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    Why Do I Need a SoClean?

    April 27th, 2017

    Recently we received a question about the SoClean CPAP Sanitizing Machine that we think would be beneficial to many of our customers.

    “I’ve used a CPAP for about 18 years and have never had a problem.. Why do I need a SoClean?”

    Jody O, a verified customer, responded to this question, “I’ve been on a CPAP since 1999 myself. The cleaning process is nearly effortless compared to having to wash and rinse everything daily as recommended. Also noticed sinuses were in better shape than before since the unit sanitizes even the insides of the machine in addition to the tubing and humidifier chamber.”

    It’s the safer, healthier way to breathe cleaner and have a better CPAP experience.

    The SoClean offers many benefits for it’s users:

    • Kills 99.9% of CPAP germs and bacteria
    • Cleans mask, hose and reservoir at once
    • No disassembly, no water and no chemicals
    • Reduced risk of sickness
    • Time saving automated cleaning cycle

    The SoClean is compatible with all popular mask types and CPAP machines; the versatility allows more CPAP users to benefit from the ease of using a SoClean. By using activated oxygen cleaning to eliminate any mold, bacteria, and viruses that may be lingering in your home CPAP machine; patients are much less likely to get sick if their CPAP unit is clean of mold, bacteria and viruses.

    Even someone who hasn’t had an issue from using a CPAP alone can still benefit from this cleaner – get yours here.


    Emerg-A-Center; Creating a new age in smarter and safer homes and offices

    April 6th, 2017

     

    Did you know that 80% of injuries happen in and around the home?
    Are you prepared to provide life-saving care to a person in need?

    Effective first aid treatment can be the difference between a rapid or lengthy recovery, a temporary or permanent disability, and life or death.  Preparation and education is critical to ensure your home or office is ready in an emergency. 

    Emerg-A-Center is the market’s only safety command center creates a smarter, safer home and office by storing life saving devices in a central cabinet making them easy to find in seconds. With an embedded instructional video, individuals can be trained and ready to save a life. Safely hidden in a laundry room, kitchen, office or garage, the cabinet can be customized to match design and style choices.

    Homes and offices are the second and third most dangerous places behind the highway.

    Source : U.S. News & World Report

    Features

    • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
      • Designed for public use, the HeartSine® samaritan® 350P AED features a simple interface with visual and video prompts and the carrying case makes it available at home or on the go. Suitable for use on adults and children, the 350P is the premier choice for home and public access.
    • First Aid Kit
      • From small cuts and scrapes to minor injuries, a well-stocked first aid kit provides the necessary tools to treat a patient. Emerg-A-Center comes equipped with a first aid kit complete with necessary supplies such as bandages and first aid cream that are centrally organized for easy use. Both OSHA and ANSI certified, this kit meets necessary requirements for a safe home and workplace.
    • Fire Extinguisher
      • Fires can pop up anywhere and in an emergency, that fire must be extinguished safely. At 2.5 pounds it is lightweight and effective; perfect for home or office emergencies and safe for wood, plastic, liquid or electrical fires.
    • Flashlight
      • Power outages leave everyone looking for a flashlight but to their dismay; they are often misplaced or out of batteries.  Equipped with a DuracellTM high-intensity LED flashlight with variable focus and rugged casing, this flashlight is equipped to handle home and office needs.
    • Instructional Video
      • While many people can spot safety equipment, most have never encountered them or know how to use them. Add the additional stress that is common in the face of emergency and there are delays in providing the necessary care. Education and reminders are key in keeping individuals and family members trained in an emergency situation. The video reviews how to use each device as well as perform CPR.

    The Facts

    • Are you aware that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading killer of all Americans?
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that suddenly causes an irregular heartbeat causing a stop in blood flow to the brain and other organs.
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects more than 1,000 people outside hospitals each day in the U.S., including children.
    • Do you know that the only effective treatment of SCA is through defibrillation which can be administered through an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
    • An AED is a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm.
    • For every minute without care during a SCA, the chance of survival decreases 10%. Which is why early defibrillation matters most.
    • Less than 7% of people who experience SCA outside the hospital survive.
    • 3,500 people die due to fire related causes every year.
    • Food and insect related allergies cause an emergency room visit every 3 minutes.
    • Fires double in size every 60 seconds and can quickly burn out of control.

    CastCooler – Keep your Cast Clean & Fresh

    April 3rd, 2017

    Most of us know what it’s like to suffer during an injury recovery with a cast; between being uncomfortable due to heat, sweat and itching wearing a cast becomes almost unbearable.

    Thanks to CastCooler we no longer have to worry about the lack of comfort associated with wearing a cast. 

    The CastCooler benefits you.

    With the CastCooler you can have a cast or splint that is:

    > Fresh and Clean! (no more stinky smell)

    > Completely Free of itch

    > Cool your cast

    > Reduce Odor & Itch

    > Freshen Your Cast

    > Reduce Skin Maceration

    > Dry and Comfortable

    By keeping your cast/splint lining free from moisture, especially moisture from perspiration, the conditions for bacteria growth are signifanclty reduced. Your cast stays clean and fresh. Itch and odor are not issues because you are removing the root cause of each…moisture. Again, a very good thing!

    Imagine what it will be like to have relief from Itching and Not Have to Worry About Subjecting Others to your Smelly Cast.

    If you should accidently get your cast wet, whether from bathing, an encounter with the lawn sprinkler or a dip in the pool, use the CastCooler to completely and rapidly dry the cast lining. If your cast becomes saturated, be sure to use a wet/dry compatible vac as liquid moisture will be drawn through the cast into your vac.

    When medical professionals (Orthopedic Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses) try the CastCooler, their reaction is the same “I should have thought of that!” followed by “We want the CastCooler for our patients!”

    The CastCooler connects to any vacuum and allows for fresh air to be brought through your cast; all odors and moisture are whisked away and replaced with fresh air.

    Order your CastCooler here

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    Amazon’s Alexa Is Saving Lives

    March 31st, 2017
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    Amazon’s Alexa is making saving lives easier with simple CPR voice commands thanks to the American Heart Association.
     
    This device can help save someone’s life.
     
    The information is crucial because prompt medical attention can make the difference between life or death, or significant disability, said Robert Neumar, MD, PhD, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
     
    The ability to easily offer assistance in so many homes is enticing to healthcare providers, because time is so important.
    “Anything we can do to have not only more bystanders do CPR but have them start sooner is likely to have an impact on survival,” Neumar said.

    — “Alexa, ask American Heart … how do I perform CPR?”

    — “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs of a heart attack?”

    — “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs for stroke?”

    Every day in America someone has a stroke every 40 seconds on average. About 2,200 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases each day. Cardiac arrest claims more than 350,000 lives a year. Because these are emergencies requiring urgent treatment, Alexa first tells the user to call 911 before offering other instructions.

    There are about 8.2 million Amazon Echo devices in the U.S., according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. This year, sales of the Amazon Echo line and newer Google Home devices are projected to reach 4.5 million, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

    The ability to easily offer assistance in so many homes is enticing to healthcare providers, because time is so important.

    “Anything we can do to have not only more bystanders do CPR but have them start sooner is likely to have an impact on survival,” Neumar said.

    About 70 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home, but victims are half as likely to survive when they are at home as they are in a public setting. One reason could be that no one at home did CPR, Neumar said.

    “We need to create a culture where everybody is expected to be able to perform CPR who has the physical capability,” he said. “It’s not feasible to have everybody do a CPR course.”

    Alexa offers the steps of Hands-Only CPR for a teen or adult who suddenly collapses: push hard and fast in the center of the chest at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute, the same rate as the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

    Shawn DuBravac, PhD, chief economist at the Consumer Technology Association, said he could envision a day when voice-activated services are one day part of the 911 system. A 2015 study reported that about half of all communities do not have 911 dispatchers trained to give CPR instruction, as the AHA recommends.

    And, people are more likely to take this step reflexively as they grow more and more accustomed to conversing with their devices.

    “When you can order a pizza, one would think certainly that you could request first responders,” he said.

    Source: http://www.emsworld.com/news/12309458/voice-activated-amazon-echo-device-to-deliver-cpr-instructions

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    A Lack of AED’s & Safety In Schools Across America

    March 28th, 2017

    Did you know that only 17 states require defibrillators in some schools? 

    An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a portable device that treats sudden cardiac arrest (the unexpected loss of heart function) by delivering a shock meant to restore a normal heart rhythm. When using an AED time is of the essence; the chances of survival decrease 10% for every minute a shock is not applied to the patient, research has shown.

    Per the JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology), installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools has been associated with increased survival after sudden cardiac arrest.

    Although 17 US states require the machines in some school, requirements are far from comprehensive in these 17 states.

    Only 5 states offer unequivocal funding to schools for purchasing AEDs. A minority of U.S. states have legislation requiring AED placement in schools, and even fewer provide funding.

    State legislatures that have not yet enacted legislation requiring AEDs in schools may look to neighboring states for examples of child and adult lifesaving law. Placement of an AED in schools should be implemented with an emergency response plan that trains staff in the recognition and response to cardiac arrest.

    Research has shown that two in 50 U.S. high schools can expect a sudden cardiac arrest event each year. There’s also evidence that defibrillators in schools and colleges are associated with increased survival for sudden cardiac arrest patients, the study researchers said.

    In schools with defibrillators, survival rates of students with cardiac arrests and a shockable rhythm is 64 to 72 percent, the study authors said. AEDs in schools can also benefit teachers, coaches or sporting-event spectators who may suffer cardiac arrest on school grounds, the researchers added.

     

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    AED’s are available for purchase through our website; click here to view our available AED’s.


    Cutting Edge News; Cincinnati Surgical

    March 23rd, 2017

    How well do you know the blades you’re using?

    A scalpel may seem like a simple instrument, but with incredible precision and a surgeons’ steady hand it is key to a safe and accurate medical procedure. These tools are essential to any medical professional – it’s important to know their function and capabilities to ensure patient safety.

     

    The top three #3 fitment blades:

    • #10 – the most traditional blade shape C2 
    • Used for making small incisions in skin and muscle
    • Sample Procedures:
      • Harvesting the radial artery during a coronary artery bypass operation
      • Opening the bronchus during thoracic surgery
      • Inguinal hernia repair
    • #11 – an elongated triangular blade with a strong pointed tip  C2
    • Used in making stab incisions.
    • Sample procedures:
      • Incisions for chest drains
      • Opening coronary arteries or the aorta
      • Removing calcifications in the aortic or mitral valves.
    • #15 – a small curved cutting edge  C3
    • Opening coronary arteries. Used in making short and precise incisions.
    • Sample procedures:
      • Excision of a skin lesion or recurrent sebaceous cyst

     

    Cincinnati Surgical’s joint manufacturing agreement with Swann Morton means quality British steel blades manufactured to a high level of consistency.

    Quality

    • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 13485, the International Standard for Quality Management Systems for medical devices companies
    • Steel material content
      • Carbon – Silicon – Manganese – Chromium – Sulphur – Phosphorus – Nickel

    Consistency

    • Surgical blades are manufactured in accordance with BS 2982 and BS EN 27740 standards
      • Every blade falls within specific dimensions to ensure the first blade manufactured is the same size as the last blade manufactured
    • Boxes are marked with lot numbers and expiration dates for traceability

    Environmental

    • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 14001 – Environmental Manufacturing Standards Certification

    BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 50001 – Energy Management Certification

     

    Cincinnati Surgical features a wide variety of high-quality surgical blades, handles, stitch cutters, blade removers and staplers. With an unmatched reputation for quality, Cincinnati Surgical is a proven leader in their industry.

    To veiw their products, click here.


    Shopping For Specifics Just Got Easier

    March 21st, 2017

    Are you looking for a specific product and don’t know where to start? What about what the best deal is? Brand quality??

    All these questions can become overwhelming when looking for the right product.

    Whether it be supplies for a new physician office, or just something to help put your sore muscles to rest –  we have made the experience a little bit easier with our product reference guides.

    Our guides show some of our top of the line products categorized specifically by needs.

    Browse through our most user-friendly catalogs and make your shopping experience even easier. 

     

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    The Benefits of Foam Rolling

    March 20th, 2017

    Regularly using a Foam Roller – especially a deep tissue massage roller – offers many of the same benefits as a sports massage, including reduced inflammation, scar tissue and joint stress, as well as improved circulation and improved flexibility.

    Essentially, foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that gets rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.

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    1) Prevents Injury & Helps You Recover Fast

    Learning the finer points of self-myofascial release could help you train harder and look better while also reducing injury.

    2) Breaks Up Scar Tissue

    Breaking up scar tissue and adhesions between the skin, muscles and bones is crucial for a healthy body.

    3) Improves Mobility And Flexibility

    Improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. … plus some forms of arthritis, can benefit from mobility exercises.

    4) Removes Lactic Acid To Aid Recovery

    Lactic acid build up is what causes our muscles to be sore after a long workout. By reducing the lactic acid in muscle tissue, you’ll feel less pain and a quicker recovery time.

    6) Can Be Used As A Workout Tool

    Thanks to Lauren Roxburgh with Yahoo Health watch this video to see how to turn your foam roller into an exercise tool to promote core and glute strength.

    Video: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/fitness-hack-booty-lifting-foam-rolling-ah-the-112081183962.html

    7) Not Just For Fitness – For Desk Jockeys Too!

    Think of it this way: the muscles that are contracted all day while sitting at a desk have developed knots in them. These knots (or adhesions) limit the range of motion of your joints and muscles, which also decreases circulation. Imagine it like a tangle or knot in a Slinky. Putting pressure on those knots with a foam roller or other SMR tools like a lacrosse ball will help massage the knot out so the muscle group can return to its intended length.

     

    Watch this video to learn the do’s and don’ts of foam rolling.

     


    3 Steps to Get Back in the Game After an Ankle Injury

    March 17th, 2017

    Certified Athletic Trainer, Rick Peters, wrote an article for dealing with an in-game ankle injury quickly and efficiently.

    “When an ankle injury occurs during competition all eyes turn to the athletic trainer to assess the severity of the injury and report on when they can safely get the player back in the game. Athletic trainers are expected to act quickly and efficiently under pressure, whether it be from the coach or on a national stage such as professional sporting event, which is why it’s important to correctly diagnose and remedy in-game ankle injuries as they happen.”

    Rick Peters three tips are as follows:

    1. Injury Evaluation – Determine the extent of the injury to evaluate whether or not the athlete can return to competition.  If it is determined that that athlete can return to competition if the ankle is sufficiently stabilized proceed to steps 2 and 3.
    2. Stabilize the Ankle – Using whatever method you or the athlete are most comfortable with, stabilize their ankle joint so that they cannot injure themselves further. It is important to note that if they are still feeling pain in the ankle when walking/moving around, then a different treatment technique should be used, such as an ankle brace, or they should not re-enter the game.
    3. Relieve Weight Bearing Pain – If the athlete continues to suffer from weight bearing pain and still needs to re-enter the game, they can always reduce that weight bearing pain by using an ankle brace that “unloads” or “offloads” the ankle. Taping, lace-ups, or any brace with a soft bottom cannot unload the ankle – instead they will need to use a semi-rigid bottom, hinged-cuff ankle brace. Not all semi-rigid, hinged-cuff braces are the same so it is important to research whether they can reduce weight bearing pain as well as provide joint immobility.

    If you are an AT assigned on a sport that has a high potential for ankle injuries (football, basketball, etc.) it is important to know how to effectively recognize and treat an ankle injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, a player could continue on in a game or be sidelined for months.

    An ankle brace has become an essential item for treating ankle injuries. It’s used to unload and ease weight bearing pain to treat and rehabilitate an ankle injury.

    View our available ankle braces & ankle splints.

    Braces: https://www.4mdmedical.com/ssearch?q=ankle+brace

    Splints: https://www.4mdmedical.com/ssearch?q=ankle+splint


    8 Reasons to Use Lavender

    March 6th, 2017

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    Lavandula angustifolia, used for antiviral, menstrual cramps, antibiotic, insomnia, burns, dry skin, anti-inflammatory, bronchitis, muscle pain, decongestant, analgesic, nausea, acne, headache, relaxant, antidepressant, anti-fungal, asthma, digestion, bactericide, calming, normalizing. 100% pure, undiluted, and can easily be added to your favorite lotion, creme, or oil.

    1. Calming: Several studies have found that the scent of lavender oils could help reduce feelings of anxiety and lower feelings of stress.
    2. Improves Sleep: Placing a drop of lavender oil on your pillowcase could help you sleep better at night. This is because the aroma of lavender could help to calm you down, allowing you to drift more easily into sleep at bedtime.
    3. Soothe Canker Sores: One study looking at people with canker sores indicated that using a few drops of lavender oil might help soothe these painful nuisances.
    4. Dandruff Itchiness: If dandruff has your scalp feeling dry and itchy, massage some lavender oil into the affected area to ease the discomfort. As with other oils, such as olive and cononut oil, this likely helps because of the boost in moisture — but lavender has the bonus effect of smelling lovely!
    5. May Help Migraine Pain: Got a headache? Rub two to three drops of lavender oil on your upper lip and breath in the soothing aroma for 15 minutes. One study found that people who did this had less migraine pain during attacks.
    6. Flavors Food: Aside from health uses, lavender oil can also be used when you cook. A teaspoon of lavender oil can add flavor to a cookie recipe or even a fish dish.
    7. Repel Moths: Deter moths from your woolen garments by placing sachets laced with lavender oil in your closets or drawers. Although this won’t kill moths, it will keep them away while also making your clothes smell nice.
    8. Scent Your Home: Scent air naturally with lavender oil. Simply heat water on the stove top until it’s almost bubbling and place in a few drops of the oil into the water and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Then, place the mixture into a glass mason jar and let the smell waft through the room.

    Looking to buy essential oils? Check out the lavender we offer here.