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.

Why You Should Use Prefilled Flush Syringes At Your Facility

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When your nursing staff uses a convenient entry point for injecting individual medication doses directly into a patient’s IV tubing, you understand the risk of the medication becoming trapped in the luer lock access area. When a patient is relying on your staff to provide the proper amount of medicine, whether it is for fighting infection or dealing with pain, you need to know that they actually get their full dosage, every time. To deal with this problem, medical facilities around the world are turning to pre filled flush syringes.

These prefilled flush syringes comes in two common varieties: filled with a 0.9% Sodium Chloride solution for everyday use, or filled with Heparin to combat the blood clots that frequently occur during bed rest situations. All your nursing staff will need to do is determine which solution is required in this instance, and screw the luer lock into place before injecting the flush through your patient’s IV tubing.

Since your staff does not need to access vials to prepare their own flushes, using prefilled flush syringes saves time and prevents needlestick injuries. Prefilled syringes are individually packaged and easy to store at nursing stations throughout your healthcare facility and convenient for homecare use.

With the addition of the SwabCap, a luer access point disinfection cap, using prefilled flush syringes has never been safer for your company. Simply screw the SwabCap® into place on the luer access to initiate the decontamination process from the included 70% mixture of alcohol. Then unscrew the cap and discard it. Using one of these caps on the prefilled flush syringe and on the luer access location will insure that a clean, sanitary transfer of flush medication happens every time.

Since the prefilled syringe is disposable, you can leave these items in a patient’s room to use at the next medication distribution. If tampering is suspected, simply dispose of the syringe and use a fresh one at any time. Since there are no needles and no direct contact with blood flow, the prefilled flush syringe need not be considered a bio-hazard upon disposal, freeing up your bio-hazard containers for use with actual sharps and other hazardous material.

With a healthy supply of prefilled flush syringes in your medical facility, your nurses will soon become accustomed to carrying these with them. Their regular use will cut down on the amount of sodium chloride and heparin that your facility goes through when preparing flush syringes, and will provide your staff with a safer, more reliable means of flushing IV lines.