Practice Managers: How to Optimize Office Expenses

For medical and physician practice managers, efficient use of your budget is a primary part of your job. Oftentimes you may find that you have to get creative to cut expenses, stretch resources, and maintain the effectiveness of the practice to satisfy patients.

An efficient purchasing process is a good first step to controlling your expenses. In virtually all practices the front office staff use the majority of office supplies. This includes printer paper, envelopes, ink, and more. These items, while seemingly small individually, can quickly add up if they’re not properly accounted for. That’s why you must set up systems to address their costs and optimize their usage. Here are a few tips on how to manage these kinds of office expenses and keep them under control. Continue reading Practice Managers: How to Optimize Office Expenses

Famous Nurses Who Made It Big Outside Their Medical Careers

Before becoming famous, celebrities often start off working in regular careers and fields. Although not the most common career track, some celebrities started out as nurses before finding their fame in music, radio, TV and print. Here are a few famous people who you probably didn’t know spent time in nursing before making it big.

#1 Bonnie Hunt

Bonnie Hunt has done quite a bit in her time in Hollywood – from film and TV acting, to writing and directing. In addition to her Hollywood fame though, you can add Oncology Nursing to her resume. Prior to debuting in our list of famous nurses, Bonnie was working with cancer patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Later went on to become famous as the lead in the Bonnie Hunt Show and as the voice of Sally in Pixar’s Cars franchise. Continue reading Famous Nurses Who Made It Big Outside Their Medical Careers

6 Tips to Find the Best Medical Equipment Online

By getting equipment online you can save money and even get better products

By getting equipment online you can save money and even get better products

 

In this day and age, you can buy anything online. It’s convenient, easy, and fast.

For medical clinics and physician’s offices, buying medical equipment online can be a huge timesaver and can make your life at work so much easier. It used to be that the only way to purchase or lease medical equipment was through speciality equipment dealers. This required time consuming visits to dealers and suppliers, as well as laborious negotiations.

Those days are (for the most part) gone. Now, equipment managers can research products, review prices, and place orders online within an hour, and have all the necessary equipment shipped directly to their offices. Continue reading 6 Tips to Find the Best Medical Equipment Online

5 Creative Ways to Quickly Learn Medical Terminology (And Remember It)

learning medical terminology
Learning medical terminology can be a pain, but some techniques can make it much easierMark Hunter / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

Much of medical terminology has unfamiliar sounding Greek and Latin roots, often making them challenging for people to remember.

As a healthcare professional, it’s not uncommon to come across medical terminology which is simply foreign to you. However, to be successful, healthcare students need to be able to read and understand all sorts of medical terms, even if they’re caught off guard in clinical settings and in internships without time to look up the term.

It’s important to prepare ahead of time, and keep the terms you’re learning in your science courses today fresh in your mind tomorrow and for years ahead.

There’s no way around it, if you want to be viewed as competent and intelligent, you must have a strong understanding of medical terminology.

But how do you learn medical terminology easily?

By using different tools and methods of learning and committing to memory the basics of medical terminology, you’ll be able to understand and use the proper terminology in whatever situation you find yourself in. Follow these tips for learning medical terms quickly and easily.

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4 Time Management Tips For Busy Medical Practice Managers (+A Bonus Tip)

Tackle that to-do list with these time management tips
Tackle that to-do list with these time management tipsStacy Spensley / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Last Updated: 21st July 2017: Practice managers are coming under increased pressure to economise and this has lead to even more demands on your time. In light of this, we have updated and improved our time management tips with extra information and a bonus tip.

As the manager of a medical practice, patients might not always see you, or even know you’re there. But, you’re the secret ingredient that makes their experience a positive one, by overseeing bills and finances, scheduling appointments and treatments, and ensuring the doctors and nurses have everything they need.

A good practice manager is essential to every clinic’s success. You’re the one who can see the big picture and juggle everyone’s busy schedules. But with so much to keep track of, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless responsibilities of your job. Here are a few of our favorite time-management tips, so you can stay on top of your clinic’s nuts and bolts with a smile.

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ACC 2013 San Francisco

9th – 11th March 2013 saw the Medisave USA team attend the ACC13 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center in conjunction with 3M Littmann. Focussing on the transformation of cardiovascular care – from discovery to delivery, thousands of delegates attended the session learning about the latest developments in cardiology while combining the sunny atmosphere of the west coast city famed for its Golden Gate Bridge and infamous penitentiary Alcatraz.

 

UK colleagues joined the USA team and together with representatives from 3M Littmann from as far as China, UK, and Australia liaised with thousands of delegates from across the globe to advise the advantages of buying a Littmann stethoscope. With the added benefit of personalisation on the spot, the stand was surrounded by cardiology specialists fascinated to view their new stethoscope being engraved with our latest engraving technology.

 

The usual buzz surrounded the electronic models – particularly the Littmann 3200 with its 12 track recording facility. And of course, the colour tubing and new finishes on Cardiology models caused inevitable curiosity. With smoke finishes, brass, and rainbow editions, queues bordered the stand eager to obtain their latest Littmann.

 

All in all a great success for the team, and 3M Littmann working in unison to promote the professionals choice in stethoscope. Check out the photos below!

 

Donation to Cycle Response Unit

Medisave are pleased to share that we have just donated a number of items to our local Cycle Response Unit!

The Cycle Response Unit can be sent to any 999 call. They can be faced with child births, cardiac arrests, road traffic accidents, road traffic collisions, assaults, overdoses and strokes (to mention just a few!).

 

Matt Care, Lead Paramedic based at Weymouth Ambulance Station, said, “The CRU is just one of the additional measures we have in place in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympics Sailing Events. 

 

Matt came to collect the donated items; a Nonin 9590, Riester Ri-LED Diagnostic Set and Black Littmann 3200 Electronic Stethoscope. We also personalised the scope with ‘Weymouth CRU’ using our stethoscope laser engraving.

 

The donation of the equipment, totalling approximately £600, will be used operationally by the Cycle Response Unit this summer season and beyond.


“This top-of-the-range 3M Littmann electronic stethoscope will be of great use when assessing patients in noisy environments such as at a live music venue or on Weymouth Carnival day. The stethoscope electronically amplifies the sounds and even has the ability to record sounds for immediate playback”. 

 

We are very pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile scheme. We have supported the Weymouth CRU on a number of occasions and being a local company we see the massive benefit the CRU will bring to Weymouth during the very busy Olympic/Summer period. We are a global organisation with branches in the US, Canada and New Zealand. However, Weymouth is our home town and we are especially proud of being able to support the local community with this donation.


New Littmann Colours

Medisave is excited to share that we have increased our Littmann Stethoscope range EVEN FURTHER. Our 3M Littmann Cardiology III is now available in Ceil Blue and Coral Pink!

 

                    Ceil Blue                  Coral Pink

The Cardiology III has exceptional versatility and outstanding sound quality. With its superior construction, double-sided, three function chestpiece and 3M’s ‘ Tunable Technology’, this stethoscope is a key diagnostic aid in the physical assessment of both adult and paediatric patients. 

Let your Littmann Stethoscope compliment your personal style by choosing from the wide range of colours we have on offer. Why not personalise your scope even further and take advantage of our laser engraving service?

 

As always, stay updated by following us on Twitter @MedisaveUK and Facebook!

Will you marry me?

A rising trend amongst our customers here in the UK, and also in the USA and our other global locations is the idea of using the engraving facility to propose when buying a stethoscope for your significant other.

 

When it comes to an unusual and unique way to ask your loved one in the medical profession to marry you, we are finding this is an special and increasingly popular method by which to pop the question. Around ten of our consumers from across the world have decided on this distinctive way to ask their partner to marry them.  And usually they let us know the outcome. Happily in all cases a “yes”. Whether this is because the beneficiary is enthralled by the loving gesture and cannot resist we can only speculate!

 

Besides some funny and curious names, and the intermittent “Happy Birthday” and “Good Luck” messages, the “Will You Marry Me?” in its variety of incarnations and languages has recently grown in popularity at times of importance such as anniversaries, birthdays and Valentine’s day we inevitably envisage a peak in popularity. Unsurprisingly, it is the Littmann Stethoscope which is the preferred choice and add our symbol engraving such as hearts or stars into the mix and you have one distinctive stethoscope! Some also choose a finish or colour which might signify something special or significant to their other half.

 

You can catch a picture of the latest proposal below!

 

                                                

Medisave and Riester attend BHS Clinical Education Meeting for Primary Care

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, Medisave were delighted to support Riester at the British Hypertension Society Clinical Education Meeting for Primary care at the Institute of Child Health in London.  Intending to support best practice and successful implementation of evidence based management and guidelines, the meeting has attracted over 1,400 GP’s Primary Care Cardiovascular leads, Lead pharmacists and nurses.

 

The programme was based on new developments in the assessment and treatment of hypertension in the community and aimed to consider pragmatic approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease and to achieve targets, including recent advice regarding use of ambulatory monitors.

 

In the afternoon Professor of Primary Care Research Richard McManus of the University of Oxford discussed the merits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in Primary Care. Alongside demonstrating Riester aneroid sphygmomanometers like the new E-Mega and diagnostic products such as the Ri-LED, a keen interest was shown in the ambulatory monitors such as the Omron M24/7, the A&D ABPM TM-2430 and the Welch Allyn 6100s – particularly in the wake of the recently released NICE Hypertension guidelines advising each GP surgery to keep at least one ABPM monitor in situ. It also gave us a chance meet with the makers of the revolutionary ABPM device the BPro Wrist ABPM with Software which proved a big success with the delegates and an item which we now are pleased to stock and sell.  All in all a successful day for Riester and Medisave and the opportunity to discuss current recommendations and procedures with those at the forefront of the latest assessments.