Journal of Gerontological Nursing

PRODUCT NEWS

Abstract

ID Wristband Provides Greater Comfort

Precision Dynamics Corporation introduced the Sentry 5000 patient identification wristband. This versatile band is made of a feather-light material, providing greater comfort to the patient.

Extremely strong and durable, the Sentry 5000 is quick and easy to apply and safe for use in all areas of the hospital. It comes in a choice of four colors.

The Mouth Pressure Meter (MPM), for assessment of respiratory muscle weakness, is expected to offer a lowcost and simple solution to measuring breathlessness, particularly among the elderly.

The compact, handheld device measures both peak and average (1 sec) pressures during inspired and expired respiratory maneuvers, displaying the results on its integral screen. Patient compliance is achieved via a sliding one-way valve that allows the subject to breathe through the mouthpiece before attempting the maximal effort.

The MPM has been designed for easy cleaning and low maintenance, making it an ideal screening tool. With the addition of the optional computer link, pressure profiles and data can be viewed, stored, and interpreted on most IBM compatible computers, making the MPM an invaluable addition to all respiratory laboratories.

For more information, contact Chest Scientific Instruments, Ltd, 16 Biggin Hill Business Park, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent, England TNl 6 3BW.

Cushion Eliminates Pressure Points

The Theramat cushion from SNR was designed with comfort as the primary consideration. Theramat's patented design uses both proximal and laminate bonding of foams of varying densities to equalize yield and pressure to eliminate critical pressure points that cause so much long-term seating discomfort.

A major underlying cause of fatigue is the improper support of the torso due to the failure to support the lower back, which allows the spine to sag against the large back muscles. The resulting rearward curve of the lower spine causes irregular pressure on the discs of the vertebrae, contributing to stress.

The bones of the pelvis and the spine are the supporting frame for the upper body. In most cushions these firm members, carrying the weight of the upper torso, exert pressure against the seat and squeeze the soft tissues against the cushion. As a result, circulation is greatly reduced and nerves become inoperative from lack of adequate circulation. Theramat eliminates this problem through the systematic placement of foam of varying densities, allowing normal function of the circulatory system and thereby reducing the discomfort of long-term seating.

Features include a patented design that eliminates fatigue, soreness, and leg and lower back pain; solid construction for durability; antimicrobial fabric treated with Scotchguard in a choice of colors; built-in front carrying strap for easy mobility and user adjustability; and a full back zipper for easy cover removal.

For more information, contact Stevens Neal & Ryan, Ine, 1110 Lexington Avenue, FO Box 1990, Mansfield, OH 44901; 419756-2104.…

ID Wristband Provides Greater Comfort

Precision Dynamics Corporation introduced the Sentry 5000 patient identification wristband. This versatile band is made of a feather-light material, providing greater comfort to the patient.

Extremely strong and durable, the Sentry 5000 is quick and easy to apply and safe for use in all areas of the hospital. It comes in a choice of four colors.

A unique feature of the Sentry 5000 is that the medical personnel applying the wristband are able to hear the band snap into place. Thus, they immediately know the band is securely locked.

For more information, contact Tish Ostroski, Precision Dynamics Corporation, 13880 Del Sur Street, San Fernando, CA 91340-3490; 800-847-0670.

Ultrasound ilenders Some Urinary Catheters Obsolete

The BladderScan BVI 2500, a portable ultrasound instrument, accurately measures bladder volume noninvasively, making the use of catheters to check urine volume obsolete in most cases.

The BladderScan has widespread use. Rehabilitation and incontinence clinics use it as a part of bladder training programs. Before surgery, it is used to verify an empty bladder. After surgery and in the intensive care unit it is used for fluid management, often replacing dangerous indwelling catheters. Urologists use it to obtain post-void residual measurements as a key indicator of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

For more information, contact Jane Oleski, Diagnostic Ultrasound, 800331-2313 or 206-867-1348.

Safety !tails reatare Unique Shape

Tub-Guard safety rails assist individuals when entering and exiting a bathtub or shower stall, helping to increase safety and independence. The "rounded square" shape is economically designed for the safest hand holding capability at any angle, even when wet. This unique shape is enhanced by the white VersaGuard coating that is warm to the touch. The Tub-Guard safety rail may also be used around the toilet or in any room in the home where an extra hand-hold is needed to ensure safety.

Available in five different lengths (12 in, 16 in, 18 in, 24 in, and 32 in), the multiple mounting holes allow the bars to be installed vertically, horizontally, or at an angle. The cover plates hide all unsightly hardware and enable the Tub-Guard safety rail to be cleaned easily. There are no exposed screw heads or holes to catch dirt or soap residue, and the rails are completely rust-proof.

Tub-Guard safety rails meet all American National Standards Institute specifications. Tested to more than 500 lbs, when mounted properly, they handle the free fall of a 250-lb person.

For more information, contact Lumex, 100 Spence Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706-2290; 800-645-5272.

Meter Assesses Respiratory Mustie Weakness

The Mouth Pressure Meter (MPM), for assessment of respiratory muscle weakness, is expected to offer a lowcost and simple solution to measuring breathlessness, particularly among the elderly.

The compact, handheld device measures both peak and average (1 sec) pressures during inspired and expired respiratory maneuvers, displaying the results on its integral screen. Patient compliance is achieved via a sliding one-way valve that allows the subject to breathe through the mouthpiece before attempting the maximal effort.

The MPM has been designed for easy cleaning and low maintenance, making it an ideal screening tool. With the addition of the optional computer link, pressure profiles and data can be viewed, stored, and interpreted on most IBM compatible computers, making the MPM an invaluable addition to all respiratory laboratories.

For more information, contact Chest Scientific Instruments, Ltd, 16 Biggin Hill Business Park, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent, England TNl 6 3BW.

Cushion Eliminates Pressure Points

The Theramat cushion from SNR was designed with comfort as the primary consideration. Theramat's patented design uses both proximal and laminate bonding of foams of varying densities to equalize yield and pressure to eliminate critical pressure points that cause so much long-term seating discomfort.

A major underlying cause of fatigue is the improper support of the torso due to the failure to support the lower back, which allows the spine to sag against the large back muscles. The resulting rearward curve of the lower spine causes irregular pressure on the discs of the vertebrae, contributing to stress.

The bones of the pelvis and the spine are the supporting frame for the upper body. In most cushions these firm members, carrying the weight of the upper torso, exert pressure against the seat and squeeze the soft tissues against the cushion. As a result, circulation is greatly reduced and nerves become inoperative from lack of adequate circulation. Theramat eliminates this problem through the systematic placement of foam of varying densities, allowing normal function of the circulatory system and thereby reducing the discomfort of long-term seating.

Features include a patented design that eliminates fatigue, soreness, and leg and lower back pain; solid construction for durability; antimicrobial fabric treated with Scotchguard in a choice of colors; built-in front carrying strap for easy mobility and user adjustability; and a full back zipper for easy cover removal.

For more information, contact Stevens Neal & Ryan, Ine, 1110 Lexington Avenue, FO Box 1990, Mansfield, OH 44901; 419756-2104.

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