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7 Key Medical Supplies your Small Practice Needs

One: Adhesive Bandages

Every small medical practice requires an assortment of adhesive bandages designed to protect small wounds on the skin. A medical practice’s purchasing manager should buy adhesive bandages in bulk to use on injection or blood draw punctures and small lacerations. To soothe frightened children, select adhesive bandages that have cartoon or storybook characters. Alternatively, there are flesh-colored shades of bandages that are suitable for teenagers and adults.

Two: Tongue Depressors

Physicians need inexpensive and disposable tongue depressors for patients in order to view the interior surface of the throat and mouth. These devices are made of an extremely thin but sturdy wood or plastic and are only used once and thrown away immediately after use. Tongue depressors must remain sanitized and are shipped directly to small practices in a dispenser device or are individually wrapped to prevent spreading germs between patients.

Three: Urine Specimen Cups

Many patients must supply a urine sample at a physician’s small practice, and this requires a sterile container with a lid. Urine specimen cups require screw on lids to prevent spillage and contamination as it is taken to another room for testing or shipped to a medical laboratory. Because urine is a body fluid, the container must meet certain health codes to avoid spreading pathogens to others but is typically a low-cost medical supply.

Four: Examination Table Paper

A small practice will have at least one examination table that must remain clean between patients. The best way to keep these devices clean is with disposable examination paper that is available on a dispenser roll. This roll is placed on an examination table’s mechanism, and a physician or registered nurse pulls out the paper to place it on the tabletop’s surface. After a patient is examined, this paper is removed and thrown away.

Five: Syringe Needles

When a patient requires an injection of insulin or influenza vaccine, a sterile needle is required. Needles are available for different uses and skin thicknesses. To help prevent discomfort, the length and diameter of a needle used for an infant is smaller than the ones used for an adult. A small clinic should have individually wrapped needles available to prevent the spread of infection.

Six: Sharps Containers

According to health care regulations, physicians and medical staff must place sharps, including needles, syringes and blood collection devices into a specialized container. Nurses and physicians are trained to place any sharp item that comes into contact with blood into a sharps container immediately to avoid accidental needlesticks that can transmit pathogens.

Seven: Microscope Slides

Disposable slides are required for physicians or laboratory technicians to view samples of blood or other blood fluids with a microscope. In most cases, these inexpensive slides are made of plastic and include a thin plastic cover to place over the specimen. After the specimen is analyzed to determine the type of illness or infection that a patient has, the slide and cover are placed in a biohazard container and destroyed.