Medical Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

How to  Choose Urinary Leg Bag Holders and Straps
Wearing a urinary leg bag with your foley catheter or if you are a man using an external condom catheter, doesn't have to be uncomfortable. There are lots of options when it comes to leg bag straps and leg bag holders. The long latex straps that come with many leg bags aren't your only option. There are cloth holders that hold the leg bag against your thigh or your calf. These can be very comfortable because they keep the plastic leg bag off of your skin. This is especially helpful in the summer, hot sweaty weather isn't nice when you have a plastic bag right against your skin. [More]

How to Have an Allergy Safe Halloween
Having allergies doesn't mean you can't enjoy Halloween. There are lots of ways you can host a fun Halloween night without endangering children and adults with food allergies. The best part of Halloween is dressing up and the second best part is getting candy. For many children going door to door and participating in traditional trick or treating can be a problem because they can easily come into contact with something in which they are allergic. By hosting a Halloween event in your home, you can control the allergens that will be present and still have a great time. [More]

What is a Molnlycke Mepilex Foam Wound Dressing?
What is a Foam Dressing?
A foam dressing is "non-adherent" which means it doesn't stick to the wound bed, they are also non-linting so lint and debris aren't left in the wound when the dressing is removed. Foam dressings are generally semi-permeable to allow water vapor to reach the wound while keeping out bacteria, dirt, and contaminates. Foam dressings help maintain a moist environment which helps wounds heal and they also absorb excess wound exudate.The absorbent material found in foam dressings can be used with mild to high exudant wounds. [More]

Urocare Customizes Your Urinary Leg Bag, Tubing, Clamps
What is a Leg Bag?
Leg bags are used to collect urine that is drained from the bladder when you are using an external condom catheter or a indwelling foley catheter. They can be worn on the thigh or calf depending on what is comfortable to you. They are made of a lot of different materials and come in a wide variety of styles. Generally speaking the leg bag connects to the catheter by a connector attached directly to the catheter or by extension tubing. When the leg bag is full it is emptied by opening the drain valve on the bottom of the bag. Some people choose to reuse their leg bag while others use them and then discard them either after one day or just a few days. [More]

Transfer Bench Buyer's Guide and Safety Tips Banner
What is the Difference Between a Shower Chair and a Transfer Bench?
Shower chairs and transfer benches are both used to help people bathe safely. The shower chair sits completely inside the bathtub with all four feet flat on the bottom of the tub itself. A transfer bench is placed straddling the wall of the bathtub so two feet are inside the tub and the other two feet are placed outside of the tub. This allows the person using the transfer bench to gently slide across the bench, lift their legs over the wall of the tub, and then place their legs inside the tub without standing up. The transfer bench allows them to maneuver themselves into the tub while they are seated. [More]

Rusch Catheter Questions and Answers Banner
Rusch or Teleflex?
Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies. Rusch is a brand of catheters made and distributed by Teleflex. Sometimes you will see, "Rusch Teleflex" on the box of catheters, other times it will simply say, "Rusch". There is no difference in quality. Teleflex is a trusted manufacturer of medical supplies and Rusch is a quality brand of catheters that they distribute. Teleflex is home to other brands as well, like Hudson RCI for instance. Rusch makes a wide variety of catheters. They have traditional catheters like their Rusch Easy Cath line of intermittent catheters as well as Golden Drain external catheters, Rusch Gold foley catheters, and many others. [More]

Fall Allergies, Respiratory Care, Asthma Weather
Allergies are not just for spring and summer. Fall might mean Pumpkin Spice Lattes for most of us but for some it means increased allergy symptoms. Allergies can cause nasal and sinus issues but it can also mean breathing and respiratory complaints. Wheezing and asthma flair ups are to be expected when fall allergy symptoms hit. Respiratory care is important all year long but it is even more important when your allergies are active! What can you do to make this allergy season better? [More]

SCA Tena Incontinence Solutions for Day and Night
SCA Tena has the solution for the incontinence challenges you may be having. Women and men can trust SCA Tena to provide quality incontinence products you can count on. Whether you need adult briefs or just the added confidence disposable pads can give you, Tena has wonderful choices you can rely on. Many people have to deal with incontinence issues every day. Men and women of all ages struggle with how to solve their incontinence problems. I think the best way to approach a challenge is to be prepared. There are many online medical supply stores that will deliver right to your door with free discreet shipping. [More]

How to Clean and Disinfect Your ROHO Air Cushion Banner
Cleaning and disinfecting your ROHO air cushion and cover are two different and equally important steps. Check your product manual to be sure you are following your specific cushion and cover cleaning directions. Keeping your cushion and cover clean will help your skin stay healthy as well as make your cushion and cover last longer. When you use something every day it is easy to ignore what kind of shape it is in or put off cleaning it for one more day. Whether you use your ROHO in an office chair or as your primary wheelchair cushion it is important to keep it clean. [More]

What is Skin Prep Barrier Wipes and Spray?
What is Skin Prep?
Skin prep is a liquid that when applied to the skin forms a protective film or barrier. When applied to intact skin, the protective film helps protect against friction and sheer when bandages and medical tapes are removed. Skin prep can also prepare the skin for the attachment of drainage tubes, wound care bandages, external catheters, ostomy flanges and wafers, and other adhesive style bandages. Skin prep is a water-proof liquid that forms a transparent film over the skin to protect it from possible irritation. [More]

Why are Olympians Wearing Sports Tape?

I am not the biggest sports fan in the world but there is something about the Olympics that is riveting. The incredible levels of athletic skill, the world wide competition, it is awesome to watch. One of the aspects of it that is so interesting is the different techniques the athletes use to train and prepare. These men and women are so dedicated and they are willing to sacrifice so much in order to achieve their dreams. I have seen the articles talking about cupping, carefully planned diets, and many other training regimes. I noticed a lot of people asking about the colorful tape that different athletes competing in Rio have been wearing and I got super excited because for once I already knew what it was! It is Kinesio Tape! [More]

Disposable Underpads - How to Buy Chux
What are Chux?
Chux are an older brand of disposable underpads that aren't sold anymore. Many people think they were called "Chux" or "Chucks" because you chuck them away when they are soiled. My Grandmother, who was a nurse during WWII, swore that "Chux" were originally made by nurses [More]

Foley Catheter Buyer's Guide to Indwelling Catheter Use
What is a Foley Catheter?
A Foley catheter, also called an "indwelling catheter" is a thin flexible tube often made of silicone, latex, or a silicone coated latex. The end of the thin tube has a balloon. Once inserted into the bladder, the balloon is filled with a sterile water. This prevents the catheter from being removed and holds the Foley catheter in place inside the bladder.
When Should I Use a Foley Catheter? Due to a medical problem, your body is having difficulty emptying your bladder of urine. [More]

Coloplast SpeediCath Hydrophilic Catheters Benefits and Features
What are the Benefits of Coloplast SpeediCath Self-Lubricated Catheters?
Coloplast Compact Female Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter Held in Hand Coloplast SpeediCath catheters have a special coating that makes the catheter easy to insert and remove. The coating is called "hydrophilic" and it is made of three elements. There is a base coating which helps make the coating uniform. The base coating is evenly distributed so even when you remove the catheter, the base coating doesn't rub off which makes the withdraw less traumatic on sensitive tissues. [More]