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    What is Viniferamine? Restoring Skin to a Healthy Youthful State.

    August 26th, 2014

    What is Viniferamine®? The answer can be found below in today’s video! We invite you to take a moment to view the latest video from Dr. McCord, inventor of the Viniferamine® Skin Wellness System, as she discusses how Viniferamine® works to restore skin to a healthy, youthful state.

    What does “vinifera” mean? 

    The word “vinifera” describes a specific variety of grapevine that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Viniferamine® (Vine-uh-fair-uh-mean) is a fusion of the highest quality organic European grapevine extract, organic olive leaf extract and organic green tea extract. The Viniferamine® blend has been incorporated into our system of skin and wound care products that are grounded in scientific evidence and healing, yet crafted with the elegance of the finest European treatment products.


    Adjustable Plastic Ankle Incline Board Makes Stretching Safe and Easy

    January 24th, 2014

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    Safely and easily stretch ankles at increasingly steep angles using the Cando 10-1179 Adjustable Ankle Incline Board. The board adjusts to allow the user to perform 10°, 15°, 20°, and 30° stretches. The adjustment is easily performed by the user, simply by inserting the board into the desired back slot. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the board is rated to support over 500 pounds. It weighs just four pounds so it can be easily transported and stored. The surface measures a generous 14 x 14 and features a non-slip grooved surface for added safety and efficiency. The slotted back can be used to hold onto as a handle for added stability and peace of mind during exercise.

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    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. This can be beneficial in individual who participate in high-impact athletics in which one is prone to ankle injuries, such as running, basketball, soccer, or tennis. In individuals with injuries or physical disabilities, these stretches can provide exercise to these muscles to prepare the individual to perform activities requiring ankle dorsiflexion, such as ascending and descending stairs. The device allows individuals to safely perform stretches without requiring another person, so the exercises can be performed individually at home, either as part of a prescribed physical therapy or personal training routine, or in the context of a personal home fitness routine.

    The Cando 10-1179 Adjustable Ankle Incline Board is available from 4MD Medical Our helpful and knowledgeable product specialists are available to help you find the right product for your needs – You can reach us by email or by phone at 877-463-5818

     


    Heart Attack Season Survival Tips – Learn How To Keep Your Heart Healthy During The Winter Months

    January 21st, 2014

    While we may be accustomed to battling frigid temperatures and the inevitable snow storms that arrive every winter, many of us are unaware of the dangers these pose to our hearts.

    “When the temperature outside drops, our blood vessels narrow to prevent our bodies from losing heat. This is a natural response that can also put people with heart conditions and those involved in strenuous exercise at greater risk of having a heart attack,” says Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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    Shoveling snow is one of the most strenuous and dangerous winter exercise activities. It can raise blood pressure, and coupled with the effects of colder temperatures, can increase heart attack risk drastically.

    Dr. Andersen offers the following tips for safe shoveling and maintaining a healthy heart this winter:

    • Warm up. Warm up with stretching and light activity before shoveling, exercising or beginning more strenuous physical activities.
    • Bundle up. When going out to shovel, always wear a scarf over your mouth and nose to warm the air before you breathe in, and dress in layers. Layering clothes underneath a windproof and waterproof outer shell helps maintain body heat.
    • Push the shovel. It is less strenuous to push the snow rather than lifting it, and this reduces the risk of overexerting yourself.
    • Take breaks. You should take frequent breaks while shoveling to give your muscles, especially your heart muscle, a chance to relax. You may also consider sharing the work with a friend to make the workload lighter and ensure that you are not alone in the event of an emergency.
    • Consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 50, overweight, out of shape or have suffered a heart attack, you should consult a doctor before shoveling snow or starting any exercise routine.

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    Logicmark Freedom Alert Helps The Elderly and Disabled Live Alone

    January 16th, 2014

    living alone can be tough for the elderly or the disabled. Even if they are independent in the fact that they can take care of themselves, there is always the risk that they could fall and injure themselves and not be able to get help. In these situations a cell phone is not enough. In some falls, the user may not even be able to get to the phone because they will not be able to get back up. If the phone is on a counter, it can be just out of reach.

    For this reason, systems exist that let the user where a pendant or a watch with a button on it. When the user presses the button, 911 or the number of a family member or relative in dialed. however, these systems require a monthly fee, usually between $25 and $30. They also often have installation charges and other hidden costs.

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    However, the Logicmark Freedom Alert System is different. Instead of charging the user monthly fee, the original cost of the unit is the only thing that is paid. The system uses the user’s already existing telephone line, and can even work via VoIP. Unlike other systems, which rely on an emergency response center, this system dials 911 or the other four programmable contacts directly.

    If you are an elderly or disabled person that lives alone, the system can provide immense peace of mind. Besides that, it is also much better than as seen on TV alternatives which charge a monthly fee.

    The Logicmark Freedom Alertis available from 4MD Medical Our helpful and knowledgeable product specialists are available to help you find the right product for your needs – You can reach us by email or by phone at 877-463-5818

     


    Big John Toilet Seat

    October 23rd, 2013

    The Big John toilet seat is one of my favorite products for the bathroom. It is one of the most cost effective products on the market today to instantly make any toilet ADA compliant.

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    It has a seventy-five percent larger sitting area than traditional toilet seats. This provides a much more comfortable experience for wheelchair users and those who have trouble fitting on regular toilet seats. Further, it has rubber bumpers on the bottom that raise the toilet seat two inches, which makes it at wheelchair height and requires walking users to not have to bend down as far. This makes the toilet ADA compliant.

    The Big John toilet seat is incredibly resilient and can support a maximum of 1,200 pounds of force on its sturdy, stain resistant ABS plastic frame. This is complimented by stainless steel hinges that are unbreakable even when put to the test by the heaviest users. It comes in two models, one with an open front and the other with a closed front and installs in seconds with no special tools required other than what is included with the toilet seat.

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    Unlike other solutions to make a toilet ADA compliant, the Big John toilet seat does not require you to replace the entire toilet and works with any toilet, be it elongated, round, mounted on the floor or mounted on the wall. This is great for both home and business users, as it is a quick, affordable way to make your toilet handicapped accessible with minimal fuss and minimal expense.


    Point-of-Care Testing Preventing Infections

    July 23rd, 2013

    Patient-to-patient transmission of Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and other nosocomial infections due to contaminated POCT devices has been increasing in the US – just in the hospital setting, some 2 million patients acquire an infection each year with an estimated 20,000 deaths attributed to the infections.

    While there are a number of modes of transmission including inappropriate hand hygiene techniques, glove usage, linen handling and the like, we’re going to focus on the proper, sanitary use of POCT device.

    Most infections occur during assisted monitoring for a specific test meaning the procedure was performed by a healthcare provider rather than self-testing by the patient. an example would be blood glucose testing in an assisted-living facility when a diabetic patient is being helped by a caregiver. particularly in these assisted-living facilities, HBV outbreaks continued to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) forcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities, Ta G F441.

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    The CMS TAG F441 document specifically requires the cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting of medical devices with an Epa-registered disinfectant detergent or germicide that is labeled for healthcare environments. 4MD Medical offers a number of easy-to-use, Epa-registered disinfectant wipes through our Warehouse to include PDI Super Sani-Cloth and Sani-Cloth plus and metrex Caviwipes1 Wipes.

     

    The practice of not disinfecting a medical device between patient usage potentially exposes them to the spread of blood borne pathogens. POCT devices frequently become contaminated with blood although transmission and infection risks can occur even though blood is not visible. Consideration of storage site disinfection must also be addressed; device contact with a blood-contaminated storage area also may contribute to contamination.

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    Another solution would be to consider a single-use, disposable medical device although not practical with a POCT device; however, the use of a single-use, safety lancet device would be an obvious must. available single-use, safety lancets through 4MD Medical include: pro advantage pressure activated Lancet; Becton Dickinson microtainer Contact-activated Safety Lancet; Arkray assure Haemolance plus Lancets; Owen-mumford Unistik Single-use Safety Lancet and Terumo Capiject Safety Lancets.

    Simple Recommendations to Reduce infections:

    • Use a single-use, safety lancet.
    • Assisted living facilities – for best practices, assign a POCT testing device for each resident (IE: blood glucose monitor)
    • Clean & disinfect the POCT device after each use if single patient assignment is not practical (IE: coagulation monitor)
    • Always practice good hand-hygiene protocols and change gloves between patients

    By Brad Thompson


    Why Holter Monitoring?

    June 26th, 2013

    If you have signs or symptoms of a heart problem, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), your doctor may order a test called an electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram is a brief, noninvasive test that uses electrodes taped to your chest to check your heart’s rhythm.

    However, sometimes an electrocardiogram doesn’t detect any irregularities in your heart rhythm. If your signs and symptoms suggest that an occasionally irregular heart rhythm may be causing your condition, your doctor may recommend that you wear a Holter monitor for a day or so.

    The Holter monitor may be able to detect irregularities in your heart rhythm that an electrocardiogram couldn’t, since an electrocardiogram usually takes only a few minutes.

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    Your doctor may also order a Holter monitor if you have a heart condition that increases your risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Your doctor may suggest you wear a Holter monitor for a day or two, even if you haven’t had any symptoms of an abnormal heartbeat

    Definition:

    A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that records your heart rhythm. You usually wear a Holter monitor for one to three days. During that time, the device will record all of your heartbeats. A Holter monitor test is usually performed after a traditional test to check your heart rhythm (electrocardiogram) isn’t able to give your doctor enough information about your heart’s condition.

    A Holter monitor has electrodes that are attached to your chest with adhesive and then are connected to a recording device. Your doctor uses information captured on the Holter monitor’s recording device to figure out if you have a heart rhythm problem.

    While wearing a Holter monitor may be a little inconvenient, it’s an important test that may help your doctor diagnose your condition.


    McKesson TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitor System Benefits

    May 2nd, 2013

    SPECIAL OFFER: Buy the McKesson TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitor Starter Kit For Only $5 – Click Here.

    8535830384_0487f32f76When it comes to a blood glucose monitor system, the most important factor in choosing which to buy is reliability. Does it give the most accurate results? The McKesson brand promises reliability, and yet the unit is affordably priced. Read on to find out why you need such a meter and why this one is the best bet.

    It all starts with blood, not only what keeps us alive, but what we use to diagnose our own medical conditions. This system monitors our blood glucose, which is important for people with diabetes. Keeping glucose under control, especially after a meal, leads to better health. This unit makes tracking glucose levels easy.

    Not only does the monitor tell you how what your glucose levels are, but it comes with a variety of accessories. For example, it includes a log book so you can keep track of how your glucose levels change over time and with any variables you can think of, such as stress, eating certain foods or with exercise. You also get a very stylish carrying case so you can take it with you when you go out to eat.

    44_16Relief is something else which comes with using this system. You can have peace of mind when you eat, knowing that you can accurately measure and control your diabetes thanks to owning this machine. With reduced stress comes better health, and a happier you.

    4MDMedical.com offers the best selection and lowest prices for all your diabetic supply needs.

     

     


    The Many Functions of a CPAP Machine

    February 28th, 2013

    cpapAnyone who has sleep apnea can attest to the misery it brings them every night. Tossing and turning, being woken up time and time again, and rising in the morning feeling more tired than when they went to bed are some of the complaints you’ll hear. Thankfully, it is simple to treat this disorder through the use of a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, meaning air is gently pumped through the mouth and/or nose to keep the airway open, stopping the frequent collapses which literally starve the body of air. This ensures a great night’s sleep.

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    Talk to your family doctor if you think you have sleep apnea and have them refer you to a local sleep clinic. They will book you in for an initial visit and check out your anatomy to see if there are any other issues at play, such as cysts or tumors. Once they’ve examined you, they will book you in for a sleep test. During this, you will stay overnight and they will monitor you as you sleep. Once complete, the doctor will diagnose your problem. If they recommend a CPAP machine, they’ll have you come in for a second sleep test while using the machine so they can determine which pressure setting you require for the best night’s sleep.

    The first step to using this treatment is to purchase a CPAP machine. There are many small options on the market today which come with a variety of features including heated air and hidden water containers. They’re so portable that you can take them with you on vacation! This ensures you always get a great night’s sleep. The next step is to pick up the best CPAP mask. Once you’re ready to use the machine, you literally just plug it in, fill the water container with distilled water, if it has such a feature, put on the mask and go to sleep. It’s literally that easy to get a great sleep night after night.

     

    4MD Medical carries a full selection of CPAP machines and accessories. Please contact our helpful customer service representatives and they’ll be happy to find you the right products to meet your specific needs.

     

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    Diagnostic Supplies for Cold & Flu

    November 29th, 2012

    4MD Medical offers a number of solutions for Influenza, Strep A and RSV from leading clinical diagnostic vendors: Alere, Pro AdvantageQuidel, Sekisui and Stanbio.

    It’s now back to school and the respiratory infection season is just around the corner; it’s not too early to begin selling testing kits in preparation for what could be a long winter. The respiratory infection season was non-existent last year and as a cyclical prognostication, the winds could shift to a more robust season, increasing visits to the doctor.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathers global information from World Health Organization (WHO) reports, country reports, and other sources for indications on what to expect for the US this fall. A peek at the flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere leading up to our respiratory season may provide some insight.

    SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – WHO UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2012

    Influenza A (H3N2) viruses were the most commonly reported type/ sub-type in recent weeks in the Southern Hemisphere temperate region in Chile, South Africa, and Australia; however, significant numbers of influenza type B were also reported in South Africa and to a lesser extent, Australia. Very few influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have been reported with exception of Paraguay and some countries in Central and tropical South America.

     

     

    INFLUENZA (FLU A & B)

    Typically, in the United States, flu season runs from November through April, with the largest number of cases seen between late December and early March, but in past years we’ve had late October surprises.

    According to the CDC, influenza infections cause more than 114,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually. In healthy adults, bronchitis and pneumonia (primary viral and secondary bacterial) are the most common complications of influenza.

    Together, influenza and pneumonia are the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

    4MD Medical Offers Flu Testing Products:

    • Alere BinaxNOW® Influenza A + B 22 test (CLIA Waived) – Product#’s 416-022 & 416-022P
    • Alere BinaxNOW Influenza A + B 22 test (Moderate Complex) – Product# 416-000 & 416-000P
    • Quidel QuickVue® Influenza A + B 25 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 20183
    • Quidel QuickVue Influenza A/B 25 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 0317
    • Sekisui OSOM® Influenza A & B (Moderate Complex) – Product# 190

    No additional instrumentation is required to perform these tests.

    STREP A

    Once more of a seasonal infection, mild group A strep disease is very common in the US and is often seen by healthcare providers throughout the year. Several million people get strep throat and minor strep skin infections each year. Approximately 10,000 people develop invasive group A strep disease each year, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths. Of these, 500 to 1,500 are cases of necrotizing fasciitis and a similar number are cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Group A strep is fatal to about 20% of patients with necrotizing fasciitis and 60% of patients with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.

    4MD Offers Strep A Testing Product:
    • Alere Clearview® Strep A 30 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 4581225020
    • Alere Acceava® Strep A 25 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 4583405008
    • Pro Advantage® Strep A 25 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# P080033
    • Quidel QuickVue® Strep A 50 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 20108
    • Quidel QuickVue+® Strep A 25 test
    (Moderate Complex) – Product# 20122
    • Quidel QuickVue InLine® Strep A 25 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 0343
    • Sekisui OSOM® Strep A 50 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 141
    • Sekisui OSOM Strep A 25 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 147
    • Sekisui OSOM Ultra Strep A 50 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 149
    • Stanbio QuStick® Strep A 25 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 6000-025
    • Stanbio QuStick Strep A 50 test
    (CLIA Waived) – Product# 6000-050

    No additional instrumentation is required to perform these tests.

     

    RSV (RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS)

    RSV is a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can be more serious in young babies, especially to those in certain high-risk groups. RSV is the most common germ that causes lung and airway infections in infants and young children. Most infants have had this infection by age 2.

    Outbreaks of RSV infections most often begin in the fall and run into the spring.

    Rarely, RSV infection can cause death in infants. However, this is unlikely if the child is seen by a health care provider in the early stages of the disease. Children who have had RSV bronchiolitis may be more likely to develop asthma.

    4MD Medical Offers RSV Testing Products:

    • Alere BionaxNOW® RSV 10 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 430-100
    • Alere BionaxNOW RSV 22 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 430-122 & 430-122P
    • Alere BionaxNOW RSV 42 test (Moderate Complex) – Product# 430-000
    • Alere Clearview® RSV 20 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 135060
    • Quidel QuickVue® RSV 20 test (CLIA Waived) – Product# 20193

    No additional instrumentation is required to perform these tests.

    CPT Code: 87807QW for CLIA Waived RSV testing
    CPT Code: 87807 for moderate complexity

     

    Courtesy of  Brad Thompson