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ConvaTec me+Blog: Your Ostomy is Just the Beginning

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 11:09 AM  posted by jbuytaert

by Makeda Armorer-Wade

How many times have you thought “why me?” Well I get it. An Ostomy is not an elective surgery. Most people who get one are having challenges with a health condition, or an accident that will requrie them to get one. I got my first Ostomy after a four-decade battle with Crohn’s Disease.

Have questions about living with an ostomy? Connect with a me+ team member today. Or call 800-422-8811.

Click here to read Makeda’s blog posts.

Guidance for Providing Nebulization Treatments in Schools

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 @ 10:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in several changes to the delivery of health care. One area that has been impacted is in the use of nebulizers and peak-flow meters in various schools and other educational venues, including community-based settings such as child care or head Start programs.

Prior to COVID-19, school and child care staff could administer a nebulizer treatment with minimal training in the procedure and within almost any room environment. This is no longer the current recommendation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance regarding children with asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions that require treatment.

CDC guidance states:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 and asthma may overlap, including cough and shortness of breath. Children who are symptomatic must not attend school until seen by a healthcare provider.
  • During COVID-19, asthma treatment with an inhaler and spacer are preferred over nebulizer treatments whenever possible. Asthma inhalers are not considered an aerosol-generating procedure.
  • Due to limited data, it is unknown whether aerosols generated by nebulizer treatments are infectious. Therefore, nebulizer treatments should be reserved for those children who cannot use or do not have access to an inhaler.
  • Use of a peak-flow meter is not considered an aerosol-generating procedure, based on limited data. However, use of a peak-flow meter can trigger a cough.
  • Those staff who administer either nebulizer treatments or peak-flow meters should wear personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes medical or surgical face mask, eye protection, and gloves.
  • The nebulization should be administered in a room that is separate from other care delivery and can be cleaned and disinfected after the procedure.
  • The only people present in the room during a nebulizer treatment or use of a peak-flow meter should be the child receiving the treatment/test, and the staff member administering the treatment/test.
  • This CDC guidance brings challenges to administering nebulized treatments in school and community settings.

The challenges include:

  • Obtaining and educating staff on proper use, donning and doffing of PPE.
  • Ongoing community shortages of PPE.
  • Identifying a space to accommodate the administration of nebulizer treatments.

In consideration of the CDC recommendations, the Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging prescribing providers to evaluate the opportunity to transition children from a nebulizer to an inhaler with spacer for use in schools and community settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. This school will work with students and families on making this change from nebulizer to using an inhaler during the school day.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Minnesota Department of health at health.schoolscovid19@state.mn.us

Complex rehab stakeholders prep request, form consortium

Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 07:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of HME News:

by Liz Beaulieu – Friday, August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have taken steps to advance key initiatives related to power seat elevation and power standing systems, and telehealth and remote services.

Stakeholders, led by the ITEM Coalition, have created four work groups (clinical, reimbursement/technology, legal and congressional/advocacy) to work on filing a request for reconsideration of the Medicare NCD for power seat elevation and power standing systems. They’re almost ready to submit that request, said Don Clayback during a recent webcast.

“We’ve also had a preliminary call with CMS officials,” said Clayback, executive director of NCART. “They asked some questions, (so) there’s a couple of additional pieces of information we’re going to be adding. But it was a positive call. They encouraged us to move forward on the path we’re on.

The timeline for CMS processing these requests is “a little bit flexible,” but it will be good for stakeholders to have this first step behind them, Clayback said.

Once the request is complete, stakeholders will share it publicly, he said.

“The submission itself is 60 pages and includes exhibits, libraries of articles, and evidence and studies that validate the medical side of power seat elevation and power standing,” Clayback said.

Stakeholders have also created the CRT Remote Services Consortium to establish permanent policies within federal, state and commercial programs around telehealth for physicians and clinicians, and remote services for providers.

“(We want) to make sure remote services are available as an option,” Clayback said. “There’s nothing that’s going to require it, but they have a place. We’re all convinced from an outcomes perspective, a timely access perspective and a comprehensive evaluation perspective that having remote services and telehealth available really improves the experience.”

The consortium represents a cross section of providers, clinicians, consumers and others; and includes two subgroups, one related to policy and one to advocacy.

“There’s a lot of work (to do), but the good news is, we have a consortium that will provide a good umbrella for everyone to work under,” Clayback said.

ConvaTec introduces enchanced Esteem and Natura + pouch lines

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 06:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

So you can focus on living your life, not your ostomy.

ConvaTec Ostomy Care Solutions are first and foremost about meeting the needs of people with a stoma. Our new + pouches were designed with feedback from over 1,000 nurses and 400 patients and each product has been refined to help maximize performance for comfort, discretion and security.

Items can be purchased at www.handimedical.com

CRT Awareness Week – August 10-14

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 12:08 PM  posted by jbuytaert