05:26:45 Medisave USA are giving away free 3M Lit

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Would you like a FREE 3M Littmann stethoscope?

Medisave USA are giving away FREE 3M Littmann stethoscopes to customers that make bulk purchases- the more you buy, the better the stethoscope.

All you need to do is make sure that your fellow students all order using the same on-line account. By doing this, you will qualify for the FREE 3M Littmann stethoscopes.

If 15 or more 3M Littmann stethoscopes (3M Littmann Classic II stethoscopes or above) are purchased in an academic year, you will qualify for a FREE 3M Littmann Master Classic II stethoscope.

If 25 or more 3M Littmann stethoscopes (3M Classic II stethoscopes or above) are purchased in an academic year, you will qualify for a FREE 3M Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope instead of the 3M Master Classic II stethoscope.

If 50 or more 3M Littmann stethoscopes (3M Classic II stethoscopes or above) are purchased in an academic year, you will get a FREE 3M Littmann Master Classic II Teaching stethoscope as well as the FREE 3M Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope).

The stethoscopes need to be ordered on the same account- if they are ordered on different account, Medisave USA are unable to combine the orders to qualify.

This is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds- you could raffle the FREE 3M Littmann stethoscope raise funds for your medical school or for charity.

This is an incredible offer, and although it sounds too good to be true, it really isn’t!

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National Emergency Services Week May 17th-May 23rd

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The 39th annual National Emergency Services Week will be taking place between May 17th and May 23rd 2009. The theme is “A Proud Partner in Your Community.”

EMS workers include paramedics, the police and firefighters. There are many events planned across the country such as classes on basic first aid, CPR demonstrations and open days at fire stations.

There is a bike ride from May 16-May 22nd which is helping to raise awareness of the National EMS Memorial, which has been set up to honor the memory of EMS workers who have lost their lives whilst working- in total, 91 EMS workers died last year whilst working.

Emergency Medical Services Day will be held this year on May 20th. This event helps to highlight the need for pediatric emergency care to ensure that every child that requires emergency care receives the best treatment possible.

EMS workers play an invaluable role in our communities. Their dedication and commitment helps to save lives every day. They often work in very difficult and challenging environments, and sometimes treat people who are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The EMS workers put themsleves at risk every day to ensure our safety and well being.

It is not a 9 to 5 role, with weekends and public holidays off. Events like National EMS Week are an excellent way of highlighting what a tremendous job the EMS workers do. They often receive little praise- well, National EMS Week will allow us to say a collective “thank you” to those that may have helped us or those that we are close to.

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What Is Swine Flu And How Will It Affect You?

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Swine Flu is also referred to as Hog Flu and Pig Flu and it is defined as in influenza caused by an influenza virus that normally only affects pigs. The virus appears in pigs throughout the world- mid western USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, South America, Europe, Sweden, Kenya, China and Japan.

Transmission of the virus from pig to human is rare, and eating properly cooked pork should not pose a risk. To further complicate matters, swine flu can sometimes not cause any symptoms- the only sign of infection is the presence of anti bodies (although these only appear under a microscope). However, if symptoms do appear, they are very similar to influenza- chills, fever, sore throat, aching muscles etc.

How To Help Prevent Swine Flu

Swine flu is at its most contagious during the first 5 days of the illness, and the virus can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

The use of face masks is becoming a very popular method of helping to prevent the spread of the infection. Our sister company in the UK (Medisave UK) had sold out of ALL their facemasks, hand wash and hard surface wash within days of the virus being announced with further stocks being delayed for several months due to large demand from the UK Government.

If you work in a hospital, the presence of swine flu is understandably a huge concern. Some drugs are available to treat the illness, and fatalities throughout the world have been lower than expected. It seems to be worse in people who have an underlying health problem.

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High Blood Pressure- Is It In Your Genes?

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Approximately 1 in 3 Americans suffer from high blood pressure. We all know that taking regular exercise, eating sensibly, not smoking and trying to avoid stressful situations can help to reduce high blood pressure. However, did you know that your parents may also influence your blood pressure?

It is not as simple as “if your parents had high blood pressure, then so will you”. Recent research has discovered that there could be 10 genetic variants that, when combined, could raise the chance of a heart attack, heart disease or stroke. This combination of genes between 2 adults could explain the increased risk of a heart attack by 21 percent and a 34 percent increase in the risk of a stroke.

More than 60,000 people were studied, with the intention of finding which areas of genes may be linked to high blood pressure. The researchers found that people who had high blood pressure had the same 10 genetic variations for systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Conversely, those without the gene variants had lower blood pressure.

As a result of this research, doctors will now investigate exactly which genes affect blood pressure levels and maybe one day they will be able to identify exactly which patient will suffer from high blood pressure and treat it before any long term damage is caused.

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Could Your Stethoscope Be Harming Patients?

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A recent study of a sample of EMS providers in New Jersey by the UMDNJ found that 1 in 3 stethoscopes were infected with MRSA.

All the time they were trying to help the patient, they were exposing them to a possible MRSA infection.

50 stethoscopes used by nurses, paramedics and EMTs were tested over a 24 hour period. Of the 50, 16 were infected and a further 16 users could not remember the last time that they were cleaned.

Basic hygiene standards will help to reduce the spread of infections such as MRSA.The 3M Littmann range of stethoscopes are designed with cleaning procedures in mind- the rim, diaphragm, ear tips etc can all be removed for easy cleaning. This is one of the reasons that screw on ear tips were discontinued by 3M Littmann as they were harder to keep clean compared with the push on type.

The use of hand sanitizers on the hands and isopropyl alcohol wipes on the stethoscope will help to reduce the spread of the infection.

The length of time between cleaning stethoscopes will naturally have an impact upon the likelihood of you having the MRSA infection on your stethoscope.

As a result of this, researchers will look at what is the most effective method of cleaning the stethoscope and they will also be investigating how long the MRSA can survive on the surface of the stethoscope.

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Medisave USA Introduce New 3M Littmann Electronic

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The future of stethoscopes is electronic.

By incorporating new advances in technology and making improvements to the already superb 3M Littmann Electronic 3000, 3M Littmann have announced the launch of the new 3M Littmann Electronic 3100.

The tag line for the 3M Littmann 3100 Electronic stethoscope – “Hear It. With Confidence”- optimises what is central to 3M Littmann– they want to design the best possible device for you to perform examinations.

The well established and trusted 3M Littmann brand inspires confidence- you have confidence in the stethoscope to help you perform examinations and the patient has the confidence in you to make the right diagnosis. Non amplified stethoscopes will always be used- but the sound quality of the 3M 3100 Littmann Electronic stethoscope is so exceptional, you may find that you use your old stethoscope less and less.

It is like comparing stereo sound on a television with Dolby Surround Sound. The stereo sound is great, but nothing really compares to the surround sound experience.

Clinical studies have shown that using the 3M Littmann Electronic 3100 makes it easier to detect the harder to hear sounds, such as S3 gallops, aortic regurgitation and abnormal lung sounds. One concern regarding electronic stethoscopes is that they may be difficult to operate. This is simply not the case as the new 3M 3100 Littmann Electronic is incredibly easy to operate. For ease of use, the 3M Littmann Electronic 3100 has:

  • NEW- Menu Button- Allows you to customise start up settings using screen guided commands. It remembers the settings so that your 3M Littmann Electronic 3100 will be ready to use as soon as you switch on.
  • NEW- Individual Power On/Power Off Button- This turns the stethoscope on, as well as illuminates the LCD interface backlight if working in poor light conditions. Simply hold the button down for 2 seconds to turn off the 3M Littmann Electronic stethoscope 3100.
  • NEW- LCD Interface- Advises current sound level, whether you are in bell or diaphragm mode and it also advises remaining battery life.
  • NEW- Patient Heart Rate Display- The LCD Interface will display the patients heart rate after just 5 seconds and will update on the screen every 2 seconds.
  • Multiple Reminders When Battery Is Low- tool free access to aid easy changing, and operates on a single AA battery. Lithium batteries can also be used if additional battery life is needed.
  • Easy To Use Volume Control- allows you to easily increase or decrease the sound to aid examination
  • Lightweight and Easy To Use- despite the feature packed design, the 3M Littmann 3100 Electronic stethoscope weighs roughly the same as a traditional Cardiology stethoscope. The traditional lumen are comfortable around the neck and can be folded easily to fit into a pocket. Traditional push on ear tips are supplied in small and large. The diaphragm is non chill for patient comfort during examination.
  • Rugged and Reliable- The 3M Littmann Electronic 3100 is designed to withstand accidental drops and impacts against furniture and walls etc. The 3M 3100 Littmann Electronic

Why Should I Order From Medisave USA?

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With so many different suppliers available, it is hard to know which company will offer you the best deal- in terms of price, service and after sales care.

Medisave USA are based in Stratford, Connecticut.

Our purpose built premises allow for large stock holding and weare based near all of the major couriers (FedEx, UPS, USPS etc) which means that we can dispatch orders as late as possible- some shipping services can be processed right up until 6pm!

Medisave USA also aim to process your order as soon as possible. If you place your order on a Monday to Friday before 4pm for FedEx and Ground Home Delivery or before 6pm if you select FedEx Express Air or UPS Ground and Air, your order will be processed the SAME DAY! This even includes the FREE laser engraving on the 3M Littmann stethoscopes and diagnostic sets.

Medisave USA offer the FREE laser engraving on a wide range of products- it acts a security tool and helps to reduce the chance of your equipment being stolen.

Medisave USA do all of our own engraving in house, and this does NOT delay the processing of your order.

www.medisave.net can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions, simply call 203-404-4876.

Alternatively, you can email helpdeskusa@medisave.net if you have any questions.

Medisave USA also use a Live Help facility to allow you to have a direct conversation with us if you are unable to contact us by telephone.

Medisave USA have also introduced a new customer review service called RatePoint. We wanted our customers to be able to provide honest feedback regarding their shopping experience with us. This helps other customers see what sort of compnay we are, but it also helps us to improve any areas that maybe we have over looked. Our current score can be viewed at //www.ratepoint.com/seereviews/13675

So, if you need a new 3M Littmann stethoscope, Welch Allyn or Heine diagnostic set, Medisave USA will provide excellent value for money, fantastic service, fast processing and great after sales in the event of any problems.

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Questions That Often Get Asked About Littmann Stet

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You may have many questions about the Littmann stethoscope and many people ask similar questions.To help you, here is a summary of some of the most frequently asked questions.

“Are Littmann stethoscopes made using latex?” Many people are allergic to latex, so this is an important consideration. 3M Littmann stethoscopes do not contain any rubber latex in any of the product or any of the packaging.

“Is there a sound difference when using the 22″ or 28″ tubing?” There is some belief that the shorter the tubing, the better the sound quality (as the sound has less distance to travel). This has been confirmed by specialist testing- however, the average person would only notice any real difference if there was an extreme difference in length. There can even be an improved quality of low frequency sound using longer tubing. Ultimately, the length of tubing is a personal preference, and infection control and ease of examination will be a more important consideration.

“How is a tunable diaphragm better?” Some of the 3M Littmann stethoscopes (such as the 3M Littmann Master Cardiology) feature the patented 3M Littmann tunable diaphragm. This allows the user to perform examinations without having to remove the chestpiece to switch between the bell and diaphragm. They are also ergonomically designed, to give a more comfortable feel and to allow for greater control. The tunable diaphragm will provide louder low frequency sounds than using the traditional bell. The surface area is larger than the surface of the bell, thus improving volume. The 3M Littmann Classic II SE features a traditional bell and a tunable diaphragm, giving the user more choice when performing examinations.

“What spares and parts are available for my 3M Littmann stethoscope?” A wide range of spares and parts can be purchased. Medisave USA have introduced a new spares and parts finder- this can be found at //www.medisave.net/littmann_part_finder.php and all you need is the serial number found on the chestpiece.

“How should I clean my 3M Littmann stethoscope?” You should never put your stethoscope in water or any other liquid- simply use a 70% isopropyl wipe if sterilisation is required. The ear tips, rim, diaphragms etc are designed to be removed and can simply be cleaned with a cloth.

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Medisave USA Introduce RatePoint

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When making a purchase, you may find a great product at a great price, but one thing you can never be sure of is the service you are likely to receive from the retailer. It is always hard to know which retailer takes customer service seriously and which retailer just wants your money.

Whilst on-line shopping allows for a greater range of products at cheaper prices, customer service can sometimes be found lacking.

You may have questions, such as “How quickly do they despatch?”, “Are the orders well packed?”, “How long does shipping take?”. These questions will have remained unanswered until you place the order- but not if you read the RatePoint review of the store.

RatePoint provide a web based customer feedback service. It is part of the VeriSign organisation that is well known for internet security and privacy.

Shortly after your order has arrived, you will be sent an email asking you to give feedback on your shopping experience. You can add comments and give a rating out of 5.

This is an excellent service as it is independent and can be verified. It can allow you to see all feedback (good and bad) for a retailer. If you have had a great experience and want to show your appreciation, let the world know. If you have had a bad experience, you can open a Dispute with the retailer. Sometimes things do go wrong, and this is a non confrontational way of getting things sorted. You want your issue resolved, and the retailer wants a happy customer- it is a win win situation.

Medisave USA are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to give us feedback- tell us what we did well, what we didn’t do so well, and how we can be even better. We only exist because of our customers and we want to offer not only the best products at better prices, but we also want to offer our customers the best possible service.

See the latest feedback and reivews for Medisave USA here: www.ratepoint.com/profile/13675

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How To Look After Your Littmann Stethoscope….

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The 3M Littmann range of stethoscopes don’t feature any mechanical or electronic parts (excluding the Littmann Electronic 3000, 3100 and 4100WS of course!) so they should last for many years without any problems. You may need to change the rim and diaphragm every now and then and you may lose an ear tip in your bag, but other than that you should not experience any problems.

There are some basic guidelines to follow, and these will help you to get the most from your 3M Littmann stethoscope and help to prolong the life span.

Regular cleaning will help to give you optimal acoustic sound quality. Never put your stethoscope in any liquid (including water) and never use a machine or chemicals to sterilize it. If you do need to disinfect it, use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe. When cleaning, the ear tips, diaphragm and rim can be easily removed.

Make sure that the stethoscope is not subjected to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) and keep it away from solvents and oils.

To get the best sound from your Littmann stethoscope, ensure that the ear tubes are worn at the correct angle. Before using the Littmann stethoscope, hold it in front of you and look at the ear tips- they should point away from you. When placed in your ears, the ear tips should be facing front (in the same direction as your ear canal). Not all ear canals are the same size and shape, so some minor adjustment may be required. If you don’t wear the Littmann stethoscope in the right way, this can result in either reduced sound quality or a total sound blockage.

Check that the proper size ear tips are being used. If you are using the soft sealing ear tips and they are too large, this could compress the ear tip, again affecting the sound quality.

Many people carry their Littmann stethoscope around in their pocket- this is fine, as long as the Littmann stethoscope is regularly cleaned as dirt or lint could be obstructing the sound from the chestpiece.

The seal of the diaphragm on the chestpiece is very important to the sound quality- this seal needs to be airtight, otherwise the air will escape. Regularly check your chestpiece to ensure there are no faults.

Simple things, like trying to listen to the bell side of a Littmann Cardiology stethoscope whilst the diaphragm is closed (and vice versa) will affect the sound quality. Always ensure that the side being used is open and functioning- simply twist the bezel if you are in any doubt.

The 3M Littmann stethoscopes are all supplied with a comprehensive warranty against any manufacturing defects:

3M Littmann Electronic 4100WS: 1 year warranty

3M Littmann Electronic 3000: 1 year warranty

3M Littmann Master Cardiology: 7 year warranty

3M Littmann Cardiology III: 5 year warranty

3M Littmann Cardiology STC: 6 year warranty

3M Littmann Master Classic II 3 year warranty

3M Littmann Classic II SE: 3 year warranty

3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric: 3 year warranty