Years ago, it was common to use an intermittent catheter, wash it in soapy water, pat it dry and store it away until it was time to cath again. Even some hospitals sterilized and reused catheters. As concerns began to rise over increasing reports of infections, and manufacturers began designing catheters with one-time-use benefits, recycling catheters became much less common.
Today, you are advised to use sterile catheters and dispose of them after each use. In fact, only single-use catheters are approved for sale in the U.S., according to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Read more
Performing just a few simple exercises for 20 – 30 minutes a day can benefit you in more ways than you might think. Stretching can make you more flexible and less prone to strains and sprains. Light strength training can make it easier for you to move around and increase your endurance.
Even mild cardio work can help you breathe easier and give you more energy. There are a wide variety of exercises that you can do in a wheelchair or just sitting in front of the TV. You don’t need any special equipment. Read more
When you spend a lot of time sitting down – whether you are in a wheelchair or you spend your entire workday sitting in front of a computer – it can cause many complications. These include back, neck and joint pain, skin sores and trouble breathing.
By trying to use good posture, along with daily exercise, stretching and deep breathing techniques, you can have less pain, fewer skin problems and more energy. Plus, you’ll be able to breathe deeper and more easily, digest your food better and experience better blood flow. Read more
On October 14th, 2012, all BlueCross BlueShield (BlueCross) Plans changed the way that insurance claims are processed and payments are collected for some types of health care services, including medical supplies. These changes impacted Edgepark and a few of our customers that have BlueCross for their insurance. Specifically, we are now required to bill the insurance in the state where the items are shipped to provide in-network benefits. Read more
Does your New Year’s resolution list include “eating better” and “losing weight”? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 45% of adults in the U.S. make at least one resolution each year. And the most common resolutions concern diet and exercise. Of those who make resolutions, 75% have broken them by the end of the first week. But for those who do keep their resolution, the key is to break down their goal into manageable steps.
To help you reach your health and diet goals, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
Reviewing your health insurance policy on a regular basis can help you better understand your coverage and medical supply limits. Because insurance benefits typically reset after the New Year, December is the ideal time to go over your plan to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. For example, you may find that you’ve met your annual deductible amount or that you are still eligible for additional medical supplies based on your annual plan limits. In both instances, you may incur less out-of-pocket expenses when reordering medical supplies in December. Read more
Hollister Adapt® Barrier Rings Mean Less Worry
Barrier rings create a smoother skin surface so that the ostomy bag fits more securely on the stoma. These rings can help prevent ostomy drainage from getting under the pouch seal, protecting the skin.
Make regular exercise part of your holiday schedule by involving your family in your workouts. You’ll keep yourself fit and create lasting memories. Read more
The holidays can bring you warm feelings as you think about the season and the chance to get together with family and friends. But, this time of year can also be riddled with stress. Maybe you have a long list of gifts that you need to buy. Perhaps you have a long road trip planned to visit family. Then again, you might have visitors coming to your house over the holidays and you’re trying to get everything ready. Read more
Try these healthy, delicious muffins! Read more