Hiring a Company to Repair Your Medical Instruments

Your instruments are very important to you if you run a medical facility. You rely on these instruments to help you perform tests and properly diagnose your patients. Therefore, instruments that are not functioning properly can create very big problems for you and your staff. You will get inaccurate readings and test results that will make it impossible to diagnose your patients. It goes without saying that you need to be very careful about which company you entrust with repairing your medical instruments. This is a huge responsibility. You need to be certain that the company you hire for this task knows what they are doing and is up to the challenge. Here are a few tips that will assist you in your search for a medical instrument repair company.

1. How long has the company been in the business of repairing medical instruments?

Experience is a critical factor to look for when you want to find a company to repair your medical instruments. You want to avoid hiring a company that has only been doing it for a short period of time. Ideally, you should only do business with a company that has been repairing medical instruments for a minimum of five years. This level of experience should tell you that the company will give you an outstanding quality of work.

2. Where do the other medical professionals in your area have all of their instruments repaired?

It would be a good idea for you to take some time and seek out the other medical professionals who work in your area. Find out where they send their instruments when they need to be repaired. You should also ask them why they use that particular repair company. How long have they been using that company? How long does it usually take for the company to complete a surgical camera repair? These are all questions you should ask when you are talking to these people.

3. What is the average turnaround time you can expect when you get medical instruments repaired?

You need to ask every company you contact how long it is going to take them to repair your medical instruments and get them sent back to you. You obviously do not want to be waiting for many weeks for a company to complete their repairs. Therefore, find a company with a fast turnaround time.

 

The Essentials For Keeping Your Cool When Health Problems Heat Up

We all have concerns about our health from time to time. Sometimes they’re based on very little – a small pain that we build up to mean more than it is. Other times, as much as we try to ignore something, it becomes impossible and we have to confront it.

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The mood we are in at the time has a lot to do with how we handle things, too. As well as this, the suddenness with which something comes on can be a factor.

The longer you live, the more it becomes inevitable that here and there you will have a health crisis to deal with. It becomes all the more sure if you have kids. We all know how often we were in and out of doctors’ offices when we were little. And because kids aren’t that well educated in how to self-diagnose, you end up treating every tummy ache like it’s an emergency. Even if it’s really just too much chocolate!

Being ready to deal with a crisis is always important. We always hear about how vital it is to “stay calm in a crisis.” As a statement, this is sometimes misleading. The word “calm” implies you’re relaxed and dispassionate. But with a health crisis, it’s important to be just the opposite of that. You care, you’re involved, and you want prompt action. You just don’t want to rush things too much or make an error.

So, when it comes to dealing with a health crisis, you need to be very focused on getting things dealt with. Whether or not you can call yourself calm is another matter. Inside, you may be panicking – especially if it is your child who is experiencing the crisis. But on the surface, you need to remember the key points of dealing with a health crisis.

#1. Get All The Information You Can

Whether it is you or someone else who is having the issue, it is essential to know as much about the symptoms as you can find out. If you are suddenly gripped by chest pain, you may have the same reaction a lot of people do in the circumstances. It’s easy to assume it is a heart attack. The vast majority of the time, it won’t be.

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So think of how you would describe that pain to a medical professional. Try to notice if there is anything else amiss.

Similarly, if your child reports feeling unwell there are some questions you need to ask them. Are they in pain? If so, where? If they say that they are feeling sick, ask them about that. Do they feel nauseous? Do they feel hot? Check them for a temperature, and note if there is anything different about their appearance. If you need to source medical intervention, the more information you have, the better.

#2. Try To Resist Dr. Google!

The internet is an invaluable source of information on just about every topic under the sun. Medicine is no exception, but it comes with heavy caveats. You may be tempted to put your symptoms into a search engine and see what comes out. Any doctor would advise against this. There are so many symptoms around which can be a sign of something serious, or something almost entirely benign.

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Because of the way that search engine algorithms work, you can all too easily find that the most shocking results are the ones that get to the top. Mistaking something minor like a throat infection for cancer is common. The simple truth is that it’s always more likely to be something benign – and a few questions from a doctor can be enough to confirm this.

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This is doubly important when you’re looking for the right information when a child is unwell. It’s important to ask them questions, but remember that they’re not familiar with most symptoms. They may answer “yes” to a question because they think they should. The combination of their inaccurate answer and the perils of online searching can lead you down a dangerous road. Always get professional medical advice.

#3. If Pain Isn’t Going Away, Don’t Delay

While most sudden health issues will go away as quickly as they began, it’s not a good idea to count on this being the case. If you or a loved one is in pain, and you can’t be sure why then treat it seriously.

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Sometimes, it’s a recurring health issue, in which case you can adopt the usual strategy and ride it out. But if it’s a new pain, or is getting worse when it would usually go away, you need to see a doctor.

If you are experiencing a problem with your teeth, for example, wait for an hour or so for the pain to subside. If it keeps getting worse, then don’t try to sleep on it. When there are emergency services such as dentist.24hourly.com to call upon, be ready to make use of them. Problems such as gum infections can spread and cause you or a loved one to become ill in a short space of time. It’s always better to know.

#4. You Can Treat Symptoms, But Doctors Treat Illnesses

Having a well-stocked first aid kit is always important because from time to time we’re all going to feel a bit below par.

Sometimes you will have a headache for no apparent reason. It could be because you haven’t drunk enough water, or you have been somewhere with a higher than usual level of air pollution. If this happens, then a couple of over the counter painkillers can be all you need.

The same applies to any kind of occasional pain. But you can only ever treat the symptom of a condition. If you find that the symptoms are recurring and don’t go away after home medication and a night’s sleep, then there may be a deeper cause. There could be any one of many reasons for the symptoms you are experiencing. But to make the problem go away, you need to know what it is – and that will usually need a qualified doctor.

#5. Resist The Urge To Self-Diagnose Everything

Although medical science has been a wondrous development in so many ways, it is fair to say that it has had some adverse effects. One of these is the impulse to need to have a name for everything. Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome are often referred to as “trashcan diagnosis.” Fibromyalgia is another condition in the same group. These are sets of symptoms that may have no clear, definable cause. Because it is troubling to hear that a doctor can’t find a reason for your symptoms, an overall general diagnosis is given.

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It’s worth keeping this in mind because so many of us will zone in on certain symptoms and try to diagnose ourselves. Sometimes, we have an issue that doesn’t have an apparent cause. This doesn’t stop us from wanting a name for it; if we know what it is we know what to do about it.

Rest assured that if you have something serious, it will have a name and a treatment plan already designed. If it’s something less defined, it may make life difficult, but it can be managed.

Take some time to think about the points above, if you find yourself dealing with a medical issue for yourself or a close one. We’re all guilty from time to time of letting the uncertainty of a situation be filled with thoughts of the worst. The only way truly to avoid this is to get some certainty. While waiting for this might be testing for you, it’s better than letting your imagination run wild.

Sick Girl

Drama Queen woke up feeling sluggish yesterday morning.  She sat at the dining chair staring blankly at her toast when she got up from bed, then sat on her bed after her shower staring into space and looked pretty unusual of herself. I immediately asked her if she was feeling OK and she told me that her throat felt a little scratchy.

When she got home from school at 4-ish pm yesterday, she felt really rotten and immediately crumpled on the sofa still in her school uniform and a jacket.  After a short nap, I dragged her up from the sofa and made her down a packet of Izumio.  Half an hour later, I made her eat some guava, orange and red dragon fruit that I had cut for her (and her sisters) earlier.  After a shower, she slept until 10pm, got up, downed another packet of Izumio with 2 capsules of Super Lutein and ate a slice of purple sweet potato bread. Then went back to sleep.  Hubs woke her up at around 1am to feed her with water.

This morning, I told her not to go to school since final exam is over but she vehemently fought back and said she was OK and went ahead preparing herself for school. I got her to bring a packet of Izumio to school.  When she came back today, again she plonked herself on the sofa with her school uniform and jacket still on.

I encouraged her to eat a small bowl of pork + carrot porridge and drink a glass of fresh coconut water.

Pork ribs porridge with carrots, seasoned with scallions, pepper and vegetarian (soy protein) crispy floss. This bowl is for Cass. Drama Queen’s portion has no meat and crispy floss.

 

You must be wondering whether I fed her with any medicine?

NO.  Mummy is the quack doctor of the house and self treated her 😀

Hopefully Drama Queen is NOT down with Dengue fever or Zika.

Today I read with interest a blog post written by my Facebook friend, Jacqueline Koay. She used to be a gynae in the UK and then Indonesia. She is now a prolific writer.  Here’s what she wrote in her blog:

These are the regular things a doctor prescribes:

Antibiotics (not needed in most cases)
Painkillers
Decongestants
Anti-inflammatory
Charcoal tablets for diarrhoea.

None of the above actually cures anything. The biggest fallacy is taking medication for fever: fever is just the body’s reactions to fighting an infection or overheating. There’s a disturbing report that parents actually inadvertently OVERDOSE their children with paracetomol. IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOU USE PARACETOMOL, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE.

People often get confused between flu and cold. And between bacteria and virus-caused infections/illnesses. Antibiotics cannot kill off virus, so if you have a virus-caused infection, taking antibiotics serve no purpose whatsoever – it could even make you weaker by knocking out your immune system.

As for painkillers, more and more people are becoming addicted to painkillers. It starts with casual pill-popping, and if continued unaware, it becomes something deeper and darker. You can read the New Scientist article here.

It’s difficult to stand by and do nothing when your child is sick. Worry eats you up. But know that the commonly prescribed medication does nothing more than make you, the parents, feel better.

These are the main things to watch out for:

High temperature (cool the patient down; failing that, go straight to hospital)
Raging thirst
Floppiness, confusion, blinding headaches
Red blotches – with symptoms above (meningitis)
Projectile vomit
Anything way out of ordinary

This is no means medical advice, but a post to raise parents’ awareness that most of the prescribed medication are for peace of mind rather than actual cure.

 

Medical Care, Lab Methods and Cancer in Remote Villages

The fight against cancer has had some large victories in the past few decades, as more is understood about the reasons that cancers form and the nature of the cells themselves. This has been great for prevention, but also for diagnosis and treatment. This is especially true for people who are far from large communities with high-level hospitals and oncology centers. Where they once were forced to travel hundreds of miles and possibly several states away for so much as a diagnosis, new lab methods and communication technologies have helped to keep people from needing to move to a larger area before a cancer diagnosis is even confirmed.

Web Doctors
One of the nicest things for people in remote areas (not to mention parents of potential urgent care case kids at 3AM) is the concept of a web diagnosis. Many insurance companies are subscribing to web medical services that allow simple diagnoses (the latest in a series of urinary tract infections or allergy attacks) to be made by video, and to avoid taking a long, inconvenient and costly trip to a faraway doctor when your pharmacy is nearby. This also works for visual confirmation of problems like funny moles, rashes that don’t seem right, etc. They can help to save people a needless trip which can be expensive and time consuming. For inhabitants of remote towns in places like Alaska, this can be a huge help.

Sample Preservation
Many small communities have access to a general practitioner, but not an oncologist or pathologist. In the past, if cancer was suspected, you would need to go to the hospital for the biopsy which would be fresh frozen to process. Today, there is also a formalin process that can be used to preserve tissue well enough to find cell mutations that are indicative of cancer. These FFPE samples don’t run the risk of arriving late to the doctor and being left out all night to melt before being put away, so they can be taken anywhere that the technology and skill exists to retrieve the tissue.

Continued Care
Though most of the active treatments in cancer patients continue to be in hospital, the care that post-op patients receive can be more remote these days, and can be guided with a local doctor and video consult by the overseeing oncologist. For patients who struggle to pay for medical care, this can mean fewer missed work days and a better sense of financial security through the illness.

 

Three Simple Ways To Become A Healthier Business Owner

Once you make the connection between your level of health and your ability to get things done quickly and correctly, you will likely grow interested in optimizing your physical and mental well-being. Doing so empowers you to operate with skill and speed on the job, thereby enhancing your daily operations and optimizing your conversion rates. To ensure that you reap these results, implement the following strategies so that you can become the healthiest business owner on the block:

1. Utilize Quality Control Services

Becoming a healthier you means incorporating strategies that contribute to everyone else’s health as well. One such strategy is the implementation of quality control services for the work setting. These services will make the work environment safer for you and your employees. Quality control services can also help ensure that the products you use are as safe and secure as possible. If your company makes use of medical products, you can obtain medical packaging services from organizations such as Ten-E.

2. Exercise

Exercising is one of the best ways to take your health to a new level. In addition to decreasing depression and enhancing immunity, exercise promotes clear skin, a better memory, and a faster metabolism. There are several ways that you can get in the habit of exercising, such as committing to walking outside for fifteen minutes during your lunch break. You may also benefit from hiring a personal trainer. She or he can implement a customized, cutting edge exercise program that enables you to accomplish your health and fitness goals.

3. Get A Monthly Massage

If you’re serious about becoming a healthier boss, invest in a monthly massage. The massage will help limit work-related stress while also boosting your immune system and optimizing the flow of blood through your body. To ensure that you select the ideal massage therapy firm, make sure that the company possesses all of the following attributes:

-a good rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
-positive online reviews
-affordable rates
-a good refund policy
-convenient location and hours of operation

Conclusion

If you’re a boss who wants to optimize work performance so you can enhance your company’s bottom line, now is the time to implement wellness strategies that work. By using the wellness techniques outlined above consistently and in conjunction, you’ll likely find that your company attains a new level of success.

 

Scanning In An Open Area

An MRI can often detect injuries in the body that an x-ray might not be able to see. It can also assist in seeing tumors and other health issues that ordinary tests don’t. If you don’t like being in an enclosed space, then an open MRI would be an option. There are other benefits of this kind of machine that make it easy to conduct the test.

The open machine can sometimes give better details where a closed MRI might miss something. It can also provide safety for patients. This kind of MRI is commonly used with people who are obese and unable to comfortably be inside a closed tunnel. The open machine isn’t confining as there isn’t a traditional tube. There is an arm that extends over the table in order to capture the images.

If you are claustrophobic, then this would be the best option. You will be able to see the nurses who are performing the scan and the rest of the room instead of looking at the inside of a closed area. There is room for someone to offer comfort through the scan. This is a benefit for children who might want a parent. There is often enough room for the parent to lay on the table with the child. This can help decrease the need for sedatives in order to relax the child for the scan. IV poles can easily be taken into the room since there is no enclosure.

You can be positioned closer to the magnet so that better pictures can be taken. This can give doctors a clear view of the area. Some of the closed tunnels might inhibit views, causing doctors to miss something important on the scan. There is less noise and a lower magnetic field with an open machine.

 

Preserving Health

A lot of people are suffering from medical problems that are largely preventative. Even when you have a good insurance program, regular visits to the hospital can be expensive and emergencies can incite a great deal of stress when it comes to paying for medical bills at a later date. This is why practicing preventative measures can help you save money, as well as your overall health in the long run.

Diet is one of the most important determiners of a person’s health. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it is largely attributed to a diet that is high in saturated fat. Over time, this fat hardens in the arteries, keeping blood from circulating as it should. Blood can also thicken and the heart can become covered in fat.

To counteract this phenomenon, it’s important to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the diet while incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet coupled with an active lifestyle can reverse many of the negative effects associated with type-2 diabetes, as well as other health abnormalities.

Of course, even the most positive lifestyle cannot prevent every health defect. When people have trouble accessing proper health care in their area, a telemedicine program can be of great benefit. If your family is low income, you may also qualify for a variety of financial aid programs that will allow you to afford the medical care you need to thrive.