Thursday, May 28, 2009

How does Cold Transport Work?


cold shippingIn the not so distant past, shipping temperature-sensitive and perishable products over long distances relied on the use of real ice and its obvious limitations. Today, advancements in cold shipping technology combined with rapid delivery options from shipping companies have made it possible to reliably ship perishable items much longer distances. Products such as meat, fish, produce, chocolate, pharmaceuticals and other perishable goods can now be shipped across the country or across the world without compromising their integrity.

The use for cold transport technology is vast. The medical industry relies heavily on cold shipping technology to transport medicine, vaccines and other biological materials. Perishable foods such as meat, produce and chocolate are exported and shipped all over the world using the same or similar technologies. The specialized supply chain involved with transporting temperature sensitive products is called the cold chain. The cold chain refers to an approach to logistics in which the temperatures of goods are controlled throughout all phases of transportation including loading, shipping, unloading and storage.

Dry ice makes it possible to ship refrigerated packages while keeping their contents cold, but newer cold transport technologies have eliminated some of the drawbacks involved with shipping dry ice. Packages shipped with dry ice require compliance with stringent packaging protocols and must be marked with a hazard class 9 label, UN 1845. While dry ice is still widely used for shipping temperature sensitive products, innovations in cold shipping technologies have made cold shipping safer and eliminated the need for the hazardous material designation.

Water-based gel refrigerants such as the Ice Brick™ Shipping Pack from Nortech Labs have emerged as the next generation in cold transport. These water based refrigerants are designed to provide a safer, non-toxic alternative to dry ice that does not require the hazard class 9 label. The versatility of cold shipping packs makes them ideal for diverse applications, from complex cold chain activities to shipping chocolates to your mom. With many countries across the world relying on cold transport technology to export billions of dollars in perishable goods, manufacturers will undoubtedly continue to advance this logistically critical technology.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Instant Cold Packs for First Aid

instant ice packApplying ice packs to injuries such as sprains and strains constricts the blood vessels to reduce swelling and help alleviate pain. Using ice to control the swelling caused by an injury such as an ankle sprain, for instance, can ease pain by numbing the injured area. Applying ice to an injury is particularly effective in the time period immediately after the injury occurs, so acting quickly is important when applying cold therapy. When an ice pack is not immediately available, an instant cold compress can be used as the first line of defense for alleviating the pain associated with an injury and helping prevent further damage.

An instant cold compress is a portable pack that becomes extremely cold when activated and can be used like a traditional ice pack. Instant cold packs can be conveniently transported, making them especially helpful first aid supplies for use on the go or when ice is unavailable. They become particularly useful when injuries occur in situations in which obtaining ice may not be possible, such as camping, hiking or playing sports.

Instant cold packs have been available on the market for some time, though they have historically used ammonium nitrate to trigger the chemical reaction that prompts their contents to drop in temperature. Ammonium nitrate is heavily regulated due to its explosive properties. This means that products containing ammonium nitrate require special documentation, packaging and the extra costs that come along with heavily regulated materials. While many cold compresses still use ammonium nitrate, innovations in technology have led to the development of alternatives. The InstaKool(TM) cold pack from Nortech Labs marks the first ammonium nitrate free instant cold compress to become available on the market.

This article is intended solely as general information about instant cold pack technology, and is not a substitute or supplement for professional medical advice. Consulting a medical care provider regarding any injury is always advised.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Protecting Yourself in the Midst of an Influenza Outbreak


h1n1 flu preventionThe recent flu crisis associated with the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus has prompted many people to take extra precautions to protect themselves from infection, particularly in areas where cases of the virus have been confirmed. The influenza A (H1N1) virus is being carefully monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which continues to publish up to date information to help educate the public and minimize the spread of the virus.

Preventing transmission from person to person to the degree possible is an overreaching goal in controlling the spread of the H1N1 virus as well as other illnesses. The influenza virus is believed to be spread through respiratory drops from an infected person, which are often released through coughing and sneezing. Another person can contract the virus when these droplets enter his or her nose or mouth, or by touching a surface that has been contaminated and then touching the eyes, nose or mouth. While we cannot prevent the virus with 100% certainty, here are a few of the recommendations the CDC has published on its website for helping reduce the chance that you will contract the virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap for 15-20 seconds often.

  • Practice a healthy lifestyle including getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and avoiding stress.

  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill.

  • Consider wearing an FDA approved facemask when entering crowded situations in areas where the virus has been confirmed.

  • Consider using an N95 or higher respirator when close contact with an infected person is necessary.

Many of the precautions that are recommended to reduce the chance of contracting influenza viruses are the same as the recommendations for preventing any contagious illness. The disposable medical supplies such as facemasks and respirators recommended by the CDC are widely available to consumers. Surgical masks are designed to help reduce the chance of spreading an infection, while N95 respirators are designed to help prevent the wearer from contracting the virus. When it is necessary to be around or take care of a person who is infected with the influenza virus, the CDC recommends considering wearing an N95 respirator to reduce your chance of contracting the virus.

MEDNET Direct offers a wide selection of personal protective equipment including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns and sanitizing wipes that meet or exceed government requirements.

The Centers for Disease Control has provided a plethora of information to help the public take appropriate actions regarding the flu crisis. Please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information.

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Puppy Pads to Outside – Making the Transition


puppy pad to outsideYour puppy has learned to use his puppy pads consistently, and the pads have helped teach him to use the bathroom in one specific place. Now, you are ready to teach your puppy to go in another specific place – outside. What is the best way to make the transition?

Many of the same techniques used to teach the puppy to use the wee pad indoors also apply to teaching him to go outside. Being consistent throughout the training and praising desirable behaviors are very important for training your puppy to eliminate outdoors. If you sometimes enforce the rules and other times do not, your actions will only serve to confuse the puppy and make training more frustrating for yourself.

To start the transition, move the puppy pad by the door, and be sure your puppy knows where the pad is. When you see him going toward it, pick him up and take him out to his outdoor potty spot. It may help to bring a puppy pad outside at first, to help your pup understand what he is supposed to do. Some dog owners have better luck bringing a soiled pad outside, since dogs naturally like to go where they have gone before. If you have been using a certain word or phrase to teach your puppy to use the wee pad, like “go potty,” be sure to use that phrase when you take your puppy outside.

When you start taking your puppy outside to potty, carry him and set him down him in the place where you want him to go in the future. If he develops a habit of going in a certain place, he will likely use that place all the time. So if you prefer that he go to the back corner of the yard, place him there each time.

To make the process easier, take trips outside at the right times as much as possible. When your puppy heads for the pad, take him out. Do the same early in the morning, before bed, and after meals. When he starts eliminating outdoors consistently, remove the puppy pad altogether.

Even though you are now teaching your pup to eliminate outside, there is no need to punish him for using the wee pad. Remember, he is doing what you taught him to do. Rather, stop making a big deal about it either way. What you should make a big deal about is praising the puppy when he goes potty outside. The power of praising your puppy when he does what you want cannot be underestimated. Some dog owners also choose to give a treat to reward their puppies for their behavior. Treats are great incentives, but whether you reward with treats is a matter of personal preference. Someday you will have to teach your growing dog that using the bathroom is not grounds for a treat every single time.

All puppies are different when it comes to learning to eliminate outside. Some quickly understand and do it every time, while others will take longer to become fully trained. Whether you are in the lucky category or not, your puppy will soon know to eliminate outside and one of the hardest parts of raising a puppy will be behind you.

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