Protectors cover bandages and wounds while bathing
LimbO Waterproof Protectors for
casts and bandages allow children
and adults to safely take a shower
or bath. The latex-free protectors
are made from tear-resistant PVC
and fit easily over an affected area
for a waterproof seal. The waterproof
cover is designed to protect
bandages, casts, PICC lines and
wounds while bathing or showering.
The protectors can be submerged
and wash clean every time.
Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.
AIRUS A210 Air Fluidized Therapy Unit
Air fluidized therapy unit quickly heals pressure sore wounds
The AIRUS A210 Air Fluidized Therapy Unit
helps enable patients with pressure sores to
heal wounds faster than a traditional hospital
bed. The unit consists of a base structure filled
with silicone coated microsphere beads. Room
air is drawn into the base unit, then filtered,
heated and pushed into the microsphere bead
media through a diffuser board. The airflow
suspends the microspheres,
causing them to take on the
properties of a fluid.
Device aids patients in post-op recovery
The Comfort Caddy from PP&R Products
resolves complex issues typically associated
with post-op closed wound drain recovery.
It has a total of six compartments, four of
them numbered. The drains are secured
in place preventing accidental pulling and
tearing to the wound area. Excess hoses
can be coiled and secured on two Velcro
side straps, preventing the drains from
contacting infected surfaces. One size fits
all with adjustable belt and neck strap.
Child sizes and designs also are available.
Heel Protector Elevates the Foot
PRO-heeLx Heel Protector
The Posey Company’s PRO-heeLx Heel Protector is designed to protect against heel ulcers and foot drop. The device elevates the foot and separates the heel from the mattress for bed-ridden and atr isk patients. The product’s Orthowick fabric liner minimizes heat, moisture, friction and shear on a patient’s feet, heels and ankles, and the lower support design keeps feet in an upright position. The unit is equipped with adjustable straps and is available in three comfort fit sizes.
Accurately and quickly measure and document wounds as they progress with VEV MD from Vista Medical. The wound is photographed using a 3-megapixel, digital camera with a 3x3-cm orientation card. The software outlines the features of the wound and calculates length, width, area and perimeter. Images can be charted by date, illustrating the healing rate. (800) 822-3553
Versatile 1 Wound Vacuum System
This wound vacuum system promotes healing, drainage and is appropriate for any suction application, from gastric suction to endoscopic use. The device applies a local negative pressure on the wound with a piston operation that is assisted by a suction regulator.760-603-8130
Invia® Healing System
Medela's Invia® Healing System is a negative pressure wound therapy system used to safely and effectively heal chronic and acute wounds. The system's infection-preventing dual mechanism includes antimicrobial properties and active drainage that control infection. The system includes the Vario 18 AC/DC c/i aspirator pump, which applies a gentle negative pressure to the wound and an advanced wound-dressing kit that controls infection and promotes healing. (877)694-6842
Blue Chip Medical Products Inc.
Blue Chip Power-Pro VW Elite
As the population of bariatric patients increases, HME providers must offer solutions that deliver on many promises. Mattresses are a perfect case in point:
• They must come in multiple widths to fit the various sizes of bariatric bed frames.
• They must be durable enough to support and cushion overweight patients.
• They must provide specialized support surfaces to reduce the occurrence of pressure wounds.
To address all those needs, Blue Chip Medical Products has unveiled its Power-Pro VW Elite, a variable width, bariatric, low air loss/alternating pressure mattress system.
First starters, in order to conform to the various widths used in bariatric beds, the Power-Pro VW Elite can scale in width to fit 37-, 42-, 48- and 54-inch bed frames. This makes it useful for both usage in facilities, as well as homecare environments, says Jim Acker, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Chip. Better yet, it also means that providers don’t have to stock multiple mattresses, which consume storage space and overhead budget.
The mattress is comprised of 18 air cells divided into three sections that let the mattress scale to the different bed frame sizes. The scalable design still allows for the correct redistribution of air pressure and airflow.
In terms of durability the mattress supports up to 1,000 pounds and is constructed of thermal polyurethane (TPU), including its air cells. It also features a two-stage blower pump. The result is a mattress that won’t bottom out when bariatric patients sit up, and a blower that won’t burn out.
The Power-Pro VW Elite’s support surface also focuses on treatment of prevention of stage I through stage IV pressure ulcers, a key concern for bariatric patients, Acker says. To combat those sores, the mattress must include multiple features. “We don’t want to make just a support surface, we want to offer the whole gamut,” he says.
For starters, The Power-Pro VW elite incorporates moisture control, which Acker says is an important feature when it comes to the prevention of pressure ulcers, especially with bariatric patients. Those patients have a lot of adipose tissue, and that means more sweat and moisture, which can foster the development of sores. It also offers low-shear surface, as well as immersion and pressure control.
While wound care and prevention is important in the HME sector, it has become a particularly important consideration for some of Blue Chip’s institutional customers, such as hospitals. Besides the fact that no one wants to see bariatric patients suffer, Medicare coverage for wound care has become more stringent.
CMS will no longer be reimbursing for the treatment of wounds acquired in a care facility, since the care facility should prevent the wound in the first place. Acker says there is a good chance that CMS’s stance on in-house acquired wounds could roll over into nursing homes and other long-term care settings for bariatric patients.
For providers that offer bariatric products to not only home patients, but also those sorts of facilities, providing a mattress that goes to great lengths to prevent these wounds to long-term care facilities could be an excellent opportunity.
St. Rita Medical LLC
The Bauer Bandage from St. Rita Medical helps heal wounds faster, with less pain and more comfort. The bandage offers low adherence to wound surfaces and deodorization. The product, made of pure, activated carbon in textile form, is pliable, flexible and conforming. Microscopic fibers provide an absorptive capacity to speed the wound healing process. The high absorption rate slows or stops the growth of infectious microbial activity and allows tissue to regenerate more quickly.