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Which Tubular Elastic Net Do I Need to Hold a Wound Dressing in Place?

by Barbara 7. February 2011 11:23

Question about Medline Tubular Stretch Elastic Netting.

Q: " I just realized I am allergic to latex. I had a mole removed from my arm and have a larger sore from the latex adhesive than from the removal. How do you know what size tubular stretch netting to buy? I used a gauze wrap this time but it is uncomfortable.. Thanks. Jill."

Answer: We sell Medline and Curad brands of tubular stretch netting that is latex-free.

Each roll is 25 yards long at the stretched length. Medline provides a chart in their catalog to choose the correct size.

This is the information about the Medline brands: Our product codes are ML-(Their Product Code)

                                           Maximum Circulation

      Product Code      Size      Stretch Width         Relaxed Width     Typical Use

  • NONNET012     1/2      4" (10.2 cm)             5⁄8" (1.6 cm)        Small Fingers, toes,
    wrists, circumcision
  • NONNET01       1         6" (15.2 cm)             0.6" (1.5 cm)        Large fingers, toes, wrists
  • NONNET02       2         7 2⁄3" (19.5 cm)       0.8" (2 cm)           Small hand, arm, leg, foot
  • NONNET03       3         9 1⁄3" (23.7 cm)       1" (2.5 cm)           Med hand, arm, leg, foot,
    multiple fingers
  • NONNET04       4         11 2⁄3" (29.6 cm)     1.2" (3 cm)            Lrg hand, arm, leg, foot
  • NONNET05       5         12 3⁄8" (31.4 cm)     1.5" (3.8 cm)         Avg arm, small leg/knee
  • NONNET06       6         24" (61 cm)             1.9" (4.8 cm)         Lrg leg, amputation, arm
    board, small head
  • NONNET07       7        28 2⁄3" (72.8 cm)      2.3" (5.8 cm)         Avg head, face, ears, neck
  • NONNET08       8        31 1⁄3" (79.6 cm)      2.8" (7.1 cm)         Small chest, back,
    perineum, axilla,
    shoulder, large head
  • NONNET09        9        35" (88.9 cm)           3.2" (8.1 cm)         Med chest, back,
    perineum, axilla, shoulder    
  • NONNET10        10      36 2⁄3" (93.1 cm)      3.6" (9.1 cm          Lrg chest, back,
    perineum, axilla, shoulder  
  • NONNET11        11       40" (101.6 cm)         4.3" (10.9 cm        XL chest, back, perineum,
    axilla, shoulder
  • NONNET12        12        56" (142.2 cm)        4.7" (11.9 cm)       XXL chest, back,
    perineum, axilla, shoulder
  • NONNET22        22        80" (203.2 cm)         8" (20.3 cm)        Bariatric/custom size

I hope this helps. Just remember that the relaxed width is the amount that the product will stretch beyond the width stated. To hold a dressing in place, the netting needs to be correctly fitted.




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Top Emergency Items for Emergency Preparedness for Survival

by Barbara 6. February 2011 07:18

Question Submitted to Ask Barbara Contest: "What are the top items you recommend for an emergency kit to keep at home?" Jacqueline

Answer: As I noted in my response to Jacqueline, giving an accurate list is difficult without more specifics. For example, does she live in a house or an apartment? Is it a cold or a hot location? Is it rural or city? Is she on well water or city water? (Some rural residents have propane or gasoline powered generators so that water or some power is available no matter what the situation.) Is she living in an earthquake zone, a flood plain, a tornado area?

This is an expansion of my response to her.

I do not know where you live or I could be more specific. These are not necessarily in the correct order. All homes should have these, in my opinion. The brand is not as important as having the items there. You can use rechargeable or battery lights.The Energizer Solar Lantern This unit has charging options that include solar panels, crank, primary batteries and car adaptors.This is an LED lantern with adjustable light output.

If you live in a southern climate, using solar panels to keep batteries charged to power a 12volt Koolatron cooler would be a great addition so you could have cool beverages and keep some food items from spoiling until the power returned. The solar panel I've included has a regulator on it so the 12V battery of your car, truck or RV won't be overcharged. What you don't want is a dead battery when you need to leave your home for a shelter or to get supplies when the emergency is over. A less expensive solar panel is the 50 watt Go Power solar panel with regulator

1. Flashlight or flashlight lantern and extra batteries

2.Weather Radio and extra batteries

3.Emergency medical kit. Also include at least a 7 day supply of Rx medications that you or family members require.

4. A survival kit either made by you or a company that includes drinking water,food bars,etc. Survivor Industries makes a variety of survival kits for different needs. The food and water both have a 5 year shelf life. This is a 3 day kit for 2 people This is a 3 day kit for 2 people. For a remote location or a flood or earthquake zone, I suggest you plan for a longer time without access to fresh or frozen foods. Small Office or Family Emergency Survival Kit by Survivor Industries offers both a medical kit and provisions to keep up to 5 people healthy and fed for up to 3 days. Both food and nutrition bars are included plus a deck of cards, tissue packs, flashlight, radio, etc.

5. The Aqua Pod fits in a bath tub and gives you water storage if you live in a hurricane, tornado or flood zone where your tap water will either not be available or its safety is in question. This unit includes a hand pump. The capacity is 65 gallons, enough for a family of 4 for 14 days. The unit includes three liners.  

Thank you for your question and your entry into the Ask Barbara Contest.



WaterCop Lead Free Brass Water Valves Meet Drinking Water Standards for All 50 States

by Barbara 5. February 2011 09:49

Question about the WaterCop Sergeant Basic Water Damage Actuator, Water Valve and Sensor Package with Low Lead Valve

Q: "I live in California. I want to install a WaterCop to protect my condominum from future water damage. Our condo association was not happy, nor was I, when repairs from a leaking dishwasher caused over $20,000 in repair costs from a leaking water dispensing refrigerator leak. I am encouraging the entire condo association to install WaterCops and moisture sensors to add protection and keep our insurance premiums down. Does this unit meet the specifications for California lead? Thanks. Tom.

Answer: Dynaquip controls has added what are called "lead free" or "low lead" brass full port water valves as an option to their Water Cop line. These valves comply with the California AB1953 Standard as well as the Vermont S.152 Ultra Low Lead Law. The cost of these units is more because making brass with little or no lead adds considerable expense to manufacturing.

The electrical actuator and moisture sensors are identical to the original units.

To protect your condominium community, please advise your condo board that WaterCop units and sensors should be ordered pre-set from the factory. We've handled orders like this in the past. What we need to know is the number of units and the number of sensors and adapters (most prefer AC rather than battery powered sensors). By numbering the units say 1 through 50, your condo community can be assured that if there is a leak in say Unit 101, that the unit next door will continue to have water because the actuator and sensor settings will be different!

If your community plans to expand, the best approach is to have the WaterCop ready lead free valves installed during the initial construction. Then the actuators and water sensors can be added later just prior to occupancy.  Why pay twice for a water valve!.

Currently, these units are available in 1/2 inch valve, 3/4 inch valve , 1 inch valve and 1 1/4 inch valve sizes. The 1 1/4 inch actuators and valves are more expensive: the power requires to quickly open and close the valve is higher for the larger valves. Remember you can reduce the size of a water line to fit a smaller valve. The most popular sizes are the 3/4 inch and the 1 inch.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us for a quotation when your condo association is ready to install the WaterCops. One condo association reported to us that they were close to being uninsurable until they installed the WaterCops. Then the yearly premiums dropped 15%.