DME Pharmacy

Marketplace: Bath Safety

Key retail product offerings for DME pharmacies.

What’s the most dangerous room in the house? A 2008 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that every year about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom. Of the injured:

  • More than 33 percent were caused while bathing or showering
  • More than 14 percent occurred while using the toilet

Injury rates increased with age, especially those that occurred on or near the toilet. The proportion of injuries in or around the tub or shower was highest among persons aged 15 years to 24 years (84.5 percent) and lowest among persons aged 85 or older (38.9 percent), whereas the proportion of injuries that happened on or near the toilet was lowest among persons aged 15 years to 24 years (7 percent) and highest among persons aged 85 and older (51.7 percent).

Injuries associated with getting into and out of the tub or shower occurred among persons of all ages, suggesting that adding grab bars both inside and outside the tub or shower might help prevent bathroom injuries to all household residents. Overall, approximately 14 percent of injuries were associated with standing up from, sitting down on, or using the toilet, but among persons aged 65 years and older, the proportion ranged from 19 percent to 37 percent. The CDC said that preventing falls and subsequent injuries in this vulnerable older population is critical. Persons with postural hypotension can reduce symptoms by standing up slowly; installing grab bars near the toilet would provide an additional measure of safety.

The DME industry has an extensive inventory of bath safety products, which are key retail offerings that DME pharmacies could easily stock for a wide variety of patient groups. Here are just some of the bathroom safety products to consider for a pharmacy:

Wheelchair Makes Bathrooms Accessible

WheelAble Folding Commode ChairThe WheelAble Folding Commode Chair lets physically challenged people use any bathroom or toilet stall in a more flexible, spontaneous and independent manner. The front casters are opposite from the large rear wheels and provide maneuverability. The location of the wheels makes it possible to back in toward a regular toilet without the need for spacious areas typical in accessible bathrooms and toilet stalls. The area under the seat is especially narrow, providing a significant advantage in narrow passages. Push up arm rests give users an easy and safe transfer, while the upholstered, waterproof seat is made for comfortable seating for a lengthy time.

Clarke Health Care Products
(888) 347-4537

New Walk-In Tub Has 7" Entry Threshold

Restore ACR Walk-In TubThe new cast acrylic Restore ACR Walk-In Tub from Mansfield Plumbing has a low 7-inch entry threshold, 17-inch high ADA-compliant seat, easy-to-clean surface and easy-to-access cableoperated drain. Available as a bathtub, whirlpool, air bath, combination whirlpool and air bath, or MicroDerm Therapeutic Bath, Restore ACR is IAPMO approved, is manufactured in the U.S.A. and offers a smooth, glossy appearance that won’t fade. Optional features include a heated seat and backrest.

Mansfield Plumbing
(828) 890-8065

Movabowl Is a Movable and Flushable Commode

MovabowlMovabowl is a movable and flushable commode that makes it easier for people with disabilities to use the toilet and makes it easier for caregivers to tend to people with disabilities. With the Movabowl’s design, the toilet bowl be removed and taken out of the bathroom to where the disabled person is located. Hence, the mobile toilet bowl can be used in locations outside of the bathroom. Then, the mobile toilet bowl is returned to the docking station in the bathroom and can be flushed because it has water in the bowl.

(949) 456-9992

Everyday Hand-Held Shower Head Offers 5 Spray Options

Lumex Everyday Hand Held Shower HeadSpray options let users help bathe pets, children and persons with special needs. Shower head can be easily installed in minutes on any standard shower arm. Options include bubbling, massage, half saturating and pause spray functions. Change the spray settings with your fingertips, even with wet, soapy hands. Other features include mounting bracket and diverter valve, matching extra long 80-inch reinforced hose and three-year warranty.

(770) 368-4700

Toilet Incline Lift Helps Users Safely Use the Commode

TILT Toilet Incline LiftThe TILT Toilet Incline Lift helps provide bathroom safety by lifting to patients’ natural body movement. Weighing 34 pounds, the unit can be installed in about 15 minutes. It attaches directly to the bowl, which offers greater stability. The TILT moves the user 7-1/2" forward for clearing obstructions and rising from the bowl. This also positions the user’s shoulders over their feet for optimal balance and positioning. The unit accommodates users 5'2" to 6'4" and bowl heights of 14" to 21".

(800) 451-1903

Rollator Combines Rolling Walker and Toilet Safety

Free2Go RollatorHelping the user to safely use the toilet in any restroom, the Free2Go Rollator combines the rolling walker with toilet safety products beneficial to seniors and the mobility impaired. Features include a raised toilet seat, toilet safety frame and rolling walker. Portable and lightweight, the Rollator rolls directly over a standard toilet and provides additional height over a standard toilet to reduce body strain. The Rollator frame was designed to assist with sitting, lifting and fall prevention.

Free2Go Mobility Products
(844) 324-8228

This article originally appeared in the DME Pharmacy December 2016 issue of HME Business.