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Why You Should Buy Medical Supplies Online

Shopping online is becoming more popular, more convenient, and safer all the time. With the choice of products increasing and information freely available from companion websites, people are realizing the great benefits of comparison shopping from the comfort of their own home.

Shopping for Medical Supplies online has the added advantage of preserving privacy and personal dignity for your intimate purchases, making it a safe and confidential experience. Online stores give consistent good quality and service to their customers, as competition is a constant spur and only those providing good value will do well in today’s economic environment.
Computer

Because there is so much competition, prices of Medical Supplies are kept down. On the internet, a customer can browse and compare any number of online stores in a way impossible by car or phone. Online stores keep a good inventory and bulk buying means they can offer substantial discounts to their customers. Quality assurance can be verified by comparing brands and feedback from customers who send in comments on blog sites.

Good online medical supply stores back up their products with information and detailed instructions about the use of their products and guarantee that their customers’ needs will be respected. This reliability inspires customer goodwill and an assurance that the products and service will continue to be top quality.

The biggest concern with online buying is internet security. In order to protect their customers, online stores offer secure payment gateways, where your credit card information is encrypted for security. The online store Vitality Medical for example, uses VeriSign, whose seal is the most trusted mark on the Internet, displayed over 250 million times each day.

This Secure Sockets Layer or SSL assures customers that they can trust the link, trust the site, and trust the transaction.
Your sensitive private information including password and bank or credit card details are sent over the internet via 128 bit SSL encryption, ensuring that no hacker could intercept this data. No sensitive information will ever be sent to you by email and if you do forget your password, a temporary one will be sent instead. Only the distributor from whom you purchase the products will have access to your information and none of your personal data will ever be used outside the scope of the commercial operation of the business.


Vitality Medical does not store your credit card information and when you are shopping on their website you can double check by looking at the URL line of your browser. When accessing the credit card entry page or customer data form you will notice the first characters of the site address change from “http” to “https”. The “https” denotes a secure IP address.
Users of the website may opt out of receiving mailings and promotions if they wish, but often a customer appreciates receiving News of a new product or service related to previous purchases. If you have questions concerning the privacy and security policy of Vitality Medical, you can send an email to question@vitalitymedical.com or by telephone at 1-800-397-5899 (outside USA 801-733-4449 or 801-733-5758). For more information visit the website www.vitalitymedical.com.

Traveling with Ostomy Supplies

Traveling with an ostomy can be accomplished easily with the right knowledge and materials. A few simple suggestions will make your travel experience less stressful. First, you will need a supply of Ostomy Pouches and Accessories and a statement from your physician.

When flying, pre-cut the ostomy pouches at home to avoid carrying scissors. Airport security will confiscate scissors unless they are packed in your checked luggage. Pack your ostomy supplies in both your carry on and checked luggage. In the case of lost or delayed luggage, you don’t want to be stranded without supplies.

Ostomy Bag

Have extra supplies in the car if traveling by road, and put them in a cool place if possible.  Include Wipes, tissues and Bandage Tape and pack bottled water, if needed. Include disposal bags for used ostomy items and include over the counter remedies to counteract diarrhea, such as Imodium or Kaolin.

When driving, find locations ahead of time to stop for checking and emptying the pouch. This will avoid unnecessary leakage problems. When flying, plan your airline transfers so that you have time to check pouch at the transfer airport.

Drink a glass of water or fruit juice every hour to maintain hydration during travel and stand at least one minute every hour to promote circulation and reduce leg cramps. Seek medical attention while travelling for any unusual signs or symptoms. Keep phone numbers immediately available so you can call your doctor or ostomy nurse for sever cramps, accidental cuts, excessive bleeding at the site of the ostomy, severe skin irritation or ulcers, or decreased output in the pouch for four or more hours.

If you are travelling overseas, it is helpful to carry with you a dictionary of ostomy terms, as well as, a statement written in different languages that asks for privacy if a search is to be conducted. All screening at airports must be conducted in a way that treats passengers with courtesy, dignity, and respect. You may request that any personal screening be conducted in a private area.

Keep in mind that on Aug 10, 2006, TSA banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from carry-on baggage, with only a few exceptions for required medications, baby formula, diabetic glucose treatments, etc.

The statement from your physician should state your need for ostomy supplies in case of misunderstandings during a baggage search.  Include your doctor’s name, address and phone number.

Stoma Paste

Based on these rules, you should have no difficulty carrying a 2-ounce tube of Stoma Paste or a few remover wipes, Barrier Wipes, etc. Remember that the restrictions apply only to carry-on luggage; you can pack as much as you want in your checked luggage.

For all ostomy supplies, you should check out Vitality Medical for top quality, discount prices on Medical Supplies and service that is knowledgeable, discreet and efficient. Vitality Medical makes shopping online for all your medical supplies simpler.

Resources: A helpful book called Yes We Can is available at http://www.chandlerhousebooks.com/index.php?page_id=261&page_item_id=29

General information may be found at the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc website . http://www.ostomyinternational.org/ostomy.html.

Living with Incontinence After a Prostatectomy

Living with Incontinence After a Prostatectomy

Men who have a prostatectomy for prostate cancer, often find themselves suffering from post operative urinary incontinence. Although in this case, the cure is not worst than the disease, many men still find the new problem of incontinence as a new significant upheaval in their lives. Internal catheters are uncomfortable and often painful. Wearing diapers is not a welcomed event and brings a whole new set of problems with odor, leaks, skin rash, etc. For men who still live very active life styles, diapers are not an appropriate solution for incontinence. Four other popular alternatives are available that many men have found to be much better solutions for male incontinence than internal catheters and diapers. These alternatives are male external catheters, incontinence clamps, collection pouches and absorbent briefs or shorts.

Alternatives to Internal Catheters and Diapers for Post-Operative Urinary Incontinence

Hollister Extended Wear Male External Catheter

External Catheters

An external catheter is used to direct the flow of urine to a leg bag or collection bottle/bag. External Catheters are similar to condoms and are sometimes referred to as "Condom Catheters" or "Male Catheters". External catheters provide a much lower risk of obtaining a bladder infection than internal catheters. Usually made of latex, external catchers are flexible and provide an excellent seal. For people with latex allergies, silicone catheters are also available like the Rochester UltraFlex External Catheter or the Mentor Clear Advantage Latex Free External Catheter. Another type of external catheter that is very popular is the Texas Catheter. The Texas Catheter is very soft and flexible, offering a high degree of comfort for men. Some examples of Texas Catheters include the Rusch Texas Catheter or the Kendall Texas Catheter.

Bard Dispoz-A-Bag Urine Leg Bag

A tube attached to the external catheter directs urine to a collection bag. These urine bags are often strapped to the upper part of the leg and are therefore are often referred to as urine leg bags. A vinyl best-selling leg bag is the Bard Dispoz-a-Bag. The Dispoz-a-Bag comes with many options, including sizes of 9, 19 and 32 ounce capacity, bottom cap, Flip-Flo valve, drainage tube, extension tube, latex leg straps, fabric leg straps and even a Bonus Pack selection. Prices start at $3.43. A new leg bag holder is available for securing leg bags to the upper thigh that are very secure. This leg bag holder is called the Spandex Leg Bag Holder by Bard. Some men prefer the security of the Spandex over leg bag straps, particularly for highly active men engaged in sports activities. At night, when there is less urine flow, the urine is collected in a Bedside Drainage Bag or Bedside Urine Bottle. The bedside urine bottle is washable and reusable saving you money.

Rusch Urine Collection Bag

Male Incontinence Clamps

Incontinence Clamps come is a variety styles but have the same function–control urine flow. Constructed of plastic, foam and sometimes metal, Penile Clamps prevent urine leakage by applying light pressure. These clamps do not require surgery or intrusive chemicals and are external the body. An Incontinence Clamp is placed around the penis, interrupting the flow of urine through the urethra. Pressure is placed on the bottom and top of the penis so that the blood vessels on the sides of the penis are not blocked. The leading incontinence clamp is manufactured by Bard and is called the Cunningham Clamp. It sells for $34.50 each.

Male Drip Collectors or Incontinence Pouch

A male incontinence pouch comes in basically two types. One type is placed on the penis to collect seeping urine into a soft absorbent material. The outer layer is moisture proof keeping Turing from leaking unto your trousers. And example of this type of urine drip collector is the Mentor Male Absorbent Pouch. The second type is similar to the first but also employs a compression device to help cut-off the flow of urine. The ActiCuf Male Dribbling Pouch is the most popular male incontinence pouch on the market and sells for $5.00 each.

Incontinence Briefs or Boxer Shorts

Dignity Mens Boxer Shorts for Male Incontinence

Discreet protection can be found in Incontinence Briefs that look and feel like underwear and are also available in boxer shorts also look and feel like regular boxer shorts. No one would suspect you were wearing a protective garment that can accommodate many types of absorbent pads. The Dignity Men’s Boxer Shorts are available in medium, large and xLarge waist sizes of 34 to 44 inches. Another option is the Uro Concepts Better Pant which is both a re-usable brief and convenient comfortable leg bag holder. For heavy incontinence, the HealthDri Men’s Brief is available in waist sizes 38 to 48 Inches.

Vitality Medical Supply Online

Vitality Medical carries each of the products described above.

How to Treat Male Incontinence? – Squeezer Klip

Urinary incontinence is defined as the accidental leakage of urine.  This can be caused by a variety of conditions and can be treated in a variety of ways, such as the Squeezer Klip. The Squeezer Klip is a new form of incontinence care for men.  The Squeezer Klip is designed to fit easily and comfortably to stop the flow of urine.

Common types of incontinence are:

Urinary Incontinence Care

  • Stress Incontinence – the involuntary loss of bladder control as a result of coughing, sneezing, or physical exertion
  • Urge Incontinence – the loss of urine as a result of an urge to urinate that cannot be stopped
  • Overflow Incontinence – the leakage of urine that can result from urinating only small amounts during frequent trips to the bathroom.

In men specifically, urinary incontinence is generally caused by any condition that damages the nerves that send signals between the brain and the nervous system.  These can include

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Prostate issues

Where the prostate is involved, symptoms may include interrupted urination, weak stream of urine, and leaking.  In cases where leaking or dribbling is the issue, a Squeezer Klip can be an effective solution. This device is discreet and allows the user to lead an active lifestyle without threat of having a urinary accident.  The Squeezer Klip is commonly used in patients who have had a radical prostatectomy, or the surgical removal of the prostate gland, usually as a treatment for prostate cancer.  In the aftermath of the surgery, patients may find they have issues concerning both erectile function and urinary incontinence.  Although the Squeezer Klip does not address problems with erectile function, it has been shown to be an effective solution for patients who find that they have some level of Urinary Incontinence following prostate surgery.

The Squeezer Klip features a foam-covered ridge on the lower part of the device, and it is this ridge that is pressed up against the penis.Gyrx Squeezer Klip Incontinence Control The urethra is compressed and the flow of urine is slowed and eventually stopped.  As the lower arm of the Squeezer Klip presses upward on the lower part of the penis, the upper arm of the Squeezer Klip presses downward onto the penis. Because of the design of this incontinence device,  the veins, arteries and nerves running along the top of the penis are not compressed.  That means that blood flow to the penis is not affected, even while the urinary flow is stopped.

The Squeezer Klip features an adjustment knob that allows for the proper amount of spacing and pressure to be reproduced every time the device is used.  This allows users to not only determine the right amount of pressure for their particular needs, but also to ensure with confidence that the same amount of pressure will be achieved each and every time.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence or require Incontinence Care, you may be a good candidate for a Squeezer Klip.  Ask your doctor about it.  Find out more about the Squeezer Klip at the following link: Gyrx Squeezer Klip at Vitality Medical

What Are Catheters Used For?

Catheters for Urinary TreatmentJust Exactly what is a Catheter?

A medical catheter is a tube inserted into a body cavity. Catheters provide drainage, injection of fluids, or access by instruments. Catheterization is the insertion of a catheter. Generally, the catheter is a thin, flexible tube. However, it should be noted that some catheters are larger and solid. It’s possible that a catheter will be left in the body in which case it is called an indwelling catheter.

Some Catheter Uses:

  1. Draining urine from the bladder
  2. Drainage of urine from a kidney
  3. Coloplast Conveen Intermittent Catheter

  4. Drainage of fluids such as an abdominal abscess
  5. Injecting fluids such as intravenous feeding
  6. Angioplasty and Angiography use a catheter

Doctors and especially surgeons use catheters in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes. However, the one we most often think of is the draining of urine from the bladder.

The tube is inserted through the penis into the urinary tract in males. In females insertion occurs into the urethral meatus. It can be complicated in females due to anatomical variations caused by age, obesity, and childbirth. It takes skill and some patience to “cath” some females.

It may be very painful; for that reason, most physicians use a topical anesthetic prior to “cathing” a patient. This is not a do-it-yourself procedure. Only trained qualified personnel and only equipment designed for the purpose should be used. However, in some cases, a physician will train a patient to do self-catheterization if there is a justifiable reason for it.

Hollister Everyday Self adhesive Catheter

History

The catheter was in use by 1868 when the first patent was filed. David Sheridan was responsible for inventing the modern disposable catheter, which occurred in the 1940s. Because red rubber tube catheters were being reused from patient to patient, they were spreading disease and infection, so Sheridan came up with an alternative to solve some of those problems. Now several different types of medical catheters are available for specific functions. Internal catheters include Foley Catheters, Touchless Catheters and Intermittent Catheters. Male patients usually make use of an external catheter which consist of a sheath device.

Maintenance

Kendall Curity Bedside Drainage Bag A catheter may be left in place for a while in which case it will be attached to a drainage bag. The purpose of this is to measure urine volume. This bag may be what is called a leg bag that is attached by elastic bands to the leg. It can even be worn throughout the day because it can be concealed under pants or a skirt. Another type of drain is a larger device that is used overnight and will hang on the bed or rest on the floor.

Composition

Today catheters are made of polymers of one kind or another. Silicone rubber latex is often used because it doesn’t react to body and medical fluids. It’s not as strong as it might be, however, and some serious complications have occurred due to a breakdown of the catheter. There have been instances where surgery has been required to remove parts of the catheter from the bladder.

The thought of having a tube inserted in a delicate part of our bodies makes us shudder a little. However, we can be thankful that the process has evolved and been refined over the years.

Vitality Medical provides discount catheters urinary supplies to hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, government agencies and homecare. A prescription from a physician is required for all internal catheter purchases. Prescriptions are not required of external catheters. Catheter supplies are shipped directly to home addresses and health care facility addresses. Vitality Medical can be reached by telephone at 800-733-4449.

How to Live with a Tracheostomy

Living with a Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy is a surgical procedure used to create an opening in the neck into the windpipe to allow the patient to breathe. Generally, a tube will be inserted through the opening to provide an airway, to allow for the removal of secretions from the lungs, and to provide airway management. The term tracheostomy tube or trach tube applies to this airway device. The tracheostomy procedure is typically done under general anesthesia.

Reasons for Performing a Tracheostomy

  1. Blockage of the airway
  2. Abnormality of the larynx or trachea
  3. Damage from smoke, steam, or other toxic gases
  4. Cancer
  5. Paralysis of the muscles that affect swallowing.
  6. Injuries of the neck or mouth

 

Tracheostomy Post-Surgery

Medmart ShowerShield with Rubber Collar

A tracheostomy may be temporary; if so, the trach tube will be removed when it is no longer needed. Only a minimal scar will remain after healing, which generally occurs in a few weeks. Sometimes the area will tighten and cause breathing difficulty and will need further surgery. On the other hand, if the tube is permanent, the hole will remain open. If it is no longer needed, the hole left by the tracheostomy procedure may be surgically closed.

Long-Range Prognosis

At first, breathing is a learning process. Also, communicating with others will not happen overnight. It will take some time. Given training and practice, most can learn to talk even with the hole still open and the tube in. Patience is required of the patient as well as the caregivers while all of this adjustment occurs.

The patient and the caregiver(s) must learn how to take care of the tracheostomy. Hospital personnel should provide training and home-care service may be required.

Medical professionals feel that a normal lifestyle should be pursued by the tracheostomy patient. However, when the patient goes outdoors, the hole should be covered lightly such as with a scarf. Care will need to be taken with regard to safety precautions such as exposure to water, powder, or food particles. Several manufacturers produce tracheostomy accessories to help provide safety precautions to protect the health of the trach patient. These trach accessories include the trach vent, passey valve, trach shower shield, soma shield cover, trach collar, trach ties, trach tube holder, trach cover, trach heat exchanger, tracheostomy cleaning tray, and trach speaking valve.

Changing the Tube

Posey Foam Trach Ties

The tracheostomy tube will need to be changed from time to time, but the surgeon will do the first one. This will happen usually a couple of weeks after surgery, and the medical team will teach caregivers how to change the tube.

The inside of the trach tube will be coated with secretions from the lungs and so it needs to be changed about once a week. Should the patient have a chest infection, the tube may need to be changed oftener. Timing is important. It should be done before a meal or at least two hours after a meal.

Suctioning

Passy Muir Purple Passy Muir Tracheostomy and Ventilator Speaking Valve

The air coming through the tracheostomy tube is cooler, dryer, and not as clean as that breathed normally. The body responds by producing more mucus. Suctioning is vital! The purpose is to clean the mucus from the tube so breathing will not be obstructed. If secretions are left in the trach tube, they may lead to a chest infection. Try to work out a practical schedule for suctioning. If you do it too often, it will simply lead to more secretion buildup.

Conclusion

Many people live for years with tracheostomies and have normal lives, both older and younger people. Patience on the part of the person with the tracheostomy as well as those around him or her will make it possible to get through the difficulties until they become a little-noticed part of your family’s daily existence.

Vitality Medical carries an assortment of trach tube supplies for airway management. Trach tubes available include the Shiley Trach, Bivona Trach, Portex Trach, and Cuffed Trach.

What is Invacare?

Invacare Medical Supplies for the Home & Family

Invacare Medical Supply is the leading manufacturer of home medical supplies and equipment. Invacare has helped people for 125 years. With global distribution, Invacare is a leader in home medical products and long term care medical products. Best-known for their mobility products and medical respiratory products, they provide the following medical equipment and supplies listed by category with links to more information:

Bariatric Products

Invacare Tracer Wheelchair

  1. Hospital Bed
  2. Manual Wheelchairs
  3. Transport Wheelchairs
  4. Canes

Beds and Bed-Related Products

Invacare Bed Rail

  1. Bed Rails
  2. Home Care Hospital Beds
  3. Mattress Overlays
  4. Hospital Bed Sheets
  5. Mattresses
  6. Overbed Tables
  7. Traction Equipment
  8. Trapeze Equipment
  9. Support Pillows

Mobility

Invacare Pronto M91

  1. Folding Cane
  2. Scooters
  3. Rollator Walkers

Respiratory

Invacare SOLO2 Transportable Oxygen Concentrator

  1. Nebulizer
  2. Oxygen Therapy
  3. Sleep Therapy
  4. Pulse Oximeter
  5. Oxygen Cylinders
  6. Oxygen Tubing

Self-Care and Patient Aids

Invacare Careguard Shower Chair

  1. Bath Safety
  2. Commodes
  3. Commode Chair
  4. Shower Chair
  5. Shower Bench

Most Invacare Products are carried by Vitality Medical and can be found in their online catalog. Go to the Vitality Medical website and look for the product you want. If you don’t find it, contact Vitality Medical toll-free at 800-397-5899 and they will track it down for you. You can order online and your product will be delivered to your door.