Medical Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

What are Witch Hazel Wipes?
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is a type of plant, specifically it is a North American shrub called "Witch-hazel shrub or Hamamelis virginiana. The leaves as well as the bark of the shrub are used to make the compound referred to as "witch hazel" it is an astringent anti-inflammatory. Witch hazel is a simple and inexpensive item that has many different uses. It is a great addition to your home first aid supplies. Just like with any product, if you have concerns about whether or not you should use a new product always ask your doctor or your medical provider if it is right for you. [More]

Walker vs Rollator
What is the Difference Between a Walker and a Rollator?

The difference between a walker and a rollator is, wheels. A walker has four legs and all four legs stay in contact with the ground when you are moving. The walker must be lifted in order to move forward. A rollator has four wheels and brakes and does not need to be lifted to move forward. Rollators are easy to maneuver because the wheels swivel so moving about is easier. Walkers aren't as easy to move but they are more stable. Walkers can also partially support your weight while you are walking. [More]

Express Medical Supply New Medical Products
7 Brand New Products from Express Medical Supply!

We are always adding new products that are designed to help our customers and friends lives a little easier. From nebulizers to wound care, we have online medical supplies that can be used if you have mobility issues, respiratory needs, or just need to improve your day to day cleansing routine. Do you know have a favorite medical supply that you don't see on our website? Contact us and request a product, because we would enjoy talking to you about the product you are using. We love hearing from our customers! Many of the products listed here were recommended to us by people who used them every day and loved them. [More]

Guide to Intermittent Urinary Catheters
What Are the Different Kinds of Intermittent Urinary Catheters?
Coude Catheter - a catheter that has a bent tip for ease of insertion, the angle of the bend can vary
Coude Olive Tip Catheter - a type of coude tip catheter that has a slight bent tip with a rounded balled tip for insertion around an enlarged prostate or strictures [More]

What is Medical Tape?
What is Medical Tape?
Medical tape is an adhesive tape that is specifically designed to be used directly on skin to hold wound bandages or other first aid or medical appliances in place. Medical tape needs to be skin safe, easy to use, and strong enough to work well when skin is moving, bending, or damp. There are many styles of medical tape that can be used in a variety or situations. 3M has many different kinds of medical tape, here is the link to a more complete guide to 3M medical tape. [More]

What is Calmoseptine Ointment Skin Barrier Banner?
Calmoseptine was created over 80 years ago by a pharmacist as a diaper rash ointment for infants. Since that time Calmoseptine has been found to help alleviate the symptoms of many different conditions. Calmoseptine is available in different size tubes as well as a jar but the contents are all the same, the different containers are just personal preference. It is a skin barrier ointment that is available over the counter, without a prescription, from online medical supply companies. A skin protectant or skin barrier ointment is a product that temporarily protects injured or exposed skin surfaces from harmful irritants while providing relief to the area in question. What is Calmoseptine? [More]

Are Cure Medical Catheters Better?
Urinary catheters are thin flexible tubes used to drain urine from the body. Catheters have been around for a long time, according to URO Today Urology News:
"Catheters were used as early as 3,000 B.C. to relieve painful urinary retention. In those times, many materials were used to form a hollow catheter shape, including straw, rolled up palm leaves, hollow tops of onions, as well as, gold, silver, copper, brass, and lead. Malleable catheters were developed in the 11th century. In time, silver was used as the basis of catheters as it could be bent to any desired shape and was felt to have an antiseptic function."
I am relieved that no one has to cath using roll up palm leaves anymore! Over time catheters have become more comfortable and they are made of silicone or latex red rubber. [More]

What are T.E.D. Anti-Embolism Stockings and Hose?
What are T.E.D. Anti-Embolism Stockings?
T.E.D. stockings are an abbreviation for "thromboembolism-deterrent". They are stockings designed and worn to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg, which means when you are recovering in bed these stockings will help stop blood clots from forming. If you are non-ambulatory then the gradient compression is combined with the actual muscle pump effect of your calf, these two things work together to help circulate blood and lymph fluid through your legs. T.E.D. stockings are available in knee and thigh length. As far as which you should wear, you will want to speak to your doctor about which is better for your hospital stay as well as your recovery. Blood clots can form for up to six weeks following surgery or an extended hospital stay so you will want to continue using T.E.D stockings after you leave the hospital. T.E.D. stockings are like all compression stockings and socks, in order for them to work they require accurate sizing. It is a good idea to learn how to take accurate measurements from a compression stockings and socks buyer's guide. [More]

How to Use Male External Condom Catheters

Male external condom catheters are a urinary catheter that is worn on the penis for the treatment of incontinence. Men who can no longer retain urine can use external catheters without having to wear adult incontinence briefs. External condom catheters are worn and when they are connected to a leg bag via extension tubing they funnel and collect urine away from the body. Most commonly external condom catheters are made of either silicone or latex and they are self-adhering, which means there is adhesive on the inside of the catheter that allows it to stay on the outside of the penis. External catheters are not a one-size-fits-all item. You will need to take measurements. In order to use condom catheters, you will need to gather some medical supplies, such as tubing and a leg bag. Just like using any medical device, using external male condom catheters has a learning curve. Be patient with yourself and don't be afraid to contact your medical team or an online medical supply for information on how to best use condom catheters. [More]

What is a Bard Magic3 GO Female Catheter
A female length intermittent catheter can not be used by men because the shaft of the catheter is too short to reach the male bladder. Female catheters are much shorter because the female anatomy doesn't require a long catheter to reach the bladder. The short length of the catheter means it is much easier to design small, discreet catheters that fit easily inside pockets or purses. Bard, formally Rochester, Magic3 GO is a new hydrophilic catheter designed for women that is easy to use and carry with you on the go. Prior to Bard and Rochester Catheters becoming one company, the Magic3 catheters were all produced by Rochester. The company name may have changed but Magic3 is still being produced to the same exacting standards you have come to expect from Rochester Magic3 catheters. [More]

What is a Hip Kit? Mobility and Dressing Aids
What is a Hip Kit?
A hip kit is a collection of products designed to help improve independence and issues of reach after experiencing hip replacement surgery. To prevent injury to the hip prosthesis and surrounding tissues after surgery it is necessary to take certain [More]

Why Bard Medical Hydrocolloid Condom Catheter Adhesive Matters
Rochester to Bard Medical: Bard Medical is known for innovative Foley catheter products like their Statlock Stabilization Devices and now they have teamed up with Rochester. Bard Medical and Rochester are now one and the same. Over the last few months you may have noticed some products that used to say Rochester now are labeled as Bard. The good news is, only the name has changed. Bard has stated that they will still be making the Rochester catheters and products just like they were made before. So if you are looking for a Rochester product and you can't locate it, try searching for it with the name Bard Medical instead. [More]

Straight Tip Catheters vs Coude Tip Catheters
What is a Catheter?
A catheter is a flexible tube that is inserted through a narrow opening into a body cavity, particularly the bladder, for removing fluid. That is the definition of the word catheter but there are many differences between them. Catheters are generally made from silicone, latex, or a combination of both. One type of catheter is called a Foley catheter. Once it is inserted into the bladder, a small balloon at the tip is inflated so the catheter can be held in place inside the bladder. Another type of catheter is referred to as an "intermittent catheter". Similar to the Foley, it is inserted into the urethra and then it is pushed into the bladder. Unlike the Foley, once the bladder is drained, it is removed immediately and discarded. People who use intermittent catheters use several a day while people who use Foley catheters use the same one for a set period of time. [More]

Coloplast Brava Ostomy Care Not Just for Ostomy Anymore
Coloplast Ostomy is known for making cutting edge ostomy pouch systems and ostomy care accessories. Coloplast has been around for a long time and they have designed some incredible ostomy pouches that help many people live their best life after having an ostomy surgery. What people don't realize is how versatile the Coloplast Brava line of medical products can be for people who don't have an ostomy. If you are currently using Coloplast catheters than you know that this company makes a wide variety of medical supplies. [More]

How to Use No Rinse Bathing Wipes Banner

If you are caring for someone who is bed-bound keeping them clean and comfortable can be a daunting task. I have talked about bedside bathing and using peri-wash and no rinse soaps before.There are a lot of benefits but it is important to remember that you can't use the no-rinse method of bedside bathing all the time. No matter how great they are, you or your patient will need to be cleaned fully with water on a regular basis. The best part about bathing wipes is how easy they are to use. The Medline bathing wipes will leave skin feeling clean and soft. [More]