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February 28, 2022

Patrick Tigue

The Best Continence Products Available Today

The difference between good and bad continence products can have a surprisingly large impact. Influencing the health, comfort, dignity and mobility of patients and healthcare staff alike, it is of vital importance that the continence products you use are safe, comfortable and secure. However, there can be a lot of variation in what constitutes the right continence product, as the needs of their users can change drastically between locations and times of day. In order to help you develop the right system for your patients or for yourself, we’ve compiled a list of the best continence supplies on the market. Catheters Creating the right urine collection system starts with finding the right catheter. Medshop offers a range of catheters, designed with comfort, security and safety in mind. These include: Yankauer Suction Catheters Yankauer Suction Catheters have been designed with comfort and ease of use as their highest priority. They are moulded from a single piece of glass in order to mitigate the risk of shattering, and are fully transparent; making it easy to monitor the motion of fluids. Its suction tip has a smooth and grooved form to minimise tissue trauma, and its graduated nipple makes it compatible with a wide range of tubing types. MDevice Hydrophilic Coated Nelaton Catheter The MDevice Hydrophilic Coated Nelaton Catheter range has been designed to offer the maximum possible comfort to its users. The hydrophilic coating attracts sterile solutions, allowing it to stay well lubricated between insertion, use and extraction. These catheters are also available in a range of colours for easier organisation. Incontinence Garments Incontinence garments have proven to be an essential innovation in the continence product industry. Offering independence of movement and dignity to those who struggle with incontinence, they not only offer practical benefits, but can also support patient wellbeing. The Abena Abri-Fix Abena Abri-Fix underwear has been designed to support a range of other continence products. They are designed specifically for men, featuring an open pocket in the front to allow for product readjustment, and are tailored to provide security against leakage. Moreover, they are made from a lightweight cotton material, allowing the skin to breathe, and moisture to naturally wick away. Abena Man Formula 2 The Abena Man Formula 2 is a powerful and versatile pad which offers its wearers a combination of mobility and security. The top dry layer quickly absorbs liquid and leaves a dry surface next to the skin, minimising potential discomfort. To this end, they also include Air Plus backing, which allows the skin to breathe and reduces the risk of skin irritation. Bambo Eco Nature Pull-Ups Whilst this list primarily focuses on the best adult continence products, it is worth mentioning the Bambo Eco Nature Pull-Up Pants Nappies. These award-winning eco nappies are ultra-thin, yet super absorbent, offering full protection from leaks and spills whilst supporting your baby’s comfort and mobility. They also have excellent environmental credentials. As they are made in a production facility which effectively recycles 95% of its produce, these are one of the most eco-friendly continence options on the market. Abri Form Premium The Abri Form Premium range includes a wide variety of continence products developed to provide an all-in-one solution for users suffering from moderate to heavy incontinence. They feature several unique elements, including a wetness indicator to facilitate effective changing, additional barriers for protection against leakage, and a special textile-like top and back-sheet to provide maximum comfort for the skin. They also feature a built-in odour control system for improved discretion. Urine Collection These options have been chosen for their ability to facilitate the safe and comfortable relief of patients. Conveen Optima Catheter Urisheath The Conveen Optima Catheter Urisheath is an award winning tool for discreet, safe and secure urine collection. Designed as the first stage of a male collection system, it can be used on the move in combination with a leg bag, or attached to a larger bedside system. Boasting a range of cutting-edge technology and well thought-through design, the Conveen Urisheath can be used all day with comfort, safety and discretion. Key amongst its features are the double grip strip and balanced adhesive, which allows it to stay firmly connected to the penis whilst in use, without causing irritation or pain on removal, and an anti-kink bellow to allow urine to move through quickly and easily. BD Vacutainer Urine Collection Cup The BD Vacutainer Urine Collection Cup is an effective and versatile urine collection staple for the end of your system. The cup is compatible with a wide range of catheter heads, and is designed with a closed system to prevent spillage. BD Vacutainer Urine Tubes As well as their collection cup, BD offer a range of other Vacutainer Urine Products, specifically focusing on collection tubes. They feature a non-mercuric preservative which helps to maintain specimen quality for 72 hours without refrigeration, whilst simultaneously reducing mercurial waste from hospitals. Paediatric Urine Collection Bags These Paediatric Urine Collection Bags are simply and easily designed to help collect urine samples in paediatric settings. These small-capacity bags are sterile, well sealed, and latex free, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin. Urine Drainage Bags These options have a variety of capacities and probabilities, offering support overnight and on the go. MDevice Urine Bag The MDevice Urine Bag is a high-capacity bag, offering an ideal option for overnight urine collection and storage. Featuring a 2000ml capacity, and compatibility with a range of catheter types, the MDevice Urine bag can be reliably used in any situation where mobility is not a priority. It’s also available with a range of valve sizes between 90cm and 120cm. MDevice Leg Bag The MDevice Leg Bag offers a range of portable urine drainage options. It comes in 350ml, 500ml and 750ml capacity variations, with several different tube lengths as well. It comes equipped with a comfortable leg strap, and separate tubes for fluid ingress and egress. Accessories These accessories have been chosen to accompany our selection of the best adult continence supplies in order to help create fluid, effective and intuitive systems which are safe and easy to maintain. Abena Continence Pad Storage Unit The Abena Continence Pad Storage Unit offers a practical way to store and organise your continence pads, making them ideal for hospitals, care-homes, or the homes of regular users. It has 100x30cm of storage space,which are divided into morning, afternoon and night containers for easy refilling and organisation. Abena Clothing Protector The Abena Clothing Protector is a disposable adult bib, which can be used by anyone who wants to protect their clothing from spillage. It comes with an absorbent surface, and a water-proofed back sheet, allowing the wearer to stay dry and clean when handling urine containers. Simpla Urine Bag Hanger The Simpla Urine Bag Hanger is a lightweight, portable and easily stowable device for supporting urine bags. Its flat pack and lightweight design means that it can fit behind doors and in cars with ease, and is therefore a valuable component in static urine collection systems. If you haven’t found what you are looking for, we have plenty of other continence products available at Medshop. For more information on our specialist medical equipment, check out our Medshop Blog, or checkout our Frequently Asked Questions page. .

January 31, 2022

Patrick Tigue

The Best Moisture Wicking Scrubs

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals often work in challenging environments. From emergency rooms to operating theatres and clinics to wards, medical settings can be high pressured, busy, and very, very hot. As a result, medical workers need breathable scrubs that will keep them cool and comfortable in all situations. Lightweight, breathable scrubs help to wick moisture away from the body, prevent odours and keep the wearer at a comfortable temperature. Moisture wicking scrubs are ideal for people who work in hot, busy environments and for those who operate in countries with tropical temperatures. To help you find the best breathable scrubs for your workplace, we’ve selected the most efficient moisture wicking and hot weather scrubs from our collection. Cherokee iflex CK605 Scrub Top Polyester is one of the most efficient moisture wicking textiles around. Unlike materials such as cotton which absorb liquid, polyester pulls sweat and water away from the body allowing it to evaporate quickly and easily. This helps to keep you feeling dry and can make working in hot, hectic conditions a lot more bearable. With an impressive 94% polyester, the iflex CK605 women’s scrub top from Cherokee is perfect for medical professionals who want to be comfortable while they’re at work. These cooling scrubs also contain 6% spandex, adding a bit of flexibility and durability to the garment. The scrubs have knitted back and side panels, making them extra comfortable and suitable for all types of medical settings. Cherokee Infinity CK900A Scrub Top The Cherokee Infinity CK900A Scrub Top is perfect if you’re looking for sweat wicking scrubs for male medical professionals. Containing an incredible 95% polyester, the top has stretch rib knit back panels for extra comfort, front welt pockets with triple-needle stitching and an athletic V-neck design. Thanks to their high polyester content, these really are some of the best moisture wicking scrubs around. Cherokee Infinity CK110A Scrub Pants If you’re looking for the best breathable scrub pants to complete your work outfit, Cherokee’s Infinity CK110A women’s scrub pants are a great choice. Containing 95% polyester and 5% spandex, these comfortable scrub pants feature a knit waistband, a tapered leg and a choice of pockets. The fabric is naturally strong and stretchy, ensuring a good fit, flattering look and hardwearing finish. Cherokee Workwear 4000 Scrub Pants Most men’s scrub pants are designed to have a loose, comfortable fit. This means that they allow for good airflow and are able to keep the wearer cool even in high temperatures. Cherokee Workwear 4000 scrub pants have a tapered leg, natural rise and drawstring waist. They’re made using 65% polyester and 35% cotton, and so are perfect for busy medical professionals working in hot conditions. Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW690 Scrub Top Containing 78% polyester, 20% rayon and 2% spandex, Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW690 scrub tops are some of the best scrubs for hot weather. Like polyester, rayon is a synthetic fabric that’s good at wicking moisture away from the skin. This reduces the chances of sweat patches appearing and helps you to feel cool and dry while you’re caring for your patients. Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW610 Scrub Top This Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW610 scrub top is a good option if you’re a female healthcare professional looking for scrubs that keep you cool in high temperatures. Like the men’s WW690 scrub top, it’s made from 78% polyester, 20% rayon and 2% spandex. The mock wrap design gives the top a little extra style while the instrument loop, patch pockets and interior pocket ensure it’s practical as well as attractive. Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW620 Scrub Top If you’re looking for sweat resistant scrubs but prefer a simpler style, the Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW620 women’s scrub top is a great option. Like the WW610 scrub top, the WW620 design contains 78% polyester, 20% rayon and 2% spandex. It has a stylish V-neck design, a choice of pockets and a streamlined, elegant silhouette. Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW670 Scrub Top The Cherokee Workwear Revolution WW670 scrub top is the men’s equivalent of the women’s WW620. Some of the most breathable scrubs around, they have a classic look and practical design. Side vents help air to circulate around the body while the patch pockets ensure there are plenty of places to keep your essential medical instruments. The WW670 scrub top comes in a bright and attractive Caribbean blue, making it ideal for medical settings. Cherokee Workwear 4777 Scrub Top Cherokee Workwear 4777 unisex scrubs are another good choice for medical professionals looking for breathable scrubs. Containing 65% polyester and 35% cotton, they mix natural and synthetic fibres to create a garment that’s cooling and comfortable. The black colour helps to hide any sweat marks that do appear, while the varied pockets make it easy to carry your instruments with you when you’re on the go. Cherokee Workwear 4876 Scrub Top If you prefer your scrubs to contain even more natural fibres, Cherokee’s Workwear 4876 scrub top could be the perfect option. Made up of 55% cotton and 45% polyester, these white scrubs have a number of pockets, a professional appearance and a clean, crisp look. While no scrubs are 100% sweat proof – especially when you’re working on busy wards in the height of summer - these high quality tops and pants offer good moisture wicking properties and are undoubtedly some of the best cooling scrubs around. To find out more, and to start shopping for the perfect scrubs for your needs, explore our collection or get in touch with a member of our team.

December 03, 2021

Patrick Tigue

What is a Pulse Oximeter?

Measuring the oxygen saturation in a patient’s blood can tell a doctor a lot about their condition. In many cases, this measurement is an important indicator of the health of a patient and, if it drops, can be an early warning sign that something is wrong. Oxygen saturation is often regarded as a fifth vital sign, and monitoring levels of oxygen in the blood is now a standard part of patient care. Oxygen saturation is measured by a small, clip-like device called a pulse oximeter. An invaluable tool in clinics, hospitals and other medical settings, pulse oximeters help doctors provide their patients with outstanding medical care. Today, we’re taking a closer look at these small but powerful devices and finding out exactly how pulse oximetry contributes to the diagnoses, treatment and outcomes of patients. What is a Pulse Oximeter and What Does it Measure? If you’ve ever been admitted to hospital, or watched a medical documentary or drama, you’ve almost certainly seen a pulse oximeter. They are the small, clip-on devices that you see attached to patients’ fingertips. Non-invasive and completely painless, they measure the saturation of oxygen in a patient’s blood. This is important as low oxygen saturation levels, also known as hypoxemia, can lead to a number of acute, adverse effects. If low oxygen levels are experienced for an extended period of time, it can result in long term damage to a number of organs and negatively impact the patient’s outcome. A drop in oxygen saturation can point to a serious issue with the circulatory or respiratory system. If a patient is in intensive care, or being treated for traumatic injuries, a sudden dip in the amount of oxygen in the blood is an important indicator that something is wrong. The purpose of a pulse oximeter is to give doctors early warning of a potential oxygen saturation issues and allow them to properly monitor their patients. Using a pulse oximeter is now standard practice in most modern hospitals and clinics around the world. How Do You Use a Pulse Oximeter? A pulse oximeter works by attaching painlessly to the fingertip. Once in place, they send two wavelengths of light into the finger, one to check pulse rate and the other to check oxygen saturation. This process takes a matter of seconds to complete. The calculations made by the pulse oximeter are then displayed on the monitor, or handheld screen, that comes with the device. Pulse oximeters are used both for long-term patient monitoring and one-off checks. In some cases, they are also given to outpatients to use at home. This allows people living with chronic conditions to monitor their level of oxygen without visiting their doctor. What is a Pulse Oximeter Used to Measure? A pulse oximeter is mainly used to take two important measurements: oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Blood oxygen saturation is also known as SpO2. A SpO2 reading of 95% or more is generally considered to be normal. A SpO2 reading of 92% or less (at sea level) is an indicator that there’s not enough oxygen in the blood. Insufficient blood oxygen levels can cause a range of adverse health conditions including chest pain, shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Pulse rate is one of the most important vital signs doctors use when caring for their patients. Most pulse oximeters will display the pulse rate – also known as heart rate, or HR - in terms of beats per minute. A normal resting heartbeat should be between 60-100 beats per minute. If a heart is beating more than 100 times per minute, it’s called tachycardia. A heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute is known as bradycardia. Both low and high pulse rates can be a sign that there’s something wrong. What is PI on a Pulse Oximeter? Some pulse oximeters also display a PI reading. PI stands for Perfusion Index and it shows how strong the pulse is at the point where the pulse oximeter is attached. A PI display will range from 0.02% for a very weak pulse to 20% for a strong pulse. The higher the number, the better the blood flow to the fingertip. If the PI is persistently low, it could point to an issue with the patient’s circulation. Poor circulation can cause a number of problems, especially in the extremities. If a person has a low PI for an extended period of time, doctors will need to take action to help blood circulate more efficiently around the body. What is a Pulse Oximeter Used For? There are a number of reasons why a pulse oximeter might be required. These devices are commonly used to monitor patients when they are admitted to hospital. Even if their injury, disease or illness isn’t related to the respiratory or circulatory systems, it can still have an impact on blood oxygen saturation, so it’s important to keep a close eye on SpO2 readings. Patients who have chronic lung conditions or heart disease will often be monitored using a pulse oximeter. In some cases, they’ll be given pulse oximeters to use at home so they can monitor their own pulse rate and SpO2 levels. Conditions that commonly require a pulse oximeter include: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Asthma Pneumonia Lung disease and cancer Anaemia Heart attack or heart failure Congenital heart defects What is the Purpose of a Pulse Oximeter? The purpose of a pulse oximeter is to measure the pulse rate and oxygen saturation of the blood. This information can tell doctors a number of things about their patient’s condition. For example, these readings can be used to assess how well a new lung medication is working, evaluate whether a person needs help breathing, decide how well mechanical ventilation is operating and monitor oxygen levels during or after a surgical procedure. Pulse oximeter readings can help to determine the effectiveness of supplemental oxygen therapy and assess someone’s ability to cope with increased physical activity. They can also be used to check if someone temporarily stops breathing while they’re asleep, as in the case of sleep apnoea. Why Use a Pulse Oximeter at Home? If you have a disease or condition that affects your lungs, heart or circulatory system, your healthcare provider may ask you to use a pulse oximeter at home. Monitoring your blood oxygen saturation at home can help you keep an eye on your health without constant visits to the doctor. Even people who don’t suffer from a chronic condition can benefit from having a pulse oximeter at home. Patients who are suffering from chest infections, and those concerned about COVID-19, can use a device to check SpO2 and pulse rate without visiting their doctor. If oxygen saturation falls, or their heart rate changes dramatically, it can be a sign that they need to seek proper medical care. Which Pulse Oximeter Should I Buy? There is a broad choice of pulse oximeters on the market. This makes it easy to find the device that’s right for you. Pulse oximeters come in two basic designs, one type has a separate display and fingertip clip and the other has the display integrated into the main body of the device. In general, integrated pulse oximeters are more affordable than those with separate clips and displays. Pulse Oximeters for Home Use If you need a pulse oximeter for home use, an integrated fingertip pulse oximeter is probably the best choice. These compact oximeters sit comfortably on the fingertip and have clear digital displays and easy to use interfaces. This type of pulse oximeter is readily available for around $100. The Rossmax Finger Pulse Oximeter SB100 and the A340 Dual Colour OLED Fingertip Pulse Oximeter from Aero Healthcare, are both good options if you’re looking for a compact device. Pulse Oximeters for Children If you’re looking for a compact fingertip pulse oximeter for a child, Biolight Finger Pulse Oximeter is perfect. Lightweight, colourful and specifically designed for paediatric patients, it will help you to get accurate readings fast. The device comes with a convenient neck strap for hands free storage. This is especially useful when you’re out and about. Pulse Oximeters for Long Term Monitoring Although fingertip pulse oximeters are great for spot checks and home use, they’re often less versatile than devices with separate displays. If you need a pulse oximeter for long-term observation, a device with a separate handheld screen – or one that connects to a monitor – is ideal. The Rossmax Hand Held Pulse Oximeter SA210 is a great option for hospital and clinical use or long term at home care. The device comes with an adult probe plus probes for neonatal and paediatric patients. It will give instantaneous warnings if readings fall outside the normal range and has a clear, backlit LCD screen. Commonly used in healthcare settings including emergency rooms, it’s one of the most trusted pulse oximeters around. If you’d like to find out more about pulse oximeters, or explore our range of products, take a look at the Medshop website or get in touch with a member of our team today.

September 30, 2021

Patrick Tigue

What is a Defibrillator? How AEDs work and How to use Them

Everyone knows what a defibrillator is. They’re a mainstay of Hollywood drama and a paramedic’s most recognisable tool. They’re also used in hospitals around the world, and even an untrained, non-medical professional can use one to deliver first aid if required. However, there’s a lot more to this revolutionary piece of equipment than first meets the eye, and for both experienced medical professionals and the layman alike, it’s worth taking a deeper look into the different types of defibrillator and the functions they perform. Here then, we explore the questions of exactly what a defibrillator is, when to use one, and how a defib works. Read on to learn more with MedShop. What is a Defibrillator? A defibrillator is a device that sends an electrical shock or pulse to the heart in order to restore a normal rhythm. They are used to both prevent and correct abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia), and also to restart a heart if it stops due to sudden cardiac arrest or other heart conditions. The very first defibrillator was demonstrated in 1899 by Frédéric Batelli and Jean-Louis Prévost, two physiologists from the University of Geneva. Over the next 100 years, defibrillation equipment continued to be developed, with clinical trials delivering fully portable units by the 1960s. After this, implantable defibrillators and wearable devices were developed for patients at high risk of frequent issues with ventricular arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. These three devices are now standard pieces of medical equipment, used around the world to treat cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT). While each one works in essentially the same way, they each fulfil different roles for patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public. Below, we look at the different types of defibrillator and the normal activities that they are responsible for performing. What are The Different Types of Defibrillators? Manual External Defibrillator – MEDs are the most recognisable defibrillators thanks to TV, however, they can only be used by healthcare professionals and are primarily found in hospitals and ambulances. They are used in conjunction with an electrocardiogram (ECG), and the user needs to manually identify whether the patient requires a shock, and then what kind of voltage is required. Automated External Defibrillator – AEDs use two paddles or sticky pads (electrodes) to deliver an electric shock to restore the natural heart rate in a similar way to MEDs. They were designed to allow anyone to use them in an emergency, and the automated computer analyses the heart rhythm to ascertain whether a shock is required—requiring little to no user input in order to save a patient’s life. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator – ICDs are surgically placed within the chest cavity to check and correct arrhythmia. They work in a similar way to pacemakers, however, while pacemakers only deliver low-level shocks, ICD defibrillators are capable of delivering both low- and high-energy shocks. Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators – Like an ICD, an WCD can deliver both low- and high-energy shocks to the patient. In fact, the only difference is that these devices are attached to the skin with trailing wires connected to a unit that monitors your heart. What does AED stand for? As indicated above, AED stands for automated external defibrillator, and for the purposes of this guide, this is the type of defib we will be exploring in greater depth. AEDs are commonly used for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest events, and the "automatic" within the name tells us that no previous knowledge or expertise is required to use one. How Does an AED Defibrillator Work? AED defibrillators work by identifying arrhythmia and heart failure using a sophisticated computer and then delivering a shock to return the heart back to its natural rhythm. As suggested by the name, defibrillators stop fibrillation, the “trembling” that someone’s heart muscles may experience during cardiac arrest. AEDs achieve this by passing an electric current through the heart, shocking it back into rhythm. The sticky pads on an AED form a circuit, allowing electricity to pass through the body without harming it and, when placed correctly, focussing that current directly on the heart. How to Use an AED? An AED consists of an analysis unit, or computer, and electrodes that are placed on the body which, when combined measure electrical signals from the heart. To help untrained individuals use AEDs correctly, there will be a diagram and set of instructions on the unit itself, telling you how to turn on the machine and begin the process. All clothing should be removed from the patient’s arms, chest, and abdomen before using the AED, and the pads should always be attached directly to the skin. Once the pads are stuck to the body, the AED will begin to analyse the heart rhythm of the patient. If the process does not start automatically, then ensure you push the analyse button indicated on the machine. During this process, you should not touch or move the patient. If the AED determines that a shock is required, you will be instructed to press the button on the unit. Newer units will only shock once, however, older units may shock up to three times, so be certain to read the instructions on the unit itself. More information on how to use an AED defibrillator can be found here. Where to Find an AED AEDs have revolutionised the healthcare sector, allowing untrained bystanders to provide lifesaving treatment to anyone who requires it. Today, you will find them located within large public places including: Hospitals and other national institutes of health Schools Community centres Workplaces Business centres Sport centres Gyms Shopping centres Public libraries Zoos When to Use A Defibrillator AED defibrillators should be used when a patient is unresponsive and AFTER cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been performed. This may be any condition where there is no pulse or response from the patient, however, it is also important to shake or otherwise try to wake up someone who is unresponsive before performing CPR or using an AED defibrillator. When Not to Use an AED It’s important to follow the health information and guidance printed on the equipment, and NOT to use an AED, or to be more vigilant in its use, in the following circumstances: Heart Attack – Although the symptoms may be similar to that of cardiac arrest, an AED will not help someone suffering from a heart attack. Water – If the patient is in water or is wet, it is important to remove them and dry them off before using a AED. Medication or Pacemaker ­– If the patient has a medication patch or a pacemaker, it is important to remove the patch and avoid putting the sticky pads directly above the pacemaker. Faulty AED – If the AED has an expiration sticker that has passed, or any part of it looks damaged, then do not use it. Where to Buy an AED Defibrillator AED defibrillators are available to buy from recognised medical equipment supply stores in Australia, and Medshop has a broad range of options from which to choose. Whether for your home, your business, or any other public place, we stock everything you need to ensure you have the very best lifesaving equipment to hand. Explore the range here and contact us to discuss your requirements or if you would like more information on any specific products. Additionally, for more information on other health topics and equipment, check back to the Medshop blog. AED Defibrillator FAQs What are the survival rates for people with heart conditions that require AED application? Some estimates suggest that the use of AEDs in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest situations double the chances of survival for individuals. Can AED defibrillators damage your heart? It is highly unlikely that an AED will damage a patient’s heart, as the automated computer, step-by-step visuals, and voice prompts essentially make the process “foolproof”. Even if a patient does not require ventricular fibrillation, an AED will know this and not deliver unneeded shocks or electrical impulses. Can AED defibrillators kill you? Again, it is highly unlikely that and AED defibrillator will harm or kill a patient. They are designed to only work when required, delivering the required treatment as ascertained by the computer after detecting irregular heartbeats or cardiac arrest. Can anyone use AED defibrillators? Anyone can use AED defibrillators and they are designed exactly for this purpose. Instructions are included on the units themselves, and there are visual and audio prompts to make their usage even easier. How many volts are in an AED defib? AEDs deliver anywhere from around 200-1000 volts, with the patient’s heart receiving around 300 joules of electrical energy.

August 20, 2021

Patrick Tigue

The Best Watches for Nurses and Medical Professionals

Nurses and medical professionals in general are proof that not all heroes wear capes, but they do all wear good watches! Nurses watches are an integral part of a medical professionals kit, since time keeping is such an important aspect of the job. Watches allow medical professionals to keep a track of time and record patients' vitals such a heartrate and pulse readings, schedule medication, and document everything with absolute precision and timeliness. Reliable watches are therefore pivotal to those working in the medical industry and for that reason we’ve put together a list of our best 7 watches for medical professionals which are all available to order right here right now at Medshop. Note: This list doesn’t follow any specific order, which means that the first watch isn’t necessarily better than the last. This list was put together in order to offer you a variety and choice of some of our favourite watches at Medshop. Regardless of whether you’re into fobs or straps, our list of best medical watches is bound to have something here that every student, nurse, doctor, assistant, caregiver or any other medical professional will love! Silicone Nursing Fob Watch If you have ever wondered what kind of watches nurses wear, here’s your answer. Receiving a fob watch is almost like a rite of passage for new nurses and many other professionals in the medical industry. Silicone fob watches are possibly the most popular watches among nurses in the whole of healthcare, due to a number of different reasons. Fob watches are extremely convenient as they simply attach to your lapel, or pocket, which is perfect if you have to conform to the ‘bare below the elbow’ rule. Because of this, the fob watch is also our most hygienic watch, and generally harbours significantly less bacteria than a wrist watch. Additionally, they make great pocket watches when you're off the job. The clock is upside down to ensure that it's easy to quickly read in any situation. Our fob watches feature a silicone finish, glow in the dark hands on the watch dial, quartz movement, and 12-month warranty. We also have many different colour options of the silicone finish available to appeal to anybody's taste. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t like, or simply can’t wear, a watch on their wrist and anybody who values versatility and style. Fob watches are essentially the number one all rounder when it comes to watches in the medical sector. Prestige Student Scrub Watch The Prestige Medical student scrub watch is is a great watch for medical and nursing students. This watch is suitable for a range of wrist sizes and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. Not only is this watch affordable and practical, it is also stylish in the most minimal sense. Our Prestige scrub watch has a load of useful features such as a quartz movement, a silicone band, and a plastic case. This watch is definitely one of the best watches for medical students who are aspiring to become nurses or doctors and is incredibly popular among medical professionals for a for its functionality, durability, and battery life. Prestige Glow Lapel Watch Our Prestige glow lapel watch is incredibly popular thanks to its luminescent glow, chrome case, glass lens, stylish chain band, red second hand and black hour markers. This nurse watch is also loved by doctors, students, assistants and so many more. This is not without good reason, however, as these timepieces are designed specifically to meet the needs of all medical professionals working both day and night shifts. Like all of our other attachable watches this watch is easy to read thanks to the clock being upside down and is beautiful to look at thanks to its fashionable chrome finish—as well as being a great heart rate monitor device. This one is great for students or long established professionals who are seeking something a little different to the classic silicone strap fob watches. Prestige Analog Watch for Stethoscopes Another option for those who won’t or simply can’t wear watch bands or straps, this Prestige analog stethoscope watch attaches directly onto your other favourite tool as a medical professional allowing you to use and utilise both at the same time. This watch also comes with both a 12 and 24 hour face, quartz movement and a water resistant case, because you never know when you’ll need it. This watch is extremely popular amongst doctors and nurses who you will never catch without a stethoscope wrapped around their neck. This watch suits anybody who has to abide by the bare below the elbow rule and isn’t a fan of any kind of fob watches. It’s extremely practical, easy to read, and hard to lose. Our analog stethoscope watch is available in different colours such as classic black and white and in black with a dazzling galaxy background. Classique Nursing Watch This high-quality and easy to use Classique nursing watch puts a spin on the silicone fob watches we’ve already mentioned above. Arguably the most versatile and stylish of all the nursing watches available, the Classique offers fantastic value for money as it brings together all the best aspects of other watches we have available—with a classic white dial to boot. This unisex watch can be worn in the traditional clip-on style, on a lanyard, on a lapel or on an extending retractor. It features both time and date display, glow in the dark numbers, stainless steel case offers water resistant up to 50m for peace of mind in wet environments. This is the all-round perfect watch for anybody who doesn’t mind spending a little bit extra for one of the top watches for nurses. The iconic watch faces of these models means it's easy to read dials and also makes an incredible gift for any graduating student nurse or doctor and is available in gold, rose gold, and stainless steel. Prestige High Fashion Leather Watch This high-fashion leather strap watch by Prestige is specifically designed for medical professionals who don’t want to sacrifice style for the sake of practicality. The leather band offers something slightly different to most medical workers watches and is as comfortable as it is fashionable. This specific timepiece offers a quartz watch movement with a battery included, a chrome metal case, a leather band, and glass dial window. With a variety of different colours to choose from that all offer excellent readability, this sort of watch wouldn’t be out of place at work or out on the town. Prestige Wilshire Premium Watch Last but certainly not least on our list of best watches for medical professionals is the Prestige Wilshire premium watch. This watch features water resistance and would look just as good at work as it would in a restaurant, as a rugged sport watch, or simply worn around the house. It’s absolutely an all-purpose watch with its stainless steel caseback, buckle etched detailing, and mineral crystal display. The soft silicone strap offers extreme comfort and the watch is meticulously assembled using only Japanese made quartz movement. This is considered one of the best watches for doctors and is a great value and effortlessly stylish watch for anybody who is looking for something they can wear in both their professional and personal life. For more information of nursing watches and timepieces for other medical professionals, check out the Medshop site or contact us today.

July 15, 2021

Patrick Tigue

Top 10 Best Nursing Shoes of 2021

With designs, materials and price points constantly improving, there are always plenty of new and exciting options to choose from in the world of nursing shoes. From classic leather clogs to professional athletic-style shoes, and moulded EVA sandals to ultralight crocs, our 2021 collection has something for everyone. As all nurses will know, selecting the right shoes is incredibly important. After all, the more comfortable your feet are, the easier it is to focus on your patients and carry out your job to the highest possible standard. What’s more, if you have well-fitting, affordable footwear, you’re more likely to feel energised and happy, even after a long, busy day at work. To help you find the best nursing shoes to wear for your next shift, and discover once and for all what the best nursing shoes are for different specialities, we’re taking a look at the 10 best nursing shoes for 2021. 1. Best Classic Nursing Shoes: Sanita Open Heel Clogs Classic Sanita open heel nursing clogs offer busy nurses comfort, support and practicality. One of the best brands of nursing shoes available, Sanita has been handcrafting its high quality professional footwear in Europe for well over 100 years. These open heel clogs are made from highly durable leather and treated with a Permair microporous finish. This allows the feet to breathe naturally while protecting shoes from scratches, scuffs and stains. The slip resistant, shock absorbing PU outsole and anatomic footbed ensure the clogs are comfortable throughout the day while the specialist design helps to relieve pressure on your legs, feet and back. Ideal for nurses looking for reliable, all-round footwear, Sanita open heel clogs are a great choice for 2021. 2. Best Nurses Shoes for Hot Weather: Oxypas Ultralite Classic Lisa Clogs Working in hot countries, or in clinics and hospitals without air conditioning, can be difficult, especially for nurses who spend hours on their feet every single day. Investing in shoes that are lightweight and cool will help to keep you comfortable, even when the mercury is soaring outside. Generally, the best shoes nurses wear in hot conditions are designed to maximise airflow, like these Oxypas Ultralite Classic Lisa Clogs. Made from flexible materials, and weighing less than 200 grams, the shoes feature a number of ventilation holes to help air circulate and keep you comfortable all day long. 3. Best Lightweight Nursing Shoes: Crocs Classic Clogs Crocs Classic Clogs are another great option for nurses looking for lightweight shoes. Made from fully molded Croslite™ material and featuring a number of ventilation holes, these shoes are light, breathable and water-friendly. Odour resistant, Crocs clogs are easy to clean and quick to dry. The roomy, generous fit makes them easy to change into and ensures they’re comfortable to wear in all conditions. 4. Best Nursing Shoe Brand for Value: Crocs Unisex Specialist Clogs As all of the clogs and shoes in our collection are specially selected for their quality and durability, all offer excellent value for money, no matter which price bracket they fall into. If you’re looking for shoes to fit a tight budget, these Crocs Unisex Specialist Clogs are a fantastic choice. Affordable, comfortable and made from long lasting materials, the clogs offer enhanced arch support, a thicker metatarsal area and contoured footbeds. The simple, hygienic design makes the shoes easy to clean at the end of a busy shift, while their classic Crocs comfort means they’re suitable for nurses working long days on busy hospital wards. 5. Best Nursing Shoes for Clinicals: Sanita Wave Professional Knit Shoe Nurses working in clinical settings generally require shoes that are comfortable, lightweight and stylish. Maintaining a professional appearance is often important in clinics and other medical settings, making these Sanita Wave Professional Knit Shoes the perfect choice. Smart, comfortable and designed for professional use, they feature a super lightweight design, anti-slip sole, and a wide, comfortable fit. Like Sanita clogs, these knit shoes help to train the foot and leg muscles in order to relieve cramps and take the pressure off of your legs and feet. Machine washable, Sanita knit shoes are hygienic and easy to keep clean. 6. Best Nursing Shoes for Back Support: Sanita San Flex Clog Closed Heel With many nurses spending hours on their feet every single day, back support is incredibly important. These professional closed heel clogs from Sanita feature a specialist design that stimulates the muscles in the feet and legs in order to activate the venous valve. This helps to reduce pressure and swelling in your legs and back and prevent cramps. As well as helping to support your back and make working life more comfortable, the clogs have a generous fit, padded instep and slip resistant, shock absorbing PU outsole. Breathable and durable, they’re accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association and hand crafted in Europe. 7. Best Nursing Shoes for Hygiene: Oxypas Eva Nursing Clog Most specialist nursing shoes are designed to be hygienic and easy to clean. If you want to make sure your footwear can be sanitised at the end of the day, these Oxypas EVA Nursing Clogs are ideal. Finished with an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-mould treatment, they can be washed up to 50˚C and sterilised using either chemical or UV processes. 8. Best Nursing Shoes for Style: Infinity FLOW Footwear Women's Athletic Black If you need nursing shoes that can be worn both in a hospital setting and out and about, Infinity FLOW Women’s Athletic black shoes are a great option. Comfortable, slip resistant and designed with hospital settings in mind, they won’t look out of place worn on the street or to social occasions. The breathable, latex-free insole is designed to help support the arch of the foot while the cupped heel will provide all day support. 9. Best Shoes for Paediatric Nurses: Sanita ShoutOut Clog Open Heel These fun, colourful clogs are perfect for nurses who work with children. Helping to brighten up the paediatric ward and put patients at ease, they come in a choice of colours and designs. As well as their unique look, these comfortable clogs offer classic Sanita features like a slip resistant, shock absorbing PU outer-sole, leg and foot support and a water-resistant finish. Made from genuine leather, they’re guaranteed to be durable and hard wearing as well as eye-catching. 10. Best Nursing Shoes for Reviews: Sanita San Flex Clog Open Heel Strap When buying new nursing shoes, it’s always worth looking at reviews to find out what other people think of the options on offer. One of the most popular designs in our collection is the Sanita San Flex Clog with open heel strap. Receiving regular 5-star reviews, the clogs are praised for their comfort and durability, as well as their great value. The medium width fit ensures the clogs are comfortable, while their pressure-relieving design will help to prevent cramps and reduce swelling in your feet and legs. Like all Sanita clogs, these shoes are hand crafted in Europe and accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. With 2021 well underway, now is the perfect time to invest in some new nursing shoes to see you through the year. Find out more, and start shopping for your perfect pair of clogs or shoes, by taking a look around today.

April 23, 2021

Patrick Tigue

7 Reasons Why Oxypas Shoes are the Best

For healthcare professionals everywhere, a comfortable pair of medical shoes is what gets you through the day. When they work, you should barely notice them at all, however, when they don't, they can cause serious discomfort and real pain. Today, there are many types of nursing clogs on the market, from the more traditional styles worn by nurses since World War Two, to injection moulded safety shoes made for the demands of the modern operating room as well as the ward. The latter is the sort we sell most of at Medshop Malaysia, and injection moulded shoes by Oxypas are some of our favourites. Unlike traditional shoes, Oxypas produces most parts of their shoes in a one-shot by injecting foam into a mould. This means they With injection moulded shoes, there are fewer soles to pull apart from the shoe, fewer seams to split, and additional components, meaning less extra weight. We’ll get into all the benefits of these shoes in a second, but if you think you’re new to injection moulded shoes, you’re probably not. They’ve become something of a sensation in the world outside the medical profession. Many shoe companies employ elements of injection moulding, such that it's become an industry standard. One brand, in particular — I won't mention their name — has enjoyed a long successful campaign via mall kiosks and department store sales. Rest assured, the shoes we carry aren’t the mall variety. Those brands haven’t been around as long as Oxypas, which started making awesome shoes for medical professionals in 1991. If that doesn’t sound that long ago, consider that Bob Hawke was still the Prime Minister, compact discs were the best way to hear music, and the internet was but a wee babe in Australia. Needless to say, Oxypas has been around for a little while. That’s why they make what we consider the best shoes for nurses and other medical professionals, hands(feet) down. But what makes Oxypas shoes so special? Here we take a look at seven reasons Oxypas shoes are among the most convenient and comfortable nursing shoes around. Read on for everything you need to know about this top professional footwear brand. 7) Oxypas Shoes Won’t Stink Let’s face it, shoes can build up a life of their own. They can stink, especially after a double shift of rounds. What's worse, cleaning medical shoes is a hassle. Over time, shoes spun in a dryer start to fall apart. Also, the smell never fully goes away. Fully washable nursing shoes are a necessity. Oxypas shoes not only come with ventilation holes big enough to stick your finger through, but the material of the shoes is also fully washable, with their Oxyclog range is also autoclavable for the ultimate in sterile shoes. In a matter of minutes, you can clean and dry them, without a care in the world. They’re also lined with an antibacterial liner so they’ll resist holding any rogue odours that try to cling to your shoes. Look no further than the Ultralite Classic Olivia White for antibacterial linings in a classic, unisex nursing shoe. 6) Oxypas Shoes Give Grip Nurses and other medical professionals need the ability to move like athletes when necessary. A working nurse will put down an average of ten kilometres by the end of a workday. Slips and falls are the most common form of injury at work. Nurses need the ability to move swiftly, turning 180 degrees without worry that they will slip as they turn. Anti-slip sole then, are highly important! The non-slip outsole of Oxypas shoes manages this probability within a hair’s distance of zero. In fact, the European standard for slip resistance tested and passed Oxypas for the toughest rating, on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution, and on smooth steel with glycerol. An ideal take on a classic look is the Betty White model, designed with exceptional grip in almost any situation. Additionally, much of the Oxypas shoe range comes with their patented Oxygrip technology for the slipperiest of situations. 5) Oxypas Shoes are Not Shocking Everyone knows the dreaded shock of a carpet and a poor pair of shoes. Static can shock you, and worse, you can shock your patients. Anti-static shoes are also very important for nurses. The shoes from Oxypas have an anti-static feature, which keeps you from building up a current as you earn your living. The Conformité Européenne (CE) rated Oxypas shoes as compliant with the CE 20345 S2 standard, which means they’re breathable, built with a quality lining, free of toxic substances, and that they have a safety toe cap (resistance 200 Joules). In short, you'll not have to think about static electricity. 4) Oxypas Shoes are in it for the Long Shift Speaking of shocking, Oxypas shoes remove more than one sort of shock. In fact, their shock-absorbing design means that there's almost no shock when walking around, even after a double shift. The Bodylight shoes from Oxypas — available in more than white — are the ultimate in cloud walking shoes. ultra-light and supremely comfortable, Oxypas designed them to help tone your leg muscles as you walk. Who knew walking on clouds could help get you in shape while you make a living? That’s what they call a win-win-win. Even the thinnest souled Oxypas shoes have excellent shock absorption. No more “I can’t wait to get home and take off these shoes.” 3) Oxypas Shoes Won’t Get You into Trouble The last thing you want to worry about at work is whether or not your shoes are creating stress for someone else. Sound crazy? It’s not if you consider that some shoes leave marks on the floor. It may not be an important factor when saving lives, but someone at your workplace gets paid to keep the floors neat and clean. In fact, medical facilities carry the reputation of being the cleanest floors anywhere. That means someone else gets paid to make sure those floors aren’t that much harder to keep clean, namely, your supervisor. That person won’t promote you for wearing shoes that won’t mark up the floor, but they also won’t have to ask you to purchase new shoes. Shoes from Oxypas fit into your fly-below-the-radar plan 2) Oxypas Shoes are Shaped Like a Human Foot It sounds counterintuitive, but most shoes on the market are not shaped like a human foot. We’re not talking about the fingered variety that looks too much like a human foot. We’re talking about the normal bed of the human foot when it strikes the ground. Your phalanges, the little foot bones, need room to spread out. Many shoes not only lack the width to allow your foot to properly flex, but they also look like someone with a background in torture designed them. The largest part of the toe box (front of the shoe) often doesn’t line up with normal toes, as if the big toe should be in the middle of the foot, not to one side. Oxypas shoes have a more anatomically shaped footbed and insole to make wearing them easier. 1) Oxypas Shoes are So Comfortable You'll Forget Your Wearing Them Speaking of moving like an athlete, don’t feel funny if you consider wearing your work shoes for running laps around the neighbourhood or for your next marathon. Because Oxypas shoes are made by injection moulding, there’ not a bunch of glue and stitching weighing them down. Most pairs weigh less than 200 grams, putting them in league with most high performance running sneakers. A pair of shoes from Oxypas might look funny crossing the finish line, but what do you care if your feet feel like a million bucks? Seriously, these things are light. The Eva model, a simple non-toxic clog, complete with a heel strap, is the best no-nonsense example of Oxypas’ build standard. There are more reasons to love Oxypas, but if you’ve read this far, we’re not talking to you. If you don’t already own a pair of Oxypas shoes, you’re in the market for a pair now. What’s it going to be? The Eva model? The Betty White? The Olivia White? Maybe you get one of each style so you can vary your shoes as you prefer? Rest assured that once you wear a pair of these shoes you won’t want to wear anything else. You will officially have been spoiled, and you totally deserve it. For more information on shoes and clogs, scrubs, or other medical apparel, stay tuned to the blog or contact us to discuss your requirements.

March 30, 2021

Patrick Tigue

The History of the Hypodermic Needle — Evolution with a Point!

Although humanity has enjoyed the luxury of syringes since the Greeks, it was the invention of the hypodermic needle which allowed us to inject liquids into something other than pre-existing orifices. Today, injections are a way of life for many people, not only diabetics. Whether for humans or our furry friends, life-sustaining injections are as common as applying bandages. The history of the hypodermic needle comes from a simple idea, really; a hollow needle, small enough to push liquids below the skin. Simple in concept, yes, but good luck making a hypodermic needle while stranded on a desert island. Making needles, especially the sort diabetics use, requires precision manufacturing. This begs the question; how did humans come up with this idea? Need, as it turns out, is the mother of invention, and the history of the hypodermic needle traces its roots to the need to intravenous injections in the 19th-century. Back then, medical professionals needed to get medication into the body, specifically, painkillers, and the existing technology of the time simply wasn't up to the job of effective drug delivery. However, long before all that, there's a whole story of goose quills, animal bladders and little friendly rivalry. Here then, is the history of the hypodermic needle. Read on to discover the surprising journey of a healthcare staple. The Greeks The hypodermic needle is tied inextricably to an older concept, the syringe. In the 1st century CE, Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus mentions the use of early versions of syringes by the Greeks. At the time, they were only good enough to push liquids into existing orifices. One couldn’t make a hole where there wasn’t one already on the body, not yet. Early forms of syringes, not much more than tubes, have probably been around since before the 1st century in some form. It was a few hundred years later that the syringe started to take a modern form. An Egyptian surgeon in the 9th century developed a syringe using a glass tube with applied suction. That one was good for enemas, sucking mucus out of the nostrils, that sort of thing. For the next 700 years or so, this was about as good as humanity could get, and subcutaneous injections and blood transfusions were still more than half a century away. Francis Rynd To graduate from squishing fluids down tubes into (and out of) the body via orifices to injecting below the skin, humanity needed a tiny hollow needle. Sir Christopher Wren is credited with successfully injecting drugs into a dog in at Wadham College in Oxford in 1656. Using a goose quill attached to a small animal bladder, Wren’s work proved that it could work, but his method was tough to duplicate. It was an Irishman, Francis Rynd who invented the first hollow needle in 1844. On May 18, 1844, he injected Margaret Cox with painkillers. Rynd’s work did not go far from there as most historians do not credit him for the invention. It seems Rynd didn't have the right publicist. Regnier de Graaf Although the exact date remains unknown, de Graaf developed a metal barreled syringe in the 17th century. He used it to trace the blood vessels of corpses, not the most glamorous work and possibly the reason his needle and syringe remained in the dark. The practical use of such technology on live patients didn’t come into practice for another 200 years, independent of de Graaf’s work. Charles Gabriel Pravaz & Alexander Wood In the early 1850s, Charles Pravaz and Alexander Wood both toiled on the creation hypodermic syringe of sorts, Wood in Scotland, and Pravaz in France. Both French and Scottish inventors were on the same trail at roughly the same time. This is common with many inventions throughout history. Also, back then, patents didn't go into Google’s worldwide database. They quietly sat in a file in an office somewhere in the country where the inventor filed them. But back to our heroes… As stated, need is and always was the mother of invention. The Pravaz Syringe came into common usage around the same time Wood’s paper, “A New Method of Treating Neuralgia by the Direct Application of Opiates to the Painful Points” outlined his work. For this reason, the two inventors share the credit for using the first hollow needles on live human beings, going down as true innovators in the history of the hypodermic needle. Letitia Mumford But don't think for a second that the history of the hypodermic needle is entirely down to men! In 1899, in New York, Letitia Mumford Geer submitted a patent for a one-handed syringe design. Prior to that, one had to have someone help with administration. While, at the time, this was not greeted with rapturous applause (she was a woman after all!), history would prove to be on her side, and without her invention, the hypodermic needle would not be as practical and useful as it is today. Chance Brothers In 1946, two inventors who specialised in glass, the Chance Brothers in England, took the syringe one step closer to multi-use applications. They invented an all-glass syringe with a removable barrel and plunger. Now, one could replace the parts of a syringe. This allowed medical facilities at the time a more financially viable method of using the technology. Still, production and parts were not cheap. Humanity needed something more easily produced… something disposable, and the history of the hypodermic needle would not be what it is today without that most celebrated and maligned of inventions during the 1950s—PLASTIC. Colin Murdoch The invention and use of polymers have been one of the single biggest changes in medicine in the last 100 years, especially with consumable medical supplies. The application to needles and syringes is one of the best examples of this, and the disposable plastic syringe was truly a gamechanger. Once humanity figured out how to make plastic versions of the trade tools once forged in metal and blown glass, accessibility came down to the everyday user-level while sanitary usage was also vastly improved. It was a man from New Zealand, Conklin Murdoch, who finally produced the plastic disposable syringe (with a metal needle, of course) in 1956. After Murdoch, patents popped up everywhere, on every continent in every developed country. So, the colourful history of the hypodermic needle has plenty of big players who have made it what it is today. The future, of course, is yet to be decided, however, the invention of the microneedle and other advances are paving the way for less invasive ways to administer drugs. Unfortunately, however, for now, children everywhere are still recoiling in collective fear during visits to the doctor's office—perhaps one day this won't be the case.

February 26, 2021

Patrick Tigue

Smart Fobs – The Future of the Humble Nurses Watch

Nurses fob watches have been a staple of the uniform for almost as long as anyone can remember, and while the first watches to be flipped upside down and pinned to a white apron may be lost to history, it is clear that the practicality and functionality of those simple designs have remained important to nurses the world over. While the healthcare industry has progressed in leaps and bounds over the course of the past two centuries, the nurses fob watch remains pretty much as it was. Sure, we’ve moved from analogue to digital in some cases, and new materials such as silicone have replaced metal and leather, but on the face of it, the fob watch is essentially the same piece of equipment it always has been. However, perhaps all that is about to change. It’s the 21st century, and like so many other areas of the medical professional, technology is beginning to play a huge part in the evolution of the humble nurse's watch. Today, smartwatches are able to complete complex functions that a standard watch could never hope to, bundling together a huge variety of features that could help streamline day-to-day tasks. Here then, we take a look at what the future might look like for nurses watches and how intelligent tech might change the face of nursing forever. Smartwatches and Healthcare Smartwatches are at the very cutting edge of the technological curve. As microchips and circuitry have become ever smaller, the development of miniaturised computers that can be worn on the wrist is like something out of a science fiction novel. They feature all kinds of sensors and instruments that can measure, time, control, and record both digital and real-world events. What’s more, once part of a larger system, smartwatches can ensure that nurses and other hospital staff are connected at all times, increasing efficiency in hospitals and clinics. The healthcare applications are numerous and exciting for many in the industry, however, there is still a long way to go before they are seen as standard equipment for nurses. Here are just a few of the ways that smartwatches may be used in the future: Notification Systems — Smartwatches can be used for instant notifications from both medical staff and patients. Whether it’s messages regarding staffing problems or notifications when a patient requires medication, receiving the information directly on your wrist can save time and help nurses to be more efficient. Messaging Systems — Pagers are widely disliked by healthcare workers since messages often get lost. Of course, smartphones have gone some way to solving this problem, however, they can be awkward and unwieldly when on the job. Like smartphones, smartwatches also provide an archived record of all messages sent ensuring increased responsibility for all staff. Patient Updates — Accessing patient updates and other critical information on a personal device that’s conveniently accessible is ideal. Smartwatches can send all the information nurses require instantly, with accurate, real-time updates on patient records always available. Vital Signs Monitoring — Smartwatches may have a role to play in the monitoring of patient’s vital signs and threshold alarms. If a patient’s condition changes, real-time notifications can be sent directly to the device. Task Management — Managing day-to-day tasks is always challenging for busy nurses. Smartwatches can streamline the process by providing timely notifications of when tasks need to be completed. They can also monitor tasks completed and provide an overview of working processes on any given day. Voice Control — Removing the need to complete calculations or enter data using your hands is a great way to maintain hygiene standards and improve efficiency through hands-free operation. Instant Access to a World of Knowledge — Of course, smartwatches are connected to the Internet, and having improved access to both general knowledge and hospital or clinic materials ensures everyone is on the same page. Smartwatches and Nurses It’s true that the many benefits of smartwatches for nurses are generally directed towards providing better care for patients and increasing productivity in the workplace. However, they also offer benefits to the individual through a variety of health and wellbeing orientated features. Almost all smartwatches today provide monitoring and recording of heart rate, blood pressure, and steps walked, alongside a huge range of apps that encourage mindfulness and other wellbeing-based activities to help support nurses through particularly stressful days. Smart Fobs and the Future Today’s smartwatches have so much great technology packed inside their tiny form factors that it’s difficult not to fall in love with them. However, there remains one issue that is hindering mass adoption for nurses and hospitals in general—they must be worn on the wrist for many of the features to work effectively. This, of course, can be problematic when some clinical hygiene standards dictate that nothing must be worn below the elbow. However, innovation never stands still, and today, smart fobs for nurses are beginning to make waves. Most recently, as part of the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Program 2018, nursing student Jordan Kidd has designed a silicone fob that provides easy access to Apple Watches. The fob can be used as a standalone piece, or in conjunction with a standard strap for the best of both worlds. In the future, Jordan hopes to develop a referencing app that will allow access to useful information such as vital sign ranges, electrolyte levels, and drug calculation formulas to ensure the smart fob is equally as effective as its wrist-worn counterpart.

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