Other Home Medical Equipment

Bariatric products are designed to have a weight capacity of 300 pounds (or more) for those who need that extra support. Bariatric chairs maximize the patient's ability to sit and stand with reduced effort, and lessens the chance of lifting injury to the caregiver.

Bariatric beds have extra bracing integrated into the home care bed frame, along with a wider surface and truss assembly, in order to provide maximum support.

Portable lifting cushions - provide that extra lift needed to help you get in and out of any armchair on your own by shifting your weight forward and pushing off gently with your arms and/or legs. The pneumatic lift will help to gently raise you up to an almost standing position. The cushion is portable and weighs approximately 9 pounds and flattens quickly for easy transport.

Commodes - 3 in 1 Commodes are adjustable and include back, pail w/lid, toilet seat and cover. Some can be used as a free standing commode or a raised toilet seat. Lift/commode is a FDA registered medical device, ideal for people with musculo-skeletal or neuromuscular limitations. It is motorized and designed to operate as a lift system and as an adjustable height commode. It can be used as a bedside commode (helps reduce bedpan use) or as a transfer system to move a person from a bed to a seated or standing position.

Compression Stockings - Problems with the veins of the leg occur in both men and women of all ages but certain factors increase the risk of venous problems. Health conditions, lifestyle habits, heredity, injury, surgery, age, and pregnancy all play a role. A broad range of compression hosiery from knee, thigh high, waist chaps, open and closed toe are manufactured to meet your needs. For more information: http://www.jobst-usa.com/

Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) - devices are available for synovial joints (hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and TMJ) following surgery or trauma (including fracture, infection, etc). The device moves the affected joint continuously on a 24-hour basis, without patient assistance. The device is held in place across the affected joint by Velcro straps. An electrical power unit is used to set the variable range of motion and speed. The speed and range of motion can be adjusted depending on joint stability, patient comfort level, and other factors assessed intraoperatively.

Diabetic Supplies - Blood glucose monitoring - there are a variety of systems available that allow testing on arms, fingers or thighs, with fast and accurate results and minimal cleaning required.

Environmental Control Units - permits remote control of electronic devices in the immediate surroundings. A person can independently turn lights, radio, and television on and off, answer or initiate phone calls, and unlock a door. Essentially any aspect of the environment can be controlled depending upon the system's complexity. For more information and products: http://www.makoa.org/ecu.htm

Hospital Beds - allow for positioning and safety, not possible with standard beds. There are basically three (3) types of hospital beds available for home use: Semi-Electric Beds - allows for raising and lowering the head and the knee break through the use of an automatic hand-held control. Raising the entire bed height is accomplished through use of a manual crank. Manual Beds - allows for raising and lowering the head of the bed and the knee break, through the use of a manual crank. Full or half-side rails are available. Full-Electric Beds - allows for the raising and lowering functions of the head and knee break, along with the entire bed height adjustment is operated by a hand-held control.

T.E.N.S. dual channel units - a transcutaneous electro-nerve stimulator; pain control that goes where you do. A small medical device slightly larger than a beeper, attaches to your pants or belt and helps alleviate pain while you wear it.

T.E.N.S. units have been dispensed by doctors to their patients for home use. They operate on a 9v. transistor battery and have small wires and pads that adhere to a painful area and alleviate pain. Tiny free nerve endings secrete a chemical called "substance P" that transmits pain signals to our brain. T.E.N.S. units artificially stimulate free nerve endings, thereby depleting them of substance P, literally stopping the pain signal in its tracks.

Wound V.A.C Therapy - or negative pressure wound therapy uses negative pressure through a controlled suction device to close large wounds and promote faster healing. This patented, FDA-approved device is composed of a sophisticated pump, hoses and monitoring system held within a portable compact case weighing less than 20 pounds. It is recognized as an advanced line therapy alternative for patients where traditional dressing changes are not effective. It is a method that is considered among recovering patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other home health care settings. It meets the needs of most cost-effective modalities and an estimated 5 million American patients suffering from chronic or acute wounds.

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Ostomy Supplies - Pouching system s- may include a one-piece or two-piece system. Both kinds include a faceplate/flange (barrier or wafer) and a collection pouch. The pouch (one-piece or two-piece) attaches to the abdomen by the faceplate/flange and is fitted over and around the stoma to collect the diverted output, either stool or urine. The barrier is designed to protect the skin from the stoma output and to be as neutral to the skin as possible

- One-piece pouching system - the ostomy pouch and skin barrier are joined together permanently. The pouch and skin barrier are applied and removed together-in one piece. Easy to apply and remove and more flexible than a two-piece pouching system.

- Two-piece pouching system, the ostomy pouch and skin barrier are separate . The pouch can be removed without removing the skin barrier. Because it is separate from the pouch, the skin barrier can be more easily positioned around the stoma.
Pediatric pouching systems are available as either one-piece products or two-piece products and are designed for premature babies, infants, and children. These systems can also be used to manage adult conditions such as small wounds, drain sites, and fistulas. Irrigation systems - Some colostomates can "irrigate," using a procedure analogous to an enema. This is done to clean stool directly out of the colon through the stoma. This requires a special irrigation system, consisting of an irrigation bag with a connecting tube (or catheter), a stoma cone and an irrigation sleeve. A special lubricant is sometimes used on the stoma in preparation for irrigation. Following irrigation, some colostomates can use a stoma cap, a one- or two-piece system which simply covers and protects the stoma. This procedure is usually done to avoid the need to wear a pouch.

Urinary pouching systems - urostomates can use either one or two piece systems. However, these systems also contain a special valve or spout which adapts to either a leg bag or to a night drain tube connecting to a special drainable bag or bottle.

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Bili Lights - (phototherapy) used to help infants with jaundice, a yellow coloring of the skin and eyes related to abnormal liver function.