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Here’s What Your Female Patients Need to Know About IUD Options in 2020

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 12, 2019 /

As a medical professional, you know the statistics on IUDs. They’re statistically more effective than most other forms of contraceptives, boasting a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy. Unfortunately, misinformation regarding IUDs can make patients apprehensive about insertion. Knowing how to communicate with your patients about their IUD options can help you make them feel comfortable…

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3 Lighting Issues That Become Major Hospital Risks & Liabilities

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 2, 2019 /

From a medical professional’s perspective, minor lighting issues can lead to remarkable risks and liabilities on the hospital’s behalf. When doctors and staff work in less-than-ideal situations, there is always an increased risk for mistakes. We’re talking about safety lapses, surgical errors, and deadly infections. At best, these problems affect your patient’s overall satisfaction, and…

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Top 5 Design Improvements of Specula in the 21st Century

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 21, 2019 /

The modern speculum was invented in the 1840s by an American physician named James Marion Sims, and it was, shall we say, never designed with patient comfort in mind. And not all that much has changed. The biggest difference is that Sims made his speculum from pewter. Newer specula are plastic or stainless steel. (Some versions…

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sterilization is not necessary when using single-use medical supplies

What Does Your Equipment Sterilization Process Really Cost?

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 12, 2019 /

On-site sterilization is crucial. It’s also costly. When you consider the price of sterilization equipment, utilities, trained staff manhours, and the space needed for sterilization teams to work effectively and store sterilized items, your sterilization costs might be higher than you think! With this article, we’re going to explore the cost of continually re-sterilizing equipment versus some…

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6 Risks of Reusable Medical Devices Besides Cross-Contamination

6 Risks of Reusable Medical Devices Besides Cross-Contamination

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 1, 2019 /

When most healthcare professionals think about risks associated with medical devices, they tend to zero in on the threat of cross-contamination. However, the spread of infection is not the only threat. Power surges, component shortages, corrosion, and maintenance issues can all threaten your daily productivity and patient care goals. Below are six risks of reusable medical…

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How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 24, 2019 /

As the owner or operator of a hospital or surgery center, it is your responsibility to provide a safe environment for patients and staff. If you use electrosurgical units at your facility, you must take steps to remove the harmful smoke plumes that can arise as you are using these devices. Below is a look…

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5 Common Sterilization Risks in Off-Site Clinics and Surgical Facilities

5 Common Sterilization Risks in Off-Site Clinics and Surgical Facilities

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 9, 2019 /

Hospital infections are one of the most important challenges that health centers have to deal with constantly. Healthcare-associated infections can not only increase the hospitalization period but also result in complications and death. Today, the healthcare services market is changing rapidly. There is stiff competition, consumers have become savvier, and laws and policies governing the…

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7 Complications That Heated or Unintegrated Lights Cause During Medical Operations

By Kelly Ottaviano / September 30, 2019 /

The operating room is a demanding environment that requires expertise, efficiency, focus, and communication among the surgical team members. In order to ensure successful surgery, it is important to provide optimal working conditions for both medical professionals and patients. When it comes to a deep cavity, minimally invasive and lateral cases, good lighting is critical…

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Individually-Wrapped Components

10 Ways that Individually-Wrapped Components Save Lives in Overcrowded ERs

By Kelly Ottaviano / September 19, 2019 /

In emergency rooms across the nation, space is at a premium. As personnel quickly make necessary adjustments to accommodate urgent intakes, any available space often becomes cluttered. When spaces are packed to the brim, and medical personnel are racing to beat the clock, components may be at risk of becoming contaminated and dangerous to use. Individually-wrapped…

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How to Ensure Every Pelvic Exam Follows a Standard Process - and Why It Matters

How to Ensure Every Pelvic Exam Follows a Standard Process and Why It Matters

By Kelly Ottaviano / August 29, 2019 /

Pelvic exams are generally a quick, routine procedure that most sexually active women should get once a year. However, there are now different recommendations in place and some doctors perform them less frequently. Pelvic exams may also be performed if a woman is experiencing unusual spotting or vaginal discharge, pain during intercourse, during pregnancy, or…

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