In the world of mobility products, power chairs are the most luxurious and comfortable and offer the most features. However, these features differ by the type of power chair you or a loved one use, whether it is a pediatric, standard or bariatric power chair. Each type is designed specifically for certain users based on the characteristics and needs of those of the users.
Power chairs are perfect for children to bariatric patients that need mobility assistance.
Standard power chairs are the least specialized because they have to fit a wider range of people. Standard chairs generally feature a weight limit of around 300 lbs. and have several ways to customize the positioning of the user. In most cases, the head rest and seat back can be adjusted or reclined, as well as the armrests and footrests. Standard power chairs are controlled by a joystick-like control and are perfect for maneuvering around tight spaces inside and taking on rougher terrain outside.
Slightly smaller than standard power chairs, pediatric power chairs are made to fit the smaller bodies of pediatric patients that have decreased mobility. Built for comfort and easy to use, pediatric power chairs also have adjustable seating and other parts to help prevent contact sores and ulcers by distributing the user’s weight. Pediatric power chairs can also give your child confidence in new environments or around new people that they wouldn’t have being pushed around in a standard wheelchair or using forearm crutches.
The largest of the power chairs, bariatric chairs are made for larger patients that need help getting from place to place. Made to handle patients weighing up to 650 pounds, bariatric power chairs feature heavy-duty bases and solid all around construction for maximum durability. Providing the ultimate in high performance and comfort for the larger individual, bariatric power chairs offer a solution for bariatric mobility.
Power chairs can provide the perfect fit for you or a loved one if you need help getting around. New England Surgical is proud to offer not only the three types of power chairs mentioned above, but also positioning chairs and a wide variety of chair bases and seats. If you or a loved one needs mobility assistance, call us today at 1-800-336-1300 or browse our online catalog to see how we can help you get on the move again.
Caring for bariatric patients or patients with no mobility brings its own set of difficulties. How do I get them from the bed to the bathroom? To the family room? Am I going to hurt myself or them by trying to help? Fortunately in the realm of patient care and transport, patient lifts have provided caregivers with an alternative to awkward and dangerous bedside shuffling and maneuvering. Patient liftssit next to the patient, for example next to their bed, and provides a secure and easy way to get a bariatric or low mobility patient into a transport wheelchair or other device so that they can be taken where they need.
A patient lift is an easier and more efficient way to transport patients.
But how do you know what patient lift is right for your patient? There are several things to take into account when choosing or helping a patient choose a lift for use in their home.
- Where will the patient lift be used? If the lift is for next to patient’s bed to get them into a wheelchair or onto a bedside commode, larger lifts will work just fine. However, if the lift is to assist your patient with getting into and out of the bath, a smaller more compact lift would be ideal for that situation.
- How heavy is your patient? Patient lifts are made for those who may not be heavy, such as those that have lost their mobility, to those who weigh more such as bariatric patients. Whatever the case, knowing the weight limit of the lift is crucial because the last thing you need is your equipment breaking and injuring your patient or yourself.
- How strong are you? Are you a 120-pound caregiver taking care of a 300-pound patient? In order to know which patient lift is right, you have to know how it will help nullify the weight difference between you and your patient. Lifts have different modes of operation, so finding one that suits your strength level is paramount.
These are the top three considerations when it comes to choosing a patient lift. By assessing the usage area, your patient and yourself you can make a better decision and when it comes to helping a patient choose a lift for their home.
Using a nebulizer is easy: all you have to do is breathe!
What exactly is a nebulizer? Sounding like something out of a science fiction movie, a nebulizer is actually a very important piece of equipment for those with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and a variety of other respiratory conditions. Using oxygen, compressed air or ultrasonic power to break up medical solutions into aerosol droplets, nebulizers allow users to take their medicine by simply inhaling it through a tube and mouthpiece.
Besides respiratory conditions, new research has shown that more medicines for conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic migraines can be developed to be administered through nebulizers. Because of this, medical market researchers are predicting widespread growth and use of nebulizers. But before the world is overtaken with nebulizers we should look at what the benefits are of using one.
- All you have to do is breathe: The main benefit of the nebulizer is that practically everyone can use one, from young children to college kids and middle aged empty-nesters to the elderly. Even those that are sick or in the middle of an asthma attack can use a nebulizer.
- A direct path to the lungs: Using a nebulizer for treatment of respiratory diseases is more efficient and delivers the medicine to the lungs quicker. Oral medications have to first be absorbed into the blood stream and then are taken to where they are need, whereas aerosolized medicine from a nebulizer travels straight to the lungs.
- Fewer trips to the hospital: Having a nebulizer on hand at home or having a portable nebulizer with you on a trip prevents you from having to go to the hospital whenever you have an asthma attack. This means lower medical costs and fewer trips to the hospital.
These benefits, along with the possible development of more medicines for use in nebulizers, show that nebulizers are both handy to have around and important for the future of home medical care. New England Surgical offers all of the parts and accessories to make sure your nebulizer is working well for you now or in the future.