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Lipid Panel Tests

Many health conditions, such as high cholesterol, are actually lipid disorders. Lipids are naturally occurring molecules found in your blood and tissue. They are fats and fatty substances and they include triglycerides, cholesterol, and low and high density lipoprotein (LDL and HDL, respectively). Lipids are sources of energy for your body. It's important to stay knowledgeable about them, because lipid disorders include life-threatening diseases. If necessary, your doctor may order a full lipid panel, which will include a blood screening of your:


-Total cholesterol - anything above 200 mg/dL is considered high.

-LDL cholesterol - known as 'bad' cholesterol because of its known correlation with heart disease.

-HDL cholesterol - known as 'good' cholesterol. High levels of HDL can lower the risk of heart disease.

-Triglycerides- fatty particles whose levels increase due to certain factors such as diabetes, drinking, or medication.

-Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol level.

-The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL - ideally it will be above 3.

-The ratio of LDL to HDL.


The lipid panel test is vital to maintaining your health and avoiding serious complications from lipid disorders, such as a heart attack or a stroke. It's important not to eat for 10-12 hours prior to the test, as your doctor will probably tell you. If your test finds a lipid disorder, treatment is possible, and will include diet changes, exercise, weight loss, or medication.


Lipid Panel Tests

Some doctors can perform a lipid panel screening in office. The LipidPlus Cholesterol Monitor from Jant, the manufacturer of Accutest diagnostic medical testing equipment is an affordable, professional lab-quality diagnostic instrument for professionals that you might see in your doctor's office. These lipid panel tests are more affordable and convenient for you and your doctor.

Protecting Healthcare Workers

Protecting Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers exposed to antineoplastic agents take precautions to keep their exposure to a minimum. There is a limitation in cytotoxics dissolution in Australia and the United States to 20 dissolutions per pharmacist/nurse, since pharmacists that prepare these drugs or nurses that may prepare or administer them are the two occupational groups with the highest potential exposure to antineoplastic agents. In addition, physicians and operating room personnel may also be exposed through the treatment of patients. Hospital staff, such as shipping and receiving personnel, custodial workers, laundry workers, and waste handlers, all have potential exposure to these drugs during the course of their work. The increased use of antineoplastic agents in veterinary oncology also puts these workers at risk for exposure to these drugs.


Exacting chemotherapy standards require high quality medical supplies for caregiver safety. These supplies include chemotherapy gloves, facemasks, safety medical glasses, and chemo spill kits. Nitrile exam gloves approved for chemotherapy use are specially tested to protect against a variety of antineoplastic agents. TIDI's HiRisk Nitrile Exam Gloves have 12 inch wrist long wrists to minimize skin exposure. Along with these gloves, TIDI also manufactures HiRisk Chemotherapy gowns, which are coated for user protection. TIDI also manufactures a variety of disposable eye shields. Grab n' Go Eye Shields, TIDISheild Disposable face shields, and other types of eye protection are important for caregivers handling patients in oncology clinics, dental clinics, or veterinary clinics.


Healthcare workers must protect themselves before, during, and after their treatment of the patient-- for the sake of their own health and the health of their patient. QuickMedical considers healthcare worker protection as important as patient protection. QuickMedical will be a part of making our customer's facilities safe and hazard free for all employees.

QuickMedical Gets in on The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a remarkable viral sensation. It is one of the most successful online ad campaigns, and possibly the most successful ever dealing with disease awareness. The Ice Bucket Challenge began with a Florida golfer and spread through the unique challenge system to a New York ALS activist named Pat Quinn, who through his online network of ALS sufferers, spread the challenge to professional athletes, where it spread to models, actors, and politicians.


And now it's spread to QuickMedical, where staffer Michael challenged VP Warren Strasen. Below are images of the chilly challenges.


QuickMedical Gets in on The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Soaked for a good cause.

QuickMedical Gets in on The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Warren has a drink on the rocks, with ice.

You can donate to the ALS Association directly by clicking here. The ALS Association allows your gift donation to be used only for research into Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is a debilitating, fatal disease with no known cause or cure.


Who will get the challenge next?

A New Workout for Fall

A New Workout for Fall

Summer is drawing to a close. A new season can mean the opportunity to try a new type of workout for fall.


People exercise most in the spring, after having made new year's resolutions in preparation for beach season. Without those motivations, it can be difficult to keep working out through fall. But fall weather can be milder than summer heat for exercising, and this can help you shift your perspective. Instead of slaving away inside a gym, consider exercising outdoors. Start jogging or take walks to explore near where you live. Without the oppressive summer heat, it's easy and comfortable to find a routine that's fun for you.


Speaking of routines-- beware. It's important to change up your workouts regularly, because a monotonous exercise routine will cause a plateau effect on your body. Take this opportunity to keep your body challenged and yourself engaged by mixing things up at the start of the new season. Fall could be a great time to join an activity club, as outdoor workouts can be much more social than indoor ones. It's also much easier to stay motivated when you have others working out with you.


QuickMedical has fitness equipment and fitness supplies for all ages and abilities. Click ahead for more ideas on a new workout for fall.


The Kissing Disease

The Kissing Disease

Infectious mononucleosis (referred to as "the kissing disease" from its oral transmission) is an infectious, widespread viral disease caused by the Epstein Barr virus, a type of herpes virus, which over 90% of adults are likely to have acquired immunity by the age of 40. In adolescents and young adults, the disease is characterized by fever, sore throat and fatigue, along with several other possible signs and symptoms. It is primarily diagnosed by observation of symptoms, but suspicion can be confirmed by rapid diagnostic mono tests. Mononucleosis is a self-limiting disease and little treatment is normally required, despite the sometimes painful and severe symptoms.


One of the more interesting features of mononucleosis is that once the acute symptoms of an initial infection disappear, they often do not return. But once infected, the patient carries the virus for the rest of their life. The virus lives dormant in B lymphocytes. Independent infections of mononucleosis may be contracted multiple times, regardless of whether the patient is already carrying the virus dormant. Periodically, the virus can reactivate, during which time the patient is again infectious, but usually without any symptoms of illness. Therefore an infected person could spread the disease, unknowingly through kissing or some other oral transmission. But usually, a patient has few, if any, further symptoms or problems from the latent B lymphocyte infection.


Patients who have had mononucleosis are sometimes vunerable to chronic fatigue syndrome. In 1987 scientists used the term chronic fatigue syndrome to describe a condition resembling "chronic active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection" but which presented no evidence of EBV as its cause. It's important to immediately test patients for the virus that causes mononucleosis to rule out other possibilities, including depression, IBS, fibromyalgia, and even diabetes, when they present symptoms that are not easily identifiable. One of the easiest ways to test for mononucleosis is with an in office mononucleosis test .

Immunization Month At QuickMedical

Immunization Month At QuickMedical

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Getting vaccinated is an important, easy way to stay healthy. The CDC advises everyone in the month of August to verify their immunization status. Vaccination is not just a private health concern; it's a public health concern as well. Vaccination has effectively stopped many public health emergencies such as smallpox, rubella, mumps, and polio. August is commonly the time when the new flu vaccines for the year start to become available. The flu vaccine has been important in stopping influenza pandemics.


At QuickMedical next week, we'll doing our part and getting voluntary flu shots.


Getting vaccinated is often associated with children and babies, but it's important for people of all ages. The CDC recommends youngsters get vaccinations for 14 serious childhood diseases by age 2. Teens, adults, and seniors also are recommended certain vaccinations, too. Depending on your age and the vaccinations you've already obtained, you might require a new vaccination. The CDC has a short quiz that can help adolescents and adults figure out what vaccination might be important for them to take during Immunization Awareness Month. Click here for the quiz.


QuickMedical provides important medical supplies for medical professionals during Immunization Awareness Month, such as medical needles and alcohol prep pads used during vaccinations. QuickMedical has just launched a new lines of medical needles from NiPro, and MHC which are both high quality manufacturers of syringes, blood collection needles, safety needles and more.


QuickMedical also has great closeout deals on a variety of Terumo needles click here for details or give us a call.

All New Stainless Steel Digital Countertop Food Portion Scale

All New Stainless Steel Digital Countertop Food Portion Scale

QuickMedical knows food. From our potlucks to blogs on food trucks, QuickMedical has always informed our blog readers and customers on healthy, tasty eating habits and ideas. You can even find a few recipes on our blog.


Food is important. It's what keeps us alive. Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Modern science seems to prove the old Greek doctor correct. Proper nutrition has been proven to promote overall health and well-being while improper nutrition has been proven to cause a variety of health problems.


Detecto has been the name brand in weighing since 1900 and has just released the new PS30 Stainless Steel Digital Portion Scale, which is a great tool for professional kitchens seeking a precise and accurate way to measure food. The importance of nutrition has been overlooked by restaurants in the past, favoring taste over nutrient value, but this has changed dramatically over the last several decades. Restaurants are still concerned with taste in winning customers, but they are also concerned with nutritional value. Customers are demanding accurate nutritional information for the food served. Calorie count laws are in effect in both New York and California requiring chain restaurants to post accurate nutritional information on the food served.


Any kitchen that needs accurate measurements from a countertop scale can use the help of the PS30. The scale is quickly and easily cleaned. It's NSF certified for food service use. It also has a IP65 washdown rating, providing protection against dust and low-pressure water.


Click read more to watch a brief video from Detecto on the all new counterop scale.

Stress and Blood Pressure

Stress and Blood Pressure

There's a correlation between stress and blood pressure. When under stress human bodies release adrenaline and cortisol. These are chemicals in the body related to the "fight or flight" response when we perceive danger. These chemicals make our hearts beat faster and constrict blood vessels to keep blood in the body's core, temporarily raising the blood pressure. This is a necessary and helpful response to short periods of danger. However, it's common for people to suffer chronic stress. This can mean elevated stress responses for days or weeks at a time, and can-- though not proven by the AHA-- cause high blood pressure. Click ahead for more information on stress and blood pressure.

Ebola in New York?

Ebola in New York?

In the Staten Island, New York neighborhood of Clifton, a group over 400 Liberian immigrants and their descendants have set up a Facebook group called "Staten Island Against Ebola." Clifton is known as "Little Liberia," and the residents are understandably following the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa closely. Just a few miles north of Staten Island in the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, a man who had recently been to West Africa went to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital late Sunday night with a high fever and gastrointestinal problems. According to the New York Times, he is being kept in isolation at the hospital while tests are being done for Ebola. Could Ebola have made its way to New York City? If it has what can we do? The first answer is-- don't panic.

The Fastest Handheld Hemoglobin Meter

The Fastest Handheld Hemoglobin Meter

Speed is often the enemy of quality, but in Germaine Labs new AimStrip Hemoglobin System, patient blood hemoglobin can be tested in under 15 seconds, without sacrificing accuracy or precision. At a busy clinic every second counts. Patients demand instant answers to their health questions and waiting for lab tests in the age of cell phones and Google seems antiquated to many patients. With handheld Hb blood testing, your staff can easily and quickly diagnose patients from information on their hemoglobin levels. This is especially useful for OB/GYN clinics and oncology clinics.


The fastest handheld hemoglobin meter is the Germaine AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter. The AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter is not only the fastest CLIA waived handheld hemoglobin meter on the market today, it is also available at QuickMedical right now. The AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter is the only hemoglobin test using reflectance photometry and the only handheld meter to offer both a hemoglobin and hemocrit test. While other tests utilize disposable cuvettes, the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter utilizes a simple disposable strip. Other Hb tests go through control self tests, or even require calibration, but the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter is uniquely, automatically calibrated on startup. Furthermore, the battery life of the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter has been tested against other similar meters, and there is no other test that lasts as long on 3 AAA batteries than the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter. It can perform around 2,700 tests without battery replacement. And with the test itself being complete in under 15 seconds, the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter is the obvious choice for efficiency in a busy health facility.


For more information on the fastest handheld hemoglobin meter, the AimStrip Hemoglobin Meter from Germaine Labs, call QuickMedical and ask us.