Graham-Field Celebrates the Mighty Pediatric Nurse

It takes a special kind of person to be a pediatric nurse! Specializing in pediatrics requires patience, devotion, and passion, all of which play a vital role in caring for children from infancy through the late teen years. Nurses with a calling to this field go through advanced training to able to understand the needs of a child and communicate effectively

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Dear Medicare + Medicaid: Let’s Have a Conversation about Entrapment

If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could speak and listen to its customers on the subject of access to medical equipment, what might they hear?? Some might sum it up in one word: Entrapment. Entrapment is a powerful word, but most of us in the industry understand it. For manufacturers, entrapment means that while we want to

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Sell This = Sell That: The Strength of Cross-Promotion in Retail Sales

As a follow-up to the earlier article, “Four Ways HME Providers Can Overcome Retail Goliaths”, here are some additional merchandising ideas to increase your retail sales. More importantly, these ideas can demonstrate to your customers that you know and understand their issues and have the right products to help them live at home. One of the main complaints about large retailers

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5 Tips for Planning a Healthy, Safe Family Getaway

Just because you have a disability or you’re not as nimble as you once were doesn’t mean you have to be a prisoner in your own home! Traveling to visit family, especially grandkids, or a trip to an exciting new destination can be refreshing and a nice change of pace. Whether the trip is solo or accompanied by others, here

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The Great Gait Debate: Walker Vs. Rollator

Do you or a loved one need help walking safely? Accepting this can be difficult. Some may see having to use a mobility device as loss of independence, while others may feel more secure because their chances of falling are reduced. They feel more independent because they don’t have to rely on another person to help them get around, and they know they will

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8 Steps to Wrangling In Wheelchair Theft

Theft happens! It cannot be completely avoided; unfortunately, it WILL occur. Theft is a fact of life for healthcare institutions, from gloves … to ultrasound machines … to wheelchairs. It’s almost like the wild, wild west out there when it comes to inventory control. Hospitals must manage wheelchair and mobility device theft more often with protocol than technology. Use some of the

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Senior Status: The Rise of Self-Monitoring Among the Elderly at Home

Senior Status: The Rise of Self-Monitoring Among the Elderly at Home

Most seniors don’t see aging as a crutch to bear. Instead, they are welcoming the next phase of their lives as informed, educated consumers. USA Today and insurance giant United Healthcare conducted a survey on this subject. The results show a positive and optimistic outlook on their golden years. Our aging seniors are more focused on taking care of their health

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300 Pounds Is the New 250 for Wheelchair Weight Limits

Uh-oh. The title says it all. We have a collective weight problem in the United States, and we’re not losing it any time soon. The impact of our nation’s expanding waistline is spilling over into the healthcare field, not just in terms of co-morbidity factors associated with excess weight, but also in terms of the equipment necessary to safely treat

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Preventing Your Loved Ones From Popping the Wrong Pill

We’ve all read tragic stories of famous people having deadly encounters with prescription drugs. Some recent ones that come to mind are Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson, and Ana Nicole Smith. Like me, you may have thought how sad it is for someone so successful to have an addiction. We make these assumptions without really understanding the facts. In

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Select These 5 Design Factors in a Good Healthcare Mattress

When choosing a mattress (Therapeutic Support Surface) for medical purposes, whether at home or in a facility, there are a few key functions and features to consider. Comfort For starters, though very subjective, you should definitely consider comfort. Just like the mattress you sleep on every night in your home, the medical mattress’s main purpose is to provide a consistently

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