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July 6, 2015 – Gretchen Cuda Kroen

Nurses Katherine Malinak and Amy Young lift Louis DeMattio, a stroke patient, out of his hospital bed using a ceiling-mounted lift at the Cleveland Clinic.

When Kate Klein began working as a nurse in the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurointensive Care Unit, one of the first things she noticed was that her patients spent a lot of time in bed. She knew patients with other injuries benefitted from getting up and moving early on, and she wondered why not patients with brain injuries.

“I asked myself that question. I asked my colleagues that question,” Klein says. “Why aren’t these patients getting out of bed? Is there something unique about patients with neurologic injury?”

Doctors have long encouraged their surgical patients to get out of bed as soon as it’s safe to do so. Movement increases circulation, reduces swelling, inflammation and the risk of blood clots, and it speeds healing.

But that wasn’t the thinking with brain injuries, explains Edward Manno, director of the Neurointensive Care Unit at the Cleveland Clinic and one of the neurologists who works with Klein. “The predominant thinking was that rest was better suited for the brain,” Manno says. Read more

Handi Medical Supply is proud to provide Hygeia Breast Pumps

Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 09:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

What Makes Hygeia Different

La Leche League International — We are proud to be the only breast pump company endorsed by LLLI and every one of our pumps comes with a free annual Supporting Membership to LLLI.
Hospital-Grade Performance – Unlike other manufacturers, all our personal-use electric breast pumps have the performance and hygienic features found in hospitals.
Ecological – Because our pumps are closed system, they can be rented and shared between mothers who use their own pumping sets. Our commitment to the environment makes our pumps one of the “greenest” on the market. You can share your breast-pump with another mom when you’re done or return it to Hygeia for recycling or reuse.
WHO Code – Hygeia is one of the very few WHO Code compliant pump companies. That means that we support the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Simply, we believe that breast milk is the normal way to feed human babies and choose to market our products without undermining breastfeeding in any way.
Support – Hygeia provides options for moms to obtain local support from a lactation consultant. Hygeia provides qualified referrals with trusted experts in local areas who can provide personal support. Your pump also comes with a LLLI membership that provides mother-to-mother support.
BPA and DEHP Free – All pump parts that come in touch with breast milk are BPA- and DEHP- free – offering peace of mind for breastfeeding moms worried about chemicals.

Eco-Friendly Breast Pumps

Would it surprise you to know that an estimated two million breast pumps are purchased every year? Almost all of them are designed to be used by one mom, and to be thrown away after a year or less of use. Read more

Event: Changing Thinking – Changing Outcomes – Thursday, Oct 1st

Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 07:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Best practice principles for incontinence associated dermatitis:
New guidance from the first global expert panel

Sponsored by Handi Medical Supply and 3M
Thursday, October 1, 2015
5:00 dinner, 5:30 presentation
1.0  CE
Deb Thayer MS, RN, CWOCN, presenter

Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) represents a significant care challenge worldwide. 3M partnered with Wounds International to bring together the first international group of experts on IAD.

Fourteen thought leaders met to review and discuss:

  • Risk assessment
  • The role of IAD in pressure ulcer development
  • Assessment and categorization of IAD
  • Development of a severity-based approach to treatment

In this program, you will learn about the project, the document, and how it can be a valuable resource for you as a clinical leader.

Objective:
Describe key elements of the Best Practice Principles document and how this information can inform and impact your current practice.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to julie@handimedical.com by September 25, 2015.

New Product: CHAS II Cath-Mate Non-Slip Catheter Holder

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 10:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert
  • Patented tracking on classic leg strap keeps the catheter strap in its desired position
  • Helps prevent catheter strap slippage while patient ambulates
  • Designed to secure the catheter against the patients leg
  • Eliminates adhesive tape, possible skin irritation and skin breakdown
  • Adjustable elastic strap allows for a custom fit
  • Secures with hook and loop closure
  • Product can be trimmed

Free Samples of Coloplast Brava Products

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 10:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert