A Secure Way To Prevent Skin Problems
- Volume 16 - Issue 11 - November 2003
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A new philosophy toward skin care now combines the best ingredients of several systems to emphasize prevention.
The new Secura™ Skin Care System combines elements of Smith and Nephew’s Triple Care™ and Nursing Care™. As the company notes, the new line combines the already known skin-friendly formulas to emphasize preventive skin care rather than mere basic care.
Secura is available in a color-coded system consisting of four steps: cleansing, protecting, moisturizing and treating. It’s part of Smith and Nephew’s new Skin Equity™ philosophy.
Company: Smith and Nephew
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Casting patients can be tricky. A new system uses negative pressure to get a more accurate impression of the foot.
Using vacuum pressure, the Bio Vac® In-Shoe Casting System holds plaster tightly to the neutral foot while ensuring uniform compression of soft tissue. This results in a more intimate cast, according to the manufacturer Northwest Podiatric Laboratory.
Northwest adds that the cast’s snug fit captures both the slightest distinctions in the curvature of the foot and the foot’s osseous relationships. Bio Vac costs $395 and is available with casting bags, straps and hoses, according to the company.
Company: Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, Inc.
Product: Bio Vac®
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Heal Well And Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Plantar fasciitis and other common conditions can be particularly painful for your patients at night as they try to sleep. A lack of compliance can complicate things even further.
The HealWell® Cub™ not only helps in treating conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis and night calf cramps, it encourages compliance, according to FLA Orthopedics.
It notes that the HealWell Cub is less bulky than other night splints so your patients will have less trouble wearing it. The company adds that the design of the device helps position your patients’ feet to gently stretch their plantar fascia and Achilles tendons overnight so they will not contract or cramp.
Using the HealWell Cub, patients will awaken without inflammation or pulling their plantar fascia, according to the company.
Company: FLA Orthopedics
Product: HealWell® Cub™
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Let There Be Light
Do you need to get a clearer look at your patient during surgery?
The Celestial Star™ can help shed a little light. The lamp is both lightweight and works well in tight spaces, according to Sunnex, Inc. It says the 29-inch lamp can provide full horizontal and vertical coverage during surgery.
In addition, the Celestial Star provides “intense illumination,” offers a 5-inch spotlight and a 17-inch reflector pattern as well as a balance arm rotation. The lamp head can rotate 700 degrees and its arm can rotate 359 degrees from vertical and horizontal planes, according to Sunnex.
Company: Sunnex, Inc.
Product: Celestial Star™
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Are you looking for a way to monitor pressure in large and small amounts when dealing with orthotics?
Help may be on the way in the form of Tactilus®. The sensor can monitor amounts of pressure between .1 PSI to 9,000 PSI (0.007 kg/cm2 to 632.7 kg/cm2), letting you determine in real time how force is dispersed between two surfaces, according to the device’s manufacturer Sensor Products, Inc.
Once the patient applies pressure, the Windows-based system instantaneously records it and can display it in 3D. Tactilus has a sensor skin with sensor points that can be spaced at 1 mm intervals and collect data at up to 60,000 points a second.
Company: Sensory Products, Inc.
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