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New: Medical Sutures from CP Medical

New: Medical Sutures from CP Medical

QuickMedical is now your source for medical sutures from CP Medical . Today, most surgical sutures are made from synthetic polymer fibers, including polypropelene, polydioxanone, and even nylon. But both silk and catgut sutures, which were used in the 2nd century, are still in use today. The type of suture you use on your patients depends on the application and the patient. Catgut sutures are some of the most widely used absorbable sutures, and also fairly unique.


Catgut suture is made by twisting together strands of purified collagen taken from the serosal or submucosal layer of the small intestine of healthy ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) or from beef tendon. The natural plain thread is precision ground in order to achieve a monofilament character and treated with a glycerol-containing solution. The suture is then sterilized with a sterilizing fluid containing ethylene oxide, isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.


While using organic animal material is an old concept, new types of wound closure from synthetic material are extremely useful. Click ahead to read about some developments in wound closure.

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards

Don't overlook the safety of the healthcare professionals at your facility. There are Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) standards almost every facility should be following. By following these standards for safe patient handling and mobility, it's possible to prevent the common cases of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries among nurses caused by manually lifting or moving patients.


The official position of the American Nurses Association is that nurses should ideally always avoid manually lifting or moving patients.


The ANA, together with a national working group, developed the SPHM standards to create safe, effective, and enduring standard practices in workplaces. You can buy the guide from the ANA and it includes eight SPHM standards that cover the responsibilities of the employer or health care organization as well as the health care workers and ancillary/support staff. These standards are applicable in all health care settings.


The book outlines the need for the standards, the development process, "trends and issues influencing the development of the SPHM standards," and the 8 standards themselves. Click ahead to read the list, taken from the official ANA publication on safe patient handling and mobility standards.

Mystery Monday: Salish Sea Foot Mystery

Mystery Monday: Salish Sea Foot Mystery

We've brought back a long-forgotten blog feature-- Mystery Monday. Today we examine the Salish Sea Foot Mystery, which is taking place in our very own backyard.


On May 6th of this year, the 15th foot in the Salish Sea Foot Mystery was found near Pier 86 of the Seattle waterfront. 15 human feet have washed up out of the Salish Sea since 2007. Only five feet from four people have been accurately identified. The rest remain a mystery and cannot be identified. There is an extensive Wikipedia page on the mystery , that outlines each case and offers more information.


The feet have been mostly washing up in Canada, with a couple of them appearing in Washington. They're usually found still wearing shoes and socks. The first was found by a girl who discovered the foot inside after picking up a shoe she found in the water. She didn't expect to find a foot inside.


The feet are usually found during the summer, most commonly August, but this could be because there are more people on the beach to look. Much of the mystery around the feet is due to the amount of decomposition they are in once they wash up on shore. The feet are prone to being covered in adipocere, a waxy, soapy substance that collects on dead bodies in certain conditions. The adipocere collects when tissue is exposed to bacteria but not oxygen and makes it very difficult to sample DNA with PurFlock Ultra flocked tip applicators. A few of the feet have been identified through DNA matches, but otherwise all there is to go on is size, type of shoe, and whether the toes are painted.


It's possible the feet belong to victims of a 2004 tsunami or a 2005 plane crash, but there's no scientific explanation yet for the reason only the feet are washing up on the shore.

Scott and Warren Visit Taiwan

Scott and Warren Visit Taiwan

QuickMedical's twin commitment to customer service and innovation recently sent CEO Scott Hanna and Vice President Warren Strasen halfway around the world to Taiwan where they attended the Taiwan Trade Center's Medical Device Convention. Scott and Warren were able to meet with over two dozen medical equipment manufacturers from the Pacific rim region and beyond. These manufacturers are creating some of the most unique and innovative medical equipment in the world. Scott and Warren were able to meet the inventors, engineers, and craftspeople who are building the future of healthcare with state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies.


Scott and Warren also adventured in and around Taipei. Friends since junior high, Scott and Warren have had many adventures together and this trip proved to be yet another. The duo sampled unique Taiwanese dishes, including this lotus flower soup at the Shi Yang restaurant.



Scott and Warren visited the Taipei night markets and sampled a variety of Taiwanese street food. Specifically they sought out the gua boa, which is sometimes called a Taiwanese hamburger, which they enjoyed, and stinky tofu, which they did not. Both Warren and Scott enjoyed the adventure and communicated in limited Mandarin with the locals, but were glad to return back to the United States and QuickMedical.


Scott and Warren Visit Taiwan
Taiwanese night market

Click ahead to see more pictures from Scott and Warren's trip to Taiwan.

Safe Patient Handling in Healthcare

Safe Patient Handling in Healthcare

Safe patient handling is important for your facility. Safe patient handling does not simply refer to patient safety. Safe patient handling is important for the health of the patients, but also the healthcare worker. Most patient handling is performed by nurses and nurses aides. These workers have extremely high rates of injuries from overexertion. In 2011 the average rate of overexertion injury among workers in the United States was 38 injuries per 10,000 workers. For hospital and healthcare workers, the number was double at 76 injuries per 10,000 workers. When so much attention and energy are directed toward keeping patients safe, are facilities neglecting their employees?


Safe patient handling is not simply an issue of safe medical equipment, medical furniture, and mobility equipment. It's also an issue of education and training, for both patients and healthcare workers. Safe patient handling is a group effort between your facility, your patient, and QuickMedical. Click ahead to learn how QuickMedical is a part of safe patient handling at your facility.

QuickMedical Questions: How Do I Get a Free Stethoscope?

QuickMedical Questions: How Do I Get a Free Stethoscope?

Dear QM:


Do you have any promotions/deals going on right now? I'm an EMT looking to get low-cost emergency medical supplies. Anything with stethoscopes?


--EMT 4 a Deal


If you're looking for a deal, EMT, you've found the right place. QuickMedical's regular prices are often the lowest online prices for emergency medical equipment. Click ahead to read about a couple special offers that might interest you, including a free stethoscope.

QuickMedical Joins CardioChek Million Seller Club

QuickMedical Joins CardioChek Million Seller Club

QuickMedical has provided one million test strips to our customers, in our partnership with manufacturer Chek Diagnostics (formerly known as Polymer) for over 11 years and was honored for the milestone recently. The one million mark was actually attained last year, and verified during a recent audit. Chek Diagnostics is the trusted manufacturer of the Cardio Chek system of professional medical diagnostic equipment, as well as the A1C+Now A1c testing system. Recipients of the 1 million test strip honor will be publicly honored at the next worldwide Chek Diagnostics distributor meeting.


QuickMedical's one million test strips include test strips for testing lipid panel, HDL, ketone, glucose, and more. Professionals seeking immediate point of care results for their patients choose QuickMedical for blood testing equipment and test strips. We're on our way to two million!


QuickMedical Joins CardioChek Million Seller Club

Join Our Weekly Deals Newsletter

Join Our Weekly Deals Newsletter

Whether you're a new or returning customer, a busy hospital system with multiple facilities, a person with an at home health care concern, whether you're buying cases of medical disposables, or just a box, you'll always receive the same QuickMedical experience. The QuickMedical Experience is what makes QuickMedical different from the rest. QuickMedical consistently focuses on the QuickMedical Experience whether a customer interacts with us on the phone, by email, or in person. The experience of purchasing medical equipment or doing business with QuickMedical always reflects QuickMedical's two-tiered commitment to innovation and customer service.


With this in mind, we want to bring our customers the very best offers in closeout and overstock pricing. QuickMedical's Weekly Killer Deals are unique weekly email newsletters designed for only those customers who are interested in specialty overstock medical supplies. If you're interested in learning about these offers, simply contact us and we'll include you. Or follow us on Twitter, where we post our overstock prices almost immediately. Or simply sign up here. You will only receive the most relevant email from us and we will never share your email address.


Happy 4th of July from QuickMedical

Happy 4th of July from QuickMedical

Happy 4th of July from QuickMedical, a veteran owned small business, registered with the Department of Veteran Affairs. QuickMedical's offices will be closed Friday July 4, 2014. We'll be back Monday, ready to assist you with the medical equipment and supplies your facility needs, whether you're a government agency, family doctor, or biotech lab. Stay safe and enjoy your independence!

Blood Pressure Cuffs for a Cause

American Diagnostic Corporation is unique in the medical equipment industry. Most of its core diagnostic products are fully assembled in the U.S. from globally sourced components. In other words, ADC obtains the best quality components from around the world, then inspects, assembles, and packages them here in the United States for a maximum quality product.


Blood Pressure Cuffs for a Cause

QuickMedical has just introduced a variety of new print options for blood pressure cuffs on ADC blood pressure monitors which are also unique. Some of these unique prints include 'Adimals,' 'Peter's Blue Swirly,' and 'Medical Theme.' You can see these prints on any applicable product's page. More importantly, when you order a blood pressure cuff with the pink 'Breast Cancer Awareness' print, or the 'Puzzle Pieces Autism Awareness' print, a portion of the sales from these items will be donated to the respective charities. ADC calls this "Cuffs for a Cause." The new blood pressure cuffs come in child and adult sizes for the 'Puzzle Pieces' and 'Adimals' prints, while the 'Breast Cancer Awareness' pink is for adult sizes only.

Blood Pressure Cuffs for a Cause

Whether you are interested in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness or Autism Awareness, or you just want a more colorful cuff for your sphygmomanometer, QuickMedical and ADC have you covered.