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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.