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IV Wall Hooks Let Patients Carry IV Drip Bags Without Bulky IV Stand

by Barbara 15. June 2012 10:19

Question about IV Wall Hooks.

Q: "I work in a county hospital where we are working to keep down equipment expenditures while making life easier for patients and staff. I see you sell IV wall hooks. Please provide more information. The current portable IV holders we use are heavy, bulky and expensive as well as obstacles for both patients and staff to deal with. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: The inexpensive  IV Hook from Wall Control mounts on the wall near beds, toilets, ect. By using these wall hooks, health care facilities are safer and have more room both for staff and patients to navigate. There is no need, in most situations, for bulky IV holders or IV stands

Use wall mounted hooks to hold IV drips in areas such as bed side, restrooms and Cancer Treatment Clinics.  An ambulatory patient can carry his or her IV drip bag from one IV wall hook to another without pushing or pulling a bulky, cumbersome IV stand. Fewer accidents occur because medical personnel no longer have to trip and stumble around IV stands that always seem in the way. Simplify your medical facility with the IV Hook.

IV Wall Hook Specifications:

  • Wall Mount: 3.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide.
  • Made of steel that is powder coated white.
  • IV Hook: Stainless steel. Swivels in wall mount. 9 inch reach.
  • Mounting Supplies: Wall mount mounts with 2 #12 screws each is 1.25 inches long. Sheet rock anchors included.
  • Made in USA.
  • Quantity: 1 assembly per package.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Which Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Are Being Purchased for Use in Jails?

by Barbara 15. May 2011 10:01

Question about the Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood and the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case.

Q: "I work in a county jail. Which of the smoke hoods are you selling for use in jails and prisons? Can you connect me with some of your customers so I can make a better decision as to why certain smoke hoods were purchased? Thanks. Brad"

Answer: What I did was contact two of my most recent customers to get their permission to speak with Brad. One customer in Oregon purchased 100 of the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case and the other purchased 20 of the Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood. I explained to my prospective customer that there was confidentiality about our customers, that I needed to contact them to get their verbal permission and to share his name and contact information with them as well.

The Chem Bio Smoke hood is more expensive but protects against many more toxic gasses that can result from burning items.The hard case 30 minute smoke and fire hoods can be hung on a wall convenient to the prison guards or police officers.

Both my Oregon customer and my Florida customer graciously agreed to share their reasoning for their purchases and both the customers and my prospective Floridian customer were given contact information.

We thank our prospective customer for asking his customer and our other law enforcement customers for helping both him and Safe Home.  If you have any questions about any of our smoke hoods, please contact us.

Sincerely, Barbara

Adding Locked Arm Toilet Risers Makes Physician Office and Public Restrooms Handicap & Elderly Friendly

by Barbara 25. August 2009 10:32

Question about the best choice to suggest to physicians' office and local hospital to make restrooms accessible to elderly and/or handicapped.

Q: "Recently I went to a Pittsburgh area hospital for tests to learn if I had a blood clot in my leg. Like most of my 80+ year old friends, I have an overactive bladder untouched by medications. My companion and I got directions to and tried three restrooms before we found one with a raised toilet seat. (My knees are so bad that I simply cannot get up and down from a regular height toilet plus I need the grab bars.)  My physician rents his office space and he claims that is why there are no handicapped height toilets in the restrooms. He's been my doctor for 20 years. But that means I am unable to use the restroom when I have doctor appointments. Which products should you (my daughter) or I suggest? I used to have a portable toilet seat riser. At home, I have a toilet seat riser with arms that attaches to my handicapped height toilet to make it a few inches even higher plus I have a grab bar on the wall. Thanks" Rosalie Lange, age 87, Barbara's mom.

Answer: Mom, I did write an email to the Pittsburgh medical hospital association with whom your physician and hospital are affiliated. I know you've brought up this subject with your physician many times in the past. I understand that the physician's building built must have been built prior to the ADA regulations went into effect. It still seems cruel to me not to be able to use a toilet at a physician's office. Thank you for your question and suggestion for the blog.

Some options that are removable and would help you and others include:

If there are physician's offices, hospitals, etc. interested in more options, please contact me.

Thanks for the questions and comments, Mom.

Love, Barbara

 

Choosing Between a WaterCop or a FloodStop for Protection Against Water Damage

by Barbara 22. July 2009 09:23

Question: about the WaterCop and the Flood Stop

Q:"Does Safe Home Products have an opinion as to the comparison between Water Cop and Flood Stop? I've read the product guides and understand the product's features. Which is more reliable or has the best track record for water leak detection, moisture sensors, reliability, etc. ? Thanks, David S"

Answer: Both units have valves that meet the low lead/no lead standards currently in effect in California and several other states. In 2014, all states will require that valves meet those standards. Your decision needs to be made upon these factors:

1. What do you want to protect? A single appliance or several appliances? Or the whole house?  WaterCops are Made in the USA. Floodstop units are made in China and come in single water appliance units for water heaters, washing machines, sinks, icemakers, etc. or in a new whole house unit with expansion to 31 Sensor modules.
2. What do you want to spend? A Floodstop unit currently sells for well under $200 for a single appliance unit and it is easily installed.. Most sizes of the package of a WaterCop Lead Free Valve, Actuator and 3 Moisture Sensors sell  for $600 to $725. A new Floodstop Wireless Whole House System 1.0 In. NPT Motorized Ball Valve includes the FloodStop Controller, 4 Sensor Modules, 4 Wireless Moisture Sensors, 1 wire moisture sensor and 4 AC Adapters and is less expensive than the WaterCop. This has a full port, low lead motorized ball valve and each of the water sensors, if used with AC power, acts as a signal repeater. That helps if the sensor activated is at a distance from the water shut off valve.
3. Are you hiring a plumber or are you doing the installation yourself? Many do-it-yourself persons can install the WaterCop and the Floodstop units themselves. These come with NPT or threaded connections.
4. Have you a need to shut off all the water in your home with a single push of a button or remote wall switch? WaterCop offers a remote wall switch option. Remember that if a WaterHound moisture sensor alarm is activated, you will know by two ways, no water anywhere within that zone and a 65 decibel alarm. The whole house Floodstop System can be integrated with an on-line home automation software program so you can turn water on and off remotely if you install the whole house units.

Operational problems are extremely rare with either device. If you do not activate either devices at least every 30 days, you may have problems with the ball valve turning easily depending upon what kinds of minerals you have in your water. The FloodStop Whole House units automatically activate every 30 days or you can remove the cover on the controller and manually turn it on and off.

If you have only one appliance to protect and it is, for example, a washing machine, the Floodstop is easily installed without the expense of a plumber. If you want to protect several appliances (as I did), the plumber is well worth the expense as is the additional cost for a WaterCop as the basic system comes with the valve, the actuator and three water/moisture sensors. And you can always add additional sensors to the unit for other appliances. When you add the cost of 3 or 4 individual Floodstops, the costs can easily exceed those of either a WaterCop and extra sensors or a Whole House FloodStop and extra sensors. You can also buy a dual probe moisture sensor for the WaterCop and install it as I had done, under the water dispensing fridge and at the water entry point as well. The FloodStop whole house water system can respond to as many as 31 sensor modules each with dozens of moisture sensor or water sensor devices.

On the other hand, in apartment buildings or condos where each unit has its own water heater, installing a Floodstop in the 3/4 inch valve size is quite cost effective as several of our plumber customers who specialize in condo and high rise apartment buildings have concluded. And if your main worry is your washing machine, installing one of the two Floodstop units the standard AM-FS34H-90 or the INLINE Washing Machine FloodStop FS3/4H is all you may need. Add a pair of Floodchek washing machine hoses and you are as safe as a person with a washing machine can be.

The Watercop is made by one of the nation's oldest and most respected ball valve manufacturers (USA Made). These brass ball valves are used in industrial applications. The Watercop is a recent (past 6 or 8 years) products. As of December 2012, WaterCop ball valves are available only in low lead brass.

The Floodstop is made in China or a similar place. The full port brass ball valve is low lead and made to commercial standards like those made by Dynaquip whose ball valves are used primarily in applications with chemicals.

I hope this helped to answer your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Pulse Oximeters for Oxygen Monitoring of Pilots, COPD Sufferers, Accident Victims, Etc.

by Barbara 5. April 2009 03:19

Question about the John Bunn DIGI O2 Finger Pulse Oximeter.

Q: "I am a private pilot age 60 who flies an unpressurized airplane often above 6000 feet. Friends suggest that I get an oximeter so I know when I need supplemental oxygen. (I carry medical oxygen with me, mostly for passengers.) How does this unit work? I thought this was more for accident victims. Thanks." Steve.

Answer: The DIGI O2 Finger Pulse Oximeter operates on 2 AAA batteries. The LED read-out is easily read in bright and dark lighting conditions. The read-out features a brightly lit LED read-out of oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate and perfusion index (or pulse strength). There are alarms both audible and visual for Low Battery, Low SpO2, High Pulse Rate and Low Pulse Rate. The pre-set Alarm Limits: Low SpO2, 90%, Low Pulse Rate: 50bpm andHigh Pulse Rate: 120bpm. Pulse oximeters are used widely in EMS, hospital and clinical settings as well as for home use and aviation.

Oxygen levels can get low for many reasons. For pilots, that insidious killer, carbon monoxide can begin to effect a pilot or passengers at different rates depending upon age, health, etc. CO replaces oxygen in the blood. So checking with an oximeter may prevent catastrophe if someone in the plane complains of being sleepy, etc.

Health problems such as respiratory or cardiac problems also interfere with oxygen absorption.

For pilots who fly over 10,000 feet in unpressurized planes, a pulse oximeter is a must even if supplemental oxygen is being used. Remember as we age, our bodies react differently.

Other choices that are less expensive include the John Bunn DigiOx Finger Pulse Oximeterand the John Bunn OxyCheck Finger Pulse Oximeter Medline oximeters includes the Medline Nonrx Pulse Oximeter, Sport Model, AAA Battery Operated

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara