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Which Endoscopy Monitor is Right For Your Facility?

Endoscopy monitors and recording equipment are essential for several types of facilities and doctors – so how do you choose the right types for your needs? There are a few questions you may begin by asking, including: How many connections does it have? What type of connections does it include? How large is the screen size? Is the picture in HD? Is the monitor bright enough? These questions become even more difficult to sift through when your facility has a tight budget. Thankfully, Future ...

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Staff 9/2/2018

5 Uses for Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets

Being a medical professional means wanting to provide the very best possible care for your patients. Keeping them comfortable and as pain-free as possible are important aspects of why blanket warmers and fluid warmers are essential in a medical setting. Outpatient Surgery’s article Patient Warming’s Not-So-Obvious Benefits highlights some reasons to warm patients: Reduce anxiety Increase patient comfort Reduce bleeding Reduce chances for cardiac problems Less anesthesia required to p...

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Staff 6/27/2018

Importance of Blanket Warmers for Hospitals

Blanket warming cabinets help to provide better patient care on many levels. They provide a safer and easier method to reduce the physical and psychological stresses of surgery through the use of warm blankets. Physical Benefits of Blanket Warmers Pre-warming the patient is vitally important before entering surgery. Mayo Clinic staff reports that general anesthesia can cause shivering and potential body temperature levels to drop, making a warm blanket essential to patients for any type of proce...

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Staff 6/17/2018

Fluid Warming and Blanket Warmers Prevent Hypothermia During Surgery

Are your patients warm enough during surgery? According to a study done at the Cleveland Clinic, patients who are warmed using forced air warming may have their body temperatures elevated by the end of their surgery, but some still show signs of hypothermia during surgery. According to the results presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, nearly all patients were at 36°C or higher at the end of surgery, but that hypothermia was surprisingly common du...

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Staff 5/30/2018

The Importance of Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets in the OR

Having a blanket warmer and fluid warming cabinet in a surgery center or hospital is crucial to providing not only patient comfort, but also patient safety. When patients are having a procedure done in an icy-cold operating room, they tend to be cold and generally feel nervous about what’s to come. Not only does a warm blanket make the patient feel more at ease, it also protects them from the brisk air accompanied with any surgery. Warming blankets is only one of the many uses for a warm...

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Staff 3/25/2018

Medical Equipment Advances: Blood Pressure Monitors

Every year, millions of Americans visit their doctor to monitor and control their blood pressure, yet only half have their condition under control. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease, which is why accurately measuring and tracking a patient’s blood pressure is so crucial during any office visit. It’s also a vital part of treating a patient during an emergency situation. The Beginning of Measuring Blood Pr...

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Staff 10/30/2017

The Vital Pieces of Medical Equipment for Patient Vitals

In order to assess the overall health and wellness of a patient, it’s essential to check their vital signs. Whether they are collected during a routine exam or at the scene of an accident, vital signs can reveal how a person’s body is reacting at any given moment. Paramedics, first responders, nurses, doctors, and other health practitioners all use vital signs as a benchmark for a patient’s status. Vital signs that might be monitored include: Pulse Blood Pressure Respirations T...

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Staff 10/9/2017

The Basics of Anesthesia Machines for Hospitals and Other Medical Facilities

Anesthesia machines are one of the essential components to many medical facilities from hospitals to endodontic offices. They contain many vital features that allow the machine to operate properly and safely. A skilled anesthesiologist will know these common parts, even if the model of the machine varies. Anesthesia Machine Design An anesthesia machine can be characterized as having three distinct functional components. There is a high-pressure system that receives gases from their source at hig...

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Staff 7/24/2017

10 Pieces of Medical Equipment All Hospitals Need

Hospitals need to be prepared for anything that might come through the doors. That’s why keeping key pieces of medical equipment on-hand at all times are so crucial to providing complete care. In order to provide comprehensive treatment for patients, there is a standard set of equipment that all hospitals should have ready. This list of medical equipment can often be refurbished as well as new, allowing hospitals to afford to carry reserves for these key pieces. 1. Hospital Stretchers Tran...

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Staff 6/9/2017

How to Properly Use Ultrasonic Cleaners

In the medical world, there are many challenges when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment. Having an ultrasonic cleaner is the perfect weapon in order to protect medical personnel and patients from possible infections due to pathogens that linger on the instruments after a procedure. Ultrasonic cleaners work on the principle of cavitation, where ultrasonic transducers create billions of air bubbles in an ultrasonic cleaning solution. These bubbles implode with such a viol...

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Staff 3/23/2017

4 Surgical Table Types and Their Features

When most medical professionals think of surgical tables , they often only think of general surgery tables, but there are actually several different types of surgical tables. Here are five types of surgical tables: 1. General Surgery Tables This is the basic surgery table most people think of. A few good things to look for in a general surgery table include: Accessibility – Doctors need the ability to adjust the height in order to gain access to the patient comfortably. Angle adjustment ca...

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Staff 2/22/2017

How to Use Steam Sterilizers or Autoclaves Safely

Steam sterilizers sometimes referred to as steam autoclaves, or just autoclaves are an essential part of the decontamination and sterilization process performed in healthcare facilities. Sterilization is a common practice in medical and laboratory settings where it is vital to destroy microbial life, which could cause contamination, infection, or disease. Steam sterilizers are very effectively at sterilizing because they use pressurized steam at temperatures of about 270 degrees within the chamb...

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Staff 2/15/2017

8 Surgical Table Accessories for Your Operating Room

Is your facility looking to expand its operating room capabilities? Depending on what types of operations may be performed in your operating room, there are several surgical table accessories that could be beneficial to include in your OR. Here’s our list of some of the most beneficial surgical table accessories for your OR: 1. Arm Boards – Arm boards may be one of the most important positioning devices for your procedures. Simple in design and function, arm boards provide vital posi...

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Staff 1/26/2017

Does your Surgical Scrub Sink Provide Proper Sanitation?

In any hospital or surgery center proper sanitation is critical. Proper hygiene and hand washing is key to ensuring patient safety. When considering scrub sinks for you facility, there are a couple things to consider. 1. The size of the sink . It’s important to consider the size of the space it will be utilized to ensure there is still plenty of room to navigate around it. 2. If staff can wash without ever touching the sink. ­ Bacteria can live on many surfaces and cutting out the nee...

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Staff 11/8/2016

Tips for Keeping Your New or Refurbished Anesthesia Machine in Top Condition

Working in a medical facility, you’re probably aware of the upkeep required for many of the machines and systems. While some machines do self-checks, others require manual, hands-on maintenance. Some of these tasks happen daily, weekly, annually, or as needed. But this preventative care will keep your anesthesia machine in optimal operating order, allowing it to not only perform better but also last longer. Here are 6 tips for keeping your anesthesia machine looking and working like new: 1...

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Staff 10/31/2016

The True Value of Refurbished Medical Equipment

The medical community has continued to evolve since its inception. With new techniques, advanced training and education, they have shown dedication and resiliency. Unfortunately, one of the ways that medical facilities have to adapt now is with budget cuts. These facilities are solving this problem in many different areas, one of which is purchasing from qualified refurbished medical equipment sellers. According to a survey put out by Surgical Products Magazine, their readers understood the valu...

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Staff 10/3/2016

Performing Surgical Hand Scrubs in Stainless Steel Scrub Sinks

Hands are your tools for healing, but if they’re not washed properly, they can also be a transmitter for infection. Surgical site infections greatly contribute to nosocomial infections. Most surgical professionals agree on the importance of good surgical hand-washing practices in infection prevention. Hand transmission is a critical factor in the spread of bacteria, pathogens, viruses, and nosocomial infections in general. Surgical Scrub Techniques in Stainless Steel Sinks There are two me...

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Staff 8/15/2016

Anesthesiologists Know the Importance of this Medical Equipment

It is widely known in the medical community that general anesthetics greatly impair thermoregulation, synchronously reducing the thresholds for vasoconstriction and shivering. While neuraxial anesthesia also impairs central thermoregulatory control, and prevents vasoconstriction and shivering in blocked areas. That’s why anesthesiologists know the importance of blanket and fluid warmers, especially for surgery. Un-warmed anaesthetized patients become hypothermic, typically by 1–2...

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Staff 7/21/2016

What to Look for in a Surgical Scrub Sink

If you’re in the market for a surgical scrub sink , you may not know where to start when it comes to comparing sink styles, attributes or manufacturers. By choosing sinks from Future Health Concepts you’ll get a great sink that will perform well, provide a sanitary environment, and last for years to come. Here are some of options available when choosing a quality surgical scrub sink: Stainless steel 304 – In the medical world, the industrial material called stainless steel 304 ...

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Staff 6/21/2016

Top of the Line and Affordable Hospital Stretchers

The hospital stretcher has come along way over the years. Although the function remains the same, advances have helped create a safer and more efficient stretcher. Today, we will show you three hospital stretchers available that provide deluxe transportation features without the deluxe price tag. FHC 7100 Mobilecare Hospital Stretcher This transporting stretcher provides easy transportation of all patients up to 550 lbs. with its total/directional locking casters and brake steer pedal. The 7100 ...

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Staff 5/19/2016

Surgical Tables for Your Medical Facility’s Needs

In order to provide the best outcome for your patients, you need to have a quality foundation in your operating room. Future Health Concepts manufactures surgical and operating room tables that are built for today’s procedures and patients. Understanding your hospital and/or surgical center’s needs allows us to provide medical equipment that is versatile and will meet the demanding needs of your practice. FHC1000S Radiographic Top O.R. Table The FHC1000S series surgical table offers ...

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Staff 3/24/2016

Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week with Warmth

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 13 – 19 this year. This week gives healthcare facilities a great opportunity to renew focus on their patient safety efforts and work to improve their practice through a variety of improved resources. One aspect of patient safety and comfort that is often over-looked is the use of blanket warmers. Blanket warmers provide better patient care on many levels. They provide a safer and easier method to reduce the physical and psychological stresses of surge...

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Staff 3/14/2016

Affordable Defibrillators for Hospitals and Medical Settings

At Future Health Concepts, we offer a full line of Zoll defibrillators as well as Physio Control Lifepaks with a large variety of parameters available to accommodate any patient. In this article we’ll take a look at three of the models we have available and how they can benefit your facility. Zoll Defibrillator : AED Plus For the victims in cardiac arrest that need CPR and a shock, the Zoll automated external defibrillator AED is an ideal choice. As the only AED that can literally see you ...

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Staff 2/25/2016

3 Types of Blanket and Fluid Warmers

When choosing a new blanket warmer or fluid warmer there are a lot of features to consider. Conveniences such as a touch screen, remote monitoring, text notifications and more can be helpful for a busy staff, while some facilities might not require all the bells and whistles. In this article we’ll spotlight five blanket and fluid warmers available from Future Health Concepts FHC . 1. FHCSWC24-TS Smart Blanket / Fluid Warmer with LCD Touchscreen 9-14 Blankets First on our list is a blanket ...

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Staff 2/17/2016

Choosing the Right Anesthesia Machine for Your Facility

Although anesthesia machines haven’t changed that drastically in the last few years, several new features make them safer, easier, and more efficient to use. If you’re searching for a new anesthesia machine or perhaps a refurbished anesthesia machine, here are some tips for making your decision: Proper Safety Features for an Anesthesia Machine If your facility performs surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia as well as muscle relaxation, you'll need to purchase a traditional...

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Staff 1/20/2016

Blanket Warmers for Reducing Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

Surgical Site Infections SSI can be very scary for both patient and caregiver. Theycan start with a fever, redness and pain around the affected area, and/or cloudy fluid discharge but can escalate or could even cause death. An estimated 2-5 percent of inpatient surgeries develop an SSI in the United States. These infections can add an additional 7-10 days post-op in the hospital and cost an extra $11,000 - $35,000. While these stats can be scary, there are ways to help prevent these SSIs from ha...

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Staff 12/16/2015

How to Choose the Right Blanket Warmer for Your Facility

Blanket warmers, also referred to as warming cabinets, have been around for many decades but are now starting to be a more central aspect of medical facilities. Blanket warmers ’ ability to aid in the comfort of patients, prevent hypothermia, and decrease recovery times are some of the reasons these devices are becoming more and more important. Whether you are operating a full-service hospital or want to provide extra comfort to nursing home residents, it is imperative to pick the right ca...

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Staff 11/20/2015

Why Blanket Warmers Provide More Than Comfort

Being a medical professional means wanting to provide the very best possible care for your patients. Keeping them comfortable and as pain-free as possible are important aspects of why blanket warmers are essential in a medical setting, however, blanket warmers provide even more than comfort. By maintaining normothermia throughout a medical procedure and hospital or clinical stay, medical professionals can enhance clinical outcomes, comply with regulatory agencies, and improve patient satisfactio...

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Staff 10/23/2015

How to Maintain Your Steam Sterilizers / Autoclaves

In today’s healthcare facilities, steam sterilizers or autoclaves play a very important role. These units are essential to ensure clean and sterile instruments and apparatus for surgeons, dentists and healthcare providers everywhere. This is why it is so imperative that you properly care for and maintain your autoclave - to ensure greater longevity and reliability. Always Use Distilled Water in Your Autoclave One of the most important things to do routinely to increase the longevity of you...

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Staff 8/13/2015

How to Choose Refurbished Medical Equipment and a Qualified Company

Selecting new or refurbished medical equipment for your medical practice or hospital can be a daunting task. Finding a quality company to buy from can be even more difficult. When refurbished properly, medical equipment can be extremely reliable and offer significant savings to the facility. 4 Questions to Consider The following are some questions that you may want to consider prior to making a decision on the equipment and the company you are thinking of purchasing from: Is there a significant ...

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Staff 7/17/2015

5 Reasons Buying Refurbished Medical Equipment is Better

Running any medical practice is expensive. Though the medical field has fewer opportunities to scale back on purchases than other businesses, there are still ways to save money by planning ahead and making smart purchases. One way to do this is by making the decision to purchase refurbished medical equipment instead of buying new. There are many perks to buying refurbished; here are five of the top reasons: 1. Cost Savings It may be the most obvious benefit for buying refurbished medical equipme...

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Staff 6/11/2015

Replacement Parts Help Equipment Hearts

This month, we want to emphasize the importance of ensuring you have all the right parts necessary to maintain your capital medical equipment. One critical piece of equipment to be maintained regularly is a steam sterilizer . These beastly machines are not only strictly regulated, but also rely on being cleaned and calibrated regularly to function properly. After a certain amount of cycles shown in owner's manual , check to see if your sterilizer needs any filters, gaskets, valves, or a PM by a ...

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3/13/2015

Top 5 Uses & Non-Uses of Medical Warming Cabinets

According to the National Hospital Quality Measures Manual, core temperatures outside the normal range pose a risk in all patients undergoing surgery. The Clinical Guidelines for the Prevention of Unplanned Perioperative Hypothermia by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses has published research that correlates impaired wound healing, adverse cardiac events, increased infection, altered drug metabolism, and coagulopathies with unplanned perioperative hypothermia. Here are some uses and n...

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12/17/2014

FHC Refurbished Sterilizers VS New Sterilizers

With the economy still building its way back up, most facilities are trying to save as much money as possible when it comes to purchasing medical equipment. Buying a new steam sterilizer such as Steris, Getinge, or Tuttnauer these days can range anywhere from $40,000+. Whilst new sterilizers are always more technologically advanced, they are considered a luxury. When trying to stay economical, refurbished sterilizers are the best option for every facility. Some people are skeptical about buying ...

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9/22/2014

Mobile Medical Equipment Hygiene

Whether it is a doctor’s office or a hospital, mobile medical equipment is constantly in use. Medical facilities are generally a fast-paced environment, but does anyone ever stop and think is this mobile equipment sanitary? You can assume most would say no. Contaminants are at large in all these facilities and if personnel aren’t practicing hygiene throughout the whole facility, patients could be at risk. From patient monitors to computer keyboards, it’s important to understand...

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5/22/2014

Defibrillators: The Shocking Truth

Defibrillators are an essential piece of equipment for any medical related facility. They’ve even become commonplace at malls, grocery stores, and other various public places. According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, Each year, more than 250,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest. However, with the development of Automated External Defibrillators AED’s demonstrating the correct steps with audio or visual cues, there is a more efficient way to save lives witho...

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4/16/2014

Star 55 vs Planet 55 Patient Monitor

At Future Health Concepts, we offer quality new and refurbished patient monitors. Two of our new patient monitors from L&T include the Star 55 and Planet 55 patient monitors. Though these monitors are relatively similar, it is good to know the key differences to ensure your facility’s best purchasing decision. The Planet 55 provides the best construction when it comes to performance and interface with the need for a smaller, lightweight monitor. With its 4 channel, 8.4 high resolution ...

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3/21/2014

Stainless Steel and Hygiene

Cleanliness and attention to good hygiene is considered one of the most important aspects of operating a thriving medical facility. For this reason, you will find that most healthcare environments desire stainless steel materials be utilized in much of their equipment. This preference is due to stainless steel’s ability to provide easy cleaning and resistance to collection of bacteria. Unlike most materials, stainless steel doesn’t form cracks or tears and thus avoids storing dirt an...

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3/7/2014

Blanket and Fluid Warming Cabinets

Blanket and Fluid warming cabinets are valuable to any surgery center and hospital. Warm blankets can be used to restore body temperature or even comfort a patient. How warm you keep your warming cabinet is dependent on whether you are using it for fluids or blankets and should be established by each facility individually. The AORN recommends labeling and dating all fluids as well as posting the appropriate temperature on the side of the cabinet to avoid any confusion. They also recommend regula...

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5/2/2012

Is Your Medical Equipment Made in America?

With all that is going on the world and the news lately it is evident to see that buying American made is now more important than ever. In the ever changing economic climate, consumers, including those buying new medical equipment, are paying attention to where goods are made. Future Health Concepts, Inc. is proud that at least 95% of the products we sell are made in America. Whether you needs blanket warmers and scrub sinks or stainless steel products and stretchers rest assured that if you buy...

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3/5/2012

What Weight Capacity Should Your Surgical Table Be?

Surgical tables typically have a weight capacity from 500 lbs to over 1000 lbs. Additional surgical table accessories will help with positioning of bariatric patients. Whether your clinical need is neurology, urology, orthopedic, cardiology or another field ensuring you have the proper weight capacity for your patients is a safety must. Our FHC1000 Series surgical tables offer a 1000 lb weight capacity as well c-arm imaging for nearly every part of the body. This is an important feature to...

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2/22/2012