Senior Digestive Health

Senior Digestive Health

Many systems of the body change with age, including the digestive system. It’s estimated that 40% of seniors experience digestive changes. 1 Many factors impact bowel health and result in constipation including age, medical conditions, poor diet, medications, lack of fiber, inadequate exercise and frequent laxative use. Constipation or diarrhea, a common complaint for seniors, is a symptom the body sends indicating that something is not right.3

What is Constipation?  Simply stated, constipation is infrequent stool elimination. After eating, food is passed through the intestines by a rhythmic, wavelike movement called peristalsis. Intestinal contraction and rest allows food and liquid to be mixed together and propels fecal matter through the digestive tract for elimination. 4 Humans are creatures of habit, and bowel habits will vary. Bowel movements from 3 times per day to once every other day can be considered “normal”. Infrequent stools become hard, difficult to pass, and can cause damage to the nerves and muscles in the rectal area.4 Read more ›

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The Results Are In – Healing Never Tasted This Good!

An independent taste test conducted on November 8, 2016 revealed that over 70% of participants preferred the taste of ProHeal™ Liquid Protein when compared to the leading brand.

The blind taste test comparison occurred on 11/8/16 in a dining room of a post-acute care setting using a sample of convenience that included 20 residents and 5 staff members. The residents were from assisted living, long-term care and rehabilitation. All participants were informed of the taste trial for the 2 cherry flavored products (ProHeal™ and ProStat SF®). No food allergies were reported. The facility’s staff conducted the trial and no manufacturer representative was present during the taste test. The samples were unlabeled and the identities of the products were known only to the testers. The subjects reported their preference based on taste after sampling both products.

Results:  

Staff reported preference (n=5):  Prostat=1 (20%); ProHeal=4 (80%).

Residents reported preference (n=20):  Prostat=5 (25%); ProHeal=14 (70%); no preference=1 (5%). Statistical analysis using one sample t-test between the percents shows a statistically significant (p=.031) difference in test preference in favor of ProHeal.

Cumulative staff & residents (n=25):  Prostat=6 (24%); ProHeal=18 (72%); no preference=1 (4%). Statistical analysis using one sample t-test between the percents shows a statistically significant (p=.010) difference in test preference in favor of ProHeal.

This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Palliative Wound Care

Palliative Wound CarePalliative care is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an “approach that improves quality of life in patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses”. 1 Palliative care focuses on prevention and relief from suffering, providing pain control, spiritual support and symptom control, done with respect for cultural differences and individual needs. Care decisions should be made through a process that involves open dialogue between patient, family and caregivers. 1 Read more ›

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FDA Bans Antimicrobial Soaps – What Does It Mean For You?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a final ruling last week regarding Consumer Antiseptic (antimicrobial)Washes. As a manufacturer of antiseptic hand and body washes, DermaRite would like to address this ruling and assure you that you can continue to use any of our hand and body washes as usual.

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THE RULING

The FDA presented a Proposed Rule on Consumer Antiseptic (Antimicrobial) Washes in December of 2013. Following several years of research and consultation with manufacturers and industry leaders, the FDA has concluded that “there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.”[1] Read more ›

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Managing Pain with Dressing Changes

managing pain

F-Tag 309 is a government regulation that deals with pain stating: “Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care”.  (1) Read more ›

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Nurses Week

Dear Nurses,

I write to you as someone who understands your role, and truly appreciates it. As someone who understands your pain, and truly empathizes with you. As someone who understands how underappreciated you are at times, and truly wants to educate the world to change that. Read more ›

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Impact of Dehydration on Wound Healing

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What is the role of water?
Water plays a vital role in our overall health and may be the most important nutrient of life. Roughly two-thirds of our body is comprised of water. Since the body is not capable of storing water, daily replacement of lost fluids is needed for cellular functions such as delivering nutrients and oxygen to the cells, removing waste products and toxins, lubricating joints, protecting the central nervous system, retaining acid base balance and maintaining adequate tissue temperature. (3) Sufficient oral intake of water is vital to these functions.   Read more ›

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DermaRite Releases New Interactive Catalog App

DermaRite Releases New Interactive Catalog App Designed To Help Caregivers Navigate The Ever-Expanding Wound Dressing Landscape

March 2, 2016 – DermaRite recently released its Interactive Wound Dressing Selection Guide, a unique interactive catalog app that allows users to input a series of wound characteristics that generates a list of DermaRite dressings appropriate for that presentation. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android, the guide is great for on-the-job reference or simply to learn more about DermaRite’s wound dressings. Read more ›

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DermaRite: Introducing ComfortFoam™ Border Lite Thin Silicone Foam Dressing

January 28, 2016. DermaRite®, manufacturers of cost-effective advanced wound care, skin care and nutritional products for health and senior care facilities, is proud to introduce their ComfortFoam™ Border Lite dressings.

A slimmer, more conformable addition to their best-selling ComfortFoam line of silicone foam dressings, ComfortFoam Border Lite is an absorbent, self-adherent silicone foam island dressing consisting of a soft silicone contact surface, a thin flexible polyurethane foam pad and a vapor-permeable, moisture-proof outer film. ComfortFoam Border Lite’s gentle silicone adhesive sticks to surrounding skin but not to the wound bed, minimizing pain and the risk of damage to the periwound area. Read more ›

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Obesity and Wound Healing

Obesity and wound healing

Obesity is a national health concern impacting over 35% of our adult population above the age of 60.1 Obesity can be directly related to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, but did you know that obesity also affects our ability to heal wounds?3

Several things occur as we gain weight. First, the demands on the circulatory system are stressed due to the increased amount of adipose (fat) tissue. The vascular system becomes overwhelmed and can’t supply the required oxygen and nutrients,   resulting in chronic inflammation.4  Decreased tissue oxygenation also negatively affects the ability of fibroblasts to produce collagen, a vital component for healing and wound tensile strength. 5  Read more ›

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