AADCO Featured in the World’s Only Flying Eye Hospital!

AADCO’s Hercules® Surgical Lighting Equipment System has been installed in the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

What is Orbis‘ mission?  To end avoidable blindness.  

Equal parts teacher, advocate and envoy in the global effort to end avoidable blindness our state-of-the-art flying teaching hospital allows our world leading volunteers to travel the world sharing knowledge and developing skills with the communities that need it most.

Surgical Lighting
Hercules® Surgical Lighting

The Flying Eye Hospital travels around the world. It provides training and education to medical personnel in underserved areas. The Flying Eye Hospital uses AADCO’s LED Surgical Lighting System on board.

Additionally, Orbis‘ works to raise awareness about its mission in every country visited.

AADCO is proud to be on board! See if you can spot us in the video below!

Read more about Orbis and its mission here.

Types of Medical Eye Protection

As a healthcare worker, you face unique, potentially dangerous situations every day. While there are some issues that you can’t avoid, when it comes to your eyesight and your health, you shouldn’t be willing to take chances. Protective eyewear from AADCO Medical can assist you in protecting the health of your eyes and avoid easily preventable injury or illness. 

Several different types of safety glasses in healthcare are used for specific jobs or situations. Each type has unique features and provides different levels of protection to wearers. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most popular types of protective glasses for medical workers from AADCO Medical.

Radiation Protective Eyewear

One of the most popular options when looking at different types of eyewear are radiation protective glasses. This form of protective eyewear is designed to protect the side of your eyes, along with the front against radiation. Your eyes are some of the most sensitive parts of your body, protection against the harmful effects of radiation is key. A proper pair of radiation protective glasses should come with standard anti-fog, shatterproof and impact-resistant frames, and lenses. Radiation glasses with side shields have been designed to protect you, alongside other forms of PPE such as radiation aprons, during tests where you may otherwise be exposed. Radiation glasses aren’t disposable and can be outfitted to meet prescription requirements, making them one of the most affordable types of protective glasses available today.

Safety Goggles

One of the best forms of protective eyewear is safety goggles – providing complete coverage of eyes and eye sockets. Safety goggles function as a sealed shield from various liquids and other items, giving you form-fitting protection from all angles.

If you are in an area where your job may subject you to fluid or chemical splashes, protective eye goggles resist these impacts by fitting tightly to your face and not allowing the fluid to reach the eyes. Safety goggles are designed to cover your eyes and eye sockets and can be worn over your traditional prescription lenses. 
If you need protection from airborne particles or vapor, this protective eyewear is an excellent option for modern healthcare workers in the hospital who require medical eye protection at high levels.

Face Shields

While safety goggles function as a complete form of protection for the eyes alone, there are other times when safety goggles are not the ideal solution for full-face coverage. In these cases, medical eye shields or full-face shields may be the types of eyewear best suited for the situation.
When wearing a full-face shield, you have complete protection from fluids and other potential issues you may encounter when on the job – no matter the situation. If you want to ensure superior protection, it is good to wear a medical eye shield along with secondary protection, such as other types of protective eyewear such as safety glasses or goggles. When it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE), you should consider this option in scenarios that require the maximum level of medical eye protection.

Specialty Protective Eyewear

X-ray and other medical imaging equipment have become a critical part of the medical industry. Having specialty eye protection options such as Radiation Protective Eyewear is essential for healthcare workers using this type of technology. The human eyes are sensitive and vulnerable to radiation.

Wearing proper protective eyewear to combat radiation is critical. At AADCO Medical, you can find various, high-quality radiation protective eyewear options that meet the needs of medical imaging providers. Be sure to learn about the hazards you will be exposed to ahead of time to find the proper protective eyewear for the situation.

Protect Your Eyes in a Medical Setting with AADCO Medical

Protective eyeglasses provide eye protection from an array of hazards in a range of medical situations. If you want to ensure your eyes are adequately protected, you must have the correct type of eyewear for your job. Staying cautious ensures your eyes will not be exposed to damaging elements and prevent the development of vision issues in the future. Being informed will help ensure you remain protected in any setting. AADCO Medical provides top-quality medical eye protection for healthcare workers so they can stay at the top of their game and continue doing the work that matters the most. Shop AADCO Medical today – or, if you have any questions about our medical eye shields or face shields, talk to a representative in your area today. We’re always ready to help.

Guide to PPE for Use in Infection Control Precautions

We’re living in unprecedented times where Covid-19 has established its roots globally.

Providing enough quality PPE for health workers amidst this pandemic is something all countries worldwide strive to achieve. The safety of our frontline health workers as they work to control these infections is a priority.

Read on to learn more about the importance of infection control precautions, different types of PPE and best practices in the use of personal protective equipment in healthcare.

What Exactly Is PPE in Healthcare?

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective gear, clothing, goggles, helmets, or other equipment or garments, worn for protection against diseases, or injuries.

Standard precautions in healthcare include creating a wall of protection against bacterial/viral infections, and body fluids during patient care. Using these precautions protects an individual’s skin, eyes, nose, or mouth from infection.

Healthcare workers and other professionals use infection control practices to reduce the risk of infection in healthcare settings. This prevention strategy can be used in conjunction with other measures such as hand washing and meticulous cleaning. The following guide will provide information on PPE for infection control precautions, including what it is and why it’s important.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment

There are several types of PPE available for use in infection control. When sourcing PPE from suppliers, they should be able to provide you with all supporting documentation and certification information on each specialized item you need.

Health experts recommend involving potential PPE end users in the equipment selection process. It is also recommended, where possible, to provide more than one model to them.

Various types of PPE are available for all parts of the body, including:

  • Head/scalp protection
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Respiratory protection
  • Foot/leg protection
  • Hand/arm protection
  • Body protection
  • Height/access protection 

1. Face Masks

Respiratory viruses, including coronaviruses, mainly target the lower and upper respiratory tracts. Therefore, using face masks is essential and should be a priority in healthcare.

Face masks protect the airway from the particulate matter that comes from aerosols or droplets, preventing human infection.

While masks come in different types, there are two medical types recommended for various health workers in hospitals or community settings. Based on your work environment, you may use:

3-Ply Medical Mask

This type of medical mask is one that’s fluid-resistant and disposable. It works to protect the wearer from droplets of infectious matter emitted during sneezing, coughing, or talking.

N-95 Respirator Mask

An N-95 respirator mask is a high-quality protective device with high filtration efficiency for airborne materials. Single-use respirators are made from polyester fibers to prevent at least 95% of tiny airborne particles from reaching the end user’s nose and mouth.

These masks are designed to achieve a very close facial fit, providing the wearer with the air seal necessary for thorough protection.

N-95 are the most effective and highly sought-after masks for health workers treating Covid-19 infections.

2. Gloves

Gloves are vital PPE and a standard infection control precaution. That’s because with exposed hands, an individual may touch a surface or object contaminated by a covid-19 infected patient, and upon subsequently touching their nose, eyes, or mouth, expose themselves to the virus.

For this reason, health workers are advised to use gloves when interacting with infected patients. Wearing sterile gloves is essential, and after use, they should be disposed of properly and immediately, ensuring the outer part of the glove doesn’t come into contact with the skin.

Below are types of gloves you can use for infection control:

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are medical-grade gloves made from synthetic fiber. They’re latex-free and considered more superior to latex in terms of general durability and puncture resistance.

They also resist chemicals, including disinfectants such as chlorine, and are ideal for health workers with latex allergy concerns.

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are medical gloves made from latex material.

Unfortunately, latex gloves or natural rubber latex gloves, unlike nitrile gloves, pose a high risk of allergy among health workers. For this reason, we don’t highly recommend them.

3. Gowns/Coverall/Aprons

Gowns/coverall/aprons are protective clothing designed to cover the wearer’s whole body, including the lower legs and back. Some cover the feet and head too.

This type of PPE protects healthcare providers from exposure to the virus that may be in splashes or droplets.

Medical/isolation plastic disposable gowns are not designed to provide continuous protection of the whole body. For example, some have openings at the back, such that they cover the wearer up to the mid-calf.

WHO recommends using a clean, non-sterile, long-sleeved gown as an infection control precaution. Although it deems the use of impermeable aprons and boots unnecessary, the shortage of PPE across the globe has resulted in private and public health workers using disposable plastic aprons and cover-alls as alternatives.

4. Face Shield and Goggles

Face shields and goggles are vital PPE because they protect the eyes or face from airborne contaminants. 

When an infected individual sneezes or coughs, it generates droplets. Face shields and goggles prevent these droplets from contaminating the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and mouth of the exposed frontline health worker. This can also occur during aerosol-producing procedures done in a clinical setting.

5. Head Covers

If you’re using a coverall, it will usually cover your head. Nevertheless, those using gowns may also require a headcover to shield their head and neck while interacting with infected patients.

6. Shoe Covers

Shoe covers are used to cover health personnel’s shoes to facilitate decontamination and personal protection. To enhance the effectiveness of shoe covers, they’re made from impermeable fabric.

(NOTE: This content section below was sourced from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/using-ppe.html)

Guide to Putting On PPE for Infection Prevention and Control Precautions

To put on your PPE, follow these simple steps:

  • Rub your hands for 20-30 seconds with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash your hands with soap and water for 40-60 seconds.
  • Carefully put on your gown.
  • Wear on the medical mask
  • Put on your face shield or goggles for your face protection.
  • Finally, you can now put on your gloves, making sure they cover the cuff of the gown.

A Guide For Taking Off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Before you can start removing your PPE, ensure that infectious waste containers are available for safe PPE disposal. Additionally, there should be separate containers available for reusable equipment.

To take off the PPE, follow these steps:

  • Remove the gloves without touching their outer surfaces with your bare hands.
  • Take off the gown. Make sure to pull the gown away from your body and be careful not to contaminate your clothes in the process. Dispose of the gown safely.
  • Perform hand hygiene by rubbing your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer for 20 to 30 seconds, or wash them with water and soap for 40 to 60 seconds.
  • Now take off the mask carefully from the straps to avoid touching it.
  • Finally, perform hand hygiene once more. Rub your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water.

Using Personal Protective Equipment Take Away

PPE is essential for frontline healthcare workers every day but especially in the current day.  We have kept the wellness of everyone from frontline health workers to ordinary individuals in mind and stocked up on a variety of PPE. Visit our website to find personal protective equipment.

Wing Master Competition 2019

radiation protection drapes team lead wins competition team building competition fun

Radiation Protection Drapes Team Lead is the Winner!

Meet Mark Elmore.

Mark isn’t just the go-getting team lead for AADCO’s X-Drape® operation, he is also our first annual Wing Master Champion!

Mark took a break from overseeing production of our radiation protection drapes to earn his coveted title in a fierce competition.  He and his competitors spent the afternoon bestowing savory chicken wings and good cheer upon their coworkers!  

Congratulations to Mark! We know that he will enjoy all the prestige that comes with being Wing Master.

We can’t wait to see what challengers have in store for 2020!

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