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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.

What Irish Fairy Tales Can Tell You about Buying HME Products

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and icons of Irish culture are popping everywhere. Whether or not your family originates from the Emerald Isle, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this fun-filled festivity.

At MedServ Equipment Corp., we especially love Irish folklore. A number of their fairy tales can actually teach us about the dos and don’ts of purchasing home medical equipment, such as:

The Children of Lir

In this story, a jealous stepmother uses magic to turn her stepchildren into swans. They wander the earth for 900 years in this form. Finally, they are turned back into humans, but they have lost their youth and are now old men and women.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Old age can sneak up on you faster than you realize! You may be as graceful as a swan throughout your youth, but advanced age can take its toll on your ability to balance and be sure on your feet. That’s why we carry a number of products to keep you safe in your home, such as bath safety bars, raised toilet seats as well as canes, walkers and rollators.

 

The Harp of Dagda: This magical harp had different strings that could control its listeners. When one string was plucked it would make someone fall asleep. When another was plucked, it would make someone weep.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Sleep apnea is not unlike the Harp of Dagda! One of its many side-effects is depression. Luckily, at MedServ Equipment Corp we can help you strike the right “chord” to get a good night’s sleep. By starting CPAP therapy, you can avoid the effects of the wrong note and enjoy the benefits of being fully rested.

 

The Field of Boliauns: In this tale, a man captures a leprechaun and commands him to show where he’s hid his gold. The leprechaun shows where it was buried in a field, but the man then realizes he needs to get a shovel in order to dig it up. To mark the spot so he could find it later, the man ties his a handkerchief on a nearby plant and tells the leprechaun not to move it. The leprechaun obeys, but instead of moving it he ties hundreds of handkerchiefs on plants all over the field, making it impossible for the man to rediscover where the gold was buried.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: The HME field is filled with hundreds of providers, but not all of them are golden. In order to get the right equipment, you need a reliable guide, and not a leprechaun-like trickster. MedServ Equipment Corp is the sort of reliable guide you need when making your home medical equipment purchase.

 

Whether you plan to celebrate Irish culture or not, we hope you keep us in mind the next time you have an HME need. We not only carry the items mentioned above, but we also have an online catalog complete with everything you need!

3 Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Older Relatives

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

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More and more Americans are opting to age in-home. For many seniors, this means living out their retirement years in the house where they raised their family. Others, however, opt to move in with their children, especially when their health may not be the best.

If you have an older relative coming to join your household, Medserv Equipment Corp.  is here to help. Today we’re sharing three solutions to make your home safer before your elderly loved ones arrive:

  • Install a stair lift.

 

If you have a ranch-style house, you may think this tip doesn’t apply. But did you know that also stair lifts are also available outside the home? If you have a significant number of steps leading up to your house, they may pose a potential hazard to your aging relative, especially if their mobility is impaired. It could prevent them from experiencing a fall, especially if they are carrying something up the stairs.

 

  • Use ramps.

Stair lifts aren’t the only option for those with limited mobility. We also offer modular ramps which can easily be installed outside of your home. If your older relative uses a rollator or a wheelchair, this device can make your home much safer and easily accessible. We also offer smaller threshold ramps that can be utilized at entrances and elevated doorways.

  • Equip your bathroom with safety products.

 

Bathrooms are one of the most common places for people to experience injuries. To prevent this from happening, install grab bars around and in the tub. This will give your elderly relative something to grasp onto as they get in and out of the bath, giving you the peace of mind that they are safe while living in your home.

Medserv Equipment Corp  values the health and well-being of your loved ones. We know how life can sometimes take unexpected turns, which is why we’re here for you every step of the way. Browse our online catalog for all our accessibility products, or see us today for more suggestions on how to make your home safer.

 

Top 5 Myths About Heart Health

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

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Did you know cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? To help spread awareness of this and many other heart health facts, the American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. Medserv Equipment Corp.  would like to offer our support towards fighting this disease, by debunking these top five myths concerning cardiovascular health:

Myth 1: High blood pressure is normal as you age.

While hypertension may be common among senior citizens, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Arteries become stiff with age, which prompts the heart to pump harder, causing higher blood pressure. There are various treatments available to help bring down to a healthier level, if necessary. Talk to your doctor about what your options are.

Myth 2: You exercise less if you have heart disease.

According to Harvard Health, exercising less is actually counter-productive, as limited movement can lead to blood clots. An active lifestyle helps strengthen heart muscles and improve blood circulation. Consult your doctor before you begin a new or intensive exercise regimen.

Myth 3: My medication makes me invincible to heart disease.

Medicine that helps with diabetes and high cholesterol can cut back on the effects of certain diseases, but if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, you could decrease the effectiveness of those important medications.

Myth 4: I’ve already done extensive damage by smoking, it’s too late to quit.

Within a year of ceasing cigarettes, your chance of having a heart attack are reduced by 50 percent. Ten years after you stop smoking, it will be as if you never smoked at all. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you smoked or how much you smoked in a day—you can always make the change to diminish your chances of heart disease.

Myth 5: Cutting out fat will help me fight heart disease.

Some fat is bad for you, and lessened when possible. Saturated fats, trans fat and partially hydrogenated fats are all examples of undesirable additives. Other fats, however, are beneficial for the body, such as omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish.

 

At Medserv Equipment Corp, we encourage all our customers to pay close attention to their heart health! We carry a number of items that can improve your cardiovascular care, including light exercise equipment and CPAP supplies.

6 Reasons Why Your CPAP Mask is Leaking

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Medserv Blogger No Comments

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A leaky CPAP mask is a prevalent complaint among those living with sleep apnea. If you lose air pressure, hear strange noises from your CPAP mask, feel stuffed up or experience disrupted sleep, chances are you have a CPAP mask that’s not holding air like it should.

Caresource is here to help. We’ll explain the top six reasons CPAP masks malfunction, and what you can do about them.

  1. Your CPAP pressure is too high.

When you first received your CPAP machine, chances are your doctor or respiratory therapist helped configure your pressure settings. These settings may have been based on your personal sleep study. However, if the pressure amount is causing problems now, you should speak to your doctor about changing it.

  1. You toss and turn at night.

 

Movement during sleep can cause your CPAP mask to become loose and shift on your face, breaking the seal and causing a leak. Often, this can be remedied by adjusting the straps. We also carry CPAP masks specifically designed to help active sleepers.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is needs cleaning.

 

When dust and oils build up on your CPAP mask, they can cause the mask’s seal to break. We recommend wiping your CPAP mask down daily with a damp cloth or a CPAP mask wipe. It’s best to supplement this by submerging it once a week in warm, soapy water.

 

  1. You need to be re-fitted.

 

CPAP masks are like shoes—you need to be fitted for the right match as you age. See us today for a CPAP mask sizing, or check out the wide variety of CPAP masks in our online catalog.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask doesn’t mirror your sleep.

 

There’s no right or wrong way to sleep, but your position can affect how your CPAP mask fits. For example, if you breathe with your mouth open, a nasal CPAP mask is not going to be good for you. Instead, you’ll want to use a full-faced mask. However, if you’re a side-sleeper, then a CPAP nasal mask would offer better comfort and capabilities for you.

 

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is outdated.

 

The seals on CPAP masks wear out over time, which in turn can prompt leakage. Expect to change your CPAP mask once every three months for a leak-free experience.

If you are still experiencing CPAP mask air leaks after trying the suggestions above, give Caresource a call to discuss the different options for your sleep apnea treatment.