Oxygen Therapy for Pressure Sores
Concord Laboratories' Oxycure is an easy-to-use, cost-efficient, and effective system for applying topical oxygen to pressure sores. The Oxycure system is based upon specially designed cushions and boots which provide a convenient and economical means of applying the proven technique of lowpressure (27 to 33 cm H2O) topical oxygen therapy to skin ulcers. Boots are used to apply the therapy to body extremities, while two sizes of cushions are used for sites on the torso. Concord also offers Pressure Sore Treatment Dressing Tray Kits to provide for complete, effective wound management and standardized technique.
Oxycure permits pressure sores to be treated on virtually any site. Because it is a low pressure system, wall or tank oxygen is sufficient, and pressure is monitored with a manometer and pressure relief valve. The boot cuff and cushion are designed to permit oxygen to escape, which means there is a constant flow of fresh oxygen across the sore, without restrictive pressure on the body. Patients accept Oxycure because the therapy may be applied in their own room and, because there is improved patient cooperation, the nursing staff can provide frequent applications for the greatest effect. For best results, it is recommended that each treatment should last approximately 90 minutes, with four treatments administered daily.
Oxycure is low-cost, so that hospitals and nursing homes may keep units in inventory, thus eliminating the necessity of renting expensive equipment or withholding a patient's treatment until the equipment is available. Oxycure is also a complete system. Because Oxycure boots and cushions are disposable, no cleaning or sterilization is required, eliminating the chance of cross-contamination which may exist with rigid, nondisposable delivery systems. Each cushion set comes with three extra covers, which are easily replaced when they become soiled, and additional covers may be purchased separately.
Concord's disposable Pressure Sore Treatment Dressing Tray Kits contain a wet-wound dressing system which includes iodophor, hydrogen peroxide and saline solutions. These are packaged ready to use, along with all necessary materials including two pairs of forceps with interlocking teeth, latex procedure gloves, gauze sponges, solution tubs, a towel and a plastic disposal bag. Two tray kits are available to provide for general purpose use, or for stage II-III sores.
Oxycure topical oxygen therapy is an aggressive, proactive approach to wound treatment. Properly administered, the Oxycure topical oxygen system has displayed a high success rate as an adjuvant therapy in pressure sore wound healing.
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Urinary Leg Bag System
A new urinary leg bag system mat can be used with almost any type of catheter has been developed and introduced by Mentor Corporation.
Mentor's new Freedom Urinary Leg Bag System™ is the first of its kind. Designed not only for the convenience of universality, it also reduces irritation while it increases comfort and security. The new Freedom Leg Bag™ features notches and buttons for easy, universal attachment; most other bags have either notches or buttons, not both. The new Freedom Leg Bag Straps™ are made with Vel-Stretch®, an infinitely adjustable and breathable material which is soft and nonirritating. The new Freedom System comes with either latex or PVC tubing and connector which can be trimmed for optimal sizing.
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Leg Cramps Treatment Device
M-G Medical, a consumer medical company, announced the of a new device for treating night leg cramps. The new device, Leg Renew™ , was developed and by a physician, in association with a major medical university. It gives a safe and effective alternative to the quinine pills which they may currently be using.
According to an article in the Journal the American Medical Association, night leg cramps are essentially a mechanical problem. Normally, musact in pairs, pulling against each other Cramps occur when one of the muscles is too relaxed to react quickly to the pulling of the other muscle. At night, the muscles of the leg and foot are relaxed, and the foot is usually pointing down. When a random muscle contraction occurs in the leg, the foot is too relaxed to react quickly enough, so the muscle contracts unchecked, turning into a cramp.
While primarily an affliction of the elderly, leg cramps also commonly occur in the population at large. It is estimated that over 8 million Americans suffer from them. Night leg cramps can become quite severe, and are a cause of much sleep loss.
Previously, treatment of this condition has been by prescribing quinine pills. While found to be somewhat effective, quinine pills pose some problems. First, quinine pills are not effective for a sizable percentage of those afflicted. Second, the dose of the pills usually has to be increased over time since they gradually lose their effectiveness. Third, quinine has some unpleasant side effects, such as aizziness, and, potentially, cinchonism, a serious disease. These side effects become more noticeable as the patient gets older, and/or as the pill dosage increases. Finally, quinine pills are not cheap. A month's supply of even the generic brand costs at least $6.50.
Because of this, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that pills are seldom necessary or justified. Instead, it recommends that this mechanical problem be treated mechanically; by applying a slight resistance to keep the foot from pointing down while the patient sleeps. This is the function of Leg Renew.
Leg Renew consists of a specially designed lightweight stocking for the leg and slipper for the foot. The stocking is put on the calf and the slipper is put on over the top of the foot. The patient then gently pulls up on a strap on the slipper and attaches it to Velcro on the stocking, pulling the foot up slightly. To get up and walk at night, the patient simply unsticks the Velcro holding the slipper to the stocking to walk and re-sticks it before going back to sleep.
Leg Renew is comfortable and unobtrusive, allowing the patient to sleep in any position. Arthritic patients have had no difficulty in using it. Leg Renew is durable and washable. It retails for $30 for a one-leg set; the price for two sets is $49.95.
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A new product, which protects skin from irritation and trauma and improves adhesion and costs up to 20% less, has been developed and introduced by Mentor Corporation.
Shield Skin® Protective Dressing provides a clear, dry, water-resistant barrier over the skin to protect it from urine, fecal matter, enzymes, adhesives, and perspiration. It makes tape and adhesive removal much less traumatic, dries clear for easy observation of skin condition, and is simple to apply. Shield Skin® can be used whenever skin is in contact with ostomy appliances, external catheters, adhesive tapes and dressing, incontinent pants, elastic bandages, and pressure from bedding. It can be easily removed with soap and water, yet there is no need to remove a previous application.
Shield Skin® comes in a new 2-oz spray bottle or in boxes of 50 individual wipes. It can be used at home, in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
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Hand Cleaners and Dispensing System
Sani-Fresh International, Ine announces the introduction of the ProCare® Medical Products Group hand cleansers and dispensing system, specially developed for the health-care industry.
The ProCare line features new packaging and a new name for two familiar Sani-Fresh products, Para-San® Health Care Personnel Handwash and AlcoSan® Isopropyl Alcohol Gel, as well as for reformulated Ultra Kind™ Gentle Wash and new SpectraCare® Health Care Personnel Handwash. All are formulated to remove microorganisms from the skin and help prevent the spread of infection.
Ultra Kind Gentle Wash has been redesigned with more skin conditioners and moisturizers to soften and soothe hands that must be washed frequently. SpectraCare Health Care Personnel Handwash is a new, cosmetically elegant product featuring a unique blend of natural and synthetic soaps, while containing chloroxylenol for control of microbial cross-contamination.
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