Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spotlight on Protective Underwear

Matching a resident with the best disposable incontinence product for their needs can be a daunting prospect. ProMed is here to help. Today we're shining a spotlight on one popular option, protective underwear.

Protective underwear is ideal for active residents and can be pulled up and down like real underpants, enhancing resident dignity. It's also a great option for users in a bowel and bladder program, for toilet training or for restless, disoriented residents.

ProMed offers two protective underwear products under our exclusive Embrace® brand.

Embrace Adult Skin Caring Underwear with Leakage Barrier has an exclusive stretch panel that allows the product to fit close to the body for a discreet fit and a wearing experience similar to real underwear. The leakage barrier provides the ultimate defense against accidents while ultimate-absorbency polymers help keep residents dry and odors in check.

Embrace Adult Skin Caring Underwear features a premium dual core with a high-loft, non-woven acquisition layer for fast absorption. The breathable, cloth-like cover provides exceptional comfort . When it's time for a change, tear-away sides make removal a cinch.

To learn more about either of these products, as well as our complete Incontinence Care Management line, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Study: Empowering CNAs, Family Members Can Improve Care Quality

A new study has found that involving CNAs and family members of nursing home residents in decisions can lead to improved service.

The researchers analyzed managerial decisions of nursing home employees and how they related to quality. To gather responses, surveys were sent to 1,000 employees at 33 nursing homes and to the primary family member of each resident. The questions on the surveys related to areas such as menu plans, activities and expanding facilities.

The researchers found that when nursing staff had the power to make decisions, service quality tended to improve. The empowerment of CNAs had an even greater effect than the empowerment of nurses.

To learn more, click here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Enteral Feeding Daily Care Checklist

Even the most experienced caregivers need to brush up on their skills from time to time. We encourage you to print out this Enteral Feeding Daily Care Checklist and share it with your staff. Are there any elements of proper enteral care that are being overlooked at your facility?

  • Check the resident for any pain, discomfort or pressure around the tube exit site.
  • Check the tube exit site for skin irritation, inflammation or other signs of infection, gastric leakage or formula leakage.
  • Rotate the external retention disk one quarter turn each day to relieve pressure on the skin and allow for aeration.
  • Clean the tube exit site, gastrostomy tube and its external retention ring.
  • Check the height of the external retention ring with the resident in both the sitting and supine positions. The retention ring should lie just on top of the skin. It might need to be adjusted if it is too tight on the skin or too high off the skin.
  • Verify placement of the tube before every feeding, or several times a day for continuous feeding. This is done one of four ways: by checking the graduation marks, aspiration of gastric contents, air auscultation or, if there are any questions, by X-ray verification.
  • Verify that the resident has received the amount of fluid during the past 24 hours that he/she should have received according to the physician’s orders (allow flexibility up to 150cc unless an exact fluid intake is critical for the resident).
  • Change the enteral feeding bag and/or spike set per facility policy/manufacturer’s guidelines, or at least every 24 hours.
  • Ensure the irrigation syringes on the bedside are labeled with the resident name, date and usage.
  • Provide mouth care, including teeth, gums and tongue.

Remember, if a recently placed G-tube is pulled out, the tube tract will begin to close within two to four hours unless a new G-tube is inserted into the gastrostomy tract.

Professional Medical can meet all of your facility’s enteral feeding needs. We offer pumps, enteral nutrition, accessories and in-servicing to ensure that your residents are receiving the best possible care. To learn more, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Bill Could Affect Housekeeping Pay, Scheduling

A new bill proposed in both houses of Congress has the potential to impact long-term care facilities.

The "Schedules that Work Act" would require facilities to provide, in writing, the "minimum expected" numbers of work hours that certain low-wage workers, including housekeeping staff at long-term care facilities, can anticipate working each month. Facilities would also have to provide a work schedule a minimum of two weeks in advance.

The bill also calls for certain payment requirements that would kick in for last-minute schedule changes, including one extra hour of pay if a schedule is changed with less than 24 hours' notice, unless the change is due to the unforeseen unavailability of another worker. The bill also calls for extra pay for split shifts and minimum payments for employees who are on-call for shifts.

To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Furniture Solutions

Did you know that ProMed offers complimentary custom design services? We work with the best brands in the business to help you make your dream facility a reality. To learn more, contact any of our knowledgeable territory managers or give us a call at (800) 648-5190.

Sister Natalie is thrilled with Rosary Hill's new chairs!

A custom chair for Rosary Hill

Rosary Hill's chairs and complementing table tops 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Create a Homelike Environment with Our Textiles and Linen

Whether you're on a tight budget or looking to provide linens just like the ones your residents enjoyed in their own homes, ProMed has your solution. Our Textiles and Linen product offering includes bath, bed and dining linens as well as textile products designed exclusively for the healthcare market.

We offer:
  • Reusable and disposable pillows
  • Standard, premium and knitted sheets
  • Bath blankets
  • Bed blankets and spreads in both patterns and solid colors
  • Standard and premium terrycloth products in a wide variety of colors
  • Multiple styles of clothing protectors
  • Reusable underpads
  • Linen accessories, such as hampers, storage carts and bags

To learn more about ProMed's Textiles and Linen product line, contact your territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Study: Common Arthritis Drug Prevents Worsening of Alzheimer's

A common arthritis drug, Etanercept, might be capable of doing double duty. According to a newly published study, individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease did not deteriorate in terms or cognition or behavior when they were given Etanercept every week for six months.

Etanercept blocks a blood protein that is released as part of an inflammatory response. High levels of this protein have been associated with worsening Alzheimer's disease.

The researchers are calling for further trials.

To learn more, click here.