What are the risks of using heated mattress pads?

Many claims have been made on the dangers of heated mattress pads which are used by most people, especially patients at the hospice to get warmth during the cold seasons. While some have truth, others are totally baseless and should not be trusted. In this article, we will look at some of the claims and using studies and research done, we will conclude whether they are baseless or true.

  1. Heated mattress pads will cause breast cancer

Claims have been made that electric and magnetic waves from heated mattress pads can cause breast cancer. While studies have revealed that the pads do indeed produce EMFs, there are no substantive conclusions to show that indeed those EMFs are responsible for breast cancer.

Using the pads cannot therefore be said to fully cause cancer. There could be other factors at play.

2. Heated pads and blankets will cause impotency

It is true that using heated pads can cause impotency. A man’s body requires low temperature around the groin for spermatogenesis to take place. With heated mattress pads, the balls are on fire and this heat is just too much to allow for the synthesis of sperms.

3. They can cause fires

Rolling and keeping the blankets in a crumbled way has been shown to be a potential fire breakout threat.

4. They are not good for diabetic patients

Diabetic patients will not know when the heat is too much for their bodies since they are most times numb. This way, they could get burnt without noticing since their nerve system is dead.

5. Not good for kids

Not all kids should sleep under heated mattress pads because of burns.

6. Washing with water can cause electrocution

Anything can go wrong when you wash the pads with water and it does not fully dry.

 

Using heated mattress pads is not such a bane as claimed and you can use them for patients on your best hospital bed for home use.

The Best 3 rated abdominal exercise equipment in 2018

Abs. We all want them chiseled and well shaped, right?

However, this is just but a dream to many people who have love handles are ever wondering how they can get better abs. Well in this article, I will talk about the best rated abdominal exercise equipment on amazon as I discovered them in a blog that I was going through.

Best Ab Workout Machines

  1. Swiss ball

The swiss ball or stability ball is very popular among women who are looking to those those obliques. It involves sitting as well as other exercises such as wall squats, press ups among others.

It comes with a pump so that you are able to inflate it with ease. Choose one that does not have an odor because I have found out that some have bad PVC smell that can make you nauseous.

You should also look for one that is anti-skid such that when you start exercising with it, it does not move about but hold in one position.

There are those that are substandard made with bad material and could burst after a very short period of time.

2. Bench press

The bench press is one of the most versatile gym equipment. With it you will be able to do all sorts of exercises that involve the abs.

It should be ergonomic, accomodate your height as well as be very durable. You do not want one that will have its parts snap away after few days of use.

I like those with cushion knee pads so that when you sit on them you do not hurt your knees. And who wants to hurt theirs anyway.

3. Kettlebells

The kettlebell is just like a dumb bell but the difference is the way it is shaped. Suited for abs, the kettle bell exercises involve lifting around your handles so that they can become less and less and finally fade away.

 

Hospital Bed Entrapment and How to Prevent it

Bed entrapment is where a patient on a hospital bed gets stuck. Toddlers are also susceptible to bed entrapment. Studies show that patients who are highly likely to get entrapped include:

  1. Those suffering from dementia
  2. Those who are easily agitated
  3. Those who like doing things on their own without calling for help

The FDA has already listed entrapment as risky for most patients on these beds. It has therefore given out recommendations to bed manufacturers, home care givers and anyone near the ailing patient on preventing these hazards.

Recommendations to bed manufacturers

In their report, the FDA called to bed manufacturers to exercise caution and due diligence so as to prevent injuries and deaths on the patients who bought their hospital beds. Rails for example should not be made big enough that one can get stuck there.

Recommendations to home care givers

Home care givers were asked to check whether their patients needed bed side rails or not. If a patient can be able to take themselves to the toilet and back to bed without help, then they do not need side rails. The only thing you might require in such a case are bedside mats so that the patient would not get injured incase they fall at night.

Patients who easily get agitated or suffer from mental health should be checked regularly just in case they start wandering on their own or want to get out of bed without assistance since they are possible candidates of bed entrapment.

Types of bed entrapment

There are seven zones of bed entrapment

Zone 1 Within the bed rails
Zone 2 Under the rails next to one rail
Zone 3 Between rail and mattress
Zone 4 Under rail and end of rails
Zone 5 Between the split bed rails
Zone 6 Between end of rail and head/foot board
Zone 7 Between edge of mattress and head/foot board

We have pointed out that bed rails can be dangerous in causing bed entrapment. So should one ditch that bed rail that they were using for their elderly since it might cause bed entrapment? My answer is a simple No. Why? Because bed rails are themselves great in protecting your patient from falls.

Therefore the only way to prevent these falls as well as prevent entrapment is to install bed bumpers and make sure that the space between the rails is not big enough for the patient to fit in.

Preventive Mechanisms for each of the bed entrapment zones

Zone 1 Use a posey padded side rail protector
Zone 2 Use bed bumpers
Zone 3 Use bed bumpers
Zone 4 Use bed bumpers
Zone 5 Use full rails
Zone 6 Use a mattress wedge
Zone 7 Use of wedges and mattress extenders

Customer Service & Sales Development

We are living in an every changing environment, organisations can’t stand still – a strong customer service culture begins with a positive commitment to change from the CEO and top management. Without this commitment no customer service initiatives will be successful or have long term positive effect on the bottom-line.

 

Your organisation must create an adaptive environment which encourages its people to take total responsibility for creating the change through a customer service initiative. Providing we can gain that commitment from the organisation we work with we then can guarantee that the initiative will be successful.

Our five learning principles

Every learning event delivered by Engage is designed around 5 principles, aimed to provide the delegate with a learning experience that is:
1. Tailor Made

Delegates will be bale to make a direct link between the learning event content and their work environment and immediate find opportunities to apply their learning.

2. Experiential

Using the latest accelerated learning techniques, delegates will learn by doing and actively practate in the learning event that will be 70% experiential.

3. Engaging

Delegates will experience a motivational learning environment.

4. Challenging

Delegates will be challenged, helping them to take the leap and try different apraoches.

5. Measurable

A journey that builds sustainable results for the delegage and the organisation.

Professional Development

Through an organisational assessment we can clearly identify the learning requirements to change behaviours and more importantly more efficient organisational outcomes.

We will work with you to clearly define and scope what you need based on where your people are now and where you want them to be.  This can result in a number of competencies being targeted and therefore a bespoke training journey will be created for you.

Our five learning principles

Every learning event delivered by Engage is designed around 5 principles, aimed to provide the delegate with a learning experience that is:
1. Tailor Made

Delegates will be bale to make a direct link between the learning event content and their work environment and immediate find opportunities to apply their learning.

2. Experiential

Using the latest accelerated learning techniques, delegates will learn by doing and actively practate in the learning event that will be 70% experiential.

3. Engaging

Delegates will experience a motivational learning environment.

4. Challenging

Delegates will be challenged, helping them to take the leap and try different apraoches.

5. Measurable

A journey that builds sustainable results for the delegage and the organisation.

Organisation Culture and Transformation

Successful organisations realize that by establishing a brand culture that makes employees feel aligned to the company’s goals and nurtures a sense of belonging they can increase both commitment and retention among their population.

This, in turn, leads to you being able to move your employees from apathy towards the organisation as a whole, to becoming active advocacies of its brand, qualities, again reinforcing your ability to attract and retain talented employees and customers.

Organisational Structure & Design

Organisational environments are constantly changing and your organisation structure needs to be adaptable in order to capture growth opportunities. We can help you in designing the most effective organisation structure able to deliver on your strategic objectives.

At Engage,we have extensive experience with organisational design as well as organisation transformation and implementing the new organizational structure with a minimum impact on your employee and maximum effect in the market place.

Leadership and Strategy

Studies reveal that CEO’s of high performing teams, set a clear direction, build commitment in the team and create alignment in the organisation.

Through our Strategic Business Alignment workshop and consultancy we can support you developing an approach that focuses on building a high performance team through having a clear direction and alignment, high levels of emotional commitment, openness and trust, and a strong external focus.

Talent Management

Attracting and retaining talent is viewed by 75% of CEO’s as their number one priority. As a result, engaging, retaining talent and building a high performance company is ‘holy grail’ for both CEO and HR professionals.

Engage Human Resources provides consultancy services to organisations in building high performance companies and retaining talent through diagnosis, analysis, strategy design and implementation.

We track the progress of your organisation’s ability to engage its leadership team and its talent and the organisation at large.

Psychometric Centre

Engage Limited is the leading psychometric centre in Tanzania, being the accredited administrator for a variety of international psychometric assessments.

 

Contact to for a consultation how our psychometric services can support your organisation.

psychometric tools

The 16PF personality questionnaire measures a set of 16 traits that describe and predict a person’s behaviour in a variety of contexts. As an empirically based tool, the 16PF helps you to remove the subjectivity inherent in the interview or assessment process so that your selection policy is fair, and so that you get the person you really need. In development contexts, the 16PF helps individuals achieve personal insight into their own strengths, potential and career fit – now and in the future.

The MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) questionnaire provides a highly insightful framework for individual and group development, provoking self-awareness by looking at how a person perceives the world and how they prefer to interact with others. The MBTI instrument sorts individuals into psychological ‘types’ so that they can identify how they are similar to some people and different to others, and how they can improve their working and personal relationships in a positive and constructive way.

The WPI assessment was designed by Shawn Bakker and Donald McNab. Its purpose is to identify personality traits that directly relate to work performance. This focus on the link between personality traits and work performance helps professionals make the most efficient and effective match between people and work roles. By identifying individual’s personality traits, the WPI can help guide coaching and individual development, enhance leadership development and succession planning, increase team effectiveness and provide insight into how people can best manage their careers.

Leadership & Management Development

Understanding the key competencies required by your leaders to build capacity within your organization.  Through this analysis a unique programme will be developed, ideally delivered over a period of time to fully maximise absorption of critical skills/competencies before moving to the next.

We know that any learning intervention that is part of a well-intergrated and synthesised learning journey allows the learner to fully potentialise their capability.

Our five learning principles

Every learning event delivered by Engage is designed around 5 principles, aimed to provide the delegate with a learning experience that is:
1. Tailor Made

Delegates will be bale to make a direct link between the learning event content and their work environment and immediate find opportunities to apply their learning.

2. Experiential

Using the latest accelerated learning techniques, delegates will learn by doing and actively practate in the learning event that will be 70% experiential.

3. Engaging

Delegates will experience a motivational learning environment.

4. Challenging

Delegates will be challenged, helping them to take the leap and try different apraoches.

5. Measurable

A journey that builds sustainable results for the delegage and the organisation.

ILM Institute of Leadership &Management

Engage is an accredited centre with ILM, and delivers ILM Team Leading and Management International Qualifications (IQuals).

The IQuals are a set of qualifications specially developed for the international market and are ideal in having a structured framework for your Leadership Development Journeys.

They are ideal for both new and aspiring managers and those with several years’ experience, providing progression.

flexibility

IQuals are not country specific and have inbuilt flexibility to meet the management development requirements across all types of business and industry.  Engage will work with you in identifying and prioritizing the units that can be delivered to support the individual needs of the learner as well as their employer/workplace. Importantly all the assessed components are work based and, with agreement can be assessed in English or Swahili.

transferability

IQuals are built to the same exacting standards as UK qualifications, which meet rigorous quality checks required to pass the UK government regulators. This continuity of quality gives successful learners the opportunity to transfer their IQual into a UK qualification through a Recognition of Prior Learning process.

 

Engage Academy

The Engage Academy is a division of Engage that provides structured accredited training and development courses in a Leadership & Management, and a variety of professional areas, such as Hospitality, Retail, Customer Service, Sales that lead to international qualifications from either the ILM or City Guilds (UK).

Employee Engagement &Communication

We believe that Employee engagement is the key to success in the 21st Century. Those organisations that have learned how to ‘engage’ their people will deliver higher results, improve productivity and in doing so reduce turnover – increasing both monetary and emotional profit for the organisation. Sadly research indicates that only 30% of employees are actively engaged in their job.

We at Engage support organisations in discovering your unique organisation culture and messages, your aspirations, perceptions, realities and relate this into an employee value proposition. We then work with you to articulate, optimise, activate and then launch your Employee Brand message to mobiles candidates and employees to align to your organisation.

We engage your target audience through a review of all your employee communication channels and touch points to ensure that there is meaning, relevance, and consistency throughout your network

  • Employee perceptions of job importance
  • Employee clarity of job expectations
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Feedback and coachingappraisal process
  • Working relations with peers, leadership and team
  • Employee understanding of the values and ethos of the organisation
  • Effectiveness of internal employee communication
  • Review of employee benefits and incentives that reward engagement

Will I be able to sleep after using Phenq?

So,  someone came to me on skype asking me about phenq. They wanted to know whether after using the diet pills they would be able to sleep. You see in the supplement’s website, they pin point at caffeine as one of the ingredients. And we all know the side effects of taking too much caffeine–you end up insomniatic and anxious and it shows in your daily activities. So, is there a way out. Again in our post on Why use Phenq pills, we did not talk about the side effects which every weight loss supplement usually has.

Well, this is not an isolated case. Infact, I have seen this fear in many people on different phenq forums where people complain that they are spending the whole night turning and tossing in bed, which is really bad if you are like me who believe that an adult requires at least 7 hours of sleep for them to be profitable the next day. So as I am going through this, it occurs to me that the phenq website has also noted that use of caffeine might not be really good as far as sleeplessness is concerned. So, why include it?

will i sleep after phenq use

 

Well, they have clearly warned their customers that the phenq pills should not be used past 3.00pm. why? Because you need to prepare your body to sleep. Phenq pack has sixty tablets and you ought to take 2 per day–one in the morning after breakfast and the other before 3.00pm. When you take past 3.pm you might be affected by the caffeine and end up not sleeping.

  1. Lack of sleep is not a good thing. For one, it affects your productivity.
  2. It affects your hormonal release. Men who sleep for less hours have complained that they end up having lower testosterone levels. Why? The body needs to rest so as to release hormones. Without a rest, you will find yourself with more estrogen than testosterone. Now estrogen makes you more fat while testosterone makes you have muscles.
  3. Sleep deprivation can also make you have a low immune system.
  4. Lack of sleep has been linked to accidents as drivers lack focus and concentration
  5. It makes your skin older as it is not rejuvenated enough. eyes might also get bloodshot.

Stubborn fat burn: The alpha 2 and beta 2 receptors concept

As one of the best fat burners, phenq burns even the stubborn fats in your body. You see after going to the gym, eating proteins and avoiding alcohol and doing everything in the live healthy book, you still find that there are some fats that will simply not go. They are mostly around the stomach area in men where they find that they have a beer belly.stubborn fat man

Women on the other hand find that they have love handles that they simply cannot get rid of. So, what should you do? Well, I will not advise you to do press-ups and sit up benches because I am double sure that you have been told that and tried it. I will however try to explain why you have stubborn fat in the first place before I go ahead to explain how you can get rid of it.

What to do if you have stubborn fats

Well stubborn fats come because of alpha 2 receptors being over active in your body. You see cells have different types of receptors that receive different things be it food, oxygen, pathogens, antibiotics etc. Now the alpha 2 receptors receive fat and refuse to let it go. They also make the blood pressure go low such that metabolism is at the rock bottom.

With hyperactive alpha 2 receptors, you find that you are not really able to burn fat no matter how hard you try. Why? Because the fat is held by the alpha 2 receptors. Unless suppressed or blocked, the alpha 2 receptors make obese people remain that way no matter how hard they train since their rate of metabolism is usually curtailed.

The converse of alpha 2 receptors are the beta 2 receptors that help in fat burn and also increase your blood pressure. Now the beta 2 receptors make it possible for your body to burn fat. People with hyperactive beta 2 receptors find it hard to grow fat unless they are suppressed. That explains why some people never get fat no matter how unhealthy they live. Their metabolism is always on overdrive.

What to do with hyperactive alpha 2 receptors

As we have mentioned, if your alpha 2 receptors are on overdrive, you will never be able to get lean. So you need to block them. Fortunately some weight loss supplement such as eviodamine and yohimbine can help you

What to do with docile beta 2 receptors

We also said that to get rid of fats you can activate your beta 2 receptors. Well, with phenq, you are assured of a win since it activates your docile beta 2 receptors.

Bed bumpers for adult patients

After reading the bed entrapment standards that were laid down by the FDA and the Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup in 2006 about bed entrapment, I decided that it would be better safe than sorry. So, I decided to buy bed bumpers for my grannies hospital bed. But hey, the hustle that it took me to get one.

You see a bed bumper is a foamy cylindrical object that you place on either edge of the mattress so that your patient does not

  1. Fall over
  2. Get entrapped between the side rails or under the side rails against the mattress.

In the explanation videos of all the bumpers that I wanted to buy, the videos were really nice and explained how the bumper would would. I was however dissatisfied when the actual product arrived home. For one the product was not foamy as I had been led to believe. It was a piece of canvas tubing that I was supposed to pump air into so that it would increase in height and I would use it as the bumper.

The disappointment did not just stop there. It went on. I also found out that the canvas thing really smelled. Yes, it did stink badly and the patient would not stand it. So I tried to clean it but lo, it was all in vain. The bad odor still remained.

Since the patient would only puke when they came into close contact with it, I decided to use it on my own normal bed. And things went on well until I discovered that it made my skin itch. As though that was not enough, the canvas tubing began to shrank. Yes, I was so annoyed since even after pumping on it, it would not stay full since it had leaks on its seams.

I just felt as though I had been ripped off my hard earned money. So I contacted support and they were the slowest and unprofessional sales people that I have ever come across.

I would never advise anyone to buy those canvas tubing again. Never, if you want the best bed bumpers, look out for those that are made of foam and make sure that you get the foamy one. No BS.

 

What are the ideal features to look for in a Convertible Cribs?

 

Maybe it is the first time you’re hearing about a convertible crib. In simple term, it is a baby cot that can be transformed to a different kind of bed when your baby grows. You can use it as a toddler bed, full size bed or even a day time bed therefore can be used by your child for many years.

 

Why a convertible crib is important

 

They are cost effective because once you purchase it your baby can use it through his childhood therefore you won’t be needed to buy another one but rather transform it making it environmentally and economically friendly. It is also of high quality lasting for long and very easy transitioning it to a bed.

 

 

Instances that may drive you not to buy one

 

As much as convertible crib may be used for a long time it is very expensive than other cribs but if you can afford it at the time then it is worth to invest in. In case you are considering buying a bigger bed when your baby becomes a toddler then there is no need of buying it. Lack of space for a big bed may also be a limitation for you to obtain one thus a standard crib may just be fine. At every stage of conversion different pieces are also required which may be expensive.

 

Types of convertible cribs to choose from

 

Toddler day bed-during conversion the front rail is removed leaving open the front of the crib. This is suitable for older toddlers but you can also choose to use it as toddler bed. Your baby is able to enter and leave the bed with ease and you can also still use the same beddings. Safety rail is however recommended since your baby might fall out of the bed.

 

Toddler bed-You can always convert to this once your baby becomes more active as he can easily get out. The front rail of the crib or drop-side in this case is removed and replaced with a guard safety designed for toddlers. The same mattress can still be used. Due to availability of toddler safety rail and the crib then I recommend this over the day time bed since it is safer.

 

Twin bed-They are mini-sized and lasts your toddler for years. It can convert to a twin bed which is perfect before considering getting a full bed. The front and back panels are used as head and footboard securing them with wooden or metal rails. You will have to purchase another mattress to fit in the bed.

 

Full or double bed-This is great for children who are more independent. Use the front and back panels for the headboard and footboard. Depending on the type of the crib then you can use full bed rails or metal frames which are full-sized. A full size mattress is also required and in this case always involves your child when shopping for this.

 

Conversion pieces are sometimes sold with the crib or separately. You can always purchase the piece that fits your bed option .Always buy them when purchasing the crib since they may not be available after sometime as styles change over time.

 

Features to look for in a Convertible Crib

 

Conversion kits should be available-to ensure that when the time to do the conversion comes you will have an easy time.

 

It should not fold but rather be permanent and stable suitable for use as a nursery crib for your baby.

 

It should be eco-friendly by having materials, woods and finishes that will not harm your baby.

 

An under crib storage drawer is also necessary to enable you store your baby’s stuff and find them easily whenever you need them.

 

Wheels are ideal if you intent to move it around the house and also makes it easier to change linens and clean under it. It should however have a solid and a good locking mechanism since other kids may be tempted to push it around thus endangering the baby. A changing table is most suitable as it helps you save space.

 

The crib must allow you adjust the mattress by adjusting the height to suit your baby depending on how much active they are.

 

When buying your best convertible cribs, always consider what you would want them to convert to. Also consider the price of conversion kits required at each stage of conversion before buying it to make sure that you can afford it when required. Conversion pieces are sometimes sold with the crib or separately. You can always purchase the pieces that fit your bed option .Always buy them when purchasing the crib since they may not be available after sometime as styles change over time.

 

 

Why use phenq pills

I did a survey of the people having weight loss problems and out of over 60% of the number that I interviewed, the problem was caused by bad diet. People are eating too much sugary and fat foods–or what we popularly call junks. It therefore gets increasingly difficult to get out of obesity since the food cravings are addictive. Other causes of weight problems include:

  1. Mothers have weight problems right after pregnancy and nursing
  2. Genetic obesity
  3. Low exercises

Weight loss solutions

Weight loss is a  hot cake online since everyone who owns a blog want to sell you their weight loss solutions. Interestingly, it is only very few people who will tell you the truth and sell you the right information. The internet has caused an information problem where we have too much information surrounding us. It gets even more difficult to know what to believe and what to ignore.

However with these phenq review weight loss pills, you are assured that your weight problems will be cured. Phenq has the best ingredients that will get you leaner and healthier in a matter of days.

Will Phenq help me lose obesity

Phenq will treat all forms of obesity be it that they were caused by poor feeding, low exercise levels, nursing and pregnancy or genetic obesity. Phenq is the right way to go since all you need is the pack that comes at low prices thanks to the phenq coupon codes and discounts. At the same time, it is made from natural raw materials making it an organic fat burner that will incinerate all the subcutaneous and visceral fats from your body.

Phenq Ingredients

Phenq is made with the following ingredients

Nopal: Nopal is a cactus like plant that is to be found in Mexico. In Mexican cultures, the vegetable can either be eaten raw or cooked. It is also used in soups and salads. They also give it to the animals.

It has been found that nopal helps one stay without food for long.

Caffeine

Caffeine, the same found in coffee is good for body thermogenesis. When your body wants to generate heat, it uses up energy. The energy is supplied when fats are oxidised and digested. According to phgardencity.com, caffeine increases body thermogenesis from the normal 28% to 77% and as such you are sure to burn up more fats with caffeine in phenq.

Calcium Carbonate

Research shows that Calcium ions in low quantities are great for burning up fats and therefore the presence of calcium carbonate in phenq goes ahead to make it a great weight loss supplement.

Piperine extract

Piperine is nothing but pepper that helps in burning up fats.

Magnesium Stearate

Magnesium stearate does not really have weight loss benefits but acts as a lubricant during manufacture to keep the other ingredients together.

Chromium Piccolinate

This is naturally found in vegetables and acts as an anorectic therefore controlling how much food you eat. Medicinet however argues that taking anorectics might lead to dizziness, dry mouth as well as blurred vision

Capsicum extract

Another fat burner just like the piperine extract.

How an oil filter works

Oil filters are very crucial to any vehicle as they assist the engine in a number of ways. First, it bridges the gap between the cylinder walls and the piston ring, transfers heat therefore cooling the engine, and most importantly, filters out impurities. Contaminants can be both organic and inorganic and often get sucked into the engine while it is running. Luckily, oil filters prevents the engine oil from saturating from these combustion byproducts.

The best oil filter contains several essential parts that allows it to protect the engine system. Knowing the functions of these parts will help you get a clear understanding of how this device works. These parts include;

  • Tapping gasket

Engine oil gets in and out of the oil filter from here. It consist of a hole at center that is surrounded by small holes. Engine oil goes in through the smaller holes that are at the edge of the tapping gasket and leaves through the hole at the center.

  • Anti-drain back valve

This one looks like a flap and comes as a valve that prevents engine oil from leaking into the oil filter when the vehicle is not in motion.

  • Filter membrane

This is where the actual filtration takes place. This medium is made of microscopic synthetic and cellulose fibers that actually trap the impurities in the oil before it reaches the engine. In an attempt to increase its efficiency, it is pleated.

  • Center steel tubes

This is where the refined oil passes back to the engine.

  • Relief valve

In most cases when the temperatures are low, engine oil gets very dense and thick and cannot therefore pass through the filter membrane. This valve permits some small amount of unrefined oil to get to the engine in order to fulfill the need of lubrication. Once the engine starts, it produces heat which warms up the oil making it less dense. This means it can pass through the filter as it is supposed to.

  • End discs

These are situated on both sides of the filter membrane and help keep the unrefined oil from getting to the steel tube and reaching the engine.

How an oil filter works

In summary, here’s how an oil filter works. An oil filter is simply a metal can on the outside. It is held tightly against the surface of the engine by a sealing gasket. Inside the sealing gasket is a tapping plate that is perforated with many small holes. At the middle of this gasket lies a central hole which mates with the filter on the engine. A filter membrane is found inside the can that is usually made of cellulose fibers. The engine’s pump takes the oil to the filter, where it gets into the perforations of the tapping gasket. The unfiltered oil then passes through the filter membrane and exits through the central hole after which it re-enters the engine as clean oil.

Wrap up

Having an oil filter can save you a great deal of money and knowing how it works can help you ensure that the filter is working efficiently and effectively. In recent times, engines can run up to 10,000 miles without needing an oil change. Oil filters are not only designed to trap impurities but also keep the refined and unrefined oil in their separate and proper sections. Knowing the features found in a filter and what they do can help you decide which filter is best fitted for your vehicle.

Finally, remember to check out this detailed guide on the best oil filter for synthetic oil on Autoptical.