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Using Permanent Markers Prevents Denture Loss
A method of permanently marking dentures, especially of elderly people, so they will retain identification after repeated scrubbings has been reported in the British Dental Journal (May 1, 1979).
A.K. Deb and Dr. M.R. Heath of the London Hospital (Mile End) report using a permanent marker (such as Sanford's Sharpie) to mark the fitting surface of the denture when a patient is admitted to a hospital or nursing home. The surface of the denture is thoroughly cleaned and dried and the mark is applied without any further preparation. The marks usually need not be renewed more often than every six months, the authors report.
They found, before adopting this technique, that many patients misplaced their dentures or they were inadvertently exchanged between patients.
"Felt tip pens using aromatic ester or alcohol solvents produce marks that penetrate the surface of a denture and thus achieve a durable result. ' ' they said.
The Sweetheart Serving System Fits into Energy Management Programs in Health Care Foodservice Departments
An energy conscious, cost conscious way to serve hot meals to patients in hospitals and nursing homes is with The Sweetheart Serving System.
The Sweetheart Serving System helps foodservice departments cut down on use of electricity because the system's meal delivery cart is battery powered. The battery pack is used to power the cart and provide energy to the heaters built into the serving trays, called TempTraysR.
Each meal delivery cart holds up to 24 TempTraysR. There are four heaters built into each TempTrayR. These heaters, located directly beneath the locator ring for the entree plate and the locator ring for a soup or cereal bowl, are actually patented heat sensors. They automatically determine whether hot food on the tray is at the correct serving temperature. If it is, the sensors transfer only enough heat to maintain that temperature, and if it's not, the sensors draw the minimum amount of energy needed to bring the food up to and maintain the prescribed temperature range of 140° F-160° F.
Because of their proximity to the food itself, the sensors are able to transfer the exact amount of needed heat directly into the food and no energy is wasted overheating meals when the food is at the correct temperature.
Usually, each delivery cart stores enough energy to deliver three meals per day. When the last meal has been delivered, the carts are returned to the kitchen for cleaning. Then they are taken to a designated charging station, where they are recharged.
With The Sweetheart Serving System, electrical energy is drawn only at the end of the day, during the lowest energy demand period, to recharge the meal delivery cart's battery pack. The automatic recharging control uses the precise amount of energy required and shuts off when the process is complete, so there's no chance for error and no energy waste.
Electricity is charged on a peak demand rate, which in most stales, is based on the top level of energy used during the billing period. Since it pays to keep peak demand as low as possible, the less energy used during the busiest periods of the day. the better. Because The Sweetheart Serving System only uses electricity for recharging, it is economically advantageous as well as energy efficient.
For further information about energy savings and The Sweetheart Serving System, write: Energy Brochure, Sweetheart Plastics, Guildwarc Park, Wilmington, Massachusetts 01887.
New Poster Tells How to Use Male External Catheters
The effectiveness of external catheters depends on proper application. A colorful new wall poster simply and graphically explains the five easy steps for application and removal of I'ro-San External Catheters. If staff personnel experience problems with leaking or pulling off, "trouble-shooting" instructions describe the recommended solution.
I'he posters measure 18" χ 24" and are printed in five colors. For free copies write to Mentor Corporation, Dept. US. 1499 West River Road North. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411.
3M's Reston Adaptable Dressings are "Custom Fitted" Without Scissors
Sell-adherent loam pads with precut apertures and edges that siniplih pre(continurd on page 2-111 parai ion of dressings for decubitus ulcer patients have been introduced by 3M's Medical Products Division.
Reston adaptable dressings provide neat, properly fitted dressings without the need of scissors. The health care specialist simply removes successively larger sections of a pad's rings until the correc t hole size is reached; outer edges are modified in the same manner. Unused rings and pad edges may be combined to make additional dressings.
Reston dressings are adhesive bac ked to stay in place. They may be worn during bathing and simply blotted dry. The dressings conform to body contours and, because they incorporate porous open-cell foam, tend to feel cool to a patient, even during prolonged use. Pads are coaled with a hypoallergenic adhesive that eliminates a major cause of skin irritation.
For further information, contact 3M, Medical Products Division, Department Me9-29. Box 33600, St. Paul. Minnesota 55133.
New Method of Handling Soiled Linen
Principle Business Enterprises. Inc. announces the addition of the ΗΛΜPERET IT Stand to its line of soiled linen handling products. This is the first stand designed especially for individual room size bags. The Hamperette Stand from the P-BE line holds two chairback or pneumatic tube size bags for soiled linen collection, piusa supply of clean bags. Made from heavy duty chrome-plated steel tubing, the Hamperette stand has conductive casters and will withstand rugged institutional usage.
For more information on the Hamperette stand or the P-BE line, please contact: Peggy Bee, Princ iple Business Enterprises, Inc., Pine Lake Industrial Park, Dunbridge, Ohio 13114; or telephone: (419) .352-1551.
Medic Alert Protects the Aging in Medical Emergencies
An effective medical identification system provides the aging person with a vital means of communicating hidden or "special" medical conditions, particularly in medical emergencies when he or she is unconscious or otherwise unable to speak. According to a recently published article in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, "the portable medical record system, with its alerting bracelet and wallet card, has obvious application to the care of all patients, but particularly to the ambulatory and newly institutionalized elderly or chronically ill of any age."
Hundreds of thousands of the elderly are protecting themselves in medical emergencies with their membership in Medic Alert Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization operating from Turlock, California.
This nation's common hidden medical conditions are: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and allergies to penicillin, sulfa drugs, local anesthesia, pain killers, and other medication. Other special medical situations that emergency medical personnel should know about include implanted pacemakers, glaucoma, asthma, or the fact that the individual is a neck breather or is wearing contact lenses.
Many people do not realize that they could be involved in an accident-even a minor one-and experience shock, delirium, or unconsciousness and would be unable to make their special medical conditions known. For example, diabetics are often taken for alcoholics. If a policeman or fireman were to come upon unconscious diabetic and could tell immmediately that the individual is a diabetic, the proper treatment could in all likelihood be given very quickly.
The answer to this problem of revealing hidden medical problems to emergency medical personnel is provided by Medic Alert. Medic Alert has created an alerting device recognized by medical people, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel in the United States and 14 other countries.
How does the service work? An individual first joins the Foundation for a one-time $10 fee that provides a lifetime membership that embodies the three-part protection system.
First, there is the alerting device bearing the red medical symbol known the world over. The member wears it as either a bracelet or necklace. It speaks for him in an emergency when he can't communicate. Information engraved on the reverse side (member's identification number, the hot-line telephone number, and a listing of his/her hidden medical problem or problems) is backed up by the second part of the service, a wallet card bearing additional personal and medical information.
Issued annually, the wallet card is dated so that emergency personnel will know they are working with information not more than a year old. The member also receives an annual printout of his total computerized data base for purposes of verifying the information. The member can change, add, or delete information in his file at any time.
The third component in the system is ihe Emergency Answering Service maintained around-the-clock. Emergency personnel can call the telephone number engraved on the emblem and printed on the card from any location in the world, collect, and receive within seconds from the computerized data base emergency information that might save a life. In a recent 12-month period, over 2,000 members reported Medic Alert had contributed to the saving of their lives.
The one-time cost for lifetime membership that includes thealertingdevice, whether bracelet or necklace, is only S10. For free information, write to Medic Alert Foundation, PO Box 1009, Turlock, California 95380.
Aqua-Cush Water-Filled Seat Cushion for Seating Comfort
Hospital patients, nursing home residents, and those confined to a wheelchair can now sit more comfortably with the Aqua-Cush water-filled seat cushion, from Waling Industries.
Aqua-Cush provides a comfortable seat pad to help prevent backaches, bedsores, leg fatigue, and other discomforts resulting from sitting for long periods of time.. .hugs and massages with the slightest of movement. (Ideal for hemorrhoid suffers, too.)
The Aqua-Cush measures 15Î4" square, and is of rugged vinyl construction. A tough, washable cloth cover is also provided for maximum comfort and practicality.
For more information on the AquaCush, contact Waling Industries, 23485 Industrial Park Drive, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48024.
3M's Reston Brand Heel, Elbow Protectors Aid in Preventing Decubitus Ulcers
Protective pads designed specifically to protect heels and elbows against decubiti formation have been developed by SM's Medical Products Division.
Reston 2 heel and elbow protectors help prevent skin breakdown problems and also provide aid in the treatment of decubitus ulcers.
The self-adherent protectors incorporate a lattice design that gives them the flexibility needed to fit around elbows and heels. This lattice design also provides ventilation to the skin and permits viewing of the skin surface.
Reston heel and elbow protectors stay in place without straps or elastic sleeves. They continue to protect during bathing and can be easily blotted dry.
The protectors can be cut to size with scissors and may be sterilized with ethylene oxide. The hypoallergenic adhesive coating on the protectors eliminates a major cause of skin irritation.
For further information, contact 3M, Medical Products Division, Department Me9-28, St. Paul, Minnesota 55133.