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Fall prevention is a frequent topic for nursing home staff, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, nursing home residents frequently fall, and the older adults that survive a nursing home fall are likely to sustain injuries that hinder quality of life or cause permanent disability. 1
Most fall prevention plans include bath safety items, mobility aids such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, and devices to assist patients from a sit-to-stand position.
What are YOU doing to protect your patient while in bed?
A staggering 48.5% of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.² If you’ve cared for a patient with Alzheimer’s than you are likely familiar with the frequent midnight walkabouts and Houdini like escape tactics. Since nursing homes are prohibited from using full bed rails and restraints due to the risk of entrapment and harm reported to patients, alternative safety measures must be implemented to minimize the risk of injury if a fall were to occur.
Here are a few recommended products to help minimize fall prevention injury while in bed:
1. Pressure Sensitive Patient Alarm System
The Patient Alarm utilizes a pressure sensitive pad and connected battery powered alarm that alerts caregiver with audio sound when patient gets out of a chair or bed. If your nursing home patient exits the bed you will be alerted to assist them and help prevent them from falling.
2. Defined Perimeter Universal Mattress Cover
When a patient is prone to exiting the bed unassisted or to falling out of the bed, Drive Medical’s defined perimeter cover is a great solution. When installed on a standard bed, the soft foam bolster cushions surround the edge of the bed to promote a safe bed environment, without the need for confining side rails.
3. Safety Beveled Edge Solid 1 Piece EVA Foam Fall Mat
The Safety Care fall mat is constructed from the highest quality high density EVA compressed foam designed to provide a safe environment for patients at high risk of falling out of bed. EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a revolutionary foam with rubber like qualities used in the manufacturing of various products such as running shoes, orthotics and sporting goods. EVA is resistant to moisture and stress cracking making it a very durable material to absorb and redirect impact forces during a fall. The mats have tapered beveled edges allowing equipment to roll over with ease along with a non slip bottom to keep the mat secure and help prevent accidental tripping. The solid core design is easy to clean and is anti bacterial to avoid cross contamination between various patient room.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies and fall prevention medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers. If you need assistance purchasing fall prevention products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your patient care needs.
¹Rubenstein LZ, Robbins AS, Schulman BL, Rosado J, Osterweil D, Josephson KR. Falls and instability in the elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1988;36:266–78.
Current diabetes trends show that by 2050 nearly 1 out of 3 American adults will have a diabetes diagnosis. A staggering 60% of the non-traumatic lower limb amputations are performed on diabetics.1 Keeping your feet healthy is only one challenge diabetics face. Simple actions can help reduce the risk of major complications such as gangrene, limb amputation or diabetic ulcers.
- Get your body moving. Walking, swimming, dancing, any exercise improves circulation and helps with weight maintenance. Where proper athletic shoes to avoid foot injuries.
- Daily feet inspections. T.L.S., Touch. Look, Smell your feet and toes daily. Be observant of cuts, sores, calluses, bruises, or ingrown toenails. Foot odor may be a sign of an infection. See a podiatrist if you notice any problems.
- Lather up. Use lotion on your feet to minimize dry, cracked skin and assist with your feet inspections. Avoid lathering between the toes, lotion between the toes can cause bacterial growth.2
- Don’t dare go bare. Barefoot is a NO…NO for diabetics. Don’t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
- Wear soft socks. Diabetic socks or seamless socks are best to avoid friction which could cause blisters.
- Well fitted shoes. Buy shoes that are sized properly and made of premium construction. Shoes designed for diabetics are available online and thru your physician.
- Always have a doctor or trained nurse remove calluses, corns, or warts.
- Podiatrist, podiatrist, podiatrist. It can’t be said enough how important regular checkups by a podiatrist are for keeping your feet safe and healthy. Incorporating a podiatrist in your “care team” can assist in reducing the risk of lower limb amputation.2
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetes supply needs.
Teleflex is a global supplier of medical devices and disposable medical products. Teleflex, through the Rüsch® brand of products, is a proud pioneer in urology. Through their global operations, they are one of the world’s largest producers of catheters. Rusch urology products enhance customer outcomes by providing products that help people protect themselves against infection and improve their quality of life. Listed below are three reasons to try Rüsch® Brand Catheters by Teleflex.
1. Solution for Difficult Catheterization
The Rüsch® Tiemann Intermittent Catheter by Teleflex has been designed to be a helpful solution for difficult catheterization. Rüsch® Tiemann catheters are flexible with a curved tip and relatively stiffer shaft making catheterization easier. The flexible design is achieved by modeling the tip separately and then joining it to the shaft. Each tip is color coded to indicate a specific french size and the notch on the catheter funnel helps the user maintain the curved catheter tip in the proper up position during catheterization. The catheters are made of siliconized PVC. Designed for single use only.
- Completely sterile and latex free
- PVC catheter has two staggered eyes.
- Color coded solid tips indicate specific size
- Manufactured with a relatively stiffer shaft to help ease catheterization
- Notch on the catheter funnel is used to indicate the tip position
- Overall length of catheter is 40cm of 16 inches
- Single use
2. Virtually Friction-Free
The Rüsch® Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter has a coating that, with the addition of saline, allows virtually friction-free insertion and removal of the catheter without the use of a lubricating gel. Hydrophilic catheters may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by reducing trauma to the urethral mucosa.
3. All Grip with No Slip!
The great thing about a hydrophilic coated catheter is how slippery it is. The worst thing about a hydrophilic catheter is how slippery it is. The catheter can be hard to handle with or without good hand dexterity. That’s where the Rusch FloCath Quick™ Intermittent Catheter comes to the rescue.
The Rüsch® FloCath Quick ™ Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter is an “all-in-one” intermittent catheter providing the ultimate convenience. The integrated package contains a FloCath Hydrophilic Catheter with a patented handling sheath and a packet of sterile 0.9% saline. Before opening, break the sterile saline pouch to hydrate the catheter. Sterile saline is much closer to the body’s natural fluids than sterile water, and the extremely lubricious coating allows for a comfortable insertion. The handling sheath provides an easy grip, allowing for touchless insertion. The sheath can also be pushed back and used as an extension to the catheter.
The handling sheath provides All Grip with No Slip!
- Soft-Eye™ tip for ease of insertion
- Full range of sizes from 6-16 Fr
- Available in Standard and Female lengths
- Color-coded funnel to easily identify size
- High grade vinyl material (PVC) catheter contains no latex
- Compact, discrete packaging, complete with integrated saline and thumb grip to ease opening
AllegroMedical.com supports Teleflex/Rusch in its efforts to improve the quality of life of its customers by offering urology products that help people protect themselves against infections.
People all over the world are similar in many respects and dealing with incontinence is no different culturally. A Danish company, Abena, has figured out how to improve upon what’s been used here in the U.S. since Depend was first introduced in 1978. These products are far superior to the brands here in the U.S. because they have superior absorbency and offer extreme breathability.
Because Abena products are so absorbent, you won’t need to change them as often. While they may cost a little more initially, using fewer of them will save you money in the long run. The benefits are cost in use, improved skin health and the most important – maintaining dignity.
Abena understands that there are different types of incontinence, which require a vast range of products to help people live dignified lives. Here are just a few examples of the products they produce:
Abri-Flex: An adult pull-up protective underwear with more elastics than any other brand. Abri-Flex Premium is the perfect fit for those who don’t want incontinence to slow them down. They are also far more absorbent than any other brand. Abri-Flex is available in 5 sizes for a better fit.
Abri-Form: Abri-Form is Abena’s complete range of all-in-one incontinence brief for moderate to heavy incontinence. They are designed to give optimum leakage security, while being a discreet and comfortable solution. They include flexible tapes for repositioning and are easily removable, an important feature especially for bed-ridden patients.
Abri-San: Abri-San pads are the ideal choice for many because they come in 8 different sizes and 11 different absorption levels. From the postpartum mom who suffers from weak bladder control, to the older gentleman who likes to travel the world and doesn’t want incontinence to stand in his way, Abena Abri-San has a pad for everyone. If you’re dealing with fecal incontinence, Abri-San Special is an excellent choice.
Fecal incontinence is a vastly under reported but fairly common problem. It is often associated with considerable costs due to the high frequency of changing and the challenge cleaning up after a fecal loss. For the user, embarrassing situations caused by leakage have a negative impact on their life and often lead to social isolation.
That is why Abri-San was invented. It’s the only product in the world specifically designed to help with fecal incontinence. The primary benefit for caregivers is containment. For the loved one, it’s maintaining dignity.
Abri-Man: Abena has an incontinence pad that is specifically shaped to fit the male anatomy. These pads offer extreme breathability, with extra absorption in the front.
What’s most important to you is the use of natural, skin sensitive ingredients. Not harsh chemical bleaching, dyes and inks. Because Abena is located in Denmark, they are an ecologically sensitive company and recycle 95% of waste generated. Moreover, 50% of the materials used are sourced from renewable sources.
Since 1997 AllegroMedical.com has been providing incontinence products and home health and wellness supplies to consumers and caregivers.
Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (LOBC)—typically known as incontinence affects millions. Incontinence often is a symptom of other conditions, or a side effect from medications, diet and nutrition habits or lifestyle changes. Incontinence is a manageable issue with the right products, treatment and information. Prevail® designs products and programs to provide unsurpassed protection and comfort that allow people with LOBC to live comfortably, feel more confident and be more involved with those around them.
Incontinence affects 25 million Americans, and 75-80% are women, 9-13 million of whom have bothersome-to-severe symptoms. Approximately 1 in 4 women 18 years of age or older experience episodes of involuntary loss of bladder control. Two out of three women who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence. (1,2)
If you or a loved one experience LOBC, take advantage of the products and treatments that are now available. Prevail® offers a full spectrum of incontinence products for your changing needs.
Prevail® Premium Washcloths, “Soft Pak” designed for single hand dispensing to reduce waste and provide added convenience. Prevail wipes are the go to personal cleaning product of caregivers and users because of the single hand dispensing technology, quilted texture, and soft & strong Tri-Form Fabric ™ enhanced with vitamin E & aloe for skin wellness.
Prevail® Bladder Control Pads, are designed for light unpredictable leakage associated with stress incontinence.
(1) Discreet Leakage Protection: Provides well targeted protection from its thinner dual layer absorbency core.
(2) Soft Side Shields: Adds protection and comfort.
(3) Odor Guard® Technology: Neutralizes odor maintaining discretion even for extended use.
(4) QUICK WICK® Layer: Rapidly pulls moisture from skin for comfort in use.
Individually wrapped for your convenience. Feminine, discreet and reliable protection comes in a variety of sizes and absorbencies.
Prevail® Underwear for Women, is as pretty as it is functional. Maximum Absorbent underwear designed for Women that has a discreet and fast-absorbing core. Innovative features of the Prevail Underwear for Women include:
• Odor Guard
• Back Label
• Breathable Zones
• Cloth-Like Outer Fabric
• QUICK WICK with MaxSoft
Prevail® is about hope. It’s about trust. It’s about dignity. When you take back control, you Prevail®.
Incontinence is not a disease. Don’t just live with your incontinence, consult your physician if you are experiencing bladder control problems. Your physician will evaluate your condition, suggest medical interventions and make recommendations for managing the symptoms. If your physician recommends incontinence products to help manage your symptoms there are many options to meet your needs. Since 1997 AllegroMedical.com has been providing incontinence products and home health and wellness supplies to consumers and caregivers.
Source: (1) International Continence Society (ICS); (2) National Association for Continence (NAFC)
Falling at any age is a frightening experience. Parents with toddlers do all they can to minimize injuries from falls. Helmets are no longer just for professional bicyclists, all ages wear them to mitigate head injuries from falls. They’ve become the status quo. Seniors are especially vulnerable to falls and each year, one in three elderly adults age 65 or older will experience a fall according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Older adults need help to reduce the risk of falling, especially in the bathroom where a few simple additions can help your loved one remain independent and safe.
Abelware® independent living products are known for innovation and ease of use. AllegroMedical.com recommends three popular Abelware® bathroom assist items to help prevent falls by making your bathroom safer.
Sliding Rotating Transfer Bench –is the newest innovation of the Abelware® line of bathroom benches. The smooth sliding feature allows a person to glide across the bench with minimal effort to gain safe entry into a bathtub or shower while the rotating swivel top easily transfers the person into the bathing area. This bench completely eliminates the risk of falling while trying to step over a shower ledge or into a bathtub.
Extra Wide Tall-Ette Elevated Toilet Seat with Aluminum Legs – is designed to help users with lower extremity weakness or balance issues. This elevated toilet seat provides stability while moving from a sit-stand or stand-sit position.
Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seat with Aluminum Legs
Groovy Grip Grab Bars – are attractive, plastic, wall mounted grab bars with a grooved surface that provide a non-slip grasp even while wet. Grab bars are a necessity in bathrooms to help individuals maintain balance.
The addition of these bath safety items will give you piece-of-mind and help you keep your elderly loved one or patient from becoming another fall statistic. AllegroMedical.com is here to help keep your senior parents or patients independent and safe.
What are pressure ulcers?
Pressure ulcers also referred to as bedsores or pressure sores, are skin and tissue injuries caused by prolonged pressure to the skin. Pressure ulcers are commonly found on the “bony” parts of your body including ankles, heels, hips and buttocks. 1 If left untreated, pressure sores can compromise your health and even lead to death.
What factors cause pressure ulcers?
Decubitus ulcers occur when extended periods of pressure limit blood supply to underlying tissues and skin. People with medical conditions such as paralysis or immobility, which limit a person’s ability to shift weight or change positions, are at risk for pressure ulcers. Additionally, confinement to a bed for extended periods of time can lead to pressure ulcers.1
How pressure ulcers are treated?
Pressure sores are categorized into four stages:
- Stage I ulcers are not actually open wounds. The skin may be very sensitive with a reddish appearance and could feel softer or firmer than the skin around it. When you press the ulcer it will not blanch or lose color when your finger is removed.2
Stage I pressure sores are often treated by incorporating pressure reduction products such as special cushions, mattress pads, and heel protectors. A person confined to a bed or wheelchair should change position frequently, every two hours if bed confined.1
J2 Pressure Reduction Cushion
Drive Pressure Reduction Mattress Pad with Pump
- Stage II is when an ulcer forms and the skin has the appearance of a blister, scrape, or shallow crater which is tender or painful. At Stage II ulcerated skin may die or not be repairable. Treatment for a Stage II pressure sore incorporates Stage I pressure relieving techniques and products. Additionally, debridement, the removal of dead tissues from the wound, is added to treatment. 1 Debridement may include a wound dressing such as Iodosorb/Iodoflex which are iodine based products. Always consult your physician when treating pressure sores.
Iodoosorb/Iodoflex Wound Care
- Stage III pressure sores are worsening ulcers that may show fat cells without visibility of muscle, tendon, or bone in the wound. They have the appearance of a small crater. 1
- Stage IV pressure ulcers are deep sores extended into the muscle and bone with extensive damage to deeper tissues.
Consult with your physician for additional treatment options for Stage III/IV. Serious complications can arise if infection forms or the pressure ulcer progresses.2
Prevention of pressure ulcers is the ultimate treatment since it is easier to prevent a sore than treat. If you suspect you or a loved one have a pressure sore consult your physician for immediate care. AllegroMedical.com has been providing wound care, pressure relief products, and medical supplies since 1997.
If you suffer from diabetes understanding the causes and symptoms of a diabetic foot ulcer can prevent long term wound care treatment, hospitalization, or non-traumatic lower extremity amputation. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, an estimated 15% of diabetics experience a diabetic foot ulcer, which is an open sore likely found on the bottom of your foot.1
Why do foot ulcers form?
There are several factors that can lead to diabetic foot ulcers such as poor circulation, lack of feeling due to neuropathy, foot deformities (bunions), and irritation from pressure or friction. Neuropathy develops in individuals who have diabetes for many years. Overtime in diabetics, the elevated blood glucose levels cause the neuropathy or nerve damage, resulting in either little or no ability to feel foot pain. A healthy lifestyle is important for patients with diabetes since using alcohol and tobacco or being an unhealthy weight contribute to likelihood of developing foot ulcers.1
What are the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers?
Pain is not a common symptom of foot ulcer since most individuals with these ulcers have reduced or no feeling from neuropathy. A common first symptom is drainage from the ulcer (exudate) that is visible on your sock. Redness and swelling of your feet are other indications an ulcer is forming. Odor is a severe symptom that an ulcer has advanced significantly.
What should I do if symptoms are present?
Seek a podiatrist immediately if you have any diabetic ulcer symptoms. It is imperative to begin healing an ulcer as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection. Delays in treatment can lead to infection and non-traumatic foot amputations.
What are my treatment options?
- Prevent infection – keep the ulcer covered and moist
- Off-loading – keep pressure off the foot by using special foot gear
- Debridement – remove dead skin and tissue
- Apply medication or dressings
- Manage blood glucose levels
How can I reduce my risk for diabetic ulcers?
- See a podiatrist regularly
- Perform high risk assessment
- Wear appropriate shoes and socks
AllegroMedical.com has been providing diabetic supplies and wound care to help individuals with diabetes since 1997.
If you are experiencing heel pain when you take your first steps after getting out of bed in the morning or sitting for an extended period of time, talk to your doctor about plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss) occurs when your plantar fascia, the ligament that provides support to your foot arch, becomes strained and swollen. Therefore, pain is felt in the bottom of your foot or heel when you walk or stand, especially in the morning. You might notice the pain subside the more you move your feet; unfortunately, your feet will hurt as you continue on throughout the day.1
Treatment for plantar fasciitis varies per individual. AllegroMedical.com suggests the following tips to help you reduce foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis:
- If it hurts don’t do it. Try performing activities that won’t aggravate your foot pain. If you run for exercise switch to swimming or water aerobics. Avoid walking or running on hard surfaces.
- Ice your heel to reduce pain and swelling.
- Prior to getting out of bed in the morning do a few toe and calf stretches.
- Get shoes with good arch support and shock absorption to cushion your heel or foot.
- Buy heel cups for both shoes and night splints.
Tuli Heavy Duty Heel Cups are known for superior shock-absorption. They are excellent for use in athletic shoes and work boots.
“This is the best move I could have made for heel comfort and support. I am a police officer in a big city and I am on my feet a lot. I also have recently gotten heel spurs on my left foot, very painful. The Tuli heavy futy gel heel cup has made all the difference. No more pain when I am on patrol..”
Review by AllegroMedical.com customer, kmack from long island new york
Cool Stretch™ – Night Splint is an effective splint for treating plantar fasciitis. The Cool Stretch™ offers cold therapy and passive stretch capability.
“Used nightly, the foot does not have a chance for the tendons to tighten up and cause pain the next morning.”
-Review by AllegroMedical.com customer, Mary Ann from Destin, Florida
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain with approximately 2 million patients treated annually. Nonsurgical treatments like the ones suggested above will show significant pain improvement within 10 months of beginning treatment for more than 90% of patients. 2
AllegroMedical.com has been providing orthopedics/orthotics and medical equipment to help individuals with orthopedic pain since 1997. Always consult your physician if you are experiencing plantar fasciitis symptoms to rule out more serious conditions.
Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seat with Aluminum Legs
You suffer from osteoarthritis and your knee pain is unbearable. After years of limited mobility and the inability to maintain an active lifestyle, you agree to have an orthopedic surgeon examine your knee. The surgeon determines you are a good candidate for a Total Knee Replacement (TKR). Most patients undergoing TKR are 50 to 80 years of age. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons a reduction of knee pain is experienced by more than 90% of TKR patients. Additionally, basic activities of daily living significantly improved.1 Preparation for your joint replacement will help ease the stress of major surgery. AllegroMedical.com provides 3 Tips to help you prepare for your Total Knee Replacement Surgery.
1. Identify Your Support Team
2. Prepare Your Body
3. Make Your Home Safe
Identify Your Support Team
Who will care for you after you are released from the hospital? If you do not have a caregiver at home you will need to arrange for care in a rehabilitation facility. Establish an individual for driving you to and from appointments. Utilize a medical transport service if you don’t have a caregiver to drive you to appointments. Make sure your caregiver attends pre-op appointments and clearly understands the expectations required to keep you safe and healthy.
Prepare Your Body
During your evaluation with your doctor discuss your current lifestyle, medications and dietary supplements you are taking. If you smoke cigarettes your doctor will advise you to stop. Smoking increases your risks for complications and will extended your recovery time. Smoking specifically is linked to delays in wound healing from surgical procedures.2 If you drink your doctor will likely recommend no alcohol 48 hours prior to your procedure. Additionally, you may be asked to stop taking dietary supplements or other medications one or two weeks prior to surgery.3 Practice your post-op therapy exercises prior to surgery to give you confidence and build the foundation for a successful therapy program.
Make Your Home Safe
Once you are home from surgery daily living tasks become challenging. Preparing your home in advance will allow you a safe and more independent recovery period. Set-up a “Healing Center” in your home for your recovery. In the “Healing Center” you will want bottled water, facial tissue, hand lotion, lip balm, waste basket, reading glasses, pen and paper, remote control and reacher. Include items that will keep you mentally occupied such as your favorite magazine, book, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, iPad, Kindle, and Television.
Raised Toilet Seat
Modify your bathroom to include durable medical equipment like grab bars, shower chair with hand held shower, and raised toilet seat.Getting on and off the toilet without hurting your operated knee is risky business without a raised toilet. Practice using a walker or rollator in your home to make sure you can fit through the bedroom and bathroom doors. The last thing you need after surgery is a surprise that you won’t be able to sleep in your bed or use your bathroom. If you find you can’t fit through these areas set-up a temporary sleeping quarters, you might need to move your bed into the living room and use a bedside commode for toileting. Pick up any unsecured throw rugs and clutter that will put you at risk for falls.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical equipment and medical supplies. If you are scheduled for knee replacement surgery rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your bathroom assists, daily living aids, and mobility equipment to keep you safe and independent during or after your recovery.
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