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Dan works in Product Management at Allegro Medical with a focus on providing new and empowering products that help customers improve their quality of life.

True or False.  Cold weather makes you sick? If you were like me and said true, then you’re in the same boat as the majority of the population. This misconception has been repeated for so long that we all start to believe it is true. The magnificent thing about science is the ability to challenge and prove theories. So how come more people get sick in the winter than in the summer? It comes down to the simple fact that people are inside together for longer periods of time1. With the days getting shorter and people staying inside for longer periods of time person to person contact increases.  The heightened contact of sick people talking, coughing, and sneezing are the top causes of cold and flu transmission 2.

Flus and bacteria’s travel quickly from one person to another and anyone can become sick and experience seriously complications. In fact, cold and flu germs can fly up to six feet through the air. Keep a broom stick distance away from someone who is ill or is showing signs of being ill if you or a loved one has a weakened immune system. Below are some interesting statistics through research by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases3.

  • 59% of people who are infected do not know there are prescriptions to treat the flu
  • 41% of people who are infected don’t believe their flu is contagious
  • Between 5-20% of the U.S. population become sick with the flu each year
  • More than 200,000 are hospitalized from seasonal flu- related complications

Some ways to lower your risk of infection are to avoid crowds of people, avoid touching dirty surfaces, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, try to reduce your stress level, and get an annual vaccine4. Additionally the American Medical Association recommends that all people over the age of six months receive an annual vaccine. Here are a few items that can help lower your risk of sickness this flu season.

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Having an air purifier in your room will drastically bring down the chances of getting any airborne germs from spreading through your living area. It’s pretty impressive that these devices are able to capture 99.7% of these allergens through multiple stages of filtration. With the constant room circulation, your airborne allergens are minimalized.

 

 

 

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Another way to stop the spread of germs is to wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. These wipes clean and disinfects surfaces and medical equipment in just one easy wipe. These are ideal for precision cleaning to your bathroom, door handles, general surfaces, and medical devices.

 

 

 

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A very common flu aid is instant hand sanitizing gels. Being sold in a variety of sizes you can place a bottle next to your sink, in  your purse, in your car, or at the office. These gels kill 99.9% of all microorganisms in just 15 seconds. These particular gels also moisturizes with no need to rinse and are very convenient for on the spot use.

 

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of flu season supplies and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating the flu or suffering from flu problems rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your cold/flu season product needs.

 

  1. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/11-health-myths-that-may-surprise-you/?_r=0
  2. http://nfid.org/
  3. http://www.multivu.com/mnr/64092-nfid-urges-public-to-protect-themselves-influenza-prevention-and-treatment
  4. http://www.weather.com/health/cold-flu/temp-change-sick-20130219?pageno=5

 

The creation and advancements of smart phones have impacted many industries and now have taken the portable device to endless possibilities. Mobile devices have revolutionized how the caretaker, physician, and end user practice medicine1. Companies have developed apps to work flawlessly with their products to make your experience more rewarding and informational. Imagine sitting in line at the grocery store and wanting to know your blood pressure.  Simply pull out your phone, open a specific medical app, and the information at your fingertips is endless. You can calculate a couple quick numbers, and send those results in a flash straight to your doctor to review instantly.

Companies like iHealth and Jacobs Ladder have found ways to make keeping your information easily accessible. You can look at graphs and observe trends of how your body is evolving. The more you use the app, the more conscious of your body’s developments you will be. Can more than one person use this medical device? Certainly! You can save different users, so you will consistently have accurate information. Each smart phone assisted device has its benefits, but they all are effective, provide information quickly, and ultimately, are the way of the future2. Smart phone medical devices are here to stay and listed below are some of the most popular ones.

iHealth – Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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This device is one of the first of its kind for smart phones. The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor makes it easy to check your own blood pressure at any time or anywhere. The included mobile app measures and tracks your systolic and diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave, and measurement time3. Take this information and share it with your family and most importantly, your doctor. You get accurate results with the motion sensor technology built right in. It knows when your cuff has been properly installed and will notify when ready.

 

The Biggest Loser – Jacob’s Ladder

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You have seen it on TV and now you can have it at home. Get the same intense workout that you see on NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser. No more waiting on others to finish with the equipment at the gym as you can have this total body workout machine at home. Jacobs Ladder has just released a smartphone app for their gym so you can log your results and then, if you want, post them to Facebook or send them out in a email to someone else. It also helps to show progress so you can log where you were and where you are now. This gym just became the ultimate workout experience.

“It will work your entire body from shoulders, triceps, biceps, quads, glutes, back, and calves. It is a beast of a machine and where I go I can use it most times without waiting because people don’t want to work out that hard. It you want to get in shape this Machine is it. It is the best piece of equipment that any Gym could purchase because you get to most of the least amount of time.”

-DC Stan from DC

Allegro Medical offers the latest and greatest of medical equipment to its customers. New and exciting products are arriving each and every day here at Allegro Medical. Visit us at www.AllegroMedical.com to learn more about these and other smart phone products.

 

  1. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/47/1/117.short
  2. http://internetmedicine.com/2012/12/14/top-ten-medical-uses-of-the-iphone/
  3. http://www.ihealthlabs.com/wireless-blood-pressure-wrist-monitor-feature_33.htm

The winter season is in full force across much of the country. The blizzard cold weather along with the constant snow fall makes it tough on people with medical conditions. Don’t worry about the weather.  Allegro Medical has what you need to make your winter season less of a hassle and more of a small nuisance. Here are some helpful items that are both unique and will make your life easier this winter season.

Here are 4 items to lower your frustration this winter season:

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Cane Ice Grip –Never feel worried about slipping or falling on an icy or snowy surface again. These winter hazards occur in any situation such as a walk to grab the newspaper, a trip to the movies, or a visit to the grocery store.  These falls can lead to a variety of injuries from cuts to broken bones and the elderly aren’t the only ones susceptible to these injuries.  The two most common injuries are twisted and broken ankles and broken pelvises 1. This one of a kind attachment has been made to help prevent these injuries and fits on any cane or crutch sized from 5/8” to 1” in diameter.

“I have been on crutches for 9 months now and I feel far more secure with the ice grips on the tips. We have a lot of ice and snow here and this product allows me access to outside when the need arises”

by Designer from Massachusetts

 

Fatso Tires Fatso Tire – Tired of getting stuck in deep snow in your wheelchair? This all terrain tire is designed to fit on most wheelchairs. The Fatso wheel assembly will enable you to take your existing wheelchair and turn it into an off road vehicle. These tires are great for the snow as you will glide over effortlessly making your mobility issues a thing of the past. Live in the mountains and have daily snowfalls? Live by a beach and would like to enjoy the water up close? Live in the desert and would like to venture off the beaten path? These tires will do you justice to expand your freedom in unfriendly wheelchair mobility situations.

 

 

Medical Sheepskin Wheelchair Seat Cover

Sheepskin Wheelchair Products – Through my travels through the cold winters I have seen wheelchair users out in the harsh cold temperatures. I always ask myself what is keeping them warm from the cold winter chill? Many wheelchairs only come equipped with a thin leather or poly/vinyl seat so this is a access point for the cold weather to penetrate one in a wheelchair. Sheepskin seat covers have excellent insulating properties which will keep your body warm and your behind comfortable.  Sheepskin chair covers have more benefits than just staying warm. For those with allergies, sheepskin is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic 2.  Also one can be susceptible to pressure ulcers while sitting in a wheelchair 3. Pressure on the skin reduces blood flow to the area and without enough blood, the skin will die. Testing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology Leather Research Centre confirmed the advantages of medical sheepskin in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers 4.

 

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Spa2Go – Stay warm anywhere this winter with the Spa2Go inflatable and portable whirlpool spa. This spa is fast and simple to set up for you and three of your friends. This unit includes micro air jets which provides a relaxing massage and is perfect for those suffering from arthritis, chronic pain, knee problems, back pain and fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia specifically affects 1% to 5% of women and characterized by chronic widespread of pain 5. Spas are perfect to help reduce these pains and have a nice relaxing experience in the any season but especially in winter.

 

“We have had our Spa2Go for almost 5 years and love it. We use ours mostly in the winter, the heater is wonderful and the hot water is great for aching muscles. I would recommend this to anyone.”
Happyspa from Kansas  

Make your winter season more enjoyable by getting equipped with the winter proper gear. Allegro Medical has been serving all your winter medical needs since 1997.

  1. http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/hsl-resources-avoid-winter-falls
  2. http://www.aussiesheepandwool.com.au/webcontent5.htm
  3. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007071.htm
  4. http://www.csiro.au/solutions/MedicalSheepskinsAndUlcers
  5. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/15/fibromyalgia-research-breakthrough/3991063/

Being disabled in today’s society hasn’t been easier with a transfer aid. There are countless options for transferring a loved one or yourself in those hard to get at places. Transfer aids are used for many different activities such as getting into a car, using the restroom, taking a bath, and moving into a chair. If a person is able to bear some of their own weight for a short amount of time, there are various products to assist in transferring between two locations 1. Transfer boards are meant to bear the full weight of the person and are designed to be smooth for easy motion 2. As with any medical equipment, careful professional assessment to the individual situation is recommended to ensure that the most proper choice is made.

The first types of transfer aids are wooden boards which are commonly used to move oneself to boardand from a wheelchair to another chair or bed. These wooden boards are the most common because they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Typically made of multiply wood, these boards have been fabricated with smooth surface to provide a quick and effortless transfer. Each of the ends have a tapered effect so you can slide the boards under oneself with ease and the slim ends ensure a comfortable movement on and off the board. AllegroMedical.com offers these types of transfer boards from trusted brands such as Drive Medical, Mabis, Invacare, Beasy Boards, Sammons Preston and more!

“This product works great transferring my quadriplegic husband from bed to wheelchair. It certainly saves some stress on my back.” Anon from Harrisburg, PA

glide

The next type of transfer boards are the modified glide transfer boards. These boards serve the same function as the wooden boards but have some new technology built in. The board has a glide system that makes the movement effortless by moving along the friction less surface. These boards have been designed so that no lifting is required which reduces the physical strain on the patient and caregiver. These modified transfer boards also come in different shapes to remedy those hard transfer situations. A benefit of having the curved board is when one is transferring from a wheelchair because the arm is not removable and the wheel can be an obstacle.

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The last type of short distance transfer aids are the custom transfer aids. These custom products are generally seen in the restroom and used for moving into the shower or toilet. With adjustable legs you can match it to your restroom needs by raising or lowering its height to meet your tub, chair, and toilet. These aids are self standing and more of a semi-permanent fixture since one will need it every visit to the restroom. Having a built in back makes using the shower easy as well. No need to struggle in the restroom anymore! There are hybrids of these which feature the rotating glide as seen earlier along with the smooth surface for effortless transferring.

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of mobility transfer aids and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are having troubles with your mobility rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your mobility and transferring needs.

 

 

  1. http://www.independentliving.co.uk/standing-aids.html
  2. http://beasyboards.com/support/tips

Originally popular in Europe and Asia, Bidets have been making a splash here in the United States over the past decade. With more and more people traveling and moving, people are bringing their customs and familiar traditions with them to their new residence. Originally invented in France, the bidet was used to wash ones feet 1. Since then it has evolved into much more, giving users a clean hygienic alternative to using toilet paper.

People use bidets because they are conservative with toilet paper or it’s in their culture to use it. For disabled persons, a bidet is a fantastic way to clean your genitalia and buttocks without strenuous reaching. This is gaining popularity with senior citizens, the disabled, and those with impaired motor functions who are unable to control bodily functions 2. They are now able to use the washroom alone again.  The bidet will take all of the uncomfortable washing away by utilizing a spray nozzle from your washroom water source or having a fixed attachment on the toilet. This device isn’t just for the needy, but for people who want to remain healthy and feel truly clean as well 3.

 The Ultimate Solution Comfortseat was installed for my 88 year-old step-mother. She has a part-time caretaker, but the Ultimate Solution Comfortseat has greatly improved her ability to remain mostly independent. – by Mama’s girl from Sequim, WA

Bidets come in different styles. The first is an EZ attachment that hooks directly onto your toilet utilizing thesame seat and water supply. These usually only require access to your cold waterline and use a battery for its electric functionality. This style is perfect for older homes with little to no access to the plumbing and electric. These are designed for the average home owner to install themselves saving on hiring a plumber. Features include a single burst of natural water, timer on how long of a burst, and water pressure control.

The other style is the all in one seat bidet. These have the function to use both the hot and cold water supplies giving you a pleasant washroom experience. They have different spray patterns, pressure, temperature, and timers.All of these great functions are attached to the toilet seat out of the box and require little to no set up. Staying hygienic and clean is the point of bidets. In addition to these features, a bidet cleans itself and does not require the work from you.

Bidets have evolved over time and there are more permanent toilet fixtures but they can be costly to install and purchase. Allegro Medical has all of your affordable bidets to assist you with your washroom needs.

 

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/garden/27bidets.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
  2. http://www.homethingspast.com/bidets/
  3. http://bidets.info-site.biz/history.htm

 A sharps container is filled with used medical needles and any other sharp medical instruments such as IV catheters and surgical blades.  This industry changing device was developed in 1979 by a UK company named Frontier Plastic Ltd.  There was a need for a safe way to dispose of clinical sharps and thus, the first sharps container was marketed in 1980. Everyone is at risk without the proper disposal of sharps items including janitors, caregivers, children, and even pets. Used needles are dangerous because they can injure people, spread germs, and spread deadly diseases.

There are many general safety rules that everyone needs to abide by. You should never throw loose or used needles into the garbage, never flush used needles down the toilet, and never put needles in recycling containers. You should always use a specific container designed for the disposal of sharps and dispose of it properly.

Since they were first created, these containers have evolved into a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that all cater to your specific needs.  Sharps containers are typically seen in medical centers in the United States as a red container with a biohazard symbol in the front in various sizes. Red has been the standardized color for United States while the color yellow is the common color in other countries. Our brands such as Invacare, Sharpsafety, Kendall, BD Becton, Medline, and Sharps Compliance all provide the different colors and sizes.

The last important fact about sharps is the physical disposal of the container. There are many approved facilities in your community that are permitted to accept and dispose of sharp containers properly. Some of these approved facilities are drop off collection sites, “special waste” pickup services, syringe exchange program, and “household hazardous waste” centers.

However, a new and convenient way to rid of your sharps is the sharps disposal by mail systems.  The approved containers are compliant with  federal, state, and municipal regulations. They come with everything you need to ship the container back to an approved location. They eliminate the need of unnecessary pickups by special services. There are no contracts and it is convenient to dispose when you are ready. This brings ease to ones who are unable to leave the house or only dispose of a few containers per year.

Underpads are a fantastic way to manage incontinence problems. Underpads are great to absorb leakages, reduce odors, prevent physical problems, and maintain dryness. Choosing the best underpad for yourself or a loved one among all the available options can be overwhelming, but having the proper knowledge will help you determine the right product. There are a variety of factors to consider before making your purchase:  location, size, absorbency, and general use.

Location:

Underpads come in a variety of sizes to match the location where it will be placed such as the bed, chair, couch, or even car seat.  The pad will need cover the surface area of the object along with the person who will be using it. If the user is tall or heavy, you will need a larger underpad than for a smaller user.  For example, the sizes of Becks underpads range from 24” x 36” to 36” x 52” to match your perfect need. One very popular choice is our Invacare Reusable Chair Pads which is perfect for protecting your wheelchair seat.

Type:

In addition to the option of size, you can choose reusable or disposable underpads. Many people often find if they have an urge incontinence problem, also known as an overactive bladder, they are able to save lots of money with reusable pads. The reusable pads, made up of cotton and polyester, tend to consistently absorb large amounts of liquid after routine wash cycles. These reusable underpads have a vinyl backing which makes them waterproof.  Unlike reusable pads, disposable pads are convenient for placing in temporary places or if you are constantly changing locations and need to dispose of them afterwards. People suffering from temporary incontinence also find disposable pads work well because they lose control suddenly, but control returns just as quickly.

Absorbency:

When choosing your pad you will also need to consider absorbency. If there is a large liquid amount, you will need a high soaker underpad.  Tena underpads are composed of 100% virgin fluff pulp which provides a great level of absorption and retention.  Manufacturers offer various levels of absorbency by changing the amount of paper fluff or absorbent polymer to absorb the liquid.   There are many different underpad brands including Tranquility, Becks, Attends, Tena, Sofnit, Reliamed, Wings, Prevail, Staydry, and more to meet your needs.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.

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