It's All About Talking
Choice in Dying has announced the availability of the videotape of Whose Death Is It, Anyway? the new public television special that explores the topic of women and end-of-life decision-making, which aired on PBS nationwide last June. The new VHS videotape is accompanied by a discussion guide that contains summaries of each documentary segment, followed by important questions that can be used to lead discussion.
The educational videotape features a studio authence hosted by ABCTV medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, MD, with documentary segments hosted by awardwinning NBC-TV correspondent and author Betty Rollin. Whose Death Is It, Anyway? is the first major nationwide response to the study reported in the November 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, which indicated that dying patients' wishes are not honored by their doctors.
According to Choice In Dying Executive Director Karen Orloff Kaplan, ScD, "The videotape and accompanying discussion guide have been designed to increase communication among patients, families and health care providers about end-of-life care and to help individuals ensure that their wishes are heard and honored. Individuals may wish to use the video to initiate discussions among friends, colleagues and family members."
The Whose Death Is It, Anyway? videotape and discussion guide are available for $19.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling, and can be ordered by sending a check or money order to: Allied Digital Technologies, 4364 35th Street, Orlando, FL 32811-6502.
Bothing System Otters Unique Design and Benefits
Carousel,™ an innovative bathing system from Arjo, offers unique design features and benefits for both staff and residents. A rotating swivel seat design offers barrier-free tub access, eliminating manual lifting and rotation of residents' legs by staff. This feature reduces the risk of staff injury, as well as the shearing of residents' skin that often results with traditional door tubs.
A new optional builtin electronic Carousel scale is now available. This scale, which provides weight readings in pounds or kilograms, maximizes staff efficiency by allowing residents to be weighed during the bathing process. The scale features electronic touch controls, automatic zeroing, a built-in weight averaging circuit, and a low-battery indicator.
The Carousel's pivoting chair section, including the seat and surrounding chair wall, offers 230° rotation for flexible entry into the tub, accommodating most room layouts. Swinging away from the remaining stationary tub section and control panel, the Carousel allows barrierfree access for ambulatory and partially dependent individuals.
The Carousel bathing system can be integrated with either of two Arjo lift-transfer systems. The battery-operated Arjo Sara™ 2000 facilitates the dressing and undressing of residents during the bathing process, and allows direct transfers from a wheelchair without the need for manual lifting. The battery-powered Arjo Lift Hygiene Chair eliminates manual lifting while allowing the efficient transfer or more dependent residents from bed to bath and back again.
Arjo's patented ultrasound technology, Hydrosound,® equips Carousel with the most advanced cleansing and hygiene technology available. Water and sound are combined to form microscopic, vibrating bubbles, resulting in an evenly distributed cleansing action called "microstreaming."
The Carousel utilizes an innovative, ergonomie tub configuration that uses no more water than a conventional tub, yet allows for fuller immersion and greater comfort by creating more room for the arms and torso. A built-in lumbar support and padded seat also enhance comfort, while a seat belt helps secure the resident when bathing.
For more information, contact Arjo, Inc., 8130 Lehigh Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053 or call (800) 323-1245.