Waterslide Eases Patient Transfers
Inventive Products, Ine, announced a new, patented product for improved patient transfer in hospitals and nursing homes. Slipp, The Patient Mover, is a new patient transfer device that enables hospitals and nursing home staff to move patients with no vertical lifting - quickly, comfortably, and with less effort than ever before.
Like a waterslide, Slipp's simple design allows a patient to literally "slip" on a liquid surface that reduces friction. With Slipp, patients can be transferred between bed, gurney, x-ray, or surgery table with no vertical lifting, while reducing the number of staff required. Slipp also reduces the possibility of back injury. Because no tugging or lifting is required, patients are made more comfortable. Even large patients weighing 400 lbs or more can be moved quickly and efficiently with Slipp.
Each Slipp is individually constructed and hand-inspected. Slipp is made of a custom-designed material that is soft to the touch, but extremely difficult tear, and it is puncture resistant. Each unit weighs 4 lbs for easy transport and comes in a durable tote bag. Slipp is easily cleaned with any germicidal soap or solution. A 5-minute VHS instructional videotape for the use and care of Slipp is included with each order, or it is available for preview.
For information, contact Inventive Products, Ine, 1450 East North Street, Decatur, IL 62521; 800-356-6911 or 217-423-6911.
Wheeled Walkers Introduced
Lumex, a division of Lumex, Ine, now distributes the complete line of Rajowalt Super Walkers, Roll Abouts, and Atlas Adjustable Stands.
Rajowalt Super Walkers provide rehabilitative mobility for a variety of patients. Large front casters allow easy maneuvering and controlled steering. Wheel-lock action is safely applied by pressure or cable to the rear wheels. Featuring chromium-plated steel frames, all Super Walkers are handle-height and angle adjustable and fold effortlessly for storage or transport. Optional baskets and seats attach easily.
Roll Abouts are used when the patient's condition requires mobility assistance with four-point ground contact. The easy folding mechanism, when unfolded, provides strength and stability for the patient. All models are height adjustable and constructed of strong welded steel tubing with black epoxy coating or chromium plate. Two-wheel Roll Abouts are fitted with crutch tips at the rear, and four-wheel versions have positive action cable wheel locks, which can be locked when idle. Several models are available, as are baskets and seats.
Fitted with four casters, Atlas Adjustable Stands provide mobility in any direction and exceptional strength to support full body weight. Chromium-plated steel tubing frame is height adjustable. The rest pad is shaped to the body and comfortably upholstered in flame-retardant naugahyde material.
For more information, contact Lumex, 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706-2290; 800-645-5272 or 516273-2200.
Infrared Tympanic Thermometer Available
Thermoscan, Ine, has introduced the Thermoscan Pro-1 Instant Thermometer, a new infrared tympanic thermometer.
Expected to revolutionize the temperature-taking process, the Thermoscan Pro1 measures the infrared heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue and displays the temperature in less than 2 seconds. The eardrum has been clinically proven to be an accurate indicator of the core body temperature because it shares blood supply and is in close proximity with the hypothalamus, the temperature control center of the brain.
Because the auditory canal is a dry cavity, use of the thermometer requires no mucous membrane contact, hence reducing potential cross-contamination. As a protected cavity, temperature measurement cannot be affected by external factors such as eating, drinking, or smoking. Because infrared waves travel at the speed of light, readings can be taken almost instantaneously. The thermometer features automatic calibration, which minimizes waiting time between temperatures. Its use requires no patient cooperation or discomfort, and temperatures may be taken even if a patient is unconscious or asleep.
Thermoscan also eliminates the risks of glass breakage, mercury contamination, and bowel perforation. In addition, the infrared technique is faster and more accurate than glass mercury and electronic thermometers because it measures the patient's temperature as it naturally radiates, not the thermometer's own temperature after extended patient contact.
The Thermoscan Pro-1 is a hand-held, 6-ounce, 1.5 in x 5 in x 1 in, economically designed thermometer. It operates on three AAA batteries that will take a minimum of 1 0,000 temperatures before requiring replacement. Its small probe facilitates wide clinical usage, including pediatric patients. The Pro-1 includes a protective shock-resistant case with handy probe cover storage, a window to view probe cover level, and quick referenee operating instructions/error message guide.
For more information, call 800-3277226.
Topical Wound Dressing Manages Ulcers
Dow B. Hickam, Ine, now offers a complete family of calcium alginate wound dressings for the effective management of pressure and dermal ulcers, including diabetic leg, ankle, and foot ulcers and venous stasis ulcers. Sorbsan topical wound dressing is available in 2 g absorbent wound packing and four convenient sizes of absorbent dressing pads (2X2, 3X3, 4X4, and 4X8 in).
Sorbsan is a calcium alginate wound dressing that absorbs up to 20 times its own weight in wound exudate. Sorbsan absorbs potentially harmful bacteria, making it the preferred dressing for wounds that may have become contaminated or infected. Virtually painless upon application and removal, easy to use, and readily conformable to difficultto-manage sites. Sorbsan also saves valuable nursing time by requiring fewer dressing changes due to its high absorbency.
In contact with the exudating wound site, Sorbsan transforms via ion exchange into a unique hydrophilic sodium alginate gel. This gel allows a gaseous exchange and creates a warm, moist, optimal microenvironment conducive to wound healing. When Sorbsan is changed, the gel may be completely and virtually painlessly removed by irrigating the wound with normal saline. Fragile granulation tissue is thereby not disturbed or damaged. Also, with its unique gel-block action, both wound excoriation and maceration of surrounding viable tissue are avoided because the gel forms only directly above the wound bed.
For more information, contact Dow B. Hickman, Ine, PO Box 2006, Sugarland, TX 77487; 71 3-240-1 000.
Stoma Paste and Powder Reduce Skin Irritation
To meet the needs of people with ostomies who have skin folds, uneven skin surfaces, or scarred areas, and are theremore likely to experience skin irritation due to leakage around a stoma, ConvaTec offers Stomahesive paste and powder for extra protection. Stomahesive paste also helps reduce premature skin-barrier breakdown by preventing leakage from seeping under the barrier. It may be applied to wet or dry skin around stomas or fistulas.
Stomahesive powder also helps reduce the risk of skin irritation by providing protection against drainage to help extend the wear-time of the barrier. And its wet-tack properties add to skin-barrier adherence on weeping and excoriated areas and mucous membranes.
Both Stomahesive paste and powder were designed for use with ConvaTec's Sur-fit System (two-piece) and Active Life (one-piece) products around colostomy, ileostomy, and urinary stomas. However, many persons encountering skin irritation while using karaya ostomy systems have found Stomahesive paste and powder to be highly effective as well.
For more information, contact ConvaTec, PO Box 5254, Princeton, NJ 08543-5254; 800-422-8811 or 201359-9200.
Desk-Top "Library" Organizes Information
Desk-top resource "libraries" identifying and describing the features and specifications of the many products corresponding to their respective areas of patient care specialization are now available.
These desk-top resource "libraries" are each devoted to a single area of health-care specialization, such as tissue therapy (wound management), physical therapy, rehabilitation, independent living, institutional care, discharge planning, and home therapy.
Each "library" contains up to 1,500 pages of technical brochures, specification sheets, clinicals, wall charts, and educational pamphlets organized by topic.
Prepared as a courtesy by the Medical Equipment Educational Resource Library, an independent clearinghouse for information, the "libraries" are free except for shipping and handling.
For more information, contact The MEER Library, 408 NE Alice Avenue, Jensen Beach, FL 34957; 407-692-9266.