Monday, June 29, 2009

Types of Disposable Medical Gloves


medical glove typesMedical exam gloves are integral supplies for sanitary medical care. They create a barrier between the patient and the caregiver to limit the transfer of bodily fluids and infectious matter. This helps protect both the patient and the medical professional from infection. Medical exam gloves are made of either latex, nitrile or vinyl. Below is an overview of the different types of exam gloves:

Latex gloves are the original medical exam gloves, and also the most common type used by medical professionals today. They are strong, elastic and proven to prevent the transmission of infections. Latex gloves are the thickest and most protective of the different glove types, but are not without drawbacks. Because a small percentage people are allergic to latex, disposable nitrile gloves have been developed as an alternative.

Disposable nitrile gloves are made with a synthetic latex and can be used by people with latex allergies. They are widely used in medical facilities and are known for their comfort and puncture resistance. The uses of disposable nitrile gloves go beyond the medical industry due to their resistance to many chemicals. Nitrile gloves are also used outside of the medical profession for purposes as diverse as tattooing and gardening.

Vinyl exam gloves, made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), are latex free and a secondary alternative to latex gloves. They are often used in the food service industry due to their non-reactive nature. They are also good for protecting the hands during activities such as painting and cleaning. Their lower cost and versatility make vinyl gloves the preferred choice for many non-medical applications.

Within these three main categories of exam gloves, there are a wide variety of options to consider to accommodate your needs and preferences. When shopping for disposable gloves for medical use or another application, ensure that you are purchasing the correct type of glove for your intended purpose. For more information or help choosing exam gloves or other disposable medical supplies, please call MEDNET Direct at 1-877-MEDNET-YES.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Avoid these 5 Mistakes when Housebreaking your Puppy


puppy housebreaking tipsHousebreaking may not be the most fun part of being a dog owner, but the good news is you only have to do it once. Avoiding these five mistakes will help your puppy understand the rules quicker, giving you and your puppy more time for fun!

Five common mistakes to avoid are:
  • Waiting too long before taking the puppy out. Young puppies are unable to control their bladders in the first few weeks of their lives, and need to be taken outside or to their puppy pads frequently. Waiting too long to give your pup the opportunity to use the bathroom will likely lead to accidents in your home. Some important times for the puppy to visit the puppy pad or outside are after eating, after drinking water, first thing in the morning and at bedtime.

  • Missing the clues that the puppy needs to go. Getting in tune with your pup’s behavior and routine will help you predict when to take him out, making housebreaking easier on both of you. Take notice of the behaviors he exhibits just prior to eliminating, such as sniffing around or going to a certain corner, and take him immediately to his bathroom spot.

  • Scolding the puppy for accidents after the fact. Your pup will only understand what he has done wrong if you catch him in the act and make your disapproval clear. Simply saying "No!" in a firm tone while he is in the act will be enough to get your point across. Punishing him for an accident when you discover the evidence later will not help because he will not associate his actions with the problem. Positive reinforcement when he eliminates in the right place will get better results than punishment for unwanted behavior.

  • Slacking off on the praise for good behavior. The power of positive reinforcement cannot be overemphasized when training a puppy. Always, always praise your puppy when he has used the bathroom in the place you want him to, whether it be on puppy training pads or outside.

  • Being inconsistent. Your puppy will learn faster if he is accustomed to a regular routine and receives consistent messages from you. Consistency is extremely important in the early stages of puppy training so that the puppy does not receive mixed signals about what is expected.
If housebreaking seems difficult at first, do not be discouraged. Your puppy is eager to please, and just needs time to understand what it is that you want him to do. By avoiding these five puppy housebreaking mistakes, you can make housebreaking easier on both yourself and your four-legged best friend.

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading supplier of disposable medical supplies for the medical and veterinary industries, including top quality puppy pads designed as a training aid for puppy housebreaking. With over 10 million puppy training pads sold, MEDNET Direct makes medical grade pads affordable for veterinary and home use.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Don’t Forget these Supplies in your Vehicle's First Aid Kit


vehicle first aid

When we think of the items that should be kept in vehicle first aid kits, a few common wound care supplies come to mind:

  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes

  • Plastic adhesive bandages

  • Butterfly closure strips

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Burn relief cream

Since the purpose of an automobile first aid kit is to be prepared for unexpected situations, you may want to ensure that your vehicle is stocked with these less obvious safety supplies to ensure preparedness in different types of emergencies:

  • First aid tape, cotton tipped applicators and gauze in a range of sizes: While the basic wound care supplies mentioned above are important to keep in any vehicle first aid kit, having gauze in a variety of sizes as well as other wound care supplies provides the ability to treat wounds of varying severity.

  • Instant cold compresses: An instant cold compress is a small pack that becomes extremely cold and acts as an ice pack when activated. An instant ice pack can be used to alleviate swelling when ice is not available, as is usually the case in roadside emergencies.

  • Emergency blanket: Emergency blankets use reflective foil to trap body heat and maintain optimal body temperature in cold environments. Emergency blankets can be life savers in the event that you get stranded with no heat in frigid winter temperatures.

  • Disposable gloves: Disposable gloves such as latex gloves, vinyl exam gloves or disposable nitrile gloves protect against the spread of germs when administering or receiving first aid. Gloves help prevent the spread of germs from the hands to a wound and vice versa in an emergency situation.

A vehicle first aid kit may not be something you think about often, but having the right medical supplies on hand to deal with unpredictable circumstances is an important part of vehicle safety. While we recommend keeping a complete first aid kit in your vehicle to prepare for emergencies, we also hope you never have to use it!

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading provider of medical supplies wholesale for the medical, veterinary and dental industries. Please visit MEDNET Direct for disposable medical supplies such as disposable nitrile gloves, wound dressings, cotton tipped applicators and more.

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