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Light Meter for Phototherapy Unit
Rocky Mountain Medical Corporation, a supplier of durable and disposal medical products for specialized applications, recently announced the availability of a built in light meter for their Baby Lite home phototherapy system.
Phototherapy is used to treat infantjaundice, a condition which affects approximately 370,000 newborm a year. Traditionally infants were put under specially colored blue lights and were required to stay in the hospital for I to 5 days of phototherapy treatment. Today the infant can be treated at home. With home phototherapy, there is no need to separate the parents from their newborns, breast-feeding is more convenient, and costs are substantially less than hospital care.
U/ith the newly added optional feature of a built-in light meter, parents can ensure that their baby is receiving the proper level of treatment by easily monitoring the light intensity indicator. This unique feature is available only in the Baby Lite system.
For further information on Rocky Mountain Medical's home phototherapy system, please contact Betty Skatoff, Director of Sales and Marketing, (303J 773-1237 or (80Of 233-3556.
Child Day Care Directory
The challenging task of locating licensed child care is made considerably more manageable with the release of the Directory of Child Day Care Centers - Volume 3: West. Distinguished by its up-todate and accurate information obtained directly from state governments, this new reference book from The Oryx Press fills a critical need for information about child day care. Parents, pedJatricians, and social service personnel will welcome this regional directory identifying chilo care facilities in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Directory of Child Day Care Centers - Volume 3: West [617 pages, Paperbound, ISBN 0-89774-329-6) is priced at S62.5Û. The directory is available on standing order, by volume or by set, from The Oryx Press, 2214 North Central at Encanto, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1483. There is no charge for postage and handling on prepaid orders. To order toll-free call (80Oj 457-ORYX or Jn Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii dial (602) 254-6156.
PRI Offers Child Health Series
Professional Research, Inc. (PRI], the leading U.S. distributor of health care education audiovisual programs, announces the release of nine brand new revisions of classic PRI child health titles, plus two exciting new additions - 'Terrific Twos" and "When Mom Has to Work."
The revised titles include: "Feeding Your Child", "Care of the Sick Child", 'Accidents Don't Have to Happen", "Your Child's Growth and Development", and "Comforting Your Fussy Baby. "The programs give parents helpful tips, easy-tofollow demonstrations and advice on how to raise happier, healthier children. Other revisions: "New Baby Care," designed to teach expectant parents about skills and equipment needed to care for the newborn; "Respiratory Problems" and "Troubles in the Digestive Tract" show parents how to recognize possible problems while teaching them to distinguish between symptoms that need immediate medical attention and symptoms that can be treated at home; "Immunizations" introduces a recommended immunization program.
"Terrific Twos" and "When Mom Has to Work" capture the trying times experienced by parents. Originally produced by ABC Wide World of Learning, these programs provide parents with helpful suggestions, sympathy, and healthy new insights.
All programs in the Child Health Series are available for preview free of charge to qualified buyers. Purchase price for each program is S295.00 [rentals $30.00). All programs are available in all video formats, and the nine child health revisions are also available in 16 mm. Programs vary from 10 to 18 minutes in length.
For more information, contact PRJ at (800) 421-2363. In Illinois, Hawaii, and Alaska, call collect: (312) 328-6700.
Wright Linear Pump
Before an anxious grandfather put his knowledge of engineering to work to invent a therapeutic machine precision-controlled with electronic timers, most victims of lymphedema inevitably faced "reconstructive surgery," confinement, or amputation of limbs.
The patented Wright Linear Pump is the only programmable grathent pressure pump available. After Edward S. Wright, a retired executive, developed the first pump for his granddaughter in November 1983, he formed a company to mass-produce the Wright Linear Pump. There are now over 350 in use throughout the country and around the world.
Chronic lymphedema is a somewhat rare, incurable disease with devastating results. It is congenital, and can also be acquired, by surgery radiation, or trauma types of injuries. In all cases there is a restriction in the return circulation, which causes lymph fluid to accumulate and lie stagnant in the affected limb. The limb can become dramatically enlarged and disfigured, and because of the swelling, is susceptible to superficial and deep infections.
The patented Wright Linear Pump is the only grathent pressure pump available. Custommade three-cell sleeves are available for use on arms or legs.
From /eft: Jennifer Wright at age 7, before use offne Wright Linear Pump; at age 10 and at age 13, after using the pump for five years. She now uses the pump less than one hour per day
It is estimated that approximately 1 1,000 Americans are afflicted with chronic lymphedema. Wright's granddaughter Jennifer was born with Parkes Weber syndrome; the lymph check valves in her right leg were not fully developed, or were missing entirely. In Jennifer Wright's case, her right leg, from foot to hip, and right hand, began to swell during her infancy
At age 4, Jennifers calf measured 20 inches in circumference. When she was 7V¿ years old, small red surface veins began to appear on the skin of her leg. The veins in the leg seemed to be pushed to the surface. This was the first sign that possible ulcérations could be the next development that would increase Jennifer's risk of infection.
The reason that the Wrighr Linear Pump works is because the fluids are pushed, through grathent pressures and time cycles, from the distal part of the limb back toward the center of the body, in the same way that normal return circulation works. There are three individually inflatable cells in each limb sleeve. Each section is controlled with solid-state timers by Eagle Signal Controls of Austin, Texas. The highest pressure and longest time cycle is applied at the foot or hand. Pressure is less in the middle section and least at the thigh or shoufder. The fluids are therefore directed upwards, toward the torso area of the body The excess fluids are discharged normally through the urinary system.
The timer controls on the panel provide the physician the flexibility to find what best suits the individual patient's condition. Ed Wright believes that the programmability feature of the Eagle Signal timers is an outstanding feature, but is just beginning to be utilized to its fullest potential. "The programmai J I ry of the pump is really tremendous. For example, if you have a patient who has little or no edema in the foot, but in the calf and thigh, you can extend the time cycle in the necessary sleeve segments, and also adjust the pressures, " Wright said.
Each Wright Linear Pump contains three Miniflex® Series timing units: two are Model DGlOO solid-state timers, and one is a Model DAIOO on/off repeat cycle timer. The timers are easily installed in the control panel, and the technology provides the highly accurate and precise timing control required. The timers are set with knobs referenced to a graduated scale, and pilot lights on the front indicate that the units are timing.
"The Eagle Signal timers are extremely reliable and are perfectly suited to control the operations of our pumps, " Wright reported. The timers are also cost-effective, at $65.00 and SI02.00 list price. "One of our primary objectives is to hold the cost of our pumps as low as we can. We want to keep the machines as affordable as possible for lymphedema patients," Wright said. Wright Linear Pumps sell for $3965.00.
The Wnghc Linear Pump controls provide the physician with total programmability of grathent pressures for each cell and offer the flexibility of prescribing intermittent cycling. The physician is able to find what best suits the individual patient's condition.
The Wright Linear Pump is the most significant development in decades for treating lymphedema patients. As Dr. Michael Alexander puts it, "It is clear that the disorder is not being cured, but with the combination of the Wright Linear Pump and continued care in managing and containing the limb as it is reduced in size, we can significantly improve the quality of life of a large number of people suffering from chronic lymphedema."
As for Jennifer Wright, a combination of love, medical science and microprocessor technology have given a beautiful young lady a bright, wonderful new life. The Wright Linear Pump will become the Wright family legacy of hope for countless thousands of lymphedema victims, and many others who require aid in return circulation.
For more information, contact Wright Linear Pump, Attn: Mr. Ed Wright, 5171 Campbell Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Telephone (800) 631-9535.