- Volume 20 - Issue 2 - February 2007
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Positive Results From Negative Pressure Therapy
For wound healing, DPMs might find success with the power of negative pressure therapy.
The Vario 18ci negative pressure wound therapy system is an AC/DC C/I aspriator and wound dressing kit that can promote healing and the development of granulation tissue, according to the manufacturer Medela Medical Technology. The company says the product can treat stage III and IV pressure ulcers, neuropathic and venous insufficiency ulcers, dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, skin grafts and flaps.
Vario applies subatmospheric pressure to the wound, removes
infectious materials and draws together the outer edges of the wound, notes Medela. The company says its product, which can be used in the hospital or home care settings, has received approval for reimbursement under HCPCS codes E2402, A7000 and A6550.
Company: Medela Medical Technology
Product: Vario 18ci
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Soothe Post-Op Pain
Following foot and ankle surgery, patients can sometimes be readmitted to the hospital for post-op pain.
The MedFlo® Post-Op Pain Kit may be able to prevent such pain. The kit is a pain pump that delivers a continuous stream of a local anesthetic to the surgical site, according to the manufacturer MPS Acacia.
The company notes the pain kit is lightweight, disposable and does not require special training. MedFlo avoids oral medication side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and drowsiness, and permits patients to recover at home, according to the company.
Company: MPS Acacia
Product: MedFlo® Post-Op Pain Kit
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A Smart Fabric
A new topcover provides an odor-free environment for orthoses, heel cups and inserts.
Fabric Smart™ antimicrobial topcovers eliminate odor problems inherent to the conventional textiles used in other inserts, according to the manufacturer Gel Smart. The company says the topcover permits feet to fit comfortably
with orthoses and also wicks moisture away from the feet.
Gel Smart says the Fabric Smart topcovers are available with the company’s silicone heel cups, heel wedges and insoles as well as other products. The topcover uses a molecularly bound antimicrobial treatment that physically penetrates microorganisms and electrically neutralizes them, notes the company.
Company: Gel Smart
Product: Fabric Smart™
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Two new walkers can assist patients of all shapes and sizes.
The Chevron® Lite Walkers and Chevron® Lite Ankle Walkers feature a better fit for patients as well as additional comfort with their light, low-profile designs, according to the manufacturer Sroufe Healthcare Products.
Sizes range from extra small to extra large. Each walker ranges from sizes 5 to 14+ for men, and sizes 4 to 13 for women, according to Sroufe.