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Moist Heat Methods

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Heat therapy is beneficial for a number of different therapies. It can be used at home to treat minor discomfort or it can be used post-operatively as a way to increase blood flow to a certain area to aid in healing. The most effective moist heat methods are those that can maintain an appropriate temperature on their own without burning the patient while still providing enough heat for effectiveness. Ultimately you want the temperature to be warm enough to be absorbed deep down into the muscular level and moisture can help with this process.

The Difference

Moist heat and dry heat are both used for heat therapy. Dry heat is usually administered by way of an electric heating pad, sauna, etc. This therapy is designed to draw moisture out of the body and some people find it more comfortable and helpful. Moist heat on the other hand, is applies through a moist heating pack, hot bath or hot water bottle. Moist heat tends to provide more relief on a deeper level and is a bit easier to provide consistent temperatures.

Moist Heat Methods

Moist heat can be included in custom trays and can be applied a number of ways. These methods include:

  • Hot water bottle (Filled with a certain temperature of water and then applied to the body).
  • Heated gel packs (microwaved or heated in water; will remain warm for up to thirty minutes at a time).
  • Moist heat wraps (Can be used right up against the skin and can be concealed by clothing. Several hours of relief can be found with this method).

A medical professional can always advise the best ways to utilize moist heat methods no matter what the need may be. The duration that the heat should be applied as well as the frequency varies with each injury and is based off the magnitude of the issue. Usually, fifteen to twenty minutes is the amount of time that moist heat methods are applied; every two to three hours. Custom trays in medical facilities can include moist heat packs for post operative use to keep patients comfortable and promote healing faster. There are instances when cold therapy is recommended as well. Sometimes medical professionals like to alternate these treatments. For outpatient therapy, many patients have a preference when it comes to heat therapy and sometimes it takes trial and error to find out what will work the best for long term relief.

 

Understanding Affordable Care Act

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The question is,

“Do you understand the Affordable Care Act?”

“Does anyone understand this health care act?”

This law is one of the least understood legislation in Government history. Government officials do not understand this law.

The Affordable Care Act or Obama Care was signed into law before anyone even reads this law in full. While Obama Care was a promise of a better health care system, it has not proved true.

This law has been complicated and confusing to all who try to understand what it says. You probably found this law confusing and frustrating, found costs rising, and in the end decided not to buy into a plan at all and go without health care coverage risking a penalty of at least $600.00

Every part of the medical community is affected by the Affordable Care Act in negative ways. Thousands of custom procedure trays used every day see rising costs.

One thing is for certain, and that is this law significantly and negatively impacts all medical supplies, like custom procedure trays.

There is an incredible mound of paperwork, making up this law. This hard to understand law affects everything and everyone medical, including custom procedure trays.

Two Bright spots to the ACA

  1. Preexisting conditions do not impact your coverage or ability to gain health coverage.
  2. You can keep your doctor

The ACA signed into law so that you could get low-cost health care coverage. You may never find a plan that fits your needs or budget, so you do not buy anything.

The biggest drawback to this plan is if you do not purchase a plan you pay a penalty of up to at least $600.00. If you cannot afford this health care coverage, you certainly cannot afford the penalty.

Originally, each state had to complete the Affordable Care Act process. Some states were confused, and many lacked the understanding of the law forcing the government to step in and complete their process.

The Affordable Care Act is not uniform across all states. While this scheme helps some Medicaid recipients in some states, it does not help Medicaid recipients in other states.

For businesses everywhere who offer health care plans it meant,

  • Lots of new rules
  • Possible benefits?
  • Lot of reporting requirements
  • Higher cost to employers and employees
  • Higher drug costs
  • Cutting the cost of custom procedure trays

Lots of Facts and Myths

  • Doctors are confused
  • Patients are confused and anxious
  • Doctors must deliver care differently
  • Doctors receive reimbursement differently
  • Rises in the cost of medicine
  • Rising cost of custom procedure trays
  • Businesses are worse off
  • Develop innovations such as customizing and sterilization of custom procedure trays on site

Will Things be Worse or Better in 2017?

You can only hope that an Obama Care replacement as promised by the new 2017 Government happens.

The Trump promise is,

  • Make health care simple and easy to understand
  • Affordable for everyone
  • Easy to understand
  • Acceptance of pre-existing conditions
  • Cheaper medicines
  • You can keep your doctor

Even Custom Procedure Trays are Affected

The medical community strives to improve patient care, lower facility costs, and increase the quality of care. For instance, developing on-site custom procedure trays and cut the cost from a middleman.

These new rules affect everyone in the health care field, from doctors to hospitals, to clinics, dentists, eye care, medicine, medical equipment such as custom procedure trays, essential to quality patient care.

President Elect Trump promises to make health care simpler, easier to read, and genuinely affordable for everyone, lowering costs for medical supplies like custom procedure trays, and medicine, by replacing this hard to understand ACA.

Different Ways of Packaging Custom Trays?

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Custom surgical trays are highly famed for their convenience. Their ability to bundle multiple functionality onto one tray not only makes them theater friendly but also makes the easier to transport and dispose. Since custom tray designers will always have packing and racking in mind, they will put them in the best packing options possible.

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that clinic management has to instill when storing and preparing traditional trays.

This extends over to disposal. The custom tray can go back to the packaging it came in or you can slip them into clinical bags ready for disposal. If you are lucky, choose something that allows you to repackage without posing a biohazard. This will help you tap deeper into the benefits of custom trays.

Packaging a custom tray stock might sound like a complication to anyone who was used to traditional surgical supplies and trays. However, the fact that the manufacturer has adapted everything to suite your use case means that the trays will store away almost naturally.

This is why custom trays more of a convenience. They are a perfect way to increase efficiency in the operation room by limiting the number of procedures needed to get the right equipment from the store, use it and dispose it off safely.

Understanding Affordable Care Act

web_timeline

Image is from HHS.gov

The question is,

“Do you understand the Affordable Care Act?”

“Does anyone understand this health care act?”

Interested in Custom Trays? Request a Quote!





Request A Quote

  • You can keep your doctor
  • The ACA signed into law so that you could get low-cost health care coverage. You may never find a plan that fits your needs or budget, so you do not buy anything.

    The biggest drawback to this plan is if you do not purchase a plan you pay a penalty of up to at least $600.00. If you cannot afford this health care coverage, you certainly cannot afford the penalty.

    Originally, each state had to complete the Affordable Care Act process. Some states were confused, and many lacked the understanding of the law forcing the government to step in and complete their process.

    The Affordable Care Act is not uniform across all states. While this scheme helps some Medicaid recipients in some states, it does not help Medicaid recipients in other states.

    For businesses everywhere who offer health care plans it meant,

    • Lots of new rules
    • Possible benefits?
    • Lot of reporting requirements
    • Higher cost to employers and employees
    • Higher drug costs
    • Cutting the cost of custom procedure trays

    Lots of Facts and Myths

    • Doctors are confused
    • Patients are confused and anxious
    • Doctors must deliver care differently
    • Doctors receive reimbursement differently
    • Rises in the cost of medicine
    • Rising cost of custom procedure trays
    • Businesses are worse off
    • Develop innovations such as customizing and sterilization of custom procedure trays on site

    Will Things be Worse or Better in 2017?

    You can only hope that an Obama Care replacement as promised by the new 2017 Government happens.

    The Trump promise is,

    • Make health care simple and easy to understand
    • Affordable for everyone
    • Easy to understand
    • Acceptance of pre-existing conditions
    • Cheaper medicines
    • You can keep your doctor

    Even Custom Procedure Trays are Affected

    The medical community strives to improve patient care, lower facility costs, and increase the quality of care. For instance, developing on-site custom procedure trays and cut the cost from a middleman.

    These new rules affect everyone in the health care field, from doctors to hospitals, to clinics, dentists, eye care, medicine, medical equipment such as custom procedure trays, essential to quality patient care.

    President Elect Trump promises to make health care simpler, easier to read, and genuinely affordable for everyone, lowering costs for medical supplies like custom procedure trays, and medicine, by replacing this hard to understand ACA.

    How to Manage Custom Trays

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    Custom procedure trays provide an allowance for you to design your own tray to make sure it’s filled with surgical supplies and equipment you will require throughout your medical operations. Custom procedure trays are necessary since surgery methods may differ in particular scenarios. However, custom procedure trays are instruments that pose a danger not only to humans but also to the environment because they are not biodegradable. You must, therefore, be careful how you manage custom procedure trays s they can turn out to be detrimental to the patients, health facility staff and the hospital environment at large.

    Custom procedure trays, like other hospital equipment, if not properly managed, can be highly infectious and hazardous for human health through their ability to spread diseases. Nevertheless, this infectious attribute of custom procedure trays can always be prevented through indulging carefully in hospital waste management. Here is a brief overview of how custom procedure trays can be effectively managed.

    • Microwave treatment

    Microwave treatment is one of the numerous medical waste disposal techniques that could result in achieving the best possible results in matters regarding proper management of custom trays. This method uses heat to decontaminate waste such as an old custom procedure tray before disposal. The waste management system can only work with custom procedure trays and other solid medical equipment since the moisture in the microwave works wonders in ensuring deep penetration. Therefore, most types of waste required to be managed in this manner, including custom trays, should be shredded and mixed with water so as to achieve the best results.


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    Understanding Affordable Care Act

    web_timeline

    Image is from HHS.gov

    The question is,

    “Do you understand the Affordable Care Act?”

    “Does anyone understand this health care act?”

    This law is one of the least understood legislation in Government history. Government officials do not understand this law.

    The Affordable Care Act or Obama Care was signed into law before anyone even reads this law in full. While Obama Care was a promise of a better health care system, it has not proved true.

    This law has been complicated and confusing to all who try to understand what it says. You probably found this law confusing and frustrating, found costs rising, and in the end decided not to buy into a plan at all and go without health care coverage risking a penalty of at least $600.00

    Every part of the medical community is affected by the Affordable Care Act in negative ways. Thousands of custom procedure trays used every day see rising costs.

    One thing is for certain, and that is this law significantly and negatively impacts all medical supplies, like custom procedure trays.

    There is an incredible mound of paperwork, making up this law. This hard to understand law affects everything and everyone medical, including custom procedure trays.

    Two Bright spots to the ACA

    1. Preexisting conditions do not impact your coverage or ability to gain health coverage.
    2. You can keep your doctor

    The ACA signed into law so that you could get low-cost health care coverage. You may never find a plan that fits your needs or budget, so you do not buy anything.

    The biggest drawback to this plan is if you do not purchase a plan you pay a penalty of up to at least $600.00. If you cannot afford this health care coverage, you certainly cannot afford the penalty.

    Originally, each state had to complete the Affordable Care Act process. Some states were confused, and many lacked the understanding of the law forcing the government to step in and complete their process.

    The Affordable Care Act is not uniform across all states. While this scheme helps some Medicaid recipients in some states, it does not help Medicaid recipients in other states.

    For businesses everywhere who offer health care plans it meant,

    • Lots of new rules
    • Possible benefits?
    • Lot of reporting requirements
    • Higher cost to employers and employees
    • Higher drug costs
    • Cutting the cost of custom procedure trays

    Lots of Facts and Myths

    • Doctors are confused
    • Patients are confused and anxious
    • Doctors must deliver care differently
    • Doctors receive reimbursement differently
    • Rises in the cost of medicine
    • Rising cost of custom procedure trays
    • Businesses are worse off
    • Develop innovations such as customizing and sterilization of custom procedure trays on site

    Will Things be Worse or Better in 2017?

    You can only hope that an Obama Care replacement as promised by the new 2017 Government happens.

    The Trump promise is,

    • Make health care simple and easy to understand
    • Affordable for everyone
    • Easy to understand
    • Acceptance of pre-existing conditions
    • Cheaper medicines
    • You can keep your doctor

    Even Custom Procedure Trays are Affected

    The medical community strives to improve patient care, lower facility costs, and increase the quality of care. For instance, developing on-site custom procedure trays and cut the cost from a middleman.

    These new rules affect everyone in the health care field, from doctors to hospitals, to clinics, dentists, eye care, medicine, medical equipment such as custom procedure trays, essential to quality patient care.

    President Elect Trump promises to make health care simpler, easier to read, and genuinely affordable for everyone, lowering costs for medical supplies like custom procedure trays, and medicine, by replacing this hard to understand ACA.

    Different Ways of Packaging Custom Trays?

    surgicalpack

    Custom surgical trays are highly famed for their convenience. Their ability to bundle multiple functionality onto one tray not only makes them theater friendly but also makes the easier to transport and dispose. Since custom tray designers will always have packing and racking in mind, they will put them in the best packing options possible.

    What Determines the Packing Approach

    The custom tray packing options will determine your options. The most popular types of custom trays include

    • Single procedure trays
    • On the go kits
    • Surgical trays with stands
    • Perforated instrument trays
    • Covered and stackable trays

    On the go surgical trays with stands are the easiest to pack as they are collapsible and designed to occupy the minimum space possible. Covered and stackable trays will also stack easy if they are designed to fit together while single procedure trays tend to be compact and fit into their official packaging boxes even better.

    Stick to the Manufacturer’s Packaging

    Custom tray packaging focuses on practicality and most importantly the aspect of keeping the trays sterile at all time. With manufacturers creating custom trays for different applications, chances are that you will always have a design and transportation rack that suits your specific needs. This means that there is little or nothing to worry about when venturing into the custom tray world.

    Convenience is the Main Advantage

    Convenience and adaptability is the very driving force behind any custom tray adoption. They take away that extra maintenance and management step that clinic management has to instill when storing and preparing traditional trays.

    This extends over to disposal. The custom tray can go back to the packaging it came in or you can slip them into clinical bags ready for disposal. If you are lucky, choose something that allows you to repackage without posing a biohazard. This will help you tap deeper into the benefits of custom trays.

    Packaging a custom tray stock might sound like a complication to anyone who was used to traditional surgical supplies and trays. However, the fact that the manufacturer has adapted everything to suite your use case means that the trays will store away almost naturally.

    This is why custom trays more of a convenience. They are a perfect way to increase efficiency in the operation room by limiting the number of procedures needed to get the right equipment from the store, use it and dispose it off safely.

    How Do You Dispose Custom Tray?

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    Did you know how to dispose of a custom tray correctly? If you have used a custom tray over and over, it will become old, and you will, therefore, need to get rid of it. Disposing of a custom tray may not be as easy as it sounds since it is biohazardous and you risk exposing the environment to dangerous substances. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate that everyone who sees the need to dispose of medical equipment must have the following in order;

    • Proper methods of handling a cleaning a custom tray as well as sharp instruments
    • Suitable chemicals for decontamination.
    • And proper procedures for the disposal of tools including a custom tray.

    Below are the steps you can take to achieve a proper disposal for your custom tray

    Wear appropriate personal protective equipment

    Before collecting the custom tray for disposal, ensure you are in the right personal protective gears. As well, this is handy before performing decontamination procedures. The personal protective equipment provides a barrier between the material and your skin and will always ensure you are safe from potential infections. You can then work with biohazardous equipment without the risk of contracting disease-causing organisms and when coming into contact with biohazardous materials.

    The law mandates that whenever splashing of body fluids is anticipated, then these protective gears must be worn at all times. Splashes are also bound to be experienced during the decontamination procedures, and the clothes are necessary here too. The essential gears that you must have during this procedure include;

    • Aprons
    • Gloves
    • Masks
    • Goggles
    • Gowns

    Protect the area and contain the spill

    A dirty, contaminated custom tray will pose a risk to anyone. Furthermore, fluids from this equipment may spill into the area where you are doing the decontamination and pose serious health issues to individuals. Cordon the area and put hazard signs near it so that anyone that would want to access the area is warned on time. For spills involving significant amounts of fluids, contain them and see to it that they don’t spread to other regions. Things like rags or sand can serve the purpose just right.

    Get the right disposal container.

    After ensuring you have protected yourself and warned about the hazard, it is now time to acquire cleaning equipment and appropriate containers for carrying the custom tray. The cleaning equipment you will use must be efficient and perform best. As well, they must be those that you can clean easily. Ensure you only use the cleaning materials that are handy in cleaning the contaminants in the spill. You will need a red bag to carry the custom tray.

    Use appropriate decontamination agents

    To clean the fluids that may have come from your custom tray, you have to use appropriate decontamination methods. Decontamination works to get rid of inactivate and dissolve the hazardous agent in the spill. You can use absorbent for liquids to do the decontamination of the fluid.

    Proper disinfection of the area you are working on is vital as it will work to avoid further spread of infections. The custom tray contains pathological substances and so should be disinfected properly. The disinfection of the region around will be substantial even after you have removed the custom tray.

    The above procedure will take you a long way in ensuring you achieve proper disposal for your custom tray.

    How to Manage Custom Tray

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    The healthcare sector contributes a lot to the pollution of the environment which goes a long way in affecting the general human health. It contributes paradoxically to a myriad of environmental problems while concurrently forcing people to deal with the harmful effects it poses. This is due to the technology application in the industry as well as products and various applications. A custom tray, for instance, is one instrument that poses a danger not only to the environment but also to humans since it’s not biodegradable. This fact makes the health sector to maintain their standards of the sustainable organization.

    You must, therefore, be careful how you manage a custom tray as it can turn out to be detrimental to the health facility staff, the patients themselves and not to forget the hospital environment. Among the first issues you could consider is the creation of awareness among the hospital staff and the general public when it comes to the extent of damage a custom tray, among other hospital equipment, can pose when not disposed of properly. The various technicians and sanitary workers must be trained properly to know how to combat the menace.

    Among other hospital equipment, a custom tray, if not properly managed, can be hazardous and highly infectious for human health by its ability to spread diseases. The infectious attribute of this equipment can always be avoided by taking up the hospital waste management carefully. Here’s a quick overview of how a custom tray can be managed.

    • Chemical treatment

    This is one of the most effective on-site management for a custom tray. It usually works to deactivate and decontaminate among others, a custom tray, instead of packaging and taking them to another facility for the management. Often while using a custom tray in the theater, there is going to spills of body fluids in it. This means, if you carry them over to other places with the body fluids in them, you run the risk of causing infections to the patients and staff in the facility. The best way to handle it in such a situation is to treat it not far from where you have used it. In some other instances, you may need to shred the tray first before you can treat it with chemicals.

    Chemicals including chlorine, sodium hydroxide, or calcium hydroxide can be especially handy in doing this. Worth noting is that these products can sometimes produce undesired by-products and off-gas VOC’s when used in the treatment of custom trays among other equipment. As such, this is a process that has to be executed by knowledgeable staff to avoid creating, even more, problems to the environment and hospital staff. If you deem this method as not comfortable, you can opt for solidifying agents that will solidify the liquid in the custom tray and after that taking the waste to your medical waste removal professionals for disposal.

    • Microwave treatment

    This method uses heat to decontaminate waste like an old custom tray before disposal. The waste management system can only work with the custom tray and other solid medical equipment since the moisture in the microwave works magic in ensuring deep penetration. So, most types of waste that need to be managed in this manner, including a custom tray, should be shredded and mixed with water so as to get an excellent result

    There are numerous medical waste disposal techniques you can take up to manage a custom tray. Try the above for best results.

     

    Proper Handling With Custom Surgical Trays

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    Strategizing Proper Storage Procedures

    Storage of custom procedure trays should be in a dry place away from walls and suspended from the floor, while being likewise a good distance from the ceiling. There are some trays that can be stacked one atop another, and some that cannot. It depends on the operations for which the trays are intended. Generally, even should the trays be stackable, it’s a good idea to separate them where possible. When ordering families of trays, run the numbers beforehand to see what you’ll need so you’ll know where to store them. The area should be dry and sterilized beforehand. The last thing to consider is accessibility. For increased productivity, your trays need to be easily accessible. Ensuring that where you’ve chosen to store them is secure will also require regular monitoring. Ceilings will leak, and microbial life tends to collect on the walls and in the corners of rooms. It’s not a question of “if”, but “when”. It is recommendable to have a regular sterilization procedure every several weeks or months, depending on your facility. A practice in a humid climate like Florida will need more regular sterilization than one in the relatively waterless wasteland of Nevada–but there probably won’t be as many scorpions skittering around Florida.

    Tray Tiers

    While it’s always recommendable to have secondary and tertiary means of sterilization on-site, using them on a regular basis can be costly and unnecessarily wasteful. But when custom procedure trays consolidate operations, you can get more done in a day. Imagine ten minutes being saved per operation. If you could only get to six one-hour procedures in a day before, now you can do seven. Also, when there are emergencies, critical time that would otherwise be lost can be recouped.

    These excellent advantages require handling procedures that are properly conducted. With custom trays, you’re going to want several echelons in storage. You’ll want to order a group of custom procedure trays for regular operations, a group as a backup should unexpected operational volume occur, and a third group as an emergency contingency should Murphy’s Law decide to make a guest appearance for some unpredictable reason. Think of it like keeping additional coolant in an old vehicle. You may never need it; but it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. After several operational cycles, the additional cost will be absorbed in savings from consolidation and productivity anyway. Perhaps think of it as a rental deposit on a facility.

    Consolidated Tools Increase Operational Efficiency

    There are many advantages associated with custom procedure trays. Several notable advantages include:

    • Reduced Operational Setup Time
    • Reduced Surgery Complexity
    • Inventory Cost Reduction
    • Cross-Contamination Reduction
    • Waste Reduction
    • Productivity Increase
    • Emergency Response Time Reduction

    When you can simply pick up a tray and start the surgery without sourcing items, valuable minutes are shaved from preparation time in the operational theater. This cuts down the complexity of any given surgery. Since you don’t have to put together your tools a la carte, your inventory costs are reduced while consolidated. Additionally, this means you’ll experience less cross-contamination, as there are reduced opportunities for such contamination to occur. Since you’re using less materials, packaging accoutrements are reduced, as well as the waste which occurs from maintaining regular sterilization procedures employed on-site. Part of that waste is energy consumption.

    Eliminating Waste

    The last thing to consider when properly handling custom procedure trays is the way in which they are disposed of. Especially in operations which may expose implements to communicable contaminants, such biohazard waste should be neutralized effectively and safely.