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Which Antiseptic Wipes Should I Use?

What are Antiseptic Wipes?

Antiseptic Wipes are a convenient way of sterilizing the skin. Antiseptic wipes are a single use item that sanitizes skin without risk of cross contamination, unlike an entire bottle of potentially messy liquids. Each wipe is individually packaged making them easy to carry in a pocket, purse or inside even small first aid kits.
What are Antiseptic Wipes used for?
Antiseptic Wipes have a wide variety of uses. The short answer is, they are used for sterilizing. Antiseptic wipes kill germs and sanitize skin or whatever surface to which they are applied. Antiseptic wipes can be used to clean wounds, help perform a sterile catheter procedure, and prepare skin for surgery. They are a mainstay of home first aid kits and hospitals. [More]

ROHO Air Cushion Buying Guide for WheelchairsWhy choose ROHO Air Cushions? ROHO Air Cushions for wheelchairs and everyday use are meant to bring you comfort while helping prevent pressure injuries. Pressure injuries are a constant concern when you are using a wheelchair or have other mobility issues. There are four key concepts that set ROHO cushions apart from other cushions and they are: Six Degrees of Freedom - ROHO air cushions are constructed of individual cells or bubbles that move independently, allowing each cell to twist, turn, bend and adapt precisely to the curves of your body. Each cushion fits you! Low Surface Tension - The one of a kind design allows you to immerse into the cushion without deforming tissue. This is key to making skin breakdown less likely when compared to other wheelchair cushions. [More]

Bedside Bathing Peri-Wash and No Rinse Soap
Bedside bathing or sponge baths have changed patient care a lot over the past few years. No-Rinse body washes and shampoos and Peri-Wash products have improved, making them better solutions for the patient and caregiver. The No-Rinse products feel better on the skin, they don't leave a sticky uncomfortable residue and they are less likely to irritate and dry out skin, even skin that is sensitive and fragile due to injury or age. There are many bathing aids that can help you make your patient comfortable during their bedside bath.
When is a Bedside Bath or Sponge Bath a Better Choice? [More]

Shower Chairs What to Buy and What to Look for
What is a Shower Chair?
A shower chair is made for bathtubs or showers. It should be rust-resistant and sturdy. Bath chairs are designed for use by people who can not stand while they shower. They also help people avoid sitting in the bottom of the bathtub where they can easily slip trying to stand or caretakers can strain their backs lifting the person out of the tub. Shower chairs help people independently bathe and care for themselves while lowering the risk of accidental injury from painful falls. They are also called, tub seats, shower seats, shower benches, and bath seats all depending on the exact style. [More]

3M Tegaderm, can it help Road Rash?
3M Tegaderm, can it help road rash? What is Road Rash? Road rash is when your skin is injured by coming into contact with road surfaces during falls and/or crashes. Abrasions, scrapes, broken skin, and having skin embedded with road debris are all symptoms of road rash. Generally road rash is associated with skateboarding, cycling, roller, and motorcycling accidents. How do you treat road rash? Examine the wound. When you look at the wound, do you see fatty deposits or bone? If the answer is yes, immediately seek emergency medical attention. If you think the cuts and abrasions might need stitches, go with caution and seek medical attention. [More]

Nitrile Gloves at Home
Why Would You Use Nitrile Gloves at Home?
Chemicals - Sometimes in the home you need to use caustic cleansers or use other harsh chemicals that should not come in contact with your skin. Nitrile gloves are resistant to chemicals. This resistance makes them a great choice for home use.
Gardening - While gardening you can come into contact with fertilizers, insect repellents, and other substances that you don't want on your hands. Thorns and yard debris can be difficult to pick up with your bare hands but nitrile gloves are more puncture resistant than latex gloves so they help keep your hands safe. [More]

Compact Catheters, Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheters
What is a urinary catheter?
A urinary catheter is a tube that is inserted into the urethra until it reaches the bladder to drain and/or collect urine.
What is an intermittent catheter?
An intermittent catheter is a urinary catheter that is inserted into the urethra and then once the bladder is drained it is immediately removed from the body and discarded.
Are all intermittent catheters the same?
No, there are many differences between intermittent catheters. The materials they are made of vary. Intermittent catheters can be latex, silicone, or red rubber. Intermittent catheters can come with a straight tip which is considered standard or they can be made with a bent tip which is called a "coude tip". The coude tip helps to go around obstructions such as an enlarged prostate. Intermittent catheters can also be made pre-lubricated which is called, hydrophillic. [More]

3M Nexcare First Aid
First Aid kits are needed in every home and business. It is a simple thing to buy a pre-built first aid kit and call it a day. The first aid kits that are sold as a package are great for most situations. I think it is always nice to add a few items to them that fit you and your situation specifically. For instance, my son won't leave bandages alone so whenever possible I prefer to use the liquid bandage by 3M. It protects the cut or scrape allowing it to heal but my son can't peel it off. 3M Nexcare doesn't seem to come standard in a lot of first aid kits and that is a shame. Nexcare makes great products that are perfect for work and home. I am going to highlight some of the ones that I use often and have become standard in our personal first aid kits. [More]

How to Clean Your Nebulizer Safely
How to clean a nebulizer safely: After Each Breathing Treatment: Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Take apart the nebulizer, check your instructions for how to disassemble your nebulizer. Rinse the mask or mouthpiece with warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Do not wash nebulizer tubing or compressor, always check your instructions. Shake off excess water and place parts on a clean dry paper towel for air-drying. Never immerse your compressor or tubing in water. Reassemble the nebulizer system after the individual parts have dried. [More]

Bed Wedge Pillows
What are Uses for Bed Wedges: Elevated head and shoulders to help alleviate symptoms from acid reflux or GERD.
Elevated head to help sinuses drain freely when fighting nasal and sinus congestion due to flu or colds.
Support for reading and/or eating in bed to remain semi-reclined when on bed rest. Elevated legs to reduce pressure on lower back while sleeping or during pregnancy. Elevated legs and feet to help reduce painful swelling due to edema and/or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). [More]

Biggest Medical Supply Sale of the Year

While you are still recovering from Thanksgiving travel and all those delicious leftovers Express Medical Supply is having the best sale of the year! Now is the time to stock up on those medical supplies and maybe throw in some Christmas presents for friends and family while the prices are down! [More]

Medical Supply Holiday Gift Guide
Every year I swear I am going to start holiday shopping early and every year I am looking at picked over shelves the night before it is time to exchange gifts. Not this year! I am shopping early so I can save money by ordering online. I love finding the perfect gift for the special people in my life. I am always torn, do I get them something they need or something they want? I love when I can find those special gifts that are both wanted and needed! Many of us, myself included, have older family members. If you are like me, you also have family and friends who have special needs. What is a better gift for them than something that will help them feel better and be healthier? If you or your loved one is homebound or in a wheelchair there are cushions by ROHO that can help them be healthier and more comfortable! Many people need skin care that you can't find in a regular store. We have skin care that the hospitals use to keep skin exposed to a variety of elements healthy and strong. Maybe they need a new pillow or something to make travel better? Here is a list of great gifts for the people in your life that need a little something extra to feel comfortable and stay healthy. [More]

Brian's Motivational Condom Catheter Story

The best part of my job with Express Medical Supply is getting to talk to the people who use the supplies we sell. I first talked to Brian several months ago and he was frustrated because he could not find a leg bag that could be worn while he was riding his Ice Sprint 26x recumbent trike. Brian has had MS (Multiple Sclerosis) for 23 years and since his first exacerbation he has been focused on exercise. Maintaining his health and his quality of life is important to Brian and he works had to ensure his health goals are met despite having MS. He is active and needed a leg bag that could be concealed while riding his bike and wearing a pair of shorts. Brian called the MS Society, his Urologist, he even asked the recumbent trike riders group, no one knew of a product that met his needs. [More]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Mary Nussbaum has been working with Express Medical Supply since the company started.  She is our "Diva of Data" and helps every department make decisions.  Mary has been married to her high school sweetheart for 34 years.  Together they have 4 children and 1 grandchild.  They are happy to announce they have another grandchild on the way!  Mary is motivated by the love of her family and friends.  This is Mary's story about what motivated her during her fight with breast cancer. [More]