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Ten Tips for Living with a Catheter

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10 Tips for Living with a Catheter

10 Tips for Living with a Catheter

10 Tips for Living with a Catheter

Blockages

Catheter blockages can be a serious issue for catheter users if the tubing bends or folds restricting the flow of fluids.  Adjust the tubing and gently pinch it to allow for the passage of the blocked materials such as blood in the urnine.

Size counts when pertaining to catheters, so larger and wider catheters may actually reduce flow since they promote bladder spasms, constricting the flow of urine. Try using the smallest size of catheter possible unless specifically instructed otherwise (if blood in the urine is present or if you contract an infection for example).

Leaks

Urine may leak around the area of catheter insertion, this can typically be due to some form of blockage.

Watch for faulty urine drainage bags and always carry a spare for just such occasions.  Leakage can happen if there are loose connections between catheter and drainage bag, so make sure to check integrity of all connections.

Be careful not to overfill urine bags causing them to burst.  These urine bags can carry up to a liter so emptying the bag often can help avoid such a leak.

Changing

Infections

It has been proven that long-term catheter users are 7 times more likely to contract a urinary tract infection.  Symptoms may include fever, foul smelling and cloudy urine (sometimes bloody), as well as pain at the catheter insertion site.

Otherwise instructed not to do so by your doctor, drinking plenty of water helps reduce infections by quickly flushing bacteria out of the body.

Discretion

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

As a component of the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program, diabetes testing supplies (DTS) are provided through mail order at a substantial discount for people with diabetes (PWD).  PWD must be enlisted in Medicare Part B to qualify for mail order service.  Covered DTS include blood glucose meters, replacement batteries for blood glucose meters, control solution, test strips, lancet devices, and lancets. Medicare recipients who want to have DTS shipped directly to their home must utilize one of nine authorized mail order suppliers.  Select the option “Mail-Order Diabetic Supplies.” Most suppliers will offer a link showing which brands they cover. Although, PWD should be directed to get a hold of the mail order program to confirm brand coverage and to place their order as well.

  • For people requiring insulin, Medicare will cover 300 test strips and lancets (~3 per day) every 3 MONTHS and 1 lancet device every 6 MONTHS.
  • For people who do not require insulin, Medicare covers 100 test strips and lancets (~1 per day) every 3 MONTHS and 1 lancet device every 6 MONTHS.
  • Additional test strips may be requested by the prescriber stating medical necessity.

What if the mail order suppliers do not carry the meter brand and strips I use?

You have some options, request your medical professional to provide you with a prescription that includes the meter’s brand name along with the words: NO SUBSTITUTION. They must also indicate in your medical record the reason this particular brand is required. If the mail order supplier doesn’t carry that brand, they will help you determine someone who does, or assist you in finding a brand that you and your medical professional believe is ideal for you.  Purchase your preferred diabetes testing supplies at your local pharmacy or store accepting Medicare reimbursements. You will be responsible for 20% of the price for your supplies after your Part B deductible is met.

 

Read More with these links below:

Link to: https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/part-b/dme-diabetes-national-mail-order-program.html

*For information about Medicare’s National Mail-Order Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

 

Link to: https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html

*For Medicare.gov locate a supplier in Competitive Bid directory near you

 

Link to: www.usmed.com

*For a Medicare Competitive Bid Diabetes Testing & CPAP Supplier

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

Here are 9 steps you can take to improve your experience in self-management of your catheter:

  1. Awareness – Living with a catheter necessitates that you keep observant of your body and how you are feeling at any given moment.
  2. Hydration – Drink more water over any other fluid! Restrict coffee, and think about switching out tea and decaffeinated drinks.
  3. Consistency – Liquid intake should be proportional to your body weight and consistency is way to aid in preventing catheter obstruction.
  4. Volume – The majority of people require 2,000 – 3,000 cc of water daily. For example, a 150-lb person needs 2,550 cc (10.5 glasses daily), more is needed in hot weather or while exercising.
  5. Attentiveness – Pay close attention to the color of your urine, it should be a light yellow all day. The color can be used to figure out whether you are drinking enough water daily.
  6. Observation – Should urine color change, see what you might be doing different, like in-taking less water/more caffeine or are using a diuretics or water pills.
  7. Positioning – Note where the catheter is following each change in your body’s position and relocate it if necessary.
  8. Examining – Examine the catheter by running your hand along the tubing from where the catheter exits your body to the drainage bag.
  9. Assistance – Should you need support with catheters, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

 

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Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Chronic back pain is a condition that plagues many people, young and old. This explains why so many people find themselves using back support braces for additional support. A study by The University of Maryland Medical Center states that 60 to 80% of adults in the U.S. have lower back pain, which is also the leading cause of disability in the country.

Causes of Back Pain

In many cases, back pain is due to strained muscles. This can be caused by anything from poor posture to awkward movements to lifting heavy items in an improper way. However, genetics and other medical conditions also play a part. Spinal deformities and scoliosis both are common reasons to buy a back brace. Others include osteoporosis, arthritis, weak spinal muscles, and stress.

Back Brace Types

Back braces are considered and orthotic type of device. They are build to immobilize, support, and treat problems related to the skeleton, joints, and muscles. It is highly common for a physician to prescribe one to be used for various problems. There are two main types of back braces on the market today. One is soft and one is hard. The harder, more rigid design is build to treat conditions such as scoliosis. They can restrict your range of movement by up to 50%.

More commonly, an elastic, soft brace will be prescribed. These compress the abdomen, along with muscles and joint sin the area. This helps to support muscles and allows you to make forward motions with the spine. A large number of back support brace users only require them when they are doing overly physical activities that might lead to injury.

Advantages of a Back Brace

There are many great things that can come of choosing to use a back brace. We’ll list a few below:

  • Can alleviate back pain
  • May immobilize injured areas to assist with recovery
  • Can make movements like standing and sitting more comfortable
  • Are able to lessen pressure on the spine with heavy lifting
  • Can improve your posture and elongate your spine

Purchase Your Own Back Brace Today

US Med offers an assortment of back braces to fit your varied needs. These devices can make walking, driving, and standing easier than you can ever remember. US Med is known for offering high-quality medical supplies and offering customer service specialists who take pleasure in helping. To learn more about our products you can reach us by phone at 877-840-8218.

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Help Protect Your Joints

Whether you are experiencing some of the common ailments that comes with aging or you have been injured in an accident, your joints may need additional support. At US MED, we offer a variety of braces and supports that are designed to help you improve your mobility and even allow your body to heal while still having use of these important parts of your body. We carry back braces, ankle support braces and wrist braces.

Reduce Your Back Pain

A back-support brace can provide you with the support your back needs to help reduce the amount of pain you experience. These back braces can be ideal for helping with regular wear and tear on the back, as well as pain related to injuries and other issues.

Ankle support

The ankles can become weak for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it’s important to find the right ankle support brace to help you walk with a more stable gait and feel less pain in your ankles, no matter how much time you spend on your feet. Our ankle support brace can help you recover from injuries, so that you don’t have to worry about staying off your feet as much.

Wrist support

Whether you have injured your wrist, had surgery or simply need a little extra support, we offer the wrist braces you need to keep your wrists more stable. You will be able to continue your daily tasks, while reducing the amount of pain you feel and helping your body heal.

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Get Accurate Blood Glucose Monitoring

While some diabetics only need to check their blood sugar levels a couple of times a day, those who are suffering from more severe forms of diabetes may require continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This constant monitoring will ensure their glucose levels remain at safe levels, allowing them to make any necessary adjustments throughout the day. At US MED, we carry a variety of monitors designed to provide this valuable monitoring service to save lives.

Small, Wearable Devices

All of the CGM systems we carry are small and easily worn without causing too much discomfort or being obvious. We understand it’s no one’s business but yours that you suffer from diabetes and want to provide you with an accurate way to monitor your glucose levels, even when you need continuous monitoring. These monitors offer 24/7 monitoring to alert individuals of high or low glucose levels.

A Variety of Models

We don’t carry just one glucose monitoring system; we carry several models, so you can find the one that provides the best features to meet your needs. CGM is essential for individuals who are suffering from severe diabetes and need to keep a close eye on their glucose levels at all times. We make sure to offer the best brands in the business, so everyone can get the quality monitoring they need to stay healthy and ensure their disease is under control.

Browse through our selection of blood glucose monitoring tools so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Shoes make the difference in foot pain

Shoes make the difference in foot pain

Shoes make the difference in foot pain

The workday can seem long when your feet hurt.

Podiatrists at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine give this advice:

Heels – Notoriously bad for your feet, heels cause a painful knot on the back of the heel, according to WebMD. Wearing heels constantly leads to a permanent, bony protrusion called the pump bump. Although ice, orthotics and heel pads may provide some relief, only lower heels will really help since they put the feet in a more natural position. Try heels no more than 2 inches high and even these should be used in moderation.

Ballet flats – Since these ultra flat shoes have no arch support, they lead to knee, hip and back problems. Wearers can also get plantar fasciitis, a very painful, though correctable, condition. Orthotic inserts can help.

Flip flops – People with diabetes should not wear them since they lead to minor foot injuries that can become major. They also have no arch support.

Steel-toed shoe wearers – Try a soft over-the-counter sole, or see a podiatrist for a custom-made orthotic insert.

Diabetics – Get your feet measured so your feet won’t become crowded. Good foot coverage protects against minor cuts.

Pregnant women – When your feet expand, buy a larger size shoe.

Everyone should buy shoes at the end of the day when feet are naturally larger.

Podiatrists recommend these exercises: Sitting with feet on the floor, first lift just your toes and hold 10 seconds. Then with heels on the floor, lift the rest of the foot and hold for 10 seconds.

To stretch the Achilles tendons, stand away from a wall with feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed straight ahead. Lean forward into the wall, bending the elbows. Hold for 10 seconds.

Special Education for Children Living with Paralysis

Special Education for Children Living with Paralysis

What resources are available for children living with paralysis?

August is the month of back to school. Stores are busy, traffic is back, and it’s time to place that alarm clock at least 1 hour before than your regular time. For parents with children living with paralysis, back to school means a lot more planning and preparation. It is important that you understand your child’s access to education.

Special Education

According to Teach.com, Special Education Programs are designed for those students who are mentally, physically, socially and/or emotionally delayed. Due to these special requirements, student’s needs are not met within a traditional classroom environment. A child with disabilities can access special education from birth to age 21 through the Early Intervention Program (birth to age 3) and your local school district (age 3 to 21), says christopherreeve.org.

Scholarship Opportunities for Children living with Paralysis

American Association on Health and Disability
The on AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.
http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/

Appel Law Firm Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship
Appel Law Firm offers an annual scholarship to college and graduate students who have been survivors of car accidents and have overcome their injuries. The winner receives $1,000 towards their school tuition.
https://www.appellawyer.com/scholarship/

The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
A $1000 to $2000 scholarship shall be awarded to two to three individuals with neurological disabilities, or the child of that person, for post high school education both spring and fall semester. Individuals suffering from a direct spinal cord injury or disease resulting in paralysis such as spinal tumors, strokes or aneurysms affecting the spinal cord, or spina bifida are given first priority.
http://brpf.org/

More Scholarships

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C  Disability Scholarship
The scholarship will award $1,000.00 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee. The student must be attending an accredited college or university. The program is open to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.
http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/disability-scholarship-2016.cfm

Foundation for Science and Disability
The Student Award Program of FSD helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities.
http://www.stemd.org/

Independence Foundation Scholarship
The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help individuals with physical disabilities pay for the ever growing expense of college. The Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Three (3) individuals with a noteworthy physical disability.
http://theindependencefoundation.org/programs/independence-foundation-scholarship/

JustWalkers.com Mobility Scholarship Program
Just Walkers’ has started a $1,000 scholarship for students with mobility disabilities and is offering a $1,000 scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students with a mobility disability.
http://justwalkers.com/

Prepare before the first day

  • Complete an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual means.
  • Research or speak to other parents about the available resources in your child’s school or community
  • Send your child back to school with all the supplies they need to be comfortable and successful. Need catheters for your child, find some options at https://www.usmed.com/products/catheters/
  • Continuously monitor your child’s environment at school

Learn How to Avoid a Medical Emergency

Learn How to Avoid a Medical Emergency

These important tips will help you avoid a medical emergency!

Heat and humidity add up to danger and if you know the signs, you can quickly avoid a medical emergency.

Emergency rooms see an increase in cases of heat stroke and dehydration in July and August.

The American College of Emergency Physicians gives this advice on how to stay safe in hot weather:

  • Check the heat index before going out to work, play or practice and plan accordingly.
  • Avoid direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Schedule activities for the early morning or early evening hours.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothes and hats. Dark colors absorb more heat.
  • Drink lots of water or sports drinks; about 8 ounces an hour when in the sun in order to avoid dehydration.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or in air-conditioning to cool off.

Heat Stroke Symptoms

Calculate the “apparent temperature” before taking part in activities. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • In 90 degrees and 50 percent humidity, it feels like 96. At 70 percent humidity, it feels like 106 degrees. Heat exhaustion is likely, so take it easy.

Heat exhaustion can include cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, heart-rate changes and dizziness. Get the victim out of the sun, remove excess clothing and place cool towels on extremities. Fan and give small sips of water.

  • At 95 degrees and 50 percent humidity, it feels like 107 degrees. Once you get to 70 percent humidity, it feels like 124 degrees. At that temperature and at any higher temperature or humidity, it is extremely dangerous to be outside and heatstroke could occur.
  • Reaching 100 degrees, humidity ranging from 35 percent to 55 percent can cause heat exhaustion. At 100 degrees, humidity of 60 percent or higher puts a person into heat stroke territory.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Symptoms include confusion, an altered mental state, unconsciousness and hot, dry skin. Call 911. Do not give fluids, which can cause seizures.

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