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UNDERPAD PRICES LOWERED

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Today, we’d like to feature our Incontinence Underpads.  We are now offering our 30” X 36” underpads at 100 pads per box for only $56.00, marked down from 96.99.  This is a savings of $36.99 for our incontinence customers!

These underpads are highly absorbent, soft and completely waterproof.  They seal on all four sides to prevent leakage and are the ideal solution for individuals with incontinence who want extra protection while they sleep or caregivers with waterproof bedding needs.

Spring Cleaning for your Medical Equipment: Add it do your list!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Yes, cleaning, disinfecting AND sterilizing your home medical equipment is vital to your health and the effectiveness of your device.  However,

where do you start with home medical equipment?  Unless you are a medical professional, you probably have limited experience cleaning a complex device such as a wheelchair, walking aid, orthopedic support or any other item sold in our office.

Here are some simple tips for cleaning home medical equipment:

Wheelchairs

You should lightly clean your wheelchair weekly and then once every month, check your tires, bolts and the wheel axle for any grimy buildup.  For your light cleaning, you should use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to wipe down your entire wheelchair.  Then you need to thoroughly dry your wheelchair so that it does not rust.

Walking Aids

Cleaning your walking aid is much like cleaning your wheelchair.  Use a damp cloth with mild detergent to wipe down and dry off weekly.  Once a month, you should check over any screws that need tightening or axle or lever for buildup.

Hospital Beds

To clean your hospital bed, unplug if electric or semi-electric, then proceed to spray a washcloth with a germ-fighting spray like Clorox and then wipe down the bed frame, headboard, footboard and rails.  You’ll then need to completely dry all parts of the bed to avoid rust.  Don’t forget to wash bed linens on a regular basis.

For more detailed cleaning instructions, visit the company website of your device manufacturer and read through their care and use documents.  As always, we’d love to hear from you so please let us know what you’ve experienced when cleaning your home medical device.

SPECIAL SALE on the Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair

Posted on: March 15th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Don’t miss out on this month’s SPECIAL SALE on the Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair with rear wheel drive!  Industry price is $3,000 and has been listed on our site at $1,350, but this month we are selling this fine power mobility device for only $1,299!

The Sunfire Power Wheelchair comes in black or red and features a 4 AMP, fan cooled, off board charger, flat free tires for security and comfort, a swivel and reclining captains seat with adjustable head rest and has surpassed ANSI RESNA testing requirements.

This sale ends March 31st so don’t wait to learn more about the Sunfire Power Wheelchair and order before time runs out!

Unlimited Accessibility with Portable Ramps

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you limited your accessibility when traveling outside of your home?

If you are, you may need to keep a portable wheelchair ramp with you.  There are a variety of portable ramps to choose from that offer very different capabilities.  Let’s explore these options and discuss which ramp will work best for you.

One of the most common portable ramps is the rubber threshold ramp.  This ramp is great for heavy outside doorways that often create a higher lip at the base of the door and prevent wheelchairs from moving easily over the threshold.  You may want to use these in your home and the homes that you often visit to make them more accessible.

Another option is the portable pathway ramp.  This ramp works well to travel over two or three steps safely and easily.  The portable pathway ramp is typically made of solid steel with sturdy bases to keep the ramp in place.

For higher accessibility requirements, we recommend a suitcase ramp or trifold ramp.  These ramps do require some assembly, but allow users to fold up the ramp for easy portability and unfold for a larger incline area.

Do you have a portable ramp?  Which kind of portable ramp have you found to be more useful to you?

The Search for Bariatric Home Medical Equipment

Posted on: March 7th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

With the number of Americans suffering from obesity increasing every year, we find it more and more important to offer effective, high-quality bariatric equipment to our customers.  When shopping for bariatric home medical equipment for yourself or a loved one, there are two very important factors to take in, the design of the equipment and the weight of the equipment.

Many manufacturers design bariatric equipment to simply support up to 600 pounds, but not all are designed to evenly distribute the patient’s weight.  You’ll want to look for bariatric equipment that distributes the weight properly and puts the least amount of pressure on the patient’s body.

Another important factor is the actual weight of the equipment.  In order to support up to 600 pounds, some bariatric equipment is manufactured with more sturdy, heavier materials, making the equipment heavier.  Look for bariatric equipment that is light and easy for the patient to use.  Aluminum and some steel materials are the most common in light-weight bariatric equipment.

At LA Medical, we provide specialty bariatric wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, crutches, canes, commodes and bath benches:

 

Avoiding Spring Injuries

Posted on: March 2nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Spring is high season for injuries.  For many, the injuries come from being less active throughout the winter and then being so eager to get right back into the swing of your outdoor workout routine.  The problem is simple – your muscles are not use to the strain you’re putting them under and you tend to push yourself harder in the spring because you’ve been locked indoors for so long.  Read on for some helpful tips to avoid spring injuries and of course, some items that could help you in case you do end up with an injury.

Getting out in the garden to start spring clean-up is a priority for many of us.  Before you head out for some heavy yard work remember to stretch your arms and legs.  When you are out in the yard, lift with your legs.  In addition, use gardening tools such as a weed puller instead of your own hands because your wrist and arms aren’t ready for the work yet.

For running or other exercises, keep in mind that your cardiovascular system bounces back quicker than your muscular system.  Your lungs are telling you that you can go farther and faster, but there will be repercussions in your muscles and bones.  Limit your level of exertion and slowly increase your training each day, not exceeding a ten percent increase.

Finally, our most important tip is to take your time.  Whether you are trying to be the first on your block to have a beautifully manicured lawn or working hard to get your body ready for beach season, take it easy.  Most spring injuries are simply caused by people pushing themselves too hard and working faster than their body can handle.  Take all the necessary precautions to accomplish your goals safely!

If you do find yourself getting very sore or did injure yourself, the best at-home treatment is heating pads.  You’ll see that heat therapy can do wonders on your sore back, legs or shoulders.  Learn more here.

As always, we’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think about avoiding injuries in the spring!