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Traveling with an Ostomy

Traveling with an Ostomy

Your colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy shouldn’t prevent you from traveling. But when it comes to traveling with an ostomy, it’s nice to to feel secure and comfortable while also keeping the surprises to a minimum. During times when you travel, you may have to leave your regular routine behind, which means you might need to make some extra preparations to enjoy your journey and your stay! Great supplies to keep while traveling with an ostomy: * Hand or face towel…

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6 Things You need to know about this flu season

6 Things You need to know about this flu season

Seasonal Flu activity has been intense this season. As of February 16, 2018 most of the United States continues to experience intense and widespread flu activity, with record-breaking levels of influenza-like-illness and hospitalization rates recorded. While H3N2 viruses are still most common, there is an increasing number of influenza B viruses being detected. It’s not uncommon for second waves of B virus activity to occur during a flu season. It’s likely that flu activity will continue for several more weeks….

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Four Things you might not know about Fall Allergies

Four Things you might not know about Fall Allergies

Four Things You Might Not Know about Fall Allergies As most allergy sufferers will tell you, allergy symptoms can always be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing season. A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen.  But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse…

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CBD Oil Benefits

CBD Oil Benefits

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC. There’s some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. But there’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you…

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Invacare Get U Up Lift

Invacare Get U Up Lift

Medical care of immobile patients is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Taking a patient from the bed onto a wheelchair or to the washroom becomes a tedious job even if the weight of the patient is less than that of the caretaker. However, with the advent of hydraulics and modern technology we have the Invacare 350 stand up lift. How the Invacare GHS350 works The easy to use machine comes with a manual that tells you…

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Service Dog

Service Dog

People with anxiety-related issues can gain tremendous benefit from having a specially trained service dog. Service dogs are companion animals that help people who have physical or  mental health conditions. A service dog for anxiety can provide a sense of calm, anticipate anxiety attacks, and even fetch medication for their owner. In this article, we look at the benefits of service dogs for people with anxiety. We discuss how to get an anxiety service dog, which breeds make the most…

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Flu

Flu

Flu: People with obesity may be contagious for a longer time New research shows that people who have obesity may carry the influenza A virus for longer periods of time than those who do not have obesity. The study’s findings suggest that obesity influences not only the severity of flu symptoms, but also how the virus spreads.

How to Use the PleurX Access Kit

How to Use the PleurX Access Kit

To properly help care for your home patients, PleurX catheter access kit is an ideal solution. It was designed to give intermittent access by professional caregivers to the PleurX catheter in order to inject or withdraw fluids, provide sclerosing agents, or maintain the catheter through flushing or declotting. It’s a fantastic medical product that allows patients the freedom of life outside the hospital, where you as the professional caregiver can help them manage recurrent pleural effusions or malignant ascites in…

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How to Use a Standard SpeediCath

How to Use a Standard SpeediCath

For some people, a catheter is necessary to live a normal life. Previously, catheters were difficult to insert and use, but now Coloplast has created SpeediCath which is the latest breakthrough in medical technology. SpeediCath is the first catheter of its kind. It’s an intermittent catheter that is ready to use instantly and is pre-lubricated and ready for use. It comes in a variety of sizes and lengths so it can fit men, women, and children comfortably. The hydrophilic coating…

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5 Warning Signs You Should Heed When Choosing a Nursing Home for Loved Ones

5 Warning Signs You Should Heed When Choosing a Nursing Home for Loved Ones

It’s a difficult decision to put a loved one into a nursing home, but for many families, it’s the only way to ensure an aging relative gets the constant care that they need. After Hurricane Irma roared through Florida, a nursing home was found responsible for neglect when 10 patients died as a result of no air conditioning.  In the interest of helping you protect your family when choosing a suitable nursing home, ATC Medical wants you to be aware…

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