Rising Summertime Cases of RSV Baffles Pediatricians

An article recently published in the Associated Press brings to light a recent emergence of RSV. Respiratory Syncytial Virus commonly causes cold-like symptoms, including troublesome coughs and breathing trouble for infants and the elderly, but typically the virus sickens children in the colder winter months. This recent emergence of RSV during the summertime is baffling United States Pediatricians and Doctors and has put many infants in the hospital.

While RSV cases dropped dramatically last year due to people staying home, social distancing, and other precautions taken during the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic here in the United States, these new cases began tallying as pandemic restrictions eased. “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Dr. Kate Dutkiewicz, medical director at Beacon Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, said after treating two RSV-infected infants recently. Both needed oxygen treatment to help with breathing. ‘’I’ve never seen cases in July, or close to July.’’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory just recently about an increase in RSV cases across parts of the South. Cases have appeared in many other states, too. Children infected with RSV “usually develop only mild illness, but these infections can be severe for some. Among U.S. kids under age 5, RSV typically leads to 2 million doctor-office visits each year, 58,000 hospitalizations, and up to 500 deaths — higher than the estimated toll on kids from COVID-19.

RSV can lead to pneumonia among adults aged 65 and up; RSV can lead to pneumonia and causes almost 180,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths yearly. Cases in kids and adults usually occur in fall through early spring.” It is theorized that the rise in RSV cases might be due to precautionary parents taking their children for COVID-19 tests who otherwise might dismiss mild RSV symptoms.

“Whether the unusual summertime virus activity foreshadows less-than-usual RSV this coming winter is uncertain.” Said Dr. Mary Caserta, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ infectious diseases committee and a professor at the University of Rochester.

It is essential for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to be prepared for the rise in RSV cases and the potential for more come wintertime. Novum is here to help Pediatric Departments and long-term care facilities make sure their staff is adequately equipped.

Give us a call to learn more about how Novum can help your facility prepare for a rise in RSV Cases! (800) 274-2742

Pandemic Baby Boom or Bust?

When the COVID-19 Pandemic began and stay-at-home orders forced people to spend more time at home, many speculated about the potential for a “Pandemic Baby Boom”. Now that we are 15 months out from the initial lockdowns, that Pandemic Baby Boom turned out to be a bust – thus far.

In a study released earlier this year by the CDC, birth rates in the last year actually decreased by 4% – the steepest birth rate decline since 1979! While the level of birth rate decline varied between age groups and ethnic groups, the trend was the same across the board.

Initial speculation that people being locked indoors with each other would lead to an increase of births was thwarted mostly by economic uncertainty and the lack of consistent or available childcare services. Those with children who were suddenly now home all the time were potentially turned off by the idea of introducing another into their increasingly cramped household.

However, as lockdowns lift, capacities expand, and society begins its return to normalcy, some are expecting the baby boom that we initially speculated, will finally happen.

A study done recently by the University of Michigan Health Lab projects a summer baby surge. “Birth rates declined early on in the pandemic, but we expect a dramatic rebound soon,” said lead author Molly Stout, M.D., MSci, maternal fetal medicine director at Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

“Major societal changes certainly seem to influence reproductive choices, population growth and fertility rates…This has also been noted during other times in history, such as the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Great Depression in 1929 and recession of 2008.” Using electronic health records, researchers at Michigan Medicine were able to model pregnancy episodes and accurately project the increase in pregnancy volumes. “We’re already seeing signs of a summer baby surge.”

Based on the same model, Michigan Medicine Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is preparing for a 10-15% increase in births in the summer and fall of 2021 compared to what they would normally expect. They are using this research to better prepare their labor and delivery staff for an increase in birthing mothers in the coming months.

Hospitals across the country and their labor and delivery departments will need to make sure they are properly staffed and prepared with the necessary equipment to handle this surge in births. Novum is here and ready to help.

Our Wooden Maternity Bassinets, Fetal Monitor Carts and Case Carts are designed specifically for your Labor and Delivery Departments. These carts and bassinets provide the necessary durability and functionality for the staff, while still providing a warm aesthetic to keep Mom & Baby happy and comfortable.

Blanket Warmers allow for safer room temperatures while keeping mom and baby warm at the same time and our Medical Recliners or Glider Rockers are the perfect option for nursing mothers. Give us a call to discuss the specific needs of your facility and be sure you are prepared! (800) 274-2742

The Benefits of Point-of-Care Fluid Warmers

We recently introduced the ivNow Fluid Warmer to our inventory and we are thrilled to offer this great product to our customers. The ivNow Fluid Warmer warms fluids at the point of use – where you need them, when you need them. The convenient, easy-to-use ivNow fluid warmers quickly heat and maintain safe temperatures of intravenous and irrigation fluids while saving space and staff time. Improve processes and recovery time by efficiently warming patients from admission to discharge, reducing surgical site infections.

Safety is a priority with ivNow fluid warmers. The digital display shows the actual temperature of every bag throughout the warming process. The fluid warmer records how long each bag has been warmed in order to comply with healthcare regulations and to reduce waste. After 15 days of continuous warming (user adjustable from 7-60 days), the unit alerts user to remove and discard fluid bag.

Save space – and steps – in patient rooms, surgery centers, and labor and delivery units with these compact units. Simplify procedures by keeping fluids warm and ready to go at the point of care. The unit can be mounted on walls, booms, equipment poles and countertops.

The Benefits of Point-of-Care Fluid Warmers

  • Infection Prevention – Having warmed fluids at point-of-care reduces exposure to harmful viruses and other contaminants.
  • Save time and money – Fluids are available at point-of-care and there are no special set up costs
  • Improve efficiency and Save footsteps – No need to leave the room and go to other departments to get warm fluids or blankets. Not having to leave the O.R. can ensure that the sterile environment is not compromised, and patients are assured warm fluids and blankets as there is no heat loss due to transport.
  • Improve Compliance – The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations requires that fluid warmers be monitored daily for temperature and inventory management. The ivNow precisely displays the actual temperature while monitoring the shelf life of each bag.
  • Improve Clinical Outcomes and Reduce Surgical Site Infections (SSI’s) – Providing your patients with warmed fluids reduces the risk for peri-operative hypothermia which reduces their risk for SSI’s by up to 66%.

The ivNow Fluid Wamer comes in 3 separate configurations – ivNow-1 (1 bag warmer), inNow-2 (2 bag warmer), and ivNow-3 (3 bag wamer). These configurations allow you to customize the number of point-of-care fluid warmers available to your staff to meet your needs.

If you have any questions about the ivNow Fluid Warmer or would like to order, please give us a call! (800) 274-2742

Choosing between a Medical Recliner or Glider Rocker

Trying to find the right seating option for your medical facility can be overwhelming. Between the number of manufacturers to choose from and all the different styles of seating options, it is difficult to decide which is the best for your patients.

 Novum Medical offers options that make the choice easy. We have found that both Medical Recliners and Glider Rocker chairs are popular in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Recliners and Glider Rockers offer maximum comfort for patients, but they vary in their construction and movements.

Recliners offer lumbar support and allow you to rest in a position that is almost as comfortable as lying down. Some features of our recliners include lever-operated footrests, finger-pull operated back, back locks in any position from upright to a flat sleeping position, 3″ swivel locking transport casters, and easy cleanout. Recliners are ideal for Hospitals, both for patients and visitors who spend the night. Recliners can also be used in Long Term Care facilities for patients who do not desire the gliding motion.

Glider Rockers slide back and forth in a smooth horizontal motion and sway back and forth in a stronger movement. If you favor the gentler feel, a glider may be the right choice for you. Some features of our Glider Rockers include ergonomic design, long and smooth gliding motion for ultimate relaxation, optional integrated padding for next-level comfort, a variety of fabrics and finishes, and chairs that are fully or partially upholstered. Gliders are the perfect option for the senior community in Long Term Care facilities or for Nursing Mothers in Labor & Delivery Suites.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Recliners and Gliders, give our team a call! They are trained to help you determine which is best for your facility and patients. (800) 274-2742

Real Hope for Haiti

Novum Medical Products recently had the opportunity to partner with the wonderful people at Real Hope for Haiti. Real Hope for Haiti is a non-profit organization that works in Haiti serving the underserved in a variety of ways. They attempt to strengthen communities through a grass roots community development group, reforestation projects, road building, church building, water well drilling, erosion control, sanitation, and education. They have sought to preserve communities through feeding programs, our outpatient clinic, malnutrition center, cholera treatment center, public health education, and disaster relief after various floods and earthquakes. They have tried to inspire communities through evangelism, discipleship, revivals, showing the Jesus film, distributing religious literature, and prayer.

We were able to provide Real Hope for Haiti with a donation for some much needed bassinet baskets that have enabled them to continue providing care for the children in their Rescue Center. The Rescue Center is an impatient home for severely malnourished children. Through their work, the children are growing stronger and healthier and we are thrilled to be able to play a small part in helping.

We invite you to learn more about Real Hope for Haiti’s Story and find out the ways you can help the people of Haiti who need it most.

How Blanket Warmers can be Used in Labor & Delivery Departments

What Kind of Warming Cabinets are Right for Labor and Delivery?

The two fundamental benefits warming cabinets in a Labor and Delivery suite can offer:

  • Warm blankets and towels
  • Warm IV solution

Labor and Delivery rooms tend to be a little cool, as is the case with most areas of a hospital or medical facility. Medical professionals understand that cooler temperatures help manage infection risks, but most babies and mothers don’t know this.

How are Warming Cabinets Used in Labor and Delivery?

Trying to manage the temperature in Labor and Delivery rooms is a balancing act. Simply adding blanket warming cabinets and fluid warmers help to solve this ongoing problem. They allow for safer room temperatures while keeping mom and baby warm at the same time.

However, It is not merely a comfort issue. Studies show that the risk of hypothermia in newborn infants is high. Even healthy, full-term babies lose significant amounts of heat within the first few minutes of being born. Hypothermia puts that baby at risk for intrapartum asphyxia and infection. A warm blanket or towel works to reduce the risk of this complication.

Warm IV fluids can also benefit mom by preventing shivering that may interfere with the advancement of labor. That cold of the delivery room makes mom less comfortable during her stay.

The Benefits of using Novum’s DC and EC Series Blanket Warmers

Our Partner Enthermics Medical Systems has been a pioneer in this field for decades, creating patented warming technology that improves care standards and patient outcomes. We are proud to offer our customers a wide range of their warming units that are the perfect combination of warm comfort and modern style. Each offers compact design, energy efficiency, and they are quiet with no fans. Making them the ideal choice for:

  • Hospital nurseries
  • Birthing rooms
  • Operating rooms
  • Emergency Rooms
  • Anywhere where warmth and quiet operation are essential for patient health and comfort.

Enthermics has always used patented technology in warming cabinets to ensure heat is distributed evenly to prevent hotspots and overheating. Here is a breakdown of that technology:

Give us a call to learn more about our warming cabinets and the benefits they offer for Labor and Delivery. (800) 274-2742

What is a GPO?

If you have ever been in a situation where the prices of goods or services are being negotiated, you know what a frustrating and difficult experience it can be for both buyers and providers. The back and forth discussing the different factors and reasons why is exhausting, sometimes seeming like it will never end. However, the buyer can have leverage in one instance – when the size of the need is large and therefore the potential size of the deal for the provider.

Deals for Healthcare Equipment and Furnishings are generally substantial as facilities replace large quantities of Equipment or Furnishings at one time. As a result, many Healthcare facilities aim to use the substantial nature of their purchases as leverage to gain better pricing. One way facilities are doing this is by obtaining membership to what is known as a Group Purchasing Organization or a GPO.

The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) defines Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) as entities that help “healthcare providers — such as hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies — realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.” Recent analysis by the HSCA “found that GPOs save the healthcare system up to $55 billion annually, while a recent analysis from former Federal Trade Commission Chair Jon Leibowitz found that GPOs save providers an average of 10%-18% on product and services.”

The benefits of GPOs for Healthcare facilities are immense, and at Novum Medical Products we know how important cost savings are to Healthcare facilities that work within strict budgetary constraints. That is why we are proud to offer our customers the ability to take advantage of our GPO Contracts that cover all our product categories. See all our GPO Contracts below:

If you are not already a member of these GPOs, we invite you to click on any of the following links to learn more and become a member! Premier, Vizient, HPG, DAPA. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. (800) 274-2742

Another way we work to save our customers money are with Local Cost Saving Agreements. Novum Medical has created Local Agreements to take the thinking and price shopping out of the reordering of highly used and frequently replaced products. You can continue to purchase through your Prime Vendor or GPO off the Local Agreement, while making the reordering process for these products standardized and efficient!

Give us a call today to set up your Local Agreement or to learn more about our great GPO Contracts! (800) 274-2742.

Spring Cleaning your Healthcare Facility

Spring is officially here! The snow has melted to clear the way for warmer weather and longer days. Spring ushers in a renewed feeling and has us opening our windows and doing some spring cleaning. Spring cleaning at your facility is not only the perfect opportunity to refresh your equipment and furniture, but it is also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of what needs to be replaced all together.

You cannot clean the cracks off your mattresses or clean the wobbly caster on your IV Pole back into place. Those items, among others, just simply need to be replaced and there is no better time to do so than Spring! Do not get caught up ordering one-off replacements at high prices from the original manufacturer. Novum Medical’s Replacement Product Program allows you to get the products you need replaced in a timely matter and at a much lower cost!

We have created Local Agreements to take the thinking and price shopping out of the reordering of these highly used products. Contact us today to set up your Local Agreement to begin taking advantage of these savings.

Limited Lifespan

Overbed Tables, Mattresses, Stretcher and Operating Room Table Pads, Recliner Chairs and IV Poles have a lifespan ranging anywhere from 1 year – 5 years.

Constant Need

These products have a constant replacement rate of 10% – 30% annually. Which means purchasing departments are continually ordering these items.

Local Agreement Cost Savings

Local Agreements with Novum Medical will save you time and money! You can continue to purchase through your Prime Vendor or GPO off the Local Agreement, while making the reordering process for these products standardized and efficient!

Experience Big Savings When Ordering Replacement Products Through Novum! Give us a call today to start saving. (800) 274-2742

Understanding Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health is frequently assumed to be synonymous with Mental Health, but there is a subtle yet key difference. The World Health Organization defines Mental Health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Behavioral Health is defined as “the connection between behaviors and the health and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.” Mental Health plays a part in Behavioral Health, but so do our physical habits and behaviors.

According to the Maine Health Access Foundation, for every 10 people in a doctor’s office, seven are there seeking care for reasons related to behavioral health. As a result, many healthcare providers have started to integrate Behavioral Health care into their Primary Care practices. Behavioral Health patients generally require various levels of support for a wide variety of needs. Integrating Behavioral Health care comes with new and unique challenges for the healthcare facilities and the employees.

Whether a hospital, a rehabilitation center, or any other number of facilities that may treat a Behavioral Health patient, having the proper equipment and furniture will make a huge difference in the level of care that can be provided. Using the right equipment will allow the employee to provide ultimate care while ensuring the comfort and safety of the patient.

Nouvm’s Behavioral Health line is made to order for the comfort and security of the patients who need it most. Caregivers can be assured knowing that we will manufacture casework that will help eliminate pinch points, reduce access to assembly points and has no hooks.

We use steel cam and dowels for assembly, steel-on-steel construction for the best security available. This assembly is not only strong and secure but in the event of serious abuse or damage allows you to easily have parts replaced. We also offer rounded edges and sloped tops to reduce the risk of ligature and garroting.

All of our Behavioral Health Beds, Wardrobes, Bedside Cabinets and Work Desks ship fully assembled which assures accurate alignment of the cabinets as well as reduced installation costs. Keep your patients safe and comfortable with Novum!

If you would like to learn more about Behavioral Health and how our Behavioral Health Furniture can help you better treat patients just give us a call! Our team is here to answer your questions and find the perfect equipment for your facility: (800) 274-2472

What Biden’s “Buy American” Executive Order Means for Healthcare Facilities

President Biden recently signed an Executive Order to support American manufacturers, businesses, and workers to “ensure that our future is made in all of America by all of America’s workers.”

The “Buy American” plan ensures that when the federal government spends taxpayer dollars, they will be spent on American made goods by American workers, with American-made components manufactured at companies that are based in America.  

This Executive Order fulfills President Biden’s promise to make “Buy American” real, and close loopholes that allow companies to offshore production and jobs while still qualifying for domestic preferences. Making sure you are buying 100% American Made products.

Here at Novum Medical Products, we are proud to be a leading manufacturer and provider of Healthcare Equipment and Furnishing for a wide range of medical facilities across North America. Through our manufacturing and assembling facility in Buffalo, NY as well as our United States based partner manufacturers, we are proud to say our core Pediatric, Furnishing and Specialty Stainless Steel equipment and products are made right here in the USA.

Novum Medical Products provides seamless solutions for all types of healthcare facilities, healthcare designers and equipment planners. Our competitive product warranties double down on our commitment to quality and our primary goal of providing solutions for our customers. We are also known for our custom fabricating capabilities and partnerships with other medical equipment manufacturers for OEM and fulfillment services.  

We know how important quality and durability is in the medical field so you can use our products with confidence. We were recently ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certified, showing once again that quality is the foundation of our corporate structure.

If you have any questions about what the “Buy American” Executive Order means for American manufacturers and buyers in the healthcare industry, give us a call! Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have. 1 (800) 274-2742