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What’s the Sound on Stethoscopes?

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

What’s the sound on stethoscopes?  Stethoscopes have actually been helping medical professionals listen to the sounds in your body since 1816.  These amazing healthcare tools can amplify the sounds of your heart, lungs or even body functions of a developing fetus in a woman’s uterus.  There are three main designs in stethoscopes; the acoustic stethoscope, the electronic stethoscope and the fetal stethoscope.  We carry the first two as well as variations of the electronic and acoustic that are designed for specific healthcare fields or specific patient sizes such as pediatric or infant.

The acoustic stethoscope is the most widely recognized stethoscope.  Its traditional design includes a chest piece and tubes.  The chest piece is composed of a bell and a diaphragm.  Nursing students are taught using the acoustic stethoscope.  There are several design characteristics to look at when picking out an acoustic stethoscope.  You must choose the length of your tube, which affects how closely you must stand to the patient in order to use properly and can also affect how amplified your sound is.  We have a variety of acoustic stethoscopes including:

Electronic stethoscopes are a newer technology in healthcare with the ability to turn sound waves from the patient’s body into electronic signals in your stethoscope.  The electronic stethoscopes are able to control the volume of the body sounds, greatly improving the healthcare professional’s ability to hear the sounds of the body clearly.  We offer two electronic stethoscopes including:

Do you have a favorite stethoscope that you use?  Please share with us the differences you have found in stethoscopes.

Caregivers: What is Your Hospital Bed of Choice?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Many of our readers are caregivers working with patients every day.  This is very hard work and we have the utmost respect for our caregivers out there.  You have a very special gift.  We’d love to hear more of you speak out on the products you use and why.  Today’s post is about hospital beds and which features make them more caregiver friendly.

Hospital beds come in many shapes and sizes.  You have your standard hospital bed, your semi-electric and your full-electric.  You have options in mattresses, bed railings and mattress covers.  Depending on the atmosphere you work in, you may prefer the hospital beds that look more natural in a home-care setting.  Whatever your preference, there is one key factor that always comes in to play – cost.  How much is the full-electric feature worth to your patient or yourself?

Adjustable bed height seems to be one of the most important features for caregivers and patients alike.  Patients need the bed to be as low as possible to get in and out and caregivers need the bed to move higher so they can tend to the patient without bending over.  Every hospital bed has this feature however; height adjustments can be made with much less strain to the caregiver if they are working with a full-electric or semi-electric bed.  Manual beds require exerted effort from the caregiver using a crank to adjust the bed, but are a very economical option for those who only need the bed temporarily.

Upper body positioning is also a feature that most hospital beds have, but in manual beds you use cranks to control.  Many patients needing a hospital bed require some bed positioning for easier breathing or rehab of a limb.

From the caregiver’s point of view, which features do you need in a hospital bed?

So many chairs, so little time: The many types of manual wheelchairs

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

What’s to know about manual wheelchairs?  You need one, you get one.  False!  There are several kinds of manual wheelchairs to meet different patient needs.  Read more and see if one of these chairs is a better fit for you.

Standard Manual Wheelchair

This is your standard manual wheelchair with armrests, fold-up footrests, high back in a cross-brace frame.

Youth/Junior Wheelchair

These are more likely to come in bright colors and lightweight materials with a smaller frame to fit smaller people.

Lightweight Wheelchair

For individuals with less strength, these wheelchairs are made from composite materials that are might lighter than the standard wheelchair.  These chairs are easier to maneuver and lift for travel.

Sport Wheelchair

These chairs have a low back and wheels that tilt in for quick spins and turns.  You see these chairs used in sports like wheelchair tennis where turning and changing position is a large part of your swing.  Wheelchair basketball is another sport where you see these chairs used.

Which of these wheelchairs do you or your loved one use?  What do you like about it?

Attack of the Pillow Snatchers: Time for a Foam Bed Pillow Wedge

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you’re finding yourself swiping pillows from everywhere in the house to prop yourself up in bed so that you can sleep comfortably, you may need a bed pillow wedge.  These soft foam shapes can do a lot more for your body than you know and can be a very effective treatment option for those suffering from sleep apnea, asthma, back problems, acid reflux or snoring.

There are several main health benefits of simply propping yourself up while you sleep:

Reduce Tension

Sleeping on a pillow wedge take the pressure off your back and relieves the tension you were carrying with you throughout the day.

Relaxes Muscles

Your neck and back no longer need to support your head and your completely relax allowing you to feel refreshed in the morning.

Improved Breathing

Sleeping on a pillow wedge improves your breathing by keeping your body position the same throughout the night, leaving you to feel more rested.

Easier for the Caregiver

Pillow wedges make moving the patient much easier.  These wedges keep the patient steady and prevent the patient from waking when changing positions throughout the night because there is no need to refluff pillows.

Rehab of Lower Body

These same pillow wedges are also great for propping up the leg or knee to improve circulation through the legs and reduce fluid build-up.

In conclusion, stop stealing pillows and give LA Medical Retail or your doctor a call to talk about how a bed wedge could help you get a better night’s rest.  Our Foam Bed Wedge is currently on sale for $22.99.  Order one today to improve your overall health while you sleep!

What’s in a Good Folding Walker?

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Walkers seem like a very basic piece of equipment, but there is much more to it than meets the eye.  With prices ranging from $30 to $300, how do you know which walker is going to give you everything you need without breaking the bank?

The most important thing is making sure the walker fits you.  See fitting tips from a previous blog.  As we mentioned before, improper fitting of walking aids is the contributing factor to over 50,000 fall injuries each year!

Make sure you can handle the weight of the walker.  There are lightweight options in walkers for those with less strength.  For example, the basic folding walker weighs at least 11 pounds, but our Dual-release Paddle Adult Walker for only $10 more weighs only 5 pounds.

Padding also varies from one walker to the next.  The basic walker has vinyl hand grips while other walkers have soft ribbed and contoured hand grips.  This feature comes in handy if you have difficulty gripping items or your hands get sore easily.

Other characteristics to look for are a flip-down seat, carrying pouches and breaks for maximum control.

With the information above, you could now make a list of your needs in a walker and allow us to find the perfect fit for you.

LA Medical Retail: Dropping Prices Left and Right

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that we are making some MAJOR adjustments on pricing.  Our new pricing is extremely competitive and in some cases, even below the LOWEST price we found online.  Here is our most recent price drops, but keep an eye out for more low prices to come!

Power Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters:

Our Streamer Sport Power Chair with Captain Seat is retailing for $1,600 online, but our special price is $1,429.99, a savings of $170!

The sleek Invacare Lynx Scooter retails at $1,395.00.  Our price available to you now is $778.99.  Choose from red or blue, 4-wheel or 3-wheel!

Lightweight Wheelchairs

Our Cruiser III-Lightweight, Dual Axle Wheelchair is on sale for $177.99.  Regular price is $447.20.  Available options include elevating leg rests, seat belt, universal oxygen holder, 8” wheel lock extension, anti-tipper with wheels and a seat/back cushion combo.

Wheelchair Ramps

The easy-to-use Trifold Ramp normally retails for $650 and is featured on our website for only $315.99.  If you need better wheelchair access in your home, take advantage of the special price on this sturdy, longer, skid-resistant wheelchair ramp.

Bath Safety

This Drop-Arm Commode Deluxe with Padded Seat K.D. is normally offered at $268.16 by our competitors, but we are selling it for only $143.99.

Our most affordable bath bench is the CareGuard Tool-less Shower Chair for only $32.99, normally priced at $52.99.  This is a perfect option for rehab patients or caregiving homes.

The Locking Elevated Toilet Seat retails at $59.67, but our price is $33.99 for a savings of $25.68.  In today’s economy, we need all the savings we can get.  This raised toilet seat is a must-have for your aging loved ones who no longer have the leg strength to easily get on and off the toilet safely.

Don’t see what you need?  Let us know!  We have more price drops to come so stay alert, stay safe and come back soon!

Taking Care of the Caregiver

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

The life of a caregiver is very selfless.  Often, you as caregivers forget to look out for your own interests and take care of yourself.  Today, we are making your health a priority because we don’t want you getting burnt out, which can easily happen to anyone who lets one job consume too much of their life.

Tip 1: Time for yourself.

Be sure to have a trust friend always available when you need some “me” time.  When you need it, call the friend over to cover for you for a few hours and go take some time to get a pedicure, walk around the mall, go out for lunch – anything that relaxes you and is just for you!

Tip 2: Know yourself and watch for signs of depression or exhaustion.

You know your emotional limits and you need to be aware of when you are crossing that fine line of depression.  Watch for signs of tiredness, low immune system, anxiety, feelings of helplessness or neglect of your own needs.

Tip 3: Talk with others.

It is healthy to share what you are feeling with a trusted friend.  Voicing your feelings makes them real and helps you to know that getting frustrated or feeling helpless is very normal.  There are also caregiver support groups available in person or on the Internet that provide help for you and allow you to help others in similar situations.

Don’t lose yourself in the process of caregiving.  Stay strong and find the help you need to keep yourself healthy.