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Asthma, Allergies, and Spirometry

Asthma, Allergies, and Spirometry

Asthma is a widespread chronic lung disease. The lungs become inflamed when irritated by food, pollen, certain smells, certain lotions or fragrances, and other triggers. Asthma causes severe wheezing, shortness of breath (the inability to breathe deeply), coughing and tightness in the chest. The worst episodes can occur in the early hours of the morning or at night. The causes of asthma are thought to be both genetic and environmental.


Allergies are a hypersensitive disorder of the immune system. There is a wide range of symptoms-- itchy skin, eczema, hives, runny nose, red eyes sneezing and even asthma attacks. There is a connection between allergies and asthma. Allergies can cause asthma, but doctors are not sure why or why the two afflictions occur together often.


Spirometers are devices that measure how well a person breathes. Spirometers help diagnose asthma, COPD, or other conditions in patients. Some spirometers are simple cylindrical containers with numbers on the side (to measure lung capacity), connected to a tube that a person blows air into as hard as they can. A foam ball or other measuring device is placed in the cylinder to measure breathing ability. More complex spirometers such as the ndd 2000 EasyOne Frontline Spirometer work a little differently, although the spirometry test is still performed in a very similar way.


Interesting facts about asthma and allergies:

1) In 450 B.C. Hippocrates discovered asthma as a chronic irritant and named it.


2) In the middle 20th century, if you were a child with asthma, psychologists perceived the asthmatic wheezing as the child crying for their mother and therefore were treated with talk therapy.


3) A British man in 2007 (based on a study at Trinity college in Dublin), went to a tropical location and barefoot, walked near some latrines in the hopes of getting hookworms. He believed that the hookworms would suppress his asthma and allergies. The weird thing? It worked.


4) There is a very rare allergic reaction to water called aquagenic uticaria. So if your youngster is adamant that he or she is allergic to baths, it might actually be true.

Proper Sterilization Techniques in Hospitals

Proper Sterilization Techniques in Hospitals

Sterilization in hospitals is very important to help stop the spread of germs, diseases, and contagions. Without sterilization people can become very ill.


The Process of Sterilization:

-The surfaces have to be visibly clean and the surface has to be cleaned/saturated with the appropriate sterilization supplies and the right amount of kill time (the amount of time it takes to kill microorganisms). This may involve the use of germicidal surface cleaners on some materials.


-All items to be sanitized have to be dismantled and all surface areas must be sanitized and therefore sterilized.


-Sterilization can involve a single instrument or an entire room.


Sterilization Techniques

There are many different types of sterilization techniques used in hospitals and other facilities that require sterilization. In hospitals some of the most common forms of sterilization are:


1) Steam sterilization. This type of sterilization uses saturated steam kept under pressure to kill germs. This is how most common medical autoclave sterilizers work.


2) Peracetic Acid Liquid Sterilization. This form uses a low temperature sterilization technique that slowly gets hotter to prevent germs from spreading on surfaces.


3) Ethylene Oxide Sterilization. This technique is used mainly for instruments and devices. It uses a heat sensitive device to promote sterilization of microorganisms.


4) Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization. This type uses a simple vacuum chamber that disperses a special hydrogen peroxide solution that creates a cloud of plasma.


Proper Sterilization Techniques in Hospitals


If you're seeking steam sterilization at your clinic, when you buy any EZ autoclave from April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 and get your choice of a FREE 1 gallon Distiller or a $400.00 manufacturer's rebate.

Better Public Health Starts at Home

Better Public Health Starts at Home

It's almost the end of National Public Health Week, so we've brought in a special guest blogger from Healthline to write about some of the ways you can do your part when it comes to public health. This year's week has been broken down into daily themes, the first of which stresses that public health begins at home. Here are a few things that Adrienne from Healthline suggests you can do at home for the good of your health and those around you. Click ahead to read her suggestions.

QuickMedical Questions: Why Should My Clinic Consider Electrosurgery?

QuickMedical Questions: Why Should My Clinic Consider Electrosurgery?

I've read online that many surgical procedures are moving out of the traditional operating room and into the doctor's office. As a family practice doctor, should I consider an electrosurgical unit for my clinic?


Wondering Doc


Most surgeons refer to their electrosurgical equipment or accessories as their "Bovie." But a Bovie isn't just for surgeons. If you perform any surgical procedure that requires cutting, and want to control bleeding easily and efficiently, you should definitely consider electrosurgery, Wondering Doc. Click ahead to read more about how electrosurgery can benefit your clinic.

National Public Health Week 2014

National Public Health Week 2014
The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities and during the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week. National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year's event focuses on the following daily themes, which should be familiar to any reader of the QuickMedical blog:


Be healthy from the start. From OB/Gyn health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.


Don't panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.


Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority.


Eat well. The system that keeps our nation's food safe and healthy is complex. Be the healthiest nation in one generation.


Public health incorporates the interdisciplinary approaches of epidemiology, biostatistics and health services as well as environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, insurance medicine and occupational health. Modern public health can be traced to the work of Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccinations and James Lind's discovery of the causes of scurvy in sailors. In the U.S., the first public health organization based on a state health department and local boards of health was founded in New York City in 1866.


QuickMedical supports the efforts of community clinics, labs researching biostatistics, family doctor's offices, individuals tracking their health at home, companies protecting the health of their employees, and many more public health-related activities. Public health starts with individuals and spreads to the community. At QuickMedical, we're proud to support these efforts.

Controversy Over Replacing the Pap Smear

Controversy Over Replacing the Pap Smear

U.S. health experts have advised that a DNA test -- developed by Roche Holding AG -- be authorized to replace Pap smears in screening for cervical cancer. Although the federal advisory committee agreed unanimously, the plan has encountered skepticism within the medical community.


Controversy Over Replacing the Pap Smear

Roche is seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market its "cobas" human papillomavirus (HPV) test as an independently operated instrument to screen for cervical cancer risk in women age 25 and older. The test identifies the DNA of 14 strains of the sexually-transmitted virus, leading some to wonder if a woman's ritual Pap smear will soon be outdated.


"Has our Pap, as we know it, outlived its time?" Dr. Dorothy Rosenthal, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, testified to the committee, which advises the Food and Drug Administration. Rosenthal asserted that deaths from cervical cancer in the U.S. had ceased decreasing and that the new test would be "a tremendous gain." With the simple swipe of a Puritan flocked tip applicator HPV risk could be calculated with great accuracy, according to many health professionals.


To read more about the controversy, click ahead.

The Best Medical Records Workflow Solutions

The Best Medical Records Workflow Solutions

QuickMedical is your source for the best medical workflow solutions from Carstens. Since Carstens was founded over 125 years ago, it has been manufacturing revolutionary products for the healthcare industry. Carstens is committed to the human side of healthcare. Making doctors offices more pleasant and functional is a group effort for architects and designers, doctors and staff, and medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Some of the very best new medical office workflow solutions are available at QuickMedical from Carstens Medical Solutions. Click ahead to read more.

Recliners for Assisted Living

Recliners for Assisted Living

Clinical recliners for assisted living are important pieces of medical furniture in clinics and facilities serving senior patients and residents. Winco has created high quality medical furniture for over 60 years. Winco considers patient comfort their most important product, and the majority of their products are manufactured in the USA. Their clinical recliners for assisted living clinics are perfect for creating a more comfortable patient environment. Graham-Field Lumex medical recliners are also used by facilities seeking comfortable solutions for patients recovering from surgeries, or simply relaxing in front of a movie.


Furniture for assisted living facilities must meet the unique requirements of a diverse group of individuals. Some patients require wider seating, some require heated seating, and some just need a comfortable place to sit. Many Winco recliners are available with Silvertex vinyl, which inhibits bacterial growth. Some clinical recliners will be used in conjunction with other types of mobility equipment, such as patient lifts or clinical beds. Many clinical recliners have trays so that a patient can eat or read.


Chair mobility is one of the most important aspects of clinical recliners. Lockable caster wheels are useful for transporting patients and safely securing them. Ergonomics, safety, and patient comfort are all important parts of buying a clinical recliner for assisted living.


QuickMedical has recliners for assisted living from the manufacturers that clinics trust for medical furniture. We can help your facility obtain the very best medical furniture, at an affordable price. Currently, call QuickMedical for a free dock to dock shipping on all 5000 series Winco clinical recliners ordered before April 25, 2014 shipped to the lower 48 states.

Eye Charts for Kenyan Clinics and Schools

Eye Charts for Kenyan Clinics and Schools

In a remote area of Kenya, Maasai villagers live in profound poverty with no schools, electricity, internet or cell phone access. On roads that are filled with rocks and gullies, the residents must walk about 6 hours to get to the nearest health clinic. The non-profit organization Kenyan Health Care Initiatives is building new health clinics in these remote areas, one village at a time. The organization was a creation of Dr. Ralph Stroup, an Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery (Urology) at the Yale School of Medicine who has been working in Kenya since 2008.


Eye Charts for Kenyan Clinics and Schools

Dr. Stroup picked QuickMedical to supply quality, affordable eye charts, including the Snellen eye chart and the 1241 illiterate eye chart, to the clinics and schools that his organization will be assisting. Stroup writes, "The eye charts which we purchased will be distributed to several clinics and schools which do not currently have an eye screening program in place."


Proper eye care for children is important. School vision screenings can help detect many commonly occurring eye conditions. Traditional school vision screenings usually focus on nearsightedness. Early detection of vision problems has shown a remarkable improvement of quality of life for students.


The Kenyan Health Care Initiative's mission is: "To alleviate human suffering by bringing improved health care and clean water to those in need, one village at a time." You can help this organization by supporting them by visiting their donation site. At QuickMedical, we're proud to provide just a few of the important items that will improve the lives of Kenyan doctors, teachers, children, and parents.

Diabetes Alert Day

March 25, 2014 is the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. Diabetes Alert Day is a one day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


The diabetes risk test is a quick test on the American Diabetes Association website that lets patients know their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This test is not a substitute for a doctor's visit, but it should help patients asses their risk for developing diabetes and inspire lifestyle changes an further discussions with health care professionals.


Diabetes Alert Day

QuickMedical is the source for doctors helping patients manage their diabetes, through lifestyle changes or medication. With fitness equipment, including pedometers, patients can become more active and lower their risk for diabetes or manage their symptoms. For those patients who have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, QuickMedical offers a variety of glucose meters, including the Prodigy Pocket Glucose Meter, which is free when a customer purchases 6 boxes of test strips.