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Don’t Let Your Mobility Aid Cause You to Have a Fall!

Posted on: October 8th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Falls are the number-one reason why senior citizens are hospitalized each year, with 29 million falls occurring in 2014 alone. Of those, the CDC found that 47,000 involved the use of a walker, rollator or cane. That’s why it’s so important to be sure you’re using your walking aid properly. Today, Medserv Equipment Corp. is going to give you some tips on how to avoid a fall when using mobility aid:

  • Make sure that it’s the proper height. No matter which device you’re using, your arms shouldn’t be bent or raised in an uncomfortable way.
  • Place the device in front of you and step into it. This is true of both a cane and a walker, and it shouldn’t be placed so far in front that you have trouble stepping into it.
  • Use proper posture. If you are hunched or slouched over, this will make it easier for you to sustain a fall while using your mobility aid.
  • When getting up and down from a chair, put your mobility aid in front of you and push up. Trying to grasp it after you’ve stood up could cause you to fall.
  • Make sure your path is cleared of anything that could trip you up, such as rugs, cords and other clutter.

In addition to using your cane or walker properly, there are some other things you can do to prevent experiencing a fall, such as:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Finding out from your doctor if your medications will have side-effects such as making you dizzy, tired or weak.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly to make sure your prescriptions are still working as they should.
  • Revamp your home environment to make sure it’s safe. This includes installing bathroom safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs.

For more tips on how to avoid a fall, talk to the experts at Medserv Equipment Corp. We can demonstrate in person how to best use a walker, rollator or cane and help you avoid a costly trip to the emergency room!

Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Take Our Quiz!

Posted on: October 1st, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Approximately 5-20 percent of Americans live with obstructive sleep apnea, but it’s not obvious to everyone they could be living with this condition. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of those who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed, mainly because they don’t realize they’re exhibiting one of the major symptoms.

Often, the first sign is excessive or loud snoring. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and sleep apnea can have many other symptoms. The risk of having this condition varies with someone’s age, height, weight and current health conditions.

Here at MedServ Equipment Corp. , we have come up with a quiz to help you determine if you or a loved one may be struggling with untreated sleep apnea:

Have you or your bed partner witnessed any gasping or choking during sleep?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Have you or your bed partner witnessed a stop or pause in breathing?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Do you have to sit upright to get better sleep?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Do you visit the bathroom frequently when you wake up at night?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Do you snore in any sleep position?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Have you or your bed partner seen an increase in weight?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Do you find yourself struggling to stay awake, even after a full night’s rest?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Do you struggle with depression?

  • Yes
  • No

 

 

If you have answered yes for four or more questions, you might want to think about setting up an appointment with your doctor. They will be able to refer you to a local sleep test center to see if you live with sleep apnea.

 

For further questions about sleep apnea or CPAP equipment, contact MedServ Equipment Corp. today! Our experts can help you pick out the equipment that’s right for you.

3 Things You Should Know About Compression Therapy

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Compression therapy helps increase circulation in your legs via the special socks that support your veins. By helping to prevent blood pooling in leg veins, compression therapy diminishes leg swelling and helps to prevent any other complications. To avoid future problems, it’s important to know these three things about these super socks!

  1. How It Works

Compression therapy stockings help to treat vein diseases by supplying pressure to legs to help control swelling and discomfort. The strongest support starts at the ankles and gets gradually lighter. The pumping action of the calf muscles combines with the gradient compression of the socks to help assist blood circulation. The compression of your tissues helps move excess fluid back into the capillaries to prevent fluid buildup. This helps benefit you if you have achy legs, varicose veins, swelling, venous ulcers, deep vein thrombosis, post-thrombotic syndrome, and other issues.

  1. Benefits

There are numerous benefits from compression stockings. Compression therapy increases blood circulation, decreases blood pooling, minimizes spider and varicose veins, and decreases venous pressure. Along with blood flow positives, compression therapy also affects the tissue. It decreases swelling, drains toxins like lactic acid, decreases inflammation, and improves the movement of tendons and joints.

  1. Where to Get Stockings

It is best to measure earlier in the day before swelling builds up, so schedule an appointment for the morning. You will speak with your doctor to see if graduated compression stockings are a good fit for you. They will then help you figure out what pressure grade is right for you. From there, you can come into a home medical equipment provider such as us and pick out the right compression therapy stocking for you.

Compression therapy is extremely important in helping overall circulation and leg swelling. By being educated on the importance and design of the stockings, you will be able to utilize them to their fullest in order to live more comfortably.

5 Ways to Avoid the Flu This Season

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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While the CDC recommends that receiving the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent coming down with influenza, not all people are able or comfortable having it done. Today, MedServ Equipment Corp. is here with five ways that you can protect yourself from the virus this year:

  1. Wash Your Hands

This is perhaps the most crucial, if not most overlooked preventative measure you can take to protect yourself from germs. A good rule of thumb is to rub the soap in your hands for about the same amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song under warm water.

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

By touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, bacteria has a chance to make its way into your body much faster. Germs are most commonly spread by touching something that has been contaminated and then bringing those germs up to your face.

  1. Disinfect Surfaces

Clean surfaces and objects with disinfectants in order to keep away from the germs. By keeping a clean environment, you will be less likely to touch something contaminated and become sick.

  1. Cover Coughs & Sneezes

To avoid spreading the flu, be sure to cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. By coughing into your arm, you are taking the preventative measure to not spread the flu by having germs on your hands.

  1. Avoid Contact

If someone is sick or looking sluggish, try to stay away from them and objects they touch. By keeping out of coughing range, you will minimize your exposure to germs and have a better chance of staying healthy.

These tips are simple but crucial in aiding your health, so you can be at your best this flu season. By taking precaution and spreading these simple tips around, you can help others stay healthy and away from the flu bug!

4 Tips for the New Oxygen User

Posted on: August 12th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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If your doctor recently prescribed you oxygen therapy, you probably have dozens of questions about the ins and outs of using it. That’s why MedServ Medical Corp. is here to offer a few basic facts and tips on how to get the most out of your oxygen concentrator:

  • They get hot.

 

Make sure you don’t locate them near the thermostat, as this can interfere with the temperature read-out and lead to your home not being properly heated or cooled. Oxygen concentrators also tend to make your air conditioning work harder in the summer. Luckily, though, there is a tax deduction that you can take that offsets the cost of running your oxygen equipment.

 

  • You don’t have to use an unpleasant cannula and tubing.

 

The cannula and tubing vary in thickness, stiffness, length and color. Which ones you use are up to your own comfort level. Some people don’t like how certain brands or types smell. Since it will be in your nose all day, make sure you use one that is objectionable to your olfactory sensors.

 

  • Lubricate your nostrils.

 

It’s easy for your nostrils to become dry and cracked, which can lead to bleeding. Make sure you use a water-based lubricant to prevent dryness and irritation.

 

  • Humidity is important.

 

For you to be totally comfortable in your oxygen therapy, it is important that your air is humidified. Often, the tubes coming out of the tank are then connected to a humidifier bottle, which is then connected to your nose. Be sure that the bottle is connected properly and not cross-threaded, as this can cause the oxygen to leak before it travels up the connecting tube to you.

Remember, your oxygen concentrator is a lifeline, not a leash. It supplies you with the air your body needs to survive. For more tips and tricks on how to best use your oxygen therapy, see one of the experts at MedServ Medical Corp today!

4 Tips to Use Your Walker Properly

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Mobility aids such as walkers and rollators are meant to aid those whose range of motion has been limited due to health conditions such as arthritis. While they’re meant to offer stability and balance, it’s not uncommon for people to use them improperly, which can lead to great discomfort.

Today, MedServ Equipment Corp. is here to help. Here are the four tips on how to properly use your walker:

 

  • Height should be ideal.

 

Your walker shouldn’t be so low that you have to stoop over it, nor should it be so high that you have to reach up in order to grasp it. The ideal height should allow your elbows to be bent in a position that is natural and comfortable.

 

  • Walking patterns.

 

When using a walker, you should push it slightly in front of you, and then step into it. Often, people tend to push it too far ahead of them, which causes them to take uncomfortably long steps. Another mistake walker users make is looking down at their feet as they walk. Your eyes should always be in front of you.

 

  • Sitting down.

 

The proper way to sit down with a walker is to position yourself in front of the chair. Let the back of your legs touch the chair so you know you’re close enough to sit. Shift your weight to your stronger leg, and slide your weaker leg forward. Then change your grasp from the walker to the arms of the chair.

 

  • Standing up.

 

Place the walker in front of you and scoot forward in the chair. Use the arms of the chair to push yourself up. Then switch your grasp to the walker’s handles.

 

Getting the right walker for you and making sure it’s adjusted properly are two key components to ensuring that you use your walker correctly. The experts at MedServ Equipment Corp. can help make sure that your equipment suits your needs. Stop in or call us today for assistance!

5 Tips to Buying a Mobility Scooter

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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For some, buying a mobility scooter can be very overwhelming. With all the different styles, types, and prices, it can be difficult to narrow down your decision. At MedServ Equipment Corp., we understand that you may need a little extra help finding the right mobility scooter for your individual needs.

Prior to making your purchase, MedServ Equipment Corp. has come up with the following tips that will help you buy your next mobility scooter:

  • Consider the construction of your desired mobility scooter: For travel on uneven surfaces or hills, a scooter with rear wheel drive will provide you with better traction and control over your mobility scooter.

 

  • Carefully consider the size and dimensions of your new mobility scooter: When transitioning from a sitting to standing position on your scooter, ensure that your feet are comfortably placed for maximum safety.

 

  • Learn more about the safety features of your new scooter: Find a scooter with anti-tip mechanisms for sharp turns and a stable base for traveling up and down hills.

 

  • Determine how much control you need: Most mobility scooters are controlled by thumb levers. However, those with limited thumb mobility may have more control over the scooter with a joystick attached to the armrest instead of the traditional thumb lever.

 

  • Don’t forget about accessories: Choose a mobility scooter that can meet all of your needs. From oxygen transporters and crutches to front baskets and horns, make sure that you purchase a mobility scooter that can be customized to fit your exact needs.

 

 

To learn more about all of the different types of mobility scooters and determine which one will work best for you, visit MedServ Equipment Corp. today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members or take a look at our online catalog to view the large selection of mobility scooters available.

FAST: Signs of a Stroke

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Each year, 130,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke, and many more become permanently disabled because of it. These devastating effects can be mitigated or even prevented if immediate action is taken soon as symptoms of a stroke start to appear. Some of those include:

  • Trouble speaking or understanding things
  • Weakness or numbness on only one side of the body
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • A migraine or severe headache that occurs without reason
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

 

If you see any of these, it’s important that you call 911 right away. Your intervention just might save a life! However, we know that it can be hard to remember all these signs, which is why someone came up with the following acronym: F.A.S.T.:

  • FACE – One of the first warning signs of a stroke is a drooping face
  • ARMS – If one arm drifts downward when both arms are raised, this may be a good indicator of a stroke
  • SPEECH – If speech is slurred or sounds strange, a stroke may be occurring
  • TIME – Acting FAST is extremely important – If you notice any of the signs listed above, call 911 immediately

 

If you or a loved one have already had a stroke, MedServ Equipment Corp offers a variety of home medical equipment and oxygen supplies to assist you assist you in getting back to life and living independently after a stroke.

 

Picking Out the Right Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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Whether you’re a wheelchair user planning a trip or a warehouse worker needing to move supplies, portable wheelchair ramps have a variety of uses. Making sure you pick out the right one can have significant impact on the health and safety of the user. Before you purchase a portable wheelchair ramp, make sure you ask the following questions:

 

  • Is it made of slip-resistant material?

 

This is especially important if the ramp will be exposed to the elements, where it will get wet in the rain or the snow.  Having the proper traction can ensure that the wheelchair has enough grip to safely transport the user to the next level, no matter what the weather does.

 

  • What is height threshold?

Different surfaces will need different height thresholds, and this is important to consider when picking out your portable ramp. If it’s too high or too low, you will put the user’s safety at risk. Some examples of different surfaces include steps that lead into the home, doors with raised lids, vehicle entrances and the steps between a garage and house.

 

  • How much space am I working with?

 

Ideally, your portable wheelchair ramp will leave enough room for the user to get on, off, reverse and turn. Measure the width of the wheels and the width of the opening to calculate the space you will need.

 

  • What is the weight capacity?

 

Before you move that dolly full of heavy goods over the portable wheelchair ramp, make sure it’s rated to handle that weight capacity. The same is true if a bariatric patient plans to use the ramp. Too much weight can wear down the ramp over time and cause serious safety issues.

 

No matter what your mobility needs are, MedServ Equipment Corp. is here for you. We carry a wide variety of ramps and other home medical equipment in our online catalog. Stop by or call us today with any questions.

8 Tips to Using a CPAP During Allergy Season

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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For most people, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” means that it’s time for fun outdoor activities with friends and family. But for those who suffer from both seasonal allergies and sleep apnea, the first sign of spring can mean restless nights, nasal congestion, and near-impossible CPAP therapy.

Thankfully, MedServ Equipment Corp has come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your CPAP during the changing seasons.

 

  1. Keep your CPAP equipment clean at all times.

 

It’s extremely important to regularly clean and sanitize your CPAP supplies to limit bacterial growth that can occur from even the smallest pockets of moisture.

 

  1. Switch to hypoallergenic filters.

 

Prevent the smallest particles from entering your airways and causing an increase in your seasonal allergy symptoms by using disposable hypoallergenic filters.

 

  1. Use a full-face CPAP mask during allergy season.

 

When your nose is clogged, your mouth will do most of the breathing. Because of that, a nasal CPAP mask is not the most optimal option during this time. Try switching to a full-faced CPAP mask to receive the complete benefits of using a CPAP machine.

 

  1. Wash your pillowcases regularly.

 

Invisible dust particles and other allergens that land on your pillowcases can increase your seasonal allergy symptoms. Regularly wash your pillowcases and consider purchasing hypoallergenic pillowcases to decrease your allergy symptoms.

 

  1. Transfer your plants outdoors.

 

Remove plants from your sleeping area as they often harbor mildew which can make your allergies worse at night.

 

  1. Quit smoking.

 

Sleep apnea, seasonal allergies, and smoking is a very dangerous combination. Dramatically improve your overall health and get the restful sleep you deserve by putting down the pipe or cigarette.

 

  1. Close your windows and doors.

 

With warmer weather comes increased pollen counts. To keep pollen out of your home while reducing seasonal allergy symptoms, keep your windows and doors closed at all times.

 

  1. Consult with your physician about using decongestants.

If you have followed all of the suggestions above but are still struggling with nasal congestion

caused by seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter decongestants or prescribed allergy medications to help manage your symptoms.

 

The above recommendations are just a few suggestions that MedServ Equipment Corp has to offer. If you’re still struggling with the effects of seasonal allergies this spring, contact us for more information on how to best use your CPAP during allergy season.