Brothure Promotes Servîtes to Enhance independent Living
A new Honeywell brochure that describes its products and services designed to enhance independent living is available as a resource for home builders, architects, gerontologists, and other professionals who advise people with disabilities or special needs.
Products described in the brochure can be installed in new or existing homes. Examples include a thermostat for people with limited vision or blindness; a thermostat accessory for those with limited hand strength or dexterity; home protection systems professionally designed, installed, serviced, and monitored 24 hours a day; and air cleaners and home ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality for people with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions.
In addition, a section of the brochure is devoted to Honeywell's TotalHome home management system, which integrates temperature, security, lighting, and appliance control into one easy-to-operate system.
For a free copy of brochure #50-7663, "Products and Services to Enhance Independent Living," contact Honeywell, 800-345-6770, ext. 7200.
Mew PDB Golde Identifies Side Effects, Drug interactions, Alternatives
Medical Economics Data's new PDR companion reference, "the PDR Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects, Indications," helps readers identify potentially dangerous drug interactions, spotlight possible side effects, and offers therapeutic alternatives.
"The PDR Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects, Indications" organizes the nearly 5,000 brand name and generic drug listings contained in all three PDR volumes: "The Physicians' Desk Reference," "The Physicians' Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs," and "the Physicians' Desk Reference for Ophthalmology." The Drug Interactions Index lists drugs alphabetically by brand name and provides a summary of the therapeutic classes with which each drug may interact, plus the generic and brand names of all interacting products. Where applicable, possible food and alcohol interactions also are provided.
The Side Effects Index identifies more than 2,500 specific adverse reactions, such as drowsiness, nausea, and sleeplessness, and the names of the drugs that are known to cause them. A percent-of-incidence indicator accompanies each drug listed in the Side Effects Index, thereby identifying those drugs more likely to cause a reaction. In addition, the Indications Index groups drugs by approved uses, enabling readers to uncover safe and effective therapeutic options.
For more information, contact Robin Bartlett, Medical Economics Data, Five Paragon Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645-1742; 201-3587548.
Arjo-Century Bathing System Lessens Stress for Caregiver and Resident
Arjo-Century's new Sonata Bathing system allows residents and caregivers to enjoy a more comfortable bathing process. It's keyhole-shaped design, Lift/ Transfer Systems, and Hydrosound ultrasonic cleansing action provides a lowstress bathing system.
The system's main advantage is its ergonomie keyhole-shaped tub. The Sonata is wider at the head of the tub to accommodate the upper body, giving bather's arms and shoulder more room to move. This shape gives residents a more comfortable bath, allows more of the body to remain immersed at all times, and lets bathers be turned more easily when washing the back, which helps reduce the risk of back injury to staff.
A four-position, lengthadjustable footrest lets the caregiver select the proper tub length for almost any bather, making for a more comfortable and secure bathing process. The Sonata's fiberglass tub also has a built-in lumbar support to increase bather comfort, eliminate unnecessary tub volume, and minimize water usage.
The bathing system also features an easy-to-operate control panel with digital monitoring of both incoming and tub water temperature, and a computer-controlled hot water alarm system that automatically shuts off the water if the temperature exceeds 115° F. Another computer-controlled system dispenses accurate, efficient amounts of Arjo Shampoo & Body Wash and Hydrosound Water Conditioner, a coupling agent that distributes Hydrosound evenly throughout the water. The Sonata dispensing system uses a new, highly reliable peristaltic pump design that is unaffected by liquid viscosity.
In addition, the Sonata cleaner/disinfectant system allows for simple, effective cleaning and disinfecting of the tub and lift after each use. An accurate, proportional mix of Arjo Cleaner/ Disinfectant is always dispensed in economic quantities. A storage area is built into the unit, and the liquid containers are non-breakable and custom-designed to fit into the liquid storage area.
For more information, contact Arjo-Century Inc., 8130 Lehigh Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053; 800-3231245.
PBOVOH Bathing Dispenser Requires fewer Botili Changes
PROVON Medical Group's new PROVON Brand 2000 ml Dispenser is a largecapacity dispenser for resident bathing that requires fewer refill changes than smaller capacity refills.
The sanitary sealed bagin-box refills help prevent contamination and the spread of disease. These bags are designed to empty completely to ensure virtually no waste. The dispenser features a palmsized push bar that fits the curves of the human hand, which makes it easier for staff and residents to use. It also comes equipped with a large shampoo-level window and a push versus pull design to reinforce the dispenser mounting with each case.
Portion controlled dispensing helps reduce the facility's cost-per-wash. In addition, the durable design offers trouble-free dispensing for life.
For more information, contact Paul Alper, Vice President/General Manager, PROVON Medical Group, PO Box 991, Akron, Ohio 44309-0991; 800-3219647.
Bard Skin Care Kit Combines Moisture Barrier With Skin Cleanser
The Bard Sequence ? Plus Incontinent Skin Care Kit conveniently packages Hygiene I incontinent wash, a no-rinse, alcohol-free deodorizing skin cleanser, with Special Care moisture barrier ointment, a vitaminenriched ointment that protects delicate skin from irritants. In combination, these products can be used to effectively manage recurring problems associated with fecal and urinary incontinence.
Hygiene I is packaged in a 8-fluid oz bottle with a spray applicator. Special Care moisture barrier ointment is packaged in a 3.5 oz squeeze tube with a fliptop cap for easy handling.
For more information, contact Dave Rosa, Bard Patient Care Division, CR. Bard, Inc., Ill Spring St, Murray Hill, NJ 07974; 80052f>4930.
Mini-Bag Plus Container Pits Standard 20mm Powdered Drag Vials
The new Mini-Bag Plus container, a ready-to-mix system that accommodates standard 20 mm powdered drug vials, is now available from Baxter Healthcare Corporation's I.V. Systems Division. Baxter's ready-tomix line has been introduced to complement its complete portfolio of readyto-use and manual admixing products, designed to meet the individual needs of hospital customers.
The Mini-Bag Plus container consists of a MiniBag container filled with diluent solution, a port tube that encloses a breakaway seal, a vial adaptor with foil cover, and I.V. tubing port with protector. Advantages of the system include asneeded reconstitution that extends dating and eases recycling; standard vial compatibility that allows for the use of new drugs as soon as they are available in 20 mm powdered vial form; clear vials that facilitate visual confirmation of proper drug mixing; and a reduced risk of medication error.
The Mini-Bag Plus container facilitates hospital compliance with group buying contracts and enables hospitals to explore the use of multisource pharmaceuticals, benefit from special offers, and reduce duplication of inventory. To assemble the Mini-Bag Plus Container, the hospital pharmacy technician pushes the Mini-Bag Plus container adaptor over the aseptically prepared drug vial. To reconstitute the drug, the nurse snaps the breakaway seal, squeezes solution from the bag to half-fill the vial, inverts the bag, and shakes the vial to suspend the dug in the solution. The nurse then squeezes and releases the bag to transfer the solution and dissolve and mix the drug. An I.V. tubing set can then be attached to administer the medication.
For more information, contact Jeanne Scaramuzza, Baxter Drug Administration, Route 120 & Wilson Road, Round Lake, IL 60073-0490; 708-270-3466.