Friday, December 22, 2017

Properly Use the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair

By Kevin Cleary

Use the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair properly to safely and securely shower daily and maintain proper hygiene for those with limited mobility.

A daily shower is something that many people take for granted, but for those with limited mobility being able to safely shower daily can be a treat. Nothing will make you feel better than a nice warm shower to start the day. The question is how do we help those with limited mobility enjoy an invigorating daily shower? The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair answers that question and provides a sense of daily normalcy to those with mobility issues.

Benefits of a Rehab Shower/Commode Chair

Besides the soothing, relaxing effects of a warm shower, there are medical benefits to being able to shower daily. Our body’s largest organ is our epidermis (skin) and a lot of its functions are dependent upon our skin to be clean and pliable. Especially during the cold months of winter our skin can get dry and itchy to say the least. The problem arises when our skin gets dry and is susceptible to breakdowns such as sores or pressure ulcers. These can lead to more serious issues like infection which can be difficult to deal with down the road. In addition to the ability to shower, this rehab shower chair also has the ability to be used as a commode chair. Our body needs to expel waste and regular toileting can be made easier with this rehab shower chair. Also, our skin does not like to be in contact with urine or fecal matter and a shower daily helps minimize this danger. This 2-in-1 feature not only is extremely convenient, but it is economical at the same time. This shower/commode chair can easily be manipulated by those who have the upper body dexterity to maneuver their own wheelchair due to the 23 inch wheels or can be used easily by a caretaker or family member by opting for the 5 inch caster wheel.

Ease of Use

Any piece of medical equipment is only as good as the user’s ability to easily operate it. One of the options the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair offers is a choice between 23 inch treaded urethane tires or 5 inch caster wheels. During a side transfer, the armrest can be raised and the user can transfer easily from the side over the 23 inch urethane wheel. Those who may have a more difficult time transferring may opt for the 5 inch caster wheel, therefore facilitating a simpler, easier transfer. This is due to the fact that the top of the 23 inch wheel sits just above the seat level and the 5 inch caster eliminates this obstacle. The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair is simple to use and is portable as well. The problem of transporting this chair while traveling has been solved due to its ability to fold. To unfold the chair, simply push down on the cross braces until fully unfolded. Attach the pail holder to the frame by inserting the four hooks into the holes on the frame and place seat onto frame and lock into position by pushing down. Ready to go!! To fold, basically reverse the process. Simply start by raising the armrests and removing the seat by firmly pulling up, remove pail and holder, and fold chair by pulling up on cross braces. In order to empty pail, simply remove from holder and empty into toilet. The user can even mount the seat sideways for easier access for personal hygiene.                                                        


In order for this shower to be effective it needs to fit the user properly. The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair is available in two seat sizes: 16 inch and 18 inch seats. These two sizes can accommodate the majority of shower/commode chair users. There are subtle differences between the two sizes. For instance, the 16 inch seat chair weighs 39 pounds whereas the 18 inch seat chair weighs 41 pounds. The seat to floor height in the 16 inch option is 22.5 inches and be 18 inch version is 22.75 Inches. These are small differences but they may make all the difference for you. Both versions can handle a weight capacity of 300 pounds and have an over the toilet clearance height of 20.25 Inches. You can work with a physical/occupational therapist to determine which option is better for you. Compare the below measurements between the 16“and be 18“options:

Options 16 Inch     18 Inch
Overall Chair Width 24.5 inches 26.5 inches
Overall Back Width 16 inches    18 inches
Overall Chair Height 39 inches  39 inches
Seat Width/Depth 16/16 inches 18.25/18.25 inches
Depth over Toilet 26.5 inches    26.5 inches

The Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair not only makes the reality of enjoying a shower a realistic possibility, but it adds the simplicity of adding a commode chair to the equation. This not only make this mobility aid economical, but it eliminates the need for a transfer from a commode chair to a shower chair. The two sizes options make this piece of equipment adaptable to just about anyone who may need it. Make your life easier with the Invacare Mariner Rehab Shower Chair!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How the Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table Benefits You

By Kevin Cleary

The Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table makes patient care and transfers simpler and safer for the caregiver or clinician, as well as the patient. Understanding how it works will make transfers easier. 

Patient transfers from mobility aids such as a wheelchair hide potential dangers to patient and clinician alike. Transfers can put a strain on the lower back and potentially lead to dangerous patient falls. Being able to work with the patient at, not only a comfortable, but safe height can ease the fatigue on your back and shoulders, therefore minimizing any risk of injury. How do we achieve this elevation in a safe manner? The use of an adjustable Hi-Lo changing table such as the Armedica AM-SX 1060 is an easy to use and safe way to achieve this.

Safety and Ease-Of-Use

Transferring patients for treatment can often be difficult depending upon the patient’s mobility or stability. While some patients may still maintain a level of mobility, some may be totally dependent upon others for transfer between a wheelchair and therapy table. Some of these transfers may only need a transfer or gait belt, but some may require the use of a transfer/sliding board. No matter the method, being able to maintain a transfer height equal to the level of the patient’s seat increases the level of safety for both the patient and the therapist. The Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table can move smoothly vertically with no horizontal movement. This table uses a foot pedal to easily adjust from 18-37 inches of vertical height adjustment. This allows for an ideal interaction between the patient and their caregiver. Movement or transportation of the table is made easier because of 4 locking caster wheels, so alignment for transfer is simple and safe. This table is not made for transportation of the patient. This Hi-Lo Treatment Table is incredibly sturdy with its X frame design made from 11gauge steel tubing capable of accommodating up to 500 pounds. Mobile and sturdy is what this table is all about!! Once transferred, the pediatric or adult patient is safe and secure due to be pivot down side rails and can accommodate a variety of therapies.

Simple Operation

Being able to raise or lower the Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table with your foot allows the caregiver to have both hands free. To start operation plug the power cord into a wall outlet and be sure there are new obstructions near or around the table. Once table has been moved into a proper position, the locking casters should be secured then raise or lower the table to the appropriate height for transfer using the foot pedal. To accommodate transfer, drop the safety rail simply by pulling sharply on the release handle and once transfer is completed raise and lock the safety rail in place securing patient on the table. Once the patient is secure, raise the level of the changing table to an optimum height for the caregiver. This alleviates any back strain and minimizes risk of injury. During any therapy session both safety rails should always be in the upright and locked position in order to avoid potential patient falls. Once a therapy session has been completed, the caregiver should lower the Hi-Lo Changing Table to the appropriate level to safely transfer the patient from the table to a wheelchair or other mode of conveyance.

                     Maintaining your Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table is not only simple and easy, but will extend its service life. This changing table is upholstered with a 1.5 inch firm density foam padding that is protected with a vinyl coating which creates a barrier against germs, abrasions, and stains. This allows for simple cleaning and lowers the risk of cross-contamination from patient to patient and maintains antimicrobial, sanitary conditions. This defends against the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew spores while being resistant to microbial deterioration which could cause the changing table to split/crack and lose flexibility. To avoid this, clean the vinyl with a soft cloth and a mixture of soap and water. Most general purpose cleaners/disinfectants can be used on the vinyl surface. Harsh brushes or abrasives should be avoided as well as cleaning agents that contain acid or chloride and undiluted bleach products. The Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table should be rinsed with clear water and dried with a soft cloth. The table should be cleaned after every use and the underside should be cleaned daily. Treat your equipment right and it will take care of you day after day.
Working in a safe and comfortable height for patient therapy is paramount for an injury free environment. Using the Armedica AM-SX 1060 Hi-Lo Changing Table accomplishes this for the caregiver and gives each patient peace of mind knowing that any transfer onto the table can be done safely and securely.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How the Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel Honey Dressing Works for You

By Kevin Cleary

The Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel Honey Dressing provides special, unique healing properties for a variety of wounds from those with no drainage to wounds with moderate drainage.

The science of wound care has been around since man walked upright, some methods have survived the test of time and the use of honey is one of them. We think of honey today as just a sweetener, but there is science behind the concept. Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel Honey Dressings use this “ancient science” to create an ideal environment for wounds to properly heal, as well as promoting natural autolytic debridement. By optimizing the healing environment, our bodies can repair themselves quicker and with less potential infection and discomfort.

The Sweet Science

TheraHoney - The Sweet Science
So how exactly is something we sweeten our tea with going to help heal our wounds? First of all, medical grade honey is made from 100% Manuka honey that comes from the pollen and nectar of the Leptospurmum Scoparium plant that is found in New Zealand. Honey can help neutralize the pH level of a wound bed, therefore minimizing surviving bacteria in the wound. Obviously, with fewer bacteria in the wound bed, the risk of infection is minimized. Not only does honey have antibacterial properties, but it can also promote production of cells that can repair infected tissue, according to One product of this medicinal honey is hydrogen peroxide, which as we all know is great for cleaning wounds, but there are other compounds found in honey to help with healing. Methylglyoxal is a compound found in honey that has antibacterial properties and is derived from the conversion of dihydroxyacetone, which is found in the nectar of Manuka flowers. Once again, nature to the rescue!!

How to Apply?

Medical grade honey (Manuka) is normally applied to the wound bed and covered with some form of bandage-like gauze and the Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel Honey Dressing are no different.

TheraHoney Gel Honey Wound Gel
When applying to a wound bed, simply open tube and remove foil seal and replace flip top cap. The TheraHoney Wound Gel should be applied to the wound using an applicator or a gloved hand using the thickness of a nickel as a good guideline for amount. Once the wound is completely covered, apply some form of bandaging, such as sterile gauze or an adhesive bandage. Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel promotes natural autolytic debridement and is ideal for difficult to dress wounds. This clears away necrotic tissue and creates a moist wound bed, while minimizing odor due to its 100% Manuka medical grade honey and no fillers. TheraHoney Wound Gel can be applied to a dressing before application and can stay in place up to seven days. Options such as the Medline TheraHoney Foam Flex Dressing or the Medline TheraHoney Gauze Honey Sheet Dressing are wound dressings that are already impregnated with 100% Manuka honey for your convenience. When it comes time to change your dressing, simply clean the area with a saline solution, dab dry, and reapply as necessary. Medline TheraHoney will not be visible since it dilutes over time in the wound bed and this dilution is a good indication of when the dressing should be changed. Creating an optimum environment for the wound bed can expedite the healing process and reduce discomfort. Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel can be used in a wide variety of applications, from minor scrapes and abrasions to leg ulcers and burns.

TheraHoney Gel Honey Wound Gel

Indicated for wounds with no to moderate drainage, The Medline TheraHoney Wound Gel Honey Dressing uses natural means to help difficult to dress wounds heal. Using the natural autolytic debridement ability of 100% Manuka honey from New Zealand, this easy to apply gel can help those difficult to dress wounds that have a tendency to be stubborn. Let Mother Nature aid in the healing process!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Using the Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor to Breathe Better

By Kevin Cleary


Deliver consistent particle size and faster treatments for COPD and other respiratory illnesses with the Pari Vios LC Plus Adult nebulizer compressor efficiently by understanding how it works.
Respiratory ailments such as COPD or asthma often require the administration of liquefied medication in an aerosol manner. The most efficient way to do this is with a nebulizer and not all nebulizers are equal. Many nebulizers utilize an open type of mouthpiece that can waste medication and minimize the efficacy of each treatment. If only there was a way to eliminate this waste and maximize treatment. Fortunately, the Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor resolves this dilemma and can lead to faster, more efficient treatment.

Getting Started

To reap the benefits of nebulizer therapy, understanding how they work and which parts do what can be beneficial to the user. A nebulizer uses a compressor to convert liquid medication to a fine mist which is then inhaled into the lungs freeing up constricted airways. It’s when this medicated mist is inhaled that relief is achieved and this is where the LC Plus Nebulizer Cup sets itself apart from the rest of the competition. While achieving optimal particle size, it does not allow for the medicated mist to be wasted therefore delivering a constant mist of medication that can minimize therapy time to 5-6 minutes. Not only will this increase patient compliance, but improve quality of life overall. This nebulizer cup is reusable and can be cleaned and disinfected, but is recommended to be replaced every six months. To remind you it is time to change your nebulizer cup, Pari includes a time strip for a simple visual reminder to change your cup. Follow these steps to activate the time strip:
  • Squeeze bubble on top to activate
  • Within two minutes a red line will appear (if not press bubble again)
  • Once redline appears, remove adhesive tape and affix to front of compressor
  • Do not apply time strip to nebulizer cup
  • After six months, the word now will appear in oval signaling time for nebulizer cup change
Simply connect the LC Plus nebulizer cup to the compressor with wingtip tubing and your therapy session is ready to go.

Cleaning Your LC Plus Nebulizer Cup

In order to ensure your nebulizer treatment is as efficient as possible, making sure everything is clean and operational is paramount. The most important part of this is the nebulizer cup itself. This is the part that contains the crucial medication delivered to the lungs, so it is critical to treatment efficacy that it is properly cleaned and disinfected. There are four methods to achieve this:
  • A warm soap and water cleaning
  • Dishwasher
  • Boiling water
  • An autoclave

Know the Parts of Your Pari Vios Nebulizer Compressor

Understanding how to assemble and disassemble your nebulizer and compressor can expedite relief, as well as minimizing therapy time. The heart of every nebulizer system is the compressor. Pari has intentionally colored its compressor green to show the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint on our environment and essentially helping those with respiratory ailments. Your nebulizer cup is connected to the compressor via tubing with wingtip connectors and should always be checked for a snug, airtight fit. The nebulizer cup assembly comprises of 4 parts that include inspiratory valve cup, a nebulizer insert, mouthpiece with an expiratory valve, and the nebulizer cup itself. Once all parts have been properly assembled you are ready to begin your respiratory therapy session. The nebulizer cup should be filled to the exact amount that your doctor has prescribed for you and should not be deviated from without permission or knowledge of your doctor. With the power switch in the off position, simply plug your compressor into an AC outlet and place on a flat stable surface that is non-cushioned and un-upholstered. Simply sit in an upright position with the mouthpiece firmly in your mouth and switch on the compressor and breathe slowly. Easy peasy!! Once treatment has completed, simply switch power button to the off position and you’re done.

Technical Specifications Measurements
Maximum Pressure of Compressor 34 PSI (2.3 bar)
Maximum Liter Flow of Compressor 8.5 LPM
Nominal Operating Pressure 18 PSI (1.2 bar)
Nominal Air Flow 4.5 LPM
Weight 3 lbs (1300 gms)
Dimensions (Length, Width, Height) 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.75 in

Respiratory therapy can make a huge difference for those with COPD, cystic fibrosis, and other respiratory illnesses and huge part of that can be an aerosol nebulizer to deliver crucial medication. Choosing one that makes treatment easier and faster can improve patient compliance and quality-of-life and the Pari Vios LC Plus Adult Aerosol Nebulizer Compressor sets itself apart from the competition making any respiratory therapy quick and easy. Breathe better and faster using this environmentally friendly respiratory aid.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Use the O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence Portable Oxygen Concentrator Correctly

Many people require supplemental oxygen due to a variety of ailments – ranging from COPD to emphysema. Supplemental oxygen therapy usually is dependent upon large, heavy oxygen tanks that can leave those dependent upon this life-saving oxygen homebound. How do we allow these folks to regain their independence and quality of life?
A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) can be a life-changing option. And the O2 Concepts Portable Oxygen Concentrator, if used correctly, can be the answer.

Oxygen tank vs. portable oxygen concentrator

So how does a POC differ from the heavy, hard-to-move oxygen tanks? Whereas an oxygen tank is filled with a finite amount of oxygen and can run out, a POC (sometimes known as oxygen generators) takes in air from its surroundings and compresses it while filtering out nitrogen.
The O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence Portable Oxygen Concentrator works a lot like an air-conditioning unit. It takes in outside air, purifies and condenses it and delivers it to those who have low oxygen levels in their blood. This allows a continuous flow of oxygen to be delivered without the fear of running out of oxygen as long as there is power.
POCs can be powered by rechargeable batteries or even AC/DC plugs. Not only does this improve mobility and independence for the user, it gives the recipient flexibility for powering the unit. The POC can be used just about anywhere like the park, in a car, or anywhere the need for supplemental oxygen may take you including an airplane so you can travel the globe since it is FAA approved.
The O2 Concepts POC is designed for adult use only and not qualified for pediatric patients. Also, this device should only be used when prescribed by a doctor since unauthorized oxygen therapy can be dangerous.

How to use the O2 Concepts POC
Technology is great but if it is difficult to use then the negatives will outweigh the positives. That is not the case with the O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence POC. Not only does the O2 POC offer the user an unlimited amount of oxygen, but the ease of use and portability make it a game changer. The O2 Concepts Oxlife POC offers the user both continuous and pulsed therapy, providing twice the oxygen pulse volume as the leading POC.
The settings for your POC will be determined by your physician and should not be adjusted or changed by anyone else. For those with diminished hearing/eyesight, additional monitoring may be required in the event of an alarm. Simply make sure the power source you choose is connected, your cannula air hoses connected on the side and you are ready to go! The easy-to-read LCD screen gives a simple, user-friendly synopsis of the unit’s status and settings that can benefit those with visual/hearing impairments. You should contact your physician immediately if the visible settings are incorrect.

Smart DNA technology
In today’s technologically-advanced culture, we have ways to find out whether our product is performing efficiently. The O2 Concepts POC is no different. It utilizes DNA (Dynamic Network Analysis) technology to alert a caregiver or family member to any potential issue with the ambulatory oxygen via the Verizon network making this POC the first of its kind. It is like a guardian angel looking over you!
With DNA technology, you can create a network of loved ones and caregivers to help manage your condition by monitoring usage, ambulation and breath rates. While we are talking technology, the Energy Smart technology allows for the longest battery life in its class while still delivering over 3x the flow of some leading POCs. Users will also receive custom software updates aimed at extending battery life and longevity. Whether you use it in Florida or the mountains of Colorado, your POC will be monitored by engineers to ensure it works efficiently and properly.

The O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence POC can provide unlimited oxygen, but it does this in a way that makes it extremely portable and easy to use. Some of these specifications include:
                Device Weight                                   16.7 pounds
                Device Dimensions                          20.29”H x 10.85”W x 9.45”D
                Continuous Flow Rate                    0.5-3.0 LPM @ 0.5 LPM increments
                Pulse Dose                                          0.5-6.0 (8ml-96ml)
                Altitude Range                                  0-13, 123 ft.
                Oxygen Purity                                   87%-95%
                Battery Specification                      14.4 V Lithium Ion

Maintenance and cleaning

In order to maintain proper operation of the POC, regular maintenance and cleaning should be carried out to ensure the product can do its job efficiently and effectively.
The O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence Portable Oxygen Concentrator should never be disassembled or serviced by anybody other than a qualified Oxlife Independence service dealer. This will ensure that this life-saving device is in the hands of only trained and qualified technicians. Do not disassemble this unit by yourself, since this will void any warranty. The unit requires maintenance at the end of the five-year service life or as required. When cleaning the unit disconnect any power source. Be sure not to use alcohol, ethylene chloride or petroleum-based cleaners on the unit. Simple, regular cleaning of the exterior case should be done using a damp cloth with a mild detergent and water. Be sure not to spray or soak the case/front panel of the unit.
Lithium-ion batteries are recyclable and should be disposed of at an authorized dealer or through your town/city’s recycling centers since there is no maintenance or service available for the batteries. Although this device has multiple power options, there should always be a back-up source of oxygen in the event of prolonged power outages.
Oxygen therapy can be life-saving, but should not negatively impact your life. The O2 Concepts Oxlife Independence POC provides patients needing oxygen therapy the ability to regain their independence and quality of life. It delivers a quality dose of supplemental oxygen that is crucial for breathing. With its snap-in place handle and wheels, the portability of this unit allows it to go wherever the user may need it.

So get out and experience the world again!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Using Armedica Quantum 400 Intersegmental Traction Table for Pain Relief

By Kevin Cleary

The Armedica Quantum 400 Traction Table is the perfect device for helping to relieve back pain and muscle tension through massage and making IST therapy simple and efficient.
Back pain does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, young or old, active or sedentary, anyone can be at risk. Back pain is caused by several reasons that may include lumbar facet syndrome, scoliosis or just plain stress/tension all of which can cause muscle spasms resulting in pain. Common ailments, such as herniated or protruding discs, that result in back pain can greatly benefit from using this therapy. Nothing can ruin your day faster than dealing with debilitating back pain or soreness. Many turn to an intersegmental traction table for relief.

Back therapy
As with any injury or medical problem, relief from back pain is unique to each patient and you should always consult (and listen to) your doctor or therapist. One of the tools available to therapists and chiropractors alike is the Armedica Quantum 400 Intersegmental Traction Table (IST). This device can be a great way to alleviate a number of painful symptoms that are associated with a multitude of causes for back pain. The Armedica Quantum 400 uses nylon rollers for manipulating the back and spine area to allow a gentle stretching of the entire area, therefore promoting pain relief. It is durable and easy to use especially with the handheld remote control with cord, head bolster and cover for the foot area for protection. All the patient needs to do is to lie in a prone position on their back and let the table work its magic. The table is also available with an optional face cut out.

Magic fingers?
So how exactly does the Armedica Quantum 400 work? The table incorporates three different rollers that travel longitudinally along the spine and also vertically to offer a variety of intensity and tumble. The massage pressure is visible via an easy-to-read LED display. The rollers are comfortable since they are made from smooth nylon to maximize patient comfort, while the table frame is rugged and constructed with high quality components for durability and product longevity. Also, this table is large enough to accommodate almost every patient imaginable since it measures 25”W x 78”L x 27”H. This traction table has an adjustable vibration timer and soothing heat for customizable therapy that can target the entire spine or one specific area.

Directions for use
Care should always be taken when using any therapy apparatus and the Quantum 400 is no different. The patient should be assisted on and off the traction table. One recommendation is the optional patient assist bar, but even with this it’s good to have an operator assist the patient. Better safe than sorry!
Once the patient is on the table and positioned correctly, the operator should adjust the roller height to assure patient comfort. At no point during therapy should the patient feel any discomfort. The operator should throughout monitor the patient for signs of pain or discomfort. One of the optional features of the Quantum 400 is heat which should be used with care. All patients using the heat option need to be monitored at all times, especially those with reduced sensory perception. During therapy, a calm and relaxed atmosphere should be created using dim lights or other relaxing stimuli. The therapist or technician should evaluate the patient before and after a therapy session. Extreme caution should be exercised around elderly patients and those with acute pain. The Quantum 400 is not recommended for patients weighing over 300 lbs.
Below is an illustration of the controls for the Armedica Quantum 400 Intersegmental Traction Table:
Operation of Quantum 400 Controls:

Caution and cleaning
Not every therapy is appropriate for every patient and there are some contraindications that need to be considered when using the Quantum 400. It should not be used for conditions such as:
·         Phlebitis
·         Fractures or suspected fractures
·         Fused discs or scoliosis rods
·         Skin problems that may be irritated by the rollers
·         Osteoporosis
Proper cleaning of the Armedica Quantum 400 Traction Table is simple and easy and can extend its serviceable lifetime, not to mention keeping it sanitary for different patients. Simply use a mild soap and water solution or vinyl cleaner to keep the traction table clean and presentable, taking care to wipe any residue after cleaning. Alcohol, window cleaner or abrasive material should be avoided to assure the vinyl surface will not dry out. To prevent skin oils accumulating on the vinyl or cervical area/pillow, paper face squares should be used.

Back pain can be excruciating and debilitating, but the Armedica Quantum 400 Intersegmental Traction Table is a major tool in the alleviation of this pain. It offers customizable, individual therapy for each patient’s specific needs. Pain relief to get you back on your feet!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Learning to Use the Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube

Healthy living has become synonymous with healthy eating. The social media, print media, health journals are all full of the super foods we should eat for maintaining good health. It is all doable as long as we have the ability to orally ingest, chew and digest all those nutritious foods. What happens if we can't do that ? We often times take for granted our body’s ability to intake food and nutrients. Many times due to a health issues such as a spinal cord injury, stroke, or some other type of trauma or disease, we may not be able to swallow properly or safely to ingest food and nutrients. When this happens we need to find a suitable substitute for administering vital proteins, vitamins, and other nutrients. This is where the Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube enters the equation. It allows a caretaker or patient to administer vital nourishment the body needs.

Need for a Feeding Tube

A feeding tube allows important nutrition to be administered directly to the stomach via a procedure called a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or a PEG. Depending on your individual case, you may still be encouraged to ingest orally, but that needs to come from your doctor. The Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube makes administering nutrition as well as medication overtly obvious with different labeled ports.

The Anatomy of a Feeding Tube

Anatomy of a feeding tube
As with anything, being able to properly use something can only benefit and make things easier by understanding its parts and how it works. The Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube is no different. Some of its specifications include:

  • Medical grade silicone construction
  • 3 clearly marked ports (balloon, feeding, and medication ports)
  • Internal retention balloon and external retention ring
  • Recessed and tapered distal tip with dual exit port
  • 9 ½ inch length
These specifications make this an easy to use feeding tube as well as increasing patient comfort during insertion. The ventilated external ring allows air to circulate around the stoma site with 360° pressure relief in addition to holding the feeding tube itself. This unique design allows for less irritation of the gastric wall as well as minimizing erosion. The retention balloon safely and securely holds the feeding tube in the stomach and incorporates an anti-reflux valve to prevent food from leaking out of the stomach when not in use. These feeding tubes are available in a variety of tip sizes and are color-coded accordingly. This is not a one-size-fits-all apparatus; each patient’s needs are different and specific to their own case. This way comfort and ease of use are maximized. Below is the size chart and color code:
Kimberly Clark G Tube specification

Preventive Maintenance for Longevity

Even though the Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube is simple to use, regular daily cleaning can prolong the use of each tube and therefore make it more economical. Obviously, care to keep the skin around the tube and stoma site clean are critical to minimizing the risk of infection. Bacteria and germs are your enemies!! A wash in warm soapy water followed by a simple rinse and air dry is all that is necessary to keep the assembly clean and functioning. Care should be taken to clean the anti-reflux valve in order to keep it operating properly. Cleaning the extension set is simple just using a cotton-tipped applicator immediately after each use. Not only will keeping the gastrostomy feeding tube clean from bacteria avoid serious medical issues down the road, it can minimize replacement and cost.
Whatever the reason for a feeding tube, The Kimberly-Clark Gastrostomy Feeding Tube is an easy to use and simple to maintain option. With its snug for, the need to minimize activity is diminished and your doctor will work with you to precisely fit the apparatus to your specific needs. Quality of life and peace of mind have never been simpler.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Using the Carpal Solution Carpal Tunnel Wrist Support

By: Kevin Cleary

For anyone that uses a computer mouse, keyboard, or is an avid gamer the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can be debilitating at times. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers. Not only can this disorder be painful, but it can interfere with daily tasks and even impede work performance. The use of a carpal tunnel brace can markedly improve the symptoms of this syndrome and Carpal Solution offers a simple and easy to use wrist brace to be worn during sleep. This home based, carpal solution therapy is dependable and effective.

The Anatomy of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To fully understand the pain and discomfort associated with CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), we should know what causes this malady. The median nerve runs from our forearm to the palm of our hand and normally passes through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. This is a narrow passageway of bones and ligaments at the base of our hand that allows the median nerve to pass through as well as the tendons that move our fingers.
Anatomy of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It is at this point that when the median nerve gets impinged that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Imagine a simple and easy-to-use apparatus to alleviate this discomfort. That’s exactly what the Carpal Solution Carpal Tunnel Wrist Support is designed to do. Its simplicity and ease-of-use make it possibly the best carpal tunnel brace available. This carpal tunnel wrist brace is not only effective and FDA approved, but simple to apply which improves the probability of patient compliance. You no longer need rigid splint and braces to overcome CTS.

How Will This Benefit You?

The Carpal Solution hand brace can alleviate the pain associated with CTS in as little as 1-2 weeks without the need for surgery. As opposed to other rigid, immobilizing braces for carpal tunnel,  this apparatus is a carpal tunnel wrist brace for night.
Carpal Solution hand brace

It works by gently stretching and reshaping the soft tissue around the carpal tunnel at three different points of the palm of the hand where the distal median nerve is housed. By relieving this pressure, pain associated with CTS can be alleviated. The patient success rate is over 97%. This is no gimmick, this is a patented medical technology that is the only clinically documented treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome that is available over-the-counter.

To apply carpal tunnel splint:
  • Step 1: First place wrist support on back of hand and then attach first strap below pinky finger, securing it to palm. Cut excess tape with scissors taking care not to damage strap if you tear excess tape without scissors.
    First step for wearing the Carpal Solution Brace
  • Step 2: Grab second strap (located below thumb) and stretch to correct tension. Circle on wrist support will now be oval. When tension is correct, adhere tape to palm below thumb. Once again use scissors to cut away excess tape
    Second step for wearing the Carpal Solution Brace
  • Step 3: Stretch last strap between thumb and forefinger and apply tape to palm area. Cut away excess tape with scissors and if everything is done properly nothing should overlap.
    Third step for wearing the Carpal Solution Brace

Once all tape is secure, a gentle stretching action should be felt. The Carpal solution wrist support should be worn every night for the first two weeks, then every other night for two weeks. Your carpal tunnel syndrome symptom progression should be reversed while you are asleep!! Talk about easy!!
The story of the cobbler who goes to sleep and wakes up with a store full of shoes made by elves may be just a fairytale, but going to sleep and waking up with less pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is reality. This wrist brace for carpal tunnel is so simple and easy to use you don’t even need to be awake for it to be effective!! Any treatment that is easy and effective massively improves patient compliance which means symptom alleviation faster.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How the DeVilbissVacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit Benefits You

Many people may require additional medical support at home after dealing with a medical condition either in the hospital or in a clinical setting. Those who suffer from certain respiratory issues or infectious wounds may need to drain excess fluid from these trouble spots at home. The convenience of being able to accomplish this at home cannot be overstated. Instead of traveling to the doctor’s office or local hospital, patients can now use the DeVilbiss Vacu-AideQuiet Suction Unit in the comfort and privacy of their own home. It’s an efficient and quieter way to drain fluids in privacy.

Understanding Your Suction Unit

               Anytime there is a medical need to remove fluid from the body the use of the suction unit can make the process more convenient and private. It is obviously more convenient to do this therapy in your home then have to go to a medical center or hospital to achieve these results. The DeVilbiss Quiet Suction Unit allows the user to perform any suction therapy in their home or even on the road utilizing the portability of the battery option. This unit has been manufactured and tested to the ISO 10079-1:1999 standard for suction equipment. This includes the following tests:
1.Electromagnetic Compatibility Test: This unit does not interfere or isn’t susceptible to interference from other equipment such as ventilators.
2.Drop Test and Shock Vibration Test: Unit is less susceptible to damage when dropped or during shipping.
3.Excessive Temperature Test: Works effectively in a wide range of temperatures.

This suction unit not only makes suction therapy quieter, but also simple and easy. It can be utilized for a multitude of maladies that include:
· Visible secretions
· Suspected aspiration of gastric/upper airway secretions
· Coarse rhonchi and expiratory wheezing audible with/without auscultation
· Frequent or congested sounding cough

The Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit meets guidelines set by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for neonatal, infant, child, and adult home care suctioning. They include:
·  Neonates 60-80 mm Hg
·  Infants 80-100 mm Hg
·  Children 100-120 mm Hg
·   Adults 100-150 mm Hg

Any suction therapy should follow guidelines set forth by the American Association for Respiratory Care for suctioning of the patient at home. This can be done with or without an artificial airway. This can include nasal, oropharyngeal, and endotracheal suctioning.

Getting Started

Devilbiss Vacu-Aide Quiet suction unit
Your physician can determine if you are a candidate for suction therapy at home. At only 6.6 pounds, this unit has a small footprint which can easily lead to greater patient compliance for treatment. With an integrated gauge and flow regulator, its easy-to-turn knob increases control and ease-of-use, making any treatment more user-friendly and intuitive. The DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit has a free flow rate of 27 liters /minute, but protects the user against an overflow of fluid by incorporating a float shut off to avoid any potential mess even though this unit can hold up to 800 mL of fluid. Unlike some units that are purely AC powered, this unit offers a multitude of power options that includes AC/DC power cords as well as a battery option for portability. Choose which option best fits your lifestyle!!
Devilbiss Vacu-Aide User Instruction Guide
DevilBiss Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction System

Keeping Your Unit Clean

In order to keep your unit working properly and to extend its operating lifetime, it is important to perform regular, routine maintenance and cleaning. After disassembling the Quiet Suction Unit, a simple bath in soapy water can keep your unit clean and functioning properly. You should take care to not get the filter wet when cleaning. Simply remove it and set it aside.

Once the unit has air dried completely (air drying is more sanitary), simply reassemble the unit and be sure to reinsert or replace the filter you removed before cleaning the unit. You are ready to go!!

Any respiratory or wound suctioning therapy can now be done in the privacy of your own home or anywhere you need to be. No longer do you need to brave the elements to go to a medical center or your doctor’s office in order to overcome any discomfort fluid buildup in your body may present. With a variety of powered options, the DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit has all your bases covered. It’s quiet performance and smaller size allows for greater patient compliance, therefore eliminating many potential hazards associated with noncompliance. You should work with your doctor or respiratory therapist to become fully trained in home use and regain more independence and a greater quality of life.