Our top 6 stories of 2013

Let's take a look back at 2013 and some of the top articles of the year:

1. Preventing infections in hospitals
Health care-associated infections can cause serious problems for patients, which is why we addressed the issue in October. Some of the most common types of HAIs include:

  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • gastrointestinal infections
  • surgical site infections
  • ventilator-associated pneumonia

However, most of these issues can easily be avoided. Taking simple steps such as putting prevention policies and guidelines in place is a good start. However, staff members need to be followed up with to make certain that they are following protocol.

2. Descriptions of important diabetic supplies
Patients who suffer from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes know the importance of having the proper medical supplies on hand at all times. Key products for treating the disease are:

  • infusion sets
  • lancing devices
  • control solutions
  • diabetic socks

There are a number of other diabetic supplies, all of which are sold by Medex Supply. It's vital for family members of those with diabetes to know about the different equipment and how it is used to manage the condition. So, take a look at our article from the beginning for an overview of these supplies.

3. Control blood sugar with these foods
While it's always important for diabetics to control their blood sugar, this can be especially tricky during the winter season. Some of the best snacks to enjoy year-round include:

  • avocados
  • hummus and veggies
  • nuts
  • peanut butter on sourdough

Or, you may want to consider cooking with:

  • brown rice
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • garlic
  • lentils

As each of these ingredients can benefit blood-sugar management. When proper diet is paired with quality diabetic supplies, patients can rest easy that they are in good shape.

4. Keep your family safe from leftovers
Whether you're eating out or at parties over the New Year, it's important to keep foot safety in mind when it comes to leftovers. Here are a few tips for avoiding food borne illnesses due to improper storage:

  • Refrigerate food within two hours of preparation
  • Reheat and eat all leftovers within three to four days of storage
  • Stir food while reheating
  • Keep fridge at an internal temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit

When it comes to food, it's best to toss it in the garbage if you're unsure whether or not it's safe for consumption. This can go a long way in preventing infection.

5. Tips for proper wound care
When kids get a little too rough or an accident happens around the house, it's important for parents to know how to care for the wound. Some key advice for treating minor injuries or burns you should know include:

  • Stopping the bleeding by applying light pressure to the area
  • Cleaning the wound with the appropriate supplies
  • Using an antibiotic ointment to prevent germs from causing an infection
  • Covering the area with a bandage for protection

So you can be ready for anything, order a set of wound care supplies from Medex Supply online. But be sure to solicit the help of a professional if the injury is severe or won't stop bleeding for more than 30 minutes.

6. New surgical equipment may help sleep apnea sufferers
In August, we discussed the use of transoral robotic surgery for treating patients who suffer from sleep apnea. This procedure was discovered by researchers from Wayne State University, and it may be useful for improving the well-being of these individuals. Sleep apnea can cause issues with an individual's social life in addition to causing other health issues. For instance, the condition can lead to high blood pressure and liver dysfunction, both of which can result in serious complications. If you suffer from sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your doctor about possible treatment options.

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