Ableware Wheelchair Tray Announced
Wheelchair users now have a superior multi-purpose tray for eating, writing, work, play, crafts, or games. The Ableware wheelchair tray features a smooth, flat top with a raised spill edge all around. It has a body cut-out and is secured to the wheelchair arms by velcro straps.
This ultra-rigid plastic tray has a deeply ribbed bottom surface to maintain straightness and prevent sagging at the corners. The tray measures overall 24" x 20" x G thick.
For more information, contact Bill Charnow, Maddak Ine, Pequannock, NJ 07440-1993; 201-694-0500.
Handcare System Improves Efficiency
Nursing home administrators looking for ways to help improve the operating efficiency in their facility can look to the ProCare hand care system from SaniFresh International, a unit of Scott Paper Company, as one solution.
Two dispensing systems - the ProCare 800 mL dispensing system and the ProCare TwinPak 1000 mL dispensing system - are part of the ProCare hand care system, both of which help to reduce maintenance, waste, and the time spent refilling dispensers. Both dispensing systems contain a cartridge that takes as little as 10 seconds to replace. In addition, a new pump that is guaranteed never to leak, clog, or break down is part of every refill cartridge, so dispenser maintenance/repair is virtually eliminated.
for high consumption and critical care areas, the dispensing system is an ideal addition. The TwinPak dispenser contains two 500 m L cartridges of hand cleanser. Run-out and waste situations can be avoided because the second cartridge acts as a reserve so each cartridge may be left in place until it is completely empty. A window in the front of the dispenser allows the maintenance staff to quickly determine when a cartridge needs to be replaced. Both dispensing systems are hermetically sealed to discourage a breeding ground for germs that is possible with reservoir type soap dispensers and bar soaps.
In addition to efficient dispensing systems, the ProCare hand care system also includes a selection of handcare products which are blended with rich emollients to soften and lubricate hands, and which also offer effective protection against a wide range of microorganisms to prevent the spread of infection.
For more information, contact ProCare, Scott Paper Company, START, 2004 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008; 800322-2200.
Pool Access System Assists Handicapped and Elderly
Quaker Plastic Corporation has announced the 3-in-l stair, ramp, and underwater parallel bar system to allow the handicapped, physically impaired. young, and elderly to use swimming pools with ease and dignity.
The Swim-Step Pool Access System features easily adjusted treads to allow the unit to be used as conventional stairs or as a ramp in any commercial swimming pool. Additionally, the entire unit may be placed underwater for use as parallel bars for physical therapy or fitness workouts.
The first of its kind, the Swim-Step meets the accessibility standards of the National Center for a Barrier Free Environment. Unlike steps made from metals, this unit is non-corrosive and has no sharp edges or corners. It is manufactured from light-weight non-corrosive engineered thermoplastics.
Special non-skid safety treads are featured on each step. The unit also features easy installation, removal and storage. Built-in wheels allow the unit to be easily moved. The main unit "folds" in half and the hand rails snap out for convenient space saving storage. The Swim-Step system is adjustable, allowing it to be used for different pool depths and is 11'4" long with a 30" tread width. The entire unit, including the rails, weighs approximately 1 78 lbs.
For more information, contact Quaker Plastic Corporation, 103 South Manor Street, Mountville, PA 1 7554.
Low-Cost Patient Monitor Introduced
Medical Systems Corp announced the CS-502H CardioScope Patient Cardiac Monitor. Designed for bedside use, this economically priced two channel scope offers all the features one would expect in a larger, more expensive unit. The CS-502H allows for cascading or "freezing" the wave on the second channel display for static analysis. The 5.5 inch non-fade monochrome display includes real time readings of heart rate, sensitivity, sweep speed, lead numbers and electrode off warning. The date is also displayed as are the upper and lower heart rate alarm limits, which are easily selectable by two slide switches on the front panel.
The displays are highly visible and the CS-502H is fully protected against defibrillation damage and electrical surgery interference. Smaller than most patient monitors, the monitor is lightweight and compact. It allows for signal processing and data formatting by interfacing with programmed microcomputers.
For more information, contact Medical Systems Corp, One Plaza Road, Greenvale, NY 1 1 548; 800-654-5406 or 516-621-9190.
Nutrient Systems Aids Critically III
Special nutrient systems for the critically ill that offer the convenience and economy of enteral feeding and the full repletion power of TPN are available from O'Brien/KMI of Cambridge, Massachusetts. These special physiological small peptide formulas are marketed under the trade name Reabilan and Reabilan HN.
Reabilan, with its nutrition rich physiological small peptides, the repletion power of TPN and its economy owing to its absorption in excess of 95%, offers the optimum solution for nutritional support. It is therefore suggested as an alternative to TPN for the critically ill patient. Reabilan or Reabilan HN can be administered nasally, with a needle catheter, or by a jejunostomy or gastrostomy tube.
O'Brien/KMI also offers a wide selection of quality administration sets, feeding tubes, infusion pumps, feeding accessories, Newtrition polymeric formulas, and NewPak closed enteral feeding systems.
FOr more information, contact O'Brien/ KMI, Dept 9562, 320 Charles Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 ; 61 7-868-6400.
Protected Needle Introduced
Kendall McGaw Laboratories, Ine introduced a protected needle designed for use with IV secondary sets. The needle is completely sheathed and safely recessed from possible human contact, which protects nurses and other health-care personnel from the hazards of contaminated needle sticks.
The protected needle is easy to use with any IV set. The sheath is designed with a positive locking mechanism to prevent accidental separation from the primary set. After insertion into the injection site, it snaps in place over the "Y" junction and locks in place for security, but can later be easily removed.
The needle is completely compatible with any male Luerlock adapter, and can be used with a syringe for added protection against accidental needle sticks during (V push. It also safely connects to heparin locks.
For more information, contact Taryn Parks, 71 4-553-1 177.
Resuscitation Without Mouth-to-Mouth Contact
Save lives safely. Protect yourself and the victim against cross-contamination in CPR emergencies. The New Life CPR Resuscitator features a microbial filter, "breathe-back" prevention valve, discharge diversion port, and other significant advancements for safer, more effective CPR.
It can be used by health clubs, senior citizens, doctors, dentists, nurses, emergency medical person nef, and health-care professionals, but must be used only by persons trained in CPR techniques.
For more information, contact MetaGuard, Dept M, Ottenheimer & Co, Ine, 2275 Half Day Road, Bannockburn, IL 6001 5; 800-222-3834 or 800-999-3060.
Wheeled Shower/Commode Chair Available
Guardian Products, a division of Sunrise Medical, introduced a new wheeled chair that brings bathroom mobility and convenience to wheelchair users.
The new wheeled chair in Guardian's product line of bathroom safety aids permits patients to ease from bed to chair in one transfer to begin the day, and makes everyday personal tasks simple and easy.
The shower/commode chair is lightweight and easy to transport. When not in use, it disassembles quickly for compact storage. The chair frame is constructed of sturdy, noncorrosive aluminum and the seat, backrests and footrests are high-impact plastic composite.
The chair for shower/commode use has a multi-position, fully-padded seat for left, right, forward, and backward positioning. A padded backrest is adjustable in three height settings to provide proper sitting support at all times. Swing-away footrests pivot to the side or center, and armrests also swing away for easy quad release.
There are four models, all with 24-inch rear wheels, including two with mag wheels and two with steel spoke wheels, and with either aluminum or plasticcoated handrims. Suggested list prices begin at $799.
For more information, contact Guardian Products Ine, 12800 Wentworth Street, Arleta, CA 91331-4522; 800-255-5022.
Cholesterol Booklet Simplifies Information
The Channing L. Bete Company announced the publication of About Cholesterol, a booklet offering up-todate, simplified information on recommended blood cholesterol levels and guidelines for keeping cholesterol in check.
Designed for use in programs aimed at heart disease prevention, wellness, and cholesterol testing and control, this booklet contains answers to commonly asked questions about cholesterol. It explains the terms HDL and LDL and their role in cholesterol production and control.
Like the many other health, nutrition, and wellness titles available from the publisher, About Cholesterol features the text-and-graphic style and scriptography, designed to reach even basic-level readers.
A minimum order of 25 booklets is required; quantity discounts are offered. Personalization is available for the front and back covers of these booklets.
For more information, contact Kathryn Levesque, Channing L. Bete Company, Ine, Dept PR, 200 State Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373; 800-628-7733.