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  • Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases: How to Prepare Yourself When Traveling Abroad

    Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases: How to Prepare Yourself When Traveling Abroad

     

    The deadly Ebola Virus Halts Travel The deadly Ebola Virus Halts Travel

     

    With the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, many people—and countries—are taking precautions to keep the virus from spreading. Officials in Hong Kong as well as the United Kingdom are forcing passengers arriving from the infected country to be quarantined, and some countries are halting air travel to West Africa altogether for the time being.

    When it comes to traveling to another country, the last thing you want to do is come home with a disease or illness. Although this outbreak of Ebola is not a typical occurrence, traveling to another country can put your health at risk if you’re not prepared. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a virgin jet-setter, it is important to take the necessary health precautions before traveling abroad. For more information about disease prevention while traveling abroad, be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control.

     

     

     

    Educate yourself on local diseases.

    Before you buy your plane ticket, do your research. Arm yourself with as much information you can about the area you plan to visit, the diseases that are prevalent in the area, and the steps you need to take in order to vaccinate yourself against these diseases. The Center for Disease Control website is a great place to start, as it will tell you specifically what vaccinations you need in order to travel to specific countries. You may find that the area you plan to visit is perfectly fine, or you may find that there are a variety of diseases you need to prepare for.

    Knowing this information early is important because some vaccinations require multiple rounds. For example, if you are supposed to leave in a week and the vaccination requires multiple shots three months apart, you won’t be able to go on your trip. Educating yourself will allow you to plan your trip around your vaccination schedule.

    Consult with your physician.

    Before you plan a trip out of the country, it is important that you first consult with your physician. Not only will they be able to administer the vaccinations you need, but they will also be able to first tell you if you are even healthy enough to travel. Depending on your current medical condition, your doctor may warn you against visiting certain countries that could be your health at greater risk.

    If your doctor gives you the all clear, you will also want to use his or her knowledge to medically prepare you for the trip. For example, if you are currently taking medications, you will need your doctor to prescribe you enough to last for the duration of your trip. You do not want to make the long trip to another country just to realize you do not have enough medication on hand to last. If this happens, you may have a very hard time trying to find a pharmacy that keeps your medication in stock, or you may end up spending a fortune just to get it.

    Invest in preventative medical supplies.

    Even though you may have been vaccinated against the diseases prevalent in your vacationing country, you must remember that it’s possible you’ll be spending time on a plane with people from other countries that may be carrying other diseases you’re not vaccinated against. In order to thoroughly protect yourself while traveling, invest in preventative medical supplies. A face mask with ties can be a great way to defend against catching any airborne diseases. You can even pack your belongings in zipper lock bags to prevent your belongings from any virus or bacteria. Using these items, and discarding them appropriately, can help you stay safe and healthy during your travels.

    Know the signs and symptoms of local diseases.

    While you already know what diseases are prevalent in the country you’re visiting, it’s also important that you educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of the disease. This way, if you or someone you’re traveling with were to catch an illness, you will be able to spot the symptoms right away and take the necessary steps to treat it before it spreads. Note that if you are with someone who becomes ill, be sure to wear latex gloves to protect yourself from the disease.

    Make note of the closest hospital or medical center.

    Before you leave for your trip, be sure to map out the closest hospital or medical center to your hotel. This way, if you were to become sick or injured while traveling, you will know where to go in order to be treated. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to ensure you can say “hospital” or “doctor” in the native language of the country you’re visiting, especially if you need to use a taxi or ask a stranger for help. It’s also a good idea to bring a travel first aid kit with you in order to treat any minor medical conditions or issues you may encounter.

    Bring necessary medical documents with you.

    Although you hope you won’t need them, it’s a good idea to bring copies of certain medical documents with you when traveling abroad. A note from your doctor testifying to your health as well as a copy of any vaccinations you received may be necessary for your to enter (or even leave) the country. If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, you may need to bring proof from your doctor as well. This way, you’ll be allowed to bring your medication with you without any issues.

    If you have any health issues or are currently on medication, it’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your medical records with you. This way, if something were to happen and you had to see a local doctor while traveling, they’ll be able to better assess your condition and offer better help. If the country speaks a different language, you may even want to have your medical records translated.

    Traveling abroad can be an experience you will always remember. Make sure these memories are happy by taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy while traveling to another country.

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  • 8 Simple Ways to Save Your Hospital Big Bucks Without Cutting Back on Services

    8 Simple Ways to Save Your Hospital Big Bucks Without Cutting Back on Services

     

    Hospitals and other healthcare centers spend a significant amount of money to provide essential services to their patients, staff and visitors. According to healthcare experts, successful hospital management is about offering quality healthcare services without increasing costs. Sadly, not all hospitals are able to achieve this goal because of rising expenditure. Most of the expenses that a hospital incurs are unavoidable, but some of them can be eliminated to help reduce operating costs.

    The problem is that most healthcare facilities are not aware of the unnecessary expenditures that they can eliminate. For most hospitals, cost cutting usually results in elimination of jobs or certain services that are deemed to be loss-making. What they don’t realize, is that they do not necessarily have to cut back on services or lay people off in order to reduce their budget. They only have to rework the budget to control overheads, while maintaining the quality of service being offered. If you are looking for tips to bring your hospital's expenditure down and find hospital savings opportunities, here are some you can use.

    Review your monthly service contracts

    Hospitals require certain amenities and services like air conditioning, laundry, food supply, pharmacy, electricity, IT, and water. Without these, they will be unable to deliver the required services to patients. A common practice is to enter into contracts with vendors who can provide these functions at a reasonable cost. Such contracts are designed to save the facility money, however that is not always the case in the long run. When dealing with third-party vendors it is important to review the contract to ensure that the services being offered justify the amount they are being charged. In cost-related decision making, it is crucial to understand the fine print before entering into a contract, or you could end up being at a disadvantage. Long-term contracts should be reviewed and assessed by the top-tier executives of your hospital management. Also, it is best not to opt for auto-renewal of such contracts, as it prevents you from switching to a low-cost service provider at the end of the contract. Also avoid signing the contract if there is a lock-in period - if the contract has a clause that needs you to agree to a lock-in period, it means that you will be stuck with the vendor for a specific time period, whether or not you are happy with the services.

    Make the facility energy-efficient

    You can save a lot of money that is otherwise spent on electricity and water by making your facility energy-efficient. Reducing electricity and water irrigation costs are among the two money saving options that many hospital CFOs overlook. They tend to cut down on use of tangible items like stationery to bring down the costs, but ignore things like electricity and water, which are essential amenities that can cost the hospital a significant amount of money.

    Change to energy-efficient lighting in the hospital and also remove lighting where it is not necessary. Reducing the number of bulbs and the unnecessary lighting on charts, removing multiple bulbs in a room, and installing switches in areas where lighting is not required at all times are some of the things that can bring down the electricity bills significantly. Also, review and revamp the landscape irrigation system to cut down on the amount of water that is being pumped every day.

    One way to achieve energy-efficiency is to create a team and allocate specific energy-saving duties to them. For instance, one team member can be made responsible for checking energy usage and identifying areas where there is wastage of electricity, water or other resources within the premises. Similarly, another member can focus on determining whether the use of water for purposes such as landscaping, is optimized. Identifying flaws in the current system will help management in assessing the extent of energy-wastage giving them the ability to control it.

    Go solar and help the environment at the same time

    Installation of solar panels is an excellent solution for hospitals that want to save money. While it is true that installation of solar panels requires a large one-time investment, switching to solar energy can save your hospital millions of dollars in energy bills over the years. That's not all, solar energy is always available, which means that even in cases of power outage due to unavoidable circumstances, you will continue to have an electricity supply. There are also various tax benefits that becomes available when the use of solar energy is incorporated.

    Repair or replace faulty infrastructure

    Wastage of water due to leaky faucets or damaged urinals in facilities is yet another reason for increasing water bills. Get the toilets, kitchens and other places with a water supply inspected by a reliable plumbing company on a regular basis and get the faulty ones repaired as soon as possible to prevent wastage of water and also damage to the property, both of which can cost the hospital heavily.

    Revamp your existing air conditioning and heating system

    Another significant expenditure that hospitals incur is on air conditioning. Most hospitals have centralized heating and cooling systems, which function round the clock. Sometimes, these are turned on even in unoccupied spaces and rooms, which is a waste of energy as well as money. Also, older air conditioning systems are not as efficient as the latest ones, which could also be a reason for the increasing heating and cooling bills that your hospital may be paying. Get an energy auditor to check your existing air conditioning system and replace it if necessary, to reduce related costs.

    Chilled water systems and coffee machines

    Many facilities have chilled water fountains and spouts providing cool and fresh water to patients, visitors and staff round the clock. They also have a coffee vending machine, to provide beverages to the staff. By reducing the number of chilled water spouts and fountains, and by minimizing the number of hours the coffee machine is switched on, hospitals can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on overheads.

    Cut down on shipping costs

    Yet another factor that is often overlooked is shipping, which can cost a hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Revamp your shipping strategies and talk to your vendors to get discounts on shipping. This should help you cut costs significantly every year.

    Shop around for your medical supplies and medical equipment

    Another way that healthcare facilities can save big on their operating cost is to shop around for better deals on their essential medical supplies and medical equipment items. This seems like one of the most obvious ways to cut costs when you consider the large quantity of medical supplies and medical equipment that is commonly used in hospitals. However, this is a detail that often gets overlooked as many purchasing agents and hospital executives tend to get locked into lengthy purchasing agreements which limits them from seeking vendors with better pricing and service. It’s never a good idea to assume that you are automatically receiving the lowest prices on your medical supplies and medical equipment just because you signed a contract with a large manufacturer or distributor. It’s always the best practice to compare the prices that you are currently being offered to the prices of other vendors offering the same products. Also, do not just go by the price that is advertised by another vendor. More often times than not, if you pick up the phone and call the alternative supplier, it will be easy to negotiate better pricing considering that you are a large hospital. Our team at Cristia Medical Supply, Inc. have found hospitals that were paying far too much on some of the medical supplies they use the most. We then leverage our different vendor and distribution agreements in order to pit distributors against each other thus reducing the cost of their supplies. We pass the savings along to our clients.

    These are just some of the ways in which your facility can reduce its spending. Please be sure to follow our blog for more hospital savings ideas. We plan to roll out more ways to cut cost without cutting back on services on the coming months. We hope you enjoyed our post!

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  • The different Types of Bladder Scanners Available at Cristia Medical Supply, Inc.

    The different Types of Bladder Scanners for sale Cristia Medical Supply, Inc.

     

    In line with its policy of delivering quality, effective and affordable products Cristia Medical Supply, Inc. stocks an array of bladder scanners. From portable bladder scanners to handheld bladder scanners these devices are crucial in the dispensation of quality healthcare service. Simply put a bladder scanner is an ultrasound device that uses noninvasive mechanisms to generate a 3 dimensional image of the bladder, used to assess the volume of urine retained in the bladder. Retained urine acts as a reservoir for pathogens which cause urinary tract infections. By using a bladder scanner to assess the volume of retained urine a physician is able to establish the level of risk and susceptibility to these infections. Some of the portable and handheld bladder scanners stocked by Cristia Medical Supply, Inc. are highlighted in the subsequent paragraphs.

    The BioCon 500 Bladder Scanner

    If you want a quick, safe and non-invasive means of measuring your bladder volume, then you should go for biocon-500 bladder scanner. This bladder scanner is specifically designed to help hospitals develop CAUTI prevention programs that are in compliance with industry standards. What’s even more convenient is that the portable bladder scanner’s simple design is easy to set up and use. The latex free probe facilitates comfortable and non-invasive scanning.  This portable bladder scanner which comes complete with a stand uses revolutionary real time pre-scan technology to locate the bladder before scanning, something that helps to boost the precision of the device. This portable bladder scanners also has an internal printer and PC connection functionality to enable further review of the results using specialized software. The BioCon-500 Bladder scanner is a truly versatile and effective bladder scanner. This bladder scanner comes packed with an array of features including a clear touchscreen display, rescan features, integrated printer, and ability to record 12 images simultaneously all fitted in a sleek and light weight design of up to 6 pounds.

    Cubescan Bladder Scanner BioCon 700

    This portable bladder scanner uses 3D ultrasound medical technology to accurately measure bladder volume and Post-Void Residue (PVR). It also comes with a desktop stand and a carrying case. The BioCon 700 also uses pre-scan technology which provides a view of the bladder prior to performing the test.  This helps to improve accuracy, and reduces the occurrence of improper scans.  This portable bladder scanner can be set to child, male and female modes, and comes with voice recording functionality. Other advances features includes a storage capacity of up to 700 scans,  a 7" TFT  full-color touch screen for easy reading of results, and the ability to easily transfer images, and data to any PC, EMR via an SD card or USB cable. This is bladder scanner that is truly packed with highly helpful features.

    Along with these portable bladder scanners and hand-held bladder scanners we also offers a wide range of quality bladder scanner papers including the Packard Paper PCP8909R and Precision Dynamics pftctppyxs90 which are available in thermal, coated, black and white. These top quality and affordable bladder scanners are produced by some of the most reputable manufacturers underlining the Cristia Medical Supply, Inc. commitment to quality and affordability.

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