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Recovering from Surgery: Tools to Use and Steps to Take

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep yourself busy after surgery.

Use these ideas to help surgery recovery seem less long.

Surgery is not something most people look forward to. While it may be a necessary medical procedure, it often times come with pain, boredom, and many expenses. For these reasons and more, it can be a dreaded experience. For whatever reason someone goes under the knife, it is important to prepare mentally and physically. Before surgery the doctors may ask you not to eat for an extended amount of time. You may feel nervous, anxious, or angry because of your situation but it is important to remain calm and keep everything in perspective. While the surgery itself is not enjoyable, the life you live afterwards will hopefully be easier and more comfortable.

LA Medical offers daily living aids to assist after an injury or surgery. You may find a hand held reacher or Winnie wagon useful. A walking aid can provide support and balance as needed. Walking aids serve different purposes depending on your need. Visit our website to see the many options and find one that works best for you. Here we have provided ideas to ensure an enjoyable recovery.

  • Download music or a book on tape for easy listening. Listening to a book can be very soothing and more enjoyable than reading.
  • Puzzles can be a great way to exercise your mind and kill time. Challenge yourself with a 1,000 piece puzzle and discover how engaging it can be. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku can provide fun and free entertainment as well.
  • Pamper yourself with a facial, manicure, bubble bath, or massage. After being in pain or uncomfortable, a little luxury may help you feel better.
  • Encourage your family or friends to play a board game with you. People don’t always make time for fun classic activities but this might be the perfect opportunity to do so.
  • Write thank you cards to anyone who has supported you or sent you a gift or card. Personalize them and take this time to express your appreciation.
  • Make a list of household chores you want to tackle as soon as you are able. Take inventory of items to donate or sell online. Now is the perfect time to think about simplifying and take action to do so when you are able.

We hope your surgery goes as planned and you are able to have a smooth recovery. LA Medical understands life doesn’t always go as planned, which is why we offer products to assist your health and comfort needs.

Staying Safe in the Summers Heat

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Did you know July is the hottest month of the year? With the rising temperatures it is especially important to keep safety in mind. When exposed to the sun shine and heat for long periods of time, you can become sun burnt, dehydrated, or over exhausted. But no one wants to be inside during the beautiful days, which is why LA Medical has tips for staying safe in the summer’s heat. We have medical supplies to improve your mobility and increase your safety.

Hot weather safety tips

Hot weather can easily dehydrate our bodies, so use these tips to stay healthy this July.

Did you know 75% of the body is made up of water? This is why it is important to be hydrated at all times. Dehydration occurs when more water and liquids are exiting the body than entering. It can cause dry mouth, weakness, headaches, dizziness, and in severe cases, low blood pressure, delirium, and unconsciousness. To avoid these from occurring, follow these tips for staying safe.

  • Consume plenty of water and foods that have water in them. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of nutrients and hold plenty of water. Let your body be your guide and listen to it when you are thirsty or have low energy.
  • Avoid exercising during the hottest hours of the day. Choose to be active in the early mornings or evenings when temperatures have cooled down. A gym membership is a great air conditioned option.
  • Seek shade to stay cool. Find a tree or umbrella to provide protection from the sun. Sun rays can cause skin damage and premature aging. The heat from the sun will cause more water loss and increase the chances of becoming dehydrated.

We hope you take these tips for staying safe in the summer’s heat. July is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy your favorite activities under the sunshine. LA Medical hopes to be your go-to medical supplies store.

Emergency Medical Services Insider

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Each year in May, our country takes one week to celebrate the hard work that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides. This year’s theme is “EMS: Dedicated for Life.”

LA Medical appreciates EMS support.

LA Medical appreciates the support and care of our EMS.

LA Medical wants to show appreciation for the care they provide year round and help raise awareness of what EMS and Paramedics really do for us.

According to a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 36 million people received treatment from EMS professionals in 2011. As this is less than 10 percent of the U.S. population, most people have little idea of the sophistication of our country’s EMS system.

EMS agencies work closely with other emergency response agencies like police, fire, and other 9-1-1 communications to provide rapid medical care and safe transportation to those who are ill or injured.

Not only do EMS respondents provide rapid medical care, they also play a significant role in our nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters that pose a threat to life and property.

LA Medical wants to put EMS workers responsibilities into perspective, so we created a list of the top three most important tasks that they perform:

  1. EMS must assess the medical needs of the sick or injured in a quick and efficient manner, especially in serious life or death situations when a minute lost can mean the difference between saving someone or not.
  2. Another top responsibility involves taking vital signs of the sick or injured. These questions include determining if the patient is conscious or unconscious. Are they able to communicate? Are they breathing correctly, or is it raspy? How do they respond to light? Is their blood pressure high or low?
  3. Taking a “SAMPLE” history is another important EMS responsibility. SAMPLE stands for:

S- Signs and symptoms

A-Allergies

M- Medications

P- Pertinent past medical history

L- Last oral intake of medication

E- Events leading to injury/illness

 

If you have the opportunity this week, thank EMS personnel or a paramedic for the vital services that they provide to the public. Help raise awareness this month with LA Medical!

Private Health Lessons from Public Health Week

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is putting a focus on preventative care all month long to mark National Public Health Week that happens each April.

Whether you're helping yourself or others, National Public Health Week is about getting better together.

Whether you’re helping yourself or others, National Public Health Week is about getting better together.

“ROI: Save Lives, Save Money” is the theme for 2013. The theme highlights prevention of many kinds of illnesses and health conditions through preventative screenings, eating healthier and getting regular exercise and recognizes the contributions of public health.

Public health teaches us many simple and useful suggestions that we can all use including:

  • Assess to your home, or the home of a loved one for factors that could contribute to a fall, such as poor lighting, uneven flooring and clutter.
  • Put the number for poison control on your refrigerator and in your cell phone: 1-800-222-1222. It will automatically connect you to your regional poison control center and often life-saving information.
  • Keep potentially dangerous household products such as cleaning products, cosmetics and prescription medications locked up and out of children’s reach. Also, never store household chemicals in old food containers or in the same place you keep food items. Learn more at www.upandaway.org.

LA Medical wants you and your family to be as healthy as possible, no matter your age or medical conditions. Here a items we offer to help:

The right products like proper wheelchair fitting and seat cushions and specialty mattresses can help prevent pressure sores. A properly fit cane, walker, or hospital bed can prevent falls and further injuries. What equipment would help you have the best health possible? We can help you find out.

We are all part of this bigger health community and we all need to work together. Click on the link below to learn more.

Learn more about public health and getting involved in your community at www.nphw.org.

 

  • Source National Public Health Week and the American Public Health Association