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Task Force Recommends Three New Preventative Services

Task Force Recommends Three New Preventative Services

The Preventative Services Task Force, a non-partisan group of medical experts, added three items to its list of preventative services which insurance providers are required to cover at no extra cost to the patient. These services include: Hepatitis B screening for those teenagers and adults at high risk of infection, low-dose Aspirin to prevent Pre-eclempsia in at-risk pregnant women, and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus screening after 24 weeks of gestation in asymptomatic pregnant women.


The new recommendations will take effect in 2016.


The Hepatitis B (HBV) recommendation is based on new evidence about antiviral treatments which improve the outcome for people with a high risk of infection, which means that early detection is that much more valuable.


FDA Bans Trans Fats Starting in 2018

FDA Bans Trans Fats Starting in 2018

Have you ever wondered what makes a croissant so delicately crisp and flakey when you bite into it? What about what makes fast food fries salty, delicious, and addicting?


The answer, of course, is fat -- specifically trans fat. But, those tasty snacks will soon need to do without Trans Fat. The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that food producers phase out the use of Trans Fats by June 2018.


The FDA estimates this will cost the Food Industry an estimated $6.2 billion over 20 years as companies work to replace the ingredient, and reformulate their foods. However, the FDA asserts, the $6.2 billion cost is dwarfed by the estimated $140 billion in health care savings over the same time period.


Supreme Court Rules to Keep the Affordable Care Act Alive and Well

Supreme Court Rules to Keep the Affordable Care Act Alive and Well

Since its proposal, the Affordable Care Act has walked a tempestuous path, but it seems the ACA's road ahead just got much smoother.


The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Government (Burwell) in King v. Burwell, June 25, over the question of whether tax credits issued by the IRS to individuals purchasing insurance through a Federal Government Health Insurance Exchange exceeded the power Congress granted the IRS when it passed the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.


New Devices Make Telehealth Easier, Cheaper

New Devices Make Telehealth Easier, Cheaper

Recent advances in telehealth technology have made it easier, cheaper and more effective for health care professionals to monitor and even care for patients remotely. As wearable technology, like the Apple Watch or Sleep & Activity Trackers, become more and more popular, Doctors will have a wealth of continuously updated, real-time data unavailable until now.


With more data available to doctors than ever before, the question then becomes if and how that data can be utilized. Many see a place for telemedical technology in monitoring a patient after an invasive procedure, or to keep track of a patients fitness regimen. For instance, after a patient leaves the hospital, it becomes much more difficult for doctors to get accurate information on their well being. Devices that send actual data such as temperature, heart rate, and other information directly to doctors can help physicians detect and treat illness before it requires more intensive care.


Could Humans Survive the Trip to Mars?

Could Humans Survive the Trip to Mars?

As the Mars Rover, Curiosity, continues its search for conditions that may once have supported life on the Red Planet, many people wonder whether colonization of Mars, or any extraterrestrial body, will one day be a possibility.


The answer: Probably not for a long while.


Proper Vaccine Storage and Handling

Proper Vaccine Storage and Handling

The development of vaccines for infectious diseases, like Small Pox, Whooping Cough, or Influenza, has proven the most effective means of preventing disease, and accounts for the prevention of two to three million deaths each year, according the World Health Organization. The efficacy of most vaccines, however, is tied to the environment in which they're stored -- and if they're not stored correctly, their capacity to produce immunity greatly diminishes.


Typically, vaccines are either refrigerated or frozen in a Medical-Grade Refrigerator or Freezer with Temperature alerts, such as the Accucold line by Summit Appliance. Summit's fridges and freezers feature ample room to properly store frozen and refrigerated items, and both the freezer and fridge have separate thermostats for precise temperature control.


We Remember: Happy Memorial Day

We Remember: Happy Memorial Day

QuickMedical would like to extend its most heartfelt thanks to the women and men of the United States Armed Forces on this Memorial Day. Thank you for everything!

Aluminum Battery Could Revolutionize Electronics and AEDs

Aluminum Battery Could Revolutionize Electronics and AEDs

Stanford scientists successfully created a hyper-efficient aluminum-ion battery that fully charges in about one minute, and has a projected lifespan seven times that of current lithium-ion batteries. The new technology has the potential to make electronics safer and more reliable.


"We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford, told Stanford News. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it."


New Product Line: Schiller America

New Product Line: Schiller America

QuickMedical now represents Schiller America's line of ECGs, Stress Tests, Vital Signs Monitors, and Ambulatory and Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors, among many other items.


Schiller, based in Switzerland, is a global leader in the development and production of cardio-pulmonary diagnostic equipment. Schiller's products are developed in close cooperation with the world's leading physicians and specialists to ensure excellent value and unmatched versatility.


"The Schiller brand compliments and adds a more robust dimension to QuickMedical's existing cardiopulmonary diagnostic offerings, giving customers a wider selection of ECGs, stress testing equipment, and vital signs monitors," said Nita Morris, QuickMedical's product manager.


Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week was initiated in 2002 and is an annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety lead by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Each year, healthcare organizations and communities worldwide take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials, creating awareness in the community, and deploying NPSF educational resources to healthcare staff and patients.


Anyone can celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week and NPSF encourages anyone in the health care field to do so.


Patient safety is very often about communication. The Universal Patient Compact created by NPSF covers the expectations of healthcare professionals and patients during care. Patients and caregivers must be partners in creating patient safety. Ultimately patient safety also ensures the safety of the caregiver, as well.


Communication is key, but it must be partnered with medical equipment and supplies that fit the needs of the patient and caregiver. Hand washing sinks, hand sanitizer dispensers, or hygiene stations must be conveniently located in a facility and easy to use. Proper gloves must be worn for the application, and they must be easy to reach and use. Hospital beds must be easy to use for the patient and caregiver and their operation must be clear. One of the most important aspects of patient safety is patient transport. In emergency situations, long term care, in-clinic procedures, and hospital visits, wheelchairs and patient lifts can make or break patient safety. It's important that even the scales and height rods a facility uses are designed with patient safety in mind.


Healthcare providers have to know the needs of their patients and with that information, find the right tools for medical care. QuickMedical's trained product experts can easily guide you when the choices are confusing. To ensure patient safety research the medical equipment and supplies required for adequate patient safety and make sure it's available for patients and staff. Educate patients and staff on the best patient safety practices at your facility. There are a variety of resources online for health professionals to use to help acheive and ensure patient safety. The NPSF features resources on its site like the Patient Safety Awareness video, posted below from their site. QuickMedical is also a resource for information on medical equipment and supplies related to patient safety, both online and on the phone.