical options for home use can also be used to provide immediate BMI (Body Mass Index) information. With these types of models the individual keys in his or her height which is then stored in the system. Upon weighing a keypad control allows you to switch to instantly provide your current BMI and keep record of all changes.

How difficult is it to use mechanical scales when compared to digital scales that automatically provide the weight?

After you have learned how to correctly use the traditional models they are very simple and highly accurate. However, they do take a few minutes to use when compared to digital readout models. It is important to step up on the platform and allow the platform to completely stop moving before moving the weights. Weights need to be moved slowly when in the approximate weight range to get the most accurate reading.

It is also important to move the lower, heavy weight first and then move the lighter, top weight. Remembering to return both weights back to the zero notch on the beam is another additional step but this takes just a second.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Cleaning Made Easier with a Proper Janitorial Cart

How are janitorial carts constructed and are they built to stand up to daily use in busy environments?
Maid carts, also known as janitorial carts, are designed be both practical as well as durable. They are typically made from aluminum that is both lightweight as well as being resistant to cosmetic damage, chemical spills and staining. Most carts will be painted to protect the metal and to provide a more aesthetically pleasing and neutral colored cart. The surface areas, including the durable metal frame or the plastic or poly shelves are all easily cleaned with any type of commercial disinfectant or cleaning solution. The surfaces are resistant to staining, discoloration, mold and mildew.

Special casters are found on many of the top of the line maid carts. They will vary in size based the size of the cart and its overall design. Larger casters and wheels are designed to make moving the cart easy for people of all sizes and physical abilities. Many offer the option to lock the back two casters while continuing to allow the front two to swivel. This allows maximum control when moving the cart even through busy hallways and traffic areas. It also makes turning the cart when moving forwards very controlled without putting additional stress on the operator. Allowing all four wheels to swivel allows the cart to be pushed either forwards or backwards or straight to either side without the need to turn the cart.

What ergonomic features are found in different janitorial carts to help staff?
Ergonomic features that are designed to provide ease of use and operation for staff are found on most models of janitorial carts. One design addition is a push handle that keeps the operators hands and shoulders at a comfortable level. This prevents having to bend over to push or pull the cart. It also ensures maximum control over the movement of the cart in any direction including straight ahead and when cornering.

Recessed bins on the top of the cart are designed to help staff store frequently used items in an easy to access area. No bending or squatting to get to the small items on the cart. Ledges that form the recessed part of the top shelf ensure that items are secure on the top shelf and will not roll off when the cart is moving. Adjustable shelving that doesn't require any tools to move the shelf also helps staff by allow customized configurations. This provides the option to keep everything together on one shelf for any given cleaning task.

Locking brakes that can be adjusted with a tap of the foot to either engage or disengage prevent bending over to use or release the brake or having to hold onto the cart to keep it from moving.  Staff can quickly engage the brakes whenever the cart is not in motion, providing an additional safety feature. 
How are janitorial carts different than utility carts and which is better for housekeeping services to use?


Both maid carts and utility carts are very handy to have within a facility. However, a utility cart is not designed specifically with janitorial services in mind. It is more of an all-purpose cart that can be used to move items and materials for all shapes and sizes. Utility carts tend to be open on all sides and most do not have adjustable shelves, although various models may offer some options for customization.

Carts specifically for housekeeping services have features that are designed to store and transport all types of cleaning supplies. They usually have either a trash bag system or a soiled linen bin in the cart, something that is never found in a utility cart. While both terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two options. Both are ideal for specific tasks but a janitorial cart is most recommended for housekeeping services.

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Friday, May 04, 2012

Airing Out Dirty Laundy Does Require a Cart

What is the major advantage to choosing covered or enclosed linen carts over an open design?


Multi Shelf Laundry Cart
Depending on the environment in which linen carts will be used either an enclosed or an open design may be the most effective. Obviously the biggest concern will be the need to protect clean linens from exposure to dust, debris or liquids with a particular environment. Typically the enclosed laundry carts are covered with a nylon or vinyl/nylon soft cover. This can be lifted up to expose the contents of the cart and then dropped back down and into place.

Closed carts do not necessarily provide full protection however. Airborne contaminants as well as dust and fine debris can still enter into the cart depending on the type of cover use. Cabinet style enclosed models provide the most significant protection while the soft cloth covers provide good levels of protection in most typical environments.

Typically any linen that is going to be moved around in a building, including a hospital or medical facility, laboratory or patient area should be covered while in transit. This minimizes the risk of contamination as well as keeps linens as clean as possible before use. Of course a covered design also gives you the option to store the clean linen right on the laundry cart until it is needed. This can save time in transferring linens into supply cabinets or cupboards and then back onto a cart at a later time.

What are the typical size options of linen carts and is there a best size?
There are many different sizes of linen carts available. The larger styles enclosed baskets with multiple adjustable shelves are a good option for large facilities or areas where the distance between the laundry and the various rooms or locations in the facility is significant. Larger carts prevent multiple trips. However, larger laundry carts are also more difficult to move through busy hallways and to take in and out of individual rooms. Often a combination of smaller and larger carts is the most effective option. This allows staff to choose the right sized laundry carts for the job to be as efficient as possible.
Multi Section Garment/ Laundry Cart
It is important to keep in mind that the size of the cart is not a factor in how easy it is to push or maneuver. The carts are designed with easy of movement in mind and with larger swivel casters they can be moved across either solid flooring or carpeted areas by staff. Handles also make pushing and turning the cart very easy regardless of weight and size. Larger carts do need more turning room and may not be ideally suited for moving in confined spaces such as elevators or narrow storage rooms.

Understanding the sizes and types of linens that will be moved throughout the facility is important in selecting linen carts. Having carts that are too small for the volume is not efficient or effective. On the other hand very large carts hauling small amounts is not a good use of your budget either. Most facilities will continue to expand so selecting carts both for today's needs as well as the foreseeable future is the best possible option.

In our facility we need options for moving both clean and soiled linen using the same cart. What options should we consider?

When both clean and soiled linen needs to be moved using the same transport cart an excellent choice includes a turnabout cart. This allows you to use it as a bulk bin for soiled laundry and, by flipping down the wire shelves that make up the side wall, it coverts to a multi-shelved cart that can also be used for storing the linen.

The wire shelves and the poly sides can be easily cleaned and disinfected between uses. This eliminates any contamination and, with quick drying materials, there is no time lost during the cleaning process.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

It's Not Your Mom's Laundry Basket

What options are available in laundry carts that could be used for both soiled and clean laundry transportation in large facilities?
There are a huge range of different options in transport carts for both soiled and clean laundry and linens. Some of the most popular for small loads and requirements are the wire carts, which are similar to the carts used in many public laundry facilities. They are ideal for moving through hallways and in rooms plus they are designed to be easy on staff for loading an unloading. Often these types of baskets are used in the laundry itself to move loads between the washers and dryers. With their lightweight frame yet large load capacity they are a tried and true option that is very durable for years of use.

For larger bulk movement of all types of linen items a transport basket type of laundry cart is a time saver. These large capacity bins on wheels have enough capacity to remove the linens from several rooms in one easy pass. Smaller options may be made of a variety of different materials including fiberglass, poly and vinyl/nylon laminate on aluminum or aluminum and stainless steel frames. Although slightly heavier than the wire options they are very durable and resistant to any type of damage even with heavy and continual use.

Some of the poly linen carts have an optional hinged lid that allows the cart to be closed between uses or during use. These carts may also be able to tilt, allowing very easy emptying of the contents of the cart at the laundry facility. These carts can also double for other transport of items as needed within a facility provided they do not exceed the recommended weight capacity of the individual cart.

In a different usage situations what is the best option in a laundry cart?

Narrow designs in wire basket carts are an excellent option in very small spaces or when limited movement of laundry is required. These carts will hold a standard load of laundry and, because of their narrow size, are very easily to maneuver in tight spaces. In busy hallways and traffic areas they are a good option since they are narrower than standard types of laundry carts. 

Another option for a limited use type laundry basket is a folding option. This linen cart is on wheels and is easy to move through the facility. When not in use it is folded up to lie flat, allowing it to be stacked against a wall or stored easily in a closet or supply area. It most closely resembles a hamper and can easily be left in a room and picked up when full. This makes these very practical in a wide range of settings including locker rooms, patient rooms, dormitories and kitchens. In addition the bag is easily washed and dried with the laundry, providing a practical way to keep equipment in top shape.

Are there any types of laundry carts that can be safely used in laboratory environments where acids and chemicals may be present on clothing and supplies that will be carried in the cart?

One of the biggest concerns in using standard types of hospital or industrial use linen carts in areas where acids and chemicals are used is that the carts may be damaged or there may be reactions with the cart material. In addition contamination from leaks may spread chemicals throughout the facility if the cart is not designed to prevent leaks. Using fiberglass carts prevents this issue. The fiberglass is resistant to chemical action and, even when acids are present, will not leak, stain or become damaged with exposure. They are also designed with a seamless bottom, ensuring there are no potential weak points in the bin. These carts come in a variety of sizes and options, including an optional soft cover which allows the cart to be easily converted into a storage space for either soiled or clean items.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Medical Exam Tables: Navigating Through the Choices for Medical Professionals

For a general family practice what are the basic features that need to be considered with a medical exam table?
A general practice requires an examination table that can be used for a variety of different patients. A standard examination table is a good option as it is flexible and practical, designed to withstand years of use. However, for patient comfort and for ease of examination it may not offer all the position options necessary. A table that allows for backrest adjustment from the level to various incline positions is often considered a must in general practice exam rooms. This backrest positioning can be done with power systems or through a gas-spring type of mechanism.

In addition to being able to position the patient on the table having standard storage in the medical exam table base is also advantageous. This allows the doctor and staff to have immediate access to frequently used supplies and small equipment. Tables may be designed with drawers that open to the left or right side or some tables have drawers that can open either direction. In addition a paper dispenser and cutter that is mounted to the frame is both a time and energy saver between patients.
When practices include patients of all ages and health issues a hi-low examination table is very practical. This allows the table to be lowered to a standard chair height for patients with mobility problems to easy seat themselves on the table with minimal need for assistance. The table is then raised to the appropriate height to conduct the examination.

I see children in my practice and find an standard medical exam table is just too overwhelming for the kids. What options do I have for something more child friendly?
A pediatric table is designed to be very child friendly. These smaller sized versions have all the features that you would expect in an full sized table including paper roll holders, options for power lift features as well as storage within the base. However, unlike those standard models the tables designed for children often have a theme. This can be coordinated to match the décor of the office for very appealing look to the room.

Infant and toddle sized options will often offer a built in scale on the table. This is a space and time saver as everything needed for the medical chart can be completed right on the same table.

Are there options to build in patient comfort while on the medical exam table?
Depending on the model of medical exam table there are several different patient comfort features that may be offered. The ability to incline the backrest and position the leg rest or stirrups to the physical size of the patient provides immediate comfort. Patients also appreciate the upholstered and padded table tops that are designed to minimize the pressure on the back, shoulders and hips when on the table for longer periods of time.

Additional pillows and neck supports are offered on some models of tables. Arm rests, safety rails and IV pole attachments that re easily added to the frame of the table can be essential in keeping patients secure. The IV pole attachment prevents the need for additional equipment in the room, providing staff with additional space to move about with ease.

For OB/GYN examinations or other types of procedures some tables may also offer a warming drawer. This allows medical equipment to be kept at above room temperature to prevent shock and discomfort when it comes into contact with the patient. This little additional feature can make all the difference in the world to customer satisfaction while in the examination room.

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More Q&A ABout Medical Exam Tables

I have a very small examination room in my practice and need medical exam tables that are space saving. What options should I consider?
Many examination rooms are small and designed to hold only the basic in equipment and supplies. Since medical exam tables may be the largest item in the room finding space saving options is essential. There are several different options to consider that can be ideal as general use tables even in limited space. One option is an adjustable length table. These are typically designed to have the head and footrest fold down, leaving just the middle section flat as the top of the table. This provides a wide range of position and options for using the table during examinations and treatments. They may or may not have the option to position the backrest to an inclined position rather than the flat position.

Many of these styles of tables are open and designed with an H-brace structure for support and safety. Other options may include a cabinet under the center section of the table that can add to storage space in the room. These cabinets have adjustable shelves for individual configuration. In addition these cabinets can be locked to prevent access to the contents by unauthorized individuals.
A chair style option is also space saving. These models are often hi-lo options, providing easy access to the chair by the patient. Once seated the entire chair is lifted and then the back reclined into the desired examination position. Leg rests and stirrups are recessed into the base of the chair and can be extended as needed.

Are there any eco-friendly medical exam tables on the market and what makes them "greener" than standard tables?More and more facilities are moving towards LEED certification and becoming more environmentally friendly. There are medical exam tables that provide eco-friendly styles and features. Wood construction is a key element which provides a warm look to the room and, with different colors of coverings, can coordinate with any décor. However the hardwood legs and frame also means that the table can be recycled and does not contain any plastics or PVCs. Natural stain and wood colors also means that there is no paint used in the manufacturing of the frame. If the frame is painted or laminated the materials used are lead free and all upholstery is fully PVC-free.
Eco-friendly medical exam tables can have a full cabinet as well. They can include 100% recyclable metal components for all hardware used in the construction of medical exam tables. In addition all wood on the table, including the laminated panels can be manufactured with no added urea-formaldehyde. These options are typically very cost effective and highly comparable to traditional styles of tables on the market.

What is the difference between medical exam chairs and examination tables and which is best?
The term examination chair is often used to describe hi-lo medical examination tables that can be placed in the upright or chair position for patient examinations. These tables are very practical in all types of settings since they are compact yet offer more positioning options than a standard table. There are different models that are designed for bariatric patients, patients transferring in and out of wheelchairs and patients with mobility problems. Since the table top or seat can be lowered and raised to the right level, patient comfort and safety is maximized.

Other option in chairs can include specialized equipment. Podiatry chairs with additional support for legs and feet combined with power backrest and tilt allow the patient to be placed in the correct position for any procedure. This allows the patient to remain in the seated and reclined position while the foot is at a level that is comfortable for the medical staff. Longer procedures are made much easier on all involved when this position option is possible.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shedding Light on Hospital Room Lighting

What options are available for hospital lighting for staff safety and patient comfort?
Ideally in a patient room in a hospital setting it is important to keep the lighting as natural as possible. This lessens patient stress about being in an unfamiliar environment and provides a more welcoming environment. Natural light can be enhanced by large windows but overhead or over the bed type of lighting is still the main source. Over bed lights are typically longer than a standard wall mount light and can be up to four feet long. These lights usually include multiple setting options that the patient can control with the call button or through a keypad system on the bed rail. Some models may also provide remote control of the light settings independent of the call button or bed.

Different light settings are possible based on the ambient light and the needs of the patient and staff. Directly light provides the most intense light that can be used during patient examinations or in completing procedures in the room. Indirect lighting or general lighting keeps a standard room brightness that is usually focused up as opposed to down towards the patient as in direct lighting.

Reading lights are focused to provide light towards the head of the bed. For a very soft and indirect light a nightlight option is also available on some models. This, like the indirect lighting, is directed away from the patient area but illuminates the bed and surrounding space. With the nightlight option on staff can complete checks on the patient and the medical equipment and supplies without turning on the overhead room lights or using the directed light.

What factors need to be considered when selecting hospital lighting throughout the facility?
Coordinating lighting in a medical facility requires advanced planning and a good understanding of the lighting needs of different areas. In patient and visitor areas standard room lighting is important to provide a well-lit, safe yet welcoming environment. Patient rooms will required additional lighting that can be used by medical staff during examinations and procedures in the room. Nursing stations require a brighter light that is compatible with computer use, documentation and charting. Lighting in this area is typically on 24/7 and energy efficiency will be important, as it is throughout the facility. Additional lights such as gooseneck lamps can be a supplement for desks and workstations. Hallways need to be brightly lit for safety reasons. This means positioning hospital lighting to minimize shadows and dark areas while also preserving a comfortable lighting level.

Newer hospitals typically are designed to admit natural light through larger windows along hallways and in waiting areas. Skylights may supplement artificial lighting in "green" hospitals to minimize power usage during the day.Operating theatres, patient examination rooms and doctor's offices will need enhanced lighting based on the specific use.

Operating rooms in particular require both general direct and indirect lighting as well as the use of specific operating room lights. Operating room lights provide true color and high levels of light intensity during surgical procedures. These lights are typically ceiling mounted and, with independent positioning, can be adjusted to focus light where it is required.

What options are available for energy efficiency in hospital lighting?
New technology has provided several options for energy efficiency in all types of hospital lighting. Photocell lights that come on only when the ambient light drops below a pre-set level will automatically control room lights and hallway lights. These systems typically have a manual override that allows staff to turn on the lights using a wall switch if required.

Other options for energy efficiency include using LED lights, even in the large operating room lights. These energy efficient lamps not only help to reduce the demand for electricity but they also operate without producing heat, reducing the use of air conditioning systems and further saving energy.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Phlebotomy Chair by Any Other Name is Still for Drawing Blood

What are the different size considerations when selecting phlebotomy chairs?
There are several different size options in blood drawing chairs. For larger adult patients bariatric chairs are available that have a wider and longer seat and backrest area as well as additional support throughout the frame. Tall and extra-tall options comfortably seat even the tallest patient and also place the armrest higher off the ground on the frame, allowing the phlebotomist to be able to draw blood without having to stoop over.

Standard sized chairs can accommodate most average adults and teens. With a booster cushion for the seat they are also a good option for older children. For very young infants a specialized table style of phlebotomy station is the safest option for the child and the technician. Individuals that are non-ambulatory can be easily accommodated for blood tests using a wheelchair friendly station. This mounts to the wall and slides up and down for positioning based on the chair height and chair arm height.

What features in phlebotomy chairs make a technician's work easier?
A height adjustment option for the armrest is one feature that can certainly make a day working in the lab or medical facility much less tiring. Most adjustment systems are a simple locking mechanism that allows the armrest to move up and down to the correct height. For complete control over height of the entire chair hydraulic or lift blood drawing chairs provide the most flexibility. These are ideal for busy facilities where multiple phlebotomists may use the same testing station throughout the day.
The type of material that phlebotomy chairs are constructed of also can save time in disinfecting the chairs between patients and as needed. Molded plastic, seamless upholstery or a combination of both are good choices. Frames that are metal are likewise easy to care for and very durable.

Adding a cabinet or a drawer to the armrest is helpful to store small supplies such as cause, sterilizing pads, tape, bandages and additional syringes. Cabinets tend to be deeper and have a larger capacity than the slimmer drawers. Most of these also provide an additional solid worktop for writing labels and updating notes.

Many models of phlebotomy chairs are designed to allow an IV pole to be quickly and easily attached to the frame. These models may be found in laboratory and medical settings and can extend the use of the chair based on your specific needs.

Is a pivot or a flip arm the best option in phlebotomy chairs?
Blood drawing chairs can have either a flip arm or a pivot arm. A flip arm moves up and down or flips up and down to allow the patient easy movement in and out of the seat. When the patient is seated the arm is flipped down, providing the solid support needed. A pivot arm rotates out and in based on the same usage pattern. Pivot arms require a bit more room to each side but the difference is minimal on most chairs.

As with most medical equipment the different styles offered are largely a personal preference. Often padded or upholstered arms are more likely to pivot while solid surface arms are more commonly designed to flip. There are some models that offer an armrest for the arm that is not being used for the blood draw. This can add to the patient's comfort level and may make getting in and out of the seat easier for patients with mobility problems. The surface area of the armrest needs to be seamless if upholstered and made of a material that will be easy to sterilize using standard cleaning equipment.

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A Few Insights on Blood Drawing Chairs

What are the advantages in molded plastic or upholstered blood drawing chairs?Both molded plastic and upholstered styles are good options for phlebotomy chairs for a busy facility. Molded plastic chairs tend to be easily to clean and slightly longer lasting since they do not have the softer surface area that can be cut, scratched or scuffed with wear. However, the upholstered models are more comfortable, an important consideration for patients. Both types of construction are designed to resist any type of contamination, mold and mildew. Seamless designed prohibit liquids from entering into the chair fabric even on the upholstered options. Surfaces can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down between each patient.

The frames of both types of chairs are typically made of metal tubing. This is sturdy, strong and is very resistant to wear. With specialized coating on the metal there is no concern with rust or corrosion. Armrests, backrests and work areas on the arm of the chair should also be made of a water resistant surface that is easy to clean and fast drying.

2. What is the correct positioning of blood drawing chairs in the laboratory or phlebotomy room?Patients that are in the laboratory or phlebotomy room need to have personal space as do the staff working with the patients. Depending on the style of equipment that you have the blood drawing chairs should be placed with enough room for staff to walk between the chairs and work on either side of the patient to draw blood. This typically means at least four feet between stations to avoid staff bumping into each other. In addition patients tend to feel more comfortable and relaxed if they do not feel crowded or cramped into an area.

Besides the phlebotomy chairs a working area needs to be in place. This can be a station between each set of chairs that includes a workspace, storage area for phlebotomy and lab supplies, a Sharps container for used syringes and sample holders and writing supplies. When blood drawing chairs do not have cabinets or drawers under the armrest additional storage areas for gauze, alcohol pads, lancets, collection tubes and tape should also be within easy reach of each phlebotomist. Typically there will also be a need for basic medical equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and other necessary equipment.

3. Is there a cost benefit to electric blood drawing chairs?
Having electric or power lift types of phlebotomy chairs in a lab or medical facility offers several advantages. Staff can quickly and easily adjust the height for their comfort when drawing blood without any discomfort to the patient. Patients are not required to step up into the equipment as they would with a tall or extra-tall chair option. This is often a major consideration for patients with mobility concerns, including senior citizens that may find stepping up into the chair as well as down out of the chair intimidating. Armrests on these models will usually flip up and sit parallel to the backrest, allowing patients maximum ability to enter the chair from the front or sides.

Another feature of the electric model is that it can be placed in the reclining position for extended comfort and safety. Patients that are undergoing a longer procedure such as donating blood or having a blood transfusion can relax rather than having to sit in the traditional upright position. Fainting and dizziness can also be accommodated by tilting the chair to a comfortable reclined setting.

These chairs are controlled using either a hand held keypad or a foot control. This allows smooth and fluid movement of the chair for raising, lowering and reclinin

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Surgical Lights: Making an Educated Decision

What type of light is considered the best in surgical lights for operating rooms as well as patient examination rooms?
In an operating theatre it is essential that true light be available to allow medical staff and surgeons to notice even minor differences in color. This means that a pure white light is the most desirable. It is critical for clear contrast and ease of color tone differentiation that blue hues are eliminated from the light source.

In addition to the bulb type, it is important to consider bulb longevity when selecting a light style and design. Many of the new LED and halogen bulbs provide extended operating life that saves both money as well as downtime for replacement. With multi-bulb systems in the lights there is also no need for a back-up light on site since it is not a single or dual bulb unit. The design of the light itself can also be instrumental in determining just how practical it is. Operating room lights that are designed to limit shadows through the use of reflectors, limitless rotation and positioning options as well as shapes that position the bulbs strategically in the light all are essential for direct, focused light.

What is the advantage of surgical lights that use LED technology? LED surgical lights are considered to be superior in many respects to other types of operating room lights. They are very true white and can provide up to 10% more illumination than other types of bulbs. Since they are LED technology they also produce no heat either downwards with the light or venting out of the fixture. This means that there is no concern with patient or staff comfort when working for long periods of time directly under the light source.

LED operating room lights are designed to be energy efficient and, depending on the specific fixture, can save as much as 50% over traditional surgical lights in hospital settings. For busy operating rooms and surgical areas that are in use round the clock this can be a huge electricity saving feature. Typically LED lights have a longer bulb life as well, reducing the cost of replacement bulbs over the life of the light.
Lights designed with energy saving in mind can extend the very bright and true white light from the LED bulb with the use of reflectors. These are faceted surfaces around the bulb that enhance the light source from different angles from the same bulb. This provides a reduction in shadows but also allows for greater focus of the light beam directly on the required area.

What design options are available in surgical lights for high volume operating theatres?
Busy operating theatres where a wide number of procedures are completed on a daily basis need to have lights that are practical in their design. This includes having a good range of motion from the arms of either a single or double mount option. Operating lights with a double mount provide two distinct light sources and directions to enhance visibility over a wider area when necessary. They can also be used to cut down on any possibility of shadows. These lights may also be most practical for multi-use facilities since the dual lights are ideal for illuminating the entire patient as well as specific areas of focus.

It is important in all types of surgical theatres to consider surgical lights with drift-free technology. This prohibits the natural movement of the light that can occur with movement in the room. Drift-free lights may be designed with a counterweight that anchors the light in position until manually repositioned. Light on and off switches that are mounted on the walls will eliminate the need to actually touch the handles of the controls ensuring that the light stays in one place.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Operating Room Lights Q & A

What features are essential in selecting operating room lights for multi-use surgical theatres?

Most operating rooms outside of major research facilities and hospitals will be used for a variety of different procedures. This means that lighting in the room must be flexible and practical based on the individual procedural needs. Overhead operating room lights that are either single or double mount will provide outstanding value since they can be positioned to focus the light right where it is needed. Most of the ceiling mount units will have full rotation on the lights as well as arms that can be extended several feet from the mount. With this range of mobility and extension the surgeon or staff is able to easily swing and move the lights as needed during the procedure.

Autoclaving handles on the lights are an important feature in a busy surgical theatre. Autoclaving handles allow the full sterilization of the handle between each procedure for optimum contaminant reduction. Not all lights offer this feature so if autoclaving handles are not an option be sure to check the design of the handle fore easy manual cleaning and sterilization. Flat surfaces, seamless joining to the light itself and control functions on the handle that will not retain liquids in crevices around the controls are essential.

Choosing the type of bulbs that the surgical lights will use is another factor to consider. Different lights offer different features. Some provide a true light while others provide more of a contrast for easy examination and identification of objects. Virtually all lights are designed to avoid directing any heat and some, especially LED lights, add no additional heat to the room at all. This can help in temperature control in the room and surgical staff and patient comfort.

Are there smaller operating room lights available that are a good option for procedures competed in patient examination and treatment rooms?

Not all surgical procedures occur in operating rooms. Many doctors in specialized and general practices use operating room lights in their patient examination rooms. Dentists also use operating style lights to pinpoint bright and true light when completing dental procedures.

Single ceiling mount operating room lights are a good option for many uses. These lights can be positioned to provide a wide or narrow beam of light where required. Since they are ceiling mounted they are very space saving and easily pushed up and out of the way when not required. An even more flexible option is a gooseneck lamp that can be mounted to a table or to the wall. These types of lamps can provide a direct focused light perfect for detailed examinations. Headlights can also be used that allow a LED light to be adjusted to pinpoint accuracy. Worn around the head with an adjustable band this light source is highly mobile and easy to transfer with the physician from room to room.

How are shadow issues dealt with through specific design features of different types of surgical lights?

A key element in the design of effective operating room lights is the ability to position and rotate the lights to avoid any shadows. This means that the light has to be angled or designed to prevent the shadow of the surgeon and staff to create dark areas. To minimize this problem multiple lamps are found in each light, which provide different angels of illumination. The more lamps within each light the less chance of shadows.

Other surgical lights may be designed with multiple reflectors behind the lamps. This decreases the need for large numbers of bulbs, helping to keep energy use low. The reflectors are angled within the design to focus the light to a central area from multiple points beside and behind the bulb itself. Even if there is some movement across the directed light from the bulb the light from the reflectors will prevent any shadows.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Diabetic Footwear: Making the Right Selection

Why Diabetic Footwear Protects Your Feet and Your Health?

Not all shoes are created alike. Some are designed for helping you run for longer distances, which can improve your health, but others are designed to help you with a medical condition, like diabetes. Diabetes footwear is not only innovative, but also a necessary part of a diabetes care regimen. These are some of the most commonly asked questions about diabetic footwear choices.

How Does Diabetic Footwear Protect the Foot?

There are several ways that diabetic shoes and boots can help you protect your feet:

Improve circulation – Since diabetes can cause poor circulation, these shoes can aid in improving blood flow, which will reduce the chances of numbness and loss of feeling. Reduce stress at certain points – The tops of the toes, the ball of the foot and other areas are particularly vulnerable to stress as you walk. The shoes then help to prevent scrapes and blisters from forming at these areas.

Protect the foot from injury – Since your foot moves through obstacles in the world all throughout the day, these types of footwear can help protect the skin from everyday cuts and scratches which can turn more serious for those with diabetes. Allow the foot to breathe – Heat and moisture that build up in the foot can increase the chances of blistering, so by allowing the foot to breathe, the wearer can not only be more comfortable, but you can lessen your chances of problems.

Are There Stylish Kinds of Diabetic Shoes?

Many people are concerned that diabetic footwear is not very stylish, but this is far from the truth. You can find a number of styles, ranging from typical athletic shoes to boots. With the even growing population of diabetics, you will find that more styles and colors are available than there ever have been before. Men and women can find styles that will suit a number of situations, and no one will be the wiser.

What Can Happen If I Don't Protect My Feet? You may not realize just how important diabetic foot care is for your health. In a typical person, a small blister simply shows up on the foot, they feel pain and they treat it or they let it heal on its own. But in a diabetic patient, this isn't the way it works. Since you can't necessarily feel the pain, you might end up causing the blister to open up and become infected. Without regular foot inspections, that infection could then turn into gangrene and other serious conditions, some even resulting in a need for amputation. While this sounds scary and perhaps rare, this is not the case. Many people don't stop to take the time to check their feet for troubles. With the slower healing time of diabetics, you can't afford to not check for sores and blisters each time you take your shoes off. Wearing diabetic footwear is a good step as it will help you reduce the possibility of these kinds of issues, but the rest of your foot care is up to you.

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Guidelines for Selecting Blood Drawing Chairs

What are the advantages in molded plastic or upholstered blood drawing chairs?

Both molded plastic and upholstered styles are good options for blood drawing chairs for a busy facility. Molded plastic chairs tend to be easily to clean and slightly longer lasting since they do not have the softer surface area that can be cut, scratched or scuffed with wear. However, the upholstered models are more comfortable, an important consideration for patients. Both types of construction are designed to resist any type of contamination, mold and mildew. Seamless designed prohibit liquids from entering into the chair fabric even on the upholstered options. Surfaces can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down between each patient.

The frames of both types of chairs are typically made of metal tubing. This is sturdy, strong and is very resistant to wear. With specialized coating on the metal there is no concern with rust or corrosion. Armrests, backrests and work areas on the arm of the chair should also be made of a water resistant surface that is easy to clean and fast drying.

What is the correct positioning of blood drawing chairs in the laboratory or phlebotomy room?
Patients that are in the laboratory or phlebotomy room need to have personal space as do the staff working with the patients. Depending on the style of equipment that you have the blood drawing chairs should be placed with enough room for staff to walk between the chairs and work on either side of the patient to draw blood. This typically means at least four feet between stations to avoid staff bumping into each other. In addition patients tend to feel more comfortable and relaxed if they do not feel crowded or cramped into an area.

Besides the phlebotomy chairs a working area needs to be in place. This can be a station between each set of chairs that includes a workspace, storage area for phlebotomy and lab supplies, a Sharps container for used syringes and sample holders and writing supplies. When blood drawing chairs do not have cabinets or drawers under the armrest additional storage areas for gauze, alcohol pads, lancets, collection tubes and tape should also be within easy reach of each phlebotomist. Typically there will also be a need for basic medical equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and other necessary equipment.

Is there a cost benefit to electric blood drawing chairs?

Having electric or power lift types of phlebotomy chairs in a lab or medical facility offers several advantages. Staff can quickly and easily adjust the height for their comfort when drawing blood without any discomfort to the patient. Patients are not required to step up into the equipment as they would with a tall or extra-tall chair option. This is often a major consideration for patients with mobility concerns, including senior citizens that may find stepping up into the chair as well as down out of the chair intimidating. Armrests on these models will usually flip up and sit parallel to the backrest, allowing patients maximum ability to enter the chair from the front or sides.

Another feature of the electric model is that it can be placed in the reclining position for extended comfort and safety. Patients that are undergoing a longer procedure such as donating blood or having a blood transfusion can relax rather than having to sit in the traditional upright position. Fainting and dizziness can also be accommodated by tilting the chair to a comfortable reclined setting.

These chairs are controlled using either a hand held keypad or a foot control. This allows smooth and fluid movement of the chair for raising, lowering and reclining.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Disposable Bed Pad Questions

What are the major advantageous to using disposable bed pads over standard bed pads in clinical and emergency room settings?
The most obvious advantage, which most staff will indicate is also the major advantage, is the easy of use of these disposable bed pads. They come pre-folded and easy to open up and slid under the patient or to be placed on the bed when the patient is up. Since they are pre folded and designed for easy opening they are never wrinkled and bunched like the reusable pads and the edges never start to fray or unravel, leading to ragged looking linens. This also prevents leakage from the edges of the disposable bed pads when there is a lot of fluid within the pad.

Of course the pads are also ideal for quick changes and disposal. The can be folded or rolled with the exterior polypropylene backing facing outward and simply placed in the trash. This limits the odor that can result from soiled or wet reusable pads sitting in a laundry bag in the patient's room waiting for the housekeeping staff.

As they are designed for single use only, there is never any concern with contamination or the spread of bacteria due to incorrect laundering procedures or transfer from one patient's room to another. Patients as well as staff report that this is a major consideration as an advantage over the disposable bed pads when compared to traditional reusable options.

How do disposable bed pads stay in place on the bed, don't they slip across the sheets and cause the patient discomfort as the patient moves in the bed?
As with traditional reusable bed pads the disposable options have a backing that is designed to trap moisture in the pad and prevent leakage through to the bed linen as well as prevent the pad from slipping across the sheets with movement. With the disposable pads this backing is made of polypropylene which is highly tear resistant and also an excellent moisture barrier. The thinness of the pads also provides additional patient comfort even if they do shift slightly. This is very different than the thicker, bulkier reusable bed underpads that can twist and move to create a very uncomfortable surface for the patient.

It is simple for staff to remove the disposable pads in comparison to the standard pads for the same reason. Since they do not bunch up under the patient, even with considerable movement, rolling the patient to one side is usually all that is required to remove the soiled pad and replace it with a clean, fresh disposable pad.

How do disposable bed pads come packaged?
The packaging of disposable bed pads depends on the manufacturer. Most come in bundles of 100 or more and, when priced per unit, they are literally just a few cents each. Since they cut down on the cost of laundry and the necessity for additional staff on a unit to handle patient bed changes and clean-up they are often very cost effective in all types of medical and long term care facilities.

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Disposable Bed Sheets Q & A

What sizes do disposable bed sheets come in and what special features are offered with different brands of sheets?
Disposable bed sheets come in the standard size use by most patient beds, which is 58 inches by 102 inches. They can be used for top or bottom sheets and can be combined with disposable bed pads for maximum absorbency and patient comfort if incontinence is a concern.

Disposable sheets naturally provide protection against contamination since they are used once and then disposed. There is no chance of cross contamination in the laundry or by staff handling both dirty and clean linens when changing patient beds. In addition many of the tissue/poly combinations of disposable linens are very stain resistant and very strong, providing added comfort to the patient as well as staff.

Many brands of disposable sheets come in white, which is a crisp, clean look for patient rooms, examination rooms and for use on stretchers. There are some companies that make blue colored disposable linen products that are less institutional looking and may be a better option for long term care facilities since they are less hospital looking in color.

Disposable pillow covers can be used to coordinate with the sheets or they can be of a contrasting color to provide a different look entirely. White sheets with blue pillow covers or vice versa provides a good color match with many hospital color schemes.

Are there specific disposable bed sheets for stretchers?

Disposable bed sheets specifically designed for stretchers are an ideal option for busy staff. They are used once and disposed of, preventing the need to leave laundry at the receiving medical facility or have to bring soiled or used bedding back in the ambulance. The small, compact packaging of this bedding also makes it easy to carry and store in the small storage spaces in the ambulance. The strength, durability and low cost of the bedding makes it an excellent choice for first responders.

I have been using disposable bed sheets for patients in my clinic, what other options are there for patient comfort and privacy during exams?

Disposable bed sheets are a good option of a variety of different uses, including using with patients prior to and during examinations. Another option is to purchase a disposable drape sheet that is 40 by 60 and provides enough protection and privacy to use directly with the patient or to cover equipment or medical supplies as a drape sheet prior to use. Since they are fully disposable they are very easy to work with and they are also very reasonably priced, making them an ideal option for a busy clinic or a doctor's office.

Disposable bed sheets are slightly larger in dimension and tend to be more costly per unit, so using these sheets is entirely a decision of the doctor or medical professional. The larger sheets may provide to be more difficult for the patient to manage and may also provide additional material that is simply in the way.

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