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September is National Preparedness Month. Our President encourages all Americans to take some time this month to prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Emergencies happen often without warning and it’s up to us as Americans to do our part to be as prepared as possible for emergencies. During President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation – National Preparedness Month, 2016, he stated, “Whether in the form of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or unspeakable acts of evil like terrorism, danger can arise at unexpected times and places. Fortunately, there are many things that individuals, families, and communities can do to improve their readiness. I encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to prepare for any situation that may occur including signing up for local alerts, checking insurance coverage, documenting valuables, creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand.”
Allegro Medical has compiled a list of “must have” emergency supply kit items for older adults, and people with disabilities. For your convenience we compiled links to the emergency preparation products we recommend for your emergency supply kit below:
1. Battery Powered Weather Alert Radio
2. Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
3. Foldable Travel Cane and Reacher
4. Disposable Washcloth Wipes
5. No Rinse Personal Cleanser
6. Protective Underwear for Incontinence Product Users
7. Compact Intermittent Catheters for Catheter Users
8. Foley Catheter and Leg Bags for Indwelling Catheter Users
9. Adult Nutrition Beverages
10. Vinyl Powder Free Exam Gloves
Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing medical supplies and equipment to aging adults, caregivers and people with disabilities, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.
Family caregivers provide unpaid care services to their aging parents or critically ill parents. Caregiver duties are often full time and include medical care compliance monitoring, cleaning, cooking, hygiene care (bathing, toileting, and grooming), healthcare advocate services, errand running, and general activities of daily living (ADL). Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease often requires more assistance with ADL and behavioral health issues.
Including massage therapy to your elderly parents care routine is a non-invasive, pleasant regiment to help mitigate the symptoms of common age-related diseases and chronic ailments while improving quality of life. Massage therapy recipients may experience a decrease in pain, elevated energy and higher sense of well-being. Massage is a non-invasive and affordable intervention that can be easily taught to caregivers. If you are looking for a natural way to reduce agitation caused from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, try massage as an intervention, it may reduce caregiver stress as well.
Geriatric massage stimulates the nervous system and blood circulation in a natural way without the side effects of medications. In many situations, a weekly massage may reduce overall medication intake. Additionally, geriatric massage is know to assist with strengthening muscles weakened from disuse and patients are likely to experience reduction in pain and joint stiffness. Always consult with the patient’s physician before integrating an alternative therapy.
Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing medical supplies and equipment to caregivers. With the addition of our Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Supplies we are now bringing you massage therapy instructional DVDs, massage oil and lotions, and aromatherapy oils used by Therapists. If you need to purchase Massage Therapy Supplies, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.
News coverage of Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps, Dana Vollmer and Alex Naddour covered in purple spots has everyone asking questions. For instance, since when did Michael Phelps and Dana Vollmer begin training with a giant octopus? Are those purple round spots on their bodies caused from the suction cups of giant octopus tentacles?
What really is causing these spots and more importantly why do they do it?
Athletes often use alternative therapies such as the one causing all the spots, a.k.a. ancient Chinese “cupping”, for claims it aids healing, muscle recovery, and blood flow while reducing pain. With strict doping prevention in sports competitions, athletes seek alternative therapies to relieve the pressures put onto their bodies from extensive training. Although there isn’t always scientific research to back up claims of alternative therapies the mental aspect of using such treatments can bring a competitive advantage to an athlete.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. Qi (pronounced CHē) is intertwined with TCM, in its simplest form Qi is “energy”. When your Qi is balanced, your body and being are given the healing support needed to regain healthy function. The most common healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Herbal Medicines or dietary supplements, Tai chi and qi gong, and Acupuncture and Acupressure.
During an acupuncture session, the acupuncture needle acts as a conduit between the patient’s Qi and the practitioner’s Qi. When the needles are placed in key acupoints by a skilled acupuncturist who’s energy frequency matches yours, the stagnant or blocked Qi in your body is allowed to once again flow freely to assist with healing and pain relief.
Since needles can be rather intimidating for many people, there are adjunct therapies often used with TCM, but can stand on their own for their suggested healing benefits. Cupping, like Acupuncture has been an ancient Chinese healing therapy. Cupping therapy became a hot new trend a few years ago with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston proudly sporting the large dark purple or reddish spots generated after a cupping therapy. Most recently, several of the 2016 Rio Olympians, such as Michael Phelps, Dana Vollmer, and Alex Naddour are decorated in the dark bruising spots giving more visibility to this Chinese therapeutic modality.
So what is Cupping?
Cupping as described by the Olympic athletes is “negative massage”. Dana Vollmer stated that only so much relief is obtained from pushing into the muscle. And with Cupping, instead of pushing into the muscle the cupping pulls the muscle up and draws blood to the surface providing relief of pressure. Cupping for athletes is known as myofascial decompression (MFD). In MFD, work is required of the athlete. After the athlete is cupped the physical therapist has the athlete perform specific active movements based on the specific muscles used during their sport. MFD is also used in the traditional cupping therapy for relaxation versus active motion.
Cupping received its name because variously sized glass cups are used as suction devices that are strategically placed on the skin. In the most general terms there are two types of cupping: dry cupping and wet cupping. The glass or sometimes plastic cups have replaced the animal horns of ancient times. For cupping to work, suction in the cups must be created. A dry method known as fire cupping, creates the suction by inserting a fire ball (Using a match lite a cotton swab moistened with alcohol) into the glass cupping jars and quickly removing prior to positioning on the skin. The heat pulls oxygen out of the cup creating a gentle suction raising the skin inside. If fire is too intimidating you can try dry cupping by using specially designed vacuum cups that have small pumps attached to remove the air. Once the superficial muscle tissue is pulled into the cup a therapist can move the cup along with skin while still being attached. This is a widely popular technique that helps to relax tight muscles and promote blood flow in the small capillaries of the body where blood can stagnate. This gliding cupping technique is commonly used for chronic muscle pain.
Wet cupping is believed to release more toxins because it involves drawing out a small amount of blood during the suction procedure. Wet cupping involves removing the cup after it’s first applied and then quickly prick the skin using a needle or make a small cut with a cupping scalpel. Once the cup is replaced a small amount of blood is drawn out from the suction.
Cupping therapy was commonly used by the ancient Chinese to treat pulmonary disorders and still to this day is often used to clear congestion in lungs during a common cold. If you are interested in trying alternative therapies such as cupping, seek out a qualified health expert. It is always best practice to consult your physician prior to any new medical treatments either traditional or alternative.
Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing pain relief products online. With the addition of our Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Supplies we are now bringing you the popular Cupping Therapy Products used by Therapists on the 2016 US Olympic Team. If you need to purchase Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Supplies, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.
The Bard Cunningham Clamp is a simple device designed to help men control leakage or dribbling from stress incontinence. Urinary leakage from sneezing, straining, coughing, jumping, running or lifting things is called stress incontinence. The Cunningham Clamp is also an easy to use device for dribbling or leakage as a result from prostate cancer. A penis clamp stops the urine flow by applying gentle pressure on the urethra on the underside of the penis.
How to Size Your Clamp
Available in large, regular, or juvenile to meet all types of sizes. Finding the best fit is easy, using a soft measuring tape all you need to do is measure around the shaft of your penis, compress lightly.
Place your thumb and forefinger near the middle of your shaft. Apply gentle pressure, enough to stop the flow of urine, and then you are ready to measure the area around the shaft of your penis.
- 3 inches or more, purchase the large clamp.
- 2 inches, purchase the regular clamp.
- 1½ inches, purchase the juvenile clamp.
How to Apply Your Clamp
- Always start with freshly washed and dried hands.
- Place your penis between the 2 foam pads on the clamp. The clamp should be in the middle of your shaft.
- Begin tightening clamp to compress your urethra. The large and regular clamps each have 5 settings that adjust the pressure on your urethra. Use the ratchet catch to adjust the pressure. To release the catch, press inward on both of the spring wire loops. Only the juvenile clamp is not adjustable.
- Shape the upper foam pad with your fingers for optimal fit and comfort.
- Release your clamp to urinate
- Re-apply clamp after urinating. Try to place clamp on a slightly different part of your shaft after each re-application.
- Urinate: Approximately every 1 to 2 hours remove clamp to urinate. This will help you to avoid urinary tract infections.
- Move Clamp Around: Every 2 hours, move the clamp up or down your shaft. Do not keep it clamped for more than 2 hours in the same place.
- Not for Sleeping: Do NOT useat night while you are sleeping. Switch to incontinence products for bladder leakage during the night.
- Not Too Tight: Avoid restricting blood circulation by ratcheting clamp too tight on penis. This will help you maintain blood circulation and prevent skin irritation. It is important that you have proper sensation in your penis so that you can feel anything that is painful or irritating.
- Inspect: Perform weekly inspections for signs of cracking, foam deterioration or discoloration.
- Replace: Every 3 months replace your clamp. Replace sooner if the foam has worn down.
How to Clean Your Clamp
Follow the steps below to clean your clamp. Make sure to clean your clamp when it gets soiled.
- Hand wash your clamp in a sink with mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach, detergent, or hot water on your clamp.
- Rinse your clamp thoroughly in cool, clean water.
- Gently squeeze the foam to get rid of excess water.
- Let your clamp dry in a cool place away from excess heat or direct sunlight. Do not put your clamp in the washer or dryer or use a blow dryer on it.
When to Call Your Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms while your clamp is on or off call your doctor or nurse.
- Swelling, discoloration, or discharge from your penis
- Skin irritation
- Loss of sensation in your penis
- Pain or irritation on your penis
- Any other unusual symptoms
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of incontinence supplies to healthcare providers and consumers. If you need to purchase incontinence products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your incontinence needs.
People with incontinence (urinary or fecal) tend to have excessive moisture build up around their buttocks, hips, and genitals. Skin irritations are caused by excessive moisture. Caregivers and users of incontinence products should be on the lookout for skin with the appearance of redness, peeling, or perineal dermatitis (diaper rash). Yeast infections are also very common skin ailments in incontinent people. Yeast infections on the skin can be very uncomfortable and often painful. They are easy to identify with their fiery red appearance and itchy burning sensation. Treatment with an anti-fungal cream is often necessary in order to heal.
Allegro Medical’s 1 , 2, 3 Skin Health Routine:
- Stay Dry
Step 1 is to clean your skin properly. Use soap-free skin cleansers that do not cause dryness or irritation. No-rinse solutions like Convatec Aloe Vest Perineal/Skin Cleanser are convenient for all users, especially caregivers.
Step 2 is to protect your skin after cleansing. Skin sealants or moisture barriers add a protective film over the skin. Calmoseptine protects, soothes, and helps promote healing and provides a moisture barrier that prevents and helps heal skin irritations from incontinence of urine or feces, Fecal or vaginal fistulas, feeding tube leakage, moisture such as perspiration, Minor burns, scrapes, wound drainage, and Diaper rash.
Step 3 Keeping your skin dry is one of the best prevention methods against skin damage from incontinence. There are many incontinence briefs (diapers), protective underwear, liners and pads on the market today. When selecting an incontinence product you want one with an absorbent core, breathability, and a soft top sheet. ABENA brand is a premium incontinence line with some of the most absorbent top-quality briefs and underwear available. Although ABENA is priced higher per unit, user costs on average are reduced because the products have the best leakage security. Minimum risk of leakage means less laundry to wash! The high absorption ratings and SAP technology keeps liquid away from the skin allowing users to have more voids per unit.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of incontinence supplies to healthcare providers and consumers. If you need to purchase incontinence products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your incontinence needs.
Fall prevention is a frequent topic for nursing home staff, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, nursing home residents frequently fall, and the older adults that survive a nursing home fall are likely to sustain injuries that hinder quality of life or cause permanent disability. 1
Most fall prevention plans include bath safety items, mobility aids such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, and devices to assist patients from a sit-to-stand position.
What are YOU doing to protect your patient while in bed?
A staggering 48.5% of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.² If you’ve cared for a patient with Alzheimer’s than you are likely familiar with the frequent midnight walkabouts and Houdini like escape tactics. Since nursing homes are prohibited from using full bed rails and restraints due to the risk of entrapment and harm reported to patients, alternative safety measures must be implemented to minimize the risk of injury if a fall were to occur.
Here are a few recommended products to help minimize fall prevention injury while in bed:
1. Pressure Sensitive Patient Alarm System
The Patient Alarm utilizes a pressure sensitive pad and connected battery powered alarm that alerts caregiver with audio sound when patient gets out of a chair or bed. If your nursing home patient exits the bed you will be alerted to assist them and help prevent them from falling.
2. Defined Perimeter Universal Mattress Cover
When a patient is prone to exiting the bed unassisted or to falling out of the bed, Drive Medical’s defined perimeter cover is a great solution. When installed on a standard bed, the soft foam bolster cushions surround the edge of the bed to promote a safe bed environment, without the need for confining side rails.
3. Safety Beveled Edge Solid 1 Piece EVA Foam Fall Mat
The Safety Care fall mat is constructed from the highest quality high density EVA compressed foam designed to provide a safe environment for patients at high risk of falling out of bed. EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a revolutionary foam with rubber like qualities used in the manufacturing of various products such as running shoes, orthotics and sporting goods. EVA is resistant to moisture and stress cracking making it a very durable material to absorb and redirect impact forces during a fall. The mats have tapered beveled edges allowing equipment to roll over with ease along with a non slip bottom to keep the mat secure and help prevent accidental tripping. The solid core design is easy to clean and is anti bacterial to avoid cross contamination between various patient room.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies and fall prevention medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers. If you need assistance purchasing fall prevention products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your patient care needs.
¹Rubenstein LZ, Robbins AS, Schulman BL, Rosado J, Osterweil D, Josephson KR. Falls and instability in the elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1988;36:266–78.
Current diabetes trends show that by 2050 nearly 1 out of 3 American adults will have a diabetes diagnosis. A staggering 60% of the non-traumatic lower limb amputations are performed on diabetics.1 Keeping your feet healthy is only one challenge diabetics face. Simple actions can help reduce the risk of major complications such as gangrene, limb amputation or diabetic ulcers.
- Get your body moving. Walking, swimming, dancing, any exercise improves circulation and helps with weight maintenance. Where proper athletic shoes to avoid foot injuries.
- Daily feet inspections. T.L.S., Touch. Look, Smell your feet and toes daily. Be observant of cuts, sores, calluses, bruises, or ingrown toenails. Foot odor may be a sign of an infection. See a podiatrist if you notice any problems.
- Lather up. Use lotion on your feet to minimize dry, cracked skin and assist with your feet inspections. Avoid lathering between the toes, lotion between the toes can cause bacterial growth.2
- Don’t dare go bare. Barefoot is a NO…NO for diabetics. Don’t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
- Wear soft socks. Diabetic socks or seamless socks are best to avoid friction which could cause blisters.
- Well fitted shoes. Buy shoes that are sized properly and made of premium construction. Shoes designed for diabetics are available online and thru your physician.
- Always have a doctor or trained nurse remove calluses, corns, or warts.
- Podiatrist, podiatrist, podiatrist. It can’t be said enough how important regular checkups by a podiatrist are for keeping your feet safe and healthy. Incorporating a podiatrist in your “care team” can assist in reducing the risk of lower limb amputation.2
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetes supply needs.
Teleflex is a global supplier of medical devices and disposable medical products. Teleflex, through the Rüsch® brand of products, is a proud pioneer in urology. Through their global operations, they are one of the world’s largest producers of catheters. Rusch urology products enhance customer outcomes by providing products that help people protect themselves against infection and improve their quality of life. Listed below are three reasons to try Rüsch® Brand Catheters by Teleflex.
1. Solution for Difficult Catheterization
The Rüsch® Tiemann Intermittent Catheter by Teleflex has been designed to be a helpful solution for difficult catheterization. Rüsch® Tiemann catheters are flexible with a curved tip and relatively stiffer shaft making catheterization easier. The flexible design is achieved by modeling the tip separately and then joining it to the shaft. Each tip is color coded to indicate a specific french size and the notch on the catheter funnel helps the user maintain the curved catheter tip in the proper up position during catheterization. The catheters are made of siliconized PVC. Designed for single use only.
- Completely sterile and latex free
- PVC catheter has two staggered eyes.
- Color coded solid tips indicate specific size
- Manufactured with a relatively stiffer shaft to help ease catheterization
- Notch on the catheter funnel is used to indicate the tip position
- Overall length of catheter is 40cm of 16 inches
- Single use
2. Virtually Friction-Free
The Rüsch® Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter has a coating that, with the addition of saline, allows virtually friction-free insertion and removal of the catheter without the use of a lubricating gel. Hydrophilic catheters may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by reducing trauma to the urethral mucosa.
3. All Grip with No Slip!
The great thing about a hydrophilic coated catheter is how slippery it is. The worst thing about a hydrophilic catheter is how slippery it is. The catheter can be hard to handle with or without good hand dexterity. That’s where the Rusch FloCath Quick™ Intermittent Catheter comes to the rescue.
The Rüsch® FloCath Quick ™ Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter is an “all-in-one” intermittent catheter providing the ultimate convenience. The integrated package contains a FloCath Hydrophilic Catheter with a patented handling sheath and a packet of sterile 0.9% saline. Before opening, break the sterile saline pouch to hydrate the catheter. Sterile saline is much closer to the body’s natural fluids than sterile water, and the extremely lubricious coating allows for a comfortable insertion. The handling sheath provides an easy grip, allowing for touchless insertion. The sheath can also be pushed back and used as an extension to the catheter.
The handling sheath provides All Grip with No Slip!
- Soft-Eye™ tip for ease of insertion
- Full range of sizes from 6-16 Fr
- Available in Standard and Female lengths
- Color-coded funnel to easily identify size
- High grade vinyl material (PVC) catheter contains no latex
- Compact, discrete packaging, complete with integrated saline and thumb grip to ease opening
AllegroMedical.com supports Teleflex/Rusch in its efforts to improve the quality of life of its customers by offering urology products that help people protect themselves against infections.
People all over the world are similar in many respects and dealing with incontinence is no different culturally. A Danish company, Abena, has figured out how to improve upon what’s been used here in the U.S. since Depend was first introduced in 1978. These products are far superior to the brands here in the U.S. because they have superior absorbency and offer extreme breathability.
Because Abena products are so absorbent, you won’t need to change them as often. While they may cost a little more initially, using fewer of them will save you money in the long run. The benefits are cost in use, improved skin health and the most important – maintaining dignity.
Abena understands that there are different types of incontinence, which require a vast range of products to help people live dignified lives. Here are just a few examples of the products they produce:
Abri-Flex: An adult pull-up protective underwear with more elastics than any other brand. Abri-Flex Premium is the perfect fit for those who don’t want incontinence to slow them down. They are also far more absorbent than any other brand. Abri-Flex is available in 5 sizes for a better fit.
Abri-Form: Abri-Form is Abena’s complete range of all-in-one incontinence brief for moderate to heavy incontinence. They are designed to give optimum leakage security, while being a discreet and comfortable solution. They include flexible tapes for repositioning and are easily removable, an important feature especially for bed-ridden patients.
Abri-San: Abri-San pads are the ideal choice for many because they come in 8 different sizes and 11 different absorption levels. From the postpartum mom who suffers from weak bladder control, to the older gentleman who likes to travel the world and doesn’t want incontinence to stand in his way, Abena Abri-San has a pad for everyone. If you’re dealing with fecal incontinence, Abri-San Special is an excellent choice.
Fecal incontinence is a vastly under reported but fairly common problem. It is often associated with considerable costs due to the high frequency of changing and the challenge cleaning up after a fecal loss. For the user, embarrassing situations caused by leakage have a negative impact on their life and often lead to social isolation.
That is why Abri-San was invented. It’s the only product in the world specifically designed to help with fecal incontinence. The primary benefit for caregivers is containment. For the loved one, it’s maintaining dignity.
Abri-Man: Abena has an incontinence pad that is specifically shaped to fit the male anatomy. These pads offer extreme breathability, with extra absorption in the front.
What’s most important to you is the use of natural, skin sensitive ingredients. Not harsh chemical bleaching, dyes and inks. Because Abena is located in Denmark, they are an ecologically sensitive company and recycle 95% of waste generated. Moreover, 50% of the materials used are sourced from renewable sources.
Since 1997 AllegroMedical.com has been providing incontinence products and home health and wellness supplies to consumers and caregivers.
Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control (LOBC)—typically known as incontinence affects millions. Incontinence often is a symptom of other conditions, or a side effect from medications, diet and nutrition habits or lifestyle changes. Incontinence is a manageable issue with the right products, treatment and information. Prevail® designs products and programs to provide unsurpassed protection and comfort that allow people with LOBC to live comfortably, feel more confident and be more involved with those around them.
Incontinence affects 25 million Americans, and 75-80% are women, 9-13 million of whom have bothersome-to-severe symptoms. Approximately 1 in 4 women 18 years of age or older experience episodes of involuntary loss of bladder control. Two out of three women who experience loss of bladder control symptoms do not use any treatment or product to manage their incontinence. (1,2)
If you or a loved one experience LOBC, take advantage of the products and treatments that are now available. Prevail® offers a full spectrum of incontinence products for your changing needs.
Prevail® Premium Washcloths, “Soft Pak” designed for single hand dispensing to reduce waste and provide added convenience. Prevail wipes are the go to personal cleaning product of caregivers and users because of the single hand dispensing technology, quilted texture, and soft & strong Tri-Form Fabric ™ enhanced with vitamin E & aloe for skin wellness.
Prevail® Bladder Control Pads, are designed for light unpredictable leakage associated with stress incontinence.
(1) Discreet Leakage Protection: Provides well targeted protection from its thinner dual layer absorbency core.
(2) Soft Side Shields: Adds protection and comfort.
(3) Odor Guard® Technology: Neutralizes odor maintaining discretion even for extended use.
(4) QUICK WICK® Layer: Rapidly pulls moisture from skin for comfort in use.
Individually wrapped for your convenience. Feminine, discreet and reliable protection comes in a variety of sizes and absorbencies.
Prevail® Underwear for Women, is as pretty as it is functional. Maximum Absorbent underwear designed for Women that has a discreet and fast-absorbing core. Innovative features of the Prevail Underwear for Women include:
• Odor Guard
• Back Label
• Breathable Zones
• Cloth-Like Outer Fabric
• QUICK WICK with MaxSoft
Prevail® is about hope. It’s about trust. It’s about dignity. When you take back control, you Prevail®.
Incontinence is not a disease. Don’t just live with your incontinence, consult your physician if you are experiencing bladder control problems. Your physician will evaluate your condition, suggest medical interventions and make recommendations for managing the symptoms. If your physician recommends incontinence products to help manage your symptoms there are many options to meet your needs. Since 1997 AllegroMedical.com has been providing incontinence products and home health and wellness supplies to consumers and caregivers.
Source: (1) International Continence Society (ICS); (2) National Association for Continence (NAFC)
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