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Books on Tape, Inc. Offers Broad Range of Literary Favorites
Action, intrigue, humor, and insights from over 150 of the world's finest writers, as represented by more than 300 of their most popular books, can now be found in the new Books on Tape, Inc. Catalog.
Fifty-five new titles including the current best-sellers Eye of The Needle and Triple (Follett), The Green Ripper (MacDonald) and Success (Korda) have been added to established favorites such as Lost Horizon, The Thornbirds and A Tale of Two Cities. The complete list is available in the new free Catalog from Books on Tape, Inc, PO Box 7900, Newport Beach, California 92660.
These full-length readings by talented male and female actors provide drivers with excellent "company" during the daily communteand on long highway trips. They also bring a pleasant mental respite at home, work, or play. Books are rented rather than sold at a monthly charge averaging $8.50 per book.
Each book is recorded in its entirety on a series of cassettes mailed in sets to the listener. Containers are preaddressed with stamps affixed for easy return to Books on Tape, Inc. All books come with a money-back guarantee.
New Computerized Telephone System Helps Control Nursing Home Costs
A new computerized telephone switching system offering nursing homes with eight to 55 phones many cost control and time saving conveniences has been introduced by Digital Telephone Systems, Inc.
Called the DLS-l™ "InnCom"™ system, this new attractive, compact and affordable PBX incorporates a microcomputer. With this system, smaller institutions can now provide the same modern telephone conveniences as larger ones equipped with the most advanced telephone systems. It is easy to operate, reducing the workload in handling telephone service, and the InnCom system even permits use without a console or attendant for very low-cost installation and operation.
The InnCom system features room number-to-phone extension correlation, room-to-room dialing, room-to-room call restriction, "do not disturb" capability, and message waiting indicators. The system is adaptable to virtually any arrangement of dialing plans, ie, dial "9" for local calls, dial "8" for long distance, dial "6" for front desk, etc. The system also automatically indicates a phone left off-hook, an especially valuable feature for health care facilities.
System console operators can disable phones when rooms become vacant, preventing unauthorized calls and leaving only a capability to call the desk. The PBX can be arranged for guests to make local and toll calls unassisted or to have these calls made with attendant help. An optional electronic message registration device records and stores the number of calls for each guest phone.
The InnCom system can be easily expanded with printed circuit cards in increments of eight lines and one trunk to configurations of 55 lines/12 trunks.
The InnCom PBX incorporates such cost control features as the capability to select and easily change the calling restrictions for each phone. There are eight possible settings, ranging from unlimited calling to desk-only calling. Standard toll call restrictions are based on the first digit ("0" or "1") dialed. Full three-digit toll restriction is optional (future programs will provide expanded toll restrictions capability).
Used without a console or attendant. the system can direct incoming calls toa designated telephone, or sound a paging bell. The system also has night answer modes and override capability for use in emergencies.
Messages waiting for rooms are indicated with a light or by short rings, A mixture of rotary-dial, tone-dial, and dial-less phones can be used.
In addition to the console, the Inn-Com switching system includes a compact (IB" χ 15" χ 27") common control equipment cabinet. This unit requires no air conditioning or fans, is quiet in operation, and is contained in an attractive housing that can be mounted on the wall, floor or desk up to 150 feet from the console. A compact display board that attaches to the console and shows the status of each telephone is optional.
The DLS-l InnCom ranges in price depending on configuration size and options. Lead time for delivery is currently about 12 weeks. The product is available through a broad and growing distribution network.
For information write, Digital Telephone Systems, Inc., PO Box 1188, Novato, California 94947.
Use of Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Lives
Use of a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine that is now available from Merck Sharp & Dohme could prevent thousands of American deaths a year, and save millions of days lost in hospital treatment time.
Although more than four million people have received the vaccine since it was first made available in February 1978, this represents only 7% of the estimated 60 million elderly and chronically ill Americans who are candidates for protection.
The fifth leading cause of death in the United States today, pneumonia from all causes (bacterial and viral) is the only infectious disease among the 10 highest ranking causes of death. Each year, as many as one million people suffer from pneumococcal pneumonia, and the US Surgeon General estimates that it causes 54,000 deaths annually,
Most vulnerable are the elderly, over 50 (and particularly over 65) and the chronically ill-those with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia.
Besides being vulnerable, these people have another cause for worry. Resistance of pneumococcal bacteria to penicillin has been reported in several countries, including the US, and appears to be growing.
The vaccine is highly effective in inducing immunity to the bacertia that cause over 80% of pneumococcal pneumonia cases. It was cited by the American Medical Association as "perhaps the most important medical development of 1977."
To dale, the vaccine has been generally well tolerated. Although mild reactions at the injection site are common and mild fever occurs occasionally, more severe reactions are rare. Protection usually lasts 3-5 years and the vaccine should not be given at less than three-year intervals.
Century Introduces a Dependant-Patient Transfer System called Century Bed Sled
Hailed as a significant improvement over the conventional four-man lift or draw sheet methods, Century Manufacturing Co. has introduced a dependent patient transfer system called Century Bed Sled. The manufacturer claims only one or two people are required to effect a safe, efficient transfer of a dependant patient.
The Bed Sled eliminates the problem of transferring patients who may be obese, have body casts, back injury, etc. At the same time, the Bed Sled minimizes or removes the risk of lower back injury to the staff. Also, the patient remains rigid during the transfer reducing stress on the patient and the risk of further injury-especially patients with back injuries or other injuries that may be aggravated during transfer.
The Century Bed Sled has five basic components, ie, four sled boards with a loop on one end and telescoping connector tube. The four sleds are first inserted individually under the patient's main pressure points-head, shoulders, buttocks, and calves. When the sled boards are in place, they are connected together by the telescoping tube. The patient is then easily and quickly transferred by pulling on the tube at the center of the connected sled boards.
Drustar Publishes New Brochure on Drug Control Systems
Drustar, Inc., one of the nation's leading manufacturers of drug control systems for nursing homes and pharmacies, has just published a new brochure on their entire line of drug control systems.
It illustrates in full color and describes Drustar's 17 individual drug control systems. It also illustrates and describes Drustar accessories and services such as: computer billing service, medication administration records, label imprinter, heat sealer with template, and installation services.
"We feel this new brochure will help nursing homes and pharmacies select the drug control system that's right for them," said Mr. Kenneth Relyea, President of Drustar. "It's an excellent reference source on drug control systems and provides valuable information on how each system works in the pharmacy and in the nursing home."
For a free copy of this new brochure, contact Mr. Ivan Pusecker, Sales Manager, Drustar, Inc., Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123.
Rorer Markets New Laxative
William H. Rorer, Inc., announced today it will market a new nonprescription laxative under the brand name Perdiem™. The product, in canisters of 100 gm and 250 gm, was available at retail pharmacies in January.
Perdiem™ is a unique blend of natural vegetable derivatives of psyllium and senna for comfortable and safe relief of constipation. The product has a distinctive granular formulation that requires no mixingorchewing. William H. Rorer, Inc., is a subsidiary of Rorer Group Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of health care products. For more information write: William H. Rorer, Inc., Pharmaceutical Chemists, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034.