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.