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Bathing Equipment for the Best Safety for the Elderly, Disabled or Recovering Patient

Bathroom safety is a concern for everyone. However if you are a senior citizen, disabled or recovering from an injury or surgery you may find the task of getting in and out of a bath tub more challenging. A large percentage of homes have bath tubs or combination bath tub/shower units. With either set up, a person may find it hard to remain standing and keep their balance while stepping over the side of the tub. With some simple and inexpensive medical equipment added to the bathroom safety home improvements can be made.

Moving around wet areas can be very dangerous if a person has any stability issues or challenges. Rubber bath mats can make wet surfaces less slippery to step and stand on and should be considered for use inside a bath tub. Medical bath boards are boards that fit across the bath tub. The bath board allows you to sit for stability while lifting your legs one leg at a time over the side of the tub. You can then stay seated on the bath board for bathing or showering. If you have enough arm strength you can lower yourself to a bath stool or bath seat. From the stool or seat you can then lower yourself to the bottom of the tub itself or remain seated on the stool or seat for bathing or showering. It is common to use bath boards in combination with bath stools or seats. Boards and seats are usually made of light weight materials and can easily be added or removed from the tub to accommodate other family members’ needs. Bath stools or benches can be found with or without handles or arms but do not come with backs. Bath seats or chairs do have backs and can be found with or without side arms. Bath benches and bath chairs can be found as foldable options for easy storage.

Home medical transfer benches are like a heavy duty bath board and bath chair combination. These benches have 2 legs that are on the outside of the tub where you sit down and 2 legs on the inside of the tub under the chair section. They have one arm or handle attached to the chair section inside the tub. Some models come with a cut out section in the front of the chair that make them more comfortable for men and allow for easier cleaning of the personal parts between your legs. Other models offer a combination commode style where you can remove the catch pail for bathing and allows for the same accessibility for cleaning. Transfer benches can be easily removed from the tub to accommodate other family members bathing preferences. Some transfer benches offer vinyl padding for a softer seated area.

Durable stability medical equipment in the form of grab bars inside the tub or shower area can be added as further safety precautions. A floor to ceiling rail outside the tub or shower can provide assistance to a bather pivoting into or out of the tub and assist them in standing from a sitting position as when using a bath board or transfer bench.

When considering bathing equipment additions for your home or for a loved one, consult with a medical physician or occupational therapist on what the best affordable set up for the individual would be based on their needs and medical restrictions.

Tissue Bath Equipment Can Provide Many Answers

Tissue bath systems are used to isolate tissue and organ preparations for experimental and diagnostic use and allow for a wide range of changes to the subject matter without the interference of other parts of the body coming into play. Bodies are phenomenally interconnected and without being able to isolate tissue, accurate information can’t be determined. Given that a number of uses for the baths involve everything from in vitro muscle to cardiac muscle the results of the use of this equipment are important.

Upper end versions of the bath are modular, allowing labs to purchase one or one hundred depending upon their needs. A full system usually includes glassware, tubing, reservoir, tissue hooks and mounting accessories, a force transducer and a micrometer tension adjuster. They are typically available in 2, 4- and 8- channel configurations and the tissue can be subjected to controlled changes in perfusate, oxygen, drugs and other factors.

Multiple systems can be attached together and most of them are designed to fit into small spaces to allow for maximum use of laboratory space. Many of the more advanced models will include things like ergonomic design, with holders that raise and lower and easy to reach taps for drainage. With the rapid pace of scientific discoveries in health, it’s important for equipment to be as functional and as easy to use as possible.

Tissue bath systems contributed in the 1980’s and 1990’s to discoveries related to exactly how diabetes, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis impacts the body. They’ve helped develop the data to fine tune new lifesaving drugs and can provide a large amount of information about the impacts of different factors on tissue without subjecting a living being to the factors being tested. There are different types of tissue holders depending upon what is being tested, and a range of options when it comes to circulation systems.

The baths can also be integrated with software that can monitor and organize the results for analysis. Most vendors have software that matches the baths they sell and these applications can record data, use advanced algorithms to analyze results, compare and measure responses and even control the valve opening and closing times.

Tissue bath systems have been in use for over a century. They allow for a clean environment where tissue can be tested and responses noted so that we can further the already amazing body of knowledge we have.

How Dry Baths Are Used in the Laboratory

The dry bath is a versatile piece of equipment which provides controlled dry heat for a wide variety of clinical and general chemistry applications. They are useful in the latest process incubation, temperature calibration, blood bank, enzyme reactions, incubation, inactivation and temperature calibration applications.

The more recently designed units offer unparalleled accuracy and flexibility in application. Some have an auto tuned, microprocessor based temperature controller that controls the key parameters of temperature. They provide the user with more control than any other block heater available for the cost of the unit. Some also have fully stainless steel bodies, blocks of anodized aluminum and are autoclavable.

A dry bath is a valuable device in histology, clinical, environmental, molecular biology and industrial laboratories. These heated chambers are filled with salt, sand, aluminum blocks or other media and are designed to hold different sizes of glassware. They are ideal for use in sera, enzyme reactions, blood cross-matching, cholesterol determinations and Rh studies.

Both analog as well as digital models of bath are available, with the digital type becoming increasingly popular; these units are a good alternative to hot plates in the laboratory. They are often substituted for water baths in various laboratory applications. A dry bath can be controlled by microprocessors to regulate the high power heaters in the baths and provide accurate temperature control. This eliminates the need for temperature adjustments and frequent temperature checking with a thermometer.

The block portion of the bath must be made of material that is capable of transferring the heat uniformly from the heating element to the interchangeable blocks. The blocks need to be of uniform size so that each of them receives equal temperature treatment irrespective of their position in the bath. Another variation of the device involves the addition of agitation. This adaptation is designed to provide a gentle to vigorous agitation in the heated atmosphere. It is ideal for use in marine biology, substance abuse testing and water testing.

The bead bath is another type of dry bath that is in use for certain applications. It can be used to replace the traditional water, oil and sand-filled bath with a smooth metallic thermal bead bath. It can also substitute for an ice bucket. The bead bath type is relatively simple, clean and safe. Since microbes can thrive in water, it is useful to eliminate the use of water as a bath solution. Water and ice can introduce both biological and chemical contaminants to the incubating samples. These unknowns can put the research work at risk and create a complex, unpredictable work environment.

Open sources of water in the lab’s dry bath put both the researcher and the lab at risk of incubating and spreading biological or chemical contamination between samples, equipment and people. Unknown biological and chemical contamination in water can readily enter your incubating samples at the vessel’s closure. This can result in distorted data and non-reproducible results. Thermal bead technology will save the researcher countless hours of reworking ruined experiments, cut down on wasted reagents and eliminate cleaning and filling duties. The beads can also extend the life of the dry bath equipment by eliminating corrosion and possibly even burn-out.