Many hospitals and surgery centers have been switching to woven “ether blankets” made outside the USA. These blankets appeal to facilities because they are lower in cost than knitted blankets. However, we do not recommend these blankets for use in MedWurx Blanket Warmers. They are constructed of poorly processed materials that are not tightly woven.These blankets shrink and deteriorate very quickly via necessarily harsh hospital laundering. Because of their poor insulating quality, they do not provide a sustained patient warmth factor. Consequently, many nurses use more than one blanket or increase the blanket warmer temperature beyond what is recommended by safety experts. According to clinicians in the hospital workplace, increasing the temperatures above 110F creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for some patients.
Instead, we recommend knitted blankets for use in MedWurx Blanket Warmers. Knitted blankets are made of a cotton/polyster blend. They do not shrink or deteriorate as rapidly as woven blankets, usually lasting 5 to 6 times longer. They are thermal and have a far superior insulating capability and will sustain patient warmth factor much longer, eliminating the need to use extra blankets or set the blanket warmer beyond a safe temperature.
Primary care is at the forefront of population health. Primary care clinicians represent the front lines of a complex healthcare system. They are tasked not only with treating acute and chronic conditions, but also with identifying health risk factors early to help improve patient outcomes and keep system costs lower. With Welch Allyn’s RetinaVue and Spot Vision Screener, we can advance the capabilities of frontline care providers with smarter tools to help identify, diagnose and manage many of the most prevalent health issues practices see every day.
The Diabetic Retinopathy Challenge
414 million people globally are living with diabetes. 80% of patients with diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy. With early detection, up to 95% of vision loss cases are preventable. Yet documented compliance with annual retinal exams is often less than 50%.
Welch Allyn RetinaVue Network
The Welch Allyn RetinaVue Network makes diabetic retinal exams simple and affordable for primary care.
Compliance: RetinaVue Network can double patient compliance rates for diabetic retinal assessment in just 12 months.
Patient outcomes: Help preserve vision in patients with diabetes through early detection.
Financial outcomes: Most commercial healthcare plans provide coverage for RetinaVue Network DR screening. Consult your payer partners to understand coding and coverage options. Annual retinal examinations are also included in the NCQA HEDIS ratings program, the Medicare Advantage STAR quality rating program and Medicare quality rating programs. CPT Code 92250. By intercepting patients during routine office visits, healthcare providers can potentially qualify for financial incentives under these programs.
The Vision Disabilities Challenge
Vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children. Only one in three US children have had a vision screening before kindergarten. The AAP recommends instrument-based vision screening at as early as 12 months of age, if available. Yet 70% of pediatricians are not doing automated vision screening.
The Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener
Spot Vision Screener is revolutionizing early detection of vision disorders in children to help improve sight and prevent blindness. It can screen objectively for: Hyperopia, Myopia, Astigmatism, Anisometropia, Strabismus, and Anisocoria.
Efficiency: In one study, use of the Spot Vision Screener at Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Boston Children’s Hospital helped staff increase completion rates in three-to five-year-old children over chart-based screening. Improvement was observed for each age, but the most impressive result was among three-year-old children – increasing from 38.6% to 87.1%.
Financial outcomes: Instrument-based vision screening is a smart investment. Practices can realize immediate economic benefits through reimbursement with CPT Code 99177 and reduce the rate of unnecessary referrals to specialists.
Standardization: A fast, objective and consistent approach to vision screening across the healthcare network can help enhance operational efficiency and patient outcomes. 11 out of 12 practices in the Boston Children’s project experienced a statistically significant improvement in completed vision screening with instrument screening compared with chart-based screening.
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¹⁴ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Improving the Nations’ Vision Health: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach. http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/pdf/improving_nati... vision_health.pdf ¹⁵ Zabba, Joel N. “Children’s Vision Care in The 21st Century & Its Impact on Education, Literacy, Social Issues & the Workplace: A Call to Action.” Journal of Behavioral Optometry (2011) ¹⁶ Source: http://www.aappublications.org/news/2015/12/07/Vis... ¹⁷ Welch Allyn Market Research 2016 ¹⁸ Louis Vernacchio, MD, MSc; Jonathan Modest, MPH; Katherine Majzoub, RN, MBA; Bruce Moore, OD; Vijeta Bhambhani, MS, MPH; Emily K Trudell, MPH; Temitope Osineye, MBBS, MPH; Glenn Focht, MD; Jean Santangelo, RN, BSN (2015). INSTRUMENT-BASED VISION SCREENING FOR PRESCHOOL AGED CHILDREN: AN IMPLEMENTATION STUDY. Poster presented at the Healthcare Improvement 27th Annual Summit, December 2015 ¹⁹ CPT 99177: Instrument-based ocular screening (e.g., photoscreening, automated refraction), bilateral; with on-site analysis.
ABS Refrigerators now have natural refrigerants. “Natural” always sounds great, but what does it actually mean in regards to refrigerants and how does it benefit you?
Refrigerants are chemicals used to cause cooling and refrigeration. “Natural” doesn’t mean non-chemical, it merely means that the chemical occurs naturally in the environment rather than being created in a lab. Previously, most cooling devices such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners used chlorinated fluorocarbons (CFCs), which were developed in the 1930s by Thomas Midgley. However, in the 1970s these were discovered to have a negative impact on the ozone layer and the environment, so work began to find a substitute. Now, hydrocarbons, a naturally occurring type of chemical, are replacing them. They reduce gas emissions significantly.
Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants have benefits aside from the environmental. They are more energy efficient, and consequently cost efficient. If you’re still using a refrigerator or freezer that uses CFCs, replacing it with a refrigerator that uses HC refrigerants will save you money on your electric bill and ultimately pay for itself.
If you’re interested in an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient refrigerator or freezer, look no further! You can check out our selection of ABS products here.
Who doesn’t like to shout, “We’re number 1”? Let’s ask the city of Baltimore. They moved from 9th place in 2015 to 1st place in 2016 on pest control leader Orkin’s annual Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list. They were followed by Washington D.C, Chicago, New York and Columbus, Ohio to round out the top 5 cities in the country.
Bed bugs don’t discriminate. They can show up in a Medical Practice in the suburbs or an inner city clinic. Hospitals are at high risk because of the volume of people that come and go, just like hotels.
Medical Resources has a solution with our healtHcentric line of bed bug proof furniture for lobbies, exam rooms and patient rooms. They are made with impermeable upholstery that keeps bed bugs out and your pest control costs down.
You can explore our selection of bed bug proof furniture here. If you have any questions, you can always call our office and ask to speak with our furniture sales team.
Unexpected events are part of life! Power surges blow circuits. Storms can knock out the grid and leave you without power for days. The wiring in your building could be old and fail. Do you have a plan in place for a power outage? Healthcare facilities need a reliable and uninterruptable power supply during surgeries, for life supporting equipment, to protect crucial research samples, as well as to keep vaccines and medicines safe for patients, not to mention the costs associated with losing these! The solution to the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for medical equipment is the line of MEDI+Products Battery Back-Up Power Systems by Medicanix, Inc.
Besides uninterrupted power, UPS also helps you obtain accreditation to meet regulations required by governing bodies such as the AAAASF, CDC, and JCAHO. Do you want to start doing more invasive surgical procedures in your own facility or tired of booking off-site time at your affiliate hospital?
Medical Resources is an Authorized Distributor of the MEDI+Products Battery Back-Up Systems. Mobile and Wall-Mounted products are available at http://www.medicalresources.com/operating-room-backup-power-systems.html Medical Resources also offers the ABS line of Refrigeration products such as Vaccine Refrigerators, Ultra-low Freezers, Lab Refrigerators and as well as Dual-Temp Combination Refrigerator/Freezer options at http://www.medicalresources.com/refrigeration.html. Our CheckPoint Wireless Temperature Monitoring System is in use at a majority of VA Medical Centers as well as in FDA and private hospital facilities.