Important Factors to select gown and drapes

Barrier to liquid penetration This helps protect the healthcare professionals from patient blood, bodily fluids and liquids used in irrigation during surgery. Barrier to penetration by bacteria laden aerosol or dry particles containing spores This means that when healthcare professionals lean up against the operating room table their gowns can create a bellows effect which […]

AAMI Level of Protection with each level Material

AAMI Level of Protection LEVEL 1 Spunbond Polypropylene and Spunlace PET /Woodpulp Used in cases of little to no contact with blood or bodily fluid. LEVEL 2 Medium weight SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) and Spunlace PET/Woodpulp – made out of three or more layers providing a more comfortable/breathable barrier. Used in cases of light contact with blood […]

Choice of Reusables vs. Disposables Depends on Utilization

By Kelly M. Pyrek Nowhere is the debate over disposables vs. reusables seemingly greater than within personal protective equipment (PPE) choices such as gowns and drapes. Disposable items are single-use and nonwoven, while reusable items are multiple-use and woven. The most important criteria is the degree of barrier properties inherent in the item, meaning only […]

DuPont Medical Packaging

DuPont Medical Packaging has compiled documentation to demonstrate the compliance of DuPont™ Tyvek® with the materials portion of the ISO 11607-1:2006 standard. Tyvek® helps provide the highest performance available for medical devices and the team at DuPont Medical Packaging wants to provide you with the information required to comply with the ISO 11607-1: 2006 standard. […]

CDC: Untreatable Gonorrhea a Possibility

Resistance to Last Gonorrhea Drug Class Is Emerging July 7, 2011 — The CDC is warning that gonorrhea resistant to known antibiotic treatments could soon be a reality in the United States. A report in Friday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  highlights gonorrhea’s declining susceptibility to cephalosporins, which is the only remaining class of antibiotics […]

What’s Causing Your Sleepiness?

Are you skimping on sleep, or could you have a sleep disorder? Look around you: the guy nodding off on the bus, the co-worker snoozing during a dull presentation, the people with heavy eyelids lined up at the coffee shop in mid-afternoon. Like them, your job may be leaving you sleep deprived — and you […]

Psoriatic Arthritis and Your Feet

When you have psoriatic arthritis of the foot, the pain and discomfort it causes can make daily activities difficult and take a toll on your quality of life. Depending on your psoriatic arthritis symptoms, there are a number of foot care and footwear options to ease your discomfort and get you — comfortably — back […]

6 Parenting Tips for Raising Kids With ADHD

What to do, and not to do, if your child has ADHD. When Hal Meyer learned that his son, 5, had ADHD, he couldn’t believe it. When his child was at school, “He was rambunctious, he couldn’t stay in his seat, he was going around, helping everybody,” Meyer recalls. But to him and his wife, […]

Drinking Chocolate Milk May Help Your Workout

Study Shows Low-Fat Chocolate Milk May Boost Endurance, Build Muscle July 1, 2011 — Drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout helps endurance, builds muscle, reduces fat, and seems to improve performance, according to new research. The drink seems to have the right combination of carbohydrates and protein, says researcher John L. Ivy, PhD, department […]

Nuts Good for Some With Diabetes

Study Shows Daily Serving of Nuts Improves Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetes July 8, 2011 — Eating about 2 ounces of nuts daily in place of carbohydrates may be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes by lowering bad cholesterol levels and improving blood sugar control, a new study shows. “There are two important […]