Orthopedic Surgery Recovery Kits Available
Patients who are recovering from hipor knee surgery, hip-pinning, a fractured pelvis, or other types of hip or knee immobilization need to avoid painful and dangerous overflexing and overstressing of these joints. Maddak Ine offers the Surgical Recovery Kit to aid these patients in their convalescence. The contents of the kit include: a reaching aid, a sock and stocking aid, a long-handled bath brush, an extra-long shoehorn, an elevated toilet seat, a temporary handicapped parking card for the dashboard, and complete instructions for the use of all items.
For more information, contact Steve Levine or Rudy Waligroski, Maddak Ine, Pequannock, N) 07440; 201-694-0550.
Denture Wearers Have New Reason to Smile
Sores are a common annoyance for denture wearers, and can occur easily, particularly after biting down too hard on food, or as a result of getting food particles such as seeds lodged between the gums and the dentures. Even normal changes in gum formation, which deteriorate the fit of the denture, will cause the sores. Approximately 85% of the nation's denture wearers suffer from denture sores. ZiIa Pharmaceuticals now provides a medication, called ZilaDent, which forms a coating that adheres to sore tissue up to 6 hours, relieves pain, shields the sore from contaminants, and promotes prompt healing. Once it has done its job, the cellulose coating dissipates. Clinical studies have demonstrated that immediately after a single application of clove-flavored ZilaDent, denturewearers are able to resume normal, painfree eating and drinking. The oral analgesic gel is available without prescription at pharmacies or from dentists.
For more information, contact ZiIa Ine, 777 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014; 602-957-7887.
Special Needs Videos Produced
The University of Maryland recently completed two new video programs dealing with issues related to the elderly.
Miss Nora's Store addresses special needs of rural elderly, and Responding to the Needs of Minority Elderly addresses the issues of that population.
Catalogs and cassettes are available from University of Maryland at Baltimore, Video Press, 32 South Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
New Wheelchair Tray Introduced
The Raymo lightweight wheelchair tray is designed to provide a working tray for both desk arm and full arm wheelchairs, as well as open arm leisure chairs. Each tray has velcro straps that easily hold the tray to the arms of the wheelchair. The tray is 24" wide and 20" deep and constructed of high strength plastic. The top of the tray has a raised molded rim on all sides to retain spilled liquids and has a structural lower panel to provide rigidity and strength.
For more information, contact Raymo Products, Ine, 2?2 South Blake Street, Olathe, KS 66061; 913-782-1515.
Collagen Sponge Provides More Effective Hemostasis
Collastat Absorbable Collagen Hemostatic Sponge is now available from Vitaphore Wound Healing, Inc. Applied during surgery to control bleeding, Collastat has proven to be easier to use and more effective than other types of hemostatic agents. The Collastat sponge combines the inherent hemostatic properties of collagen with a sponge structure for greater absorption and faster, more stable clot formation.
Products available prior to the introduction of the collagen sponge have drawbacks which limit their effectiveness and ease of use. Gelatin is generally ineffective. Oxidized cellulose, or wood pulp, sheds when cut and can be tissue reactive. Thrombin does not provide stable clot formation. Finally, microfibrillar collagen, or loose collagen fiber, is difficult to apply and remove.
Collastat's sponge structure serves to enhance the natural hemostatic qualities of collagen. The sponge absorbs over forty times its weight in fluid, providing greater surface area for blood platelet aggregation, while the sponge structure acts as a framework for stable clot formation. Clinical studies have shown that Collastat provides effective hemostasis within two to four minutes. In addition, the sponge can be cut to size without shedding, is pliable when wet or dry, and can be wrapped, packed, or sutured onto a variety of surgical sites. Because of its high tensile strength, it maintains its structure, even when wet.
Collastat is biocompatible and absorbable by tissues. Physicians can either leave Collastat in the body, or remove it without causing rebleeding at the wound site. Also, Collastat costs 30 to 50 percent less than other collagen hemostatic agents, and is available in three convenient sizes.
For more information, contact Victor Glushko, Vitaphore Wound Healing, Inc, 1505 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025; 800-456-VITA.