Thursday, August 27, 2009

What is an N95 Respirator Mask?


respirator maskDisposable respirator masks have received increased attention as of late with the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, though they have long been used for other purposes including occupational safety. N95 refers to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) rating that is assigned to masks that meet a specified minimum standard for particle transmission. The N95 respirator mask is designed to filter up to 95% of airborne particles 0.3 microns or larger that may otherwise directly enter the nose and mouth of the wearer. These masks may also be worn by people who have a contagious illness to prevent particles from leaving the nose and mouth of the wearer and putting others at risk. While such masks do not protect against particle transmission with 100% accuracy, they can be effective in preventing the spread of infection.

N95 masks can be purchased with our without a valve to facilitate easier breathing. Optimal protection is achieved when the respirator mask fits snugly to the face, covering the nose and mouth without leaving open spaces along the edge. Respirator masks should be fitted correctly to the wearer and not be obstructed by facial hair or jewelry. A poorly fitted respirator mask has greater potential to allow air particles to enter through gaps along the edges of the mask, providing lower levels of protection against the inhalation or spread of particles than a well fitted one.

Respirator masks are widely used for occupational safety, and are particularly common in industrial and health care facilities. Masks used in the workplace must be NIOSH-approved, meaning they meet minimum standards put forth by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The intended purpose should be kept in mind when purchasing respirator masks. Different types are designed for specific purposes and offer varying levels of protection. Another consideration is whether the mask contains latex, an allergen for some people. Latex free N95 respirator masks are available, and will be marked as such. For more information about latex allergies, please see Latex and Latex Allergies.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Latex and Latex Allergies


Latex GlovesLatex is a natural rubber that is used to make a wide variety of products, from common medical supplies such as disposable gloves and catheters to consumer products like certain bowling balls, balloons and articles of clothing. Some people experience allergic reactions that can be mild to severe when exposed to latex. These reactions usually occur when an allergic person comes in contact with latex, but can also be the result of inhaling powder particles that are released when a powdered latex glove is removed, for instance. Though allergies to latex are relatively uncommon, people who are allergic should take precautions to protect themselves from exposure to latex.

Some symptoms of latex allergies that may occur within approximately 48 hours of contact are:
  • Itching, swelling and redness in the area where contact with latex has occurred

  • Blisters in the affected area

  • Stuffy nose and/or sneezing

  • Coughing and/or wheezing

  • Itchy eyes

  • Breathing difficulties

  • In severe cases, anaphylactic response
Those who have an allergy to latex do not all experience the same reaction or severity of symptoms, and anyone who suspects an allergy to latex should consult with a doctor. If a reaction includes breathing difficulty or other severe symptoms, emergency medical attention should be sought immediately.

Avoiding contact with latex is the best way to prevent the reactions associated with latex allergies. Fortunately, alternatives to common latex products are available. Disposable nitrile gloves are often used as a substitute for latex gloves when a medical professional or patient has a known latex allergy. Anyone with the allergy should inform nurses, doctors and dentists so that latex products can be avoided. For consumer products, checking the latex content of products prior to use is another precaution that can be taken to prevent exposure to the allergen.

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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Puppy Pads For Older Pets


Puppy Pad users can testify to the fact that Puppy Pads are one of the best training tools available for pet owners everywhere, but Puppy Pads are great for other pet needs as well. Just one of the many other services Puppy Pads provide is additional comfort and dignity to older or ill pets.

It’s very difficult to see an animal in pain and it’s especially hard to not be able to help your pet if they are ill or simply losing certain abilities as they get older. Puppy Pads can be placed almost anywhere in the home, so if you pet is ill and cannot make it outside, or can’t simply be hold it all day while you are at work, Puppy Pads come in handy. Using puppy wee wee pads in this capacity will help ensure that your pet is comfortable all day while you are away, and that they will not be scared that their act will be punishable upon your return.

For older pets, as they lose certain capabilities, puppy pads are handy as well. If your pet can no longer walk to the door, or simply cannot control their bladder Puppy Pads will make them feel comfortable in their own home for as long as possible. Giving your pet back some of their dignity by using puppy pads will greatly contribute to their mental and emotional well-being.

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading provider of disposable medical supplies as well as quality puppy pads. For more information and to shop medical supplies wholesale, please visit MEDNET Direct.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Wear Disposable Gloves For Yardwork


When it comes time for the household chores, no one looks forward to the dishpan hands, broken nails and dried out skin that can occur when you work hard around your house. Traditional Rubber gloves can be costly and easily misplaced. To make housework go easy on your hands, try using disposable vinyl pvc gloves.

Our exam quality disposable vinyl pvc gloves are strong and safe enough for medical professionals, but you can use them around your home everyday. These durable gloves are handy when cleaning and sanitizing areas of your home after someone has been ill. Gloves can also be worn when doing dishes, to prevent dishpan hands and dried out skin.

When cleaning floors and bathrooms with harsh chemicals, wearing disposable gloves can help keep your skin from coming in contact with the chemicals, as well as other bacteria found in these areas. Vinyl PVC gloves are also great for garden work, such as spreading harsh fertilizers and can prevent allergic skin reactions to things such as pollen found in flowers. Wearing gloves can also help protect your nails from drying out and becoming brittle ladies!

Use vinyl pvc gloves every time you clean to help protect yourself from household germs and to keep your hands looking beautiful.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Build Client Loyalty to your Spa


spa managementA client’s experience with your spa begins long before he or she walks through the door. Everything from making a phone call to the spa to checking out the website to the quality of service during a visit affects a client’s impression of the business. One way to promote long term customer loyalty is to look for any touch points that could be hindering your spa’s reputation, and seek ways to improve them. Here are a few ideas to help promote customer satisfaction and loyalty to your business:

Ensure that telephone communication is courteous and professional. The person who answers the phone at the spa is responsible for far more than scheduling appointments and answering questions. This person holds the responsibility of making a critical first impression on potential new clients. He or she should speak enthusiastically and be willing to go above and beyond to impress callers. A passion for providing a superior customer experience should be evident from the first to the last phone call of the day.

Create a relaxing atmosphere. To many, the word “spa” itself is equivocal to relaxation. People visit spas to enjoy a peaceful break from their busy lives, so delivering the ultimate relaxing experience clients expect is a must for any successful spa. Clients will have a more positive experience with your spa if the environment is soothing from the moment they walk in the door. Calming colors, water fountains and dim lighting are just a few ways to create a comforting setting. The demeanor and attitudes of employees also affect the overall atmosphere of a spa.

Deliver high quality services consistently. The livelihood of a spa relies on the quality of the services it delivers. Providing courteous customer service and a relaxing environment are futile efforts if the services for which clients are paying are subpar. Employees who perform services for clients should be active participants in creating a positive customer experience. Effective internal communication regarding business goals and how to accomplish them will contribute to the success of these efforts.

Proactively resolve issues, large or small. Since there is always room for improvement when it comes to customer experience, proactively addressing any negative issues is an important step to promoting client satisfaction. One way to uncover unobvious issues is to get feedback from all customer facing employees. Are they hearing repeated complaints about the same issue, such as pricing or a lacking service? Do the business hours make sense for the market? Complaints that a handful of clients voice are likely the same problems that other clients are having, even if they are not complaining. Any issue that could potentially lead to lost clients is an issue worth addressing.

Word of mouth is a driving force behind the success of businesses such as spas. Positive word of mouth can attract new clients, and a positive experience with your spa can turn those new clients into loyal patrons and even champions of your business.

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading supplier of disposable supplies for medical, dental, spa and veterinarian offices. MEDNET offers a full line of products for spas including sterile cotton tipped applicators, Chem kits, reusable hot pack products and more.

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