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27 April 2017
AirLife® Resuscitation Devices

Dear Customer
purpose of this letter is to inform you of a voluntary Recall initiated by Vyaire Medical (a company comprised of the Respiratory Solutions businesses previously a part of CareFusion/BD) due to a potential patient safety risk associated with the AirLife® Adult, Pediatric and Infant manual resuscitation devices of various configurations.

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6 January 2017
TB3 Seating Systems manufactured from June 13, 2013 through November 10, 2014.

The interface between the TB3 back and tilt base can separate. This separation has the potential to lead to a structural failure in the TB3 seating system. The failure may be precipitated by angle induced stress brought on by the altering of the power chairs angle inhibits. The malfunction in the product could lead to serious personal injury and/or death. In order to alleviate any potential for this type of malfunction, Pride will issue a TB3 Seat Depth Adjustment Reinforcement Kit which contains (2) reinforcement plates and associated hardware to strengthen the interface. Please contact Beaufort Medical Equipment for more information.

Nebulizer voluntary Recall From Roscoe model NEB-ROS Dated 04/20/2015,
Machine from 2008-2014. Company has updated there manual, Damage to Power Cord when wrapped around machine may fray or spark. Please read care instructions. Any issue you may return to BME for exchange to company within the last 5 years for warranty.

16 December 2014 
Shampoo Cap. catalog # 7909, Lot 45812 and 45923 Sage Products is voluntarily recalling the above shampoo caps due to a preservative ingredient that was not added during manufacturing. there are no known potential health hazards associated with the recalled product, as a second preservative is present in these lots of products. Call Beaufort Medical Equipment for any questions.
843.379.2800

25 October 2013
M51,M41 and TDX-SP …Invacare may replace Joystick Device on Power Wheelchair. Please call Beaufort Medical Equipment for information on your chair that was Purchased through us. Chairs May go into higher/lower speed without notice.

13 November 2012
“Black offset Cane” Model 8916 Lot # PW120401, PW120301, PW120201, PW120101, PW111201 Manufacture is Invacare…. The only one sold @ Beaufort Medical Equipment was Lot # 120201…. If you have this Cane and it has a Gold Band around it YOU are ok with this Cane. Please contact the Store @ 843.379.2800 and we will replace it. The button on the Cane that sets height may suddenly and unexpectedly compress, causing cane to collapse.

12 April 2011
RECALL ON Invacare front wheeled walkers purchased between 12/30/10 thru 04/14/11 with a lot # starts with letters HP, Model # 6240-5F.  Please call prior to bringing in your walker.We will replace wheels @ no charge.. Please call BME @ 843.379.2800

12/30/2009
Heavy Duty Rollator model-W1801 Blue or Red Do not use as a wheelchair… Not made for this, Only to help walk and sit.
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Recall on Power Rehab Wheelchairs from Invacare on FDX, TDX series and Storm series (3G),Also with Formula CG Recline, Tilt Recline/Elevate. Please call your provider if there are any questions.

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Recall on Medline Fast Freeze Spray – 4oz Bottle – Item#: MDL-OTC960 due to bottle leaks. Please call if you have any questions.

HELPFUL HINTS

The do’s and don’ts of foot care if you have diabetes: If you have diabetes, there are a lot of things you need to do to prevent the problems from developing in your foot:

Foot Care Tip 1. Check both feet daily.

Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes. Blisters and infections can start between your toes, and with diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they’ve become irritated or infected. If a physical challenge keeps you from checking your own feet, ask a family member to help.

Foot Care Tip 2. Wash with warm – not hot – water.

Wash both of your feet briefly each day with warm – not hot – water. You may not be able to feel heat with your feet, so test the water with your hands first. Avoid soaking too long in water, since waterlogged sores have a harder time healing. Dry your feet right away, and remember to dry gently between all of your toes.

Foot Care Tip 3. Make sure your shoes fit well.

It’s an investment worth making. Even the slightest rubbing or misfit shoe can cause a blister that turns into a sore that becomes infected and never heals. Buy better-fitting shoes, or try different socks, even at the most minor signs of redness or irritation, since you may not be able to feel when it’s getting worse. Before buying or putting on the shoes check your shoes for rough seams, sharp edges or other objects that could hurt your feet. And break your shoes in gradually.

Foot Care Tip 4. Skip the barefoot look.

Always wear shoes or slippers. Always wear socks with your shoes, since leather, plastics, and manmade shoe materials can irritate your skin and quickly bring on blisters. While you might prefer the look of hose, nylon knee-highs, or thin socks, you may find that these don’t give your toes or heels enough protection. Wear thicker socks to pad your feet and cushion any calluses or sore spots.

Foot Care Tip 5. Speak up.

Nerve damage can be unpredictable. Tell your doctor about any changes in sensation in your toes, feet, or legs. Speak up if you notice pain, tingling, a pins-and-needles feeling, numbness, or any other unusual signs – even if it seems trivial to you. There’s nothing small-potatoes about a potential foot amputation.

Foot Care Tip 6. Stay soft – but dry.

Your skin may be dry and cracked because of high glucose levels, and cracked skin means it’s easier for bacteria to get under your skin and harder for infections to heal. Use a small amount of skin lotion daily, but be sure your feet feel dry – not damp or sticky – afterwards. Try not to get the lotion in between your toes. Keep your toenails trimmed and filed smooth to avoid ingrown toenails. You may find it easier to trim your nails after using lotion, when your cuticles are softer. Use a pumice stone after showering or bathing to softly file corns or calluses.

Foot Care Tip 7. Try non-impact exercise.

Swimming, cycling, yoga, and tai chi are increasingly popular ways to exercise – with minimal impact on your feet. Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Foot Care Tip 8. Fix bunions, corns, and hammertoes.

If your big toe slants sharply in toward your other toes, with a big bump on the knuckle of your big toe, you’ve got a classic bunion. Corns are spots of thick, rough skin, where the tissue builds up on toes constantly barraged by too much rubbing or pressure. A buckled-under toe, called a hammertoe, can result from muscle weakness caused by diabetic nerve damage. All of these make it hard to fit shoes comfortably. But a good podiatrist can help you fix these problems and take better care of your feet.

Foot Care Tip 9. Consider fitted orthotics.

A podiatrist can also fit you with shoe inserts called orthotics to support your feet if your have diabetic nerve pain or the muscles have become weak from nerve damage. If pain or weakness is so severe that it’s too painful or even impossible to walk, a foot brace or orthopedic shoes might help. A podiatrist is your best source for these devices.

Foot Care Tip 10. Control your blood sugar.

The best treatment for nerve pain, ultimately, is to manage your diabetes well. In fact, a major study by the American Diabetes Association in 2006 showed that strict blood glucose control with intensive insulin therapy lowered the chances of having symptoms of peripheral neuropathy – tingling, burning, and pain – by 64%. While you can’t control whether or not you get diabetic nerve pain, you can help control your glucose levels with diet, exercise, and mediations if you need them

Wheelchair Care and Maintenance
Modern designs allow a wheelchair or scooter to be tweaked for the ultimate comfort and individual requirements of the user. And there are fewer things to go wrong. Bad batteries, bent wheel rims and failed bearings — the three Bs of wheelchair repair — have virtually become problems of the past.

Front casters wheels and forks
Check that the caster wheels spin freely. If not, the problem may be due to hair and other debris caught in the bearing. The wheel usually must be removed to clean the bearing. Check for noises coming from the bearing; a good bearing should be silent. Caster bearings take a beating because they are so close to the ground and pick up dirt and water. The caster stem bearing that supports the fork pivot should turn easily, but should not be so loose that the caster wheel flutters from side to side at high speed. Check that the stem bearing barrel is perpendicular to the floor. If not, the caster will have difficulty turning. Check that the stem caps are in place; they keep water and dirt out. Check that the forks are not bent.

Glide test for manual wheelchairs
Find a smooth level floor such as in a supermarket. Push the chair and let it glide. It should go a long way in a straight line. If not, bearings may be bad or the wheels and casters may be out of alignment. Listen for noisy bearings. If the rear wheels are cambered with a connecting axle, the axle needs to be adjusted so that the wheels are parallel. Otherwise the wheels will have excessive friction.
Wheel locks and electric brakes
Check manual wheel locks for slippage with tires inflated to the correct pressure. The locks should operate easily. If not, the pivots may need lubrication. The pivots need to be tight enough that the wheel lock stays in place when released. If not, the wheel lock will drag against the tire, resulting in wear and wasted effort. Electric brakes for power wheelchairs need to be checked to ensure that they stop the wheelchair without veering and that they hold on a slope.

Footrests
Check that the footrests are not bent and are at the proper height. Check that the latches hold securely.

Seating
Check that the seat cushion is not bottoming out. The air level in inflatable cushions needs to be checked frequently. Gel cushions need to be massaged periodically to keep the gel from settling into hard lumps. Check cushion covers, especially on air cushions since air cushions will not work without a proper cover. Check sling seats and backs for tears and sags.

Rear Wheels
Check that rear wheels on manual chairs spin freely without wobble. Check for loose and broken spokes. Check quick release axle pins. They should release easily. The axle pins should be adjusted so that they are slightly loose when in place to ensure that the locking mechanism is fully engaged. Always check that the wheel is locked firmly in place after mounting a wheel.

Electrical problems on power wheelchairs
If you have electrical problems, note which side it affects. If the lights on the joystick box are flashing, note carefully the pattern; they signify an error code, usually by the number of lights or the number of blinks.

Drive Motors
Listen for unusual noises coming from the motor or gearbox. Check drive belts for slippage and wear. Check for jerking motion of the chair; this indicates serious problems.

Joystick control
Check that the joystick returns freely to neutral without binding. Check that the seal on the joystick is intact; it keeps dirt and water out. Check that all switches and controls are tightly in place. Check that the joystick clamp holds the joystick firmly in place.

For easier handling of wheelchair maintenance, repair and emergencies, keep a card with your chair at all times that includes the following information:

* Your name, address and phone number (in case of an accident).
* Your doctor’s name and phone number (in case of an accident).
* The names and phone numbers of relatives or friends to be contacted in case of an accident.
* The make and model number of your wheelchair.
* The manufacturer’s toll-free number.
* The name and phone number of your local repair facility.
* The phone number of a mobile repair firm, if there is one in your area.
* The phone number of a local wheelchair transport service (in case you’re stranded while out of the house).
* Your insurance policy number and related information.
* Your insurance company’s phone number for any necessary authorization.

If you’re going to be alone in your wheelchair or scooter anywhere you can get stranded, let people know ahead of time where you’re going and when you expect to be back. In such cases, it’s also wise to have a cellular telephone along in case you need to call for assistance.

Tape a piece of paper in plain sight somewhere on your wheelchair to remind you when it’s time to stop by your wheelchair maintenance facility for a six-month checkup on your chair or scooter. Another way to help remember your twice-a-year maintenance schedule is to peg the two visits to a couple of special events that are roughly six months apart — perhaps your birthday and some holiday such as the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving.

Mastectomy Follow-up Care

Visit Your Doctor – Even after treatment, your doctor will want to watch your health closely. See your doctor as directed. You may be asked to come in twice a year or more. Other members of your healthcare team will also want to see you. At these visits, report any changes in your breasts or problems with your general health.

Schedule Mammograms – Your doctor will tell you how often to have mammograms. During your appointment, extra x-rays may be taken. There is no need for concern. This is common after treatment for breast cancer.

Perform Breast Self-Exams – Be sure to do monthly breast self-exams. If you’ve had breast surgery or treatment, your breasts probably look and feel different. Ask your doctor how to do the exams and what to look for. Remember to check:

*Both the left and right side of the chest.
*The skin over the chest wall.
*Any incisions or scars.
*Above and below the collarbone.
*The armpits.
*The entire chest wall, down to the bottom of the ribs.

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