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Hand Hygiene & the Affordable Care Act

Hand Hygiene & the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act mandated the move to "value-based purchasing," which rewards or penalizes hospitals based on certain metrics including "Prevention Quality Indicators" like readmisison rates and Healthcare Associated Infection rates.


Improper hand hygiene practices are among the most common causes of infection. Since HAI rates alone can reduce government payments for Medicare patients by up 3%, 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.


All healthcare workers should be trained extensively on the 5 moments of hand hygiene. These guidelines were developed by the World Health Organization as an evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach to maintaining patient and caregiver health in almost any situation. By following these guidelines, workers and patients will stay healthier. Facilities that promote 5 moment training will decrease their rates of HAIs.


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New: NK Medical Baby Bassinets

New: NK Medical Baby Bassinets

NK Medical baby bassinets are used every day in hospitals and neonatal clinics around the country. Novum Medical has been manufacturing NK Medical Products and other high quality medical equipment like medical baby basinets since 1985. In 1950, 88% of all births were in hospitals. 10 years earlier, only 56% of births took place there. Today, 99% of births in the United States take place inside a hospital facility. Hospitals serving obstetric patients and newborns must be equipped with medical baby bassinets, recliners , and medical beds, all of which are available at QuickMedical from Novum Medical.


The medical furniture manufactured by Novum Medical Products, Inc. are affordable choices for any size pediatric or obstetric medical facility with any size budget. For example, hospital sleeper chairs are a unique piece of medical furniture, designed to fold out into beds for your patients' family. Overnight visitors to maternity wards, emergency rooms, or even urgent care clinics will appreciate the presence of Novum's fold-out sleeper chairs.


Novum Medical and it's NK line of medical equipment and medical furniture is available online at QuickMedical. Order online or call for more information about outfitting your facility with both Novum and NK medical furniture.

What is Hospital Value-Based Purchasing?

The federal agency that runs Medicare is changing the way Medicare pays for hospital care by rewarding hospitals for delivering high quality service. Medicare uses information about how the quality of a hospital's care affects the payments it gets from Medicare. The Hospital VBP Program, established by the Affordable Care Act, is a pay-for- performance approach to the payment system that accounts for the largest share of Medicare spending. Hospital Value Based Purchasing which adjusts portions of payments to hospitals from Medicare has already started. The adjustments are based on how well a hospital performs on several measures compared to other hospitals and how much the individual hospitals improve their performance during a baseline period.


Hospitals are ranked by a total performance score, which is made up of the Clinical Process of Care domain score, the Patient Experience of Care domain score, and the Outcome domain score. These are not weighed equally in the overall score. The Clinical Process of care domain is weighted to 45% of the Total Performance Score, while the Patient Experience of Care domain is ranked at 30%, while the Outcome domain score is 25% of the score.


According to Medicare, "the Hospital VBP Program is designed to promote better clinical outcomes for hospitalized patients and improve their experience of care during hospital stays." If your facility wishes to improve its Total Performance Score for the VBP program, many safety consultants advise strong fall and HAI prevention guidelines. Communication and patient experience are also key to keeping the Total Score high. Facilities must be designed with patient experiences in mind.


Exciting Advances in Physical Therapy

Thanks to new technology there are exciting advances being made in the world of physical therapy and physical therapy equipment. While it may look like a prop from a sci-fi movie, the Ekso suit is an incredibly helpful tool for physical rehabilitation. The suit is a hydraulically powered exoskeleton worn by patients learning to walk again. In progressive stages the suit is designed to help some patients who cannot walk regain the ability.


In the first stage of use, the physical therapist controls the speed at which the suit "walks" for the patient using their computer. Once the patient has mastered that, the patient can take control of the suit themselves remotely. Later as they progress, patients can control the suit simply by shifting their weight, potentially walking by themselves again.


Exciting Advances in Physical Therapy

Ekso suits are extremely expensive and not yet available in every physical therapist's office. However a more common technological advancement-- the Wii gaming console-- has proven tremendously helpful for physical therapy practitioners. Using games like Wii Fit, practitioners are able to create exercise routines perfectly suited to patients' abilities. While not exoskeletons, many physical therapists are using other kinds of robotic aids which make it possible to accurately and precisely measure patient recoveries. In the past recovery assessments were based on the doctor's own ratings, today they can really be measured to a standard.


Despite these advancements in physical therapy equipment technology, most physical therapists seeking physical therapy equipment will buy traditional physical therapy equipment online at Quickmedical. Much of this physical therapy equipment-- such as sports training tables, wheelchair exercise machines, whirlpools, and staircases will be in use for a long time no matter what advances technology makes. Robotics are becoming extremely helpful physical therapy tools, but even these tools must be used in conjunction with the trusted physical therapy equipment therapists have relied on for years.

Buying MedPride Disposable Medical Supplies

Buying MedPride Disposable Medical Supplies

Buying MedPride Disposable medical supplies is a simple process at QuickMedical, your online source for MedPride. MedPride disposable medical supplies include both MedPride disposable PPE and other MedPride disposable medical supplies for long-term care and nursing home applications. MedPride Disposable medical PPE at QuickMedical includes MedPride shoe covers, MedPride hair nets, MedPride face masks, and MedPride isolation gowns. MedPride's products for use in extended care and nursing home facilities include MedPride Chux Underpads and MedPride bathing wipes and washcloths. MedPride also provides antiseptic products, which are a must-have for physician's offices, medical clinics, hospitals, and also nursing and extended care faclities.


QuickMedical is your online source for MedPride disposable medical PPE and other MedPride medical products. QuickMedical is a one stop shop for medical equipment and supplies from MedPride. Don't be intimidated or confused by Internet searches that leave you with more options than you need. At QuickMedical our trained product specialists understand your facility's needs and can advise you on the MedPride disposable medical supplies that will best protect your staff and patients. Visit the trusted medical distributor site QuickMedical directly and order. With so many medical products available every day online, your facility will be able to stock up on MedPride PPE, but also PPE dispensers, and surgical supplies for procedures-- all in one order.

Are Gender Roles to Blame for Death?

Are Gender Roles to Blame for Death?

Are gender roles to blame for higher death rates among men? The top 10 causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, stroke, COPD, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Men have been found to die more often on average than women in all cases. In the past, mortality rates for females in child-bearing age groups were higher than for males at the same age, but this is no longer the case, and female human life expectancy is considerably higher than that of males at every stage of life. In 1920, women outlived men on average of only one year. Today women outlive men by over five years. In one extensive study by Barbara Blatt Kalben for the Society of Actuaries, it was surmised that the fact that women live longer than men was observed at least as far back as 1750. Some scientists argue that shorter male life expectancy is merely another manifestation of the general rule, seen in all mammal species, that larger sized individuals within a species, on average, have shorter lives.


But are the causes of these differences strictly biological? What about cultural gender roles? Surveys report women are more likely to go to the doctor than men. The gap narrows with age, but by the time men catch up with women in doctor visits, it can be too late. Culturally, women are much more health-conscious. Diets, exercise, and eating right are all common, stereotypical women's concerns. The negative impact of this gender divide can be visible on women-- low self image, obsession with looks and beauty, and higher rates of eating disorders.


Culturally, men consume more tobacco, alcohol and other social drugs. Men participate in more risky behaviors, creating conditions for accidents. Stereotypically, most cultures hold the view that men should be tough and not be bothered by pain. Men ignore dangerous warning signs of heart disease, stroke, and cancer because of this. But this also creates psychological problems. Men are the most common participants and victims of warfare and self-inflicted injury and suicide.


The five biggest killers of men are heart disease, stroke, suicide, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. These are all preventable. With good relationships to physicians and regular checkups, men can potentially lower their risk for common fatal diseases and improve their general health. Help your male patients stay out of the hospital with men's health pocket reference journals which can be used to affordably track special health conditions male patients might have. By ignoring some stereotypes about masculinity, men might find themselves living longer.

New: DeRoyal Physical Therapy Equipment

New: DeRoyal Physical Therapy Equipment

DeRoyal Industries is a new QuickMedical manufacturer-partner well known throughout the healthcare industry for a variety of physical therapy medical products. Like QuickMedical, the company was founded on a single product-- a protective boot developed to shield orthopedic casts from dirt and damage. Today, the DeRoyal Comfo-Eze Rocker cast shoe provides lower extremity cast protection and can help ensure patient safety, much like that first product. Since then DeRoyal has expanded into manufacturing a variety of physical therapy and orthotic equipment. As of 2010, DeRoyal reported that it held more than 70 United States patents.


DeRoyal physical therapy equipment includes medical equipment to help patients heal from injuries or surgeries, as well as equipment designed to prevent injuries and provide comfort. For example edema gloves by DeRoyal provide gentle compression for patients with recurring edema, which is caused by a variety of underlying health problems. DeRoyal also offers fall risk identification kits, which are useful in physical therapy and recovery clinics, and also long term care and assisted living facilities.


DeRoyal products are found in emergency rooms, orthopedic departments, chiropractic clinics, physical therapy centers and rehabilitation clinics all over the world. Contact QuickMedical to find out how we can help your facility procure the physical therapy equipment you're looking for from DeRoyal.

Veteran's Day Restructuring at VHA

Yesterday the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced a major restructuring of the Veteran's Health Administration. The Veteran's Health Administration has been under scrutiny since the revelation earlier this year that there were major problems in the way the VHA hospitals schedule timely access to medical care. This restructuring should make sure that every veteran gets the healthcare they require. It's important that as a nation we protect the health and well-being of those who have protected us.


Today is Veteran's Day, when we honor all veterans with a federal holiday.


On behalf of the management and staff of QuickMedical, we'd like to thank all veterans, past and present for their service to the country.


Veteran's Day Restructuring at VHA

Healthcare Workers More Aware of Patient Experience

Healthcare Workers More Aware of Patient Experience

Healthcare workers and medical providers are more aware of the patient experience than ever before. Patient experience is more than just liking the physician. It is about the entire experience, from facility access to the demeanor of nurses and staff and even equipment. For this reason, Clinton Industries has re-designed its entire line of phlebotomy equipment. Old utilitarian, monolithic blood drawing chairs that look nearly as scary as the blood drawing process itself are out. Clinton has replaced them with new models that take aesthetics as seriously as function. So, gentle curves have replaced square edges and stiff seats are made more ergonomic with curvatures that contour the body when seated. Plus, new re-imagined arms make comfort and cleanliness a priority. In fact, Clinton's new line of blood drawing chairs have nine arm options. Some arms are straight, some are sloped, or rotating, or both. Some are padded for extra comfort, and some offer ultra-cleanable ClintonClean solid plastic surfaces. Whatever arm preferences suit a facility or individual phlebotomist, it is most likely available on a Clinton blood drawing chair.


If phlebotomy is frightening for adults, it can be even more frightening for children. Clinton designers have expanded the Clinton Kids brand to include pediatric blood draw chairs designed specifically with children in mind. Clinton's line of extra-tall chairs raise small patients to manageable heights for phlebotomists or nurses. Colorful graphics embedded right in the laminate arms of the chairs serve as distractions from the task at hand. Clinton also has a line of Clinton Kids mobile phlebotomy cabinets that can transport phlebotomy supplies from station to station in a way only a Clinton Kids product can. Add to that, a big yellow bus or big red fire truck that doubles as a pediatric blood drawing station for toddlers and infants, and Clinton Kids has transformed pediatric phlebotomy equipment from scary to fun.


Phlebotomy is a repetitive endeavor, so Clinton makes it easy on phlebotomists with height adjustable, aesthetically designed, power chairs that raise and lower with a simple controller. Power blood draw chairs come in a variety of sizes and even have enough power for bariatric capacities.


Whether it's on the front lines of medicine, or in the pages of patient satisfaction reports, Clinton's new designs, in both general phlebotomy and pediatric phlebotomy equipment enhance the patient experience and the reputation of physician and facility.


This article was originally published and provided to QuickMedical by Clinton Industries.