The out-patient department (OPD) nurse sits on her revolving stool with wheels (heavy duty) as she waits for patients to come in. It’s relatively a slow day because the room is only half filled. Normally a public hospital with an OPD in some places would be filled to the brim. But the problem is the society and communities surrounding the hospital. They don’t really know what an OPD is and would rather go to the place they are familiar with, the Emergency Room.
What Happens in an OPD?
OPDs in public hospitals deal with patients that have minor symptoms or diseases that don’t require hospitalization. It can be a mild but annoying cough, mild stomach upset and more. There are departments that handle such cases from a general practitioner to OB, surgery and pediatric departments. These are supposedly in place to treat patients without clogging up the hospital wards. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks that way. They immediately go to the ER to demand their own treatment and hospitalization. This has led to overcrowded emergency rooms which in turn is deadly for patients that do require emergency treatment.
You’ll find cases of a patient demanding to be treated for a moderate cough while another patient who is having a heart attack is being forced to wait. If only people know the functions of the different departments in a hospital, then things would be better.
Getting Treated in the OPD
#1 Information Taking
When you enter the OPD, you start first with your information being recorded. Most OPD will already have a database or record of your visits. You will get an OPD card with your vital information and records of your previous visits.
#2 Vital Signs Taking
Next, baseline vital signs will be obtained. The nurse will often use equipment such as a sphygmomanometer, an infrared ear thermometer (SURGITECH ET-101A), weighing scale and more. Other equipment will depend on your chief complaints.
#3 Wait Time
The wait time for OPD really depends on the number of patients. Some departments will have one or two doctors. However, the wait times are better as compared to the ER.
#4 Getting Treatment
Some of the common diseases and disorders that can be treated in an OPD are as follows.
- Cleaning of minor wounds (with some suturing)
- Clearing airways with a Portable Mesh nebulizer (CAREWELL)
- Treatment of hypertension with Oxygenation and/or medications
- Immobilization of sprains, minor fractures and dislocations
- And more.
#5 Getting Ready for Admission
If the doctors on duty in the OPD find enough reason for you to be hospitalized, you will be given a referral note. The note can then be used in the ER for your admission. It’s that easy to make use of the out-patient department to handle manageable diseases and disorders without clogging up the emergency room.
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Where to Find Medical Supplies, such as the Ear Thermometer, SURGITECH ET-101H, for Your Personal Needs
Wouldn’t it be good to have a complete set of medical items, such as the ear thermometer SURGITECH ET-101H, and especially a first aid kit, at home? With the right knowledge and skill in using such items, you can save a life in emergency situations without the need for medical assistance, which can sometimes arrive too late.
But where can you get such supplies, when you have so many competition, like medical students and professionals, in getting them? Many medical supplies stores easily get their items out of stock, which means you have to wait until they’re available again. And, sometimes, it takes weeks to months before the item you need is restocked.
Fortunately for the average Joe, Philippine Medical Supplies always have what you need on hand. And they can deliver the items right at your doorstep.
Now, what items should you have ready for any medical emergency at home?
Medical Items You Should Have On Hand
Have you ever been in a medical situation where you feel helpless because there is nothing you can do but wait for an emergency team to arrive? Don’t put yourself in the same position again.
Simply by having the right knowledge and the appropriate items and devices, you can do something to save someone. And these medical supplies would include:
- First aid kit, complete with monitoring devices such as the ear thermometer and BP apparatus.
- Warm compress and ice bag.
- Antiseptic solution and sterile wound dressing.
- IV kit, tourniquet (CAT) and plain NSS.
- Emergency medicines.
Apart from these emergency supplies, it will also be useful to have devices on hand that can help in specific conditions that any family member is suffering from. For instance, if someone has asthma, having a nebulizer at home is essential. Or if someone needs physical therapy, a black box stimulator will be quite handy.
It is important to know the conditions of each family member as well as those that you are predisposed to so that you can be better prepared. Also, equip yourself with the knowledge on treatment and first aid management so you can deliver the right care. Don’t forget to call your doctor immediately if something untoward happens.
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Knowing about certain medical instruments is a must for people who want to enter the medical field. And having these tools for themselves is a great way to learn about them and practice their use. This is why many medical students get their own instruments for educational purposes. And one of these items is the Sims uterine curette 12 1/2”.
What is the Sims Uterine Curette?
The uterine curette along with the Sims uterine sound 12 1/2” are popular instruments in the OB department.
- Obstetricians often use these in dilation and curettage procedures, as well as in removing tissue from the lining of the uterus for biopsy or cleaning purposes.
- The Sims uterine curette is teardrop shaped, fenestrated, with the loop tip being sharp.
- Its shaft is malleable and can be manipulated in different angles for whatever need the patient has.
- The Sims uterine sound, on the other hand, is used for probing and dilating the uterus and also for measuring the length of the cervical canal. Unlike the curette, it is straight but can be curved as necessary.
- Both the uterine curette and sound are frequently used in OB/Gyn procedures such as diagnostics and operations.
These are the basics about the Sims curette and sound.
If medical students have these instruments of their own, they can easily remember things about them and practice their uses on dummies. This is one reason why many medical professionals seek hospital items and buy them for their own use.
And if you plan on getting the curette and sound, Philippine Medical Supplies can easily provide them for you. But its not just instruments that this company offers.
Other items such as the Dengue Duo (Dengue NS1 Ag + IgG/IgM) SD Bioline 10s and different medical devices like the BP apparatus and blood glucose monitor are also available at the website. This is perfect for medical students and even professionals who are looking for hard to find items which can be safely delivered at their home. Even non-medical people can take advantage of this online store for the health benefits that their items provide, especially in monitoring certain health issues.
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2018 has been a bumpy year for most people with all the calamities, riots and what not that may require breaking out the first aid kit (FA0001) and treating a couple of scrapes or two. Time to restock again because who knows, 2019 might even be a bumpier year. Let’s look at the basic and advance items you can put into your kit.
Items to Put in Your First Aid Bag
A first aid bag or kit can come in handy in certain types of situations. It may not be the sole thing that can save the life of a person, but you can stabilize the victim and it can mean all the difference in the world. These are the items that should be inside your bag.
Great for cleaning scrapes and cleaning the surroundings of wounds. Just remember not to apply it to directly on open wounds. These are the disinfectants that you can place in your bag. These can be used to wash your hands.
- Alcohol (Ethyl 70%)
- Betadine Cleanser
- Betadine Antiseptic
- Bacitracin (ointment or powder)
#2 Gauzes and adhesive tapes
Gauzes are wonderful multipurpose materials that can be used to pack bleeding wounds, cover open wounds, cleaning and more. In a pinch, they can be wound into tourniquets or makeshift arm slings. Adding the adhesive tapes and you have a pair that can conquer any type of wound.
- Gauze 4×4
- Gauze 8×10
- Adhesive tape (hypoallergenic) 1”
#3 Vital Signs Recording Devices
Some first aid kits ignore these devices but having them in your bag can really help you.
- Digital thermometer
- Digital / Aneroid Sphygmomanometer
- Stethoscope withEartips, LITTMANN 40002
They’re more for your protection to keep yourself from being contaminated by blood borne diseases and to prevent you from carrying pathogens from one patient to the other. It also reduces time in between when you have to wash your hands.
- Clean gloves (small, medium, large)
- Sterile Gloves (size 6.5,7.5,8.5)
#5 Elastic Bandage, Splints and other Immobilization devices
Fractures require different approaches. You’ll need items to immobilize them to prevent more injury to the client.
- Elastic Bandage 4” and 6”
- Splints (3×5, 3×12, 4×12)
- Cervical collar
- Arm slings
If your bag still has some space in it, it never hurts to have the following items.
- Bandage Scissors
- Blanket (thermal)
- Resuscitation equipment (self-inflating bag, airway or pocket mask)
- Extra pair of Eartips, LITTMANN 40001
List of numbers for emergency assistance
Be Ready for Any Emergency
Any disasters can be mitigated if you’re ready. With items from Philippine Medical Supplies, you can find all kinds of healthcare equipment that you can order and have them delivered right to your home.
A vehicular accident (VA) can lead to suspected broken bones that needs stabilization such as a hand injury that will require a SAM Splint Soft Shell (NAR). There are many things that will happen during such accident and it’s important that you respond appropriately should there be delays in health care delivery.
The Accident Scene
The first you have to do if you respond to a VA is to survey the scene and assess the safety. Here’s a small checklist.
- Is it safe for you to approach?
- Is it safe to perform emergency health care on the site?
- Is it safe to keep the patient on the scene until ready for transport?
The important thing is to remember you have to be uninjured if you’re going to help. In some departments, patients are moved immediately away from the wreckage in case of explosions which can happen if the gas tanks are punctured.
Stabilizing the Patient
There are several pressing injuries or suspected injuries that you need to address. The mnemonics ABC is still useful in keeping the patient safe until transportation.
- A – Airway
- B – Breathing
- C – Circulation
In a vehicular accident, airway can be obstructed or compromised by the following:
- Spine damage – especially the cervical vertebrae.
- Mechanical obstruction – Anything that can block the mouth, nose and throat. The tongue in particular can roll back to cause obstruction.
- Head posture – the posture of the neck and head can deviate and cause obstruction to the airway.
Rather than waiting to determine which can obstruct the airway, most emergency response personnel will apply a Cervical Collar Soft, TOPCARE which helps solve or at least reduce any of the mentioned obstructions to airway and solve breathing problems.
Circulation is another problem with especially when bleeding occurs. Most superficial wounds can be closed with Silk sutures, but deep ones might require institutional care like in a minor operating room. Sutures such as Vicryl 3/0, Plain 2/0 strand Softcat, B-BRAUN (12’s) and even Chromic 3/0s and 2/0s will be needed to close any wounds.
Dealing with Fractures and Sprains
Vehicular accidents will sometimes cause fractures and sprains. They are usually immobilized with splints or for bigger fractures, with orthopedic casts such as a circular mold which covers the whole extremity or a partial mold that’s either anterior or post mold. They are immobilized to help the bones and sprain heal. After a set amount of time, circular molds need to be cut away with a tool such as a Plaster Cutter 10” and the patient can proceed to rehabilitation to improve strength on the injured part.
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After Childbirth – Proper Newborn care and biophysical Data recording with Infant Weighing Scale Mechanical, INMED
Put your nurse cap white on and let’s refresh ourselves with proper newborn care. The birth of a baby is certainly a miracle. Just imagine it came from inside a mother from a tiny clump of cells to a bawling baby boy or girl. Proper care must be taken to ensure the survival of the baby within the first 24 to 48 hours.
The First Cry
As the baby is delivered from the womb, amazing changes start to happen. The first cry signals the baby’s functioning lungs. Inside the womb, the lungs are not yet functioning and thus doesn’t a lot blood supply. The amazing process somehow times the baby’s birth so that the lungs are activated after delivery. Just imagine if the baby started breathing inside the womb. Depending on the hospital protocol, you can rest the baby for a while with the mother, or just allow the mother to see the baby before being wheeled to the newborn care station.
Dealing with the Cord
The umbilical cord is sealed with a cord clamp that’s near to the navel before it’s cut. There are a lot of literature out there that says to wait for the pulsations of the cord to stop before clamping and cutting. Others perform a milking technique to squeeze the blood into the baby. Everything depends on the protocol of the hospital you’re in.
The Importance of Warmth
Inside the womb, the baby is kept at a very nice and toasty body temperature of the mother. Once out of the womb, the differences in room temp and body temp might trigger shivering of the baby as he or she tries to maintain body temperature. The shivering requires a lot of oxygen and could put the baby into respiratory distress. Don’t underestimate warmth, it could mean a lot of difference in the survival of the baby. Always maintain warmth when transporting to the newborn care station, when cleaning off the baby or putting the baby on an infant weighing scale mechanical, INMED. Determine if the baby is small for gestational age (SGA) or full term.
Baby’s first Physical Check-up
Most nurses do their physical check-up of the baby while it’s on a weighing scale for convenience. The size of the head, body length and abdominal circumference are recorded for baseline statistics. Should there be abnormal increases or decreases will alert the Pediatric doctor of any problems. Other areas of the body are also checked. Using a digital thermometer, the anal temp is measured for a proper body temp reading as well as to check for anal imperforation. Eyes are not usually checked because they take some time developing but the ears can be checked with an Otoscope Pocket (LED), WELCH ALLYN 22880.
Cleaning Up and Rooming In
The baby will likely be covered in vernix caseosa. It’s a white, jelly-like substance that functions as lubricant to make childbirth easy. There will also be some blood, mucus and other secretions on the body of the baby. Proper newborn care must include the gentle cleaning of the baby and swaddling them and giving the baby to the mother for their first proper bonding and initiation of breastfeeding.
Dealing with Infant Jaundice
Unfortunately, there will be times when the baby has some problems that need to be taken cared of. The most common problem is infant jaundice. Sometimes the immature liver of the infant can’t handle the breakdown of fetal blood cells and their skin sometimes turns to yellow. An Infant Phototherapy Bilirubin, TRP100 might be needed to expose the baby to gentle UV light to facilitate the breakdown of bilirubin and turning the baby back to normal.
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Emergency kits like the Warrior Aid and Litter Kid (WALK) – NAR could mean a difference to a fatal wound. Emergency care for wounds like lacerations, avulsions, excisions and more need immediate care. It doesn’t have to be reparative surgery. Quick thinking and immediate response at the scene of the health incident can save the life of your patient.
How to Prepare yourself to Respond to Emergencies
Being prepared is a number one requirement. If you’re near the area, be ready with the necessary equipment. That’s why you should have your emergency kit at the ready. It should have the following basic supplies as well as supplies for advanced wound care if needed. But before that, you must learn some of the basics when dealing with emergencies.
- Survey the scene – The first step is to survey the area for any immediate danger. You can move the patient to a safer place before you can start any lifesaving procedures.
- Identify the patient – Tap the patient firmly enough to elicit- a response. You need proper ID to report to EMS. It also serves to check if your patient is conscious or not.
- Activate EMS – If you are just a passerby, call the EMS. You may be given instructions on what to do. An ambulance may be dispatched to your location.
- Stabilize the patient – This includes procedures like basic life support and wound stabilization.
Readying Equipment for Emergency Response
Before you can respond to any emergencies, you must prep your kit first. It should have the basic supplies to help with managing a patient with wounds. Commercial kits already have a set, but you could always make one of your own.
Basic Supplies in an Emergency Kit for Wound Care
- Sterile Water and Sterile Plain NSS – Very helpful in the washing of any debris. At least 500 ml should be in your bag which is enough for most emergencies.
- Bandages and Sterile Gauzes – Needed for putting pressure on wounds and covering them to prevent more contamination.
- Scissors – These are needed to help cut bandages, gauzes, and sutures. You should have bandage scissors, a Metzenbaum scissor (straight) or Mayo scissors.
- Antiseptics – Your kit should also have a skin cleanser and an antiseptic. Skin cleansers are strong cleaning agents that can help remove dirt and bacteria. Antiseptics, on the other hand, are formulated to keep bacteria from growing on a cleaned wound. These can be Betadine and 70% Ethyl alcohol.
- Sutures – In the case when pressure dressing does not work, you might need to at least close the wound or suture bleeders. You need the following in your bag. Silk 2/0 or 3/0 (6’s), Chromic Softcat B-Braun (12’s) and Vicryl 1 and 3/0 (2’s). These will provide you the basic sutures for any type of wounds
- O2 Sat device – Very helpful in determining tissue perfusion. You can check if the extremity involved has enough oxygen reaching them with a Pulse Oximeter, ROSSMAX. You can also monitor the pulse rate of the client.
- Plaster – A very useful equipment. Plasters or medical adhesives are like sticky tapes. They can be used to reinforce elastic bandages or hold gauzes in place. If you can’t suture wounds, plaster can be utilized to approximate the wounds close.
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Accidents can happen anytime, and a bloody wound needs to be stabilized, preferably with a compressed gauze pad (NAR) to keep it from bleeding profusely. Wound care is a very important emergency skill that needs to be learned by everyone. If you’ve assessed the wound, you may have time yet to do other things before sealing it with compression dressing.
Proper Handwashing and Aseptic Techniques
As with any type of procedure, try to maintain aseptic techniques. The success of your emergency care also depends on the cleanliness of your hands and the whole procedure. If you have time, handwashing is the best way to reduce pathogens on your hands and arms. If not, then a quick rub with 70% ethyl alcohol will do just as fine. After that, quickly don a pay of powder-free latex gloves. The purpose of the gloves is to protect you, the care provider, from being infected with any blood-borne diseases.
Inspect the Wound First
A quick visual assessment of the wound is crucial to determine the steps you need to do. If there’s not clear light available, you can use a Head Lamp / Head Light (small) that attaches easily to your head. This will allow you maximum lighting to help you visualize the wound and see if there are any debris or objects that need to be removed. It will also show you if there’s active bleeding. Avoid breaking up clotted blood as an active bleeder might be under it.
Sterility is a Must with Any Wound
If the bleeding is now under control with a temporary tourniquet, you can now clean the wound. How a wound is treated initially will have an impact on its healing in the long run. If the bleeding is under control, wash the wound first with room temperature saline solution. If that’s not available, clean tap water or bottled water will do. Clean the edges with Ethyl Alcohol 70%, gallon which is enough to strip that area of any impurities and pathogens.
For the open cut, the clean tap water or bottled wash is enough. The important thing is to remove the as much foreign object and debris as you can without causing more bleeding. Avoid betadine or alcohol in the open wound itself to avoid any irritation of the healthy tissues. If the wound is too dirty, then a betadine wash can be used and then the wound has to be flushed a few times with water to remove irritants.
Covering the Wound
Once you’ve cleaned the wound, you can now cover it. The purpose of the cover is to keep pathogens out and to prevent the wound from being disturbed to avoid bleeding. In some cases, it’s to control the bleeding. A gauze S-rolled (NAR) can be used in conjunction with a compression gauze to help secure the wound.
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Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants: Management and Treatment with the Infant Phototherapy Bilirubin, TRP100
Becoming a parent is one of the best gifts you will ever be given in life. Having a little life grow inside you and come out to be a healthy human being is probably the best feeling in the world. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies end up like the one you envision, where everything is perfect. There can be premature births and low birth weight infants that can put a baby in danger. When this happens, you need all the management and treatment available, like the infant phototherapy bilirubin, TRP100, to get your baby out of harm’s way.
Management of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants
According to the World Health Organization, 15 million infants are born prematurely every year. This counts for more than 1 in 10 of all babies delivered daily worldwide. With this many cases, how are medical personnel managing the little ones in order to survive?
Here are some management options that doctors and other medical staff focus on for their tiny patients to get out of the danger zone and improve their health so they can grow big and healthy.
- Kangaroo mother care. You don’t have to graduate a medical course and wear a nurse cap white in order to deliver the best care for infants who need it. Mothers can provide the care that their infants need in order to survive and grow well. This management involves skin-to-skin contact between the mother and baby and frequent breastfeeding. And it has managed to greatly reduce the mortality rate according to hospital-based studies.
- Continued care by midwives. This model of care has a group of midwives working together to provide care for mothers in their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. And it has reduced the risk of prematurity by about 24%.
- Specific medical interventions. This would include providing treatment for increased bilirubin using the TRP100, pulse oximeter, ROSSMAX, to monitor oxygen saturation levels, antibiotic and fluid therapy, use of incubators and more. Depending on the needs of the infant, more or less treatment can be used.
As the pregnancy is a vital period in a woman’s life, appropriate steps should be taken to ensure that both mother and child stay healthy and safe throughout the and beyond the pregnancy.
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Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known antiseptic in the Philippines which people use to treat wounds and other skin conditions just by applying it directly on the affected area. While this has been the usual and commonly accepted practice done by non-medical people, proper knowledge about this substance should be known in order to avoid negative consequences. And when you learn more about it, you will start looking where to buy hydrogen peroxide Philippines and have a bottle of it at home.
All About Hydrogen Peroxide
What common folks know about hydrogen peroxide, or Rhea hydrogen peroxide as the top brand, is that it is an antiseptic used to clean wounds, cuts and other injury to the skin. While this is usually true, there are important considerations that people need to know in order to use this substance effectively and safely and to avoid harmful effects.
- Uses of hydrogen peroxide
– mild antiseptic used to prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
– may also be used as a mouth rinse to help remove mucus.
– or used to relieve minor mouth irritation such as cold sores.
Hydrogen peroxide works by releasing oxygen which causes foaming, thereby removing dead skin and cleansing the affected area.
- How to use hydrogen peroxide:
– on the skin: clean the area before using, then apply a small amount of product 1 to 3 times daily. Let the area dry before applying a bandage.
– as a mouth rinse: mix with an equal amount of water then swish around the mouth over the affected area for at least 1 minute and spit out.
- Precautions in using hydrogen peroxide:
– do not use to treat deep wounds, animal bites or burns.
– do not use in or near the eyes, or on large areas of skin.
– never swallow the substance.
– if any reaction apart from expected ones appear, consult your doctor.
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There are so many methods that you can use to sterilize things. One of these is boiling, which is quite effective for home use. However, in the medical setting, proper and effective sterilization is required for tools to deliver their purpose and prevent further injury to those needing their help, especially when it comes to infection. And one way to achieve full sterilization, and is a quite common method in hospitals, is by using the autoclave machine.
If you are not involved in the medical industry, you may not have heard of autoclaving. But if you are, you may be fully aware of this process.
Heads up and let us learn about autoclave sterilization so we can understand this process better, whether you are a part of the hospital team or not.
The Process of Autoclaving
An autoclave machine was brought into existence in 1879 when a need for a more reliable sterilization method than open flaming was acknowledged. After its invention, it became an essential part of every medical facility.
The autoclave machine is used to sterilize solids, liquids, hollows and any instrument in varying sizes and shapes, usually surgical instruments and laboratory equipment. Its mechanism of action is similar to that of the pressure cooker.
The sterilizing agent in autoclaving is steam. It uses its power, which is above boiling point, to kill bacteria and other substances that are resistant to boiling water. The optimal composition of steam int he autoclave machine is 3% liquid and 97% gas, and any change in this can alter the sterilization time.
There is a smaller kind of autoclave machine that looks much like the microwave oven and is commonly used in clinics, while the much bigger machine can be found in the central sterile department of hospitals and can sterilize numerous items in one cycle.
Knowing about the autoclave machine and its effectiveness in sterilizing important medical supplies will make you search for the best autoclave for sale Philippines.
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