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Hospital Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

Hospital-Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 9, 2021 /

Hospital-acquired infections are a growing health risk. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of risk. For cancer patients, this is a particular risk. as patients with cancer have a greater risk of severe COVID-19 a with the death rate increasing from 2.3% to 5.6%. The risk is even higher when cancer involves the lungs.…

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Reduce Cross-contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

Reduce Cross-Contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 10, 2020 /

Plastics have historically been vital to healthcare, but environmentalists are calling for their removal. They perceive mountains of plastic waste from our hospitals. Environmentalists view single-use devices as wasteful and poor for the environment. The problem is that they are also vital. The healthcare industry does need to take a look at plastic use, but…

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The Top 7 Benefits of Standardizing Exam Procedures with Medical Kits

The Top 7 Benefits of Standardizing Exam Procedures With Medical Kits

By Kelly Ottaviano / May 18, 2020 /

Many medical experts agree that standardization is key to improved safety and healthcare. However, well-defined processes within and between healthcare organizations continue to be one of healthcare’s biggest problems. The good news is that you can put your medical facility on the fast track to improved patient safety by making the switch to individually packaged,…

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Help Your Patients Understand the Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 9, 2020 /

Per The Oral Cancer Foundation, oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include mouth cancer, tonsil cancer, tongue cancer, oral cancer, gum cancer, and throat cancer. In 2020, more than 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the US. Globally,…

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New Trends in Global Medical Tourism in 2020

New Trends in Global Medical Tourism in 2020

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 2, 2020 /

Global medical tourism often brings up images of people going across the Canadian border to buy cheap prescription drugs. However, there are growing global trends. People travel to and from other countries to get better care all the time. This is especially true for elective treatments such as plastic surgery. Some medical tourists are interested…

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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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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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5 Ways to Make Your Outreach Clinics More Efficient

5 Ways to Make Your Outreach Clinics More Efficient

By Kelly Ottaviano / August 19, 2019 /

Outreach clinics provide a valuable lifeline to people who live in rural areas or regions where travel to a hospital or surgery center can be a challenge. Also known as satellite clinics, outreach clinics are particularly vital to patients who cannot travel for medical attention. Indeed, these patients need for medical treatment would go unmet…

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Exam at gynaecologist office without cross-contamination

Reducing the Risk of Cross-Contamination from Vaginal Exams

By Kelly Ottaviano / July 30, 2019 /

Cross-contamination is a primary concern for all clinics. The transmission of disease from patient to patient (or from doctor to patient) should be something we are all worried about. Some forms of cross-contamination can even be fatal, such as HIV or hepatitis B and C, although the transmission of STDs in this context is rare.…

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obp Important Update

obp Medical - including all vaginal specula, anoscopes, laryngoscopes, kits and accessories - has been acquired by CooperSurgical as of 5/3/21. All surgical products – included surgical retractors and suction devices – are now available exclusively through obp Surgical Corporation.