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Kemper Medical, Inc.

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  • Ergonomic solutions and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders

    The science of ergonomics dates back as far as to 5th century BC when the ancient Greeks used it to design their tools, jobs, and work places. Since then, ergonomics has evolved along with the changing work, environment, tools and everything associated with it, to bring about higher levels of comfort, efficiency, and productivity into everyday work life.

    Many jobs require long working hours while remaining in the same position, or too much walking, or sitting in front of the computer for long time etc. All these jobs can cause serious wear and tear to the body if done for prolonged durations of time. Muscles and bones suffer from stress, resulting in fatigue and pain. While it may not reveal immediate damage, in the long run, people end up suffering from a lot of critical health issues. In order to avoid this, many employers and managers began to pay special attention toward creating an environment that does not induce stress to the muscles or minds.

    Ergonomically designed tools and solutions are found everywhere, from car seats to garden tools to chairs and desks. Some are easily identified, others not so much. The main purpose behind the use of scientifically designed furniture is to ensure to safe, comfortable, and healthy work environment without causing exertion. It not only considers the physique of the individuals but also the type of work, tasks, tools and equipment, design, space, environment, organizations and culture and laws. When it comes to medical professions like nursing, the use of ergonomic solutions like seats, mats and lab chairs in the workspace boosts their stamina, concentration, and comfort.

    The obvious advantage of using ergonomically designed furniture is better health. There are no longer bad posture troubles, aches, and injuries. It is also safe, both from a short term and long term health care perspective. Effective use of ergonomics in work environment, tools, and body language of staffs prevents the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that cause deterioration to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs in human body. Another interesting fact is that ergonomically designed furniture is no longer an eye sore. It pleases to the aesthetics of everyone and blends well with the style and image of the company and employers. It combines comfort with fashion, which also means that the employees work can work longer without affecting their health and peace of mind as well as the profit margins of the company.

    Ergonomic solutions greatly boost staff productivity as it creates ideal workstation that facilitates proper posture, less strain on body, adjustable height, reach and motions. Naturally, this further enhances the quality of the work and the morale of the employees as they appreciate the effort and investments made to ensure a stress-free work environment.

    At the first cut, investing in ergonomics may seem expensive. However, with so many people being identified with poor work habits and wrong body posture are diagnosed with MSDs, ergonomics turns out to be a responsible and sustainable way to manage musculoskeletal injuries at work places. It reduces injuries and saves money, time, and efficiency lost over workers' compensation costs, medical claims, and lagging work time.

  • The role of modern dental loupes in the world of dentistry

    Every medical profession requires special diagnostic tools and devices to help the physicians treat, identify the exact location of disease, and finally recommend the best treatment plan. There are several research projects to develop innovative methods and diagnostic tools that can assist in performing the treatment procedures easily. Dental loupe is one such device that is used widely in the field of dentistry.

    Dental loupes are small magnifying devices used by orthodontists and dental hygienists to examine and accurately diagnose oral cavity disorders. These devices help periodontists to identify the exact location of dental caries (or cavities), visualize the accessory canals, and find the existence of plaques. For professional dental hygienists, the binocular form of magnifying devices is extremely advantageous as it enables them to perform hands-free mode of treatment. According to the public healthcare research reports, the varied eating habit has resulted in the increasing prevalence of dental disorders. This ultimately leads to an increasing global demand of equipment frequently used in dental clinics.

    Dental hygienists are easily prone to common physical ailments, such as eye strain, backache, and shoulder weaknesses. Use of these medical devices helps the dental hygienists to perform the procedures more efficiently and at ease.

    A surgical instrument is considered at its best when factors such as quality standards and warranty are evaluated. Following are few characteristics that make up the best dental loupe:

    • Magnification Power

    Usually dental loupes are designed with magnifications ranging from 2× to 8×. The optimal magnification power that dentists use is 2.5×. The magnification factor is important as it determines the working distance of the dentist to accurately determine the plaque formation and improvise the visualization of the oral cavity.

    Innovated models of dental loupes are available that has LED lights mounted on to the binocular device. This becomes more convenient as the source of light is also an important factor while performing the complete line of dental procedures. Loupe-mounted cameras form another feature that allows the endodontists to record the exceptional treatment procedures.

    • Resolution of magnifying lenses

    A high-quality loupe would always provide crystal-clear view of the oral cavity and would never display a blue haze on the images. The fine detail of the objects needs to be viewed without spherical aberrations and chromatic aberrations.

    • Field of view and the depth of view

    The field of view is directly related to the magnification power and a high-performance optical system would provide a field of view of up to 125 mm.

    The depth of view is directly related to the working distance and a high-performance optical system would provide a depth of view of up to 120 mm.

    • Clip-on loupes

    If a dentist uses prescribed lenses, there are Clip-on loupes that can be easily adjusted to be fitted on to the glasses to provide a perfect view. Kemper Medical Inc. supplies various designs of clip-on loupes that possesses square, round, and oval clip-ons to perfectly match the type of lenses worn by the dental hygienist.

    • Weight of the loupes

    As the loupes are required to be worn and used for a quite long period of time, ultra lightweight loupes are preferred over bulky ones for maximum comfort.

    Kemper has a wide range of designs for optical systems that include frames made of nickel alloy, titanium; loupes with headband; loupes with LED headlights; and loupes with radiation protection. The products are available with the lowest available prices.

  • Kemper Medical Pigg-O-Stat

    Pigg-O-Stat Medical Professional Story

    Working in a pediatric clinic has its share of joys and frustrations, probably in about equal parts. After having worked as a Medical Assistant in a clinic for nine years in Buffalo, NY, I can personally attest to that fact, but I can also declare honestly that the job itself is not a 50-50 proposition, but is 100% rewarding.

    There's something about contributing to a child's well-being that just gives you a feeling of satisfaction that lasts long after the lights go dark in the office. One particular area though, always gave me pause for reflection, and made me dread my work ever so slightly, and that would be when we had to take X-Rays of a young child for whatever reason.

    'Fun' with X-Rays

    Have you ever tried to persuade a 5-year old youngster to sit perfectly still for radiography? I can tell you first-hand that it is not the best approach to tell him that even the slightest movement might be enough to blur the picture, and might force us to go through the whole procedure again. As often as not, I've found that youngsters actually seem to enjoy going through all the fuss of having X-Rays taken, and consider it something of an adventure.

    The problem with the scenario is this: if the child absolutely will not sit still through the procedure, the results are invariably useless, and guess what happens next? Yes - someone has to hold the child in position. Who would that someone be, you ask? Me, myself, I. All three of us. That might solve the problem of the Wiggling Waif, but it creates another problem - more radiation exposure for me. This is no small issue, because even though X-Ray equipment settings for children are always administered according to ALARA protocol (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), any un-absorbed radiation has to go somewhere in the room.

    Help from KMI

    And that's when I started taking things into my own hands, researching what other offices use to manage this problem. And I came up with something that was absolutely perfect - the Pigg-o-Stat Pediatric X-Ray Positioner. It's made by Kemper Medical Inc., and it seems to have been kid-tested with enormous success ever since 1960 (so how come I never heard about it??). In the article I read, the Immobilizer was advertised as an all-in-one positioner, which means it can help to keep kids stationary throughout the X-Ray process, whether it happens to be a foot, an arm, a hand, or a neck being pictured.

    Kemper Medical Pigg-O-Stat
    Our small children's clinic in upstate NY certainly had nothing like this, and I had never heard about it from colleagues or friends, but after researching it a bit, it sounded like something that would provide the perfect solution for our clinic. Best of all, the folks at Kemper Medical offered it at the lowest prices of any medical equipment provider I could find - and that would give me the best chance of pitching it to my boss, Dr. Harvey.

    Selling points

    The more I read about this child immobilizer, the more I became convinced it would perfectly serve the needs of our pediatric clinic, and would be a real benefit to all of us who worked there as well. I was so impressed that I had to jot these things down, so I could make big pitch to Dr. Harvey the next day in the office. Here's what I found:

    • The Pigg-o-Stat gives you the absolute best chance of getting a clear X-Ray on the very first attempt, and that is ideal for both the child and for the technician who would otherwise have to position the child
    • Less radiation absorption by the X-Ray technician, with fewer repetitions necessary
    • Full control of the child is achievable, so the very best X-Rays can be taken, and the most informative results will be provided
    • Since child X-Rays are usually captured on the first try, the child doesn't get nearly so fidgety or anxious from having to sit through multiple attempts
    • The Pigg-o-Stat is guaranteed by its manufacturer (Modern Way Immobilizers)
    • Medical personnel confirm its reliability, durability, and long-lasting qualities - and they give it a 99% approval rate!

    A word about Kemper Medical Inc

    Naturally, the low price got me to wondering about Kemper Medical, so being the thorough person that I am, I checked them out too. And I loved what I found. Kemper is not the actual manufacturer of the product, but they are a worldwide distributor of Pigg-o-Stat, and they stand behind it as a premium product, made of the best materials. All products offered by Kemper are top of the line medical products, made by the most recognized name brand companies in the medical industry. So talk about credibility and reliability!

    Because Kemper has developed a strong management structure which can operate the company on the slimmest of margins, they can legitimately afford to pass those savings on to clients. Kemper wins, the clients win, and the patients win. I was so excited that I called Kemper after reading all about the Pigg-o-Stat Pediatric X-Ray Positioner to talk to someone about what it would take to get one shipped to our facility as soon as I could get approval from my boss.

    Even the call was a pleasant experience! The representative totally understood medical situations and terminology, and could easily relate to my own frustrations. Toward the end of my call, she even recommended that I have Dr. Harvey call the next day, and she would talk to him herself.


    Fast forward three weeks. A shiny new Pigg-o-Static Child Immobilizer is installed in our X-Ray room, and our very first candidate is escorted in apprehensively, to sit for pictures. I am thrilled to get him all setup, reassure him about how easy and fun it will be, and then I exit the room entirely. The first X-Rays come out minutes later - crystal clear and perfect! Life is good again.

  • The Importance of Wearing Leaded Glasses

    Have you ever wondered why leaded glasses are important for people who work with equipment that emit radiation like x-ray and CT scan machines? With the wide variety of ultra-light lenses and newly-designed frames, protective lead eyewear is used by most medical professionals. Such eyewear is also increasingly used for interventional radiology, urological procedures, orthopedic surgery, and pain management.

    Radiation and the Eyes

    Relatively high radiation doses can damage the iris, conjunctiva, sclera, and the retina’s blood vessels. Even with low dose radiation, however, the lens of the eyes can sustain permanent damage. It is important to remember that it is the lens which serves as the eye’s focusing part and is where cataracts develop.

    The lens’s sensitivity to radiation is due to normal cell replacement failure. The damage to cells brought on by low-dose radiation consists of abnormal cell production (leading to mutated cells) and cell death. The eye’s normal metabolism cannot get rid of the mutated cells damaged by radiation. This leads to the crystalline lens’s premature clouding, which causes reduced vision that can only be corrected when the cataract has matured and can be removed.

    The risk of developing cataracts is high when your eyes are exposed to radiation. Thus, wearing leaded eyewear is important to maintain eye health especially when you are around medical imaging systems.

    Why Put On Protective Eyewear?

    There are other reasons to wear leaded goggles aside from cataract prevention. Medical professionals wear protective eyewear to reduce the risk of workplace electromagnetic radiation. Doctors, medical technologists, and nurses who work with radiation need such protection as studies strongly point to low-exposure radiation’s potential to cause damage to the eyes.

    Aside from cataracts, radiation exposure can damage tear ducts and result in dry eyes and make the eyes more susceptible to infection. Vision loss, retinal damage, tumor growth, and glaucoma can also be traced to radiation exposure in the eye.

    Lead goggles in the past were bulky and were inconvenient to wear. Medical professionals who were already wearing prescription lenses were urged to use protective eyewear over their prescription lenses.

    Nowadays, you have access to various choices and you can find stylish, well-fitting, and lightweight options. If you are wearing prescription glasses, you can have your radiation glasses specifically made with your prescription so you don’t have to wear two pairs of glasses when you are handling imaging equipment.

    Choosing Eyewear

    When you are looking for radiation glasses, there are a few things to consider.

    • Think first of the provided level of protection. Leaded glasses are meant to deflect radiation so they do not reach your eyes. The front lenses must be .75 mmPb minimum. Peripheral or side protection should also be important and side lenses must be at least .5 mmPb.
    • The eyewear’s comfort must also be taken into consideration. The glasses must be well-fitting. It should be in place and not slide down to your nose when you look down. As you choose the best pair, check for under-eye or nose pressure. If you feel noticeable pressure, the eyewear may be too heavy for extended use.
    • The eyewear’s construction is also important. Pick out adjustable frames as the fit – after several uses – may change. The lenses and frames should also be sufficiently durable to withstand unintentional floor drops. The lenses must also be resistant to scratches. Choose eyewear that has cleaning instructions and a warranty that covers defects and damage.

    Various Styles of Protective Eyewear

    Recent radiation eyewear designs make use of wrap-around tech to make sure the eyes are not damaged by harmful radiation. Medical professionals don’t have to look utilitarian to get sufficient protection. Designs come in various styles and colors and may be selected to complement the scrubs or the wearer’s face.

    Some of radiation eyewear’s popular features include foam-surround and anti-fog. As your body temperature rises, eyewear may fog. There is special technology to counter such occurrence. Medical professionals also look for scratch resistance. Moreover, users also seek affordable and lightweight options.

    Protect Yourself

    When it comes to radiation protection, the first thing you should consider is protecting your eye’s retina. Exposure to radiation builds up in your body. A lot of the effects can go unnoticed for a few weeks, months, or years. Thus, you should take no chances when it comes to your eyes.

    While leaded eyewear is more expensive than the average eyewear, its price is commensurate to the protection the radiation eyewear gives you. Even a few hundred dollars for a pair of radiation eyewear is considerably lesser than the medical expenses incurred in removing or treating eye disorders like cataracts.

    When buying radiation eyewear, choose a pair that has met safety standards. You can buy such eyewear online and you can get your pair in about a few weeks.

    Don’t take any chances. If you continually work around radiation equipment, invest in a good pair of lead eyewear to protect your eyes from permanent damage.

  • Why Radiation Glasses are a Must for Workers in Interventional Radiology?

    A medical professional in the field of interventional radiology is like a fairy-tale hero who battles a dragon. The hero risks his life to save the princess and comes home battle-scarred with burns and scratches.

    Medical professionals in the field of interventional radiology do a lot of diagnostic tests and procedures for their patients.

    The use of images for diagnosis and intervention procedures helps in minimizing the need for traditional surgery. It lessens the need for high-risk invasive medical procedures. It brings down the risk of infection, hastens recovery, reduces time spent in the hospital, and increases chances of healing and recovery.

    These interventions include ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography scans or CT scans, x-rays, CT fluoroscopy, and MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. All these interventions release radiation.

    A doctor may not have dramatic burns to show for his efforts, but he does take some risks in the arena of the interventional room. He risks his health by his exposure to radiation. Studies show that when a doctor (or any medical staff) does a radiology procedure, he exposes himself to potentially harmful radioactive rays. He receives low dose radiation (LDR) – approximately a thousand of what his patient is exposed to. However, LDR can add up and have harmful cumulative effects.

    A hero has a shield. A doctor needs leaded protection. Medical personnel in the fields of radiology and fluoroscopy get exposed to many forms of radiation while doing their jobs. They need leaded gloves, thyroid shields, and leaded aprons to shield them from the harmful effects of x-rays.

    It is only recently that critical attention has been given to the harmful effects of radiation to the lens of the eye. Repeated exposure to LDR can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Long-term exposure can even lead to blindness.

    The ICRP or the International Commission on Radiological Protection states that occupational exposure of the eyes to radiation must be limited to 150 mSv per year. Some experts believe that the limit should be even lower. Cataracts quickly develop when a person absorbs more radiation because of repeated exposure – even to low doses of radioactive rays. The lens of the eye is apt to develop opacities, impeding vision.

    Research shows that the risk of cataract formation rises as the frequency of exposure increases. This plainly shows that if you are in the field of radiology, you have to use radiation glasses to protect your eyes.

    How do radiation protection glasses help you save your eyes?

    Human tissue responds to radiation in different ways. The brain demonstrates minimal sensitivity to radiation. The eyes show extreme sensitivity even to low-dose radiation. Without protection, your eyes are likely to form cataracts with repeated radiation exposure. You have to ensure that you keep your eyes healthy by using the right protection.

    What should you look for in radiation protection glasses?

    Make sure that you use protection glasses with unquestionable optical superiority for excellent vision. Aside from optical quality, look for appropriate protective quality. Experts suggest that you use safety glasses with 0.75mm Pb equivalent lenses. The protection is sufficient in keeping your eyes safe from harm.

    These safety glasses weaken the intensity of the radiation, which goes through the glasses. They reduce the force of the harmful rays. When the rays reach your eyes, they are weaker and less likely to cause harm.

    In Europe, professionals who work in interventional radiation units are required to use radiation safety glasses. In the United States, policies differ from one hospital to another. If you want to preserve your eyesight, it is prudent to use safety glasses. You will not think twice about using a lead protection apron or leaded gloves when you work in the radiation room. You should not have to deliberate about using protection glasses either.

    In the past, the options for leaded radiation protection glasses were quite limited. The only ones available were usually uncomfortable and heavy. It is not surprising that only a few medical personnel opted to use the glasses at work.

    Today, people understand the critical need for these protection glasses. Companies have come up with more and better options. There is now a wide range of safety glasses to choose from. You can have light and comfortable protection glasses. You can have prescription or non-prescription. You can get protection glasses that are just as smart as fashion sunglasses. You can get them in the size and style that work for you. It is not surprising that more people now comply with the recommendation to use eye protection.

    With the availability of many useful, practical and stylish safety glasses, you should not dilly-dally about getting radiation glasses. You need eye protection, and you have many excellent options to consider.

  • Using Leaded Eyewear Is Critical for Fluoroscopy Work

    If your work exposes you to x-ray radiation on a regular basis, you need protection. The exposure can have harmful side effects which can sometimes be permanent.

    Doctors, nurses, and technicians who do fluoroscopy procedures are at high risk. Leaded apparel like gloves and aprons provide protection and minimize the risk. If your job regularly exposes you to x-ray radiation, you should also use leaded glasses in addition to the leaded apparel. Repeated exposure can result in cumulative ill-effects.

    Using leaded eyewear is essential to your well-being. Studies show that people who do not use eye protection put their eyes in serious danger, particularly from cataracts. Prior to the advent of safety glasses, a large percentage of individuals doing fluoroscopy suffered from cataracts. It makes good sense to use protective eyewear. If you feel the need to use leaded apparel in performing your job, why shouldn’t you seek the same protection for your eyes?

    In Europe, technicians, doctors, and other personnel doing radiology and fluoroscopy procedures, and are thus exposed to x-rays, are required to use leaded safety glasses for protection. In the United States, only some hospitals require their staff to do the same. Even if the hospital you work for does not have policies and procedures to this effect, it is to your advantage if you use safety glasses. Common sense and regard for your personal safety and welfare dictate that you get yourself a pair of high-quality safety glasses for your own protection. You do not want to join the ranks of the many medical professionals who have health issues arising from the constant exposure to harmful radiation from x-rays.

    Your work provides you a regular salary. It contributes a sense of purpose to your life. You do not want it to be unfavorable to your health. If you cannot avoid exposure to x-ray radiation because your work calls for you to work with x-ray machines, make leaded glasses part of your work attire. They are vital to your health and well-being. Without the protection that these safety glasses provide, you are likely to risk harming your eyes. The harm can be permanent. It can even lead to blindness.

    You will not think twice about wearing leaded gloves when you do your work. If you feel the need to wear leaded protection while going through a work procedure, you should feel the same way about leaded safety glasses. You have to protect your eyes in the same manner that you protect the rest of your body. If you do not do fluoroscopy procedures on a daily basis, make it a point to use safety glasses every time that you do fluoroscopic work.

    It is universal knowledge that exposure can be harmful to health. Most individuals take extreme care to limit their exposure to radioactive rays. Even healthcare workers who do diagnostic CT imaging retreat to a protected control room when an x-ray machine is energized.

    However, you cannot do this if your work entails having to work closely with machines that emit harmful x-ray radiation. A patient gets exposed to the primary x-rays administered to him. You get occupational exposure from the scattered x-rays. You are not safe from x-rays just because you are not directly in front of the machine as a patient is. X-rays tend to disperse at different angles.

    The best that you can do is to stay protected. You should use lead aprons, lead gloves, and neck collars. You should also use safety glasses to give you the necessary eye protection.

    Safety eyewear is important. Radiation affects different kinds of human tissue in different ways. Your brain is generally not sensitive to radiation. Your eyes, however, tend to be extremely sensitive. Without protective eyewear, your eyes are repeatedly exposed to radiation and may eventually show the effects of cumulative radiation exposure. Over time, your eye lens may develop opacities that weaken your vision.

    Prepare to do fluoroscopy procedures by wearing lead goggles with 0.75mm Pb equivalent lenses. These lenses are considered suitable for doing such work without harming the eyes. Look for leaded lenses of superior optical quality for effective vision and protection from x-ray radiation.

    Safety glasses suitable for use when doing fluoroscopic procedures are available in non-prescription and prescription styles. They come in many sizes and styles so you can rest assured that you can find a pair of leaded eyewear that works for you. Protect your eyes from any risk by using protective eyewear while doing your job.

  • How To Properly Check Your Pulse

    One of the first things a physician does when examining a patient is to check his or her pulse. Your pulse often tells a great deal about your health and your current state. A rapidly beating pulse, for instance, could signal an agitated state or that you had just finished exercising.

    While doctors can use a variety of hospital supplies or medical supplies to check your pulse, there is a simple way in which you could do it yourself at home.

    The following is a step-by-step guide illustrating how you can do this

    • First, find your pulse. The most common area to check for this is on your wrist. Stretch out your left hand (or your right, if you are left-handed), keeping your palm upwards and your elbow at a slight angle.
    • Using the index and middle fingers of your other hand, lay your fingertips on the area of the wrist that is nearest to the base of the thumb.
    • Increase or lighten the pressure until you can feel the arteries underneath the skin pumping away.
    • If you still can’t find your pulse, either shift the position of your fingertips all over your wrist until you do or point your left arm (or right arm, if you are left-handed) towards the floor to get the blood flowing through the arteries.
    • You can also try finding your pulse on your neck or on your chest.
      • To check your pulse via the neck, locate the tender, hollow crevice beneath your windpipe. Use the index and middle fingers of your right hand and gently lay your fingertips on the said area. Again, you can increase or decrease the pressure applied to find your pulse.

    Note: When checking your pulse rate via the neck, do take care not to press too hard. Doing so could result in a reflex motion that will slow down your heart.

    • If you want to take your pulse via your chest area, you can use a stethoscope like the ones provided by Kemper Medical. You can start by removing your shirt and/or undergarments and then holding the stethoscope against the upper left area of your chest. Hold it steady there and listen for any beating.

    You can also try installing smartphone applications that can take and measure your pulse for you. These applications normally function by having you put your fingertip over your phone’s camera lens for a minute or two.

    Once you are able to detect your pulse, you can start checking your pulse rate by counting the number of beats your pulse gives off for a full minute. Alternatively, you can also pay attention to the number of beats your pulse gives off for only 30 seconds and then proceed to double that number to arrive at the same figure.

    There are also other key things to consider, such as:

    • The normal pulse or heart rate for healthy adults is at 60-100 beats per minute. However, this number applies to your pulse when you are at rest. The lower your resting pulse is, the healthier you are.
    • To get the most accurate measure of your pulse or heart rate, lie down on the floor for about one minute before you begin tracking your pulse. This helps get your body into a more relaxed state.
    • You may notice the occasional missed beats while checking your pulse. Provided that this irregularity seldom occurs as you measure your pulse, it should be nothing to worry about. However, you should consult with a qualified physician if you frequently encounter missed beats while checking your pulse. This could be a symptom of atrial fibrillation, which is characterized by an irregular and fast-paced heart rate.
    • It is also recommended that you consult a physician if your pulse is consistently below 40 beats per minute or invariably above 120 beats per minute.

    Lastly, you can try to measure your actual maximum heart rate and compare it to your potential maximum heart rate. This is basically the fastest your pulse rate can get. To calculate the former, you can deduct your current age from the figure 220. The resulting difference is your potential maximum heart rate.

    Next, you can go for an intense run or do some brisk walking for about 30 minutes. Immediately after this exercise, find your pulse and measure your actual heart rate using any of the strategies mentioned above. Compare this figure with the potential maximum heart rate computed in the past paragraph. Those two figures should not be too far apart.

  • Radiation Protection Aprons: Health Protectors for Health Workers

    The invention of x-ray machines is truly a huge development in the medical industry. Utilizing x-rays in medical imaging (such as radiology, ultrasound, and CT scan) allows doctors to view the internal organs and structures of a patient and identify if any medical treatment is necessary.

    However, constant and frequent exposure to x-rays can be detrimental to a person’s health. Imagine how dangerous that could be for radiologists and doctors who use x-ray machines on a regular basis. Since stopping using x-ray machines is not an option, health workers need to use protective gears to avoid the negative effects of harmful x-rays. This is where radiation protection aprons come to play.

    They are specialized clothing that can protect a health worker from x-ray radiation emitted by medical imaging machines. Their design can range from a small band that is wide enough to protect the neck up to a full-sized apron that covers the entire body. These aprons have a rubber outer surface and are padded with an insulating material that shields a person’s body from radiation.

    The impact of radiation from x-ray, if it directly penetrates a person’s body, has been proven to cause major health issues such as tissue damage, organ failures, DNA malformations, and cancer. The insulating material absorbs the “shock” of x-ray radiation so it won’t directly impact a person’s body.

    The most commonly used material for these protective aprons is lead, as it has a strong shielding power in a compact amount. A one-centimeter thick lead is already enough to block x-ray radiation, whilst steel needs to have a thickness of at least 2.5cm and concrete needs at least 6cm. It would be difficult to wear something that thick, right?

    Despite being slightly heavy, lead aprons are ideal for health workers because they provide extensive protection with just the right amount of comfort. However, some manufacturers have innovated these aprons and combined other metallic materials in lieu of lead to make the aprons lighter and more comfortable.

    Keep in mind that x-ray aprons are not like the typical kitchen apron that you use when cooking or cleaning. These specialized aprons contain a sheet of metal so they should be carefully handled and maintained.

    Before using any protective apron, it is important to check it thoroughly for any damages. Inspect the inner and outer covering as well as the seams of the apron for any visible wear and tear. Check that all attachments such as belts, clips, or fasteners are secured and in good condition. Run your hands over the apron to see if there are any bumps, lumps, cracks, sagging, and inconsistencies. Should you find something, have the apron checked radiographically. The universal medical adage, “when in doubt, discard,” applies to these aprons as well.

    The metal component is the most important part of these protective aprons. Be careful not to crease or tear the metal component of the apron as a slight damage on it could defeat the apron’s purpose and put a medical staff’s health at great risk. Unless designed for such purpose, never sit down when wearing an x-ray apron as this could crease the metal component. Avoid sharp and pointed objects that could tear the apron’s surface. Store the aprons carefully using special apron hangers or racks instead of folding them or hanging them over chair backs and other uneven surfaces.

    These protective aprons can be exposed to dirt and grime, so it is vital to keep them clean to avoid damage to the metal component. Use cold water and mild detergent when cleaning the surface of the apron instead of bleach. Wipe the surfaces clean instead of soaking them in water. Machine laundering, autoclaving, and dry cleaning are strongly discouraged.

    Constant exposure to x-ray radiation can deteriorate and weaken the metal component of radiation protection aprons after some time and this can lessen their effectiveness. Lead is a hazardous waste and it can be a toxic substance if disposed improperly; thus, protective aprons cannot be treated as normal trash. If possible, recycling protective aprons and using them for other purposes that can fit them is highly encouraged.

    Should a lead apron need to be disposed, contact a disposal service company for proper handling and disposal. Other aprons with a different metal component may not need special disposal instructions, but, as the medical adage goes, when in doubt, discard and dispose it properly.

    Radiation protection aprons are an efficient tool for medical staff, radiologists, and doctors in protecting their own health. With proper care and handling, these protective aprons can help health workers ensure the health of their patients more efficiently.

  • Seven Medical Myths You Shouldn’t Believe In Anymore

    Medicine has gone through a myriad of changes over time and has continued to transform from what it had been in the past. Practices that existed just ten years ago, now seem alien to today’s society. Hospitals that use Kemper Medical have also continued to adapt and now can help more people while making medical procedures more affordable.

    Even with technology improving around hospital supplies and hospital equipment, it can still be difficult to believe that there are some medical practices and myths from times of old that people still believe.

    It's understandable when something experiences so many different changes, and with new ways of taking care of the human body and of combating existing diseases being developed.

    Below are seven of the most common medical myths that people still believe today, even if they have already been proven to be false.

    • Shaved hair is coarser and darker when it grows back. This myth has been busted a long time ago, yet many people continue to assert that hair becomes thicker and darker when it is shaved. Back in 1928, a trial compared the quality and the speed of growth of shaved and unshaved hair patches. The results revealed that there is no difference both in quality and in color between the two.

      The reason why people think that shaved hair is coarse and dark is because after shaving, the hair grows with a blunt top edge, which eventually gets worn over time, making it seem like the hair is thicker than it really is. The hair also appears dark because it has not yet been exposed to sunlight.

    • Eight glasses of water a day. This is a standard rule of thumb which parents have told their children. Even doctors have given the same advice. However, the truth is that there is no medical evidence to support the claim that a person should drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy.

      The myth presumably comes from a 1945 Nutrition Council recommendation of taking at least eight glasses, or sixty-four ounces, of fluid every day. Take note that the original recommendation used the word “fluid”, which means that fruit juices, coffee, and other forms of liquids, also count.

    • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death. This myth actually had medical professionals quarrelling, until it was determined that this was not true. When a dead person’s body is observed, it would seem as if over time, the hair and fingernails continue to grow. However, upon closer and more detailed inspection, what is really happening is that as the skin dries up and begins to retract, more of the hidden parts of the fingernails and hair are exposed, making it seem like they are “growing” when in fact they are not.
    • Humans only use ten percent of their brains. You might have heard of this in various television shows and even in Hollywood movies. However, PET, MRI scans, and other hospital equipment have revealed that all parts of the brain are constantly active. Close inspection of brain cells and neurons reveal that there are no inactive or dormant areas in the brain. In fact, each part of the brain serves a specific purpose, from identifying sensations to cognitive function. The idea was originally promulgated by motivational speakers in the 1900s that convinced people that they have not yet reached their full potential.
    • Reading in dim light is bad for the eyes. Not only does this make no sense, but there is no proof of dim light being a contributing factor to eye sight degradation. If this were true, all of the people who lived in the era before electricity would have suffered eye damage.

      The worst thing that could happen when you read in dim light is eye strain and reduction in eye acuity, which can easily be remedied through rest. Reading while lying down poses a more serious threat to eyesight than reading in dim light.

    • Eating turkey can be attributed to drowsiness. Although turkey does contain a sleep inducing chemical called tryptophan, the level of tryptophan that an entire turkey has is so small that it has little (if it has any) effect. This myth is still popular because turkey is usually served in large amounts along with alcohol.
    • Cellphones pose a threat in hospitals. A common belief held by medical professionals is that cellphones can cause hospital equipment to malfunction. However, in reality, there has been no documented case of anyone dying in a hospital through cellphone interference. Phones also affect only four percent of devices, and they only do so if the phone is at least three feet away from the device. This effect is so small that it is almost unintelligible.
  • When Should You Get an X-Ray?

    If you have ever wanted to know about how something works, the quickest way would naturally be to take it apart and put it back together again. Unfortunately, that is not something that you can easily accomplish if the specific object that you want to study is the human body.

    For that reason, sci-fi writers and inventors came up with the concept of x-ray glasses that reportedly allow the user to see through walls, clothes, and possibly even bodies. Unfortunately, human technology is not yet that advanced. In truth, many of the x-ray glasses sold in the market can only make the users feel slightly dizzy or create fancy optical illusions at most. After all, an x-ray device is far too complicated and dangerous to leave in the hands of children without any radiation protection, much less in a position that is so close to the delicate eye area.

    How Does An X-Ray Work?

    Despite its similarity to the artificial light sources that are used on a daily basis, the light beam of an x-ray machine is able to pass through light and nonmetallic objects including human tissues. However, these light beams are not visible to the naked eye since they vibrate on a much shorter wavelength.

    Generally, an x-ray allows the doctor to look into his patient without the need for incisions. Similar to the concept of the sci-fi x-ray glasses, an actual x-ray machine produces on a metal film a snapshot of the structures or bones inside your body. The softer tissues, such as muscle and fat, are shown as grey shapes on the film. Meanwhile, denser bones or metal parts appear as bright white structures since they are able to absorb the radiation. Finally, the air in your lungs appears completely black.

    Why Should You Get An X-Ray?

    The most common reasons people would opt to get an x-ray are a bone fracture, a dental infection, and dental decay. Since bones and teeth appear quite clearly on the film, it is easier for dentists and doctors to determine the problem.

    Patients who are suffering from painful joints are also often recommended to undergo yearly x-ray sessions. The x-ray will enable your doctor to discern whether your arthritis is worsening or improving.

    Illnesses that are concentrated in the bones, such as osteoporosis and bone cancer, can also be remedied with early treatment if the patient chooses to have themselves x-rayed. The machine can detect any signs of tumor and allow the doctor to treat it before it progresses.

    Conversely, illnesses concentrated in softer tissues such as the lungs, heart, and breast could also benefit from a quick x-ray. Diseases of the lung such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, and lung cancer can be quickly detected through a chest x-ray. An abnormally enlarged heart can also appear on a chest x-ray and determine the extent of a patient’s chances of congestive heart failure.

    For special cases, a mammography can also be conducted to examine a patient’s breast tissue. This special x-ray test helps the doctor observe any strange growths in the tissue that could potentially progress into breast cancer.

    Lastly, younger patients or even family pets can undergo an x-ray if they accidentally swallow a small object. Unsurprisingly, toys such as tiny dolls, balls, and even coins and keys are some of the most common items that can appear inside a toddler’s stomach x-ray.

    What Are The Risks Involved?

    While an x-ray can help a doctor detect a potentially malignant tumor in its early stages and prevent its growth, some patients are still wary that there is not enough radiation protection used in the procedure. After all, radiation exposure has been known to cause cell mutations that could eventually lead to cancer.

    Normally, though, the amount of radiation that your body is exposed to at any given time is relatively low. Nevertheless, children are still given x-rays with caution and with a significant amount of radiation protection since their growing bodies are more sensitive to the radiation.

    Are X-Rays Safe?

    In truth, the body part, tissue, or organ that will be examined will determine the amount of radiation to which you will be exposed. In some cases, you will even be required to wear x-ray aprons to provide the majority of your body with a certain level of protection.

    X-ray aprons are special clothes that are often constructed with a rubber exterior and a lead interior. The lead safety clothing reduces the amount of radiation that can penetrate your vital organs.

    Lead safety clothing items are particularly helpful in protecting a patient’s reproductive organs. After all, it is possible that excessive radiation exposure can cause serious damage to the egg or sperm cells and result in genetic mutations.

    Similarly, pregnant women or women who suspect that they might be pregnant could opt to wear x-ray aprons to protect their unborn babies. Conversely, they could opt to undergo a different type of imaging test such as an ultrasound instead. Still, it should be said that most diagnostic x-rays carry minimal risks and the benefits of these tests still outweigh the perceived threats.

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