What’s the Healthcare Catalog All About?

Have you ever wondered what Nasco’s Healthcare division is all about?

For more than 48 years Nasco has been dedicated to the development of highly specialized skills trainers and simulators to help with medical education at all levels. Nasco has developed some key relationships with high-quality manufacturers to bring you the newest and most professional products. We also manufacture realistic Life/form® anatomically correct manikins and simulators that are fully functional in the specific techniques they teach.

Our Healthcare products span many different categories, specializing in products for many different needs. Here are some of our offerings:

In the Skills Training field, Nasco has trainers for heart and lung sounds, arrhythmia and sound simulation, tracheostomy, spinal injections, catheterization, ostomy care, injections and venipuncture, suturing, and taking blood pressure, along with trainers for wound care and bandaging. We carry the Arrhythmia TUTOR along with modules that provide different heart and breath sounds. Nasco also carries an entire line of Demo Dose®, simulated medications for nurse and pharmaceutical training.

Our Patient Care section covers all kinds of nursing skills training. Our patient manikins have varying ages and conditions, including seniors, pediatrics, infants, and micro-preemies. We have simulation suits that replicate edema, obesity, and lymphedema. Nasco also carries different levels of Life/form® GERi™ (geriatric) and KERi™ (non-age-specific) manikins and accessories. Our Patient Care section is also home to Simulaids® ALEX, the first patient communication simulator.

Our Examination section is devoted to simulators and manikins for breast and testicle examination, including charts and posters that teach patients how to self-examine.

Our Specialized area provides manikins for unique situations including nerve blocks, ultrasound examinations, bone marrow biopsy, ear diagnostics, dental procedures, and circumcision trainers.

And our OB-GYN Section provides an entire line of obstetrics and gynecology simulators including special problem infants, female birthing simulators, Simulaids® SMART MOM, fetal models, episiotomy simulators, gynecological simulators, and Nasco’s Ready-or-Not Tot® infant trainers.

Moulage kits help nurses, first responders, and first aid specialists deal with actual wounds and cuts. Our Moulage section includes nursing and casualty kits, skin wounds and burns, and an entire section of individual wounds and sores.

Emergency measures can be dealt with in our Emergency Simulation section. We carry manikins and trainers that include advanced airway management, intraosseous infusion, EGC simulation, defibrillation, CPR, auscultation, and more for adults, children, and infants.. Emergency Simulation is also the home of Simulaids® I.A.F.F. Rescue Randy, designed with the help of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Our Basic Life Support section includes manikins and trainers that help with CPR; AED; and choking for adults, children, infants, and preemies. Training manikins include the popular Basic Buddy®, Baby Buddy®, and CPR Prompt®. We also carry life support dog manikins for emergency training.

Our final Healthcare section, Anatomy, is filled with models, kits, and charts that help students understand the functions of the human body. It includes inflatable lung kits, fat and muscle replicas, lungs and inner organ models, brain and heart models, teaching torsos, and skeletal models including full body, skull, spinal columns, and more.

There are many new and exciting changes taking place. Nasco offers unsurpassed quality products at affordable prices. We are committed exclusively to providing you with the finest training products available. Contact us any time for your medical training needs – either by phone 1-888-558-9595 or on our website  nascohealthcare.com.



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Halloween = Fun Things To Do!

Carve the pumpkins and heat the apple cider – Halloween is coming!

According to the History Channel website, the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter; a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31st they celebrated Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

Traditions aside, Halloween is a great time to create activities for learning as well as encourage group activities and projects. All across the Internet you can find fun activities for students of all ages.

The Teacher’s Corner (https://goo.gl/oyNscz) encourages you to create and generate your own Halloween crossword puzzles. The Thought Co. (https://goo.gl/3sWY12) provides a list of Halloween words you can use to encourage students to create poems, story starters, crafts, Hangman and Bingo games, word searches, and more.

Educational World (https://goo.gl/CGqXmv) has a great list of Halloween Lesson Ideas. Check out their website, but in the meantime, here are a couple of ideas:

  • My Pumpkin Story (https://goo.gl/Weqtkk) provides links to online pumpkin carving sites. Once students create their own pumpkin, have them write a story about it.
  • War of the Worlds Rebroadcast (https://goo.gl/Byhrho). Relive (and re-create) the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.”
  • Bats in the Classroom: Activities Across The Curriculum (https://goo.gl/q72NUp). A world of fun activities surrounding the curious and misunderstood bat. Includes links for bat crossword puzzle.
  • A Dozen Candy-Coated Classroom Activities! (https://goo.gl/cRTGmd) A dozen ideas to get your students counting, writing stories, and jewelry making!
  • SPOOKtacular Lessons for Halloween (https://goo.gl/dRLYRt) provides five lesson plans to get students into the holiday spirit.

Family Education (https://goo.gl/dJLCyn) has ideas for Halloween projects galore, including a Halloween cat pattern, bat puppet, bat quiz, and 10 Halloween crafts for Kids.

Halloween stands out from the rest of the holidays we obse­rve ­throughout the year: It’s full of trick-or-treat candy, elabor­ate costumes, and finding ways to scare off ghosts. Make your Halloween celebration all-inclusive. Involve everyone in your classroom in learning activities that celebrate the day!


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Healthy Eating for Kids (and Adults)

Children and their weight is always a sensitive subject.

The reasons some children are larger than their peers are multifold: heredity, age, bad food choices, lack of exercise, puberty, illness, and more. It is a constant struggle for adults and children to find a healthy balance in their daily eating schedules. After all, the body’s needs are different for different parts of life. If you’ve slept all day because of a cold, you’re not moving much. If you played basketball after school, you burned off a lot of calories. If you grab a bag of chips when you feel the hunger urge instead of a chunk of cheese – well, you get the idea.

According to a Kansas State University article, good eating habits start at birth. These habits provide optimal nutrition for infants that will benefit them throughout their lives. Healthy eating can reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease including the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

  • 37 percent of Americans have cardiovascular disease.
  • 34 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease.
  • 36 percent of American adults have pre-hypertension: blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not in the hypertension range yet.
  • 41 percent of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Now that we’ve gotten through the scary statistics, you can rest assured there are easy ways to eat healthy. Nasco’s Healthy Kids TearPad™ not only lists the amounts of good food you should eat daily, but also has great ideas for kid’s (and adult’s!) snacks. Here’s a few:

·       Grab a glass of milk. A cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternative is an easy way to drink a healthy snack. (Low-fat yogurt is a good snack too!)

·       Mix it up. For school-aged kids (especially older kids), mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and popcorn in a snack size bag for a quick trail mix.

·       Fruits are quick and easy. Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits are easy “grab-and-go” options that need little preparation.

·       Nibble on lean protein. Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats, unsalted nuts, or eggs. Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli turkey or ham around fruits or vegetables.

·       Go for great whole grains. Offer whole-wheat breads, popcorn, and whole-oat cereals that are high in fiber and low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium.

·       Keep an eye on the size. Snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so look for ways to help your kids understand how much is enough. Store snack-sized bags in the cupboard and use them to control serving sizes.

We all know the benefits of eating healthier and moving around more. Children (and their adult counterparts) need to find a balance between food and physical activity. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking in the back of the parking lot, or kicking around a soccer ball, all are easy ways to get your metabolism going.

Children will eventually stretch out, slim down, and fill out, but they will always need healthy hearts and lungs and bones. Controlling over-salted and over-sweet snacks, exercising in one form or another, and chowing down on fruit, cheese, and veggies is a great start to a healthy tomorrow!

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most people today know someone who has had breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. According to the website Healthfinder.gov, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is thanks to earlier detection through screening, increased awareness, and better treatment, a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.

Most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

We all know women who, for one reason or another, never seem to make it to the doctor for that yearly mammogram. This is where you come in. Encourage each other to get a yearly check up. Explain all the positives of early diagnosis. If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, has been recently diagnosed, is going through treatment, or is trying to stay well after treatment, there are plenty of ways you can find the answers you need.

Here are several websites that can help cancer patients every step of the way:

American Cancer Society


National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


American Breast Cancer Foundation




Most people today know someone who has survived breast cancer.

Be a supporter. Be a participant. Be aware and be pro-active.

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