Welcome to Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Management‘s Product Showcase.
Useful and innovative products are regularly being made available to professionals in long-term care, and this special segment of the 2007 BUYERS GUIDE gives you a simple and attractive guide to some of the best.
Use one of the reader service cards in this publication to request information on products that can make you and your fellow caregivers more efficient, your residents more comfortable, and your facility safer and more attractive.
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Call System Manager and Call Lights
Arial Enterprise Manager, a Web-based product developed by Stanley Senior Technologies, enables a staff member to view and analyze Arial Call System data from a number of facilities, from any location. Stanley Senior Technologies’ Arial Call Light System shows all calls from rooms (Bed A, Bed B, emergency, assist, etc.). The light system features zoned lights, multiple colors (red, green, amber, and white), user-defined states (on solid, flash, or flash after predetermined time), and multiple user-defined call levels (such as routine, emergency, escalation, assist, auxiliary, etc.). The system is cancelable only at the source and also integrates with a paging system.
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Gerbert Limited offers a full line of durable, hygienic, safe, and easy-to-maintain flooring options for healthcare facilities. Polyflor Prestige PUR (polyurethane reinforcement) heavy-duty vinyl sheet flooring is durable, never needs polishing, and is available in 16 colors. The Polysafe family of vinyl safety floors is designed to reduce the risk of slipping in high-spillage or constantly wet areas, guaranteed for the life of the product. Polyflor Forest FX is a hard-wearing vinyl sheet flooring that features a sophisticated wood-look, offering the natural beauty of maple, cherry, beech, and oak with a lifelong polish-free maintenance regimen.
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Storage and Handling System
InterMetro Industries Corporation’s MetroMax® storage and handling system is quick and easy to assemble, has an open architecture design with removable mats for easy cleaning, includes shelves that adjust at ½″ increments, and features a variety of accessories, including drop-in baskets, dividers, casters, and solid mats.
Microban® antimicrobial product protection is molded into the shelf mats to help inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. This protection will not wash off or wear away. Constructed of strong polymer materials, MetroMax is totally noncorrosive and guaranteed against rust for a lifetime.
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Safe, comfortable, and dependable transportation from ElDorado National, Aerotech is available in a variety of lengths and configurations. It meets all applicable ADA requirements and features an optional front or rear lift. Aerotech is built in an ISO 9001:2000–certified commercial vehicle manufacturing facility and completes a seven-year/200,000 mile life cycle test.
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Ethernet Door Controller
Matrix Systems offers Power over Ethernet (PoE) with door strike capabilities for securing remote entryway access control. Now available on the Reader Control Module (RCM) door controller, PoE transmits electrical power and data to remote devices over an existing standard Ethernet network’s twisted-pair CAT5 cables, eliminating installation and labor costs associated with running individual AC power supplies to new entryway access control hardware. The RCM III™ with PoE enables facilities to supply power to new door readers, door controller, and door strikes via the building’s Ethernet.
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Personal Navigation Markers
The ShadowFrame™ by Thematics is useful for resident room recognition and to create a homelike feeling. The box gives a visual cue to where a resident lives within the facility. The resident can place personal keepsakes within the box to spark a memory, tell a story, and make a personalized link with other patients, staff, and friends. The ShadowFrame installs into the wall between two studs. A removable glass shelf makes it easy to accommodate a variety of items within the box. A wood frame closes securely with a brass double-ball latch.
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Integrated Order Entry Software
ADL Data Systems’ Optimum Series Software Suite is a fully integrated clinical, financial, and executive management system. The order entry/eMAR application allows for easy entry of all types of orders and medications via touch screens. Orders are instantly transmitted to Pharmacy, Lab, and Radiology using HL7 standards. Through the use of a screen interface, users can create customized screens that streamline the medication administration process. Used in conjunction with ADL’s Optimum Series Electronic Health Record, resident data are easily recorded at the point of care and access to the full medical record is available from a single screen.
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DayClocks not only show time, but are divided into seven equal pie-shaped sections for each day of the week, helping those with Alzheimer’s and others remember what day it is. The Contemporary style is cut in a circular pattern and is available in Oak with an 11.8″ diameter and sleek Silver with a 13.25″ in diameter. The circular Classic DayClock, which tells only time, comes in Oak and Mahogany finishes and measures 9.25″ in diameter.
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Available from Crest Healthcare Supply, DuraCall™ is a durable momentary button call cord that is designed to outlast other styles. This momentary call cord features a completely sealed push-button switch that meets UL 1069 guidelines for safe use in oxygenated environments. DuraCall features an ergonomic pendant design and is latex-free. It comes with a two-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
A glowing version, DuraGlo™, is also available. Glowing bands help residents locate their call cord in dark rooms. It requires no power and glows for up to four hours.
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Accelerated Care Plus has added the Omnicycle™ to its lineup of therapeutic modalities. Using biofeedback and motor-assist technology, the system helps those with physical limitations exercise their upper and lower extremities. By “sensing” varying levels of resident participation and providing powered assistance when needed, the Omnicycle allows residents to build strength and endurance earlier in the therapy process.
The Omnicycle is designed with special features such as wheelchair access, heart monitoring, and voice command.
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Structures Unlimited, Inc., provides daylighting solutions for skylights, large Clearspan Skyroof™, pool enclosures, canopies, solariums, and entire structures. Highly insulating, diffuse light-transmitting panels eliminate glare and shadows, while reducing lighting and HVAC costs. Motorized opening panels are available.
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Moisture Control Services
MoistureFree Commercial Services provides professional analysis, such as moisture surveys and source discovery, using moisture mapping equipment. MoistureFree will run solution options tests for optimum engineering and cost control and then implement solutions by repairing and modifying existing buildings or by providing on-site project oversight for new construction. A third-party warranty program for new or existing commercial structures is also available.
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Nurse Call System
Tek-CARE®400 from TekTone® can be programmed to meet a facility’s specific requirements. The spill-resistant touch screen master station displays both graphical icon and list views. The small, one-piece master station includes a full slide-out keyboard. Adding pocket pagers can increase productivity by sending calls to staff almost instantaneously. With Tek-MMARS® management reporting software, the program can also log system activity. Reports can be generated from any computer on the facility’s network.
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Resident Information and Messaging System
The Messenger helps to keep staff informed on patient condition and room status. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance now offers the full line of The Messenger Series products from Strategic Solutions, Inc., which includes standardized messaging, precautionary patient alerts, entry/no entry messages, and six modular components that can be mixed and matched to specific needs. Posted outside the door, The Messenger is an orderly alternative to paper notes and helps address the requirements and recommendations of The Joint Commission, MSA, and individual facilities.
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The Artromick eMAR is a benchmark software system with an intuitive user interface and commonsense function. Featuring the latest Web-based technology model, the software permits authorized access from anywhere and the assurance of 24/7 data access. The Artromick eMAR promotes enhanced workflow efficiency, medication charting accuracy, and a safer medication management process.
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Revised Nursing Policy/Procedure Manual
The Nursing Services Policy and Procedure Manual for Long-Term Care has been revised to reflect current regulatory and best-practice standards. More than 400 policies and procedures were reviewed and updated, and 40 new clinical protocols were created. Highlights include new clinical and infection control guidelines; policies, procedures, and clinical protocols integrated into topic-driven chapters; and new comprehensive references. The manual, available from MED-PASS, Inc., includes a year of free updates and a CD containing the policies and procedures in Microsoft Word for customization and a searchable version in Adobe Acrobat to facilitate quick referencing.
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Count Me In, LLC, offers a computerized time clock that combines Fingerprint ID with ease of use, solving time and attendance problems. Punch in using a fingerprint. The computer-generated time cards can be edited using Count Me In’s spreadsheet editor. The BioCheckpoint feature offers the opportunity to streamline job switching, customize business rules, and regain control of employees’ time.
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Sheet Vinyl Surface Covering
The Lonzebra Collection from Lonseal is a sheet vinyl that can be applied to floors, walls, and ceilings. Adaptable to any environment or space, this resilient vertical surfacing product provides resistance in environments where increased vertical abrasions can occur. Its embossed wood-grain texture protects the product from dirt and abrasions. Lonzebra emits low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can contribute to LEED® points, and is rated Class B in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code.
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Motorola, Inc., has introduced its newest line of business two-way radios, the CLS Series. The radios provide healthcare and assisted living users the ability to instantly communicate while maintaining service for residents. Lightweight and affordable wireless communication tools, the radios help to maintain efficiency and increase responsiveness for residents. With an easily accessible Push-To-Talk button on the front of the radios and headset accessory, users can have instant access to coworkers and can easily manage activities such as dispensing medication, coordinating meals, and responding to emergencies. A hands-free option is also available.
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Integrated Staff Call System
Telecor’s VS-Care is a PBX-based staff call system that integrates wireless communication, reporting and invoicing, and local and long-distance telephone services. Priority levels can be set for call-in devices such as a pendant or call cord. Preset announcements can be activated over designated speakers to alert staff of an urgent call. The system can route calls to in-building wireless phones, pocket pagers, PSTN phones, cellular phones, and PDAs.
The resident unit features built-in speaker/microphone, call button, cancel button, ¼″ jack for a call cord input, four LEDs to indicate the unit’s status, and a dry contact relay for wiring a secondary alarm input such as a smoke detector. The unit can also play prerecorded messages of the day’s menu and activities.
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Transfer Aid Disc
The SafetySure™ Pivot Disc from Mobility Transfer Systems, Inc., is designed for residents who are able to stand but cannot readily move their legs. A resident with impaired mobility from paralysis or limited upper body function can use the Pivot Disc without the assistance of a caregiver. The disc helps prevent caregiver back strain when assisted transfers are needed. Antislip material on the top and bottom of the Pivot Disc ensures a safe transfer between the bed and wheelchair. The product is made of durable plastic and available in three sizes: 13″, 15″, and 18″.
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The SureHands® Active stand-assist lift is designed for residents who can stand but have difficulty getting up and down from a seated position. A resident’s clothing can be easily removed because the sling supporting the back and upper body lifts the user into a semi-standing position. An adjustable knee pad with a leg support keeps the body in balance during lifting and moving. The lift has a short, width-adjustable base, making it easily maneuverable in small rooms.
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Data Management and Security
Prime Care Technologies (PCT) provides products to securely manage computer data. PCT products feature managed software distribution; OS imaging and migration; remote control/problem resolution; compliance with regulatory and software licensing requirements; solid security with proactive system monitoring and distribution of appropriate updates; protection of critical data from hard drive failures, virus attacks, and user error (automatic round-the-clock system security, compliance, and configuration integrity); and automated, secure, and transparent patch distribution.
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Guardian’s new eCall Tracker pendant automatically transmits a location signal every minute. The system then identifies the at-risk resident’s location and updates a location list on the PC. An alarm is sent to staff if the resident enters an unauthorized area or is out of the building.
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The high-capacity Multi-Purpose Electronic Wheelchair Scale for non-ambulatory residents is available from Scale-Tronix, Inc. The oversize 28″ × 32″ weighing platform can be used with wheelchairs and chairs, or as a stand-on scale. The large, low-profile platform provides stability and easy access. The battery-powered scale—batteries last for up to 20,000 uses—features automatic zero, weight recall, reweigh, and digital weight display. It has a weighing capacity of up to 1,000 lb.
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EDRO Corporation’s fully integrated ozone-powered soft-mount washer-extractors reduce water and natural gas consumption through their built-in DynOzone–DynaWash® Ozone System that allows laundry to be washed primarily in cold water. The soft-mount machines can be installed without the need of a foundation and therefore can be used on upper floors. The washer-extractors are available in 60-, 110-, 175-, 225-, 350-, and 450-pound loading capacities.
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Diabetic Skin Cream
DiabetiCare™ Intensive Skin Cream works at the cellular level to restore water-retention capability to skin cell membranes. Via topical application, the Omega-6 ingredient in DiabetiCare is absorbed and converted to prostaglandin E1, inhibitor of transepidermal water loss.
DiabetiCare not only moisturizes and softens, but metabolically ends dry skin. As a result, it can significantly reduce overall costs of skin care therapy for diabetic patients. It is clinically tested, nonsteroidal, and fragrance-free.
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Elbow and Heel Pads
Hatch has introduced ShearStop™ Elbow and Heel Pads with LiquiCell® technology. These new pads provide users relief from shear stress and pressure, reduce discomfort associated with extended bed rest, and aid in preventing decubitus ulcers. Hatch ShearStop Elbow and Heel Pads feature a soft-cell foam laminate and a wide stretch nylon strap with adjustable hook-and-loop closure. The machine-washable pads are available in black to make them easy to locate in linens.
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The six patterns of the Bioscapes™ Collection are designed to bring the peace, tranquility, and overall benefits of the natural world into a facility’s interiors. InterfaceFLOR Commercial’s collection features 24 nature-inspired colorways: autumn reds, golds, and browns; healthy, lush greens; and calming blues. Bioscapes are available in 1 m or 50 cm sizes depending on style.
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Mattress Sensor Pad
Personal Safety Corporation has introduced its new Secure® Under The Mattress Sensor Pad. The design features a 4″ × 30″ sensor pad attached to an acrylic board. It can be placed on a variety of surfaces under the mattress. The resident will not detect the sensor pad and will not be able to tamper with it. Staff will no longer need to deal with a sensor pad when changing bed linen. The pad is suitable for residents who have sensitive skin.
The pad is used with the Secure® Universal P.A.D.S. II or Secure® Voice Alarms to create a complete fall monitoring system, and comes complete with a one-year warranty.
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Dow polyurethane carpet backing improves the appearance and longevity of carpet through its liquid barrier technology. DOW® ENHANCER® Technology has polymers containing hydrophobic segments that impede liquid and dirt from penetrating the subfloor. The backing reduces a carpet’s crushing and matting over time, recovering 90% or more of its thickness once heavy furniture is removed. The backing also provides extra cushion for residents and staff.
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Answers On Demand’s ELITE Rehab Services is integrated with the suite of ELITE modules: Admission, Billing, Employees, MDSv2, Care Plans, and Physician Orders. Rehab Services provides the tools to manage the rehab staff and client; schedule, document, and record time; monitor tasks and treatment sessions; and report productivity.
During a Medicare Part A stay, there are tools to analyze treatment sessions given and scheduled for optimum ARD dates and RUGs targets. Electronic evaluations, treatment documentation, weekly notes, and supervisor visits with user-defined form sets are then integrated into scheduling and billing, providing a single point of entry for the rehab cycle.
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The Archimedes is a structured bathtub lift that allows residents who require assistance and support to rediscover the simple pleasure of a hot bath. The Archimedes gently lowers the user to the bottom of the tub and raises back up when bathing is completed.
Available from Mangar USA, the Archimedes is battery powered and operated by an easy-to-use, waterproof hand control. The bathtub lift is lightweight and can be separated into three parts to make it easy to take in and out of the tub.
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MagicBox, Inc. has introduced a new video-messaging system blending affordability, ease of use, and an expansive feature set. Memo is an intuitive, low-cost, IP addressable messaging system that supports Composite, 5-Video, and VGA outputs. The primary markets for Memo include message channels on cable and satellite TV systems and digital signage applications.
Memo Composer software, which is bundled with the system, allows the author to create content and publish it via network or USB drive to the player.
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Physical Therapy Station
The 340 TRI-CORE from Endorphin Corporation combines three exercise stations into one multistation. Included in the TRI-CORE are the functional pulley, the sit-to-stand exerciser, and the hand cycle. Each product serves various exercise and rehab functions individually, and they work together to improve the user’s balance and stabilization. The TRI-CORE com-pact design maximizes floor space while allowing up to three users to exercise simultaneously.
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Cable Television Network
HBO can keep residents satisfied and make a facility more appealing. HBO airs original productions, Hollywood movies, documentaries, family programming, music specials, stand-up comedy, and sports programming. Curb Your Enthusiasm® will be returning this fall, premiering September 9 at 10 pm.
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Browser-Based Electronic Record Charting
Keane NetSolutions eCharting connects electronic medication and treatment administration records (eMAR and eTAR) with an electronic medical record (EMR) to improve the level of care and safety. Point-of-care charting using a wireless connection enables real-time access to vital information from any location. Keane’s eCharting can save nurses time by replacing paper MARs and TARs with an easy-to-read online format.
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Fusion Colors is a wood-grain technology from Kwalu that provides wall protection, casegoods, and tabletops with a durable, natural-looking finish. The beauty of the natural wood-grain pattern and Kwalu’s patented process create a combination of reliable and aesthetically pleasing wall protection and furniture.
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Midwest Transit Equipment provides new and used shuttle buses that feature wheelchair seating, fully automatic lifts, low-entrance steps, handrails on both sides of entrances, and seat covers with liquid-repellent material. Buses are equipped with safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and reflector triangles. Custom-designed graphics, paint and body services, and mobile field service are also available.
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Preinjection Antiseptic Swab
From PDI®, the FDA-approved Chlorascrub® Swab is a preinjection skin antiseptic specifically design for inclusion in sterile kits. The Chlorascrub Swab packaging can withstand the Ethylene Oxide (EtO) sterilization process for the manufacture of finished sterile kits. The easy-to-use prep-pad design covers a treatment area of 2.5″ × 2.5″. The product contains 3.15% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% isopropyl alcohol.
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Backlit Ceiling Grids
Personal Luminous SkyCeilings™ from The Sky Factory give relief to bed-bound residents by producing compelling illusions of real sky. The units transform mundane ceiling tiles into a portal to the gentle healing influences of a beautiful sky. SkyCeilings feature full-spectrum lighting (used to treat seasonal affective disorder) and professional photographs of real skies. They fit standard and custom grid systems and come in several configurations ranging from 2″ × 2″ to 4″ × 6″.
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Bariatric Product Catalog
The B2 Bariatric Catalog from ALCO Sales has a wide variety of equipment specifically designed to handle obese residents. The 48-page catalog includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, scales, furniture, and many other types of bariatric medical equipment. All equipment is defined with sizes, weight capacities, dimensions, and pricing.
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Resident Care Software
Vestibular Technologies has announced its new FDA-registered product—CAPS™ EQ. Now facilities can use entry-level personnel to instantly identify falls-risk residents; measure and quantify the resident’s risk with objective, age-based normative data; monitor therapy progress; document outcomes; provide definitive evidence of compliance with The Joint Commission and government regulations; and help protect the organization against liability for resident falls. CAPS EQ is inexpensive, accurate, lightweight, portable, and can be easily shared by multiple users.
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