Hospital Medical Supplies-Supporting the Quality of Care in any Facility

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Every hospital has the obligation to provide high quality healthcare. That means not only offering outstanding medical care from the physicians, nursing staff and other staff which occupy the hospital, but also making sure that all of the hospital medical supplies are state of the art and up to date.

Location of excellent hospital medical supplies is the province of the hospital administration, which strives to ensure that not only are the supplies high quality, but cost effective to the hospital and the patient. There is a direct correlation between the kind of medical supplies that we use and the quality of the care that we can provide to our patients. There is further a direct correlation between the hospital supplies that we offer and the costs which we are forced to pass along to our clients and patients.

One way to find the right medical supplies is to contact the other healthcare facilities in your community and ask them outright who they are using for medical supplies. Word of mouth is a very positive way to find a good hospital medical supplies provider who will give you quality equipment and fair pricing for the goods that you purchase.

Another way today is to take advantage of the technology that we have at our fingertips and use it to find the best and the most cost effective. Nearly all of the major hospital supply stores will have websites. Reviews of those sites will afford you a good look at what they offer and the kind of pricing that you can expect. You’ll also find contact information where you can reach out to the company and ask the questions which are uppermost in your mind about their services and supplies.

If you’re seeking out a particular type of hospital medical supplies, rather than a broad based supplier, you’ll be able to review what they have available and in many cases to compare pricing on single units as well as in bulk.

Once you’ve found the kind of hospital medical supplies that you believe will be affordable and agreeable to the hospital administration and purposes, there are still some other things to review. Online research can also help you to determine if the company is a reputable one. Checking into references and ensuring that the supplies are high quality, as well as to ensure that the company has a very safe history is imperative. One way to accomplish that is to check with the consumer protection agency in your state to ask about complaints against the company. You should also directly contact the prospective supplier and ask them about other hospitals or health care facilities in the area to which they offer hospital medical supplies.

Due diligence prior to ordering from the company in question will serve you well. The final result will be hospital medical supplies which offer you high quality care as well as cost effective pricing for both your facility and your patients.

 

Dehydration and Intravenous Fluid Replacement Therapy Treatment.

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With summer coming on, one of the most common conditions that will be met by the healthcare provider is a condition that is associated with the heat. It is caused, to some extent, by a lack of sufficient fluid intake. This condition can take place year round and is an end result of not having enough fluid and enough electrolytes in the body. Anyone who takes part in sports, in physical exertion or in regular exercises can at some point come up against dehydration and heat exhaustion. Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of this condition as it can be life threatening.The mildest form of dehydration can cause some symptoms. This includes fatigue, dizziness, weak feelings and thirst. Your condition is allowing your body fluids to dry up because you’re not replenishing them quickly enough.

If the dehydration continues without fluid replenishment, conditions and symptoms will worsen. The next symptoms that you’ll notice will be a very fluttery and weak pulse. You’ll get feelings of dryness in the mouth and around the lips and eyes. Your eyes will begin to appear sunken into your head and your skin will be very pale and very cool. There is no need for urination because your body is trying to keep the fluids inside. Your body will also cease to sweat. The only treatment that can be given at this point is intravenous therapy with water, electrolytes and glycogen.

Great care must be given to ensure that you are given an adequate amount of fluids in as short a time as possible but not to cause hypervolemia or to put the system into shock by administering the intravenous fluids too rapidly. The flow rate and the amount of fluid in your IV treatment will of course be regulated by the IV set.

Your doctor will recommend the fluids and the flow rate and amount of fluid that you need based

upon the seriousness of your condition and the amount of fluid that he or she believes that you need in order to recover from the dehydration. In the past, many people, particularly athletes or those who lived and worked in very hot and arid climates lost their lives to dehydration before intravenous therapy was available and mainstream treatment.

The prevention of dehydration and intravenous therapy to replace the lost fluid is of course the best way to combat this condition. Keeping enough fluids in your body and ensuring proper hydration at all times is imperative. Prevention as they say is worth all the cures in the world, but thankfully, for those who do become dehydrated from poor fluid intake or illness, we have the means via IV therapy to replace fluids and effect a cure for the condition.

Disposable Medical Supplies

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While there are certain supplies in a medical facility that can be sanitized and reused, others will need to be tossed out after a single use. These disposable medical supplies will typically be items that come in contact with bodily fluids that will not withstand the sanitization process.

An example of these disposable medical supplies would be a bandage. Once it has been applied to a wound, it is no longer sanitary and cannot be used on another patient. Because of that, it will need to be tossed in hazardous waste and a new bandage would need to be used for the next patient that you see. Since there is a good chance you go through hundreds of these in a year, it will be important that you have the best deal possible on these items.

This is why selecting a company that offers disposable medical supplies at a reasonable cost will be important. Not only will this help you to reduce the amount of money you are throwing away, but you can also help to reduce the overall cost of patient care at the same time, giving them better service at a lower cost to them.

So what are some of the disposable medical supplies you will find? They will include:

  • Body wash

  • Bone collectors

  • Colorectal cancer tests

  • CPR Aids

  • Gauze

  • PPE (Gloves, Aprons, Face masks)

  • IV kits

  • Plastic patient supplies (pitchers, cups)

  • Sponges

  • Test Strips

  • Specimen cups

There are of course other items that would fall into this category and will vary, depending on the type of medical facility that you are running. Keep in mind that since these are disposable items, you will need to be replacing them frequently. That means you need to know when you are running low on a particular item and ensure that it is ordered before you run out. This is where having a regular inventory check will be important for your facility.

Something to keep in mind when you are dealing with disposable medical supplies is that often they can be purchased in bulk. If there are items that you typically go through regularly like bandages, needles and similar items, it can be cost effective to buy them in a larger quantity to reduce the overall costs you have. Just make sure that items you buy in bulk don’t have a short shelf life, otherwise you end up throwing them away when they have expired.

Disposable supplies will be a necessity of any medical facility. Make sure you take the time to look into the different companies that offer them and do all you can to keep your overall costs low, while keeping your quality of patient care as high as possible.