Medical Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

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]

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]