Fashions for the Elderly
Sears now features "Fashion Care," a line of fashions for the elderly and handicapped designed to make dressing less painful.
Dresses, nightwear, and robes for women and slacks and shirts for men are designed with velero fasteners, loose armholes with raglan-style sleeves, and low, wide pockets. Dresses are fuller and longer to eliminate the necessity of women in wheelchairs to pull shawls or blankets over their knees for modesty. Both men's and women's fashions have double seam safety stitching and are made to withstand repeated washings.
Fashion Care styles are featured in Sears 1982 Home Health Care Catalog.
Newspaper for Older Learners
The College Board, The National Retired Teachers Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons Institute of Lifetime Learning now publish "Senior Learning Times," an informational newspaper for older adult learners.
The paper features articles on establishing educational goals and handling the costs of education, offers guidelines for choosing the educational setting best suited to an older person's needs, and discusses informal and traditional learning opportunities. Profiles of older Americans such as entertainer Pearl Bailey and journalist I.F. Stone who have gone back for further education often are included. The paper also lists books and other resources for information on lifetime learning, second careers, and different educational programs.
For more information contact: The College Board, Box C749, Pratt Street Station, Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Marion Laboratories now supplies transdermal nitroglycerin ointment in unit-dose packaging for hospital and nursing home dispensing.
The package form of Nitro-Bid ointment is a 1 gm foil pouch containing the equivalent of 1 inch of ointment squeezed from the conventional tube, which is squeezed onto a special dose measuring applicator supplied with the medication. This unit dose packaging enhances dosing accuracy, eliminates waste, and offers convenience of use. Each Unit Dose Identification Pak contains 100 1 gm foil packets.
For further information contact: Marion Laboratories, Inc, P.O. Box 9627, Kansas City, MO 64134.
Neck Traction System
Lossing Orthopedic Company now markets the Necktrac, a simplified neck traction system.
Necktrac is used lying down, with the patient's own weight, rather than water bags or weights, achieving traction. The system can be used on a physical therapist's table, on a bed, or on the floor in a patient's own home.
For more details contact: Lossing Orthopedic Company, 2217 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. 612/871-2606.
MEDFURN has designed a mobile lounge to provide comfortable and controlled seating and transportation for patients who must remain seated for long periods of time.
The lounge is framed in one-inchthick .tubular steel thafSfs nickel chromium plated. The back and innerspring seat are cushioned with foam and covered with Naugahyde. A solid, cutout, Formica-topped tray adjusts to five positions and locks in place. The foot rest also is adjustable. Five-inch wheels are fixed in front but rear wheels swivel for maneuverability and control. The lounge is available in royal blue, marigold, and mandarin orange.
. For additional information contact: MEDFURN, Division of Design Controls, Inc., 40-70 DeLong Street, Flushing, NY 11354. 212/939-8000.
Norwich-Eâton Pharmaceuticals has introduced Sarenin (saralasin acetate), the only spec ific test for the diagnosis o angiotensin-I I-dependen i hypertension.
Sarenin is administered intravenously in a hospital setting and is intended to be used as one of the several tests to detect a renal cause of hypertension. The addition of Sarenin to other tests (IVP or PRA) reduces the false negative rate to 3%. The assessment of the test response is based on observed change in mean diastolic pressure calculated from blood pressure readings before and during administration. Sarenin is available as a sterile aqueous solution, supplied in 30 ml ampuls of saralasin acetate equivalent to. 18 mg saralasin.
For further information contact: Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceuticals, Division of Morton-Norwich, Norwich, NY 13815. 607/335-2460.
Wound Cleaning Beads
The Patient Care Division of Johnson 8c Johnson Products, Inc., now markets Debrisan wound cleaning beads, small, hydrophilic, dexiranomer spheres used to clean wet ulcers and wounds.
Debrisan is specifically indicated for the treatment of venous stasis ulcers, decubitus ulcers, and open infected traumatic or surgical wounds. These porous beads are poured H" deep into previously cleaned and debrided wet ulcers and wounds to absorb and draw away debris and exudate that may act as barriers to wound healing. A dry dressing then is applied. Each tiny sphere absorbs approximately four times its weight in water and swells to four times its original size, developing a unique wicking effect through combined hydrophilic and capillary action. They are inert and do not cause sensitization or produce toxic effects when used as directed.
Saturated beads are removed by irrigation and replaced every 12 hours or as necessary. For areas that are difficult to dress, Debrisan may be mixed with glycerin and applied as a paste. Most wounds respond to treatment in 14to 21 days. The constant cleaning action of the beads helps keep the wound soft and pliable and the patient more comfortable.
Debrisan wound cleaning beads are available in 4 gm packets and in 25 gm, 60 gtn, and 120 gm canisters. For further information fontact: Patient Care Division, Johnson 8c Johnson Products, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ 08903 Dept. JH-526PC.
Arlerial Canalization Device
AliMed, Inc, has introduced an anatomically-shaped arterial canalization device to hold the hand and wrist for insertion and maintenance of a canalization tube.
The unit is lightweight, energy absorbing, and padded to prevent pressure or injury. Velero fastening permits easy adjustment and quick setup. The device comes in nonsterile packages but can be autoclaved.
For additional information contact: AliMed, Inc, 68 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111. 800/225-2610 or 617/451-2240.
Inflatable Circulation Aid
The Australian Trade Commission reports the availability of a plastic, inflatable cushion that promotes circulation, stimulates movement, and protects the lower body from pressure damage.
The Push Cush is semi-inflated so that when one side is depressed air flows through to fill the other side. The patient can then perform a pedaling motion, alternately lifting each thigh to relieve pressure points, increase circulation, and exercise knees, ankles, and hips. The product also can be used after surgery to exercise and strengthen leg muscles. Doppler ultrasound tests indicate that circulation improves 7% after five minutes of heel and toe exercise, an equivalent of a 180-yard walk.
Four zigzag channel divisions ensure air support while permitting air transfer, The cushion fits onto a standard pillow case, avoiding perspiration and skin allergies. A smaller size is available for travelling.
For further details contact: Cunningham and Walsh Inc, Public Relations, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. 212/683-4900