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THE PDPOD 1 / IVNOW1
Modular tabletop or wall-mounted PD solution warmer pods. Each fluid warming cavity is separately controlled and features an L.E.D. display. A sensor in the heating plate detects the I.V. bag and engages the heater to quickly warm the fluid. temperature sensors continuously monitor the temperature of the fluid bag to maintain the fluid temperature within +0/-2ºC (+0/-3ºF) of the set point temperature. The electronic control monitors how long the bag has been held at temperature, and can be displayed at the touch of a button. The control alerts users when a fluid bag has been held at temperature longer than 14 days.
- Each unit accommodates 0.5L, 1L, 2L & 3L bags
- Lightweight, medical grade plastic housing
- Intelligent bag sensors
- Dual temperature sensors
- Heats to 40°C (104°F) in 30 minutes or less
- Accuracy of +0°/-2°C (+0°/-3°F)
- Convenient countertop design
- Wall-mount or pole-mount kit available. Please call for details and pricing
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Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home
"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor"
By Linda Gromko, MD, and Interior Designer Jane McClure.
Paperback Book. ISBN 978-0-615-32528-6.
When Steve Williams’ kidneys stopped working in September 2007, he and his wife Dr. Linda Gromko were presented with two choices: a kidney transplant or kidney dialysis. There was, of course, the option of no treatment—but that would mean certain death for this husband and father of a teenaged daughter. Steve and Linda eagerly embraced the technology of Home Dialysis—treatments that could be done on their own time and on their own terms. But nothing could have prepared them for the onslaught of medical supplies that descended upon their home, making it seem more like a medical clinic or an ICU! Home Dialysis—while life-saving—was taking over, consuming their lives and redefining their family as one tethered to illness. That’s where Interior Designer Jane McClure saved the day.
"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor’" shows you how to:
- Create your Home Center for Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
- Design a Home Dialysis space that is comfortable, safe, and easy to use
- Manage the storage or necessary medical supplies
- Use the tricks of the trade that expensive Interior Decorators use
- Save money through sure-fire choices and bargain decorator shopping
- Support the caregiver and prevent caregiver burnout
Reclaim as much as your "normal" life as you can.
"Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: ‘The Underwear Factor’" is the first in a series of books from the Seattle non-profit Arrange2Live, dedicated to making life more livable for people dealing with Home Dialysis and other health conditions requiring health care in the home.
Available on Amazon.
Proferrin® ES Heme Iron Polypeptide
Iron Supplement. Each tablet contains 12 mg elemental iron as heme iron polypeptide. Available in 30- or 90-tablet bottles.
Unique and Different:
- GI tolerability comparable to IV iron 1*
- Maintains iron in Dialysis Patients 1*
1Nissenson, et. al. AJKD 2003; 42:325-330 (data on file)
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Medcor Dialysis Recliner
Medcor manufacturers some of the most versatile dialysis chairs available. The Medcor Model 350 is designed for patient comfort, durability, user friendly, and infection control.
Model 180 is perfect for a Peritoneal program as it lays flat. The lay flat feature is what really sets this apart. It adds many possible uses for all types of treatments and comfortable sleep.
All chairs feature side tables, swing out arms, locking casters and lumbar support, four 5” thermal plastic locking casters, and Trendelenburg position. The overstuffed cushions and lumbar support give the patient the most comfortable treatment possible. The powder coated all steel frame is built to last. With levers on both sides of the chair Trendelenburg is attained quickly and efficiently.
We use a durable antimicrobial vinyl, with many color choices that will blend with any décor whether in your clinic or home.
Winco Hemodialysis Recliners
Winco offers recliners that provide the features required in dialysis centers with amazing comfort, contemporary style, and a modern form suited for the home. Coverings are available in a wide pallet of colors to match any décor and are stain resistant, easily cleaned, and easily disinfected with built-in antimicrobial properties. Model 6700 features durable and comfortably-contoured urethane arms to help protect the upholstery while providing a sleek and modern finish. Our model 6940 offers the same benefits, with the additional feature of swing-away arm construction on each side allowing easier transition from a wheel chair and enhanced cleaning accessibility. Winco clinical recliners feature a unique banding support system with no springs, wood, or other hard surface to create discomfort over time. All models are available with heat-only or heat-and-massage options.
Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story
"Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story"
By Linda Gromko, MD.
Paperback Book. ISBN 978-0-9825143-0-6.
When Seattle family doctor Linda Gromko receives an implausible inheritence from a former patient, the windfall jolts her life—already out of balance from the demands of her profession. She reshuffles her life priorities and vows to find a life partner once and for all. Browsing on the Internet with "I’d like to meet a nice Democrat," she finds Steve—a businessman who is "irreverently funny, gifted at banter, and loyal as a beagle." But while Steve brings joy, he also brings complications to the doctor’s life. For one, there is Steve’s nine-year-old daughter Brita, who stares the doctor down with "I hate every centimeter of you—get used to it!" The more serious complication, however, is Steve’s health. Known to have diabetes and high blood pressure for years, Steve falls precipitously into the abyss of Acute Kidney Failure. Without a transplant or dialysis, Steve will certainly die within one to two weeks. "Complications" takes the reader on a tumultuous ride of medical and personal trials, as Dr. Gromko exerts the most powerful advocacy of her life. The book is "R" rated: "R" for language, and "R" for reality!
Order through www.LindaGromkoMD.com.
Handbook of Peritoneal Dialysis
This book by Dr. Steven Guest is a guide to the practice of peritoneal dialysis. Chapters provide a foundational understanding of PD therapy and address real-time challenges faced by providers. Contained in this guide:
- Peritoneal membrane physiology
- PET, modified PET, DATT
- Acute and chronic PD prescription
- Catheters and placement techniques
- PD solutions
- Infectious and non-infectious complications
- Fluid management in PD
- PD in the diabetic and morbidly obese patients
- Nutritional and metabolic issues in PD
- Survival in the PD population
- Setting up a PD program/infrastructure
- PD in special situations
- Key management strategies for successful PD
About the author
Steven Guest, MD, attended medical school at Vanderbilt and completed his nephrology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. For 12 years, Dr. Guest served as the PD program director at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which served as the primary PD training site for Stanford’s nephrology training program. Dr. Guest speaks on various PD topics throughout the U.S., and has many publications focused on the clinical aspects of PD therapy.
The Kidney Donors Journey - 100 Questions
Ari Sytner is an unlikely kidney donor who saved the life of a stranger.
After an unexpected year-long journey of exploring kidney donation, Ari became a kidney donor to save a single mother of 3 children. The experience was so inspirational and transformative, that Ari revealed the entire journey in this first ever question and answer book, outlining the 100 questions he struggled with before deciding to proceed with his transplant and give the gift of life. The Kidney Donor's Journey does not try to convince you to donate an organ, rather it walks you through every stage of Ari's process, from researching, struggling and telling his family, to testing, undergoing surgery and recovery. The book inspires readers to weigh the personal and ethical values of kindness and human life, while sharing a moving and uplifting tale of one man's journey to make a difference in the world.
Lost in Transplantation
One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie makes it her mission to help a stranger she has no idea how much it will alter her own life. What starts out as a simple act of altruism turns into four years filled with unpredictable obstacles and beautiful epiphanies she never imagined. Lost in Transplantation is at times irreverent, inspirational, humorous and heartbreaking; an intimate story told with bold honesty and a lyrical voice that is both earnest and informative. Ellie's life-changing mission to help another human being will keep you turning the pages well into the night. It might even change your life.
The ABC’s of Pee Dee
An excellent resource for helping a child go through the process personally or understand what another family member may be undergoing. This heartwarming story of a youngster’s journey through kidney failure, peritoneal dialysis (PD), and transplantation, was written and illustrated to help kids understand kidney disease and this form of treatment. Printed in Canada.
by Cathy and Jean Clermont
Illustrated by Brianna Thayer
36 pages; 7.5 x 7.5 inches, softcover, full color.
The Courage to Live
This inspirational book details author Carmen Buelvas Critchlow’s personal journey both as an immigrant from Panama and as a dialysis patient and transplant recipient. It details her physical and emotional battle against kidney disease and describes kidney failure and dialysis in clear, understandable terms. Special attention is paid to organ donation. Finally, it shares how in a powerful way this uninvited "battle" has been transformed into a spiritual journey with God.
The Reluctant Donor
Author Suzanne Ruff comes from a family that has been plagued by kidney disease for generations. In her lifetime, she has lost her mother, several aunts and uncles, and cousins to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), the most common of all life-threatening genetic diseases. Both of her sisters inherited the disease. She did not. When her younger sister fell ill shortly after their mother’s death in 2003, Ruff decided to do something about it. She had always been afraid of doctors and needles, but says with God’s help she found the courage to save JoAnn’s life by donating a kidney. In the months leading up to the surgery, which took place on Oct. 19, 2004, Ruff spent a lot of time journaling, and published a book based on her notes and memories. Her hope is that The Reluctant Donor (Beaver’s Pond Press, April 2010, $14.95) will find its way into the hands of others who are facing a difficult life-and-death decision, and help them find the courage they need to get through it.
Transplanted to Better Health
“Transplanted to Better Health” is a poignant and touching story of Carole’s personal journey through kidney disease. In this memoir, she describes the good and bad days, the ups and downs of dialysis treatment, waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, and the road to recovery. Never losing faith that there will be better times ahead, she shares just what kept her strong and motivated. Family members and friends of kidney patients will find a wealth of information. Medical professionals can experience a patient’s innermost thoughts and feelings en route to better health. A must read!
This memoir has won two awards - first place in the health category of the Xulon Press Christian Choice Book Awards contest, 2012, and honorable mention in the spiritual category of the New England Book Festival, 2013.
AquaCart Mobile Water Treatment Unit
Dialysis is not your life
Book Purchase: https://www.dialysisisnotyourlife.com/dinyl-book.php
Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:50
Portable | Accessible | Convenient
- COVID-19 Protective as per the CDC Requirements for Disinfectants
- Ideal for use on hard surfaces (i.e., counters, exam tables, beds, carts, I.V. poles, wheelchairs, dialysis machines, etc.)
- Effective against MRSA, VRE, S. pneumonia, S. pyrogens, P. aeruginosa, S. enterica & S. aureus
- Stable: 18-month shelf life
- Consistent and accurate concentration of bleach every time
- CDC & OSHA compliant
Alcavis Bleach Wipes 1:100
Portable | Accessible | Convenient
- Ideal for hard surfaces and materials yet gentle for daily use on screens, walls, treatment rooms, dialysis machines & powder coated objects
- Low-level dilution
- Fast-acting kill power
- Eradicates S.aureus, P. aeruginosa & S. enterica
- Consistent and accurate concentration of bleach every time
- Stable: 18-month shelf life