Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Labor Day Closure Notice

Professional Medical will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in honor of Labor Day. All Monday deliveries will be made on Tuesday, September 8.

Customers who typically order on Monday for Tuesday delivery will need to place their orders by Friday, September 4.

Please call our Customer Care department at 800.648.5190 if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Study: Many Older Americans Poorly Controlling Diabetes

According to a new study out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, only one in three older Americans with diabetes have the disease under good control. Failing to properly manage diabetes can lead to long-term health problems ranging from kidney disease to blindness.

The researchers looked at three different measures to good diabetes control: hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Of the individuals studies, 72 percent met the hemoglobin A1C level, 73 percent met blood pressure goals and 63 percent had good cholesterol levels. Only 35 percent of the individuals met all three targets.

The study also showed racial disparities, mostly in women. The researchers noted that black women were much less likely to have acceptable blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels than white women.

The researchers said their findings will be used to determine how clinical targets can better be met and how they should be addressed from a public health perspective.

To learn more, click here.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Study: Anticholinergics Increase Fall Risk In Older Men

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that older men who take specific commonly used medications have a higher risk of being injured in a fall.

The medications in question are those that have anticholinergic effects, which block the part of the brain that passes messages between nerve cells. These drugs are commonly prescribed to older people to help alleviate bladder problems, depression, psychosis, insomnia and respiratory problems. They can cause blurred vision, increased heart rate, sedation and confusion.

Interestingly, the researchers noted that the use of these drugs did not increase risks for women.

To learn more, click here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keep Residents Cool This Summer

The heat is fully cranked up here in Chicagoland! Are you taking steps to prevent heat-related emergencies at your facility? We assembled the following list to help you make sure you have all your bases covered. 

Make sure your building is summer-ready 
  • Make sure that the temperature in your facility is safe and comfortable.
  • Keep residents indoors in the air conditioning during heat waves.
  • Close blinds or curtains to keep direct sunlight from entering rooms.
  • Turn off unneeded lights (they emit heat).
  • Use extra circulating fans to keep to keep air moving within your facility. Avoid using fans directed at individuals when the ambient temperature exceeds 100° F.
Be ready for anything 
  • Many states issue Hot Weather Bulletins. Monitor the television or radio for important local heat-related announcements and be sure to follow your state's protocols during warm weather.
  • Review your facility's emergency disaster plan. It should include:
    • Up-to-date emergency telephone numbers
    • Contingency plans in case the facility's air-conditioning system goes out
    • An evacuation plan in case residents need to be moved to a "cooling center
  • Be aware of the outdoor heat index (a measurement of what the hot weather "feels like") and take appropriate precautions.
  • Remember that exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by up to 15 degrees.
Keep residents hydrated
  • Consider establishing a hydration station in the facility, where water and other fluids are always available to residents and staff.
  • Encourage residents to drink plenty of fluids. Water and fruit or vegetable juices are best.
  • Offer residents extra fluids at regular intervals.
  • Popsicles or freeze-pops are another alternative to fluids.
  • If the resident has a fluid restriction, ask the physician for specific orders during hot weather.
  • Avoid caffeine or sodas because these cause a person to lose more body fluid.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Analysis: Healthcare Workers Feel Jobs are Meaningful

According to a new analysis from PayScale, a compensation data website, many jobs that rank high both in terms of pay and meaningfulness are in the healthcare industry.

Eighty-two percent of healthcare practitioners felt their jobs were meaningful. This group includes individuals such as registered nurses, surgeons, specialized doctors, technicians and educators. This group also earned the highest median annual pay out of the 24 groups analyzed at $83,500 per year.

Seventy-eight percent of healthcare support workers, a group that includes home health aids, nursing aides, therapists and medical assistants, reported that their jobs were meaningful. Their median annual pay was $33,800.

To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Keep Your Residents Safe in the Bathroom

According to the CDC, roughly 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die every year from fall-related injuries. Those who fall and survive are still likely to suffer injuries that result in permanent disability and a reduced quality of life.1

Many of the falls that occur each year happen in the bathroom, with the majority involving injuries occurring in or around the tub or shower and on or near the toilet.2 To help combat bathroom falls, the CDC recommends making environmental changes that allow residents to move around more safely.1 Such modifications could include installing grab bars and raised toilet seats, among other bathroom safety tools.

ProMed stocks a complete suite of bathroom safety products to protect your residents and give you peace of mind, including:

  • Portable commodes
  • Raised toilet seats
  • Shower and bath chairs
  • Bath lifts
  • Handheld shower sprayers
  • Grab bars
  • Tub rails
  • Bath steps

To learn more about any of these products, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com. We’re ready to help you create a comprehensive fall prevention plan!

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls in Nursing Homes. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/nursing.html. Accessed July 2, 2015.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥ 15 Years – United States, 2008. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6022a1.htm. Accessed July 2, 2015.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Study: Eye Drops Might Help Clear Cataracts, Reduce Need for Surgery

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that eye drops that contain a natural chemical could help seniors avoid cataract surgery.

The chemical, lanosterol, was shown to help prevent clumping of protein in the eyes that can lead to obstructed vision. The six-week study found that applying lanosterol drops to dogs with age-related cataracts decreased lens cloudiness and reversed the course of the disease.

The researchers noted that the drops likely won't clear up dense cataracts and that more research is needed before human trials could begin.

To learn more, click here.