Home Archives 2009 June

Monthly Archives: June 2009

There are two things you want around if you ever suffer a sudden cardiac arrest or a heart attack.  One is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the other is a person who can administer CPR.  Without these, you have little chance of surviving a heart-stopping arrest. 

What is the difference between a Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack? A heart attack is caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle, causing it to begin to die.  Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms – abnormalities in the heart’s electrical system.  The most common arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation. 

A heart attack is often preceded by chest, arm, upper abdomen, shoulder or jaw pain.  It may also, especially in women, be accompanied by dizziness, sweating, vomiting and nausea.  There is rarely a warning before sudden cardiac arrest.  Heart attack victims usually remain conscious.  Sudden cardiac arrest victims always lose consciousness. 

Lives are rarely saved by CPR.  In fact, the survival rate for out-of-hospital CPR is estimated to be between 1 and 3 percent.  The good news is that survival rates are much improved if you know CPR and they are especially improved if you have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) .   That’s why you need both.

AEDs are used to restart a heart that has stopped beating or is beating too quickly to create a pulse.  They can be used by anyone.  Even you.   The instructions are spoken to you directly from the machine itself.  AEDs will only work if the heart is in a position to benefit from the shock (they won’t even fire otherwise, so you can’t accidentally shock someone who doesn’t need it!). 

Despite what you have seen in the movies, CPR will not “make the heart start”.  Rather, it simulates the beating of the heart, thereby assisting the circulation of oxygenated blood to vital organs.  This essentially keeps the blood moving and the brain alive until advanced support techniques can be provided by an AED or similar device.   Time is your worst enemy in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest.  Permanent brain damage can occur within 4 minutes.

Research has shown that performing CPR on a cardiac arrest victim prior to shocking with an AED makes the heart much more likely to respond.  The only exception is if the defibrillator is with the victim when the heart stops (unlikely).  If so, use it right away.

Research shows that cardiac arrest victims are unlikely to respond to a second or third succssive shock if the first doesn’t work.  They are, in fact, much more likely to respond to a repeat shock after two minutes of CPR.

Do you know CPR?  Even if you can’t remember all the techniques and ratios you were taught, doing CPR badly is better than doing nothing at all.  Remember, the person has no pulse.  They are essentially dead.  You can’t make it worse.

How to Save a Life in Two Steps (even if you are untrained in CPR):

1.  Call 9-1-1

2.  Push hard and fast in the center of the victims chest.  Don’t be afraid, just do it.  I mean, wouldn’t you want someone to do it for you if you were dying?  You can only help.  Keep doing compressions until an AED arrives and is ready for use or an EMS provider takes over. 

This is called “Hands-Only CPR”.  Studies show that these two steps can be as effective as conventional CPR (chest compressions plus mouth-to-mouth).  Providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double their chance of survival.

*  How fast should you push on the chest?  103 beats per minute.  That is exactly the beats per minute in the disco song “Stayin’ Alive”.  A study by the Univ. of Illinois found that 10 docs and 5 med students who listened to the song while practicing CPR not only performed perfectly, they remember the technique five weeks later.

*  If you have been trained in CPR and you are confident in your abilities to provide rescue breaths with minimal interruptions in chest compressions, then you should provide either conventional CPR using a 30:2 compression-to-ventilation ratio or Hands-Only CPR.  Whichever you use, you need to continue it right up until the moment that an AED is ready to use, or an EMS provider takes over.

Be ready to help someone.  Get online CPR Training!  And buy an AED for your home, office, boat, cabin…  It may save your life or the life of someone near you.

Summer is a great time of year for outdoor activities and fun.  Don’t let mobility issues, oppressive heat or even broken bones stop you from getting your exercise, staying cool and joining in the fun this season.

Allegro’s Top Summer Products

Chillow Pillows – How about a pillow that keeps you cool but needs no electricity!?  We even have them for your pets… and your keyboard.  Chill out with two, at night.  Sleep nice and cool with one under the neck and one between the knees.  That’s what I do.  Get both in the Chillow Pak.


 Waterproof Cast Covers – Don’t let a cast, prosthesis, IV/PICC or ostomy spoil your water fun!  Bathe or swim with confidence with these completely waterproof covers.  All sizes.  Very highly rated.

See all Dry Pro Waterproof Products, including PICC or IV Line Protectors, Prosthesis Covers and Ostomy Covers.


Cocoons Sunglasses – The only sunglasses in the world that completely isolate your eyes from the elements.  Patented 360 degrees of advanced UV protection, available in a range of styles that can be worn over your prescription glasses or as conventional sunglasses.  And they look cool too!


Water Fitness – Get a high calorie burn and aerobic conditioning while in the water with these great water exercise products.  Water takes the impact out of exercise – a great benefit for those with knee pain, hip pain or weight problems.

See all Water Exercise Equipment for belts, webbed gloves, water dumbbells, underwater MP3Players, caps, goggles, noodles, aqua workout CDs and more.  We even have an Underwater Treadmill!

Sandals – We have summer sandals to fit any foot.   And they are cute, cute, cute.  The men’s sandals are extremely stylish too.  Do you wear a 14 wide?  Orthotics? Have foot pain? Diabetes?  We have shoes for you!  Drew, Aetrex, Apex.  Popular, well made shoes that are great for everyone’s feet and they are made to last.

See all Shoes and Insoles including athletic shoes, boots, socks, therapeutic shoes, Superfeet insoles, foot pads & heel cups.

Have a great summer!  Let us know if you need help finding something.  If we don’t have it on the site, we’ll see if we can get it.

Did you know that you can sit DOWN in the shower and UP in the tub without a remodel?  Refreshing news to those with limited mobility, balance problems, weakness . . . or gals who just want to sit down and shave! 

Seriously though, thousands of people every year are injured or killed by preventable falls in the home.   What a way to go, right?  Especially when you could have done something about it. 

June is Home Safety Month – the perfect time to take stock and get what you need to make your home safe for seniors, kids, everyone. 

Bathroom Safety

 Shower Chairs and Bath Seats – Make personal hygiene a whole lot easier.  Allegro has more than 70 to choose from in everything from bamboo to teak.  Our most popular is the Height Adjustable Shower Chair.  It’s super sturdy and lasts forever.  Bath benches can also be sat next to the tub when you are bathing the kids or the dog.  Saves the ‘ol knees.


Toilet Safety Frames and Toilet Risers– Help get your tooshie on and off the toity a little easier. 


Grab Bars – Stick ’em pretty much anywhere you need to grab on to!  These removable ‘suction cup’ grab bars are the most popular because you can move them around and travel with them.  If you need permanent ones, we have those too.


Tub & Shower Treads – Install these self-adhering non-slip strips in seconds, and be safe for years to come.  Or, how about an Extra Long Bath Mat?

See all Bathroom Assists


Around the House

Night lights – Get Dim ‘N Brights for your hallways, bedrooms, stairwells and bathrooms.  And throw in some Soothing Stars Nightlights for the kids bedrooms and bathrooms.


Pathlighter Safety Cane – Comes with a built-in light that switches on at the top of the handle.  Great for getting around places with poor lighting like hallways, stairs, the theatre, the car on a dark night. 

See all Canes, Rollators and Walkers


Bed Canes and Bed Rails – These handy bed rails help you get up  and stabilized before trotting off down the lane. 


Fall Prevention for Children

Safety Gates – Gate off the top of the stairs to prevent tumbles, or close off access to dangerous areas in the house with these nifty security gates.  There are tall gates, walk-thru’s, metal, wood – all kinds.


Balcony Guard/Rail Nets – Use these 10 foot nets both indoors and outside on all your fences, balconies and decks to keep kids and pets from getting caught in the rails. 


Crib Tents – Prevent toddlers from climbing up and over the rail.  Also keep little legs and arms from getting stuck between the slats.  Crib tents also discourage pets and bugs from bothering sleeping babies.  Nice!

If you’re counting, that was the 10th Way to Prevent Falls at Home.  But as usual I can’t leave you without a bonus product . . . so here it is:

Bedrails for Kids – Especially helpful when transitioning wee ones from the crib to the ‘big bed’.  Adds a feeling of security while keeping them from falling over the edge.  For more protection, check out the Double Bedrail.

As always, thanks for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.  We appreciate you business and your referrals.  Please remember us for all your medical supply needs.

So, there are those of us who get our summer exercise by dusting off the shuttlecock for an occasional game of badminton, and then there are those other freaks (oops), er, folks whose idea of exercise is training for a triathlon or marathon.  Either way, sports injuries are common among fair weather exercisers and elite athlete alike.

Whatever gets you moving . . . congratulations!  Seriously.   Any exercise is beneficial as long as you are working to your fitness level and doing it ‘right’. 

Alas, nobody’s perfect and we sometimes hurt ourselves.  Here are some products designed specifically for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. 

Injury Prevention Products

Stretching.  The most common sports injuries are caused by not stretching  your muscles before exercise.  The ProStretch and ProStretch Doubleare among our most popular products, and for good reason.  They reduce your risk of injury, improve lower extremity strength, balance, proprioception and flexibility.  Plus they make your legs look and feel fantastic.

See all ProStretch and Stretch-Rite


 Agility.  This 101 Agility Drills book will guide you through the routines to help you stop, start and change direction of the body rapidly and in a controlled manner.  Coaches and athletes, listen up.  It’s not too early to prepare for fall sports.  Agility training will prevent injuries and give you a leg up on the competition.  Some agility products include the Dot Drill Mat, Agility Dots, Agility Rings, Agility Ladder, Running Parachute and Stackable Steps.

Flexibility.  Get on the Ball!  I promise that flexibility will be yours if you consistently work out on the ball.  We have many brands and sizes to fit every budget and every exercise goal.   Get a FitBall Exercise DVD for overall fitness, the  Strength Training on the Ball Book to get even stronger, or how about a Pilates on the Ball DVD for a great workout and (for me) a lot of laughs.

Balance.  Shop our huge selection of balance products.  I can’t stress enough how good balance will change your life.  No matter how old you are, you can improve your balance.  Read 21 Reasons to Improve your Balance.

See all Exercise/Fitness Products


Injury Treatment Products

Cold Packs. Keep one in your freezer at all times for aches, pains, sports injuries and muscle pulls (or to wrap around something in the cooler on the way to the picnic).  Always put a layer of dry terry towels between you and the ColPac! 

Not sure when to use heat or ice?  Read Arthritis Pain – Which is Best, Heat or Ice?

See all Hot/Cold Therapy


Spa Therapy.  Bubble your troubles away.  Yes, it’s true.  You can have a portable whirlpool spa right in your house, or on your patio, or in your backyard – at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hot tub.

Treat all your sore muscle aches & pains with products from Allegro’s Muscle Pain Category.


Wound Care.  Hey booboos happen, even to adults.   Be prepared for cuts and scrapes with first aid kits, bandages, dressings, gauze & prep pads.  We have it all in our Wound Care Category


Therapeutic Bands and Braces.  These brilliant little gizmos absorb shock and support your tendons so you can relieve your pain and still live your life.  See our popular products for knee injuries and elbow/forearm support.


Shin Supports.  These wraps alleviate shin splints and relieve calf & muscle pain.  Too bad we didn’t have these around when we were running concrete stairs and bleachers in high school.  Good times.


Ankle Supports.  Ankle and foot injuries happen all the time.  Check out our Ankle/Foot Orthotics products if you are having ankle pain, weak ankles or just need support for your feet.  We have lots of specialized insoles and heel cupsankle braces, splints and supports and products to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.


Back Supports.  These are used for both prevention and treatment of back pain and injury.  Choose from traditional back supports, abdominal binders, posture aids, hernia splints and more.

See all Orthopedic Products and sort by popularity, price or product name.

Father’s Day 2009 is Sunday, June 21st – still time for you to get something ordered and delivered to all your ‘dads’.  Make your pop feel special this year with something he’ll definitely, for sure, without a doubt… love.  New dads or old, fit or fat, mobile or immobile, on-the-go or stay at home, we have something awesome for every guy – believe me.

If you’re the dad, and you find something you want on here, print out copies and casually leave them where they will be found by the gift-giver.  I suggest using a highlighter to avoid any confusion.

Unique Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

  Pro Angler Kayak Seat Back– Dad will GONE FISHIN’ with this comfy Skwoosh kayak seat cushion, designed by pro angler Dominick Greco.   Not a kayaker? Keep daddy’s tushy happy with other Skwoosh Cushions designed for hunting, canoes and fitness equipment. 

See all Outdoor Gear

See all Cushions


  Spa-N-A-Box Portable Whirlpool Spa – Get dad his own spa!  He can put it indoors or outdoors on the patio or in the basement, fill it up with water, plug it in and RELAX.  He’ll be forever grateful.

 See all Portable Spas and Accessories


  Pro Indoor Cycling Bike – Pops with a penchant for fitness will love this new super sturdy, fully adjustable, very affordable bike.  Or, here’s a fun one.  How about a PCGamersBike?  Pedal and play PC games at the same time.  If cycling’s not his thing, how about a home eliptical trainer

See all Exercise & Fitness Gear including balance boards, the Perfect Pushup and hand exercisers.


 UV Razor Sanitizer & Storage Case – It’s the slickest, newest way to store your razor.  Just stick your padre’s razor in there, close the door and it zaps away germs and bacteria.   No more worry about nasty bathroom germs getting into nicks and scrapes. 

Go all the way in the germ department and get him a toothbrush sanitizer or a dental spa too.

See all Personal Sanitizers


 Zephyr Travel Hearing Aid Dryer – If you have a travel pop with a hearing aid, this is the perfect gift.  Compact for taking on the road, but big on performance.  Dad will travel with a nice dry, odor free hearing aid.  Ahhhhh….  Shuts off automatically after 8 hours. 

See all Dry and Store Hearing Aid Products

See all Heaing Impairment Products including the Secret Sound Amplifier


 Hy-Tek Big Button Universal Remote – Guys love this thing.  They all do, really.  We sell a ton of them.  A big button television remote is especially nice for anyone over 40.  It’s an ‘over-40 eyesight thing’… don’t ask me how I know this.

See all Low Vision Products


 Easi-Grip Add-On Handles(pk of 2)- Great for gardening pops, or should I say gardening poppies? Ha!  These easi-trip handles latch onto your gardening tools and transforms it into an ergonomic tool.   He’ll get more done and won’t be as sore.  That means more flowers and green beans for YOU.

See all Gardening & Yard Equipment


Oregon Wireless BBQ Thermometer AW129Oregon Wireless BBQ Thermometer– Your backyard grillmaster will know when the meat is done from up to 100 feet away with this wireless doo dad.  He can be all cool, hanging with his guests and he’ll seem to secretly know just when it’s time to tend the grill.  Everyone will think he can multi-task!  Wow.


 Wheeleez Folding Beach Cart (girl not included) – Wheeleez makes transporting anything on the beach easier.  There are even transporters for canoes and kayaks.  If picnics on the beach are in Dad’s future, save him the hassle of dragging the coolers through the sand with this handy cart. 

See all Wheeleez Products


 Folding Shopping Cart– Does Daddy ‘O serve as a pack mule at the famer’s market, or when hauling things to and from the car?  Get him a Winnie Wagon!  He’ll only have to make one trip.  Keep it in the trunk.

See all Shopping Carts


 Bionic Golf Glove – Shaw-wing! Make his golf game the best it can be.  These special golf gloves will give him a better grip, superior club control and a better overall game.  Besides, we sell them like crazy.  See also the Power Swing Trainer Golf Gym and the Superfeet Black Insoles for Golf Shoes.  Get all three and he’ll be unstoppable.


 InStep Quick N’ EZ Bike Trailer / Stroller – New Dads will love this.  And so will junior.   Oh, and mom too, ’cause she’ll have the house to herself for a while…  See also the Safari Single Jogging Stroller.

See all Bike Trailers

See all Baby Strollers and Joggers

I could go on, but you’re probably either bored or off ordering something by now.  If you ‘re still with me and you need more ideas, we have more than 100 items in our Gifts for Men and Fathers area. 

Order today and we’ll ship it right to the house.  Easy!

Happy, happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s, grandpas, uncles, step’s and near-dads.  We hope you have a GREAT DAY.