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    Bring Mobility Back Into Daily Life

    February 16th, 2017

     

    “When mom’s mobility was compromised I knew I had to get her something to help remain as independent and healthy as possible.”

    Mobility is not something that lasts forever – unfortunately there are many of us who suffer from a lack in range of motion; but that doesn’t mean it is the end of freedom.

    With the reacher from Drive Medical, independence and added mobility are back into the mix of daily life.


    Flexible Seating – What is it and how does it benefit?

    January 23rd, 2017

    Teacher Kayla Delzer has taken a new approach towards benefiting students in the classroom with a technique known as “flexible seating.”

    What is Flexible Seating?

    It is the first step towards independent learning; rather than being told what to do, or in this case where to sit, children have the opportunity to be given a choice. This allows for them to solve problems and become more proactive learners as they age but also leads way to bertter collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking skills.

    “If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms,” Kayla pointed out.

    Many teachers have made the change to flexible seating as an effort to make their learning spaces more student-centered and ultimately more beneficial.

    Immediate benefits of incorporating flexible seating into classrooms can include:

    1. Better health
    • Reduced risk of disease
    • Less stress
    • Strengthened mental health
    • Improved physical fitness
    1. Effective learning
    • Better cognitive performance
    • Higher ability to concentrate
    • Improved memory retention
    • Higher academic achievement
    1. Improved behavior
    • Students are less disruptive
    • Students are better able to focus on the tasks they were assigned
    • Fewer disciplinary incidents are reported
    • Excess energy is used up

     

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    Photo thanks to The Creative Colorful Classroom

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    Arthritis & Exercise; The Benefits

    January 19th, 2017

    Arthritis is a condition that approximately 49.7 percent of adults aged 65 and older in the US suffer from; arthritis (rather, osteoarthritis – the most comment form) is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage protecting the joints. 

    Thanks to a study done by professor Dorothy Dunlop of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, it is said that even though physical activity can be challenging for adults with arthritis, it can benefit in managing a patients condition and maintain physical functioning

    “Egaging in physical activity can reduce pain and help to maintain mobility and independence for older adults with arthritis, but current exercise recommendations are often unachievable for this population. Now, however, a new study finds that exercising for just 45 minutes is enough to reap the benefits.”

    Their studies showed that older adults who engaged in just 45 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week were 80 percent more likely to maintain or improve their physical functioning than those who did not.

    “Even a little activity is better than none. For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic.”

    Dorothy Dunlop

    With a little exercising and stretching we would all be better off; another study done by Aladdin Shadyab, Ph.D. says that low physical activity seemed to account for an 8-year biological age gap between those who exercised and those who did not.

    The many studies done on the negative effects of sedentary life styles is enough for us here at 4MD Medical to have complied a list of exercise basics to get started on the right track; 

    OPTP Stretch Out Strap:

    The patented Stretch Out® Strap delivers the benefits of assisted stretching without a partner. Multiple loops permit deep, gradual stretching of major muscle groups with greater safety, control and effectiveness than is possible unaided.

    Body Sport Vinyl Dumbbell, 2lbs:

     Tones and strengthens muscles, builds stamina and speeds up metabolic rate. Solid metal; coated with vinyl. Easy to clean. Latex-free.

    Stretching ankles and calves has a number of health benefits. Improving flexibility and range of motion in the ankles can reduce risk of injury and provide for more efficient movement.

    CanDo Exercise Ball:

    Exercise balls are used to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and even just for fun. Balls are used as aids for vestibular movement and equilibrium therapy, by fitness professionals as an aid for stretching and strength programs.

    TheraBand Light Flexbars:

    The Thera-Band FlexBar is a lightweight, easy-to-grip, portable resistance exerciser for improving dexterity, mobility and grip strength; and for rehabilitating and strengthening hands, wrists, forearms and shoulders.

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    Bathroom Safety

    January 12th, 2017

    If we’re truly concerned about safety, why do so many of us leave those concerns at the bathroom door?

    The bathroom is one of the most potentially dangerous rooms in the home, particularly for older adults.

    Why?

    Let’s start with the wet and slippery surfaces, loose rugs, and sharp corners. Next, add in the physical challenges many older adults experience: difficulty with balance getting in and out of the bath or shower; trouble bending and reaching to adjust water temperature or wash body parts; difficulty seeing without glasses or contact lenses.

    It makes for one seriously dangerous mix. Statistics are hard to isolate, but a CDC report credits bathroom accidents with causing over 235,000 injuries in 2008. Among older adults, bathroom incidents accounted for 2.5% of all unintentional injuries.

    Did you know?

    1 IN 3 adults aged 65 or older will fall each year

    Thankfully, we trust Drive Medical for our bathroom safety products and are able to offer preventative care for those who need it.

    Grab bars, rails and raised toilet seats are only a few of the products used to make a bathroom safe.

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    ACR – The Ultimate in Safe Ambulance Transportation for Children

    December 21st, 2016

    The threat of injuries doesn’t necessarily stop once a pediatric patient is in the ambulance. Experts have come to realize that because a significant number of ambulance crashes occur each year and about a thousand of those involve pediatric patients nationwide.

    Insurance companies report that up to 1,000 ambulance crashed involve pediatric patients each year; this is a problem as there aren’t any real standards for restraining patients in the back of a moving ambulance. So how can we prevent this? The ACR!

    What is the ACR?

    The ACR is an innovative, flexible and fully adjustable harnessing system, it is the only pediatric restraint in the world that allows the safe and secure transport of newborns and children weighing 4lbs – 99lbs with a single device. The device has been tested under acceleration and deceleration, and is a universal device capable of being fitted to any brand ambulance cot and is machine washable for effective infection control.

    The ACR – Features & Benefits

    • The ability to perform procedures while the child is restrained. ACR has an open channel design from the airway to the waist.
    • The restraint tightens into the mattress of the cot, not the patient.
    • Fits on any cot without a bracket adapter.
    • Can be used in sitting or supine position.
    • Fully crash tested.
    • Machine washable.
    • One restraint system to service all patients.
    • Quick release chest strap for medical intervention
    • Breathable fabric maximises airflow and meets infection control standards
    • Allows rapid transition from sitting to flat in an emergency or to recovery position
    • Padded for patient comfort and reduced risk of pressure sores during long transfers
    • Can be used with stretcher back rest in raised position
    • Compact storage bag

    Kris Bordnick, vice president of EMS sales–North America for Quantum EMS Solutions, says,

    “The ACR allows providers to safely perform medical procedures while the child is restrained—there is no reason to un-restrain pediatric patients and put them in danger during transport. Also, the single device allows for the elimination of having to store and use multiple products to accomplish the task of restraining children.”

    When the patient is restrained the ACR allows for complete access from the airway to the waist to effectively perform procedures while the patient remains restrained.

    Also included with the ACR are quick release clips dock to hold the patient in place during transportation to prevent potentially dangerous movement.

    Bordnick adds, “According to www.saferidenews.com, approximately 620,000 children per year ride in ambulances while improperly restrained. While multiple factors contribute to this number, when properly utilized the ACR-4 will assist in reducing that number due to its flexibility, allowing for a broader range of pediatric patients to be restrained correctly.”

    To get your ACR today and to learn more click here

     

     


    Innovative, Flexible & Fully Adjustable – The Quantum ACR

    December 12th, 2016

    The Quantum ACR (Ambulance Child Restraint) is an innovative, flexible and fully adjustable harnessing system for the safe and effective transport of infants and children in an ambulance, and is color coded for easy selection in three sizes from 11 to 99 pounds. The ACR can be used on any model cot and the patient can be lying down or sitting in the upright position.

    It is the only pediatric restraint in the world that allows the safe and secure transport of newborns and children weighing 4lbs – 99lbs with a single device.

    The ACR4 contains 4 color coded restraints for easy selection in 4 different sizes, EXTRA SMALL 4-11 lbs, SMALL 11-26 lbs, MEDIUM 22-55 lbs and LARGE 44-99 lbs.

    When the patient is restrained the ACR4 allows for complete access from the airway to the waist to effectively perform procedures while the patient remains restrained.

    Also included with the ACR are quick release clips dock to hold the patient in place during transportation to prevent potentially dangerous movement.

    Click here to see more detail and purchase yours

    Features

    • Universally compatible with any cot
    • Smart colour coding for easy selection of 4 sizes
    • Machine washable
    • Quick release chest strap for medical intervention
    • Breathable fabric maximises airflow and meets infection control standards
    • Allows rapid transition from sitting to flat in an emergency or to recovery position
    • Padded for patient comfort and reduced risk of pressure sores during long transfers
    • Can be used with stretcher back rest in raised position
    • Compact storage bag
    • Weight range 4lbs – 99lbs

     


    Inspired by the Most Advanced Machine on Earth: The Human Body

    December 8th, 2016

    Most canes are fine for standing. But what about when you’re getting up from a chair, getting out of a car and climbing up stairs? Traditional canes just weren’t designed for it. But the very first time you use a HurryCane®, you realize how delightfully different it is. That’s because it’s built from the ground up to feel like an extension of the body. And that’s why people everywhere are loving it.

    Stabilizes Like a Foot

    Just like the human foot, the HurryCane®gives you 3 points of contact for superior balance and stability. It naturally simulates your instinctive walking motion. Whether you’re sitting or standing, the SteadiGrip™ base gives you more traction at almost any angle.

    Pivots Like an Ankle

    The ankle is the most complex joint in the body because it has the trickiest job: support your full weight while giving you the flexibility to walk, run and turn on a dime. It automatically pivots to help you maintain balance on inclines, uneven ground and shifting terrain. We designed the HurryCane’s proprietary pivot head to meet the same demanding standards − and it does it all, automatically.

    Changes in Height

    People come in all different heights. That’s why we engineered the HurryCane® to lengthen and shorten in seconds. With just the push of a button, it instantly adjusts to the right height. The Freedom Edition™ has 8 height settings, ranging from 30½” to 37½”. The GO™ has 10 height setting, ranging from 29½” to 38½. If only the human body were so advanced.

    Bends Like a Knee

     Your knees bend to help you get in and out of restrictive places like cars. But the HurryCane® Freedom Edition™ is even better: instead of one joint, you get 3! When you need to store it in a purse, glove box or under a chair, the HurryCane® folds up in seconds to one-third its normal size. And when you need it, it can be assembled almost instantly. While our cane has three joints, it’s still strong and sturdy enough to support up to 350 pounds.


    Keep Shoes “Microscopically-Clean” to Help Treat & Prevent Infection

    December 7th, 2016
    Shoes are warm, dark and damp — the perfect breeding ground for germs that can infect your feet and make them smell. More effective than sprays and powders that can leave a toxic residue, ShoeZap® is the fast, easy way to kill fungus and bacteria that cause Athlete’s Foot, Fungal Nails, Foot and Shoe Odor, Diabetic Infections and more.
    “It just doesn’t make sense to treat patients for skin and nail infections, then watch them put on fungus-filled footwear” – Leading DPM at Pedifix
    The ShoeZap® is the better, safer way to break the reinfection cycle instead of toxic shoe sprays. Shoe sprays have a very limited and short-term effect on germs; worse, the chemicals used in these sprays can leave toxic residue in footwear. Once re-activated with perspiration an unhealthy “foot bath” is created that the feet are trapped in all day. With the ShoeZap® the dangers, smell and chemicals found in the sprays are avoided and no longer an issue, while costing less.
    UVC germicidal light kills fungus and bacteria that thrive in shoes and cause Athlete’s Foot, toenail fungus (onychomychosis), foot and shoe odor, skin infections and more. Helps keep shoes ‘microscopically clean’, hygienic and odor-free, without the use of toxic chemicals. 15-minute automatic-off time cycle.
    Both a product and service healthcare professionals can offer their patients suffering from these common foot conditions.
    Get yours here!
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    4MD Promo Alert! Buy 4 Ultra Flu Tests Get One Free!

    November 14th, 2016

    As most of us may already know, cold allergy and flu season are back but we are not left defenseless. Although flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But there are ways to feel better.

    By testing for the flu we can better remedy the symptoms associated and quickly battle the viruses.

    Stock up while you can – we are offering Sekisui Diagnostic’s Ultra Flu Tests buy 4 get 1 free! Shop here for yours. 

    In the meantime, here are some at home flu symptom remedies from WebMD.

    1. Drink up. The flu can leave you dehydrated, especially if have vomitingor diarrhea. So be sure to get enough fluids. Water is fine. So are fruit juices and electrolyte beverages. You may want to stay away from caffeinated drinks, because caffeine is a diuretic. Herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat.

    2. Sip some soup. For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. But was mom right? Possibly. A study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like the flu.

    3. Be a couch potato. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you not to exercise, don’t. If it’s urging you to spend all day in bed, do. Don’t press on with daily chores even in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest is “another way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection,” Blackwelder says. And don’t skimp on nighttime sleep. “Good sleep cycles help the immune system work well, so it’s important to get your full eight hours of sleep each night,” Schaffner says.

    4. Humidify. Breathing moist air helps ease nasal congestion and sore throat pain. One good strategy is to indulge in a steamy shower several times a day — or just turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes, inhaling the steam. Another is to use a steam vaporizer or a humidifier. Clean it often to make sure it’s free of mold and mildew.

    5. Make a tent. Need a quick way to open clogged airways? Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove it from the heat. Drape a towel over your head, close your eyes, and lean over the water under the “tent,” breathing deeply through your nose for 30 seconds. David Kiefer, MD, clinical instructor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, recommends adding a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to the water for extra phlegm-busting power. Repeat this as often as necessary to ease congestion.

    6. Try a warm compress. On the forehead and nose, a warm cloth is a great way to relieve headache or sinus pain.

     

    Remember to be prepared and to test for the flu to best stop it in its tracks. 


    November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

    November 11th, 2016

    National Diabetes Month is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.

    The following information and tips have been provided by the NIH – National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases – to help raise awareness, prevention strategies and help those with diabetes manage on a daily basis.

    Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

    One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

    This year, the National Diabetes Education Program’s theme is: Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It. This highlights the importance of managing diabetes to prevent diabetes-related health problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, and amputation. The theme also serves as a reminder to people who may be struggling with the demands of managing diabetes that they are not alone.

    4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

    Here at 4MD Medical we offer many products to help manage diabetes – our featured product for the month is the Ice Shot. Check it out and get more information here. Buy yours here.