Closed-End Pouches Add Convenience
When it's inconvenient for people with ostomies to empty or change their pouches - at work, or when traveling, for example - ConvaTec'sclosed-end ostomy pouches offer added freedom for wearers of both the Sur-Fit Two-Piece System and Active Life One-Piece System. The newest Sur-Fit Closed-End Pouch from ConvaTec features a built-in filter that allows for the ventilation of gas. It is available in four flange sizes and is compatible with Sur-Fit Flexible and Durahesive Wafers for easy switching from drainable to closed-end pouches.
The new Active Life Closed-End Pouch from ConvaTec also offers a builtin filter and is now available in six precut sizes in either opaque or transparent material. Because it features a modified Stomahesive skin barrier, there is no need for additional tape to "picture frame" around the skin barrier.
For more information, contact Diane LeBoId, ConvaTec, PO Box 5254, Princeton, Nj 08543; 215-647-2383.
Half-Strength Enteral reeding Formula Developed
A new half-strength enteral formula of NewPak designed expressly for patients who are being transitioned onto formulas in critical care areas of hospitals as well as in alternate care settings is now available from O'Brien/KMI.
This most recent addition to the firm's Newtrition line of enteral liquid nutrition systems makes the NewPak complete liquid nutrition systems one of the most complete lines of its type in the industry. Other formulas include Isotonic, HN (high nitrogen), lsofiber, and One and a Half Strength.
According to company sources, new half-strength NewPak is positioned as the ideal bridge in closed delivery systems from total dependence on liquid nutrition systems where 530 calories and 50% of the US RDA of protein and other essential nutrients are called for. In addition, the half-strength formula can be administered to the intolerant feeder. Key to the appeal of the NewPak complete and closed nutrition systems is their easy one-step administration. All that is required is to uncap the 1 000 m L container, which reveals a recessed spike port. The attendant then spikes the entry with a vented spike set. This system eliminates the problems inherent with screwcaps. Full compliance with the nutritional prescription is achieved without the potential for microbial contamination and mixing errors.
O'Brien/KMI offers a wide selection of feeding systems including the line of NewPak closed enteral liquid nutrition systems, Newtrition polymeric formulas, high quality administration sets, feeding tubes, state-of-the-art infusion pumps, feeding accessories, and Reabilan and Reabilan HN, the only true small peptide formulations.
For more information, contact O'Brien/KMI, Department 9901, 320 Charles Street, Cambridge, MA 02141; 61 7-868-6400 or 800-237-3535.
Maintenance-Free Shower/ Commode Chair Available
The current nursing shortage demands high quality products that perform with minimum effort. In response, Lumex has developed its maintenancefree, easy-to-use PVC shower/commode chair. Constructed of the highest quality furniture grade PVC, it is lightweight, durable, and attractive. Easy to clean and bacteriostatic, the PVC shower/commode chair will not rust or stain and is impervious to most chemicals.
Disabled people weighing up to 250 lbs are transported easily for bathing with the shower/commode chair. Multifunctional, it can be used as a shower chair or as a commode with the commode pail package. It rolls easily over standard height toilet bowls. The retractable footrest option makes patient transport easier.
The canvas-like, mildew-resistant back cover of meshed nylon fabric is available in four colors - mauve, blue, peach, and yellow. The combination of white PVC piping and bright colors provides a residential, non institutional appearance. Advanced computerized design creates a better center of gravity for enhanced stability while high-quality dual wheel rubber casters provide quiet transport and easy maneuverability. Specially designed caster inserts provide shock-absorbing capability, which causes less stress on the pipe and fittings.
For more information, contact Vanessa King, Lumex, 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, NY 1 1 706; 800-645-5272.
Illuminated Magnifiers Provide Large Field of View
Eschenbach Optik of America now offers a new series of "Please-with-Ease" pocket illuminated magnifiers (Series #1510). The "Please-with-Ease" theme is based on a number of exclusive features designed for extra-easy operation and simple maintenance.
Eschenbach emphasizes that an improved system for changing batteries and bulbs means no more frustration; and a new, large, raised switch makes it easier for small or arthritic fingers to turn the light on or off. A 35 mm lens provides a large field of view. The "Please-withEase" series completes Eschenbach's range of magnifiers with a wide choice of powers.
For more information, contact Eschenbach Optik of America, Ine, 25 November Trail, Weston, CT 06883; 203227-9409.