Medical Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

Attack of the Back to School Germs! Fight back with Hand Sanitizer!
When kids head back to school they bring home more than homework! They bring back lots of germs. Those germs wreak havoc on immune systems and cause runny noses, coughs, colds, and flu. If germs are the villain then who is our hero? How can we stop the nefarious germs from beating down our immune systems?? There is a super power that we all have and that super power is, proper hand washing! Hand washing is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and to minimize your exposure to the germs that can make you sick. When your kids and teens go to school and bring home germs hand washing can help keep everyone in your home healthy. Teach everyone in your home to wash their hands the right way and to wash their hands at the right times. [More]

How to Use Medline Silvasorb Hydrogel Silver Antimicrobial Wound Gel
Silvasorb is a controlled-release antimicrobial silver hydrogel. What that means is that Silvasorb is a gel that spreads easily and continuously releases silver. Depending on the wound, Silvasorb will work for three days before bandages need to be replaced. The dressing should not remain in place for longer than 3 days. Always consult your doctor when it comes to the frequency of your bandage changes. Silvasorb works by a sustained release of silver which helps to heal chronic wounds and helps to reduce infection. When Silvasorb gel is used properly it helps to reduce the amount of infectious bacteria that is present in and immediately around the wound. The Silvasorb gel also helps to keep the wound moist which promotes an optimal wound healing environment. Silvasorb is a great choice for healing wounds because it is biocompatble, non-irritating, and it will not harm the tender and delicate new tissue, called "granulation tissue". [More]

Wheelchair Gloves, How to Find the Right Wheelchair Glove and the Right Fit
How do you find wheelchair gloves designed especially for wheelchair users?
This is a question we get asked a lot. Many companies sell winter gloves or climbing/biking gloves and just call them wheelchair gloves. Even a thick winter glove is not the same thing as a glove specifically designed for wheelchair users. So what does a wheelchair glove have that most other gloves don't? The most important difference is that wheelchair gloves have reinforced palms. The palms of your hands come into direct contact with the wheels of your chair so they will suffer the most wear and tear. The padding helps keep your hands safe and comfortable. The reinforced palm also helps the entire glove last longer. So, how do you find wheelchair gloves for wheelchair users? Online medical supply companies that sell gloves that are specifically labeled as "wheelchair gloves" are a great place to start. Even when it is warm outside you will need gloves that protect your palms from shear. What is shear? Shear is when your skin comes into [More]

What are Texas Style Condom Catheters?
What are Texas Style Condom Catheters?
Texas style catheters are constructed of three pieces. The latex sheath is worn over the head and shaft of the penis and feels more like a condom because it is thinner than the silicone external condom catheters. The latex sheath is connected to rigid white silicone tubing, this is where the urine is drained and it is connected to a catheter insert. These three pieces make up the Texas style catheter: sheath, white silicone tubing, and catheter insert. Texas style catheters are made of natural rubber latex and should not be used by anyone with a latex allergy. [More]

Should I wear TED Hose or Compression Socks?
Do I Need T.E.D. Anti-Embolism Stockings?
You should wear anti-embolism stockings when you are recovering from surgery, a long illness, or otherwise confined to bed. Anti-embolism stockings are not meant to be worn while you are walking around or going about your day normally. The word that is used most often is "ambulatory" or "non-ambulatory". Ambulatory is when you are able to get up and walk around and non-ambulatory would be the opposite. Anti-embolism stockings have a different kind of compression structure, the compression changes as the stocking moves up the leg. This style of compression is best suited for non-ambulatory usage. For the best results, you should not use them when you are going to work or able to freely walk around your home. [More]

ROHO Toilet and Commode Seat Cushion Guide for the Treatment of Pressure Ulcers


Why Use Toilet Seat Cushions?
Bedsores — also called pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers — are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips and tailbone. People most at risk of bedsores are those with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair. Bedsores can develop quickly. Most sores heal with treatment, but some never heal completely. You can take steps to help prevent bedsores and aid healing.
Mayo Clinic: Bedsores & Pressure Ulcers

An important step you can take to avoid developing a pressure ulcer is to use a cushion that redistributes pressure evenly. This careful redistribution of pressure is what ROHO air cushions [More]

Pre-Lubricated Catheters vs. Hydrophilic Catheters
A pre-lubricated catheter is an intermittent catheter that is ready to use right out of the package. Before inserting a catheter into the urethra of a man or a woman, the catheter needs to be lubricated. There are several ways you can accomplish this, use a separate sterile lubricant like Surgilube, use a pre-lubricated catheter like Cure Ultra, or you can use a hydrophillic catheter like Coloplast SpeediCath. Pre-lubricated catheters are covered in a gel like sterile lubricant that is immediately ready to use once the catheter is opened. The entire catheter is coated in a "no drip" lubricant. This is different from the hydrophilic style of catheter lubricant because there is no sterile water or sterile saline, the lubricant is actually a lube so it is more gel like and it won't drip water from the packaging. The Cure Ultra catheter also offers another design bonus, the funnel is designed so it won't roll. This is important because when you place your catheter down on a sterile surface, like the underpad found in catheter insertion kits, you don't want your sterile catheter to roll off the counter and hit a floor that is decidedly not sterile. The texture of the Cure Ultra funnel as well as the texture of the gripper sleeve work well even if you deal with dexterity issues in your hands. Personally, I think that Cure catheters do a great job paying attention to details. No roll funnels, grippers that are substantial and easy to hold, lube that doesn't drip, catheters that aren't made with DEHP, BPA, or natural rubber latex, all of these details add up to a catheter that is designed to be used by people with spinal injuries and/or limited dexterity. [More]

Should I Use an Overnight Drainage Bag or a Urinary Leg Bag
What is a Urinary Leg Bag?
A leg bag is a device used to collect and hold urine. It is worn on the leg and it can be worn above or below the knee. Leg bags can be attached directly to a Foley catheter or an external condom catheter. If you would rather wear your leg bag on your calf, the leg bag can be attached to extension tubing which would then connect to your catheter. Leg bags are versatile. They are available in many different styles and sizes. Even the straps come in many different styles. There are button closures, Velcro, and leg bag straps that close with Velcro but the bag itself attaches to the straps with buttons. Don't be afraid to try different styles until you find the leg bag set up that works best for you. If you don't like straps at all, consider a leg bag holder. [More]

3M Coban Compression Wrap or Andover Coflex Cohesive Bandage?
What is a Compression Bandage Self Adherent Wrap?
A compression bandage wrap that is self adhering means the bandage sticks to itself. You will also see these types of compression wrap bandages called "cohesive bandages". So a cohesive bandage IS self adherent and when you wrap the bandage around, it will stick to itself without any fasteners or clips making Coban and CoFlex easy to use. 3M Coban and Andover CoFlex are both examples of brands of cohesive bandage wraps and they are available in different widths and colors. Another important quality to Coban and CoFlex is that the bandage wrap does not stick to other things, it won't leave any kind of adhesive behind so there is no sticky mess when you unwrap it. It is convenient to use a cohesive bandage because it is a sticky bandage that sticks to itself and nothing else. [More]

Sigvaris Performance 20-30mmHg True Graduated Sport Compression Support Socks New Colors
Sigvaris Performance Compression Socks
Sigvaris Performance are true medical-grade graduated sport compression support socks and they are now available in blood orange, lime, red, blue, pink, and as always white and black. These are calf length sports recovery compression socks. They are comfortable socks for active adults, the compression works to ease tired achy legs and helps to improve blood flow. The high quality fabrics provide thermal control which helps keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable, even when running or walking. Sigvaris makes many different compression stockings and socks. They have designed the Sigvaris Performance line of compression socks to be worn before, during, and after work outs and runs. The achilles tendon protector works to reduce vibrations which can help protect vulnerable ligaments. The foot-bed and toe area of the sock are cushioned to help prevent blisters and discomfort. [More]

What is Covidien Xeroform Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing
What is Xeroform?
Xeroform is a sterile wound dressing that is non-adherent, which means it won't stick to the wound so dressing changes are less painful and trauma to the wound is minimized. Xeroform is an occlusive dressing which means it doesn't breathe and it is made of a absorbent fine mesh gauze. The gauze is impregnated with a 3% bismuth tribromophenate petroleum blend formula that provides bacteriostatic protection. Xeroform also deodorizes because it works to reduce wound odor. [More]

What are Adult Diapers & Adult Pull-Ups?
Adult Diapers & Adult Pull-Ups:
An adult diaper or adult pull-up is a disposable garment worn instead of underwear to help alleviate leaks from urinary or fecal incontinence. Sometimes adult diapers or pull-ups are only worn while sleeping but this is not always the case. They can be worn during the day or night and they can be worn by anyone regardless of age or gender. There are many different incontinence garments on the market today. How can you determine how well an adult pull-up or adult diaper will work for you? The labels on incontinence garments are confusing because it seems like they all use different standards. What does "super" or "supreme" even mean? Adult diapers and adult pull-ups are something that if you need them, you need them to work. No one wants leaks or accidents because they accidentally chose "super" or "extra" and you should have picked the one that said "super extra great". Thankfully, there is a company that organizes their incontinence products in a way that makes sense. Tranquility [More]

What is a ROHO Mattress Overlay Air Cushion? Banner
What is a Mattress Overlay?
A mattress overlay is a device that is put on top of a regular mattress or hospital mattress. Mattress overlays are available in many different styles and they can be foam, gel, or air cushions. They are often called mattress toppers or bed toppers. Honestly, it wouldn't be a medical device if it wasn't known by at least two or three names! Mattress overlays increase comfort for people who are recuperating from surgery or need to be in bed for long periods of time. If you are in bed and unable to move freely it is common to develop a pressure ulcer or pressure sore. Mattress overlays increase circulation and they also help to eliminate areas of pressure so the person using the mattress overlay will be more comfortable and have healthier skin. [More]

Express Medical Supply Online Contest Sweepstakes Cash giveaway banner
It is time for Express Medical Supply's online sweeps contest!! That means you can win a $500.00 Visa gift card just by finding the hidden products! The products are hidden all over the website and each day a different category on the website will be listed so you know where to start looking. You are going to want to check each day to make sure you don't miss a hint. I will get you started and help you find the first day's hints super easy. Don't worry if you are reading this and the contest has been going for several days, you can start the contest any time as long as the contest is still active, so just go back and find each day's hints. Each special product you find is a chance to win the $500.00 Visa gift card! What will you spend the $500.00 on?? [More]