To ensure proper treatment and care for patients, nurses, doctors and all other medical practitioners must use an array of hospital supplies to diagnose, examine and treat illnesses and injuries. These supplies are designed and used differently but they have a single common factor; to help patients get well. In this case, hospital attendants and orderlies must make sure that the necessary medical supplies are sufficiently stocked always.
Hospitals greatly depend on medical equipment distributors and manufacturers to supply them with special and common items crucial in their day-day operations. The variety and quantity of medical supplies is rapidly growing. This industry is characterized by new inventions and updates on a regular basis making it one of the most stable industries in the UK. Similar to other forms of technology, new medical supplies seems to develop exponentially each year. Here are common hospital supplies that are vital for different procedures.
I.V start kits
In nursing homes or hospitals, it is a common scenario to find patients who require additional fluids to be dripped into their blood stream through an intravenous bag, needle, securement device and tube. This is a common procedure that makes the start kits very important in medical facilities. These kits are necessary for the procedure of starting the IV in patients. These kits comprises of common supplies such as:
· Scrub, alcohol pads and prep
· Gloves and securement device
· PVP ampule for prevention of further infection
The supplies above further prevent the spread of diseases and infections. An example of IV Supplies can be found here.
Central –line dressing change trays
These are pre-packaged trays that can be bought with everything needed to change the dressing surrounding a central line IV. The procedure is very crucial and detailed and requires all the necessary equipment. The most essential thing is to prevent the risk of a central line infection, a fatal acquired infection.
Diagnostic medical supplies
They assist in measuring and observing different aspects of a patient’s health. After diagnosis is complete, a clinician can proceed to prescribe an effective treatment plan in relation to the diagnosis. Diagnostic medical supplies and equipment can be easily found in ordinary outpatient care facilities for paediatrics and adults, in emergency rooms and inpatient clinics. Some examples of such supplies include:
· Blood pressure kits also known as sphygmomanometers -they test blood pressure levels to screen for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. They are found in diverse categories but the most commonly used is the manual sphygmomanometers which are considered extremely reliable. Mercury manometers do not need routine calibration and thereby used in risky scenarios.
· Stethoscopes- they are used to examine the heart beat to ensure the heart beat is normal and healthy in both rhythm and strength. In addition, it helps to listen to the lungs during inhalation and exhalation as well as blood flow in veins and arteries.
· Ophthalmoscopes are used to examine a patient’s eye for any eyes problems. They are available in 2 types and are used for outpatient or physical exams.
1. Direct ophthalmoscope- it produces an upright image of roughly 15x magnification. It is held closer to a patient’s eye.
2. Indirect ophthalmoscope- it produces an inverted image of 2-5x magnification. They are should be held 24”-30” from the patients eyes. Moreover they have a powerful light making them highly effective when compared to the direct ophthalmoscopes when used in cataracts patients.
Thermometers-they are used in determining body temperature while screening for different medical conditions. Thermometers are essential in all levels and areas of healthcare ranging from inpatient care, routine examinations to emergency cases.
Electrocardiographs- they are used to measure the heart’s electrical activity. In this form of examination, the heart rate can be recorded together with the regularity of the heartbeats. These are 2 main indicators of any heart concerns or complications. Furthermore, physicians can read an electrocardiograph to establish the position and size of each heart chamber.
These supplies help to cover wounds and cuts and keep them clean. Bandages, splints and gauze help to treat sprains, break-outs and cuts. They are highly stocked in hospital emergency rooms and are used to keep muscle together to prevent further damage, hold broken bones to allow for quick healing and absorb blood and avoid further bleeding.
Other commonly used hospital supplies are gowns and sheets. They are effective in ensuring sanitary conditions. Cloth gowns are necessary since they enable easy access when a doctor intends to perform tests or procedures on the lower body areas. Sheets also help the patient to avoid direct contact with the hospital bed, hence preventing spread of germs.
This article was written by Bound Tree Medical Supplies Europe, one of the world’s largest suppliers of First Aid and Medical Equipment. For more information on any of the topics discussed in this article, visit the Bound Tree website.