Monthly Archives: January 2009

Bariatric Shopping Made Easy

Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. In 2007, three states had more than 30% of their populations categorized as obese. If these trends continue, the world of Bariatrics will be very commonplace. In the diagram below, you can see how the United States has moved closer toward obesity.

Obesity in the United States from 1985 to 2007

Obesity in the United States from 1985 to 2007

People who suffer complications from disabilities can be doubly challenged when they are also Bariatric patients. Obesity has been linked to everything from poor mobility and back pain to congestive heart failure, infertility, stroke, and cancer. A lot of things that others may take for granted are even more difficult for Bariatric Patients.

There are several categories of products engineered specifically for Bariatric Patients:

Bathroom Assist

Drive Medical Bariatric Transfer Bench

Drive Medical Bariatric Transfer Bench

Bariatric Hospital Beds

KCI BariKare Bariatric Hospital Bed

KCI BariKare Bariatric Hospital Bed

Patient Lifts & Trapeze Equipment

Hoyer Presence Professional Patient Lift

Hoyer Presence Professional Patient Lift

Walkers-Crutches-Rollators

Drivie Medical Winnie Walker Bariatric Rollator

Drive Medical Go-Lite Bariatric Steel Rollator

Wheelchairs & Scooters

Drive Medical Sentra Bariatric Extra Wide Dual Axle Wheelchair

Drive Medical Sentra Bariatric Extra Wide Dual Axle Wheelchair

When you are looking for Bariatric Products, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

1. Get the size you need. Bariatric items are typically more expensive than regular items but they are built to heavy duty standards.B e sure that you check the weight capacity and measurements so you know the item will fit the patient.

2. Check the product warranties. Make sure that you understand what is covered under the manufacturers warranty. It’s a good sign when the warranty specifically covers welds.

3. Buy from a reputable company. Vitality Medical only carries products manufactured by the top medical manufacturers. You will recognize names like Drive Medical and Invacare . Vitality Medical is a very dependable company that sells goods from other very reliable, passing it’s tenth year in business.

For 9 years, at Vitality Medical, we have delivered on our promise to sell top quality medical supplies at the best prices on the Web.

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Living with Erectile Dysfunction

A sample of ED pumpsThe subject of this month’s blog is a very personal subject–Male Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED). The goal of this article is to share information about the subject in a clinical manner with a human touch.

People are living longer than ever. In the United States, the average life span is life span is 78 years, which is amazing when you consider that in 1910 life expectancy was 50 years, 84 days. We are living longer than at any other time in the history of the USA. As we get older, our sexual performance may not meet our expectations. In other words, “We’re not 18 anymore.”

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

. . . the consistent inability to obtain or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual relations.

ED is actually quite common. In 1994 Data from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study has indicated that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction of any degree is 39% in men 40 years old, and 67% in those aged 70 years. To understand ED it is important to understand normal erectile function. An erection occurs when blood enters and is retained in sponge-like bodies inside the penis. ED can be a Symptom or side effect of:

Cigarette Smoking, High Blood Pressure, Medications, Coronary Artery Disease, Lipid Disorders,
Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Low Testosterone, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Attack, Bladder Surgery, Stroke, Herniated Lumbar Disc, Major Prostate Surgery, Thyroid Problems, or Major Rectal Surgery.

Encore Deluxe Battery and Manual Vacuum Erection SystemThe Good ED News

ED doesn’t have to equal celibacy. There are several treatments available including Pills, Surgery, and Vacuum Erection Devices (VED).

Although the most popular treatment is “little blue pill,” some people can’t take Sildenafil because they are on nitrates for chest pain or heart problems. Other people don’t want to risk the side effects of the pills. Surgery is an extreme treatment and as with all surgeries–there is risk.Pos-T-Vac Battery Operated Erection PumpIf neither of these options appeal, a Erection Pump may be the answer.

What is a Vacuum Erection Device?

A VED (or penis pump) is a cylinder that is fitted over the penis, with a manual or motorized pump to create suction. As the apparatus creates a vacuum around the penis, blood is drawn into the penis, helping it to become engorged. Medical pumps are made of medical quality materials and usually proscribed or recommended by a Urology.Timm Osbon ErecAid Esteem Battery Operated Erection DeviceA VED system consists of the cylinder (Approximately 8.5″ long and 2.25″ diameter), Pump (manual or battery operated), an array of tension/compression bands in varying sizes, a water-based lubricant, and instructions for use. The consumables (items that you will use up and reorder) include lubricant and tension bands.

Many people prefer an erection pump over chemical stimulants because ED pumps produce Immediate Results, the treatment is Patient Controlled, the VED’s are Easy to Use, and have a Low Risk of Side Effects. It’s important to note that you don’t see a lot of VED ads on the Super Bowl, most often the manufacturers of VEDs rely on satisfied customers and word of mouth. Because of this, every company we work with offers ongoing support for your success!

At Vitality Medical we carry 3 top manufacturers: Encore Medical, Timm Medical, and POS-T-VAC. Each of these companies have outstanding reputations that have take them years to earn. The all make top quality medical equipment and continually work to improve their engineering for greater success!

New Hope for the future

For some ED is a temporary condition while for others it’s a permanent change. Although it’s a big change it can be dealt with and your romantic life can be much better than non-existent. If you have any questions about treating erectile dysfunction call us at 801-733-4449.

For 9 years, at Vitality Medical, we have delivered on our promise to sell top quality medical supplies at the best prices on the Web.