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QuickMedical Supports Cervical Cancer Prevention

QuickMedical Supports Cervical Cancer Prevention

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet up to 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States every year. Early screenings are the most important part of prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, the cervical cancer death rate has declined by 50% over the last 30 years mainly due to the effectiveness of the pap screening. 50% of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer have never had a pap test. Many patients will use the new year to catch up on health screenings they might have put off. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month so many patients will be reminded to make gynecological appointments.


Recently updated guidelines have changed which patients require tests. It is now recommended that all females begin having pap tests at age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active. Also, the "yearly pap" is no longer recommended. Research indicates women can safely have pap tests once every three years. In some cases, it can be helpful to do an HPV test along with a pap test. HPV tests find the "high risk" types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer. The HPV test/pap test combination is now the recommended way to check for cervical cancer in women age 30 and older, although it is still acceptable to check women over 30 with pap tests alone.


Gynecologists use and trust Wallach Papette Cervical Call Collectors for safe, trauma free pap tests. These high-tech brushes reduce bleeding and enable greater accuracy in results due to a higher overall cell yield. It's important for facilities to be ready for increasing numbers of patients making appointments who will require pap tests and potentially more invasive cancer screenings. Often when a pap test shows an abnormal result, colposcopy may be recommended, but it is not always necessary. Colposcopy is an in-office procedure that allows doctors to look very closely at a patient's cervix using a colposcope. Colposcopes magnify the tissues in the cervix and allow for tissue biopsy. Abnormal results from a pap test can be easily examined and confirmed through colposcopy. Colposcopy is often performed in conjunction with other or repeated tests.


Keep your patients informed and up to date on the new guidelines for cervical health tests this month.

Preventing SSI: Perioperative Issues

Preventing SSI: Perioperative Issues

A key component of the Affordable Care Act was the establishment of Value-Based Purchasing, which rewards or penalizes facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments based on certain performance metrics like Prevention Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators which examine readmission rates and Healthcare-Acquired Infection rates to determine payment schedules for facilities.


HAIs represent nearly 10 percent of inpatient costs in the United States, and are one of the Affordable Care Act's top priorities. Surgical Site Infections account for nearly 20 percent of all HAIs, and since HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3 percent, it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


Click read more to find information about common perioperative surgical issues and how to use them as opportunities to stem infection before it begins.


The Challenge of Measuring Blood Pressure in Obese Patients

The Challenge of Measuring Blood Pressure in Obese Patients

According to a study in the Journal of Hypertension, measuring blood pressure in obese patients is a particular and challenging problem. Authored by two Italian doctors, the study reiterates the conditions for optimal blood pressure measurement and explains that one of the most pressing problems in measuring the blood pressure of obese patients is the selection of cuff size. While there are additional factors which ensure a proper blood pressure reading, including posture of patient, arm support for patient, and patient education on the process, cuff size and selection remains essential, and one of the most misunderstood requirements. The American Academy of Family Physicians claims, "The most common error in blood pressure measurement is use of inappropriate cuff size."


In 2005 the American Heart Association recommended four cuff sizes for use-- a small adult cuff, an adult cuff, a large adult cuff, and an adult thigh cuff. The adult thigh cuff could be used on the largest arms. Using a thigh cuff for an arm is not ideal, and not technically correct, and can lead to errors and misdiagnosis. Blood pressure cuff size is relative to the arm circumference and also the arm's shape. A conical-shaped arm, common in obese individuals, makes it difficult to fit a cuff to the arm, increasing the likelihood of inaccurate BP measurements. The improper fit of a thigh cuff on a large arm will cause errors.


ADC has created a unique solution to the problem of selecting the proper blood pressure cuff for the obese patient-- the Adcuff Bariatric blood pressure cuff. Instead of using the thigh cuff, which is designed for a thigh and not an arm, doctors and nurses should measure bariatric patients with bariatric arm cuffs specifically designed for their patient's unique needs. The Adcuff Bariatric Sphygmomanometer Cuffs feature a radically curved shape, providing a snug fit for reliable measurements. The Extra Large BP Cuff is compatible with most manual sphygmomanometers. Index and range markings are included to ensure user of the correct cuff size. An accurate artery mark also helps with proper placement.

New Year Weight Loss

New Year Weight Loss

We all have a friend, family member, or coworker who has managed to transform themselves from a size sixteen to a four. Someone who's gone from 300 pounds to half that. It is that friend, or that family member, or that co worker who is ruining it for the rest of us. They are the examples that tell us that we can do it, too.


But what if we can't? What if, no matter how many miles we peddle on a stationary bike, no matter how many stalks of broccoli we eat, we will never be able to lose that extra weight?


"It couldn't be easier to see," said Traci Mann, a University of Minnesota psychologist who's studied weight loss and eating for 20 years. "Long-term weight loss happens to only the smallest minority of people."


What is the "smallest minority of people" exactly? Five percent, or one in twenty. When Mann analyzed the available randomized control trials dealing with weight loss in the long term, she found that the average person had a net weight loss of only two pounds after two years.


Why, then, do some doctors continue to insist on exercise and eating right if it doesn't lead to weight loss?


Beginning of 2015 Savings on Medical Equipment and Supplies

Beginning of 2015 Savings on Medical Equipment and Supplies

It will soon be the beginning of 2015 and with that, QuickMedical will offer all new savings on medical equipment. Some promotions will be ending. For example, if you buy a 902300 Wallach Fetal Monitor before 2015, you'll receive a free copy of 902320 Insight analysis software, a $895 value! But others will continue, and new offers for the new year will begin.


We're offering a free IMCO brand 670BK-IMC Dual Head Stethoscope with every IMCO brand 720-IMC Pocket Sphygmomanometer. But these are going quickly and might be gone soon.


Promotions will continue into the new year, including many coupon codes currently on our site and promotions on our QM Elite medical disposables. If you have questions about end of the year savings or a special offer that might be ending soon, contact us today. You can also click here to add your email to our QuickMedical newsletter mailing list to stay up to date on all QuickMedical news and special pricing.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

The staff at QuickMedical wishes you and your family the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year. QuickMedical's office and phones will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.

Surgical Site Infection Prevention: Four Components of Care

Surgical Site Infection Prevention: Four Components of Care

The Affordable Care Act sought to slow the growth of healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. A key component of this aim was the establishment of value-based purchasing, which rewards or penalizes facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments based on performance metrics like Prevention Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators which examine readmission rates and Heathcare-Acquired Infection rates to determine payment schedules for facilities. HAIs represent nearly 10 percent of inpatient costs in the United States and are one of the Affordable Care Act's top priorities. Surgical Site infections account for nearly 20 percent of all HAIs, and since HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3 percent, it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


The World Health Organization recommends Four Components of Surgical Care which are vital in preventing surgical site infections. Click ahead to read about these four components.

The Benefits of Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare Facilities

The Benefits of Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare Facilities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that each year two million hospital patients contract a Healthcare Associated Infection, costing the hospitals an estimated $45 billion and leading to 100,000 patient deaths.


Patient outcomes and staff safety are top priorities for hospitals. But harmful microbes such as C. diff (which causes antibiotic-associated diarrhea) and MRSA make it difficult for medical facilities to protect patients and staff against cross contamination. Reducing the risk of infection and maintaining sanitary conditions is a major challenge, because every surface can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.


There have been great, recent advances in antimicrobial surface technology that can help reduce patient and staff exposure to dangerous microorganisms. Why do healthcare facilities need antimicrobial-treated products? Click ahead for the answer.

Using the WHO Glove Use Pyramid Diagram

About five percent of all patients who enter a hospital will contract an healthcare associated infection or HAI. In the United States alone, HAIs cost hospitals $35 billion per year. This is nearly ten percent of all inpatient costs. HAIs extend the average hospital stay by 18 days. According to the CDC, most HAIs are due to improper hand hygiene techniques or improper glove use.


Because these infections predominately affect patients with Medicare or Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act mandated a switch to value-based purchasing. Value based purchasing rewards or penalizes hospitals based on certain metrics including Prevention Quality Indicators like readmission rates and HAIs.


HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3 percent, so it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


Staff should always practice rigorous hand hygiene, along with following strict glove use guidelines. Click ahead for the glove use pyramid recommended by the World Health Organization and click the image for a closer look.

Flu Prevention for Facilities

Flu Prevention for Facilities

Flu prevention for facilities is an important public health concern. The conventional flu prevention for facilities guideline is simply "don't go out when you are sick." But while this is correct, there is much more to flu prevention, especially for public buildings and facilities. Collectively we can prevent the spread of the flu virus in public spaces so that life can go on uninterrupted during flu season.


Flu Prevention for Facilities

First, recommending flu vaccinations for everyone who visits your facility is a good idea. Not only does it protect the vaccinated individual, but it also protects those around the individual who could become infected. This is sometimes called herd immunity.


Next, personal hygiene is absolutely necessary. Installing respiratory hygiene stations and touchless hand sanitizer stations in public spaces of a facility will decrease the spread of viruses and other germs being transmitted from an individual to surfaces or to others. Educating visitors to these public spaces in proper flu-prevention etiquette can ensure everyone plays a role in preventing the spread of the flu. Hand hygiene is incredibly important. Educating everyone in your facility about the importance of hand hygiene is crucial.


Keep shared equipment clean and disinfected. Objects like keyboards, door handles, and exercise equipment can easily build up germs that transmit quickly from user to user. Clean these items regularly with germicidal wipes and germicidal cleaners.


Finally, flu prevention for facilities returns to the general warning, "don't go out." Specifically, it is important to advise people who are already infected with the flu to stay home. Creating a culture where staying home sick is not only acceptable but encouraged will help to create a safer space for avoiding the flu.


Following these steps can create public spaces that are safe to visit and use without the fear of contracting the flu this flu season.