Medical Resources, Tips and Product Reviews

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]

Every Kid in the Park, President Barrack Obama Quote
There is a new program to get kids and their families to connect to nature and to the historic sites that surround them.Every Kid in a Park is a special program that allows 4th graders and their families to enjoy the National Parks throughout the United States. This great program not only helps kids connect to nature, it helps them value the public lands that need and deserve our protection. These National Parks are living classrooms. Outdoor places and historic sites that help kids see and apply what they have only read about in books. "Every Kid in a Park" is a great way for educators and parents to introduce their 4th graders to all the wonders public lands have to offer. [More]

Compression Stocking and Sock Buying Guide
Compression stockings and socks are used to help relieve tired, achy legs, swelling of feet and
ankles, and to increase blood flow. Compression stockings and socks come in different
compression levels. The measurement used for compression stockings, is mmHg, otherwise
known as millimeters of mercury. The higher the number of mmHg, the firmer the compression will
feel when wearing the socks or stockings. The different levels of compression are worn to combat
different medical conditions. [More]

National Safety Month
The National Safety Council is celebrating "National Safety Month" throughout all of June. This is a great chance for us to reflect on how we can improve our home and work practices to increase safety. This year they are focusing on many important topics such as: prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, emergency preparedness, and the dangers of slips and falls. [More]

3M medical tape rolls
When you are standing in a pharmacy aisle or looking at an online medical supply store, it is very easy to be overwhelmed with the choices for medical tape. This will hopefully help you understand what 3M means by medipore, transpore, microfoam, etc. 3M makes high quality medical and surgical tape. More than likely, if you were in the hospital you have seen 3M tape. All the medical tapes listed in this article are hypoallergenic. They are not all latex-free.
Different Styles of 3M Medical Tape: [More]