Some great things about the American Red Cross

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Meeting with Red Cross

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Mountainside Medical Equipment enjoyed having the opportunity to sit down with representatives Julie Darling, Community Executive and Mallory Brown, Major Gift Officer from the local MohawkValley chapter of the American Red Cross this week. At the meeting we got to hear about some of the great things the American Red Cross is doing in the local area.

 

In addition to hosting blood drives and offering a wide variety of training and certification programs, like CPR/First Aid trainings, babysitting courses, lifeguard certifications, and swim lessons, the American Red Cross also:

 

1) Provides disaster response services, which include:

- providing food, shelter, emotional support, health service, relief supplies, and more

- providing recovery assistance to help families, businesses, and communities rebuild in the weeks and months following a disaster

 

2) Provides services and support to the armed forces, providing emergency services to military members and their families by:

- offering education and resiliency programs to help military personnel and their families during deployments and separations

- serving as a communication link between deployed military personnel and their families

- providing moral support in the locations where our military personnel have been deployed

 

3) Provides international humanitarian services by:

- providing relief during international disasters

- helping build safer communities

- preemptively preparing for disasters

- delivering vaccines

- educating future humanitarians

 

This June the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be hosting a Real Heroes Breakfast to honor some of our local community members who have illustrated their heroism by showing acts of courage, dedication, unselfishness while putting their own needs aside to help someone else.

 

Mountainside Medical Equipment commends the American Red Cross for all of the great work they do in and for the community. March is American Red Cross Month. Celebrate and show your support by giving blood (your one pint donation could save up to 3 lives!), taking a class, volunteering, or making a donation (for every $1 donated, an average of 91 cents goes toward supporting humanitarian efforts).

MME Attends Medtrade Spring Tradeshow in Las Vegas

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MME Attends MedTrade Spring Show

Mountainside Medical Equipment had a great time attending the Medtrade Spring Tradeshow in Las Vagas, NV last week. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with some of our colleagues and learn a little more about some of the latest and greatest news and technology in the industry. As the second largest US tradeshow featuring home medical equipment, Medtrade Spring brings together thousands of professionals from across the industry.

Seeing, meeting, and talking with some of the hundreds of trusted and relied on medical supply manufacturers that are at the expo displaying and demonstrating their products enables our company to ensure that we are offering our customers the best and most up-to-date products to meet the needs of the growing and diversified healthcare industry.

 

In addition to meeting new suppliers and seeing new products, attending this expo also enables us to make new relationships, discuss our ideas, and learn from one another.

 

– Staying educated

– Networking; making new relationships, and solidifying old ones

– Expanding and diversifying our product line

 

#medtradespring #medtradeconnect #vegas #medtradesolutions

 

Source:

http://www.medtrade.com/spring/show/about-the-show.shtml

Hypoglycemia More Common in the Elderly

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Eldery Diabetic Patients

Over the last decade there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of Americans being diagnosed and treated for diabetes. Many of these individuals are using some form of insulin (long-acting, short-acting, or a combination of both) to counteract high blood sugar. The regulation of sugar levels can be particularly tricky, leading to a condition called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if not managed appropriately, causing dangerous and potentially deadly outcomes. Recently, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers published information regarding increased emergency visits due to hypoglycemia, especially among the elderly population.

 

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes require the monitoring and treatment of blood sugar levels to keep them within normal range. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to generate the insulin necessary to regulate blood sugars. Type 2 diabetes occurs when there is a decline in the body’s ability to effectively utilize insulin for sugar management. While high blood sugar levels are dangerous, this recent study indicates that hypoglycemia from insulin treatment is resulting in nearly 100,000 emergency visits yearly.

 

Hypoglycemia can cause significant changes in functioning, including impaired mental status, vision changes, fainting, and seizures. In most cases, symptoms of hypoglycemia manifest as irritability, sweating, hunger, and shakiness, but they can be deadly. As sugar levels remain consistently low, mental status and functioning gradually decline.

 

In a review of over 8,000 insulin related emergency visits, researchers found that many were related to low blood sugar. Of these, they found that the elderly were significantly more susceptible to low hypoglycemia. Experts speculate that the increase in these visits, especially for the elderly, was caused by:

 

- Improper management of fast-acting and slow-acting insulin

- Impairment of vision and motor control

- Impaired ability to communicate needs to caregivers

 

Effectively managing blood sugar levels can help prolong an individual’s health and quality of life, for people of all ages. In order to minimize the risks of high and low blood sugar, individuals should:

 

- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen

- Regularly consult with a primary care physician

- Monitor blood sugar levels multiple times daily

- Track changes in sugar levels from eating and insulin management

- Be particularly cautious when using fast-acting and slow-acting insulin

- Keep sugar, glucose gel, candies, and other items nearby to treat hypoglycemia

 

Source:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_145022.html

Snakebite Alert

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Watch out for snake bites

After months of cool weather and long nights, once again the days of spring are nearly upon us. While most of us yearn to get back outside and enjoy the fair weather, veterinary professionals are advocating for increased awareness of snakebite risks for both pets and owners alike.

 

The spring season is the most active time for reptiles, including venomous snakes such as the coral, copperhead, cottonmouth, and water moccasin. Typically, these animals are non-aggressive, but may attack if provoked. Representatives from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science also urge awareness of snakebite risks.

 

Snakebites are dangerous for pets and humans alike, potentially resulting in serious illness or death. Medical treatment for a snakebite can exceed $50,000 per occurrence, including hospitalization, anti-venom, and treatment of affected tissue. Outdoor pets, like cats and dogs, are at a particularly significant risk for snakebites and should be monitored closely. Dogs are typically are bitten on the nose or face, while cats are often bitten on their paws. These areas should be checked routinely for bites. While the signs of a snakebite can vary depending on the type of bite, there are some general symptoms to watch for.

 

Signs of a snakebite:

♦ Fang-like marks on the skin

♦ Skin discoloration

♦ Bleeding from the wound

♦ Inflammation (swelling)

♦ Sweating

♦ Fevers

♦ Excessive thirst

♦ Dizziness, weakness, and fainting

♦ Loss of coordination

♦ Fast pulse rate

♦ Nausea and vomiting

♦ Pain

♦ Convulsions

♦ Kidney failure (within the first 24 hours)

 

Awareness and preparedness are the keys to avoiding the dangers of snakebite this spring season. Routinely monitor pets, be wary of poisonous snake species, keep a snakebite kit on hand for emergency situations, and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 

Sources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_144894.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000031.htm

Smith Brother’s Warm Apple Pie Cough Drops

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Smith Brothers Cough Drops

Established in 1847, Smith Brother’s continues a longstanding tradition of quality health and wellness products. Smith Brother’s remains a trusted provider focused on efficacy, innovation, respect, accountability, and sustainability. What began as a restaurant in 1847 quickly became a leading provider of “cough candy” by 1852 and remains so today.

 

James Smith, a carpenter, established a restaurant in 1847, but received a formula for an effective cough candy in 1852 that revolutionized his business. Between himself, and his two sons William and Andrew, they made, advertised, and sold their cough candy throughout the HudsonValley and beyond.

 

Over the years, Smith Brother’s grew rapidly and continued to outpace a number of market imitators. One of the first to integrate factory filled packaging, they continued to surpass rivals and drive success.

 

Smith Brother’s manufactures a variety of proprietary products in addition to offering formulation, packaging, and private labeling solutions. Their initial cough candy recipe is now available in a variety of flavors, including:

 

- Wild Cherry Throat Drops

 - Black Licorice Throat Drops

 - Warm Apple Pie Cough Drops

- Sugar-Free Black Cherry Cough Drops

 - Honey Lemon Cough Drops

 - and Menthol Eucalyptus Cough Drops

 

In addition to these lines, Smith Brother’s is now offering day and nighttime drops, vitamin c drops, mouthwater drops, and recovery drops with electrolytes.

Corticosteroids for Psoriasis

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Corticosteriods for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects over 2% of the population and results in the drying, flaking, and cracking of skin, causing significant discomfort and affecting quality of life. Significant advancements have been made in the understanding and treatment of psoriasis, but a recent study indicates there may yet be opportunities for improvement. In a study performed by WakeForestMedicalCenter, it was indicated that many dermatologists are prescribing oral corticosteroids in addition to, or in lieu of, well documented treatments for the management of psoriasis.

 

The study, published in the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, reviewed 21 million office visits over the last two decades. It was found that oral corticosteroids were prescribed 650,000 times for the treatment of psoriasis. However, to date there is still no conclusive research indicating that the oral administration of corticosteroids actually helps in the management of psoriasis symptoms. Interestingly, 93% of the prescribing physicians were dermatologists.

 

Oral corticosteroids include medications such as prednisone, dexamethasone, and methylprednisolone. These medications are commonly prescribed to treat systemic inflammation. Often, oral corticosteroids are used in the management of chronic illnesses, allergies, and inflammation.

 

Despite the lack of evidence to support the administration of oral corticosteroids for the management of psoriasis symptoms, there is still significant support backing the use of topical applications, such as fluocinonide and hydrocortisone, which has documented benefits for the treatment of psoriasis. These topical treatments are applied to the surface of the skin help to reduce inflammation, itching, and thickening of the skin.

 

Source:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_144877.html

Donate Blood in Celebration of American Red Cross Month

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Donate Blood

Trying to figure out how you can celebrate American Red Cross Month? Have you thought about donating blood? By donating one pint of blood you could save up to 3 lives!

 

And the American Red Cross has recently been reporting that there is an extra need for donations as the blood banks are starting to become depleted since so many blood drives have had to be canceled as a result of the inclement weather we’ve been experiencing all across the United States.

 

Remember, your blood donation could save up to three lives, the American Red Cross says that “every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.”

 

Don’t let a fear of needles keep you from donating blood. The slight needle pinch is nothing in comparison to the feelings you’ll experience by knowing that you just helped save someone’s life. Also, keep in mind that the Red Cross wants you to be comfortable during your donation, which only takes between 8-10 minutes. After your donation with the Red Cross you’ll be given a refreshment and snack to help keep you refueled. You never know, someday your own life or the life of someone you love could be saved by a blood donation.

 

Healthy adults are allowed to make blood donations every 56 days, if they desire. Some of the other base requirements for donating blood include:

*Being healthy

*Being 17 years of age or older (in most states)

*Weighing at least 110 lbs.

*Passing a brief physical exam (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin tests)

*Donors will also be asked to disclose information about their health history, medications, lifestyle, and more

 

How should you prepare and what should you bring with you?

*Have a light, well-balanced meal before donating

*Ensure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water

*Bring your donor card (if you have one)

*Bring your driver’s license or 2 other forms of identification

*Bring a list of any medications you’re taking

 

Join Mountainside Medical Equipment in celebrating American Red Cross Month all throughout the month of March by donating, giving blood, taking a class, fundraising, or volunteering.

 

Sources:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/why-donate-blood

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

Is Winter Affecting Your Health and Well-Being?

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Winter Precautions

Burr! It’s been very cold this winter. In addition to causing dangerous driving conditions, expensive heating bills, and freezing water pipes, there are also a number of ways that winter can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health and well-being. Being aware of how winter can impact the health of you and your family and taking steps to protect yourself can lead to a more joyful winter season. Winter can be beautiful and can be a lot of fun. Try picking up a new winter sport or hobby, you might find you enjoy it more than you ever would have thought, but you’ll never know if you never try!

 

Effects of winter on physical and mental health and well-being:

– Icy walkways can cause dangerous slips and falls, which the National Safety Council says accounts for almost 9 million injuries each year in the US

– Cold temperatures, wind chills, and dressing inappropriately can lead to frostbite, which can lead to many complications

– The cold and flu tend to be more prevalent during the winter season

– Winter blues – feelings of depression, constant fatigue, increased appetites, loss of ambition

– Cold, dry air with low humidity can cause dry, rough, cracking skin and dry eyes

– Drastic weather changes can cause migraines; specific triggers could include storms rolling in, temperatures drastically dropping/raising, and changes in barometric pressure

– Winter inspires many people to seek out ‘comfort foods’ that tend to be packed full of carbohydrates and calories

– Winter can cause people to lead a more sedentary lifestyle with less activity and exercise

– Winter can also pose a more dangerous risk for individuals with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD. Cold air, temperature changes, and changing humidity levels can cause bronchospaspms and shortness of breath, making it difficult to breathe.

 

Staying conscientious of the impacts weather can have on your health and well-being and dressing for the weather, eating healthy and exercising, practicing proper hand washing hygiene, getting a flu shot, taking vitamin and supplements, using moisturizers and eye drops, running a humidifier, and talking with your doctor about the effects winter is having on your health, are all good techniques that can help you combat winters effects on your health.

 

Sources:

http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/01/what-to-do-when-winter-takes-your-breath-away/?utm_campaign=cc+posts&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=140129+winter+takes+your+breath+away&dynid=facebook-_-cc+posts-_-social-_-social-_-140129+winter+takes+your+breath+away

 

http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/01/6-ways-winter-affects-your-health/?utm_campaign=cc+posts&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=140131+winter+affects+health&dynid=facebook-_-cc+posts-_-social-_-social-_-140131+winter+affects+health

 

http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/reminders-for-avoiding-winter-mishaps?7243782=1

Common Injectables in Short Supply

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Injectables Shortage

In February 5th, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an official report concerning shortages of common injectable drugs used to treat a plethora of patient needs. The shortages include, but are not limited to, injectable drugs, cancer drugs, anesthetics, emergency medicine, and electrolytes. The official statement cites that the amount of shortages decreased over the last few years, yet there is facilities and agencies are still unsure when they are going to receive their next shipment.

 

Among reasons for the shortages on injectable drugs, the FDA has cited a few potential causes:

  • Quality control in the manufacturing process
  • Shortages of raw materials
  • Decreased production of lower cost injectables

 

However, spokespeople from the manufacturers are expressing alternative theories in production including delayed FDA inspection processes and the genericization of medications.

 

In the last few years, the FDA has made more significant efforts to decrease the number of drug shortages, and has made significant headway. The use of common injectables quadrupled from 2005 to 2010 calling for an increase in production. Though this has occurred, there has been a significant need for updating of facilities and processes by manufacturers to keep pace with demand. The FDA continues to make significant strides to support manufacturers in updates and inspection that even include allowing drugs to be filtered instead of refusing a lot.

 

Unfortunately, this shortage of injectable drugs is affecting health care providers and individuals more than anyone else. An article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on February 11 speaks to the need for saline for blood donations. Saline is a mix of salt and water, but to a process like blood donation, it is essential to supporting donors. As a result of the shortage, surgeons are concerned they may have to start rescheduling procedures and turning away patients.

 

As a medical supply distributor, we have felt the sting of the injectable shortage as well. Manufacturers are limiting availability and increasing the cost of products such as bacteriostatic water, bacteriostatic sodium chloride, and common I.V. solutions. Despite these limits, a well structured supply chain has allowed us to continue providing these injectables to our customers at lower than average prices.

 

Manufacturers have cited a variety of reasons for shortages including access to resources, declining profit margins from healthcare reform, genericization of medications, and FDA delays. Companies like Hospira have reported lower earnings on their Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results indicating the ship-hold on their inventories as a primary cause of the availability of these injectables.

 

A February 10th article in the New York Times indicates that as these manufacturers lose the ability to profit from the manufacture of more common injectables, they are increasing production on more profitable items. In the FDA’s report, they cannot force the manufacturers to keep manufacturing drugs they deem to be unprofitable, or require them to choose to update equipment and processes in lieu of alternate business strategies.

 

It is currently unclear how much longer the shortage of injectable drugs will go on. Referenced in the FDA report was an increased need for these items, especially during flu season when many have trouble keeping liquids down.

 

While manufacturers are producing lower quantities of these medications, individuals and care providers are sourcing injectable drugs as they are able and rationing any stores they may have.

 

Products Affected

Sodium Chloride 0.9%, Baxter
150 mL bag (NDC 00338-0049-01)

250 mL bag (NDC 00338-0049-02)

500 mL bag (NDC 00338-0049-03)

500 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00338-6304-03)
250 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00338-6304-02)

1000 mL bag (NDC 00338-0049-04)

 

Sodium Chloride 0.9%, BBraun
250 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00264-7800-20)
500 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00264-7800-10)
1000 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00264-7800-00)

Sodium Chloride 0.9%, Hospira

150 mL bag (NDC 00409-7983-61)

250 mL bag, PVC/DEHP-free (NDC 00409-7983-25)

500 mL bag (NDC 00409-7983-03)

1000 mL bag (NDC 00409-7983-09)

 

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • Baxter has all sodium chloride 0.9% injection presentations on allocation
  • BBraun is allocating all sodium chloride 0.9% PVC/DEHP-free bags
  • Hospira has sodium chloride 0.9% 250 mL bags PVC/DEHP-free on back order with an estimated release date of late-March 2014. The 150 mL bags are available in limited supply

 

http://www.medicaldaily.com/fda-issues-first-ever-drug-shortage-annual-report-down-2011-peak-shortages-still-pose-challenge

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/UCM384892.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/health/shortages-of-critical-drugs-continue-to-vex-doctors-study-finds.html?_r=0

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/11/blood-bank-saline-shortage/

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=175550&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1899279&highlight=

http://www.ashp.org/DrugShortages/Current/Bulletin.aspx?id=993

Treating Head Lice

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Headlice Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is an average of anywhere from 6-12 million cases of head lice reported annually in children ages 3-11. Head lice infestation occurrences happen year round and can be potentially problematic as lice is easily spread from child to child.

 

First, let’s clear up a few misconceptions about head lice.

– Lice is not caused by poor hygiene or contact with animals

– Lice transfers during direct contact with an affected individual

– Lice do not fly or jump, they crawl

 

So, what is head lice?

– Lice are small (sesame seed size), grey-white insects

– Lice attach to the skin of the scalp and neck and move by crawling

– Lice feed on human blood and lay their eggs (nits) in the hair

– Lice will die within 1-2 days without feeding on human blood

– With a good food supply, adult lice can live for about 30 days and male lice can lay about 6 eggs each day

 

Spotting head lice

– Separate the hair in various spots and look toward the base of the hair and scalp

– Lice can move quickly, so it may be easier to spot nits at the base of hairs

– Nits appear like dandruff but will cling to the hair if you run your finger along it

 

Avoiding head lice

– Advise children to minimize head-to-head contact with other children at school or in daycare and avoid sharing or trading items like hats, scarves, headphones, towels, uniforms, brushes, and combs

– Clean anything that has been in contact with head lice for at least 5-10 minutes in water over 130° F

– Avoid contact with areas where head lice have been for 1-2 days, like beds and carpets

 

How to treat head lice

– Apply head lice products, like Rid or Nix, according to the manufacturer’s directions

– Clean out any lice or nits with a fine comb and then repeat the application and removal process

– Physicians may be able to recommend additional products

 

Source:

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm171730.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html