Reality Orientation Chart
Raymo Products, Inc., has designed the Reality Orientation Chart (Model OC-32) to improve orientation in elderly patients as well as patients suffering postoperative confusion.
The wall charts are completely self-contained and hold a five-year supply of cards for days, months, and years. The lower line, "Room," can be ordered with cards for room numbers or if "Weather" is preferred, weather cards will be provided. Black numerals and letters on white background are easy to read.
The 20 ? 24" chart is constructed of walnut-grain fiber board with individual plated steel spring clips to hold cards in current reading positions. The charts are designed for easy mounting on a wall or a cabinet using metal eyelet holes in the top or pressure sensitive tape on the back side. The name of the medical facility is optional and if desired, appears as the heading of the chart.
For more information contact Raymo Products, Inc., 212 South Blake, P.O. Box 248, Olathe, KS 66061.
Nasogastric/N asointestinal Feeding Tube
Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceuticals' Professional Products Group has introduced a tungsten tip nasogastric/nasointestinal feeding tube. The flexible tungsten bolus weight at the tip of the tube passes easily into the stomach and through the pylorus.
The new tube provides the advantages of polyurethane: it is biocompatible, sufficiently rigid to permit placement without a stylet, yet soft enough to prevent tissue necrosis. It was designed to protect against inadvertent kinking and occlusion of flow. Passage of the tube through the pylorus helps to minimize the possibility of regurgitation and aspiration.
Drug Control System
Drustar, Inc., Grove City, Ohio markets the "Drawers for Bottles" drug control system. Drustar's entry-level system consolidates medication while retaining the standard prescription bottle.
The system employs Drustar's medication cart, which is designed to handle two or three cassettes. Each cassette can hold up to 30 drawers of bottled medication. Additional features of the system include medication arrangement according to administration time, a convenient reorder mechanism, low initial and operating costs, tamperproof emergency medications, and drug storage with double-lock control.
For more information on this system, which is identified as Drustar System No. 2, contact Drustar, Inc., Brookham Drive, Grove City, OH 43123. Call toll free at 1-800-848-0403. (in Ohio call collect 513/875-1056).
American Sealcut Corp. has manufactured "Floating Clouds," a patient slipper constructed of skidproof, non-allergenic polyester polyurethane with 3/8" padding in the sole and 1/4" uppers. The foam's porosity allows perspiration to evaporate but insulates the foot. Antistatic characteristics prevent electric shocks, even on carpeted floors. Floating Clouds' backless design conforms to the shape of the foot and will not slip off.
The slippers can be washed and dried by machine, sterilized by autoclave in temperatures up to 280°, or used as disposables. They are available in color-coded sizes; small (gold uppers), medium, (blue uppers), large (avocado uppers), and xlarge (pumpkin uppers).
For more information contact American Sealcut Corporation, 80 Leuning Street, S. Hackensack, NJ 07606. (201) 488-7477-8-9.
Wound Irrigation and Cleansing System
Ackrad Laboratories introduces the Irrijet Wound Irrigation and Cleansing System for pressure irrigation of wounds under aseptic conditions. The Irrijet system consists of a syringe connected via a dual check valve toa sterile solution bag or bottle. The valve fills the syringe on aspiration and delivers the sterile solution through a short flexible tip on depression of the plunger. The valve prevents retrograde contamination; therefore, the solution can be used until it is completely exhausted. One Irrijet system can treat up to five patients, thus reducing costs. The five disposable tips included with the system can be easily trimmed with scissors to vary the stream size and may be placed within the wound for cleaning tissues well below the surface of the skin.
The Irrijet system is available with either a vented spike for use with IV bottles or a non-vented spike for use with IV bags. The systems are packaged 5 complete kits to a box, with 4 boxes (20 Irrijet systems total) per case. For addititional information write to Professional Service Department, Ackrad Laboratories, Inc., 632 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ 07027. 201/789-2250.
Comfort for Incontinence
Longs treet Pharmacal Corp. has developed the disposable Male Bag to provide neatness, comfort and security, day and night. The device consists of a belt, bag, and tissue and can be used by those with prostrate problems, geriatric patients, or any man who has experienced the need for such a convenience. The belt, made of natural cotton and rubber, comes in one size and is completely washable and comfortable. The soft polyethyelene bag or pouch with a double safety seal is washable and replaceable.
For more information contact Longstreet Pharmacal Corp., 1224 Fiftieth Street, Brooklyn, NY 1 1219.
Weight Bearing Indicator
Dipsters Corporation has produced the Wate Monitor for use in controlling the amount of weight a patient places on a lower extremity. The Wate Monitor allows the doctor or therapist to limit or encourage weight bearing by prescribing a specific amount of weight (0-100 lbs.). The amount of weight a patient places on the lower extremity while standing or walking is monitored by the device. When the prescribed amount is exceeded, the alarm is sounded, indicating that the limb is "overloaded" and warns the patient to reduce die amount of weight (pressure) placed on the foot.
The Wate Monitor comes with either a closed-toe or an open-toe cast boot that fits either foot and weighs less than one pound. The Wate Monitor may be worn over any shoe, slipper, cast, bandage, sock, or stocking. It is available in four adult sizes and a universal child size.
For more information contact Dipsters Corporation, Scarsdale, NY 10583. 800/431-2660.
Lumex, Inc., recently has reprinted its educational literature on the geriatric patient and environment. The booklets, "The Prosthetic Environment - A New Approach To Care For The Elderly," and an accompanying learning module, "Geriatrics," were developed by Lumex for use by healthcare professionals, interior designers, and architectural planners of geriatric facilities.
"The Prosthetic Environment" focuses on creating the ideal support environment for the elderly patient. It describes methods regarding the placement, accessibility, and use of furniture and health care equipment to best accommodate the patient's abilities. The accompanying learning module, "Geriatrics," presents important statistics gathered by nationwide surveys covering nursing home populations, health and mobility characteristics of geriatrics residents, anthropometic data and facts detailing physiological changes that occur during aging.
For additional information on how to obtain this educational literature at no expense contact: Lumex, Inc., 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, New York 11706 (516) 2732200.
Alternatives to Institutionalization of the Aged: A Resource Guide," by Nell Barnes is a bibliography that will aid researchers in the field of aging and social service providers who are interested in alternatives to institutional care for the aged population. Included in this guide are monographs, journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and a few select state government publications. Citations are limited to those published between 1973 and 1 980 and all entries are arranged in a single alphabetical listing.
The bibliography costs $4. For more information, or to order, contact the Council of Planning Librarians, 1313 E. 60th St., Merriam, Center, Chicago, IL 60637.