Monthly Archives: February 2013

TED Stockings for Embolism Prevention

TED Stockings for Embolism Prevention 1Thrombo Embolism Deterrent or TED stockings, also known as TED hose and anti embolism stockings, are a preventive measure for deep vein thrombosis. If you wear TED stockings, you can prevent stationary or movable clots from forming in your blood. The stationary blood clots are called thrombosis and the movable blood clots are called embolus. Hence, the name of the stockings came to be Thrombo Embolism Deterrent or TED stockings.

Functioning

TED Stockings for Embolism Prevention 2The main purpose of the body venal system is to collect and transfer blood from all parts of the body back to the lungs so that it can be oxygenated once again. The veins which are present in the legs have to work against gravity to pull the blood back up in the body.  The muscular movements in the legs aid the veins in this regard and help them move the blood.

If the transfer of blood back to the lungs is delayed and takes more time than it should, then the lower areas of the body swell up. This can be prevented if you don TED stockings. They are manufactured such that pressure can be applied to the legs when you wear them. The highest pressure is applied at the feet and ankles but towards the thighs, this pressure is significantly reduced.  This helps the veins in proper functioning and blood does not pool in the feet. Consequently, no clots are formed and deep vein thrombosis can be avoided.

Types

There are many types of TED anti embolism stockings. They are available in varying lengths that may come up to your knees or thighs. The stockings may either be open toe or closed toe. Your doctor can help you in choosing a suitable style for yourself.

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Inogen Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Inogen Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Inogen One G2

A portable oxygen concentrator is used when patients need an increased level of oxygen than what is present in the air. This is very similar to a home oxygen concentrator, which is often huge and bulky, and is difficult to carry around. On the other hand, portable oxygen concentrators are small in size which makes them more convenient for traveling.

There are many portable oxygen concentrators available, but Inogen is probably the best of them. The main reason behind this is that Inogen’s battery life is much more than what other manufacturers offer.

Advantages

There are many benefits of preferring Inogen over other oxygen concentrators. Some of them are given below.

  • Portable: The name does make this advantage obvious, but Inogen devices are even smaller than other portable oxygen concentrators. They do not comprise of any oxygen tanks so the patient need not worry about his tank running short of gas whenever he is not at home.
  • Simple to Use: Inogen products can be easily used by anyone from kids to elderly people. There is no need to fill or refill tanks, and the devices operate with just a few button presses.
  • Performance: Inogen is known for never compromising on performance and quality, and the same is demonstrated in their products. Despite the small size, each product is capable of producing a large amount of oxygen per pound.
  • Battery Life: This has already been discussed, but needs mentioning again. Inogen uses lithium batteries that can last up to 16 hours, whereas other portable oxygen concentrators last only two to three hours. When the battery has been discharged, they can easily be charged through any electrical outlet including the cigarette lighters in cars.

Models

Inogen One g3

Inogen One g3

Inogen portable oxygen is available in two models: Inogen One G2 and Inogen One G3. The main features of the two products are pretty much the same. The only significant difference is that Inogen One g3 is smaller than Inogen One g2. In fact, it is almost half the size.

Resources

http://www.inogenone.com/oxygen-concentrators/g2-g3-comparison/

http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd-portable-oxygen-therapy

 

Pos-T-Vac Battery or Manual Pump

Impotence or erectile dysfunction is no more a non-curable disease. There are many ways in which patients suffering from this condition can be treated. The treatment methods are numerous from drugs to surgery to medications. The most effective of these are probably pumps because they have no side effects.

Though many penis pump manufacturers are available, the most effective products are those of Pos–T–Vac.

Pos – T – Vac Manual Pump

Pos-T-Vac Battery or Manual PumpThe Pos – T–Vac manual penile pump is simple to operate and is very effective in treating impotence. The patient just has to pump and blood flow is then increased in the penis. Once erection has been achieved, it can be maintained for about 30 minutes with the help of a tension ring.

The most notable advantages of this penile pump are its affordability, efficiency and ease of use. The pump can also be upgraded to an advanced battery operated ED pump or combination pump by switching the battery head. A combination pump provides both manual and battery pumping action.

Pos – T – Vac Battery ED Pump

Pos-T-Vac Battery or Manual Pump 2The Pos –T–Vac ED pump is more advanced than the manual pump in the sense that it is operated by a battery. By just pressing a simple ON/OFF button, the system starts operating and the motor provides a smooth pumping action. This creates a vacuum, which leads to erection.

The pros of the ED pump are increased efficiency and comfort. However, the prices are also slightly higher.

Erec Tech Pump

Pos-T-Vac Battery or Manual Pump 3The Erec Tech pump is the most advanced product offered by Pos – T – Vac.  The penis has to be placed inside the Erec Tech which forces a blood flow in it. This causes the penis to become rigid and the condition can be maintained by fixing a tension ring at the base.

What is Bariatric?

With a world that is growing and revolutionizing on the basis of getting things done quickly, we have  eliminated the need to move around or exercise by introducing cars and planes and ships for our traveling purposes. Daily travels aside, the work schedule of a person can be so hectic that they spend a good chunk of the day sitting behind desks and growing fatter.

Along with the increase in technological advancements, we were also able to multiply our food resources to accommodate the needs of the population. With a joint collaboration with other countries all over the world where good cash crops grow at a good speed due to their ideal climates, the population has become bigger and bigger till there are now diseases linked with obesity.

What is Bariatric 1Due to the fact that countries interchange food items as part of their imports with each other, obesity is quickly becoming a universal condition, found all over the world. The diseases linked with obesity have finally given rise to the medical branch of Bariatric. The field specializes in the treatment, cause and prevention of obesity. With a special attention to dieting, behavioral therapy and exercise, doctors look to re-rehabilitate their patients towards a safer and healthier lifestyle.

What is Bariatric 2However, doctors and medical experts were faced with two problems. The fact that obesity was getting directly linked to diseases such as Diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, chronic skeletal and muscular problems and the fact that shedding weight was no easy task. Most obese people have great trouble exercising and losing weight. More importantly, it was a losing battle for a few.

With obesity being so common, a whole range of Bariatric equipment was introduced which facilitates movement and includes items such as Bariatric beds, toilet seats, cushions, wheelchairs, etc.

Medical science has also branched out and introduced several Bariatric surgical methods which allowed doctors to operate on people and cut out the excess weight. Although the results can vary and not have much effect, they are very popular among any obese person looking to shed weight. The Bariatric surgery is often times the last resort for the person due to the fact that a few surgeries are permanent and non-reversible. However, if done successfully, the surgery benefits and gives a new beginning to the patient’s life.

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/diet/weight-loss-surgery/default.htm

http://www.webmd.com/diet/weight-loss-surgery/features/life-after-weight-loss-surgery

Types of Patient Lifts

When a person has a physical disability or impairment, it can become difficult for him or her to move around and perform everyday functions without some sort of assistance from care-givers. However, if the person is older and bigger than a child, it might prove to be a difficult task for a care-giver to assist and support the weight of a full grown person. For that particular reason, many types of supports and lifts are created for such patients that need them.

However, when picking a patient lift, you should look to the extent of the patient’s condition and then make a selection. Since patients can have varying degrees of disabilities, here are the following types of lifts which are available:

Mobile Floor Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 1Small, collapsible and easily accessible, mobile floor lifts are useful for helping care-givers assist their patients when they have fallen and are unable to get up without any aid. The lift is powered through batteries or a hand crank or can even be hydraulic. The collapsible natures of some of the lifts allow them to be taken outside with the patient on trips.

Sit-to-Stand Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 2Designed to provide support for patients in a standing position, the sit-to-stand lifts are greatly useful in aiding the dressing and undressing or movement of the patient from a chair to bed, etc. This type of lift not only provides patients with a sense of independence but also provides and maintains circulation and motion in the joints. Since remaining bedridden for sometime can cause patients to suffer from osteoporosis, the lift helps lower the chances of that happening.

Sling Lifts

Types of Patient Lifts 3The sling lift or Hoyer lift allows the care-giver to lift heavy patients without causing or suffering from any harm to them. The lift forms a hammock pouch for the patients and is available in different variations such as the ceiling slings, the stretcher slings, the disposable slings, etc. However, these slings do not provide much back support and patients whose medical ailments prevent them from bending might benefit more through other lifts.

Resources

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/GeneralHospitalDevicesandSupplies/ucm308622.htm

http://www.als-ny.org/index.php?page=ps_lifts

http://www.squidoo.com/hoyer-lift

Baby Formula Choices

When a baby starts to become a toddler, most parents realize that they must switch and supplement solid food in the baby’s diet in some way to provide better nutrition. Although milk is always good for a growing child, feeding the baby formula along with the milk helps to ensure that the little baby is receiving enough nutrition to become a healthy toddler.

Baby Formula ChoicesA baby’s diet greatly affects its development rate and in many cases can have a deciding factor on how they have turned out to be. A poor diet can stunt and damage the growth of a child so when choosing a formula, care must be taken to ensure that the baby will have as much nutrition as it was receiving from the mother’s milk.

With so many choices available in the market, it is easy to get lost while surfing among the stacks and stacks of baby food formula so narrow down the choices, here are a few baby food formulas to help you choose one:

Enfamil

A product of Nestle, the Enfamil baby formula was made with the thought of providing all the nutrients that the child had formerly benefited from through breast milk. With attention to important components that aid the development of the baby including his immune system, his motor and social skills.

Similac Sensitive

Another great favorite among parents on a global scale is the Similac Sensitive. Similac is a baby formula mix which provides babies with the extra immunity required by their sensitive stomachs to digest and process food. The Similac Sensitive line also caters to problems like gas and vomiting that is a rather frequent ailment of babies when they are being weaned off of milk and being introduced to solid food.

PEPTAMEN

With a diet designed solely to cater to babies, PEPTAMEN has produced a diet based on the peptide content which meets the requirements on even the most difficult-to-feed babies. The products are renowned by clinicians for their ability to encourage absorption, tolerance and utilization of nitrogen and the ability to successfully equip the baby with all the necessary dietary means to combat stress and mal-absorption of fat.

Unfortunately, more and more parents are turning towards cheaper alternatives which are friendly on the pocket but may fail to deliver on their excellent dietary promise for the baby’s health. Fortunately, Nestle offers more pocket friendly baby formulas as well such as Boost Kids Essential and Nutren Junior.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores

When a person is bedridden for an undefined period of time due to some ailment, their body can become prone to many other afflictions besides the current one. The human body was made for running, jumping, standing and other activities. Being immobile for such a long period can cause the body to experience pressure from the weight of the bones and lead to the development of pressure sores or bed sores.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 1For someone who is unable to get up and exercise, even for a minimum amount of time, the chances of developing bedsores greatly increases because of the amount of pressure being exerted over soft tissue in places such as the heels, the knees, the elbows, the ribcage, the thighs,  the toes, the hips and the tailbone. Pressure on these areas causes the blood supply to be completely or partially cut off causing the tissue to die. If pressure is still exerted on the same spot, the skin will eventually become thinner and thinner until it breaks, often causing an open wound.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 21Such bedsores are painful and cause the patient considerable pain since they often have to lie or sit on them. With the wound being open, bedsores cause the patient to be susceptible to infections which can lead to the patient suffering from blood poisoning because of germs.

Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores 3Although bedsores are treatable, they can be very painful for the patients, so it is best to practice methods that can reduce the chances of developing bedsores. One way that the risk can be lowered is by redistributing the weight of the patient with the help of special mattresses. They are usually made of special moldable foam or gel which encompasses the patient’s body in such a way as to properly distribute their weight over the surface.

With the help of the special mattresses coupled with vigilant exercise, bedsores can be kept at bay from the patient. However, the usage of special mattresses as such can only reduce the risk of a patient developing bedsores; it does not mean that the risk has been eliminated.