Friday, January 30, 2015

Indiana Seniors: Exempt LTC Facilities from Liquor Permits

A group of Indiana seniors is pushing for legislation that would exempt nursing homes and other LTC facilities from having to obtain liquor permits or pay excise taxes in order to serve alcohol to residents. 

The residents took up the cause after their facility was cited by state inspectors for violating the law. 

The Indiana Health Care Association supports the effort, adding that nursing homes shouldn't be held to the same rules as restaurants. Dennis Neary, IHCA's legislative and public affairs director, was quoted as saying, "This is a nursing home, not a nursing bar and grill." 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Study: People Who Feel Younger Live Longer

Need another excuse to not act your age?

Researchers in London have found that older people who felt three or more years younger than their chronological age had a lower death rate compared to those who felt their age or older. They also discovered that self-perceived age can affect assessments of health, physical limitations and well-being in later life.

The authors studied data from 6,489 people who averaged 65.8 years old but felt an average of 56.8 years old. They found that the mortality rates during an average follow-up of 99 months were 14.3 percent in adults who felt younger, 18.5 percent in those who felt about their age and 24.6 percent in adults who felt older than their actual age. There was a strong relationship between self-perceived age and cardiovascular death.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Study: Anticholinergic Use Tied to Dementia

According to a new study, a higher use of anticholinergic medications can be linked to an increased risk of developing dementia. An anticholinergic is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Many medications, including some available over the counter (such as sleep aids), have strong anticholinergic effects, the researchers found. The most commonly used medications in the study of 3,600 seniors were tricyclic antidepressants such as doxepin, first-generation antihistimanies such as chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) and antimuscarinics for bladder control such as oxybutynin (Ditropan).

According to the research, those who took at least 10 mg/day of doxepin, 4 mg/day of diphenhydramine or 5 mg/day of oxybutynin for more than three years would be at an increased risk of developing dementia.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Now Available: Embrace and Compliance Flushable Wipes

Two exciting new products are now available from brands you know for their superior performance and great value. ProMed’s exclusive Embrace® and Compliance® Flushable Washcloths are made of natural biodegradable fibers that disperse just like toilet paper during flushing. They’re the perfect addition to your skin care regimen!

Additional features:

  • Biodegradable
  • Dispersible
  • Safe for sewers and septic systems when used as directed
  • Latex- and alcohol-free
  • Contain skin-softening aloe
  • pH balanced and hypoallergenic

The wipes are comparable to Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths, DUKAL Flushable Wet Wipes, Dynarex Flush Away Flushable Wipes, Medline ReadyFlush Biodegradable Flushable Wipes, PDI Hygea Flushable Cleansing Cloths and TENA Flushable Washcloths.

Contact your ProMed territory manager to learn more about the new wipes! You can also give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at for additional information.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Product Safety Alert: Baxter Acetic Acid Irrigation

Baxter Healthcare has received reports of customers mistakenly using the 0.25 percent Acetic Acid Irrigation (ProMed item number 020-2F7184) when the use of a different Baxter irrigation product was intended. If an error is made and the wrong product is used, the potential for an adverse event to occur is high.

In the wake of these reports, Baxter has decided the update the product label of the 0.25 percent Acetic Acid to better differentiate it from the product labels of Sterile Water for Irrigation and 0.9 percent Sodium Chloride for Irrigation.

In the meantime, Baxter is asking that facilities carefully read product labels prior to use.

If you have any questions, please contact Professional Medical at (800) 648-5190.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Study: Rural Nursing Homes Do Better with One RN Per Four CNAs

According to a new study, rural nursing homes provide better care when they hit a staffing ratio of one full-time registered nurse for every four CNAs.

The researchers found that rural facilities who hit this ratio "significantly improved" their composite scores for long-stay residents. The score took into account a number of individual quality indicators, such as pressure ulcer and UTI prevalence.

The reasons for this are not immediately clear, the researchers noted. They did observe that increasing RN hours resulted in fewer physical restraints and that increasing CNA hours improved pressure ulcer and ADL outcomes.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wrap Your Residents In Warmth This Winter

The weather outside might be frightful, but ProMed is ready to help you keep your residents warm and cozy this winter. We’ve created a Textile and Linen Solutions catalog that features specially selected items to help you meet your goal of delivering great care while remaining budget-conscious. To download and view the catalog, click here.

Be sure to check out the following chill-chasing items:

  • Woven and ribbed blankets and spreads in a spectrum of colors
  • Quilted spreads in both solid colors and stylish prints
  • Bath blankets to keep residents warm and protect modesty

You might also be interested in the following everyday essentials featured in the catalog:

  • Premium, standard and knitted sheets
  • Reusable and disposable pillows with non-woven or vinyl bodies
  • Premium and standard white terry in multiple weights
  • Colored terry for color-coding by use, department or resident
  • Generously cut clothing protectors in terrycloth and flannel
  • Reusable underpads in a variety of absorbencies
  • Related items such as mattresses, laundry carts and hampers

To learn more about our comprehensive Textiles and Linen product category, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at 800.648.5190 or visit us online at