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Craig Hood is the Founder of Allegro Medical. Craig worked as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities in Tucson, Arizona and later, as a rehabilitation specialist caring for individuals recovering from strokes and traumatic brain injury in Scottsdale, Arizona. After getting his business degree from Arizona State University, Craig worked in the high tech industry for several years before starting Allegro Medical. Drawing on his experience as a caregiver, Craig realized how important medical products and supplies were in the treatment of post-acute care conditions. At the time, the products to help his patients were not always readily available to professionals and family members. His experience gave him the idea that there should be a better way to shop for medical supplies, and health and wellness products. In 1997, Craig launched AllegroMedical.com as the nation's first online supplier of medical supplies, incontinence products, wound care supplies, daily living aids, orthopedic products, wheelchairs and so much more. The first AllegroMedical.com website had only 500 products. Today AllegroMedical.com offers over 30,000 items and unique ways of shopping including, shopping by condition and shopping by body part. Allegro Medical is America's first and largest online medical supply superstore.

Rinse-Free bathing wipes have set new standards in the ease, comfort and simplicity of patient care. Whether you are a professional caregiver or caring for a loved one, a rinse-free bathing program can help reduce the risk of infection, improve skin health and maintain good patient hygiene.

Compared to the traditional basin bath, rinse-free bathing wipes are a better choice for several key reasons:

  • Convenience and ease of use
  • Cleans and moisturizes skin more effectively
  • Reduces risk of infection from contaminated basins and tap water
  • More comfortable for the patient
  • Fewer supplies required
  • Less expensive
  • Caregiver preferred

 

Pre-moistened bathing wipes provide an all-in-one solution for in-bed bathing and also remove contamination risks found in dirty basins and tap water. Some products like the Comfort Bath Personal Washcloths also include a Skin Check Guide, quick reference pictures of various skin conditions, making it possible for the caregiver to monitor and report on changes in the patient’s skin condition.

 

How are Rinse-Free bathing wipes safer than using a basin?
Studies have found that bath basins frequently harbor pathogens. In fact, a nation-wide study discovered that 98% of basins tested were contaminated with some form of harmful bacteria including MERSA and VRE, two antibiotic-resistant and dangerous STAFF viruses found in hospitals.1 bathing basin image depicting contamination
Contaminated tap water can be a source of infection. As many as 29 studies of water systems found tap water can be the source of serious waterborne infections.2 Patient exposure can occur while showering, bathing and drinking. Reports recommend minimizing exposure to tap water for all patients who are immunocompromised, have fresh surgical wounds, or are at higher risk for infections.2,3

Rinse-free bathing wipes are pre-packaged and use purified water, eliminating the risk of exposure to bacteria from basins or tap water.

Can’t I just use baby wipes – what’s the difference?

Allegro Medical customers often ask us if typical baby wipes or skin wipes are the same as a pre-packaged bathing wipes. The answer is no – bathing wipes are thicker, softer and contain the right amount of cleanser and moisturizer. Personal cleansing washcloths are about 10x thicker than a baby wipe and are designed to feel soft like fine fabric but have superior strength and durability.

So when it comes to choosing a method for bed bathing, bathing wipes offer a convenient and effective way of maintaining patient hygiene while eliminating the exposure to contaminants often found in bathing basins.

Providing comfortable, easy, and sanitary bathing for patients in bed is easier than ever with bathing wipes. AllegroMedical.com offers a variety of bathing options and solutions including a full line of home health and wellness solutions and products.

 

1 Sources; Johnson D, Lineweaver L, Maze L. Patients bath basins as potential sources of infection: a multicenter sampling study. AJCC Vol 18, No 1, Jan 2009.
2 Anaissie EJ, Penzak SR, Dignani C, Arch Intern Med. 8 Jul 2002;162(13):1483-92.
3 Clark AP, John LD, Clin Nurse Spec. May – June 2006; 20(3):119-23.

 

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In order to pay for the Nation’s new healthcare program, the IRS hopes to raise $30 billion and they don’t plan on having a bake sale to get the cash. Under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152) a 2.3% excise tax will be levied on medical equipment starting January 1st, 2013. Amid growing fears that the tax will have far reaching and negative impacts on the healthcare system, both Democrats and Republicans are coming together in hopes of repealing the excise tax.

Known as the Medical Device Tax, its aim is to generate revenues to help pay for the addition of health care benefits to millions of new Obamacare recipients. But how could a seemingly innocuous 2.3% tax hike on manufacturers of medical equipment have any impact on the citizen at large? At least they aren’t increasing my taxes you might think, right? Like a Trojan horse, this tax is being ushered into our cities but once inside the proverbial gates, it could destroy many of the innovative companies that develop and build the machines which make modern medicine possible, lead to job losses and an increase in health care costs, according to John A. Sparks from the Washington Times.1

We take for granted the wondrous, beeping, chirping and dripping, life-saving machines that fill our hospital room floors and stand vigil at our bedsides when we are sick. We have come to expect that scanning MRI, Ultra Sound and X-Ray devices will help our doctors see into our bodies, diagnose, and treat our medical conditions. As my boss likes to quote from the Pearson, Sabin, Emanuel book, “No Margin – No Mission”, the Medical Device Tax slices over half of the margin, or profit, from the companies hard at work, creating and manufacturing the equipment that make American modern medicine possible.

The attentive reader might ask how could a measly 2.3% tax confiscate over half of a business’s profits? First, this tax is imposed on revenue, not profit, like most commerce taxes. To understand, if a business develops and makes an MRI machine that generates $1 million in its first year of sales, but has only seen an actual profit, after all business expenses, of $40,000 the company would be taxed on that $40,000. The government would take its share of the profits. However, this tax is levied on revenue, not profits. Instead of taking a percentage of the $40,000 profit, the government will take 2.3% off the $1 million in revenue or $23,000. That’s 58% – more than half the company’s profits – if they even have profits. It may take years for the revenue from a new device to generate a profit but the company is required to pay out 2.3% on revenue, regardless, ensuring many companies could be forced to close their doors.

Foreseeing the negative impact, the tax will have on the financial future of the medical technology industry, investment in health care technology companies has already begun to retreat, reaching anemic levels. Elizabeth McDonald, noted business journalist explains that capital funding for the medical equipment industry during the third quarter of 2012 reached the lowest it has been in almost a decade.1 According to a Price Waterhouse Coopers paper published August 2011 a broad coalition of medical technology companies and leading associations consisting of over 400 companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other investment firms all believe the new tax will lead to job losses, reduction in research and development and burdensome administration. The tax will “harm patient care and thwart innovation and job creation at a time when we can least afford it, “ said Mark Leahey, President and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).2 Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce echoes Leahey’s statement saying that, “Allowing the medical device excise tax to take effect would undermine patient care, stifle innovation in medical technology, and further damage our economy.”3

The Medical Equipment Tax has US manufacturers of medical products scrambling to raise prices, eliminate jobs and revise their business strategies. Congress wants you to think the tax won’t affect the general consumer since it’s not imposed directly on you. Remember, “No Margin – No Mission” and without profits, the medical device industry will languish,  irreparably damaging healthcare on the whole.  Although it’s aim was to raise money to pay for Obamacare, the Medical Device Tax may hobble the health care system it is intended to fund.

How do you think the Medical Device Tax will impact you and your healthcare?

Craig Hood is Executive Vice President of Scrip Companies and Founder of Allegro Medical (AllegroMedical.com), the leading online supplier of medical equipment and home health care supplies.

Sources:
1The Washington Times – “Obamacare tax on medical devices hurts jobs and health”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/15/obamacare-tax-on-medical-devices-hurts-jobs-and-he/

2Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) – “Broad Coalition Urges Congressional Leaders to Repeal Medical Device Tax”, July 18, 2011

http://medicaldevices.org/node/1039

3Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) – Medtechfocus, “Med tech companies further debate over US competitiveness, raise question about impact of excise tax on innovation”, August 16, 2011 http://pwchealth.com/cgi-local/hregister.cgi/reg/medtech-focus-on-excise-tax.pdf

Incontinence Image Father DaughterToday’s trends in Incontinence Products are aimed at removing the traditional social stigmas that accompany adult incontinence.  Although it is estimated that over 25 million American’s suffer from Urinary Incontinence, with as many as 4 in every 5 affected being women, social norms remain the biggest factor in the reporting and delayed treatment of incontinence. Most sufferers wait years before discussing any bladder control symptoms with their physician and even longer to begin using incontinence products.

Companies like Depend are making a concerted effort at breaking through the social stigmas that accompany incontinence by using a combination of network television advertising and celebrity endorsement to bring new and innovative incontinence products to market.  Not just adult diapers, Depend is leading with products that more closely resemble protective underwear that are indistinguishable under everyday clothing.  The Silhouette for Women from Depend was debuted on a commercial during the Oscar awards in 2011.  Days of our Lives actress, Lisa Rinna, is stopped on the red carpet in the commercial and asked to try on a pair of Depend Silhouettes.  As a champion for women’s positive self-image, Lisa’s product endorsement is aimed at raising awareness and showing women that something like the Silhouette can ensure confidence.  Lisa’s effort simultaneously supports the non-profit organization, Dress for Success® Worldwide.

Men as well are stepping forward in support of new incontinence products that, also, can be worn like men’s briefs and help guys stay active after prostate surgery, which oftentimes, results in urinary incontinence.  Football stars, Clay Matthews, Wess Welker and DeMarcus Ware all showed their support for the V Foundation for Cancer Research by trying on the Depend product, Real Fit for Men, an incontinence brief that looks, feels and fit like real underwear. The biggest change in the product is that it’s been designed more like underwear than a diaper.  From the soft, cloth-like fabric to the finished waistband, the Real Fit for Men brief, is discrete and hardly looks different then regular underwear even when worn under more tailored cloths.

With more and more products like Silhouette for Women and Real Fit for Men hitting the market, those with incontinence are no longer restricted in their daily lives and activities by the bulky, uncomfortable adult diapers of the past.  As the media and respected celebrities and professional athletes continue to endorse incontinence products we are sure to see even more developments and innovation.

We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Pediasure 8 oz. Cans  from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.

We understand how important a product *like* Pediasure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, has announced that it would no longer allow the the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.

 
The good news is, we have a great alternative for you, plus a savings discount:

Nestle Boost Kid Essentials –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost Kid Essentials – that is widely accepted by pediatricians and moms everywhere. Click here to order Kids Boost

To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost Kid Essentials – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.

*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Pediasure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.

Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blogs for future updates as this story unfolds.

Best regards,


CEO & Founder
Allegro Medical
480-990-8881 Ext 100

We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Ensure 8 oz. Cans from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.

We understand how important a product *like* Ensure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced that it would no longer allow the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.

The good news is, we have a great alternative for you and a savings discount:

Nestle Boost –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost – that is widely accepted by physicians everywhere. Click here to order Boost

To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.

*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Ensure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.

Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blog section for future updates as this story unfolds.

Best regards,


CEO & Founder
Allegro Medical
480-990-8881 Ext 100

Happy Holidays!

 

I’m Craig Hood, President of Allegro Medical. Over a decade ago I started this great company with the express goal of helping folks like you find the medical supplies and equipment needed to take care of yourself, your families and your patients. Many said it wouldn’t work – that people wouldn’t buy medical equipment on the Internet – but I disagreed.

We launched our website with only 500 products, but we offered everything from wheelchairs and walkers to catheters and ostomy supplies. This made us the first in the world to have such a wide variety of medical supplies and equipment, and people loved it. Since then, our business has grown faster than a pack of dogs after a 3-legged cat.

Today, with more than 45,000 items, we have the largest selection of health care products on the web, backed by the best customer service and low prices to boot.

Our goal is still to help people become more independent, mobile, fit and healthy. We are grateful that you have allowed us to help you as well.

By choosing to shop with us, you are among the nearly 1 million customers nationwide who have played an important role in the success of this small American business.

 Feel proud that you shop at a company with:

•  More life enhancing products than hair in Donald Trump’s toupee

•  A solid history with more than 10 years in business

•  Prices so low our accountant can’t sleep at night

•  Customer Service that’s got your back

•  Fast Shipping – faster than a supermodel chasing a doughnut down hill

Thank you for shopping at Allegro Medical!

The success of this small American business is because of you and we know it.

As a token of appreciation for your business I am offering a special gift: please take 15% off* your next order at AllegroMedical.com. Use code ELF15 at checkout until Midnight, Monday December 15th.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy Holiday from all of us at AllegroMedical.com

- Craig

Developed as a sports-medicine tape to aid athletes, Kinesiologers are quickly finding other uses for the miracle, adhesive backed cloth. From fuselage repairs to saving national monuments, the only question now is what can’t Kinesio tape do?

Kinesio Tape Tower

Kinesio Tape Space

Kinesio Tape Airline

Got a picture of Kinesio tape in action saving the world? Send it in and it might make the next edition of the Daily Kinesio Report: Submit your picture via email to Kinesio@AllegroMedical.com today. One weekly winner will receive a roll of genuine Kinesio tape.

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The New England Medical Center in conjunction with the Harvard Journal of Medicine published a document today noting that people who shop at AllegroMedical.com tend to be smarter and better looking than most. The control group of non-Allegro shoppers were also found to exhibit poor hygiene skills in addition to lower cognitive abilities. “More studies are required as we can’t yet pinpoint whether smart, good looking people simply choose to shop at Allegro Medical or people who shop at Allegro Medical somehow become smarter and better looking,” says researchers conducting the study.

Upon learning of this groundbreaking study, the team at Allegro Medical is here to celebrate your “smarterness” by offering all smart Allegro Shoppers $10 off their next purchase of over $100. It’s no joke, Just use the code “Smart10” today through Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

Good hygiene, like smart shopping is a learned skill. So if you know anyone suffering from poor shopping practices, help’m out by forwarding this limited time deal on to friends or family in need.

Sincerely,
Craig Hood
President/Founder
Allegro Medical

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Hello, my name is Craig Hood and I’m the President and Founder of Allegro Medical.

We’re a small business run by family and friends, competing with corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Drugstore.com and Amazon. Although we’re small, our capabilities are big, our product selection is huge and our prices low. We don’t have budgets for multi million-dollar TV advertising campaigns or hopes of sponsoring a professional sports arena. Instead, we have spent time and money building automation into our business. This helps keep our overhead expenses down and our prices competitive with the giants. However, at the end of the day, it’s your decision to order from us that matters. So this is our “advertising”, so to speak. We have lots of great products and wonderful gift ideas for family and friends.

Please consider shopping with Allegro Medical or other small businesses this Christmas season.

Remember small business support America. In fact, small businesses like Allegro Medical represent 99.7% of all employers nationwide and account for more then 50% of jobs in the private sector. I would guess that many of you whom I am writing today likely work for a small company. So on with our self promotion and holiday advertising…

Allegro offers lots of great gift items, many of which you would expect to find in any of the “Big Box” stores.

What?s HOT this holiday season:

  • Homedics Therapist Select Shiatsu Massaging Cushion
  • Perfect Push Up Push Up Handles
  • MobiCam Ultra 70007 900MHz Wireless Baby Monitor System
  • Light Relief Light Therapy
  • Radio Flyer Retro Rocket
  • Tek Pal Universal Large Button Remote Control
  • What’s New at Allegro Medical in 2007

    We continue to pioneer in our industry, launching the new “Shop by Condition”, a way to better find the products and supplies needed to treat and deal with a wide variety of medical conditions. Similarly, we are getting ready to launch the next innovative way to shop our website – “Shop by Body Part”. Enjoy this innovative and fun new feature with serious search results and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback on this feature or any feature or improvement that would help us serve you better. Please email me anytime and to ensure your email makes it past all of our mail filters put “Craig Please Read my Feedback” in the subject line. We have added a “News Blog” section to the site and begun publishing useful guides to help select products. Last month we added “Google Checkout” as a payment option allowing our customers another more convenient way to purchase from our website.

    Company History

    Our Company was started in 1996 with the idea of helping people. You see, for years I worked with people living with developmental disabilities and others recovering from traumatic head injuries and strokes. I understood the challenges in finding people the products needed for their recovery or to achieve more independence in their lives. The Internet seemed the perfect way to share great products with millions of people. So, we started off selling medical equipment and home health care products on the Internet in 1997. In fact, we were the very first in our industry to begin selling online. Since then, we have expanded into other areas like:

  • Fitness Equipment
  • Gift Ideas
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Board Sports
  • Maternity Care
  • Our first website offered about 500 products. Today we have more than 45,000. We have about 40 employees in our Tempe, AZ location that handle Customer Service, Product Management, IT and Accounting. We ship from distribution points around the country and on average, orders are delivered in about 3 days.

    Our Company is a fun place to work and a “dog friendly” environment. It?s not uncommon to see a Dakota (Black Lab), Angie (Beagle) or Tanner (Terrier) wandering the office in search of an unattended sandwich. We offer our staff good benefits, time off with pay, insurance, disability, pet insurance and much more.

    Please remember to tell your friends and family about Allegro Medical. We?re small enough to care but big enough to provide the service you deserve.

    Best Wishes,

    Craig Hood,
    President,
    www.AllegroMedical.com, chood@allegromedical.com

    Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be informed.

    If you or your loved ones live in a part of the country prone to the destructive forces of hurricanes, take special care this hurricane season. The National Weather Service and NOAA predict above normal hurricane and tropical storm warnings due to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

    With as many as 17 named storms expected in the coming months, the shipping department at the Allegro Medical Hurricane Preparedness Center (AMHPC) is now working overtime to ship out emergency preparation kits to homes, schools and government agencies.

    According to the Red Cross, a national survey reports that only seven percent of Americans have taken the three recommended actions to prepare for disaster: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan, and 3) Be informed. That’s why Allegro, along with the Red Cross has joined a nationwide effort during September to promote National Preparedness Month.

    Don’t wait. Order your kits today.

    Basic products needed at a moment’s notice:

    Basic First Aid Kit

    Rescue Blanket

    Waterwise Distiller

    Guardian Medical Alert System

    Handybar 3in 1 Car Aid

    Consider these products. They save lives:

    Rescue Response Bag

    Phillips HeartStart AED Defibrillator

    Fire Blanket

    First Responder Kit

    Make A Plan. Be Informed.

    1) Understand the storm-related hazards that could affect your family. Storm surges, flooding and high wind affect homes differently.
    2) Know the safest locations in your home for each hurricane hazard and remember that the safest location to wait out a storm may not be your home but somewhere else in your community.
    3) Plan escape routs from your house and choose predetermined meeting places. Look for a regrouping point within 10-20 miles from your home.
    4) Choose a friend or family member outside your state as a central point of contact. Use email, blogs, mySpace and voice mail as a way of updating friends and family as storms approach and your safety/evacuation plans.
    5) Decide now how you are going to evacuate pets if the situation worsens.
    6) Post emergency phone numbers for police, fire and paramedics near your telephone. Ensure that children know when to call 911.
    7) Evaluate your home owner’s insurance for flood damage. Most policies do not include flood damage coverage.
    8) Stock non-perishable food, canned goods and store plenty of water.
    9) Learn First Aid and CPR and take disaster preparedness classes.
    10) Keep a NOAA weather radio and emergency preparation products in your home and car.

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