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Christmas Gifts For The Medical Professionals In Your Life

With the holidays upon us,  it can be tough to think of something to get for your friends, family and loved ones. Ideally, you’d like to get a gift that is personal for those receiving. Below you can find our top suggestions for medical related gifts at a range of prices, perfect for any healthcare professional.

Stocking Fillers/Secret Santa

We have a great range of smaller gifts perfect for stocking fillers or as a small gift. We have variations of phone cases, key-rings, pins, mugs and more.  Not only are these items inexpensive (and some of them hilarious) it allows the person receiving the gift to have something a little more unique and tailored to them.

Personalised Stethoscopes

With our wide range of Littmann stethoscopes, it can be hard to know which one will be right for the person you are gifting to. Thankfully, this article should help: “Which Littmann Stethoscope Should I Buy”.

We have a multitude of variations  from the sleek All Black, to the colourful Caribbean Blue with Rainbow. We offer engraving on all of our Littmann stethoscopes so you can make it extra special for the recipient.  Our most popular engravings are the names of the soon to be owner – so why not head down that route and make someone’s Christmas extra special with a personalised Littmann stethoscope?

High End Engraved Items

We also offer engraving on a wide range of our diagnostic sets. These bits of kit are essential for any GP or Doctor and engraving is once again a great way to turn a necessity into a heartfelt memento. All of our diagnostic sets are high quality and we’re certain the recipient will love the product and thought behind it.

Bags & Cases

Bags and cases can be an essential for doctors, nurses, and others in the medical profession. To be able to carry around important documents and medical equipment while keeping it together is very important, which makes it an ideal and practical gift! To make it even better, you can also add an engraved ID tag to most bags, up to 100 characters, to add that personal touch.

 

Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

At the time of posting we have over 50 items in our Digital Blood Pressure Monitors category so it is understandable how it can be daunting trying to chose the correct one for your needs.

Below, you will find our guide to choosing the right blood pressure monitor for you.

Blood pressure cuff on mans arm

For Use At Home

The beauty of digital blood pressure monitors is how easy they are to use, with no need for intimate knowledge of the heart. You can strap it on and get your readings almost right away.

Our best seller for use by the public is the Omron M6. This machine is not only easy to use and read with a Large LED display, but also comes with a day/night mode, advanced averaging function and irregular heartbeat detection. This means that more can be done at home and less time needs to be spent with a doctor. You can also get small and large cuffs, from 17cm to 42cm in diameter.

omron m6 blood pressure monitor

Another popular brand is A&D. Our current best seller of theirs is the A&D UA-651, which is small and lightweight as well as having a 30 reading memory and irregular heart beat indicator. This gives you a clear indication of when you need to see a professional.

In summary, digital blood pressure monitors can be fantastic to have at home. From simple, to more complex detection options, there are a range of prices and functionalities to suit you.

Professional Blood Pressure Monitors

Some monitors are too advanced to be viable for home use but are perfect for doctors, nurses and other medically trained professionals.

omron hbp1100 and omron hbp 1300 blood pressure monitor

The Omron HBP1100 and the Omron HBP1300 are the link between home and professional monitors, being suitable for both environments. Both offer amazing functionality and accurate measurements as well as being clinically certified. The HBP1300 even comes with a handle and shook proof bumper so is perfect for someone on the go.

Truly professional blood pressure monitors such as the Welch Allyn ProBP 2400 are not suitable for home use. This BP machine can detect irregular heart beats and uses microprocessor-controlled deflation rate which provides consistent technique. It also comes with a manual mode so it can be used much like a sphygmomanometer.

The most high end BP machines can reach up to £2000, and are rarely found outside of hospitals or private clinics. An example of such machine is the Spacelabs 90217. It utilises a proprietary oscillometric algorithm which has been proven in over 20 years use in paediatric, adolescent, adult and elderly patients with a variety of disorders. It also includes advanced Artefact Rejection Algorithms which discriminates between pressure signals, patient movement and respiratory artefacts. BP monitors like this should only be used by medical professionals.

Something Different

It’s not just the classic arm cuff and monitor setup available on the market. A popular option is the QardioArm Wireless iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor. This machine connects wirelessly to your smart phone and keeps track of any recordings you take. You can also connect with other people, including friends, family and your doctor, creating a support network for better health.

qardioarm iphone blood pressure monitor

 

Why Choose A Career In Rare Diseases

There are so many career paths to chose from in the medical area and it can be hard to decide which path to follow. A rare disease is classed as a disease that affects up to 30,000 people but most affect many fewer than this. With an estimated 3.5 million affected by rare diseases in the U.K alone, maybe a career in rare diseases could be the direction to take.

Why work with rare diseases?

3.5 million sounds like a lot (17% of the the UK population to be exact) for something that is meant to be rare, but this is because there is nearly 8,000 rare diseases. With another 5 described in medical literature nearly every week, the list is only growing.

50% of the new rare diseases discovered and diagnosed will affect children, often leading to a shorter life of poorer quality. But with the help of professionals in the field of rare diseases, the people affected can lead full and happy lives and may even be cured one day.

Who can work in rare diseases?

At first it may seem that this would only be a career path for scientists and doctors but this is wrong. While those in the scientific field are needed to find cures, and doctors are needed to identify the diseases, there are many other roles. As with any illness, nurses are needed to care for the patients who suffer with these diseases and apply treatment in a hospital or at home. Care assistants are needed to help those with the more severe diseases to try to lead a more normal life.

Examples of rare diseases

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can affect the thin lining of nearly all your internal organs called the mesothelium but it mostly affects the lung and chest area. 80% of rare diseases have a genetic component but most cases of mesothelioma are asbestos related which is why  Mesothelioma Day was created on the 26th of September 2004 and continues to this day to raise awareness and funding for those affected.

Fibrosarcoma is a tumour found in fibrous bone tissue and is often very hard to tell apart from other tumours of a similar nature. Almost all cases of fibrosarcoma are due to a genetic fault.

Just mesothelioma and fibrosarcoma combined affects approximately 8,700 people, most of whom do not have appropriate access to care due to the rarity of theses diseases. Having a career in rare diseases could help cure these diseases or help those already feeling the effects of them on their lives.

Find out more about mesothelium HERE

The Essential Guide To Medisave’s First Aid Kits

Medisave have been selling first aid kits since our humble beginnings in October 2000. We now stock over 150 different first aid kits of varying sizes and uses. The guide below will take you through nearly every variation of first aid kit we do; it’s contents, uses and other important information.

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) First Aid Kits

50 Person HSE First Aid Kit

Our best sellers are the HSE range of first aid kits. HSE stands for The Health and Safety Executive which is “the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_and_Safety_Executive

This means that everything you need to adhere to the health and safety standards for first aid kits can be found inside these kits. The largest kit, which serves 50 people, contains the following:

  • 3 x Disposable Vinyl Gloves
  • 1 x First Aid Guidance Leaflet
  • 12 x HSE Medium Dressings
  • 4 x HSE Large Dressings
  • 8 x Non-Woven Triangular Bandages
  • 12 x Safety Pins
  • 6 x Eye Pad Bandages
  • 60 x Assorted Washproof Plasters
  • 20 x Sterile Saline Wipes
  • 1 x Wall Bracket

This first aid kit is ideal for home or workplace use and is very popular for use with non medical offices.

Buy them here.

BSI (BS 8599-1 Compliant) First Aid Kits

BSI First Aid Kit

The BSI first aid kits are designed to be compliant with the BS 8599-1 which is the  British Standard for the workplace. The difference between the BSI and HSE comes down to where it is being used. A small office of desk workers will only need a HSE for minor incidents whereas somewhere like a warehouse or workshop would need the BSI as they are more likely to suffer an injury that could be more considerable. For example, heavy objects, moving parts, etc. The largest BSI kit, which serves 50 people, contains the following:

  • 12 x Large Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 x First Aid Guidance Leaflet
  • 8 x Medium Dressings
  • 2 x Large Dressings
  • 4 x Non-Woven Triangular Bandages
  • 24 x Safety Pins
  • 4 x Eye Pad Bandages
  • 100 x Assorted Washproof Plasters
  • 40 x Sterile Saline Wipes
  • 1 x Microporous Tape
  • 4 x Finger Dressings
  • 2 x Resuscitation Aid
  • 3 x Emergency Thermal Blankets
  • 2 x Burn Dressings
  • 1 x Small Tuff-Cut Scissors
  • 2 x Conforming Bandages
  • 1 x Wall Bracket

Buy them here.

Catering First Aid Kits

Catering First Aid Kit

We have a range of first aid kits which have been specifically created for catering locations, from restaurants to school kitchens. All the bandages and plasters included are a blue colour making them easier to detect if they do end up in any food. The first aid kit pictured above contains:

  • 3x Cleansing Wipes
  • 4x Eye Pad Dressings
  • 3x Pairs Of Gloves
  • 1x Guidance Leaflet
  • 4x HSE Large Dressings 18cm
  • 9x HSE Medium Dressings 12cm
  • 40x Plasters, Assorted
  • 12x Safety Pins
  • 6x Triangular Bandages

However, we have many different kits for catering environments such as kits focused on burns, or wound cleaning for cuts that could be contaminated with food. These kits are perfect for any environment where food is being handled or prepared and injury is possible.

Buy them here.

Childcare First Aid Kits

Childcare First Aid Kit

These kits are specifically for applying first aid to children. There is no denying the importance of having a first aid kit specifically for children and can be invaluable for schools especially. The kit pictured above was created in conjunction with Ofsted and HSE to make sure everything you need for childcare first aid is included. The content includes:

  • 2x Large sterile dressing
  • 2x Eye pad sterile dressing
  • 6x Medium sterile dressing
  • 4x Triangular bandage
  • 10x Alcohol free wipes
  • 2x Bags of Washproof plasters
  • 3x Pairs of Medium gloves
  • 1x Bag of Safety pins
  • 1x HSE guidance leaflet
  • 5x Low adherent pad (5cm x 5cm)
  • 1x Resusciade
  • 1x Non woven swab 4 ply (5cm x 5cm)
  • 1x Scissors
  • 1x 1.25cm x 5m microporous tape
  • 1x Size 01 x 20m sterogauze
  • 1x Sterogauze applicator

We all know when children are playing there are going to be cuts and grazes so this kit is perfect to have around in any environment where children will be present.

Buy them here.

Sports First Aid Kits

Sports First Aid Kit

The sports kits are not just designed for sports injuries but also for use outside. The kit includes bags for the waste, waterproof casings and gel to keep the items as sterile as possible when applied. Our range of kits includes ones for pitch side use, AstroTurf related injuries, young people and many others. The kit pictured above includes:

  • 10x Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
  • 1x Cotton Wool Roll 15gm
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 5cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 10cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 15cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Eyewash Bottle 500ml
  • 2x Eyewash Pods 20ml
  • 1x Foil Blanket
  • 5x Gauze Swabs
  • 1x Hand Gel 50ml
  • 20x Plasters Washproof
  • 1x Resuscitation Face Shield
  • 1x Scissors -Tuff Cut
  • 2x Self Seal Waste Bags
  • 2x Sport Instant Ice Pack
  • 1x Spray Bottle 250ml
  • 2x Sterile Dressing Medium
  • 6x Sterile Dressing Large
  • 2x Sterile Eye Pad
  • 4x Triangular Bandage
  • 8x Vinyl Gloves
  • 1x Zinc Oxide Tape 2.5cm x 5m
  • 1x Touchline Bag

The sports kits can be used at the local community centre or on the professional pitch with kits ranging in size and  professionalism.

Buy them here.

Travel First Aid Kits

Travel First Aid Kit

Travel first aid kits are perfect for people on the go.  Accessing medical care during travel can be challenging in some countries, especially when you do not speak the language. The kit above, designed for one person, contains:

  • 2x Alcohol Cleansing Wipes
  • 7x Safety Pins
  • 2x Triangular Non-Woven Bandages
  • 1x Pair Of Gloves
  • 1x Roll Of Bandages
  • 2x Plasters
  • 1x Carry Bag

Buy them here. 

Vehicle First Aid Kits

Vehicle First Aid Kit

It is important for health and safety first aid to extend outside of the office. With these vehicle first aid kits, you can make sure that the same standards are kept inside peoples vehicles. The picture above is for HGV use and contains:

  • 1x Guidance Leaflet
  • 1x Eye Pad Dressing
  • 2x Gloves (pair)
  • 1x Resuscitation Device with Valve
  • 20x Washproof Assorted Plasters
  • 2x Triangular Bandage
  • 1x Sterile Eye Wash 500ml
  • 4x Medium HSE 12cm Dressings
  • 2x Large HSE 18cm Dressings
  • 1x Universal Shears
  • 1x Survival Blanket
  • 2x Extra Large Dressing No.3
  • 12x Safety Pins
  • 10x Reliwipes

These kits are great for use in the car for personal use or in professional vehicles such as HGVs or delivery vans.

Buy them here.

Burns First Aid Kits

Burns First Aid Kit

You can get first aid kits specifically for burns that are both HSE and BSI certified. These kits are designed to treat burns, scalds and sunburn in all areas from professional to personal use where burns are a potential hazard. The kit pictured above is one of our larger burns kits and contains:

  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Sachets (3.5g)
  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Dressing (20cm x 20cm)
  • 1x Burncare Burn Gel Bottle (59ml)
  • 3x Conforming Bandage (7.5cm x 4m)
  • 5x Saline Eye Wash Pods (20ml)
  • 1x Low Adherent Dressing (5cm x 5cm)
  • 3x Low Adherent Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • 1x Microporous Tape (1.25cm x 10m)
  • 2x Gloves Vinyl (Pair)
  • 1x Wall Bracket
  • 1x Scissors

Buy them here.

Other First Aid Kits

E-Fab First Aid Kit

We also sell specialist first aid kits, such as the E-FAB Hard Hat Emergency Kit which is great for construction sites or exploration with a kit that fits inside most hard hats. We also offer evacuation kits, personal trauma kits, bleed kits and many others that can be found here:
https://www.medisave.co.uk/consumables-general-supplies/first-aid-supplies/first-aid-kits/other-first-aid-kits.html