Long-Term Care Beds Introduced
Lumex has introduced a complete line long-term care beds. When acquired one or more of the options available Lumex, a customized bed package be tailored to meet most health-care decorating requirements.
Lumex already offers many bed acsuch as pressure ulcer managemattresses, overbed tables, traand bed rails. Five models of beds available: series 6500 manual, fixed double gatch bed; series 7000 triple crank hi-lo/double gatch series 7500 manual, monotrol hi-lo/ gatch bed; series 8500 semibed; and series 9000 full electric bed.
Steep surfaces of 76 inch and 80 inch are offered, as well as the choice a spring fabric or a perforated pan Other options include a choice of bedrails, trapezes, patient transfer lock for added safety, inner spring or pressure ulcer management and wall savers. Three styles of and footboards are also available.
For more information, contact VaKing, Lumex, 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, NY 11 706-2290; 800-6455272.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Videotapes Released
Advanced Cardiac Life Support videos follow the guidelines of the Textbook of Advanced Cardiac Life Support by the American Heart Association. All topics for ACLS certification or recertification are covered in this set of 9'/2 inch VHS videotapes. Designed for home study, inservice update, lecture supplement, or as the basts for set-up of a new ACLS training program. Most tapes can also be used for general education of all departmental personnel.
The ACLS copyrighted series includes 5 '/2 hours of information, a review booklet, and a warranty. Produced on professional quality videotape, the set comes complete in a library case and includes both the AHA core and supplemental curricula. PALS (Pediatrie Advanced Life Support) Preparatory Program is also available.
For more information or a free preview tape, contact PO Box 700, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-0700.
Free Decubitus Ulcer Assessment Card Available
The Decubitus Ulcer Assessment Card is available for free. It is useful in determining a patient's susceptibility to decubiti at the time of admission and at other stages during the patient's confinement. The routine use of the card, particularly with elderly patients, is recommended. Individuai assessments may be made weekly or more frequently.
The assessment card can indicate a low-risk patient who is in good general health, mentally alert, active, fully mobile, and not incontinent. It can also indicate a high-risk patient who is in very bad physical health, stuporose, confined to bed, immobile, and doubly incontinent. Patients in the middle ranges are also indicated.
For more information, contact Medpro, Ine, 275 Highway 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; 201-238-1444.
Accessible Window for Handicapped Created
The Handi-Lok all-vinyl casement window by Spectus Systems opens to bring in fresh outside air with one hand cranking motion, and without requiring a handicapped person to move from a sitting position. An easily accessible lever at the bottom of the window frame unlocks window sash at multiple points for opening, then re-engages the sash to draw it back to the frame for a snug and secure closure.
Both interior and exterior surfaces 7/a inch high thermal window glass can be cleaned with safety and ease from within the home or apartment. The window has the pleasing looks of a wood window, triple chamber frame construction for energy efficiency, sound insulation, and moisture drainage. It can be made to size, is fully welded, easily installed, and available in white, beige, or brown.
For more information, contact Chuck Gilderman, Spectus Systems, PO Box 1145, Superior, Wl 54880; 715-3949600.
Natural Protectant Helps Heal Skin
Derma Heal is a natural skin protectant that moisturizes and assists the healing of dry chapped skin. Derma Heal contains light, natural oils that penetrate and soften skin, and allantoin, which gives it a mild healing action. Derma Heal contains no drugs, steroids, petroleum oils, lanolin, or synthetic dyes.
For more information, contact Steuart Labs, 122 South Wabasha Street, St. Paul, MN 551 07; 61 2-292-9091 .
Pushbutton Pendant Developed
A pendant that enables nursing home residents to call for help by simply touching a button in its base has been developed by interactive Technologies.
Designed to be worn around the neck, the pendant can also be carried in a pocket or purse or clipped to a belt; at night it can be worn or put on a bedside table.
The pushbutton turns on a tiny transmitter in the pendant that beams a silent signal to a receiver at the nurses' station or central desk; the receiver shows a code number that designates the room or patient needing help. A single receiver can monitor up to 61 patients or rooms.
Measuring 3 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, the self-contained pendant includes its own long-life battery typically rated for 8 years of service. In addition, Interactive Technologies offers wireless panic buttons that can be permanently mounted in a bedroom, bathroom, or entryway. Like the pendant, these are completely self-contained and include long-life batteries.
For more information, contact Interactive Technologies, 2266 North Second Street, St. Paul, MN 55109; 612777-2690.
Rehabilitation Furniture Comes to US
Now available for distribution in the US is a range of patented rehabilitation in lounge furniture, specially developed to meet US medical regulations. Produced by Brisbane-based QFoam Pty Ltd, the unique all-foam constructed furniture is designed to aid in the treatment of muscular and nervous system disorders and has been extensively tested by hospital authorities in Australia.
Highly mobile on 5-inch, heavy duty casters, the chairs, daybeds, and lounges are covered in a durable vinylcoated, incontinent-proof, and bioprotective cotton cloth. The range is completed with easily washed natural wool pile covers that eliminate pressure points, prevent bed sores, and offer insulation in both summer and winter.
For more information, contact Australian Trade Commission, 61 1 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004; 21 3-469-4300.