Plastic Blood Collection Tubes Decrease Risk of Phlebotomy Injury

The healthcare community is beginning to realize the serious threat posed by broken glass tubes. Cuts from contaminated glass pose a serious risk of transmitting hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases. Plastic blood collection tubes are the answer to this threat. Although plastic tubes have been around for over 10 years now, laboratories have been slow to convert. The conversion from glass to plastic has been slow due to a couple of different reasons.

Plastic blood collection tubes are perceived by management to be more expensive than glass. Five years ago this was a valid argument, but in today’s market it is untrue. Plastic tubes are the same or only marginally more expensive than their glass counterparts. Also plastic blood collection tubes weigh less than glass and can be more efficiently incinerated, reducing the facility’s biohazard waste costs.

Before converting to plastic blood collection tubes a parallel study between both glass and plastic tubes must be preformed to assure quality results. All laboratories are privey to published guidelines that clearly define the requirements for such studies. Yet, many laboratories view this as an extra cumbersome task.

The saving increases further when you    Sight Glass consider the cost of treating an employee infected with an infectious disease due to exposure to glass sharps.

The conversion from glass to shatter resistant plastic blood collection tube is not only compelling but necessary for the safety of our phlebotomists. Today online sales of phlebotomy supplies including plastic blood collection tubes are helping to close the price gap between glass and plastic. Laboratory and mobile phlebotomist are now able to have direct access to these safety phlebotomy products.

The focus on safety should be priority number one. Industry wide conversion is upon us.

Glass makers are practically the only bead designers left making individual glass beads. There are many types of glass beads: Lamp work, molten, and hand blown glass. Glass jewelry is one of a kind. Lamp work beads are the most known when designing jewelry. There are so many amazing lamp work design patterns, like spirals, honeycomb, striped and caned, even sculpteds. The great thing about lamp work or any kind of glass beads there are no two alike. Artists or glass blowers are like any other artist, each masterpiece is unique. So, if you want something that will match in the jewelry with what you are wearing, go funky or go wild.

How do you create these small unique, tubed pieces of blown glass? Glass blowing were first created back in the 1500’s in Germany. Hans Greiner glass blower developed a special kind of glass bead with silver lining inside. It almost looked like a pearl. Greiner’s the metallic silver bead were a hit all over Europe. Other glass makers in the mid 1800’s, created many other techniques. Czech bead glass makers in the 19th century were innovative, developing many designs and even creating Christmas ornaments. Czech glass beads were quite extraordinary. A lot of the time they would be a solid color like black with tiny carvings and silver blown inside that made the bead look like it had tiny mirrors.

Mold blowing beads are the most inexpensive way making a lot at once. These are light and colorful and most popular with the small villages in Mexico and Peru. Indians are most famous for making molded gold beads. Indians use them in most of their native costumes and jewelry; gold is cherished in India.

It might sound like an easy task to make glass beads, in fact it’s not. Indians use the old way of m. They prepare the tube then heat the tube, breaking it into a mold. Then they start to blow a little melted glass at a time, pull it down, forming a tube. To get the silver or gold into the tubes to make the bead look metallic the glass blower needs to suck it up the molded glass tube. This practice was abandoned by the Europeans but Indians still use this method today.

It’s still a question where exactly blow glass beads first originated, some say India or others from Germany. One thing is for sure glass blowing beads was an incredible creation; art jewelers all over the world are happily creating.

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