Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Abstract

Portable Stairlift

Garaventa (Canada) Ltd. has developed a portable stairlift for the handicapped and those confined to wheelchairs. The Stair-Trac can be used to carry people in cross-brace wheelchairs up or down stairs and can be used with an optional seat to carry people who are not in wheelchairs. The life comes with astairslope indicator, headrest, adjustable wheelchair clamps, rechargeable battery, safety lock, auxiliary wheels, and safety treads. U is operated with a key and can fit into the trunk of a car.

For more details contact: Garaventa (Canada) Ltd., P.O. Box Ll, BIaine, WA 98230 (in U.S.) or 7505-I34A Street, Surrey, BC, Canada V3W 7B3. 604/5940422.…

Diabetes Management Companion System

Bio-Dynamics now markets a blood glucose self-monitoring meter, AccuChek bG, which works as a companion system to the company's visually read strip, Chemstrip, bG. The meter is designed for the visually impaired diabetic, or for those who prefer digital readout of blood glucose values.

The meter is a 12-ounce, portable minicomputer that works on four AA alkaline batteries. It has a built-in timer with a soft beep, and a digital display of both time and actual blood glucose value. No water or special blotting paper is needed to remove blood from the strip. The meter calibrates automatically by reading a calibration film strip that is packaged with each Chemstrip bG 50-strip vial. The calibration feature plots multiple points along the glucose oxidase curve for a particular batch of Chemstrip bG.

For further details contact: BioDynamics, Diabetes Supply Center, e/ o Barnum Secunda Associates, SOO Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110.

IBS Booklet

PAS Publishing recently released a health education booklet, "Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Common Problem," that is designed to explain the disease to the patient in clear, straightforward language. The eight-page, full-color publication explains the necessity of medical tests. It also discusses treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

For a free review copy and complete catalog of publications contact: PAS Publishing, Department 1048, 345-G Serramonte Plaza, DaIy City, CA 94015.

Cold Wraps and Compresses

Precept now offers Cold-flex wraps and compresses as an alternative to conventional cold therapy treatment. The products are self-activating, remain flexible in use, and mold to body contours. They can be used to treat bruises, abrasions, sprains, and postoperative swelling. Made of nontoxic gel that cools and remains cool at room temperature for up to three hours, they can be refrigerated for an even cooler start. The wraps and compresses permit x-rays and can be reused up to five times. Compresses will not leak if punctured.

For additional details contact: Precept, 6624 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30071. 404/441-1308.

Computerized Spirometer

Vitalograph now provides the P.F.T. Printer, which computerizes test analyses and printouts for practices that need a simple way to provide pulmonary function testing. The printer automatically selects the ten best results in a series, relates them to predicted values, and prints out eight key indices. In conjunction with a s piro meter, the printer provides instant, positive visualization of each test as it is in progress. The printer is available as an integral part of the S/type spirometer or as a remote unit for earlier models.

For details contact·. Vitalograph Medical Instrumentation, 8347 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS 66215. 800/255-6626 or913/ 888-4221.

Portable Stairlift

Garaventa (Canada) Ltd. has developed a portable stairlift for the handicapped and those confined to wheelchairs. The Stair-Trac can be used to carry people in cross-brace wheelchairs up or down stairs and can be used with an optional seat to carry people who are not in wheelchairs. The life comes with astairslope indicator, headrest, adjustable wheelchair clamps, rechargeable battery, safety lock, auxiliary wheels, and safety treads. U is operated with a key and can fit into the trunk of a car.

For more details contact: Garaventa (Canada) Ltd., P.O. Box Ll, BIaine, WA 98230 (in U.S.) or 7505-I34A Street, Surrey, BC, Canada V3W 7B3. 604/5940422.

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