Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Closure Reminder

Professional Medical will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 in honor of Memorial Day.

All Monday deliveries will be made on Tuesday, May 26. All Tuesday deliveries will be made on Wednesday, May 27.

Customers who typically order on Monday for Tuesday delivery should place their orders by noon on Friday, May 22.

Please call our Customer Care department at (800) 648-5190 if you have questions or concerns. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We Have Your Furniture Solutions!

Did you know that we can help you create furnishings that are a perfect fit for your facility? Territory Manager Pam West worked with a customer on these custom chairs. The customer had a vision of exactly what they wanted and our team made it happen. ProMed is your go-to source for more than medical supplies - contact us today to learn more!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Swap Your Heavy Blankets for Spring-Friendly Styles


Warmer weather means it’s finally time for lighter bedding. If you’re ready to swap heavy quilts for light cotton blankets but your current linens aren’t up to snuff, give us a call!

Now is also the perfect time to check and see if any of your other linens need updating. Are your towels wearing thin? Do your sheets have holes? Or are you just ready to upgrade? Our knowledgeable territory managers will help you find the perfect linen solutions for every season.

During the warmer months, your residents will appreciate our woven and ribbed blankets and spreads, which are available in a spectrum of colors. These can be paired with or changed out for our solid and printed quilted spreads when the weather turns cool.

We also stock the following linen solutions for year-round use:

  • Premium, standard and knitted sheets
  • Bath blankets to keep residents warm and protect modesty
  • 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, contact your territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com. To view or download or Textile and Linen Solutions catalog, click here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Medtronic Recalls Neonatal, Pediatric and Long Tracheostomy Tubes


Medtronic has announced a voluntary recall of its cuffless Covidien Shiley Neonatal, Pediatric and Long Tracheostomy Tube and Shiley Neonatal, Pediatric and Long Pediatric Tracheostomy Tube with TaperGuard Cuff. The recall follows reports of users experiencing discomfort and breathing difficulties. Twelve reports of serious injury have been received.

If a resident is using one of the affected products and not experiencing any difficulty, Medtronic recommends consulting with the physician to see whether the tube should be replaced immediately or at the next scheduled interval.

Facilities should review their inventory and segregate any affected products and return them directly to Medtronic, if that is how they were purchased, or to the distributor who sold them.

The affected item numbers that are available from ProMed are:

To download the recall paperwork, click on the product links above and then select the Clinical Documentation tab (login is required). 

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (800) 648-5190. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COPD: Lesser-Known Symptoms and Complications


If your residents have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonay disease, or COPD, you're likely familiar with its common symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. However, according a HealthGrades article, there are other, less-known complications that the disease can cause.

Depression 
A shortness of breath can limit resident activities, leaving them feeling depressed. This can be eased through medication or talk therapy.

Osteoporosis
Taking steroids to fight COPD can increase residents' risk of developing osteoporosis. Residents taking steroids should have bone density scans and might need prescription medication along with calcium and vitamin D supplements to strengthen bones. Some exercise, such as strength training, can also be beneficial.

Pneumonia
Taking steroids for COPD can also lead to an increased risk of pneumonia. Residents should consult with the physician about receiving the pneumonia vaccine; if they have already received it, the physician might still order a second dose.

Right-Sided Heart Failure
COPD can lead to right-sided heart failure, a condition in which the right side of the heart becomes enlarged and can't pump properly. This is caused by continuous high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs and can be controlled through medication, supplemental oxygen or a low-salt diet.

Shingles
People who have COPD, especially those who take steroids, are at a higher risk for shingles. The shingles vaccine can help prevent the disease or lessen its effects.

Trouble Sleeping 
Bronchodilator medication, stimulants commonly used to help treat COPD, can make it tough to sleep. Coughing and low oxygen levels can also be to blame. To help residents get a more restful night's sleep, encourage them to try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, avoid caffeine before bed, avoid watching TV in bed and keeping the room cool, dark and comfortable.

Unhealthy Weight 
Being overweight or underweight can make COPD symptoms worse. If this is the case for your residents, a physician or registered dietitian can help create a healthy eating plan that meets their goals.

Urinary Symptoms 
Older men who use inhaled anticholinergic drugs to control COPD have a 48 percent higher risk for acute urinary retention. A physician should be contacted immediately if this occurs.

To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Advanced Wound Care: What to Choose When


It can be tough to keep up with advanced wound care product claims and features! To help you out, ProMed has created the quick reference guide below.

Dressings at a Glance1

Alginate

Indications: Moderate to heavily draining wounds, partial- and full-thickness wounds, pressure ulcers (Stages III and IV), dermal wounds, surgical incisions or dehisced wounds, sinus tracts, tunnels, cavity wounds, infected wounds 

Features:
  • Hydrophilic gel is produced when alginate comes in contact with wound exudates
  • Can absorb up to 20 times its weight
  • Does not adhere to wound
Products to try:
  • DermaGinate
  • DermaGinate/Ag

Collagen

Indications: Burns, grafts, any type of wound with light, moderate or heavy drainage 

Features:
  • Provides a moist healing environment
  • Some reduce destructive elements in wound fluid
  • Promote tissue granulation and epithelialization
Products to try:
  • DermaCol
  • DermaCol/Ag 
  • SilvaKollagen Gel

Film

Indications: Superficial wounds with little exudate; commonly used as secondary dressings to attach a primary absorbent dressing 

Features:
  • Permeable to gases and water vapor, but impermeable to wound fluids
  • Retain moisture and are impermeable to bacteria and other contaminants
  • Allow wound observation
  • Do not require a secondary dressing
Products to try:
  • DermaView
  • DermaView II 

Foam

Indications: Partial-to full-thickness wounds with light to heavy exudate; frequently used under compression stockings to help treat venous leg ulcers 

Features:
  • Have small, open cells that hold fluids
  • Permeable to water and gas
  • Some have a waterproof top surface
Products to try:
  • Bordered Foam/Ag
  • ComfortFoam
  • ComfortFoam Border
  • DermaFoam
  • DermaLevin
  • HydraFoam
  • HydraFoam/Ag

Hydrocolloid

Indications: Stage I-IV pressure ulcers, partial- and full-thickness wounds, dermal ulcers, necrotic wounds 

Features:
  • Adhesive, absorbent and elastomeric components
  • Form a gel upon contact with wound fluid
  • Facilitate autolytic debridement
  • Self-adhesive, mold well and minimize skin trauma and healing disruption
  • Can be used under compression wraps
  • Can be used as a preventive dressing for areas at high risk of friction
Products to try:
  • DermaFilm

Hydrogel

Indications: Lightly to moderately draining wounds, necrotic wounds 

Features:
  • High water content provides moisture to the wound and rehydrate dry wound beds
  • Cooling and soothing
  • Reduce pain
Products to try:
  • AquaDerm
  • DermaGauze
  • DermaSyn
  • DermaSyn/Ag
Your ProMed territory manager is ready to prepare a custom Wound Care Product Selection Guide for your facility! To get started, contact your territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com. 

Reference
1 Lippincott’s Nursing Center. Wound & Skin Care: Choosing a wound dressing, part 2. Available at: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/journalarticle?Article_ID=770292. Accessed April 29, 2015. 





Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy National Nursing Home Week!


It's National Nursing Home Week - are you ready to celebrate? The theme of this year's event is Bring on the Fiesta and it will be celebrated from May 10-16.

According to the American Health Care Association, "We call on everyone to strut their stuff this week. Make it a special time of entertainment and education for all while focusing on bringing to life the subtheme of 'Familia, Vida and Amor' (family, life, love). Show how your care center, as part of culture change, brings these vital attributes of quality care to the forefront, irrespective of anyone's age of physical or intellectual ability."

The AHCA notes that this week is the perfect time to encourage new guests, infrequent visitors and local VIPs to realize the importance of a kind word, personal touch and connection to the resident.

If you haven't already planned your fiesta, click here to download a planning guide, sample press release, sample invitation, sample proclamation and more.

ProMed hopes you enjoy your celebration and thanks you for all that you do!