Incontinent Skin Care Kit
Care- Tech Laboratories introduced its "Incont-Aid Kit," which contains a trio of products for complete, specialized skin care treatment of the incontinent patient/person.
Products included in the kit are: 1) Orchid Fresh - a gentle, incontinent, perineal/ostomy spray cleanser for quick, effective clean-up that helps prevent stripping of the skin and helps eliminate ammonia odors. The product can be used full strength, spraying directly on the perinea! area to quickly remove fecal and urine mass. Gentle formula will not irritate and pleasant fragrance helps neutralize problem odors common with incontinency; 2) Care-Creme - a medicated, vanishing creme specifically formulated to take the painful redness and soreness out of irritated skin, common to the incontinent person. The product's antibacterial formulation, with vitamins A, D and E, help in the soothing and healing of incontinent related rashes; and 3) BarnCare - a soothing, antibacterial skin care ointment with vitamins A, D3 and E. The product is specifically formulated to protect the perinea! area of the incontinent person against the painful skin disorders caused by pathogenic bacteria and harmful proteolytic enzymes contained within the urine and fecal matter.
The "Incont-Aid Kit" is a complete, incontinent skin care program, utilizing a three step process. First, gently wash the perineal area with Care Tech's Orchid Fresh Perineal/Ostomy Spray Cleaner, thoroughly rinse and dry. Second, coat the area with Care-Creme to help take the redness and soreness out of irritated skin. Third, rub a small, yet ample amount of Barri-Care onto the area to provide a thin, even protective coating against pathogenic bacteria and proteolytic enzymes.
For more information, contact: CareTech Laboratories, 3224 South Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63139-1183. Toll Free: 800-325-9681. In Missouri: 314-772-4610.
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Drain lube Attachment
Hollister Incorporated, manufacturer of ostomy, wound care, incontinence products and other healthcare items, announced the introduction of a Drain/ Tube Attachment Device which secures a variety of surgical tubes and drains without the use of skin sutures.
The Drain/Tube Attachment Device consists of a clamping mechanism with an attached synthetic skin barrier and a border of microporous adhesive tape. The ridged jaws hold the tube or drain firmly in place without occluding the lumen, and the mechanism may be opened to advance a drain and then reclosed, without removing the device or disrupting the site.
The self-adhesive barrier material features CushionFit™ backing which resists corrosive drainage and conforms easily to body contours. Microporous adhesive tape lends additional support which minimizes patient discomfort by stabilizing the barrier and keeping the tube or drain from shifting and eroding the skin.
For more information write Hollister Incorporated, PO Box 250, 2000 Hollister Drive, Libertyville, Illinois 60048.
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The new PCI SENTRY model 1000 monitors up to 999 rooms or activities throughout a building, marking a 10fold increase over earlier model capacities. The system monitors a variety of needs by transmitting coded signals through the home's existing power wiring, thereby eliminating the expense and inconvenience associated with dedicated "hard wiring," according to Phil Alward, President of Precision Controls, Inc.
The system consists of one Central Receiver unit and up to 999 Sensor Transmitter units, one for each activity to be monitored. Sensor Transmitters are simply plugged into any standard wall outlet. The Central Receiver is also plugged into any standard wall outlet in the building.
When any problem causes a Sensor Transmitter to trip, it sends a coded signal through the building's power wiring to the Central Receiver which flashes a corresponding number enabling the staff to identify and correct the situation. The Central Receiver has a standard 110 volt AC relay closure receptacle and isolated N. O. and N. C. contacts for energizing any warning device such as a chime, alarm, flashing light, or automatic telephone dialer. A reset button on the Central Receiver clears the system.
Sensor Transmitters can be activated by a call button, sound, bodily movement, door openings, and many other events. Transmission accuracy and reliability are achieved with random phase digital circuitry which is not affected by electrical noise on the power lines, according to the manufacturer which also states that signal transmission through power lines does not interfere with computers or other electrical devices in the building. The system costs considerably less than standard wired systems, and can be reused at other locations.
For more information, contact Precision Controls Inc., 14 Doty Road, Haskell, NJ 07420; 201-835-5000.
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Patient Lifter Attachment
Ted Hoyer & Company, Inc. has introduced a digital electronic scale attachment for use with all Hoyer patient lifters. The economical new electronic scale offers many convenience and safety features.
Providing precise digital readouts in both pounds and kilograms, the Hoyer electronic scale is calibrated in tenths of a pound or kilogram increments and will weigh up to 400 pounds or 182 kilograms.
The scale can be attached to a Hoyer patient lifter in just minutes and will complete a self test when turned on. With the touch of a button, the Hoyer scale zeros out a tare weight to compensate for the weight of the swivel bar, chains, straps or sling being used to lift the patient. After the patient is lifted, the digital display scale stabilizes and locks in the patient's weight for an accurate reading. The display shuts off automatically after two minutes of continuous use, but the readout can easily be recalled if necessary.
Other features of the Hoyer digital electronic scale include a low battery indicator light and a flashing display that indicates when the 400 pound weight capacity has been exceeded.
For more information about the Hoyer digital electronic scale attachment, write to Ted Hoyer & Company, Inc., PO Box 2744, Oshkosh, WI 54903.
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Antibiotics to Treat Infections
Squibb Corporation announced the introduction of the first member of a new and unique class of antibiotics that has the potential to change the way certain serious infections are usually treated, while not having the serious side effects associated with the antiinfectives that are commonly used to treat these infections.
Squibb's new drug, Azactam® (aztreonam), is the first in a new class of antibiotics known as the monobactams. Azactam has a chemical structure that gives the drug a very specific action against many aerobic, gram-negative bacteria. This provides physicians with a novel weapon aimed directly against the organisms responsible for many of these serious infections - while eliminating the potential for some of the disturbing side effects often seen with the currently available aminoglycoside antibiotics.
The recommended dose of Azactam for adults is 0.5 gm or 1 gm every eight to 12 hours for urinary tract infections and up to 2 gms every six or eight hours for severe systemic or life-threatening infections. The maximum recommended daily dose is 8 gms. Azactam may be administered intravenously or intramuscularly.
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Disposable Blood Management Kit
Electromedics, Inc. has designed a package for disposable blood management kit that is convenient because of its smaller size and compact organization. While the size makes it much easier to use during medical/surgical set ups, it also requires less space for storage and trash disposal.
Sterile sealed, the Tyvek® lid is color-coded and labeled for easy identification, for use on autotrans equipment. The inside of the lid is also printed with a complete diagram and directions for use.
For information about the Electromedics Blood Conservation Systems, contact: Electromedics, Inc., 7337 South Revere Parkway, Englewood, Colorado 801 12; 303-7908700.
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