The Eyes are the Window to Your Soul

We all know this quote, but its origin is a little unclear. It has been attributed to William Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, the philosopher Cicero and even the bible. Whatever the origins of this well-known quote, throughout history we have been aware that our eyes are incredibly precious organs. Not only do they allow us … Read more

Measures to Control the Transmission of Covid-19

Ever since the first reports of Covid-19 in China (1) there has been a great deal of focus on how the virus spreads.  It is now clear that, the virus causing COVID-19, is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in close contact (within 1 … Read more

Why Quantitative NMT Monitoring is Critical in Surgical Patients and How Best to Do It

Some sort of assessment of neuromuscular transmission (NMT) is necessary in surgical patients by clinicians and anesthetists to get a feel for the depth of anesthesia. This assessment can be done using simple yet subjective clinical parameters or through more advanced and objective monitoring devices. NMT monitoring is required to ascertain that anesthesia is appropriate … Read more

The Cost of Postoperative Respiratory Adverse Events

Respiratory impairment following general anaesthesia can pose a significant problem. Adverse and critical respiratory events (AREs and CREs) have been responsible for increased morbidity and mortality. The main cause of AREs after surgery is related to the use of neuromuscular blockers (NMBAs) during general anaesthesia. The action of NMBAs might not cease completely at the … Read more

Increased PACU Length of Stay – A Costly Matter

Postoperative residual curarization (PORC), also known as residual neuromuscular blockade, refers to the residual muscle paralysis that occurs after emergence from general anesthesia. PORC stems from the use of neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs). It is defined as a Train-of-Four (TOF) ratio of <0.9 and may occur in around 41% of patients who receive intermediate-acting neuromuscular … Read more

Anesthesia Hygiene – Infectious Control

Anesthesia Machine Covers Prevent Infections! Guidance issued by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): “…explore the use of disposable covers” Anesthesia Hygiene machine covers have tear away pouches that hold and contain contaminated supplies such as laryngoscopes and yankauer suction! The use of disposable covers is endorsed by SHEA and ASPF. Anesthesia Hygiene Covers … Read more

AANA 2019 Annual Congress

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Bell Medical will feature six new and innovative products at the AANA 2019 Annual Congress in Chicago. Come see us at Booth 710 for FREE label samples, a demonstration, or a trial. EyePro The EyePro is a sterile dressing that keeps the eyelid closed during procedures. NoPress The NoPress is a mask shield that protects … Read more

Stimpod NMS460 by Xavant Receives FDA Approval

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Xavant Technology (Pty) Ltd today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared their Stimpod NMS460. With the U.S. patent awarded on proprietary hybrid pulsed radio frequency (PRF) waveform, this non-invasive neuromodulation device is focused on the symptomatic relief and management of chronic intractable pain, … Read more

Amsorb Plus Review

When choosing a type of CO2 absorbent, it is important to understand the absorbents environmental impact, effect on patient safety, ease of use and the effect on the consumption of volatile anesthetics. Today we are going to review Amsorb vs. soda limes that contain traces of Sodium Hydroxide, NaOH, such as Medisorb, Sodasorb, Dragersorb and others. Environmental … Read more