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.

Why the FDA Made All Surgical Gloves Powder Free

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In January of 2017, the FDA banned powdered surgical gloves. The only gloves that can be used in surgery are now powder free. This represents a big win for surgical health. Many hospitals and brand name glove manufacturers were already manufacturing powder free surgical gloves. Some, however, don’t know the reason behind the big shift. The FDA rarely moves quickly, and there were studies coming out in the late 1990s that provided some scientific basis for the switch. In short, cutting the powder out of surgical gloves trims latex allergies and reduces surgical site infections (SSIs)–and the switch is easy to make.

Latex Allergies on the Rise

The rising number of latex allergies has been a cause for concern for quite a while. More and more doctors and nurses were suffering from latex allergies caused by repeated exposure. The allergy was also becoming more common in patients. Powdered gloves are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than powder free surgical gloves. The latex bonds to the powder, and then becomes airborne. This allows for ingestion and inhalation, and in turn a more serious allergic reaction. Powder free gloves don’t carry the same risk, as there’s nothing to disperse through the air.

More SSIs

Surgical site infections are common, and they’re one of the chief reasons behind slow wound closure. Even a minor infection can extend the recovery period for surgery! Powder from latex gloves can irritate the skin and the sensitive layers beneath. Though latex powder is not often the direct cause of an infection, it leaves the body vulnerable to bacteria and disease. Cutting out powder on surgical gloves cuts out quite a few SSIs.

Easily Controlled Risks

The FDA finally moved to ban powdered surgical gloves because the risks are easily controlled. There are other gloves that offer comfort and mobility to surgeons and the nurses who work with them in the operating theater. Ansell, a popular supplier of surgical gloves of both types before the ban, now has a line up of purely sterile, powder free, ready to use surgical gloves. Though surgeons might miss their preferred feel, that will quickly wear off.

All surgical gloves are powder free today. It was a choice that centered patient health, but also the health of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. With the advent of powder free surgical gloves, airborne latex powder has been drastically reduced. SSI rates will be lowered, and it was all as easy as switching glove styles.