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New Lumex Drop-Arm Commode and Shower Chair
The new Drop-Arm Commode and Shower Chair is another valuable aid for patient safety, comfort, and ease of use, developed by Lumex, Inc.
An important feature of this unit is its unique four- way seat. This seat can be easily adjusted to a side, front, or rear opening to allow easy perineal and genital cleaning. Its thick, 2 inch padding reduces pressure points and is completely sealed in waterproof vinyl.
The drop-arm release mechanism can be operated without the requirement of finger dexterity, a significant feature for many patients. Once the arms are dropped, the chair permits easy side transfer. Also convenient are the swingaway legrests that are both removable and height adjustable. The chair's bed pan holder, which accepts most standard bed pans, facilitates bedside use, and can be removed for over the toilet use, as well. The high back design supports those with spinal cord injuries. The polyester backrest can be lifted easily to facilitate the washing of a patient's back.
The chair frame is welded and coated with corrosion resistant Versa Guard® to ensure durability. Its positive lock brakes provide security, particularly important in transfers. The chair is available in two models. Model #6875 offers four, 5 inch casters and serves as a transportation chair; model #6871 offers two, 5 inch front casters and two, 24 inch rear wheels so that the patient can be self-propelled.
For more information, contact Lumex, Inc., manufacturer of health care equipment and seating for hospitals, nursing homes and home care, at 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, New York 11706.
Boehringer Laboratories is pleased to offer an inexpensive solution to the need for a means of simple communication between patient and staff.
With the help of Jan Blomefield of St. Louis, and Gisella Thomas of San Diego, they have developed an uncomplicated, yet effective, method for allowing the patient to relay messages, when unable to speak or write. One side of the board lists 146 common words. The reverse shows the alphabet (for spelling out words not shown on the board) and the numbers 0-9. There also is a human figure on the board, to enable the patient to pinpoint the location of a pain, for example. The Talk Board is constructed of orange HDPE plastic, with durable black epoxy lettering, and measures 11H inches high and 14H inches wide. It weighs only 6 ox and can be wiped clean with Cidex.
They have also developed an EnglishSpanish version of the Talk Board, which lists the same 146 words, with their Spanish translations adjacent. This enables the patient to communicate with staff, when no translator is available. The Spanish version is constructed of aqua HDPE plastic, with durable black epoxy lettering. Its dimensions and weight are the same as the English version's dimensions and weight.
For information write Boehringer Laboratories, PO Box 337, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 19096.
Bed Shampoo Tray
The "RAYMO" SR-30W bed shampoo or treatment tray set is designed for maximum patient comfort and ease of use. Constructed of white polyethylene, it is easy to clean and practically unbreakable. Included is a large drain hose of medical quality, with a manual cut-off clamp. A stainless steel hose retainer clip for attachment to the drain container protects against spillage.
This attractive bed service tray has all rust-proof components for long service life, and the basic design provides a high degree of use efficiency. The SR-30W is a professional quality product that has been proven by extensive hospital use and testing.
For information write: Raymo Products, Inc., 212 South Blake Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061.
Traditional Glass Thermometer in Home Use
A space age innovation in temperature-taking, the HT-1 ELECTROTHERM digital thermometer introduced by Marshall Electronics of Skokie, Illinois, is making the old-fashioned glass thermometer obsolete.
Providing rapid, easy to read and laboratory accurate temperature-taking whether orally, rectally, or underarm, the ELECTRO-THERM by Marshall eliminates forever the risk of injuries resulting from breakage, an ever-present danger with the standard glass thermometer. Temperature read out is in bright, light-emitting diode form, with a large lit up number display that can be seen in light or dark.
Together, these space age advances make the ELECTRO-THERM ideal for taking the temperature of "problem' patients, especially:
- Infants, whose squirming during rectal temperature-taking can cause breakage and serious injury with standard glass thermometers;
- Young children, who find it difficult to keep a standard thermometer under their tongues; and
- Mature persons, who find it difficult to see the temperature indicated on the standard thin mercury line of standard glass thermometers.
Utilizing a technologic breakthrough called the "computer chip," an integrated circuii no more than one-eighth inch square, the ELECTRO-THERM provides laboratory accurate readings to two-tenths of a degree without need of calibration or adjustment.
Prior to application, the ELECTROTHERM displays either 90.9 F or 109.9 F when the button is depressed. Sixty seconds after insertion into mouth, underarm, or rectum, an accurate temperature reading is achieved and maintained on the large digital readout with continued depression of the button for as long as desired, whether or not the instrument remains in contact with the patient.
A shock resistant, high-impact plastic case houses solid state components in a package immune to infant curiosity or deliberale aduli pressure. The ELECTRO-THERM's all solid state Temperature Computer features a fasi response sensitive probe; a microcomputer processor feeds the data to light emiuing diodes so that a reading appears within a minute after application.
As a result, the instrument offers speed and accuracy not found in the traditional glass thermometer. Marshall Electronics, Inc., modeled the ELECTRO-THERM after the more costly instruments in successful use for several years in United States and foreign hospitals. The new digital thermometer has been factory calibrated to clinical standards and tested by the medical profession.
Weight of the HT-1 ELECTROTHERM is I ox. Suggested retail price is 129.95. For additional information, contaci Marshall Electronics. Inc., 7410 N. Long Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60076; or telephone: (312) 583-6060.