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10 Nursing Supplies You Cannot Operate Without!

Nurses, once they leave report, are on the floor, working hard their entire shift. In and out of each room, with hardly a moment to spare to use the restroom, they are charged with keeping themselves armed and prepared for any situation they may encounter — roving caretakers. While most facilities provide mobile workstations, this does little for the nurse who is not at their cart the moment they need something. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss the 10 nursing supplies that no nurse can make it through a shift without.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are proud to manufacture quality medical products that support the staff that cares for patients. We use quality ingredients in all of our products to ensure that each experience with our products is as safe as it is comfortable. HR Lubricating Jelly is paraben- and latex-free, and is water soluble for premium viscosity. When you want to keep your cart fully stocked with products you can trust, turn to HR Lubricating Jelly.

Chapstick

Chapstick is the only personal item on our list today. What may seem trivial when you begin reading this list, becomes critical halfway through a 12-hour shift when you have been too busy to drink as much as you should. Applying chapstick is a tiny self-care action that can make the difference between struggling through your shift and comfortably making it to end-of-shift report. Pick one that is moisturizing without becoming tacky and can keep you feeling fresh while allowing you to keep your best face forward.

Penlight

A penlight comes in handy for a few different procedures, mainly assessing pupils, but also for peeking into ears, nose, and throat, when there is no otoscope within arms’ reach. You can also use your penlight to better observe things in less-than-ideal lighting where there is no overhead spotlight available or turning on the room light would open a can of worms you aren’t prepared to wrangle.

Multicolored pens

It is wise to have at least two colors of ink pens on you, ideally a few more. These come in handy when keeping your thorough shift notes. Use black to write the facts, blue to write what you did, red to write what needs to be done, and highlight any significant facts. You can carry several different pens or a multi-tip pen.

Stethoscope

Hopefully, this one is all too obvious. Any good medical professional has a stethoscope at the ready to complete a thorough assessment. Use it to listen to hearts, lungs, and stomachs. There is no standard that prescribes you to drape it around your neck, which can actually get heavy and rub uncomfortably over a long shift, not to mention swing in your patient’s face if you are bending over. You can use specially created hip holders or it fits perfectly in side cargo scrub pockets.

Medical tape

Medical tape is a must-have for most medical professionals to carry at all times. There are so many tubes, lines, tabs, and dressings to keep gently secured to a patient’s skin. There are so many forms of medical tape, and for the most part, what you keep on your person comes down to a simple matter of personal preference. Commonly carried medical tape types include paper tape, clear surgical tape, or dupore tape. What you carry will depend on what is readily available at your facility and your own personal preference.

Shears

Shears, while made to cut clothing off in an emergency situation, come in handy in a variety of settings. Over the course of your shift, you may use them to cut off bandages, shorten tape strands, or open packages. It is wise to clean them after every use to prevent your shears from harboring dangerous bacteria. Shears are curved with a lip and without a pointed tip to prevent accidental poking or stabbing when it is being carried in pockets.

Band-aids

Band-aids are one of the most basic medical tools and have a place in even the most acute inpatient settings. You may use a band-aid to cover your own papercut, apply pressure on a fresh IV line removal site, or hand one over to a patient’s family member or passerby. In the eyes of the community, as a nurse, you are essentially a medical Boy Scout, and should always be prepared.

Alcohol swabs

Alcohol swabs are arguably one of the most useful medical supplies a nurse can have access to. You will use so many throughout your shift, you may want to ensure that you have access to an entire box of them. You will use them to prepare an arm for a blood draw, to clean off medication vials and ports, and for cleaning random areas of concern, like your shears.

Gauze

Gauze 2×2 pads are useful in a variety of settings including putting pressure on needle pokes or removing tape residue off of skin. Clean gauze pads can be used to create a temporary bandage in a pinch. Having easy access to larger gauze pads can be used to cover larger areas. They may be saturated with sterile water or saline to clean wounds.

Medical lubricant

Medical lubricant is a rather useful medical supply that makes the nurse’s job easier and the patient’s role in uncomfortable procedures a little safer and more tolerable. A nurse’s role is full of all sorts of tasks that make lubricant necessary. Lubricating jelly can be used to check a prostate, insert a suppository, or perform a check for cervical dilation.

A nurse’s shift is packed full of tasks and assessments that keep you busy from the moment you clock in until well after you leave the facility. When you miss meals and bathroom breaks to take the best care of your patients, you need quality medical products you can count on. HR Pharmaceuticals’ HR Lubricating Jelly is a quality medical lubricant you can trust and is available in a wide variety of sizes and packaging. Stock your medical supply closet when you browse our entire collection today.

5 Things That Affect the Effectiveness of Your Exam Gloves

Regular exam gloves exist for the sole purpose of providing a barrier between your hands and whatever you are touching. It is important to remember that standard exam gloves in the box are clean, but still require some degree of hand hygiene to protect your patients. In any setting where exam gloves are used, there are a number of things that can affect how well your gloves work that you should be aware of. Join us in today’s post as we discuss some of the common things that affect how effective your exam gloves are and what you can do to improve their efficiency, for the sake of you and your patients.

It is important to note that although we will refer to gloves in this article as exam gloves, everything discussed here applies to both sterile and non-sterile gloves as well as latex, vinyl, and nitrile gloves.

Hand Hygiene

Wearing gloves is much more like a bright visual cue that it is an effective barrier to preventing the transmission of disease. Exam gloves are effective at keeping body fluids and other contaminants off of the hands of the wearer, but when they are pulled out of a multi-pack box, handled, and then put on hands, they can be less clean for the person being touched than their own cell phone. To help reduce what the person being touched is exposed to on the exam glove, it is important to follow some simple hand and glove hygiene tips.

  • Wash hands prior to wearing — gloves are not a trade-off to clean hands.
  • Minimize handling of gloves.
    • Take them from the box and put them on
  • Protect the box that the gloves come in.
    • Do not combine boxes of gloves,
    • Do not put gloves back in a box if they fall out
  • Be mindful of what you touch.
    • Do not touch your face or hair.
    • Change gloves between touching objects and patient.
    • Change gloves between removing dressings and applying new ones.
    • Do not handle your cell phone or computer with gloves on.
    • Change gloves after touching common items — door handles, buttons, or carts.
  • Gloves are not your hands.
    • Do not wash your gloves.
    • Do not reuse exam gloves.

Exam gloves are meant to provide a barrier of protection for both you and the patient you are touching. Being mindful of what you touch can help improve the effectiveness of the gloves.

Cleaning Products

A variety of cleaning products can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your gloves. Cleaning products, whether meant to clean surfaces or skin, tend to be corrosive. Cleaning products contain chemicals that kill bacteria and other microbes but can also compromise the integrity of the already thin material of exam gloves. Bleach, rubbing alcohol, Cavicide, and other common medical cleaning products can all break down gloves. Exam gloves are used when handling these products to help prevent the skin of the user’s hand being damaged, but you should be mindful to change exam gloves both between cleaning products used and after using a cleaning product.

Glove Ingredients

The gloves themselves can cause a difference in effectiveness. There are different claims as to whether nitrile, vinyl, natural latex, or latex are best for use, but as a whole, the medical industry has reduced the use of latex overall. Regardless of what type of gloves you have in your facility, the materials that are used to create them can significantly impact the efficiency of the gloves. Fillers that some exam glove manufacturing companies use can reduce the efficiency of the exam gloves by more than 50%. Before you don your gloves, check them for quality, and then check again after putting them on. Check for rips, tears, and holes — even the smallest one will widen with wear.

Time and Friction

Nitrile exam gloves are not meant for long-term use. Continued use can degrade and develop holes as time passes. This is due to the stretching of the fibers and exposure to the environment as well as the sweat and oils on your hands. One study suggests that 12 minutes of use reduces the efficiency of exam gloves by nearly 35%.

Most people understand that time and exposure compromise the efficiency of their gloves and opt to wear two pairs, layered. However, this is very dangerous and the friction between the two pairs of gloves can actually cause both of the gloves to break even quicker. The solution is to wear a single pair of gloves and change them more frequently.

Oil-Based Lubricants

Oil-based lubricants break down latex and rubber by making the cells of the material swell or become brittle. This is not a guarantee that the material of your exam gloves will be completely compromised, but with use and/ or friction, there is a much greater chance of breakdown. While many exam gloves used in the medial industry are now latex-free, they still contain rubber. Water-based lubricants are a safe alternative to any other lubricant of choice. HR Lubricating Jelly is a medical lubricant that is safe for use in a variety of situations that involve exam gloves because it is safe for both the exam gloves as well as the patient.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we make products that are safe for patients and medical professionals alike. Our HR Lubricating Jelly will not compromise the integrity of exam gloves, which helps keep everyone involved safer. Our medical lubricant is pH balanced and water-soluble, so you can rest assured it is not degrading the materials on your exam gloves. Additionally, it is bacteriostatic, meaning it won’t aid in the transmission of microbes. For a medical lubricant that you can count on, trust HR Lubricating Jelly.

Why Lubricant is a Wise Choice For Promoting Fertility

Infertility is a fairly common problem that affects more than 12% of married couples who attempt to conceive. Of this percentage, only about 12% of infertility problems are due to actual medical incompatibility or inability to conceive. A good portion of the difficulties that couples face is due more to the facts that healthy couples only have a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month and a shift in social norms that make conception more difficult. The good news is, with patience and persistence, nearly 60% of couples will conceive within six months of trying.

If you are a part of a couple that is attempting to conceive, this post is for you. Join us as we discuss some of the ways that lubricant can help your efforts be more fruitful. At HR Lubricating Jelly, our medical lubricants are perfect for helping to conceive. From being used as a personal lubricant for the act of conceiving to verifying pregnancy by lubricating a transvaginal ultrasound wand, and then assisting your Obstetrician in checking the dilation of a cervix, we are there for you on your fertility journey, from beginning to end!

Mimics natural lubrication.

The human body is made to reproduce. And, because of this, the naturally-occurring fluids it produces are for that very purpose. Women’s bodies produce a variety of lubricants to promote reproduction, based on what part of their menstrual cycle they are experiencing. During sex, a lack of moisture can cause uncomfortable friction for both partners that will prevent the act from occurring. The body’s natural solution is to produce a moisturizing lubricant during arousal to make things more comfortable for both parties. During ovulation, however, cervical lubrication is produced to provide a slippier glide to help produce male orgasm as well as help healthy sperm on their journey to the awaiting fertile egg.

A pH balanced, water-based medical lubricant is the next best thing to the vagina’s natural lubricant. Because it mimics the body’s natural lubrication, it promotes the natural processes of human procreation.

Increases pleasure.

As we discussed briefly, some changes in social norms have made it more difficult for today’s couples to conceive. Work hours are longer and more stressful. High stress is such a normalized part of our modern culture and coupled with alcohol use, physical intimacy has declined significantly. When a couple is attempting to conceive, knowing that ovulation day occurs only once a month puts a lot of pressure on the procreation “event.” This high-stress, high-pressure set-up can make the event seem more like a chore or another job that needs to be done. As months go by without positive results, the stress and frustration can impact couples by decreasing intimacy and result in a physical difficulty or inability to perform. Using a medical lubricant can help increase pleasure and help both parties relax and enjoy themselves. This helps to yield the best results. It is a medical fact that arousal and a pleasurable experience help promote reproduction and that when both parties climax, the chances of conception increase. Additionally, when pleasure is increased, stress hormones are decreased, resulting in better chances for a healthy baby.

Promotes sperm vitality.

Unlike women, men continue to create genetic reproduction material (sperm) as it is needed. Slow moving or unhealthy sperm find it difficult in making it to the egg and leads to difficulty in conceiving. Less-than-optimal sperm can be the product of a number of things including anatomical abnormalities, testicular trauma, chronic medical conditions, and acute concerns including alcohol or drug use, higher than normal stress levels, and poor nutrition and hydration status. While a lubricant cannot do much about the sperm that is produced, it provides the ideal conditions for healthy sperm to thrive in and help them along to find the egg. In the absence of lubricant, the birth canal of a woman experiencing the same conditions that affect sperm production in males can cause an “inhospitable environment” for sperm in women. A pH balanced, water-based lubricant provides the optimal environment for sperm.

HR Lubricating Jelly is trusted by gynecologists and obstetricians throughout the world as the mark of quality and assurance in reproduction. Don’t just take our word for it or do something simply because that is the way it has always been done. Review the data and draw your own conclusions.

How to Pick Your Lubricant

When you are attempting to conceive, not just any lubricant will do. It is important to note that most commercial lubricants that are intended for adult pleasure are not made with the health and welfare of sperm or normal micro-flora in mind. They are made for the sole purpose of making sex more exciting. Medical lubricants are made with the health of all parties in mind and increased pleasure is just a beneficial byproduct! With that in mind, we’d like to offer a few tips on how to pick your lubricant when you are attempting to conceive.

Viscosity

The viscosity of your lubricant helps reduce friction and irritation and promotes all of the topics we discussed in this post. It helps increase pleasure and helps sperm find the egg that is waiting to be fertilized.
HR Lubricating Jelly maintains its integrity and viscosity better than any other medical lubricant on the market. It is known for not thinning out or dripping from the area where it is applied.

Sperm-Friendly

Creating the ideal conditions for healthy sperm to be transported to an egg means creating a healthy, as-close-to-natural-as-possible environment. A lubricant that alters the pH balance or includes a spermicide will not help promote conception.
HR Lubricating Jelly has been studied by universities and independently to be proven to be compatible with sperm and embryos. Additionally, it is also micro-flora friendly, meaning it will not disrupt the host environment.

HR Lubricating Jelly has been used to support fertility and conceptions since 1931. If you and your partner are attempting to conceive, start the journey off with the support of a medical lubricant that has been proven successful. HR Lubricating Jelly is kosher, latex-free, and made in the United States. Shop our entire product line online today.

How Your Lubricant Affects Conception

Personal lubricant is often a part of a healthy couple’s intimate life. In fact, some recent studies estimate that nearly 65 percent of couples use personal lubricant on a regular basis. So, when you are perusing the aisles at your local neighborhood pharmacy and stop in the family planning section, there are a few things that you should consider.

The market for adult products is overflowing with great options for nearly every desire. The lubricant selection does not disappoint. Whether you are looking for something that flavors or warms to help spice things up in the bedroom, you are trying to prevent a pregnancy, or you are trying to conceive, the options really are limitless.

If you are trying to conceive, the lubricating jelly you select really can make a difference. However, it is important not to grab the first tube sporting the label of “fertility-friendly” or “sperm-friendly” and make some well informed decisions. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss some of the various options and what you should look for in your baby-making lube.

Hospitable environment.

Some lubricating jellies are armed with spermicidal ingredients that are meant specifically for preventing sperm from making it into the birth canal to fertilize an awaiting egg. Some lubes do not include such ingredients, but are not sperm friendly by the nature of the other ingredients. This can mean that there are chemicals that are less than ideal living environments for sperm. These lubes typically include those that are equipped with pleasure-focused qualities — extra scents, tastes, warming or cooling, ect. Non-sperm friendly ingredients that are not necessarily spermicidal can slow sperm motility or integrity. To ensure the best sperm can make it safely to the ripe eggs, the right lubricant makes all the difference.

When a woman is ovulating, she will naturally produce a mucous-like discharge that is a medium for making intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable for both parties, which dramatically improves the chances of conception, as well as helps create a sperm-friendly environment. A good fertility-friendly lubricant will mimic the natural egg-white consistency of a woman’s cervical mucus.

pH balanced.

One of the major culprits of lube induced infertility is an altered pH. The natural environment has a sperm-friendly pH balance and changing it to become either acidic or basic can impact both the sperm and the egg. When trying to conceive, do not use anything that may alter the pH balance in the vagina. Common over-the-counter lubricating jellies will add just enough acid to make the environment toxic to sperm, rendering your reproductive attempts unsuccessful.

Select a lubricant that has as few chemicals as possible and is water-based. These lubes won’t interfere with the natural vaginal pH and will help promote fertility.

Get the best qualities.

When you are inspecting the labels of fertility-friendly personal lubricants, look for qualities that include:

  • Glycerin-free
  • Isotonic
  • pH balanced
  • Water-based

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we have been creating high-quality products for a variety of medical uses for more than 80 years. Our products are known for their simply basic ingredients and the safety that even the most sensitive patient can use and appreciate. HR Lubricating Jelly is a water-based fertility and embryo friendly lubricating jelly. It has been studied by universities and fertility clinics and has been proven compatible with sperm and embryos and a viable option for use when attempting to conceive. Shop our entire lubricant product line online today!

Urinary Catheter: A Review of Your Personal Use Options

Millions of Americans suffer from conditions such as urinary retention, incontinence, or some other disorder that make a urinary catheter necessary. Urinary catheters provide convenience and help prevent a wide variety of health concerns and embarrassments. If you or your loved one use a urinary catheter, take peace in knowing that you have options.

In today’s post, we will review some of your urinary catheter options and some care and maintenance tips for each.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we pride ourselves on making high-quality medical products that are safe for use on even the most vulnerable patients. Our Lubricating Jelly makes insertion and maintenance of urinary catheters much more comfortable.

 

Indwelling Urinary Catheter

Indwelling urinary catheters include the traditional Foley catheter that can be used directly in the urethra, or can be inserted into a suprapubic opening directly through the abdomen and into the bladder. Indwelling catheters collect urine continuously. This is especially convenient for those who leak or who do not have the sensation of fullness or the urge to go.

Indwelling catheters should always be inserted with a water-based lubricant that is viscous. Indwelling catheters should be cleaned, at a minimum, twice daily, with the bag cleaned daily, and the entire system switched out at least monthly. This helps prevent urinary tract infections and other problems.

HR Pharmaceuticals Lubricating Jelly offers a superior water-based lube that features premium viscosity. Our lube will make the insertion process much more comfortable and reduce friction. It also will not breakdown the silicone hose or cause an interaction with the materials of the catheter.

Condom Catheter

A condom catheter is a convenient option for males. The father tubing is attached to a condom that slips easily over the penis. Urine is diverted into a discreet leg bag for clean, comfortable, convenience. This type of catheter is especially convenient for the man on the go, who doesn’t suffer from urinary retention.

Condom catheters should be applied with a tacky skin prepping agent to help gently hold the condom in place. It should routinely be removed to allow the skin to air out and to be cleaned, which is especially important for men who are uncircumcised.

Intermittent Self-Cath

The intermittent self-cath, or straight cath, is convenient for those who suffer from urinary retention, but have the sensation to go and do not leak. For intermittent straight cath, the client will use catheter tubing and insert it through the urethra to drain the bladder. This can be done as needed to relieve urinary retention or on a regular basis to drain a neurogenic bladder.

Managing an intermittent self-cath takes a little bit of patience and a lot of practice. Practicing an aseptic technique is critical to preventing infection. And, using the right lube is absolutely paramount to inserting a catheter over and over. A high-quality lubricating jelly that is water-based and viscous will allow the catheter to be easily inserted without causing friction or tearing.

HR Lubricating Jelly is a premium lube that offers users a latex-free, water-soluble lubricant with superior viscosity. The single-use OneShot® packaging helps to promote the integrity of an aseptic environment and are easy to use. When you have HR Lubricating Jelly in your arsenal, you will be set up for successful intermittent catheterization.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are proud to create superior products that are safe and easy to use, while also providing optimal patient comfort. HR Lubricating Jelly is a smooth and comfortable option that offers a whole host of positive features. If you are managing a urinary catheter at home, try the lubricant you deserve — shop our entire product line online today.

How Your Patients Choose Medical Products For In-Home Use

You’ve been caring for your patient for what seems like an eternity, and they are ready to go home. If they are like many patients you discharge, they are not back to their pre-admission state and there will be some recovery time needed at home. If they are going home with any sort of durable medical equipment or a condition that requires care with medical supplies, you can bet that they will require some education on how to do for themselves what you have been doing for them. When you are completing patient education in anticipation for discharge, it may help you to know how your patients will be making decisions on what medical products they will purchase.

Follow along in today’s post as we review some of the ways that patients came to select HR Lubricating Jelly as their brand of choice for home use lubricant.

“It was the same lube they used at the hospital.”

Many people are under the assumption that what their medical provider use is the best possible product available. They also assume that if it worked at the hospital, that’s what I should continue to do. When they visit their local medical supply store or corner pharmacy, they will look for the product that their medical team uses at whatever facility they just left.

When you use a high-quality product like HR Lubricating Jelly at your facility, you are setting your patients up for success. When used in any setting, HR Lubricating Jelly offers benefits that other lubricants cannot. Some of these benefits include its kosher certification, the superior water-based viscosity, and the sterile packaging and bacteriostatic contents.

“My healthcare provider recommended it.”

Those who have little to no healthcare knowledge value and trust the input of their medical providers. When you are educating your patients on how to care for themselves at home, they will nervously listen to your advice, hoping they will be able to do as you did.

When your patients ask which lubricant they should use, suggest them the comfort and safety offered by HR Lubricating Jelly. If you trust it enough to use for all of your patients in your practice, advocate for those who need a quality product for in-home use.

“It had the best reviews online.”

Nowadays you can rate everything and provide instant feedback about services and products to benefit other consumers. Online ratings and reviews allow consumers to read about how the product actually worked for people like them and compare it to other products. Amazing qualities like the bacteriostatic properties or the sterile packaging may not mean too much to the end-user, but reviews like
“I have used all the products on the market, and none was as comfortable to self-cath with as HR Lubricating Jelly. Pain-free and made the whole procedure so smooth!”

“It’s what my family member/ friend/ neighbor uses.”

Before people purchase nearly anything, they will ask for the input of someone who already uses a similar product. While this always helps put the user’s mind at ease, it is unfortunate when their source has been just dealing with a sub-par product because they don’t know anything else. Remind your patient that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone and while they should seek advice and input, it is best to try products out for themselves!

HR Lubricating Jelly is available in single-use packets, which make it convenient for on the go and to keep the environment clean, even at home. Additionally, the single-use packs are great for sharing!

However, it is that your patients seek information about products that they will use for care at home, help them make the best-informed decisions. Arm them with all the facts and let them try the products that you have on hand for themselves. An important part of patient education is familiarizing them with the products they will be using. Fortunately for you and your patients, HR Pharmaceuticals has owned the mark of assurance, consistency, and convenience for over 80 years.

To stock, your facility with a superior lubricating jelly, shop our entire selection online today!

The Pros and Cons of Using HR Lubricating Jelly as a Personal Lubricant

You cannot make one of the best lubricants that the industry has to offer and feature product benefits that include:

  • Paraben-Free,
  • Water Soluble,
  • Non-Staining,
  • Glycerin-Free,
  • Latex-Free,
  • Sterile Bacteriostatic, and
  • Premium Viscosity

and not expect people to not use it for all of their lubrication needs. At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are proud to manufacture products that can be used in a variety of settings to improve the quality of life of the end-user. While we don’t encourage alternative uses, we are aware that our products can be used in other ways than we intended. In fact, in another article, we discuss a whole list of off-labeled uses our products are used for. And, we prefer that you use our product for an unintended use than using any of the products listed here. Join us in today’s post as we discuss the pros and cons of using HR Lubricating Jelly as a personal lubricant.

The Upside

Surgical lubricants are intended to protect orifices during the insertion of foreign objects. So, if you use our high-quality lubricating jellies for your personal pleasure, you have made a great choice. Here are some of the benefits of using our product.

Naturally smooth feel.

HR Pharmaceuticals makes HR Lubricating Jelly to mimic the body’s natural fluids. Because it is mostly water, free of dyes and additives, it does not become sticky, tacky, clump, or flake. This means that during use, it will remain slick, and afterward, it will not leave behind an uncomfortable residue.

Superior viscosity.

One of the most exciting features of HR Lubricating Jelly is its premium viscosity. We created it this way to prevent injury during invasive procedures that are caused by friction. These benefits extend to personal use by preventing friction and discomfort and keeps things moving smoothly.

Won’t cause a yeast infection.

Many oil-based lubricants can alter the natural flora and pH balance of the vagina that leads to uncomfortable yeast infections. HR Lubricating Jelly is water-soluble and pH neutral, so it will not interfere with the natural balance of the human body or contribute to a yeast infection.

Won’t compromise condoms or toys.

Many personal lubricants and vaginal lotions are silicone-based. The adult entertainment industry prefers silicone-based lubricants because they remain slick longer and remain jellied in the lab for up to 10 years. At HR Pharmaceuticals, we believe that our more natural-feeling product that doesn’t leave behind a residue, nor will it clump or flake, will prevent you from allowing it to remain on the shelf for a decade. Additionally, water-based lubricants have no effect on condoms or silicone adult toys the way other personal lubricants do. Silicone-based lubricants can actually compromise the integrity of silicone toys and latex, nitrile, polyurethane, and resin condoms, rendering them ineffective.

The Downside

HR Lubricating Jelly is made for medical use by medical professionals, so it should come as no surprise that there a few downsides to using it for its off-labeled use as a personal lubricant. We are proud to say that the cons of using our product for your pleasure are limited.

Does not prevent pregnancy.

HR Lubricating Jelly is made for the medical industry as a medical lubricant. Therefore, we have no reason to include a spermicide as an ingredient in our product. However, it should be noted, that as discussed previously, our lubricant will not affect the integrity of condoms, so you can use our lubricant in conjunction with condoms to help reduce your chances of an unintentional pregnancy.

Does not prevent the spread of STD/STI.

Yes, our sterile lubricant is bacteriostatic. This means that it will inhibit bacterial growth so that you do not have to worry about our lubricating jelly being a breeding ground for bacteria. However, it should be noted that it not an antibiotic nor an anti-viral agent. This means that it will not prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted disease or infection, and safe sex should be practiced.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we create superior lubricants with the end user in mind. Our mission is to create products that are safe and effective. Our lubricating jelly has been the go-to product for medical professionals, globally, for more than 80 years. However our product is used, you can rest assured that you are using a product that is of superior medical-grade quality. For all of your personal lubrication needs, shop our entire line of lubricating jelly online today.

To Lube or Not to Lube

Lubricating jelly and medical lubricants have become a favored product for improving patient comfort during invasive procedures. The increase in patient comfort has led to improved patient outcomes and satisfaction with their medical services. This helps to reduce the fear and anxiety related to invasive medical procedures, leading to increased patient compliance and better healing. Just think, all of these positives from one simple product!

HR Pharmaceuticals is proud to offer HR Lubricating Jelly for personal and industrial use. It is a sterile, water-soluble, bacteriostatic lubricating jelly that is available in a variety of packaging and volumes. And, while we encourage widespread use of our amazing product, there are a few times when it is not advised you use it, or any other lube for that matter. Follow along in today’s post as we help clarify when and when you should not use lubricating jelly during medical exams or procedures.

When You Should Lube

For the most part, any invasive medical procedures that require you to insert a device or equipment into an orifice, you should lubricate the device. Some examples of procedures include (but are not limited to):

Nasopharyngeal airway (NPA) insertion
Feeding tube insertion
Endoscopy
Ultrasound
Reproductive procedures (will not harm sperm or alter vaginal flora)
Vaginal exam — digital, speculum, ultrasound wand
Rectal exam — digital, tube placement, enema, medication administration, disimpaction, or colonoscopy
Foley catheter insertion

For more in-depth information about these procedures and the use of surgical lubricant, read our article here.

When You Don’t Need Lubricant

Because of how proud we are of our superior medical lube, we hate to admit that there are times when you should refrain from using it, but it would be irresponsible of us to market it as a product that can be used in every procedure. Here are a few times that you shouldn’t use ours, or any other, lubricating jelly.

Airway insertion

Inserting an NPA requires lubrication because it enters the nose, a mucousy orifice. Not using a lubricant in this instance can cause considerable friction and damage to the airway. Oral airways including orotracheal intubation or oropharyngeal airway (OPA), do not require lubrication as it can enter the lungs and cause more harm than good.

Otoscope use

When looking in the ears with any device, it is not necessary, nor is it advised to use lubricant of any kind. The ear is a dry membrane and should never be penetrated. An otoscope, or auriscope, should only be inserted far enough to visualize the tympanic membrane and no further. Using any sort of fluid or lubricant can cause damage to the eardrum and is not advised unless otherwise ordered.

Venous access

Puncturing the skin for the purpose of venous access should never be accompanied by a lubricant of any kind. We understand your desire to want to make the procedure more comfortable and establish a way to make the needle cause as little friction or discomfort as possible, but this should be achieved by using the sharpest, highest-quality needles in the appropriate gauge. Lubricants are not intended to enter the circulatory system and should not be used for this purpose.

Procedures of the eye.

While HR Lubricating Jelly is safe for internal use, it should not be introduced into the eye. In the event of accidental eye exposure to our product, flush thoroughly with water.

We hope that this discussion has provided some clarification on the intended use of HR Lubricating Jelly. For more information, be sure to visit us online or contact us. For all of your lubricant needs, shop our entire product line today.

Why The Viscosity of Your Lubricant Matters

If you perform any procedure that requires the use of lubricating jelly, you are likely already well aware that not every lubricant is the same! A few qualities that some medical lubricants offer — bacteriostatic properties, hypoallergenic, paraben-free — are not obvious to the end-user. However, some are — viscosity, consistency, and residue factor.

HR Pharmaceutical’s Lubricating Jelly is a water-based lubricant that won’t clump, flake, or become tacky. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss some of the reasons the viscosity of your lubricating jelly matters and why HR Pharmaceuticals works so hard to make lubricants with superior viscosity.

Avoid injury.

Friction is the enemy in most scenarios. Not only does friction during a medical procedure create discomfort for the patient, regardless of where it occurs, but friction can cause cell trauma. Abrasions, skin tears, scabs, and ulcers can occur in areas that experience friction. Once an area has been compromised, it will make any procedure uncomfortable in that area. If you are inserting something like a nasogastric tube or a nasal airway, nicking the tissue can cause blood to enter a cavity it shouldn’t, such as the stomach or lungs.

Reduce infection.

Skin and mucous cells are the first line of defense for the body. Meant to keep pathogens out, once compromised, it is much less effective. When you use lubricants with poor viscosity, there is increased potential for compromising the integrity of an orifice. This creates an opportunity for pathogens to enter the body. Additionally, an open area invites bacteria to the site and can cause an infection at the compromised area. Viscosity matters!

Increase efficiency.

As a medical professional, you know that efficiency is what keeps your practice moving. You likely have a host of tasks, exams, and procedures. You also know that medical equipment costs a lot of money. You can help improve the efficiency of each task and reduce waste of medical equipment when you use lubricating jelly that makes insertion of medical equipment easier and does not compromise the equipment. HR Pharmaceutical Lubricating Jelly is thick and water-based, offering superior instrument coverage without affecting the material of the equipment. The superior viscosity allows you to easily insert instruments quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Improve patient comfort.

Ask anyone with any experience using any sort of lubricant, and they will all agree that viscosity directly affects performance and comfort. Viscosity affects how smoothly an instrument will move in an orifice. Lubricating Jelly from HR Pharmaceutical offers superior viscosity for patient comfort. Additionally, the water-based formula prevents staining, clumping, drying, or flaking. This means that your patient can remain as comfortable as possible when Lubricating Jelly is used.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we have been a global leader in medical lubricants for more than 80 years. Our ingredients and formulas make our lubricating jellies second to none in terms of patient safety and comfort. We have a variety of packaging options to make our lubricants convenient for the medical professional. Browse our entire product line and stock your practice today!

Creating An Inviting Environment For Your Patients

As healthcare providers, your goal is to ensure every patient receives top-notch care and that they felt comfortable while receiving that care. For many people, visiting a medical facility induces a high level of stress. Perhaps this is due to a bad prior experience or simply misconceptions about what visiting a medical professional entails. No matter what the cause, it is important for medical providers to take the time consider how they can create a more inviting environment for their patients.


Here at HR Pharmaceuticals, we are a trusted provider of HR lubricating jelly, a latex free, water soluble lubricating gel, designed with your patient’s comfort in mind. If you are hoping to improve the warmth of your medical facility, read on to learn more about how you can accomplish creating an inviting environment for your patients.

Start At The Beginning

As you consider your patients’ comfort and the environment of your medical facility, start from the very beginning. Your patient’s visit is impacted by every single moment leading up to their actual interaction with nursing staff and doctors. Take the time to consider what their arrival process looks like.

 

A few questions to ask yourself as you analyze this initial part of the visit include the following:

  • How easy is it to find your facility? Could you create clearer signage to help direct people to the right location as they arrive?
  • What is parking like? Is there ample parking for everyone? Will people know where to go once they have parked their vehicle?
  • What is the initial greeting a client receives when they walk through your doors? Do you have a quality reception process or will they be left trying to figure things out on their own?

 

As you think through the initial process your patients experience, look for areas you can improve. For example, invest in clear signs if you realize it is confusing for your clients to find the right part of your facility for their needs.

 

A big focus of this analysis should be on how your receptionist greets patients. Keep in mind that for most people entering your doors, they are in a stressed state of mind and might be extremely uncertain of what comes next. Your receptionist should greet clients with warmth and care. This first impression will have a lasting impact upon how your patients view your facility as a whole. Coach the staff who first interact with clients on how to be professional while still warm and caring.

 

If need be, send in a “secret shopper” to report back on how the reception process works. Look for ways to not only improve the friendliness of your staff but also the efficiency of the process. The more frazzled and stressed your receptionists become the more that stress will seep into your patients. If you can start the visit off on the right foot, you have a much better chance of keeping them comfortable throughout the entire visit.

Ensure You Demonstrate Care

Every single staff member from your janitor to your doctors should be trained in how to demonstrate true care for every patient who visits your facility. Having honest care and concern for patients isn’t something you can fake. You have to take the time to slow down and listen to patients.

 

If your staff is running around in a frenzy, ignoring patients who are walking down hallways or acting seemingly disinterested in those patients, it will take a toll on the comfort of those who visit your facility. People are extremely vulnerable when they are visiting a medical facility. Take the time to show them undivided care and attention.

Utilize Decor To Create A Warm Space

Even the way you style your facility plays a large role in how your patients will feel during their time there. Make sure you use inviting decor to create a warm space. While everyone understands that medical facilities will, to a certain extent, need to be sterile in appearance, you can create a design that is more appealing.


In fact, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, along with the Center for Health Design, took time to review hundreds of studies pertaining to hospital design. During this review they specifically took a look at how it impacted staff and patients. Their discoveries led them to realizing that noise levels, lighting, layout, ventilation, and more all had a major impact upon medical errors, stress levels, and how quickly patients healed.

Always Have The Right Supplies On Hand

 

When it comes to providing actual care for your patients, you want the process to be as seamless as possible. The less hiccups during a visit the better. One of the best ways to ensure that you do not run into any bumps along the way is to be certain you are equipped with every supply that you need and that those supplies are high-quality.

 

Here at HR Pharmaceuticals, we provide medical lubricant gel that meets the many requirements you may have. Our medical lubricant is a kosher lubricant, latex free, water soluble, and non-spermicidal. Our goal is provide you with the supplies you need in order to keep your patients comfortable and to ensure you are never without exactly what you need when you need it.

 

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Seek Feedback From Your Patients

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek feedback from your patients. Who understands better what a visit to your facility is like than the people who have experienced it? By reaching out to previous patients for feedback on how their visit went, you can gain valuable insights into where you can improve and also where you are succeeding.

 

Take the time to create an inviting environment for your patients and you will not only see more success as a medical facility, you will also be doing the world a favor by instilling positive experiences with health treatment. Considering the importance of preventative healthcare, your contribution to creating a positive environment for healing can create an important change for many.

 

Remember, at HR Pharmaceuticals, we are passionate about ensuring healthcare providers have exactly what they need to succeed. Talk to us anytime about our medical lubricant gel, a high-quality lubricating jelly designed for healthcare professionals and their patients.

 

 

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