Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think Sun Safety This Fourth of July


Before you head outside with your residents this Fourth of July weekend, make sure you have a sun safety plan in place!

We recommend taking the following steps:
  • Ask residents' families to purchase sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles and hats for their loved ones. Ensure that the residents' names are written on the items.
  • Encourage residents to wear lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect them from the sun's rays.
  • Medications and some medical treatments can make residents more susceptible to sunburns. The nursing department should make a list of all sun-sensitive residents.
  • Residents should be encouraged to come indoors periodically to cool off and prevent sunburn.
Once you have a sun safety plan in place, get outside and celebrate Independence Day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

OSHA Expands Hazards List, Nursing Homes to Face Tougher Scrutiny


A new key hazard list from OSHA will lead to nursing homes facing tougher scrutiny. The expanded hazards include musculosketal disorders related to resident handling, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls.

OSHA stated the goal of the expanded list is to reduce overexposure to these hazards through a combination of enforcement, compliance assistance and outreach. About half of all injuries to nursing home workers involve preventable musculoskeletal disorders that are often caused by movements used to lift, reposition and transfer residents. These disorders can include conditions such as tendonitis, muscle strains and lower back injuries.

To avoid unnecessary manual handling, OSHA said nursing homes must:

  • Make sure they have an adequate number of lifts, assistive devices and accessories for each resident requiring a lift 
  • Ensure they  have enough charged batteries to power the assistive devices throughout an entire shift 

To read the memo, click here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fourth of July Order Cutoff Reminder

With the Independence Day holiday approaching, we want to remind you that ProMed will be closed on Friday, July 3. Orders placed after noon on Monday, June 29 will be delivered by Thursday, July 2. Orders placed after noon on June 29 will be delivered the week of July 6.

Please call our Customer Care Team at 800.648.5190 with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Create a Festive Summer “Fruit Cake”


Are you looking for a Fourth of July treat that’s healthier than the standard cookies or cupcakes? This “fruit cake” is sure to be a hit and your residents will enjoy helping you put it together!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole seedless watermelon (try to find one that isn’t too bumpy) 
  • 1 bunch red or green grapes, or a mixture of both 
  • Other assorted fruits of your choice, such as strawberries, star fruit, cantaloupe or pineapple. These will be used to “decorate” your cake, so purchase as many or as few as you like. Avoid fruits with seeds or pits, such as cherries, unless you plan to remove the seeds before serving.

Other items needed

  • Serrated knife
  • Large spoon or melon baller
  • Serving platter
  • Toothpicks
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Assembly

  1. Wash all fruit.
  2. Use a large serrated knife to cut off the ends of the watermelon. Place the melon on a flat surface and carefully trim off the rind. Use your knife to carve the watermelon into a rough cake shape. Don't worry about it being perfect – the other fruits will help hide lumps and bumps.
  3. Using your spoon or melon baller, create a small indented “well” on the top of the watermelon. This will help keep fruit from rolling off the top of the cake.
  4. Place the watermelon on a serving platter.
  5. Begin decorating by placing grapes around the bottom and top of the watermelon to imitate piped frosting. Secure the grapes with toothpicks where needed.
  6. Now it’s time to get creative with the other fruit! If you have cookie cutters on hand, you might enjoy cutting the fruit into fun and festive shapes, such as stars (of course, if you picked up star fruit, you simply need to slice it to get the start shape). If you don’t have cookie cutters, slices and squares are just as tasty. You can also use your melon baller to create round shapes.
  7. Once you have the fruit cut up, use the toothpicks to affix it to the sides of the cake in the pattern of your choice.
  8. Finish by placing fruit in the well you created on the top of the watermelon.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then cut and serve just like you would a regular cake. Be sure to warn residents about the toothpicks to avoid a choking hazard, or remove them before serving.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Congratulations, Joe Green!


Congratulations to ProMed Regional Sales Manager Joe Green and his wife, Christina, on the birth of their daughter! Norah Marie Green arrived on June 20 and weighed in at 7 pounds, 20 inches. Congratulations to the Green family!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Proposed House Budget Eliminates AHRQ


If the House Appropriations Committee's proposed FY 2016 Health & Human Services budget passes, the Agency for Health Research and Quality will be no more.

The AHRQ, which currently receives $465 million funding, is tasked with developing evidence-based care and health information technology. If the budget plan passes, the agency's duties would be split up among other HHS programs.

To learn more, click here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Equip Your Facility for Bariatric Residents


Obesity has been rapidly increasing in the United States over the past two decades. Beyond being a major health concern, obesity can also have implications for how your facility provides care.  According to the most current data from the CDC, 35.4 percent of adults over the age of 60 are obese. (To be considered obese, an adult needs to have a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher.)

The increasing number of obese seniors is leading to facilities bringing in new, specially designed equipment because standard-sized products might not be able to accommodate residents with bariatric proportions. Fortunately, manufacturers are in tune with the rise in obesity and have developed products with this population in mind.

ProMed’s comprehensive Bariatric Equipment & Accessories product category was designed to help you meet the special needs of this group. We offer:

  • Beds and accessories
  • Commodes and shower chairs
  • Mattresses, including dynamic air and foam 
  • Lifts and slings
  • Wheelchairs and recliners 
  • Scales

Our highly trained territory managers are ready to help you address your facility’s specific bariatric product needs. To connect with us, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com. Click here to view our bariatric product lineup.