Tips for Transfer Bench Use and Safety

A transfer bench is useful for people with disabilities or injuries. It helps them safely transfer to a toilet, tub or shower. The right transfer bench offers stability and security. Keep these things in mind when you need to use a transfer bench.

The Importance of a transfer bench

People with weakened bones due to age or osteoporosis can’t afford to fall. Even minor bumps, trips or falls can cause bones to break. These bones may not heal fast enough to allow full recovery. The right bench offers the protection they need to stay mobile as long as possible.

Features of a Transfer bench

Look for sturdy grab bars on a transfer bench. It’s important that the grab bars are easily accessible, to prevent falling. The bench will also have a high quality plastic sitting surface, either hard or padded. Many have a backrest, but some made for the shower do not. Most benches are rated to hold up to 300 lbs. of weight. Check the weight rating of the bench before you make a purchase.

Types of Transfer Benches

One type of bench is for the commode. It has a cutout to fit over the commode, plus an extra section for sliding on and off with safety. Some commode benches have a temporary collection cup that can be removed.

Another type of bench is for the shower or tub. This bench type often has drain holes. You can choose whether you want a padded or non-padded version.

A slider bench is also available. It features a seat that slides from side to side on metal racks. This is a good choice for a patient with low mobility.

Yet another type of bench is the rotating seat bench. This type of bench allows the patient to swivel. Depending on the patient’s needs, this can be a convenient choice.

Using a transfer bench

A patient needs to practice using a bench a few times before taking a shower or using the commode. Help the patient practice until he or she feels comfortable. Adjust the backrest to the patient’s liking for maximum comfort.

The transfer bench also needs frequent cleaning. The surface is designed to withstand daily cleanings, so don’t hesitate to wipe it down with hot water and disinfectant spray on a regular basis. Cleaning the bench will keep the patient healthy.

A transfer bench is an essential item for someone who needs to avoid falls, or someone with lowered mobility. Visit AAA Wholesale Company to see all the transfer benches and accessories that we offer.  Simply contact us with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Four Post-Surgery Supplies for Home

To equip your home for a return from the hospital, be sure to have these four post-surgery supplies on hand.

If you or a loved one undergo a medical procedure, much of your focus will be on the date of the surgery itself. However, it is important to remember that post-surgery preparations are also essential for healing and recovery. To equip your home for a return from the hospital, be sure to have these four post-surgery supplies on hand.

Mobility Assistance

Most surgeries limit a patient’s mobility, at least for a time. This is especially true if the procedure included work on the patient’s feet, legs, or hips. When returning home post-operation, follow your doctor’s instructions for safely walking. Before you leave the hospital, ask about any prohibited activities and limits on mobility. While the nature of your surgery will determine the exact assistance you need, canes, walkers, and rollators are all popular choices as your body recovers from surgery.

Bathroom Aides

Bathrooms can be dangerous places for patients post-surgery. Slippery floors are a fall risk and normal activities in the bathroom include the need for balance, strength, and coordination. With this in mind, outfit your bathroom to prevent a mishap. Grab bars by the bathtub and shower will assist you in moving carefully and safely in and out. Elevated toilet seats or bedside commode chairs may be necessary for a time during recovery. Also, consider supplies to assist with convenience, such as a long-handled sponge to ease the bathing process.

Help for Reaching and Grabbing

While no post-surgery patient should be lifting much weight or overextending themselves, there are times when you must pick something up. To help a recovering patient with reaching and grabbing, first try to keep all necessary supplies at waist height. For items not easily reachable, consider purchasing reaching aides such as a dressing stick, long shoehorn, and a reaching stick with a grabbing claw on the end. These tools will prevent the patient from bending and reaching in ways that could hinder their healing.

Supplies for Dressings, Catheters, Etc.

If you return home post-surgery with dressings or a catheter, you will need supplies to care for them. Foley catheters require replacement drainage bags which a nurse will teach you how to change before you are discharged. The same is true of any dressings you need to clean or change. Be sure to keep plenty of replacement supplies on hand since it is far better to be over prepared than to be caught off guard.

Surgery is an intense undertaking and usually requires quite a bit of time for recovery. When you equip your home with these post-surgery supplies, you pave the way to a faster and smoother return to health. As always, for the best prices for these and other medical supplies, visit the AAA Wholesale online catalog.

Should You Always Use Sterile Gloves?

 

There are a few key considerations when deciding to use sterile vs. non-sterile gloves. You might think it’s best to play it safe and always use sterile gloves, but that may not always be the case. Sterile gloves are clean from all bacteria. However, sterile gloves are generally more expensive than non-sterile. This means that the intended use of the gloves will be the deciding factor in which gloves you select. Choosing between sterile or non-sterile gloves requires understanding what they’ll be used for and whether it is cost-appropriate.

Why Choose Sterile Gloves?

Surgeons use latex sterile gloves to prevent contaminating anything during an operation. Sterile gloves are packaged separately with an expiration date, as opposed to non-sterile gloves that come together in a box. A special cleaning process removes any loose latex from the gloves after they are molded. Sterile gloves cease to be sterile once they touch anything. They are the safest way to prevent contamination. Sterile gloves are the best option for conducting medical or scientific research because they are most effective at preserving true results.

When Non-Sterile Gloves are Sufficient

Sterile gloves may not always be necessary. Studies have shown that non-sterile gloves are also very effective at preventing infection and can achieve results close to sterilized gloves. Many first responders, nurses and other people in the medical field use clean, non-sterile gloves to save on cost because they go through so many pairs of gloves every day. Each patient contact requires new gloves, so less-expensive non-sterile gloves are preferable. Some studies even indicate that there is no higher risk of infection between sterile vs. non-sterile gloves.

Sterile gloves are the best protection against contamination during surgery, medical tests, scientific research, and other sensitive procedures. They help ensure results are as pure as possible, and no foreign objects enter the equation. However, they aren’t necessary for all situations. Non-sterile gloves have serious benefits as well. They prevent infections and avoid coming into unwanted contact with bodily fluids. Whatever your needs are regarding sterile vs. non-sterile gloves, AAA Wholesale has a wide variety of products in stock that can help. Visit our site today to check out our wide selection of protective medical products.

Buyer’s Guide: TED Stockings

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Do you know the difference between particular types of compression socks and stockings? When buying compression socks, there are various options to choose from. While some compression socks help athletes, others are designed for diabetics. Since each type of compression sock serves a different purpose, it’s important to purchase the correct ones. Trying to differentiate between compression socks can be confusing, so we’re here to help you find the right stockings. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about TED stockings.

How Compression Socks Work

Due to some diseases or minimal movement, blood can start to pool in the lower limbs. When that happens, it leads to pain, swelling and blood clots. To prevent those hazards from happening, increase blood flow with compression socks or stockings. The main distinction between various types of compression stockings is their compression level. Available from mild compression to extra firm compression, you can use different levels of compression to fight different issues.

What are TED Stockings?

Also called TED hose, TED stockings are anti-embolism stockings that help circulate blood in your legs. Working differently than other types of compression socks or stockings, TED stockings apply less pressure as they go up the leg. Their gradient compression applies the highest amount of compression around the ankle at 18 mmHg and lessens to about 8 mmHg at the upper thigh.

Helpful for anyone who sits or stands for extended periods of time, compression socks have many uses. However, TED stockings serve a specific function. These are meant to be worn when a person is recovering from surgery or illness that leaves them bedridden for a prolonged amount of time. An abbreviation for “thromboembolism-deterrent,” TED stockings are specifically designed to prevent deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Following surgery, patients can be more prone to blood clots. TED stockings’ design inhibits those dangerous complications. For individuals moving around more often, a traditional compression sock is more suitable.

Styles of TED Stockings

Available in both knee-high and thigh-high lengths, it’s also important to make sure you choose the right style for your unique situation. The different lengths serve different purposes. It’s up to the doctor’s discretion which is right for each patient. Other than length, you can choose from different colors as well. Additionally, some people find open-toed stockings more comfortable than closed-toe, so both are available.

Key elements of TED stockings are comfort and style. If you think you could use TED stockings, talk to your doctor today! Whether you’re looking for TED stockings or another type of compression sock, you’ll be sure to find what you need at AAA Wholesale Company.

Give Kids a Better Hospital Experience With Pedia Pals

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For children, any trip to a hospital or doctor’s office can become terrifying. Think about the busy atmosphere in medical environments, especially hospitals. Now imagine how a child must feel in that sort of environment. Add the strange noises, new smells, and unfamiliar medical equipment, and you have a recipe for complete terror. Can you make the experience less scary? Yes, you absolutely can. Pedia Pals wants to help. Here are a few things that you can do.

Animals and characters

To a child in a hospital, medical equipment looks scary. It’s unfamiliar, after all. Furthermore, from a kid’s perspective, these machines are “grown-up” things. If a child requires several tests and procedures, the best thing you can do is to make the equipment more familiar and kid-friendly. Pedia Pals accomplishes that goal with its animal-themed items. For example, a regular blood pressure cuff might look scary, but what if that cuff had the smiling face of an adorable teddy bear? Plus, when you work with kids, there’s no reason why your reflex hammer can’t be shaped like a dinosaur or your ear/nose syringes shouldn’t have elephant trunks. Give children a moment to look at your implements before you use them. With these fun animal shapes, you’ll make the experience much easier.

 

Removable covers

All children are different. What comforts one child might stress out another. In medical situations, for instance, some kids will want to know exactly what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. They want you to count to three before you give them the injection or tell them exactly how bad the medicine will taste. Other children prefer a softer approach. With removable covers, you can appeal to both types of children. These removable stethoscope covers can provide some comfort to kids who need it, but you can always remove them for the kids who want to see everything as it is.

 

jUST THEIR SIZE

One of the scariest parts of a hospital visit for kids is that everything comes in “grown-up” sizes. Everything about a hospital makes children feel small. The more items come in their size, the better they’ll feel about their experience. Child-sized chairs and tables can help kids feel at home. You can also provide stepstools and similar accommodations to give kids better access when they need it.

 

Pedia PALS

AAA Wholesale Company is your #1 source for Pedia Pals products. When you’re ready to make your medical environment more comforting and child-friendly, check out our Pedia Pals options to get started.

NICU Care Products for a Fragile Population

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Swaddler for Phototherapy Preemie

One of the hardest things for a preemie to do is to regulate their own body temperature. Since they come out before their body organs are prepared to handle major temperature fluctuations, the Swaddler for Phototherapy not only provides their comfort, it also provides a special light that can help with jaundice. The phototherapy blanket helps to lower the bilirubin levels in a baby’s blood to help with the process of photo-oxidation, which makes it easier for the liver to break down the bilirubin that can be potentially harmful in large quantities.

Enteral Feeding Tube

Some premature babies are not yet ready to feed on their own, which might lead them to need an enteral feeding tube. Enteral feeding tubes used to be difficult to insert, and once inserted, they could become clogged easily. That meant that they had to be extracted and replaced. For preemies and infants alike, that was a highly traumatic process. Thanks to innovative new products like the enteral feeding tube de-clogger, it is now possible to fix a clogged tube without having to remove it. And it is possible to ensure that preemies are getting all the calories that they need.

The Ear Curette

When a preemie has an ear inflection, it can be difficult to see if earwax is covering the eardrum. The problem with traditional ear cleaners is that they can inadvertently push wax further into the canal and make things worse. The ear curette’s tip makes it possible to get a better look at the drum without the risk of rupturing it by pushing wax up against it.

The Controlled Flow Baby Feeder

It is difficult enough to get preemies to consume all the calories they need to catch up. The controlled flow baby feeder helps to reduce air in the belly that can lead to gastrointestinal problems. Gastrointestinal problems can slow feeding. Since the feeders are disposable, it also cuts down on the cost. And it also cuts down on the time needed to feed little preemies who are in the NICU.

NICUs have come a long way in the past couple of decades. Not only are they saving more lives, but innovative new products are making it easier to run the NICU. This also lets them focus on the health issues necessary to give preemies a good start in life. For more great NICU products, check out AAA Wholesale Company today. We have hundreds of lifesaving medical NICU supplies to help your hospital run much more safely and efficiently.

What’s in an Industrial Toilet Seat?

What is Different About a Bemis Medic-Aid Industrial Toilet Seat?

Bemis is a manufacturer that caters to public bathroom settings. Bemis seats are specifically for where there are people who have special and specific needs. They are manufactured to be both safe and comfortable. To reduce the risk of infection in places like nursing homes and hospitals, they also have an anti-microbial agent built in that helps to kill bacteria and viruses on contact and reduce odor. Bemis Medic-Aid toilets are also heavy-duty to provide more safety and security features to the public.


Medic-Aid Lift Seats

The Medic-Aid Lift Seats are a perfect choice for nursing homes and hospitals. They provide strength and durability. Because they meet ANSI Z124.5 standards, they will also ensure that you aren’t leaving yourself vulnerable if something should happen in the bathroom. The Medic-Aid seat has a raised plastic tile seat that gives people more ease when lowering and raising themselves. And they all come with the DuraGuard anti-microbial agent built-in for easy cleaning and germ protection.

The Medic-Aid with Safety Side Arms

When you have an individual or a population that needs a little more assistance, the Medic-Aid with Safety Side Arms is a perfect choice. Not only does the seat provide the same anti-microbial agent, but it also has side arms. They help to assist the user when sitting and getting up. It is highly durable and has stainless steel side arms. To ensure that the arms aren’t slick, they are textured and have placed finger and handgrips for more traction.

Medic-Aid Lift Spacer

For the best of all worlds, the Medic-Aid Lift Spacer has DuraGuard and an anti-microbial agent. The lift of the Medic-Aid lift Spacer is three inches high. That gives the seat more height for easier lifting and lowering. And it also has a 300 series stainless mounting bracket that allows the seat to be raised to a vertical position for easy cleaning.

Although the average person doesn’t give much thought to an industrial toilet seat, when you deal with special populations, a toilet seat becomes highly critical. To find the best supplies for your company or business, check out AAA Wholesale. We provide a large inventory of what you need at a price that beats the competition.

How to Choose the Right Food Service Products

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Hospitals spend a lot of time and money ordering food service products. The plates, bowls, and utensils that you serve to patients in their rooms and in hospital cafeterias are important. Without adequate cleanliness, food service products can compromise health for patients, visitors, and hospital staff. Often, disposable products can mitigate the risks of food service, but then you have to make sure that you’re purchasing the right disposable products. Below you’ll find a few considerations that you should keep in mind when choosing your food service product brand.

Is It Environmentally Friendly?

Is your food service product environmentally friendly? As many benefits as there are when it comes to disposable products, the major downside comes from the possibility of environmental waste. Food service products for hospitals cause a significant portion of waste. Hospitals that use disposable food products can easily get rid of thousands of plastic items per day. We all know that these products stay in landfills. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice environmental friendliness for convenient products. Many food service products are made from compostable plastic that comes from corn. These fully biodegradable products will go back to the earth, protecting the planet instead of taking up space in landfills.

Is It Sturdy?

A lot of people hesitate to work with biodegradable products because they worry about the sturdiness of those products. It’s a valid concern, especially for those who need food service products for hospitals. In the early days of environmentally friendly products, many of those products weren’t well built. You certainly can’t afford to serve food to hospital patients on plates that will fall apart. Some manufacturers still struggle to produce strong products, but others have found ways to increase product sturdiness without sacrificing the eco-consciousness of the company. Test out some products to find the ones that accomplish both tasks.

Does It Give You Options?

You don’t need to overcomplicate your inventory. The fewer sources you use to order your products, the better. Try to find a brand or group of brands that give you a lot of options so that you can order from a single source. There’s no reason why you should order disposable gloves from one source and cups from another. Go ahead and choose a source that will let you simplify the process.

Food Service Products For Hospitals

Are you looking for food service products for hospitals? AAA Wholesale Company has exactly what you need. We carry a wide range of brands and products, including NatureWorks, which produces top quality biodegradable food containers. If you want plenty of options that allow you to help the environment with your inventory, then check out our NatureWorks products today.

Infant Bed Safety Basics

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Your tiniest patients will need some of your biggest safety measures to thrive in a hospital setting. Outside of the medical field, some people think of children as smaller forms of adults. According to this thinking, children and infants need the same things that adults need, just in smaller sizes. In the medical field, though, especially for those who work in pediatrics, experts understand that children have different needs than adults. Infants especially need extra care in their safety, and hospital infant bed safety is perhaps one of the most important considerations.

Prevent Infant Suffocation

The most important aspect of hospital infant bed safety is preventing suffocation. Suffocation is one of the leading causes of infant death, and most of those deaths happen during sleep. The mattress that you choose can help keep babies safe from potential suffocation. Firm mattresses prevent an infant’s head from molding to the mattress and creating a “dip” for the child’s nose and mouth to get trapped. As always, practice basic infant sleep safety with hospital beds. An infant’s family members or friends of the parents may bring gifts such as blankets, pillows, and soft toys. Make sure that those gifts stay out of the baby’s bed.

Clean Mattresses Often

To prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, clean and sterilize crib mattresses on a regular basis. With their undeveloped immune systems, babies are more susceptible to certain illnesses than the rest of the general population. Premature babies are especially vulnerable to these illnesses. Some infants can catch illnesses from exposure to viruses and bacteria in hospital environments. You can help minimize the risk. Optimize your hospital infant bed safety by cleaning mattresses after each patient.

Prevent operation by children

Infants in the hospital may have older siblings, cousins, and other child visitors. When it comes to hospital infant bed safety, make sure that only adults can operate the beds. Release knobs should be easy enough for doctors and nurses to manage, but difficult for children to access. Release knob spacing can play an important role in operational safety.

Hospital infant Bed Safety

To keep the babies in your care as safe as possible, hospitals should have the best infant care technology. At AAA Wholesale Company, we have everything you need for crib mattress safety and beyond. Contact us if you have any questions, and be sure to check out the infant bedding options on our website.

The Role of Charts and Posters in Medical Environments

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The world of medicine has an abundance of knowledge and practical advice for the general public. Unfortunately, the limited interactions between the two make it difficult to impart all the information there is to share. In order to solve this problem, many medical offices turn to models, posters, and charts in their patient areas. Waiting areas, exam rooms, and consultation rooms are full of diagrams and scale models of different anatomy and disease prevention. However, in the age of the Internet, could it be that digital media is replacing these simple tools? Here’s a look at the role of charts and posters in the medical environment.

Is There a Downside?

First, it’s important to ask if there is a downside to including informative charts and posters in medical environments. Even if there are more effective ways to communicate information, there are no negative consequences to using visual educational materials. Additionally, there are demographics of patients, such as the elderly and those without internet, who may not encounter the information any other way. Some may consider charts and posters outdated. However, they cause no harm and can undoubtedly benefit at least some patients who encounter them.

Posters and Charts Are Effective for Teaching

In 2013, the Health Information and Libraries Journal published a review in which researchers surveyed all known studies on the effectiveness of poster presentations. The common conclusion among the collected studies was that these visual tools are effective “in increasing knowledge, changing attitudes and behavior” when included with other forms of education. While no studies compared charts and posters to different types of training, researchers correlated posters and a marked increase in knowledge transfer of valuable information.

Presentation and Location Are Important

While charts and posters have been shown to be effective, not all visual tools are created equal. For example, a poster that is overly crowded with information or a chart that is complicated and difficult to read will be less likely to assist in education. The previous journal review states it this way: “Although superficial, the graphical design and physical appearance of the poster can determine its success in promoting knowledge transfer.”  Locating posters in a medical environment lends them credence. But it is also essential that the media delivers the information well and in an attractive way. This way, it is sure to grab patients’ attention.

Ultimately, charts and posters are an excellent and inexpensive tool for medical professionals. They are a simple, passive way to pass on vital information to the general public. While the world continues to grow more digital each day, it appears that there is still an essential role for the charts and posters we all know.

Are you searching for charts or posters for your medical office space? AAA Wholesale Company has a wide variety of these helpful tools at the best prices. Browse our selection here.