Flu-Proof Your House

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It is not uncommon for everyone in the whole family to get the flu once one person in the household has it. The flu virus can be spread before symptoms even appear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After symptoms appear, the flu is contagious for up to a week.

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However, there are some simple strategies that you can use at home to keep your family well and prevent the flu from taking root in your home.

Disinfect Hard Surfaces

Flu viruses are able to thrive for up to eight hours on hard surfaces. Consequently, it is important to disinfect light switches, doorknobs, and remote controls frequently. Cellular phones are a hotspot for bacteria and viruses. Use antiviral sanitizing wipes or sprays to disinfect telephones and other surfaces on a regular basis.

Quarantine the Sick Person

When just one person is ill, consider encouraging them to stay in just one room until they feel better. This is a very simple way of preventing the spread of germs. Make the room comfortable and cozy. Set it up so that they have everything that they need, such as water, tissues and medicine. Encourage everyone else in the house to stay out of the “sick room” until the person is better.

Wash Those Hands

Encourage everyone in the home to wash their hands frequently. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent illnesses. Use soap and warm water and rub hands together vigorously for 20 seconds. Teach younger kids to properly wash their hands by telling them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing to ensure that they wash long enough.

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Best Time to Pre-Book Flu Vaccine

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The CDC And Influenza

According to the CDC, Influenza can claim between 3 and 49 thousand lives every year; and that’s in America, first world country among first world countries. Many would agree that America is the most developed country on the planet, though things seem to be changing with the political winds. Regardless, 3,000 to 50,000 people every year? That seems a little extreme! There are several reasons behind this. Influenza resulting in fatality is most common in:

  • The Young
  • The Elderly
  • The Poor
  • Those With Already Weakened Immune Systems

How To Best Prepare For Flu Season

Healthy individuals have little to fear from the flu. The reason the flu results in fatality isn’t usually a result of the strains of pathogen which infect a person. It has more to do with complications leading to greater, more detrimental conditions like pneumonia. An asthmatic individual on the less-fortunate side of town catches the flu and has to continue working eighty hours that week eating nothing but processed foods. He or she is in a condition that will make recovery from even the most minor ailments difficult. Likewise, an old or young person whose immune system is weak, and who hasn’t the means to support themselves is at increased risk.

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Generally, the best way to ward of influenza is through proper maintenance of your own health and hygiene. When you eat well, sleep right, don’t over-exert yourself but refrain from becoming inert, and abstain from situations which lead to stress, you are much more likely to have an immune system capable of withstanding even the most virulent influenza strains. As a matter of fact, when we’re healthy, we rebuff substantial illnesses every day. One of the reasons we get sick is that we’re so regularly rebuffing these pathogens that eventually one manages to push through our body’s natural defenses, forcing us to insulate ourselves against further infection by resting a few days while the body’s immune system works to expel the intruding sickness. Some common steps you can take to help ensure your body’s preparedness this flu season are:

  • Regular Exercise
  • Healthy Diet (Including a minimum of processed / “junk” foods, and a maximum of organic produce)
  • Facilitating A Primarily Stress-Free Environment
  • Regular Rest / Constant Sleep Cycles
  • Hydration Maintenance (64 oz / day – 8 glasses of 8 ounces)
  • Cultivation of Enjoyable Experiences (Laughter’s the best medicine)
  • Inoculation

Pre-Book Flu Vaccines For Additional Preparedness

In a shifting economy of increasing diversity and decreasing health, it makes sense to remain abreast of predictable trends and prepare against them. Pre-booking flu vaccines will give your immune system additional ammunition this flu season. Doing so is also a great way to remove stress from you and your loved-ones, as you’ll enter the new year prepared. While vaccines don’t cure or prevent the flu, they do reduce the severity of its symptoms, and increase your immune system’s ability to handle it.

Vaccinations involve injecting an inert pathogen into the body such that the immune system can latch onto it and learn its “secrets”. Even though people who get a flu shot aren’t technically “sick”, they will still exhibit an immune system response which can last several hours to several days. This is why it’s best to pre-order vaccines and administer them in the Summer. During Summer, there is increased flexibility, and immune systems have less negative forces weakening them, making reception of an inoculation less severe.

Flu shots are a great means of helping aide your immune system in the fight against the flu. They may not be a cure, but they’re a substantial advantage.

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Time to Pre-Book is NOW

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Pre-book flu vaccine immediately to keep your patient healthy during this dangerous season. Five tips to safeguard your patient base and personnel are:

  1. Outbreaks of healthcare-associated influenza affect both patients and caregivers in long-term care facilities and hospital centers.
  2. Flu vaccination of both personnel and patients, combined carefully with infection control practice prevents flu outbreaks.
  3. Flu vaccines come in two forms:
  • the traditional flu vaccine given in flu shots
  • the nasal spray flu vaccine

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  1. The traditional flu vaccine shot ranges for the pediatric version of 6 months, up to the 3 year version. Nasal spray vaccine works well on patients 2-49 years of age.
  2. CDC Professionals encourage you to get your flu shot early this year to help avoid the influenza breakouts later this season.

Why should your office pre-book your flu vaccine from Express Medical Supplies immediately?

  • To receive lowest vaccine prices available
  • Count on fast, dependable delivery
  • Depend upon courteous account managers who will help make your order process as easy as possible
  • Fast turn-around time, once it’s in, it ships back out to you!

Contact our courteous efficient staff today at Express Medical Supplies and pre-book your vaccines for the sake of you, your staff and your patients. You will be thanked by everyone you save from a debilitating illness and/or death.

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Urgent Message for High Risk Patients

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This message is of urgent importance to everyone with health risks that demand they be vaccinated against this season’s flu outbreaks. The 2017-2018 flu vaccines begin shipping at beginning of August. Every person 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2017-2018 season vaccine is available in their location. People who are determined at very high risk of serious flu complications include:

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  • infants
  • women who are pregnant
  • elderly
  • children
  • all people over 65 years of age
  • people suffering chronic serious health conditions such as:
    • asthma
    • sugar diabetes
    • heart and pulmonary disease

Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important. If steps are not taken to access the vaccine and decrease risk of severe flu, many high risk patients will perish in the ravages of the flu.

Health Care Workers Very Susceptible

Vaccination is imperative for all health care workers, and those who live with or care for high risk people. This is an effort to prevent spreading flu to other high risk people and jeopardizing them. Children younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated. Instead, their caregivers should be vaccinated without fail.

 

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Stock Your Office For The Flu Season

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Whether it’s that time of the year or not, the flu is one of those illnesses that tends to put your patients down for the count for several days. When it is flu season, your office had better be fully stocked with flu test kits and related supplies, otherwise it’ll be a long and hectic scene. Express Medical Supplies is committed to giving doctors and healthcare providers all over the nation the peace of mind that is in such short supply when flu season hits. You’ll need gloves, lab equipment, elements of patient care and the all-important flu vaccine on hand to make sure the flu months go smoothly.

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First and Foremost: Personnel Health

If your personnel and staff aren’t healthy, then how can you expect to run an effective hospital during flu season? The flu test kit we sell will identify any issues before they become full-blown, and serve to stem the tide of healthcare-related outbreaks of influenza. In transient offices, this isn’t too big of a problem, but long-term facilities must ensure the health of their staff – just think of the mess if half your personnel have to call in sick.

We’ve got both varieties of flu vaccine, to accommodate all kinds of patients. There’s the nasal spray vaccine, and then there’s the flu shot. Generally speaking, the less intrusive nasal spray is tailor-made for patients between toddler age and about 49 years of age. As for learning about the flu kit test, the actual flu shot is for years before 2 years of age. Gsk Flulaval, for instance, works for 3 years and on; Fluzone is for patients aged 6 months to 35 months. Visit our extensive catalog to take an accounting of the available options, so you can get your medical office safely vaccinated in time for flu season – well before, preferably.

For a more in-depth look at what we provide in preparation for flu season, you can stock up on multi-dose vials to save time, or the single-dose vial if you run a private healthcare facility with just a doctor or two and a consistent average number of patients. Keep in mind, however, that during flu season – the number of patients may rise unpredictably. We have pre-filled syringes as well, and of course, the afore-mentioned nasal spray. All of the applicable vaccines are shipped right to your location in ice pack-filled coolers, labeled for the appropriate age ranges.

Auxiliary Equipment for Help with Flu Season

For patients that may already have the flu, it’s important that you remain protected while administering treatment. To help with this, we’ve got everything from nitrile and vinyl gloves, to traditional latex and synthetic gloves. It’s important to minimize the spread of germs in the hospital environment – especially during flu season. Stock up and be prepared with Express Medical Supplies.

 

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Express Medical Supplies: The One Stop Solution

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At Express Medical Supplies there is little we don’t know about lab testing supplies. We have been supplying dental, medical, and residential supplies for years and we’ve come to learn a lot about what our customers appreciate. We know that your office is busy and you just don’t have the time to be looking for different supplies from different businesses.

That’s why we have a such a large selection of medical and dental supplies from many manufacturers. We want you to be able to choose quickly and order everything you need in one order. Also, we aren’t just about lab testing supplies, we also offer everything from janitorial supplies that are specially designed for medical offices to dental and medical furniture.

Supplies, Supplies, And a Lot More

In addition to supplies, we also offer the latest in other equipment including:

  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Diagnostic Products
  • Home Health and Extended Care Equipment
  • Orthopedic and Physical Therapy Equipment
  • Supplies for Skin and Wound Care

Flu Supplies

Express Medical Supplies will help you get ready for the upcoming demand for flu vaccines, as well as flu test kits. We keep a large selection of flu vaccines on hand, including:

  • Single Dose Vials
  • Pre-filled Syringes
  • Nasal Spray
  • Multi-Dose Vials

Our thorough selection of flu test kits include:

  • Rapid Responds Binaxnow A&B
  • Sekisui ISOM Influenza A & B
  • Quidel Quickvue A & B
  • BD Veritor System

Additionally, we have other diagnostic testing equipment such as Strep A test kits, Urine test strips, and cholesterol testing kits.

How This Benefits You

In addition to our selection we have the most accommodating policies in the medical supply equipment industry. Selection is great but it means little if there isn’t money and time savings that go along with it. Our approach to everything about lab testing supplies is to offer great selection and the lowest prices possible. If you are looking to buy substantial amounts of equipment, we offer quotes by phone and online. We want to make sure your shopping experience is as easy as possible.

We offer customer support by telephone, and email. We will quickly answer your questions and provide solutions to your needs. We will package your orders as efficiently as possible to help keep shipping costs low and expedite delivery. Our shipping policy allows us to offer:

  • Free shipping on orders over $200, there are a few restrictions
  • Flexible shipping policies, there are a few restrictions
  • Back orders usually ship within 14-21 days
  • Refrigerated items ship with overnight/next day shipping, there are a few restrictions

Try the Express Medical Supplies difference. Ordering supplies shouldn’t be painful or time consuming, and we know you don’t have the time for difficult, convoluted ordering. Whether you’re interested in new furniture or only interested about lab testing supplies, we have the safe, reliable solution.

 

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Lab Supplies : Flu Vaccination

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About lab testing supplies, Kids younger than half a year have great risk of serious winter flu disease, yet are too youthful to be vaccinated. The most convenient way to reduce the winter flu is simply by acquiring vaccinated each year, the CDC claims. Based on current press reviews, low-cost, effective as well as modern swab or perhaps paper strip exams are visiting analyze contamination from the spectacular to the ever evolving ( h1n1 swine flu ).

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The winter flu is a communicable respiratory illness caused by germs, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each winter flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are misplaced on account of the flu, the US government says. Bad specimens = poor outcome.

A part of the problem with the flu is its unpredictability. About lab testing supplies, evaluation products generally confirm the occurrence of ailment in an individual, nevertheless they must not be used as a screening test for the occurrence of the ailment in a human population. Purchase Influenza Vaccines Prebook winter flu vaccine to always keep your own affected person nourishing during the influenza time. Factor considering the present local prevalence of winter flu in your own spot to assess the accuracy of outcome and the good thing about testing.

Express Medical Supplies is certainly one of the high standard suppliers of on site flu vaccine administration. While most people recover from their symptoms in under fourteen days, a few might include issues including pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus as well as head contamination. As of the year today, exams cannot determine sub-types of h1n1 swine flu A or perhaps precise a shared characteristic to vaccine worries.

Gather specimens whenever influenza is nearly all virulent, earlier during the course of disease, instructs CDC. Everybody half a year of age as well as more mature really need vaccinated against the flu as shortly because the 2017-2018 time vaccine is on the market. Symptoms can vary from minor to extreme. About lab testing supplies, enter the flu diagnostic test, a key accessory for the growing group of affordable rapid diagnostic swab tests.

Keep an eye on training videos on flu testing from healthcare accrediting organizations, covering sample collection and good evaluation processes, to discover more. The fact is that influenza duplicates in the nasopharynx. However, the parent open public detests the clear discomfort of nasopharyngeal specimens ( regardless of whether performed on themselves or other folks ) as they are usually disgruntled at the trouble seemingly inflicted upon squirming youngsters as well as child populations., preference surveys show that the public enjoys anterior nasal swabs ( ANS ) because the sample to select. Considering the scope of the winter flu problem, it’s not astonishing fresh tests strategies are developing.

At Express Medical Supplies they chat with their patients about to prevent getting the perfect type of medicine. Flu vaccination of the two health care employees as well as individuals coupled with fundamental irritation handle procedures can help reduce pimples. In European countries, Australia, as well as New Zealand, nasopharyngeal swabs, cleansers, as well as aspirates are the just suitable sample categories certified.

Despite the fact that you can’t protect against it from arriving , you can surely reduce it from having your immune system. Make sure to make use of the swab that came with the test system, if one is mixed. Should you buy flu vaccine your self as well as make it in stock for your business then you definitely might need to manage the intricate supply sequence linked to the vaccine.

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Laboratory Supplies Affordable And Beneficial

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Laboratory supplies as well as other medical related products have come along way in the past few years. Now more than ever there are products that can help assist a person in their home and there are products that doctors can use in their practices to help diagnose illnesses and save lives. While there are medical supply companies and stores all over the country, Express Medical Supplies is a website that is designed to put all of these products into one location for fast and easy ordering.

Some of the products that are available on the Express Medical Supplies website include:

Flu Test Kits

The flu is not a pleasant illness to have thanks to fever, runny nose, congestion, body aches and so much more. The flu can actually be deadly to the very young and the very old so it is important for a timely and proper diagnosis to take place. This allows medical treatment and attention to take over, which can help a person feel better. There are a variety of flu test kits on the Express Medical Supplies website and different types will work for different practices. Some test kits are designed to be read immediately while others can be entered into a machine and be read digitally. This reduces human error which is nice.

Home Health Products

It is important for people to be able to live in their own homes for as long as they can, while remaining independent. This can often be done with the use of home health products such as grab bars, walkers, shower stools, canes, commodes and so much more. Express Medical Supplies makes these products available for people to purchase for their own home or for third party suppliers to provide to patients they are assisting in their homes.

Skin And Wound Care

It is imperative to have the best first aid items available when the time comes so that you can properly treat and bandage a cut or wound. This will lead to prevention of infection and you will also prevent scarring by treating a wound properly now.

Housekeeping Items

You might not think about it but there are a number of more basic items that are needed in order to run a clean and safe medical facility. This can include small batteries, cleaning supplies, food supplies and even hampers or garbage bins. It does not cost much to keep these items on hand but it makes a big difference having them available when the need arises.

Physical Therapy Aids

While it is important to have qualified and educated physical therapists on hand at your facility, you also need physical therapy aids and products to help assist your patients. This can include exercise equipment, mats, ice packs, heating pads, platforms, canes and more.

Sterilization Items

Sterilizing surgery tools and other medical supplies is needed and it is incredibly necessary in order to prevent the spread of bacteria or germs. Every facility should have multiple units available in their location so there is always a sterilizer and clean items available.

Express Medical Supplies is a one stop location for all of your medical supply needs. Having the right products on hand will ensure that you are serving your patients the best way that you can. Proper diagnosis is needed to come up with the best treatment option available. Buying laboratory supplies from one convenient location is wonderful and fast shipping brings you these products when you need them most.

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Affordable Top Quality Lab Testing Supplies

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Finding products when shopping for lab testing supplies are imperative for the smooth running of your lab. You’ll need it to maintain accurate and precise lab testing, and your lab will operate more efficiently with quality lab equipment.

Express Medical Supplies sells a high quality comprehensive range of lab testing supplies at the best industry prices online. From microscopes and analyzers, to reagent solutions, vials and petri dishes, Express Medical Supplies will cater to your every lab need, making shopping for lab testing supplies a breeze.

Their user friendly website, complete with shopping cart and checkout points will add ease to your shopping experience. They have fast turnaround times for delivery, affordable shipping costs, a superb returns policy, and a free shipping option for qualifying customers. You can also track your order via email. Here’s a look at some of the supplies you can order.

  • Cholestech LDX System Cassette: Used for testing total glucose, cholesterol and HDL levels, these are CLIA waived with 10 per box.
  • Bayer Urin-Tek System: These urine tubes are sold in cases. There are 500 units in a pack and six packs in a case.
  • Analyzer -Bayer Siemens DCA Vantage machine: This cutting edge lab apparatus helps promote optimal care for diabetics. It requires a tinier whole blood sample for testing. It also comprises a convenient digital GRF calculator, with a color touch screen to help identify the stages of kidney disease.
  • LW Scientific Achiever Microscope with Stereo: Order this top of the range microscope with its gigantic viewing section, and clear 3-D optics. It also provides double illumination.
  • Pro Advantage Urine Reagent Strips: These high quality strips will enable you to test your patient’s urine for glucose, protein, nitrates and leukocytes. They are sold in variations of four, two and 10 parameters, and are all CLIA waived.
  • Simport Petri Dish: You can use these sterile polystyrene lab must-haves for plant propagation and fungal cultures testing. You will also find three venting ribs at the bottom to help eradicate condensation.
  • Medegen Intake Measuring Cups: Every lab needs these. Order them at some of the lowest prices on the Internet here. You can order the polypropylene or polystyrene ones to measure your lab liquids. They can hold approximately eight ounces of fluid.
  • Polar Ware Graduated Dipper: This stainless steel dipper has a handle length of over 12 inches and can measure 32 ounces of liquid.
  • Pro Advantage Microscope Slides: You won’t need to clean your slides if you buy yours here, as they are conveniently pre-cleaned. These are also derived from top notch white Swiss glass, and are unable to corrode or become foggy.
  • Busse Microscope Cover Slips: Order your latex free clear cover slips here and you’ll be able to use them for all wet specimens. They are durable, and cannot be broken.
  • Pro Advantage Urine Containers: These hold urine specimens of up to four ounces and are sold with a screw on lid. It also has a tamper evident label.
  • Amsino Urine Containers: You can order 100 per case here. Each container is wrapped in a poly pouch.
  • Arkray Assure Pro Blood Testing : You’ll find these strips beneficial if your lab is located in a long-term care facility. A box includes 100 strips with a code chip. This testing system also comprises qcProGuard. They also stock boxes with 50 strips.
  • CSM Amber Vial : These vials with reversible caps are sold in 8, 11, 16, 20, 30, 40 and 60 dram variations. You cannot order them individually, only per case.

Create an account here for some convenient and hassle-free shopping for lab testing supplies.

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Increase Turnaround time in a lab

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How to Improve Lab Turnaround Time

Labs play an important role in healthcare as they contribute to the patient making the right medical condition. The pathology reports are required by physicians to make them aware of the patient’s results. Getting fast results is necessary as it makes patients trust the doctor and it translates into having an increased money pool due to a large patient base.

However, a common problem that affects the process is having poor turnaround times in the lab. The tests take a long time to be done, and with everything looking the same, there is a high chance of doctors getting the wrong results or having the wrong samples tested. These things end up wasting time and resources that would have been used doing the right tests. In some instances, patients opt to have their tests done in a different hospital since they do the tests faster. Time is a major factor in healthcare since it makes a big difference in treatment, especially when dealing with critical patients.

For the labs to have a fast turnaround time, there are some changes that can be made. Some are mentioned below:

Having a central working bench

There can be a central workbench dedicated to storing samples. The vacutainers can be color coated to establish if the samples are for single tests or need to have multiple tests done on them.

These changes will make it easier for pathologists to do tests since they will not have to spend time looking for shared samples and the entire process will be fast.

Pre-analytical checkpoint

There can be a pre-analytical checkpoint where the samples are confirmed by the actual tests. It is beneficial since it will save on time used to test the wrong samples and you can avoid getting the wrong results due to human error.

Auto validation

There can be a list of tests that can be auto validated since they have been performed on automated instruments. The list could include more tests since the machines performing the tests are well calibrated. There could also be auto-authorization, so there is less dependency on a single or team of pathologists to validate every test as it will reduce the time needed to report a test while improving efficiency.

Multitasking training for staff

There are times when the hospital experiences a shortage of management staff. When the situation arises, you need to know how best to manage it without causing backflow in the department. One way this can be handled is by teaching the majority of the staff how to perform tests in different pathology sections. Doing this will save on overtime costs and cover up for the shortage of workforce efficiently.

Using a pneumatic tube system for transporting samples

You cannot expect pathology to give results if they do not get the samples. A key contributor to the turnaround time is the time taken to transport the samples to the labs. To improve the time, you can use pneumatic tube systems as it will ensure the samples are transported safely and timely. The sooner the samples reach the pathologists, the faster they can start running the tests.

The main factors that make a lab stand out are:

  • high volume reports
  • high efficiency reports and
  • fast delivery of reports.

Having a fast turnaround time is beneficial since you can generate more revenue. These measures will help improve that and will also help improve other departments. Having an automated lab improves the efficiency and streamlines lab operations. It also improves the TAT and makes it rise to significant levels.

 

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