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Cindie Hood is a Product Manager at AllegroMedical.com with a core focus on products that help active aging adults and caregivers.

Oxygen Concentrator Basics

When you are first prescribed oxygen and when you are choosing your home oxygen concentrator or portable concentrator, it can feel somewhat intimidating. You do not want to do anything wrong that could damage the machine, and you want to make sure that you understand not only how to use it properly, but also how to maintain the machine.

Many people today have these concentrators. They can help those who are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung disease, and other health issues. They might have stationary oxygen concentrators that stay at home or they could have portable oxygen concentrators. While each of the makes and models may have somewhat different features, you will find that the basics of using the concentrator tends to be the same. It also happens to be relatively easy, and you can learn quickly.

Getting Started

If you have a battery operated oxygen concentrator, make sure that the battery is charged and that it is properly installed. Those who have stationary oxygen concentrators that have a cord will want to plug the cord into the electrical outlet.

If there is a humidifier, you can connect it. For those who have large, stationary devices, it tends to be a good idea to keep them located at least a foot or two away from the wall. This will ensure that the exhaust and the intake have plenty of room.

Make sure the particle filters are in place and that your nasal cannula and mask are properly connected. Turn on the machine and check to make sure that the oxygen flow rate is providing you with the proper liters per minute. Apply the nasal cannula or mask and the machine should be ready to go.

As you can see, they tend to be relatively simple to use, so once you have started it up a few times, you should not have any issues. Be sure you know how to charge the portable devices and that you understand how their batteries work and how long they last. This will ensure that you know when you need to change a battery.

Take the time to learn the basic functionality of the machine, and you will understand the ins and outs before you know it.

Follow the Manufacturer Guidelines

As mentioned, each of the medical oxygen concentrators could be somewhat different. Some will have LCD screens, while some of the smaller, portable devices will not. Therefore, you should always make sure you have the owner’s manual handy, especially when you are first starting to use a machine. Even if you have used similar machines in the past, if you have a new machine, be sure to go through the manual first. This will help you familiarize yourself with how it works and where the controls are located. The manufacturer will likely be able to answer any questions you have about the machine, as well.

Keep the Machine in Proper Working Order

Whether you are using a continuous flow oxygen concentrator that stays at home or a portable oxygen concentrator that you can take with you, make sure it is kept in good working order. Your health will depend on it. The following are some simple tips that can help to ensure that your machine keeps running properly.

First, consider resting the machine occasionally. Even though they are able to run for 24hrs a day, they could overheat and suddenly stop. By allowing the machine to rest for about 20 minutes every eight hours or so, you can reduce the risk of this occurring. When the machine is offer, patients will want to use a standby device or oxygen tank to ensure that they still have the oxygen they need.

In addition, if you have a machine with external filters, you will want to make sure that the filters are cleaned regularly. Try to clean them at least once per week. However, if the house is dusty or has pets, this might be needed more often. Make sure that the oxygen tubes are in good shape and that they do not have any kinks in them, clean the outside of the machine and make sure that you do not let any liquid get into the device.

With proper care and usage, these machines have the capacity to last for a long time. Make sure that you are treating them with the respect they deserve, and they can provide you with years of use.

With many of the home and portable concentrators on the market, the oxygen that flows through the device is typically measured in liters per minute, although there are some that will provide milliliters per minute. Typically, the continuous flow oxygen concentrators provide liters per minutes, whereas the pulse concentrators utilize milliliters per minute of pulse dose oxygen.

Those who require oxygen therapy will receive a prescription from their doctor that will let them know their oxygen flow rate needs, such as 2.0 liters per minute, which is a common prescription. However, the exact amount you need could vary. The prescriptions will run between 1L and 10L per minute in most cases.

What Type of Oxygen Concentrator Do You Need?

Just because you might need to have a flow rate of 2.0 liters per minute, it does not mean that you need to necessarily have a continuous flow concentrator. There are also pulse flow options that can work for you. You just need to make sure that you talk with your doctor about your specific needs to be sure that you are getting just what you need.

When it comes to the continuous flow oxygen concentrators, you will find that most of them will have easy to understand settings that will let you know just how much oxygen you are getting. That is not always the case with the portable pulse options. Instead, they will have a setting range that goes from one to eight, for example. The exact amount of oxygen that is provided in each of these settings will vary based on make and model. Just because you are on level three of a pulse concentrator does not mean that you are getting 3.0lpm. You need to know how much each of those levels with your make and model will provide, and then use that for your pulse dose settings.

The concentrators with continuous flow settings tend to be a good solution for those who need to have access to oxygen around the clock, including overnight. If you are active and are always out, then you might want to have a portable oxygen concentrator. For those who need both of these options, there are hybrid machines available. However, you could always simply have one of each type of concentrator.

Options to Consider

Below are some of the many options available today that are available in a range of flow rates. You may find that one of these meets your needs and the requirements put forth by your doctor.

Inogen One G2

Here is a quality pulse dose concentrator that weights only 7lbs with the 12-cell battery. This particular battery has a 4hr life. However, with the 24-cell battery, it can last for up to eight hours. This is a popular, light, and efficient model that can work extremely well and is FAA approved. The unit gets up and running quickly, typically requiring less than two minutes before it is ready to go. It also tends to be quiet.

Inogen One G3

This pulse dose concentrator weights only 4.9lbs with the 8-cell battery and it has a battery life of four hours. It is a very light and easily portable unit, which makes it a nice solution for those who like to travel and those who have an active life. It offers settings that range from one to five with the oxygen concentration levels typically being around 90%. It is FAA approved and can be used easily on flights, buses, cruise ships, and more.

SeQual Eclipse 3

Here is a portable option that is a bit larger and heavier than the ones looked at thus far. It weighs 15lbs and it is FAA approved. One of the nice elements of this machine is that it is a hybrid. This means it can provide either pulse dose or continuous flow modes.  When in the continuous flow mode, it can provide a flow rate between 0.5 and 3.0 liters per minute. When it is in pulse dose mode, it can provide between 16ml and 192ml per minute.

SeQual eQuinox

This machine also offers either pulse dose or continuous flow. It is 14lbs and it can last for up to 5.7 hours on a battery. It is one of the best and lightest options for those who still want a machine that is portable, but that can deliver continuous flow of up to 3.0 liters per minute. The flow rate ranges from 0.5 up to 3.0 liters per minute. The pulse dose range goes from 16ml to 96ml. The eQuinox also has something called super dose settings, that can allow for 128ml, 160ml, and 192ml for those who need to have higher pulse doses.

These are some of the options on the market that have a range of different liters per minute settings that could work well for you.

What to Look for With Your Oxygen Concentrator

When choosing an oxygen concentrator, you need to consider how and where you will be using the machine, as this can let you know what type you need, as mentioned above. Whether you are looking for pulse dose or continuous oxygen delivery systems, you will want to make sure that you find the perfect solution for your needs.

Not only do you need to find an oxygen concentrator that can provide you with the proper liters per minute, you also want to find a seller that can provide you with quality equipment. Check their oxygen concentrator product FAQs to get a better gauge on the products they offer, along with their returns and exchanges policy.

Learn more about the options available and find those that you feel will best fit what you need from the oxygen concentrator. Above, there are several quality options that could work well for your needs. However, these are certainly not the only concentrators out there. Search for others that will meet your oxygen requirements for liters per minute of  O2 and that have other features that you might need.

Patients who have been told by their doctor that they may need to have oxygen therapy may have heard the terms pulse and continuous flow used and may be wondering which of these options is going to be best for them. It is important to have a good understanding of what each of the phrases means and how they work with the home oxygen concentrators you will be using. It can be quite confusing for those who have never been on oxygen before, but it can be broken down so it is more easily understood.

First, you will want to understand liters per minute and flow rates. On your prescription, you will see “liters per minute” and this may cause some to believe that the only way to get the required amount of oxygen is to use a continuous flow system. The LPM simply refers to the amount of oxygen delivery that you have been prescribed per minute.

Most of the home oxygen concentrators will have exact LPM settings that you can use, as will many of the continuous flow concentrators. With a pulse flow oxygen concentrator, the settings will be between one and eight liters per minute. Many of the portable oxygen concentrators will have these same settings. The liters per minute does not necessarily mean that it will relate to the settings on all types of oxygen concentrators. They can vary from one make and model to another. Therefore, when you are buying a concentrator, make sure it can deliver the proper amount of oxygen to you, whether it is a pulse dose oxygen concentrator or a continuous flow oxygen concentrator.

What Are Pulse Concentrators?

With a pulse flow concentrator you are going to bring oxygen into your air passages through a nasal canula with each breath that you take. If your breathing rate were to increase, then the concentrator would be able to adapt and provide you with another breath, or pulse, of oxygen with each of your breaths. The delivery of the oxygen is controlled through your own breathing.

These types of units tend to be efficient because you are only using them during the actual breaths that you take. There is no oxygen wasted, since it will not be flowing during the periods between each of the breath. This not only ensures that you are not wasting oxygen, but it also ensures that the battery life on the unit will be better. An additional benefit of this type of flow unit is that the size tends to be smaller when compared with a continuous flow concentrator. This makes the pulse flow portable.

One of the other differences between these types of concentrators is that the pulse portable oxygen concentrators are not delivering oxygen in exact liters per minute, and there is no standardization between the models on the market.

It is important that you work with your healthcare professional to make sure you are choosing the right machine for your needs. These types of machines can work well for many people, but some patients will find that they are not capable of providing them with the amount of oxygen that they need. For example, if someone needs to use oxygen overnight, they would likely be better served with a continuous flow oxygen concentrator rather than a pulse flow oxygen concentrator.

They do tend to work very well for those who are still quite active. They are easier to use when people are out of the house, and they can be used for those who can still get in some exercise. The flow will match your needs since it provides oxygen with each breath. For those who still get out and are busy, this can be a nice solution to allow you to maintain that lifestyle as much as possible.

There are many differences from one machine to another, not only in terms of oxygen delivery but also with the comfort level. You may need to experiment with more than one option before you find the one that works well for you. Some of the pulsed flow oxygen concentrators that you may want to consider include the SimplyGo Mini, AirSep Focus, and Inova Labs Activox 4L.

What Are Continuous Flow Concentrators?

The second option is the continuous flow concentrators, which will provide the patients with a steady amount of oxygen that has, as the name suggests, a continuous flow rate. Once the machine is on, the oxygen is always flowing. This means that it is not an oxygen conserver like the pulse units, but this type of flow is often needed for patients who have certain conditions or who have specific oxygen requirements. It is also ideal for those who need to have oxygen delivered overnight.

One of the other benefits of this type of concentrator is the ability to provide more exact flow rates of oxygen. This allows you to have the LPM set to your requirements. These are popular for home oxygen concentrators, but they do not typically work as well when it comes to portability. Those who have lower activity levels may find that this will be a better solution for them than the pulse flow concentrators that are available.

Some potential options for these concentrators include Respironics SimplyFlo, Inogen At Home, and Invacare Perfecto 2V.

What If You Need Both?

Of course, you might be wondering what you should do if you would like both of these options. Perhaps you need oxygen overnight, but you like the portability and features that some of the pulse flow machines have. If that’s the case, then you might want to look at some of the available machines that are able to provide both single and pulse flow options. They can provide users with quite a bit of flexibility, and there are several units on the market, such as the Equinox and the SimplyGo that could work nicely.

Alternatively, if you do not want to have a single machine, you could always have a home oxygen concentrator that you use while you are at home that provides a continuous flow, and a portable pulse flow concentrator for when you are out running errands. You just need to be sure it will provide you with the appropriate oxygen levels that you need.

What’s Right for Your Needs?

Keep in mind that everyone’s needs will differ. When you are searching for a device, you will want to consider whether you need to have constant oxygen levels during the night or during the daytime. Consider your lifestyle, and the amount of oxygen that you require. Consider where you will need to use the oxygen, and the battery life that you are going to need on a daily basis. You and your doctor should take the time to consider your specific needs. There is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to oxygen concentrators.

Patients who require supplemental oxygen, and who are not certain as to which type of concentrator they should choose, even though they might know the LPM that has been prescribed to them, should speak with their healthcare professional. They can help you to choose a device that will deliver the oxygen properly.

Patients who have been told by their doctor that they may need to have oxygen therapy may have heard the terms pulse and continuous flow used and may be wondering which of these options is going to be best for them. It is important to have a good understanding of what each of the phrases means and how they work with the home oxygen concentrators you will be using. It can be quite confusing for those who have never been on oxygen before, but it can be broken down so it is more easily understood.

First, you will want to understand liters per minute and flow rates. On your prescription, you will see “liters per minute” and this may cause some to believe that the only way to get the required amount of oxygen is to use a continuous flow system. The LPM simply refers to the amount of oxygen delivery that you have been prescribed per minute.

Most of the home oxygen concentrators will have exact LPM settings that you can use, as will many of the continuous flow concentrators. With a pulse flow oxygen concentrator, the settings will be between one and eight liters per minute. Many of the portable oxygen concentrators will have these same settings. The liters per minute does not necessarily mean that it will relate to the settings on all types of oxygen concentrators. They can vary from one make and model to another. Therefore, when you are buying a concentrator, make sure it can deliver the proper amount of oxygen to you, whether it is a pulse dose oxygen concentrator or a continuous flow oxygen concentrator.

What Are Pulse Concentrators?

With a pulse flow concentrator you are going to bring oxygen into your air passages through a nasal canula with each breath that you take. If your breathing rate were to increase, then the concentrator would be able to adapt and provide you with another breath, or pulse, of oxygen with each of your breaths. The delivery of the oxygen is controlled through your own breathing.

These types of units tend to be efficient because you are only using them during the actual breaths that you take. There is no oxygen wasted, since it will not be flowing during the periods between each of the breath. This not only ensures that you are not wasting oxygen, but it also ensures that the battery life on the unit will be better. An additional benefit of this type of flow unit is that the size tends to be smaller when compared with a continuous flow concentrator. This makes the pulse flow portable.

One of the other differences between these types of concentrators is that the pulse portable oxygen concentrators are not delivering oxygen in exact liters per minute, and there is no standardization between the models on the market.

It is important that you work with your healthcare professional to make sure you are choosing the right machine for your needs. These types of machines can work well for many people, but some patients will find that they are not capable of providing them with the amount of oxygen that they need. For example, if someone needs to use oxygen overnight, they would likely be better served with a continuous flow oxygen concentrator rather than a pulse flow oxygen concentrator.

They do tend to work very well for those who are still quite active. They are easier to use when people are out of the house, and they can be used for those who can still get in some exercise. The flow will match your needs since it provides oxygen with each breath. For those who still get out and are busy, this can be a nice solution to allow you to maintain that lifestyle as much as possible.

There are many differences from one machine to another, not only in terms of oxygen delivery but also with the comfort level. You may need to experiment with more than one option before you find the one that works well for you. Some of the pulsed flow oxygen concentrators that you may want to consider include the SimplyGo Mini, AirSep Focus, and Inova Labs Activox 4L.

What Are Continuous Flow Concentrators?

The second option is the continuous flow concentrators, which will provide the patients with a steady amount of oxygen that has, as the name suggests, a continuous flow rate. Once the machine is on, the oxygen is always flowing. This means that it is not an oxygen conserver like the pulse units, but this type of flow is often needed for patients who have certain conditions or who have specific oxygen requirements. It is also ideal for those who need to have oxygen delivered overnight.

One of the other benefits of this type of concentrator is the ability to provide more exact flow rates of oxygen. This allows you to have the LPM set to your requirements. These are popular for home oxygen concentrators, but they do not typically work as well when it comes to portability. Those who have lower activity levels may find that this will be a better solution for them than the pulse flow concentrators that are available.

Some potential options for these concentrators include Respironics SimplyFlo, Inogen At Home, and Invacare Perfecto 2V.

What If You Need Both?

Of course, you might be wondering what you should do if you would like both of these options. Perhaps you need oxygen overnight, but you like the portability and features that some of the pulse flow machines have. If that’s the case, then you might want to look at some of the available machines that are able to provide both single and pulse flow options. They can provide users with quite a bit of flexibility, and there are several units on the market, such as the Equinox and the SimplyGo that could work nicely.

Alternatively, if you do not want to have a single machine, you could always have a home oxygen concentrator that you use while you are at home that provides a continuous flow, and a portable pulse flow concentrator for when you are out running errands. You just need to be sure it will provide you with the appropriate oxygen levels that you need.

What’s Right for Your Needs?

Keep in mind that everyone’s needs will differ. When you are searching for a device, you will want to consider whether you need to have constant oxygen levels during the night or during the daytime. Consider your lifestyle, and the amount of oxygen that you require. Consider where you will need to use the oxygen, and the battery life that you are going to need on a daily basis. You and your doctor should take the time to consider your specific needs. There is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to oxygen concentrators.

Patients who require supplemental oxygen, and who are not certain as to which type of concentrator they should choose, even though they might know the LPM that has been prescribed to them, should speak with their healthcare professional. They can help you to choose a device that will deliver the oxygen properly.

One of the most common questions that tends to be asked when someone finds out that they need to start using an oxygen concentrator is whether they can bring those devices with them when they are traveling by air. Traveling with oxygen can be tricky, and they want to know if they might need to change the way that they travel because they have a need for oxygen. Fortunately, it should not be a problem in most cases.

In 2009, the United States Department of Transportation’s final rule “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel” went into effect. This ruling provides air carrier requirements when it comes to the use of respiratory assistive devices during air travel. The rule currently requires that air carriers that are offering service to passengers are required to allow someone who has a disability to use a portable oxygen concentrator that has been approved by the FAA for use in flight. This includes all flights that have a maximum capacity of more than 19 passengers. The only time that they do not have to abide by this rule is if the device does not meet the FAA requirements. It must also have a manufacturer’s label that shows that the device meets the requirements.

The goal was to have all of the portable oxygen concentrators to have labels on their devices by the time the rule was implemented. However, that has not happened, and many of the devices still do not carry the label. The FAA does have a list of the approved concentrators on their website, though, and if you plan to travel, this list should serve as a guideline on which of the concentrators you should consider. In addition, you can check with the manufacturer and ask them if they are FAA approved or not.

The following are FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators that could be a good solution for travelers out there.

Some of the FAA Approved Oxygen Concentrator Options

Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator

Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator

This is the first POC designed to weather everyday life including daily bumps and varying climates.  Invacare incorporated innovated design elements for simplified maintenance and faster serviceability.  Top load batteries can be hot-swapped.  Rugged and small weighing only 4.98 lbs with a single battery without carrying case.  It provides 5 hours of battery life @ pulse setting.  Travelers feel safe with the Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator.

 

AirSep Freestyle

This is a pulse dose oxygen concentrator that is small and only weighs 4.4lbs with the internal battery. It provides 3.5 hours of battery life. This is a popular option among users who are active and who like to travel. It is easy to use and there is an additional battery belt that can be purchased that will provide an added six hours of use on the second setting.

AirSep Focus

This machine is a pulse dose concentrator that weighs a mere 2lbs with the micro batteries. It has 1.5 hours of battery life per battery, and it uses two batteries for a total of three hours. This is extraordinarily lightweight, which makes it a good solution for those who want to have a wearable solution that will not take up much room. It works well for those who are traveling long distance and who want to be as mobile as possible.

Inogen One G3

Inogen One G3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Here is one of the most popular options on the market today. This pulse dose option features a weight of just 4.9lbs with the 8-cell battery. On the second setting, this battery can last for up to four hours. It is a durable, small, and easy to carry device that makes it a winner with travelers in the United States and beyond. It is small enough to hold in one hand, so you will not need to have a rolling cart for it, as you would have to do with the old oxygen tanks.

These are just some of the POCs that have been approved by the FAA. There are other options that could work for you, but if you are buying without looking at the list on their site, you will want to make sure that you take the time to check with the manufacturer about their approval rating. In addition, if you are not certain, consider contacting your airline to ask them directly, and make sure that you have proof of their answer.

Additionally, when you are flying with one of the approved devices, you will want to consider the flight time and how long the batteries will last on the device. This will let you know how many batteries you will need and whether you might need to charge them at any point during the trip. Before you engage in air travel, make sure you have everything taken care of for your oxygen and that you have a machine that is approved and can last for your flight.

What is ‘Confitex’?

 

Confitex is a company who design incontinence underwear that is both functional and stylish, giving you the confidence to live life without holding back. It’s that simple – and that revolutionary!

 

The inspiration came when friends, Mark and Frantisek had an idea to manufacture high-performance ski suits after experiencing the common notion of ‘busting to go’ while high on a mountaintop. However, their horizons expanded when they learnt about how many people live with that reality whether they’re on a mountaintop or not – that reality being incontinence.

 

The research and figures around incontinence astounded them. One in three women and one in ten men will experience incontinence in their lifetime, and the more they investigated, the more frustrated they became with the limited options available.

With their combined knowledge and experience, the entrepreneurs created and patented a high performance textile which would form the foundation of their product plus meet the needs of people who wanted to do away with plastic based disposables, and Confitex was born – fashionable, comfortable, reusable incontinence underwear designed with confidence and freedom in mind.

 

How does Confitex work?

 

The secret to Confitex’s superior performance comes in the form of their patented three-layer technology. This central panel works to wick away moisture, absorb liquid and protect clothing with a unique waterproof outer layer made from a high-density weave. The absorbent middle layer can hold up to 350ml of liquid to suit a range of needs.

Confitex incontinence products technology

Confitex’s commitment to the environment not only makes their underwear a sustainable option, but also increases the breathability and comfort of their design – because less plastic is not only better for the planet, but better for you, too!

The benefits of Confitex incontinence underwear for light to moderate bladder leakage.

How will you save money with Confitex?

 

While disposable products may give the illusion of saving you a few dollars in the short run, Confitex undies are designed for durability. Their world-first technology means their underwear can be worn with confidence all day long and can be put straight in the washing machine ready to reuse for up to 200 washes – just like normal clothing! When you think about the cost of purchasing one pair of Confitex underwear versus 200 disposable pads or diapers – that’s a lot of money saved.

 

What is the Confitex difference?

 

Confitex marries performance technology with beautiful design. They have ranges for both men and women which look like normal underwear, are comfortable to wear and suitable for everyday use.

 

For men, they offer sleek boxer cuts in black or grey (which can feature a fly opening if preferred), and have sizes from S to 3XL.

Shop Confitex Men's Underwear

 

 

 

 

 

For women, Confitex offers a variety of styles, from understated basics to feminine lacy briefs (selected styles available in black, beige and blue). Sizes range from an XS to a 3XL, and with options available for different absorbency needs, there really is something for everyone!

Shop Confitex Underwear for Women

 

 

 

Confitex are excited to introduce you to their revolutionary products, and can’t wait to see you living life without holding back!

Allegro Medical has been a leading online provider of incontinence products including reusable underwear, disposable protective underwear (pull-ups), adult diapers, disposable and reusable underpads, and medical supplies for over 20 years.  We are excited to introduce the Confitex line of high end reusable incontinence underwear to our customers.

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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

First Aid Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Foldable Travel Cane and Reacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Disposable Washcloth Wipes

Prevail Disposable Washcloth Wipes

 

 

 

5. No Rinse Personal Cleanser

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6. Protective Underwear for Incontinence Product Users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Compact Intermittent Catheters for Catheter Users

Cure Twist Compact Intermittent Catheter

Cure Medical Male Pocket Intermittent Catheter

 

 

 

8. Foley Catheter and Leg Bags for Indwelling Catheter Users

Dover Silicone Foley Catheter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Adult Nutrition Beverages

Resource Breeze Dietary Supplement

 

 

 

10. Vinyl Powder Free Exam Gloves

Powder Free Vinyl 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.

Massage Benefits for Seniors

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 tiSuction Pump Cupping Setmes.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use Your Cunningham Clamp

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

  1. Always start with freshly washed and dried hands.
  2. Place your penis between the 2 foam pads on the clamp. The clamp should be in the middle of your shaft.
  3. 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.
  4. Shape the upper foam pad with your fingers for optimal fit and comfort.
  5. Release your clamp to urinate
  6. Re-apply clamp after urinating.  Try to place clamp on a slightly different part of your shaft after each re-application.

Important Reminders

  • 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.

  1. Hand wash your clamp in a sink with mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach, detergent, or hot water on your clamp.
  2. Rinse your clamp thoroughly in cool, clean water.
  3. Gently squeeze the foam to get rid of excess water.
  4. 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.

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