The Product Report was designed to provide pediatricians with up-to-date information on new medical equipment, office accessories, etc. Listings are made up from unsolicited press releases from the manufacturer. They are neither advertisements nor endorsements.
The Playscapes Jr. Children's Environment
Playscapes Children's Environments introduces its newest Playscape Center - the Playscapes Jr. It is a bilevel, self-contained play environment, designed for pediatric waiting areas in clinics, hospitals and ambulatory care centers.
The Playscapes Jr., with its in/out/up/down design, completely consumes the child's attention. Fears of the upcoming examination or long waits for brothers and sisters no longer seem important. With the child's fears alleviated, parents have time to relax and doctors have a happier, more contented child to examine.
The Playscapes Jr. is available with or without the carpeted slide; sizes are 4′ × 5 ½′ and 4′ × 4′ respectively. Both models are 6′ high. Since the units are modular in design, the 4′ × 4′ model can be expanded to 4′ × 5 ½′ by adding the slide at a later date. Optional wall-mounted play accessories also occupy and entertain children while eliminating waiting area toy clutter.
Safety features include a fully enclosed upper level with its own ceiling and unbreakable windows. A self-limiting platform allows easy access to upper levels by older children while keeping toddlers on the ground level.
Like the full-sized Playscape Centers, the 500 lb. Playscapes Jr. is constructed to stand up to constant use. The laminate exterior with carpeted and laminate interior is very durable and easy to clean, meets NFPA fire codes, and is easily installed by maintenance personnel.
A free color brochure is available by writing or calling Playscapes at the address/phone number listed below.
For more information contact James Barnard, Playscapes Children's Environments, 30 W. Mifflin #712, Madison, Wl 53703. Telephone: 1-800-792-3505, ext. 328.
RE TRAKE ™
The RE-TRAKE™ emergency cricothyro to my /tracheostomy device (from the developers of NUTRAKE®) can be used to perform an emergency reintubation of an extubated tracheostomy tube in children and adults. This device, with reusable components, is packaged in a sterilized kit and features a tracheal reintubation method requiring only a few seconds to complete.
Call (800) 533 LIFE
In CA (818) 701-LIFE
AAPs New First Aid Poster
The new first aid poster from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updates injury and poisoning treatment information, including the AAP's recently revised guidelines on treating the choking child.
One side of the 11 × 17 inch poster details the treatment of injuries such as burns, sprains, and skin wounds and also gives instructions in infant and child CPR. The same side of the poster also gives AAP guidelines for treating the choking child, including the AAP's revised position that all children, except infants under 1 year of age, should be treated with the Heimlich maneuver. Infants who are choking should be given four rapid back blows followed by four rapid chest compressions if breathing has not started. The second side of the poster details poisoning first aid.
The poster is available for $2.50 per copy. Enclose check and send request to: Department of Publications, American Academy of Pediatrics, P.O. Box 927, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
FirstTemp Tympanic Thermometer
The next time you take a baby's temperature, he may sleep right through it. FirstTemp, the latest breakthrough in electronic medical technology, is so quiet, so comfortable, he won't even know it's there. When placed gently at the opening of the ear, FirstTemp takes an infrared reading of the body's core temperature from the tympanic membrane in 1 second. It's accurate because the tympanic membrane shares the blood supply that reaches the hypothalamus, which controls body temperature.
Unlike the mouth or rectum, the ear canal has no mucous membrane, a source of potential contagion. Furthermore, the FirstTemp probe is covered with a comfortable, sanitary, disposable speculum that fits adults and infants safely. It is applied and ejected without being touched. FirstTemp represents a major step forward in preventing the spread of orally and sexually transmitted diseases.
In clinical trials at the University of Vermont, FirstTemp was tested alongside both a Swan-Ganz catheter in the pulmonary artery and an indwelling rectal thermometer. FirstTemp proved extremely accurate, supporting the statements of earlier investigators that noninvasive tympanic thermometry would likely deliver the quickest, most reliable correlation with the body's core temperature. Furthermore, ear wax poses no problem, as the wax is in thermal equilibrium with the ear canal.
At the flick of a switch, FirstTemp becomes a surface-scanning instrument. Without touching the skin, medical personnel can obtain the temperature of the area within FirstTemp's target field of view This can be invaluable in the assessment of burn sites, vascular integrity. IV infiltration, etc.
For more information about FirstTemp, contact IMS at (800) 535-5158 (US) or (800) 628-1414 (California).
The Cybermedic MOOSE Spirometer
Cybermedic Inc., a publiclyowned computerized medical diagnostic manufacturer based in Louisville, CO, reports the successful launching of its newest product, the MOOSE.
The introduction of this product came at a time of increasing industry awareness for the value of routine spirometrie (lung function) testing. Cybermedic's system provides hardware (IBM-compatible) and software for easy, costeffective, noninvasive, reliable spirometry testing, and boasts more flexibility and features for the price compared to its competitors.
The MOOSE was introduced to the respiratory care industry in October 1985. Intense efforts by all staffmembers resulted in an excellent supply and demand for the new product. After 4 weeks, Cybermedic was pleased to have met their goal for the MOOSE'S first quarter sales. The combination of superior capability and a retail price tag of $5,000 have made the MOOSE an early success and a forerunner in a new era where providing high quality pulmonary and respiratory testing at the critical early diagnosis stage is a reality. In addition to advanced spirometry, the MOOSE can be used as an office management tool for billing, bookkeeping, patient filing, and correspondence.
For further information on the MOOSE, or on Cybermedic's complete line of automated pulmonary instrumentation, contact Cybermedic at the address below.
Cybermedic, Inc., P.O. Box 700, Louisville, CO 80027-0700. Telephone (303) 666-9253 or (800) 321-9384 toll free.
Milner-Fenwick, Inc., announces the release of Parentvision, a new series of eight parent education video programs addressing key health and parenting issues for children up to 2 years of age.
Designed for the pediatrician's office and other child health-care settings, the programs answer many common questions and concerns of new parents. The series focuses in on infants' behavior and their changing growth patterns and needs. Areas covered include feeding, sleeping, sickness, physical development, and safety and environmental considerations. Each show is approximately 10 minutes running time.
Six of the titles are timed for showing at the regularly scheduled well-baby exams as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. These are: "First Days of Parenthood," "Your Child: 2 Weeks to 2 Months," "Your Child: 2-6 Months," "Your Child: 6-12 Months," "Your Child: 12-18 Months," and "Your Child: 18-24 Months."
The two remaining films in the Parentvision series each address a specific and major concern of parents. "Early Childhood Safety" examines the safeguarding of children from injury in possible everyday accidents, and "When Your Baby is Sick" outlines common juvenile health problems and encourages close physician/parent communication.
The series is the product of extensive research with pediatricians across the country. They helped select topic areas, evaluate scripts, and review completed programs prior to the final release of the series. In addition, the programs were developed by five noted pediatricians in conjunction with Milner-Fenwick, a leading producer of patient education videos. MilnerFenwick programs are used in thousands of US physician 's offices and hospitals to help save time and improve patient communications. Currently, there are 200 programs in their complete video library. Parentvision is offered in all film and videocassette formats. The series is available on a special preview basis.
For more details, write Milner-Fenwick, Inc., 2125 Greensprlng Drive, Timonium, MD 21093. Telephone: 1-800-638-8652.
The Corometrics® 500 Infant Monitor
Corometrics Medical Systems, Inc. introduces a new addition to their Neonatal Product Line: the 500 Infant Monitor.
The 500 incorporates the same accurate specifications of the highly advanced Neo-Trak™ 515- -a market leader in neonatal intensive care monitoring. Features of the 500 include: a computerized digital filter that removes cardiac artifacts from the respiration siqnal to assure a more accurate determination of apneic events; a unique breath-weighing system that improves the accuracy of the apnea alarm; and improved circuitry that accurately detects heart rate with only two electrodes. The monitor provides a minimum of 24 hours battery life in addition to AC line operation. The 500 interfaces with our hospital recording systems as well as tape recorders.
Corometrlcs Medical Systems, Inc., 61 Barnes Park Road North, P.O. Box 333, Wallingford, CT 06492-0333. Telephone: (203) 265-5631 or (800) 243-3952.
Auto Tymps Tympanometry Screeners
Grason-Stadler, Inc. has announced the availability of two new Auto Tymps, the GSI 27A and the GSI 28A, which provide testing capability for tympanometry. Both of these screeners have a new, high-tech image. They are lightweight and compact with an optional carrying case for complete portability.
The Auto Tymps feature a handheld probe that does not require entry into the ear canal. A set of colored LEDs, located at the end of the probe, indicate the test progress to the operator. Both the GSI 27A and the GSI 28A are completely automatic, printing the numeric test results and also plotting a tympanogram. The easily inserted preprinted roll of charts can be torn off following each test and inserted in the patient's record. A reprint button allows multiple copies of the last test. One of the new features is an abbreviated printout for mass screenings using a plain, white roll of paper.
The GSI 27A allows the operator to select two modes - tympanometry or tympanometry with ipsilateral reflex. The tympanometry sequence is completed in 1 second. The GSI 28A allows the operator to select tympanometry, tympanometry and reflex (ipsi and/ or contra), and screening audiometry. For reflex testing and screening audiometry there are four available frequencies, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000 Hz. When in the screening audiometry mode, each frequency may be presented at 25 and 35 dB HL.
GSI, 537 Great Road, P.O. Box 1400, Littleton, MA 01460. Telephone: (617) 486-3514.
EZ Care Phosphate Enema Bottle
Announcing EZ Care - a better, more comfortable, and more complete phosphate enema design. With EZ Care, the Medical Care Products Division of TR Associates introduces a unique collapsible bottle designed to reduce patient trauma and make self-administration easier and more effective.
Gone are the patient discomfort, embarrassment, incomplete product usage, leakage, and bulky disposal that characterized enemas of the past. Each ready-to-use EZ Care bottle contains 4.5 fluid ounces (133 ml) of the well-established sodium biphosphate, sodium phosphate solution.
While conventional bottles typically expel only 70% of their contents, the unique EZ Care syringe-type action expels 95%, allowing for complete relief and thorough cleansing of the lower bowel. And because it is more comfortable, it can help to ease patient anxiety. A light, steady, syringe-like pressure applied to the base of the bottle is all it takes. Once EZ Care has been administered, the small, fully collapsed bottle is optimum for more efficient waste disposal. EZ Care Adult Phosphate Enemas come with a prelubricated tip for gentle insertion, a specially designed shield to prevent contamination, an anti-flux valve to control flow and prevent leakage, and clear, concise directions printed on each prepackaged unit.
For more information on the many benefits of EZ Care Enemas, please write TR Associates, Medical Care Products Division, 5657 Gray Street, Arvada, CO 80002. Telephone: 1-800-621-8385, ext. 873.