SDS Transfer & Rehab Vest

July 26, 2011

SDS Medical has announced a new product awareness program for the patented SDS Vest to assist stroke survivors who require physical therapy at home to improve their ability to walk. “The first few weeks after discharge from an inpatient stay after a stroke are difficult as the patient attempts to use newly learned skills without the support of the rehabilitation environment or team.”

“By design, The SDS Vest allows caregivers and family members to become part of the rehabilitation process at home, reducing the patients’ risk of falling when walking, while also reducing the risk of injury to the caregiver,” stated Allan Thomas, President.


PocketCPR® Real CPR Help, Real-time CPR Feedback

June 5, 2011

CPR delivery is physically and mentally demanding, and bystanders often lack confidence or are afraid they will harm the victim. PocketCPR increases confidence and reinforces skills learned in CPR training.

This FDA cleared device reminds the rescuer what to do before initiating CPR and coaches the rescuer with feedback during CPR. PocketCPR delivers ZOLL Medical Corporation’s proven Real CPR Help® technology in a light, portable device that measures and provides real-time feedback about the rate and depth of chest compressions during CPR. Read the rest of this entry »

Epidural Positioning Device

May 13, 2011

Increase your efficiency in operating rooms, labor and delivery suites, pain centers, and anywhere epidurals and spinals are performed. The Epidural Positioning Device (EPD) allows you to position patients correctly and comfortably by encouraging cervical, thoracic and lumbar flexion while maintaining a solid and stable position. The chest is amply supported to stabilize the back.pain centers and any area where operating room (OR) table clamps are not available. With smooth, rolling casters you can position the EPD for any seated patient. Locking brakes anchor the EPD in place. For added stability the stand features a locking tether for securing it to a bed or a gurney. The small footprint of the LDS allows for easy storage when not in use. With simple adjustments and ease of mobility, the EPD Package 2 is always ready to use.


Eight Tips for Obtaining a High Quality Capillary Blood Specimen

May 4, 2011

1. Puncture Site and Lancing/Incision Device Selection –Determine the appropriate puncture site and lancing/ incision device for the patient and the tests requested. Using the wrong size lancet/incision device may result in excessive squeezing, prolonged or incomplete collection, poor specimen quality (hemolysis, clotting) and possible redraws, as well as injury to the patient (mainly children).

2. Warming the Puncture Site – Warming the site will increase blood flow up to seven times. CLSI guidelines recommend warming the skin puncture site for three – five minutes with a moist towel or commercially available warming device at a temperature no greater than 42°C.

3. Cleaning the Puncture Site – Allow the alcohol to air dry. Performing skin puncture through residual alcohol may be uncomfortable for the patient and cause hemolysis, which can adversely affect test results.

4. Wipe Away the First Drop of Blood – Immediately following skin puncture, platelets aggregate at the puncture site, initiating the clotting process. Without wiping away the platelet plug, bleeding may stop prior to completion of the blood collection. In addition, the first drop of blood contains tissue fluid, which can cause specimen dilution, hemolysis and clotting.

5. Avoid Milking, Scooping or Scraping of the Puncture Site –  It is recommended to touch the collector end of the container to the drop of blood. After collecting 2 or 3 drops, the blood will flow down the container wall to the bottom of the tube. Excessive squeezing (milking), scooping and scraping may cause hemolysis and/or tissue fluid contamination of the specimen. Using a “scooping” or scraping motion along the surface of the skin can also result in platelet activation, promoting platelet clumping and clotting.

6. Collect Specimen Quickly – Specimens must be collected quickly to minimize platelet clumping and microclot formation (hematology testing). Specimens also should be collected quickly to avoid exposure to air and light (blood gases and bilirubin testing).

7. Fill to the Correct Fill Volume – Fill containers to the recommended fill volume (if indicated). Underfilled containers will have higher concentrations of additives. Higher concentrations of K2EDTA may cause erroneous results for MCV and red cell indices and cause RBC and WBC morphological artifacts. Consequently, overfilled containers will have lower concentrations of EDTA and may result in clotting.

8. Mix Specimen – Microcollection tubes must be inverted the appropriate number of times to ensure that the blood and anticoagulant are sufficiently mixed. Mixing is essential to prevent the formation of microclots and platelet
clumps, which can cause inaccurate or erroneous test results.

Introducing The AD View – An Afforddable Modular Multiplatform Diagnostic Station

May 3, 2011

We are happy to announce the introduction of the ADview diagnostic station.

The ADview is the result of collaboration between ADC and a world-class developer of innovative blood pressure technology that brings to the professional medical marketplace the first truly modular diagnostic station.

  • Flexibility to grow with your customers needs. Add a temperature and/or Nellcor compatible SpO2 module to the blood pressure unit at any time.
  • EMR ready option with long range BlueToooth connectivity
  • Available in the three platforms – Wall Mount, Table Top or Mobile.

New Portable Bath Steps with Unique Modular Design

April 29, 2011

Offer safety, sturdiness and flexibility with the new Portable Bath Steps from Drive Medical. Our unique modular design is stackable to meet individual needs and makes getting in and out of the bath tub easy and safe.

Features include:
Added 4″ boost with slip resistant soft top and rubber feet
A unique modular design that allows multiple steps to be stacked
Each additional step adds 2″
Four removable covers on the surface that lock into another step when stacking
Plugs that can be removed when stacking steps to ensure a secure fit
Attractive, textured surface that is slip resistant and comfortable
Weight capacity of 450 lbs.
One year limited warranty
1 step per retail box, 1 retail box per case

Mobilegs: Designed To Be A Superior Crutch

April 29, 2011

Standard crutches are hard on the body and haven’t changed much over the course of history. The last major innovation was revising the basic “T” shape to the now ubiquitous adjustable A-frame—and that was during World War II.

Mobilegs takes the design to the 21st century with modern materials and careful attention to ergonomic factors (which should come as no surprise given that their inventor helped design the Aeron chair). The new design provides better stability and reduces the type of secondary injuries—like nerve damage and wrist strain—associated with its predecessors. Better still, the lightweight crutches cost the same as the standard set.