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Heat and Hydration, What you need to be Aware of

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 in Health, Heart Health by MDSBlogger |

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Living in Florida means we have beautiful weather all year round, but that also means that summers can be seemingly unbearable. July is considered the dog days of summer because of the muggy and humid weather, so the Medical Department Store is bringing you information about heat safety and hydration.

Information about Heat:

Even if you’ve been a lifelong resident of Florida, the heat can be overwhelming. Staying cool and staying inside can help you stay safe this July. Stay cool by drinking plenty of water and avoid being outside when there is a heat advisory. There are many illnesses that can come from heat including: heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat stress. You can avoid these illnesses by seeking shade, wearing sunscreen, drinking water and staying in an air conditioned environment when it’s too hot outside.

Information about dehydration:

Dehydration is one of the top summer health issues because of the higher temperatures and humidity. Hydration is the only way to stop and prevent dehydration, so drink plenty of water throughout the dog days of summer. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, then you should be drinking 80 ounces of water each day.

A few ways to drink more water:

  • Get a reusable water bottle you will actually use
  • Put ice in the water to keep it cold for a longer period of time
  • Add a lemon or cucumbers to add a bit of flavor to your plain water
  • Log your water intake on a smart phone app

The Medical Department Store hopes you enjoy the Florida summer, but be aware of health issues that come along with high heat. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

The Silent Summer Danger, Drowning Awareness

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 in Drowning Awareness by MDSBlogger |

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Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death among children according to Safe Kids Worldwide. During the summer, the number of drowning deaths or near death experiences from drowning skyrockets, especially in Florida with so many tourist attractions and bodies of water. It is also the most preventable injury related death among children. Today’s Medical Department Store blog will talk about being aware of children around water and more statistics about drowning.

Drowning statistics:

-350 drowning deaths each year in the United States

-The summer months have the highest number of drowning cases

-Drowning accounts for 33% of accidental deaths in the United States

Tips for parents and caretakers about drowning:

  1. Never leave your child unattended around water. This tip may seem obvious, but the Medical Department Store stresses the importance of having eyes on your children at all times while around water. Drowning can happen within minutes and even seconds, so watching your children while around water is extremely important. Most drownings actually happen when plenty of people are around, like family gatherings because people assume someone always has an eye on your child.
  2. Learn CPR. Getting certified to perform CPR does not take much time and can be done through your local Red Cross. Performing CPR on a drowning victim can save a life and give you peace of mind knowing you would be able to help someone because of your certification.
  3. Empty all buckets of water after a day at the pool or running through the sprinkler outside. This may seem strict, but be aware that babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.

The Medical Department Store cares about making our customers aware of the dangers of drowning. We offer pool lifts and portable spas for your convenience. Contact us today to learn more.

Safe Summer Tips

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 in Summer Safety by MDSBlogger |

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The summer season is filled with days spent outdoors and laying by the water. The Medical Department Store wants you to have a great and safe summer in Florida so we are bringing you safety tips to keep in mind. Whether you’re at the beach, in the backyard or at the park, be sure to always consider your safety first.

Safety tips to keep in mind-

Bug safety- The beautiful summer weather also brings pesky bugs to be aware of. It is best to think about bug safety before you head outdoors. For example, consider using unscented hairsprays, lotion and avoid perfume. The sweeter you smell, the more likely bugs will be there to bug you. When leaving wooded areas, check for ticks and other small insects that could potentially harm you.

Heat safety- The temperature will continue to rise as the summer moves along. The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated and seek shade when able. Heat related illnesses become more relevant in the summer months, meaning prevention is the best thing you can do to stop the heat illnesses before they strike.

Sun safety- Similar to heat safety, protecting yourself from the sun is just as important. Skin cancer cases are on the rise, so lather up with sunscreen before heading outdoors. Even if it doesn’t seem sunny outside, you can still catch the sun’s rays through clouds. Use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen daily and when you plan to be in an area where you are exposed to more sun, up the SPF in your sunscreen. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face.

The Medical Department Store wants you to enjoy the summer, but stay safe with these tips. Contact us to learn more about our products.


Ready for the Storm- Disasters and Home Medical Equipment

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 in Weather Safety by MDSBlogger |

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The Medical Department Store is located in Florida, which means we are at a higher risk for severe weather like hurricanes. Because of our higher risk for severe weather, we need to be extra prepared for a disaster. Today’s blog is bringing you the importance of preparing a safety kit which includes back up home medical equipment for your safety.

Disaster Kit Necessities-

Portable Oxygen Concentrator– If you are dependent on an oxygen system, it is always a best practice to have a portable oxygen concentrator in case the power were to go out. A portable system will enable you to have an adequate amount of oxygen if you are unable to use your at home system.

Manual Wheelchair– During a natural disaster, there is no guarantee as to when the power will kick back on or if you will need to immediately evacuate your location. A manual wheelchair is a promised way to get around during a disaster. Your power wheelchair is great, but if the battery dies, they are nearly impossible to push around. Save yourself and your caregiver the stress by getting a transport chair or manual wheelchair for a disaster.

First Aid Kit– This may seem like a no brainer, but remembering to have a first aid kit in your storm shelter could save a life. Basic medical supplies like band aids, gauze and anti-bacterial ointment can easily clean up cuts and bruises. The Medical Department Store carries wound care items to make preparing your first aid kit easier.

Extra food and water- Keep at least a two day supply of food and water in your storm kit just in case you are stuck at home. Canned foods that do not need to be heated or kept cool are the best option during an emergency.

The Medical Department Store hopes you do not need to use these tips, but they are here for your safety during a storm or hurricane. Contact us if you need a portable oxygen concentrator or manual wheelchair for a disaster.



Enjoy the Benefits of Gardening

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 in Gardening, Happy, Health by MDSBlogger |

Pretty blond lady enjoying her garden at spring time.

While you take the time this spring to clean up your garden and plant new vegetables and flowers, there are some safety tips to keep in mind. From avoiding falls to steering clear of injuries by gardening tools, the Medical Department Store is bringing you ideas to safely enjoy the benefits of gardening. Besides health benefits from gardening, there are also many social benefits as well.

Safely enjoy the benefits of gardening:

Dress for protection. When you are outdoors, you are more likely to be sun burned, so it is best to wear a hat and long sleeve clothing for extra protection. Not only is it important to dress for protection while gardening, always have at least a 15 SPF on your face and other uncovered portions of your body. You will save yourself from a severe burn and you will likely be able to enjoy being outdoors for a longer period of time.

Put safety first. Always be aware of possible hazards when you are outdoors, but especially when you are gardening. Be aware of the area you are in so you don’t risk a fall or tripping on sticks or bumps in the yard. Remember where you are placing your gardening tools so you don’t step on them and wear proper footwear while gardening. The more you pay attention to safety risks, the better your gardening experience will be.

Stay hydrated. As the weather continues to warm up, you will need more water to keep your body hydrated. Avoid beverages or alcohol because they have higher sugar content and can dehydrate you. Drink water while you are gardening and you can enjoy a different beverage at the end of your day.

The Medical Department Store wishes you well this gardening season, but always remember to stay safe while outdoors for any reason. Contact us today to learn more about our wound care items to keep you safe this summer.


Detection and Protection against Skin Cancer

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 in Skin cancer by MDSBlogger |

Living in Florida means we get to experience the sunshine all year round. Although catching rays feels great, we also need to be aware of our risk for skin cancer. The Medical Department Store is bringing you information for your skin health just in time for the summer season. Now is the time to prevent and detect your skin cancer risk. Today, we are going to give you facts about skin cancer and how to detect all forms of this cancer.



Detecting skin cancer:

Stand in front of a full length mirror in a well-lit room to check your skin at least once a month. Check all areas of the skin and use a smaller, handheld mirror to check your back and hard to see areas. If you notice any changes in your skin, contact your doctor.

Preventing skin cancer:

  1. Always use sunscreen. This may seem like a given, but whenever you are outdoors, it is best to have a layer of sunscreen to protect your skin. Use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen and reapply every few hours. Reapplying is the key to saving your skin from frequent sun damage. Wearing sunscreen regularly can reduce your risk for melanoma by up to 50% according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  2. Avoid sun burns at all cost. When you get 5 or more burns per year, your skin cancer risk increases greatly. Living in Florida means we have an increased risk for sunburn, so always apply sunscreen and wear clothing to protect parts of your body from burns.
  3. Avoiding tanning beds and UV beds. Time spent in tanning beds will increase the risk for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer by as much as 75%. It is important to stay out of tanning beds to avoid increasing the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds can also cause irreversible aging affects.

Skin cancer is becoming more relevant in the United States, but it is also treatable if caught in time. The Medical Department Store is your area medical equipment provider. Contact us to learn more about our products and services.


Spring Has Sprung: Avoiding injury when spring enters your step!

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 in Safety by MDSBlogger |

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With spring in swing, many of your friends and family are out pushing their bodies to the limit either exercising outside or doing heavy yard work to clean up what winter has left in the garden.  As medical professionals, we know pushing yourself too hard after a long immobile winter is a bad idea.  We know you’re excited to get outside and get active again, but please proceed with caution.

Here are some tips to keep you healthy in spring swing:

The most important tip is to take your time.  Many individuals want to clean their garden quickly or want to get their body back in shape quickly so they pick up where they left off in the fall work load.  Your muscles are not ready and need to be eased back in to action over the course of a few weeks.

Another important tip for gardening specifically is to use the necessary tools and stretch.  Before you head out to the garden, stretch out your arms and legs properly and make sure your body is ready.  Don’t try to do everything by hand, but use your gardening utensils to help you.  This will prevent you from over using your back or pulling muscles in your hands and arms from too much labor.  Finally, lift with your legs, not your back.

For those of you getting your physique beach-ready, do not exceed a 10 percent increase in effort on workout days.  Your lungs may be telling you to keep going, but your muscles and joints can’t handle it.  This is because your cardio tends to bounce back quicker than your muscles and joints.  Take it easy and take it slow, your muscles will catch up.

Of course, if you do push yourself too hard and are in need of home medical supplies, give the Medical Department Store a call!

Causes and Risk Factors of Urinary Incontinence

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 in Incontinence by MDSBlogger |

happy senior woman on wheelchair with caregiver

Urinary incontinence can be caused by temporary problems, such as urinary tract infection, vaginal infection or irritation, constipation, obesity, smoking, frequent, high-impact aerobics or effects of medicine. Incontinence can also be caused by other permanent conditions, such as:

  • Aging (bladder holds less and urine stream may be weaker)
  • Weakness of muscles that hold the bladder in place
  • Weakness of bladder itself
  • Weakness of the urethral sphincter muscles
  • Weakness of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy, followed by a long, difficult vaginal birth
  • Overactive bladder muscles
  • Blocked urethra (caused by prostate enlargement in men)
  • Hormone imbalance in women
  • Neurological disorders
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Structural abnormalities in the urethra
  • Immobility
  • Diabetes
  • High calcium levels in the blood

Women are far more prone to the urinary incontinence problems than men for several reasons. For one thing, childbirth exerts a heavy toll on the bladder and the sphincter muscle that controls the urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of your body). Additionally, the loss of female hormones after menopause leads to a thinning and weakening of the urethral lining that is supposed to keep the bladder closed except during urination.

Diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence

The doctor will talk to you about your medical history as well as your urinary habits. A vaginal and rectal examination will also be performed. The vaginal exam can reveal anatomic causes, such as a dropped bladder (cystocele), a prolapsed uterus or structural abnormalities in the urethra. A rectal exam is necessary to assess the sphincter tone and possible fecal backup.

A battery of laboratory and diagnostic tests will also be performed. The laboratory tests include blood and urine samples. The diagnostic tests may include a cystoscopic examination, post-void residual (PVR) measurement, stress test and urodynamic testing.

The cystoscopic examination is a procedure in which a small tube with a telescope attached, is inserted into the bladder so the doctor can look for any abnormalities in the bladder and lower urinary tract. PVR measurement measures how much urine is left in the bladder after urinating by placing a small soft tube into the bladder. A stress test looks for urine loss when stress is put on the bladder muscles. Urodynamic testing involves inserting a small tube into the bladder and examining the bladder and urethral sphincter function.

If you do have urinary incontinence, the Medical Department Store can get you incontinence supplies in a timely and confidential manner.

Products to Make Living with Multiple Sclerosis Easier

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 in Multiple Sclerosis by MDSBlogger |

nurse helping a patient to walk away from his wheelchair

There are more than 2.5 million cases of multiple sclerosis worldwide and nearly 400,000 Americans are affected, according to Healthline. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and it can leave those suffering from the disease paralyzed. It is irreversible, but there are medications and treatments that can make the side effects lessen. The Medical Department Store understands the severity of multiple sclerosis and we specialize in products to help make your life with MS easier.

Today we are going to showcase a few products at Valley Home Medical Supply that can help you live well with MS.

Memory Foam Contour Pillow– You deserve the utmost comfort while you sleep, so why not memory foam? This is a heavy weight memory foam pillow that is made of dense material and your comfort is guaranteed.

EZ-ACCESS Modular Ramp– as MS progresses, a wheelchair may be necessary if you are experiencing limited mobility and movement. An EZ-ACCESS ramp is easy to install and you won’t have to worry about rusting due to weather changes.

Inflatable Bathtub– Whether you are a caregiver of a loved one who lives with MS or you have MS yourself, an inflatable bathtub is helpful. Whoever washes your hair or body will be able to easily get around you and won’t leave any residue behind. You will feel more relaxed while getting your hair and body washed.

Hospital Bed– a hospital bed can provide the comfort and ease of use you need while lying down. MS is hard on the body, so each day when you go to bed, you want to have the ultimate comfort. There are many different options for the Medical Department Store when it comes to hospital beds.

The Medical Department Store wants to help you with all of your home medical needs, so contact us today for more information.


Healthy Spring Power Snack Options

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 in Health by MDSBlogger |

The spring season is finally here, the sun is peaking out (when it’s not raining) and the temperature is slowly rising. The spring season is the perfect season to get you out of the winter blues. The Medical Department Store is springing forward and taking the initiative to get healthy. Spring means summer is right around the corner and you want to be at your best, so we want to share some health spring power snack ideas with you. ??????????????????????????

Health Spring Power Snack Options:

  1. Yogurt covered blueberries- seems simple, right? These little pops of joy are simple to make, yet incredible to enjoy. Take one container of fresh blueberries and a container of blueberry flavored yogurt, or whichever flavor you choose. Rinse the berries, use a toothpick to dip them in the yogurt, lay them flat on a sheet of wax paper and freeze for about an hour.
  2. Banana wrapped in peanut butter- bananas and peanut butter will always be a classic combination. Try spreading peanut butter on a wheat tortilla, place a whole banana in it, and then wrap it up. After wrapping, cut into bite sized pieces for a delicious and energy boosting snack.
  3. Avocado toast- you may be looking for a snack that will give you the salty fix you’ve been craving. Avocado toast is easy: toast a piece of whole grain bread, mash your avocado, add any spices to it, pepper is a good choice, and then spread it on the toast. Simple, yet delicious and healthy.
  4. Toasted pumpkin seeds- although spring is not the prime time for fresh pumpkins, many stores carry packaged pumpkin seeds. Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl, add salt, garlic powder, olive oil and bake for about 15 minutes. An easy and delicious snack you can have for days.

The Medical Department Store wishes you well with your spring health kick! Contact us today for your home medical equipment needs.


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