1. Question: What does AMD-Ritmed stand for?
Answer: AMD stands for American Medical Disposables, Ritmed is our company mascot "Ritmed the Moose"
2. Question: How many different types of Specialty Surgical Dressings and Sponges do you have?
Answer: We have over 250 different varieties of specialty sponges and dressings. Over 100 have been custom designed and developed by surgeons or OR nurses. We have made it our goal to provide the most adaptable surgical products line available to take the additional work currently being done by nurses away. Their job is to work with surgeons and save lives, not to adjust sponges or dressing to make them fit the procedure...that's our job.
3. Question: How can I place an order?
Answer: You can order easily by fax, telephone or e-mail by going to our "Customer Service Section" and using any of our toll-free numbers or our customer service e-mails. EDI is also available upon request.
4. Question: What is the difference between a woven cotton gauze sponge
and a non-woven sponge?
Answer: Cotton sponges are natural sponges made of 100% cotton fibers (threads) which are woven perpendicularly through each other to make a 1 ply mesh that is then folded into the desired number of plies (usually 8, 12, 16 or 32) to form the finished sponge.
Non-Woven sponges are a synthetic blend of polyester and rayon melded together to form a soft and absorbent 1 ply material that is then folded into the desired number of plies (usually 4 or 6) to form the finished sponge. Non-Woven sponges are made of varying thicknesses which will generally be determined by the basis weight of the original layer of material (usually 30g, 40g or 50g...others are available).
Non-Woven sponges are generally up to twice as absorbent as cotton gauze sponges, have a softer feel and are lint-free.
5. Question: How long will it take to get my order?
Answer: In general orders are processed and shipped the day they are received or within 24 hours (if past our 1:30 p.m. Eastern time cut off). Emergency and rush shipments are available, just ask any of our customers service representatives who will be happy to help you.
6. Question: The X-Ray detectable element in my sponge feels like an elastic, what is it made of? And is it latex-free?
Answer: Depending on the sponge you buy you will see that your x-ray detectable element comes in very different shapes and sizes (even different colors sometimes). These elements do feel similar to an elastic but are 100% Latex-Free. The element is made of barium sulphate which is latex-free but does have that elasticity quality to it that you feel which makes it much easier to work with and form into different shapes for your sponges.
7. Question: What GPO's in the United States does AMD-Ritmed hold contracts with?
Answer: AMD-Ritmed currently holds contracts with both Premier and Amerinet. As we grow the list is sure to expand. As a member of either buying group your contract allows you to access our full line of Lap Sponges, O.R. Towels, X-Ray Detectable O.R. Towels and over 250 Specialty Surgical Dressings and Sponges.