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    One Athlete's Struggle to Overcome MRSA

    Athletes are no stranger to injury — it’s part of the game. In the heat of competition, especially at elite levels, sprains, bumps and bruises are to be expected. But something more dangerous lurks in locker rooms, weight rooms and athletic training rooms: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. Many athletes don’t expect to be sidelined by something off the field, but there are very real consequences for athletes who are infected.   Read More...

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    How HIVAMAT Helps With Sports Injuries

    How HIVAMAT Helps With Sports InjuriesAthletic injuries can be incredibly debilitating and cause individuals to miss time on the field, take a break from their favorite pass-time, or even struggle to perform routine activities. Traditional therapies take time, energy, and can be contraindicated in acute injuries. Richmar is proud to offer HIVAMAT, a form of FDA approved deep oscillation therapy that can accelerate recovery and help to eliminate many of the barriers to sport and musculoskeletal i...  Read More...

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    How to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Hospital Rehabilitation

    How to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Hospital RehabilitationAs medicine and healthcare have advanced, so too have bacteria and disease. The most prominent example of this is antibiotic resistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counts it as “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” It’s not an overstatement.   Read More...

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    Three Ways to Prevent Staph and MRSA Infections in Hospital Rehab Departments

    Three Ways to Prevent Staph and MRSA Infections in Hospital Rehab DepartmentsThe risk associated with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been decreasing in intensive care units lately. However, it and other staph infections have been increasing in rehab departments. This is troubling because these environments are crucial for patient recovery. Furthermore, infection preventionists owe it to their patients to provide a safe area for rehabilitation after an illness or inju...  Read More...

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    Three Common Electrotherapy Mistakes that Lead to Infection

    Three Common Electrotherapy Mistakes that Lead to InfectionElectric stimulation, or electrotherapy as it’s commonly referred to, is useful for patients in physical therapy. It can help with low back pain, surgical pain, muscle weakness, poor motor control, tendinitis and bursitis. However, as useful as it is for patients, sometimes it can worsen their conditions if proper precautions aren’t taken. To keep your patients safe, you need to be aware of how you could be putting them ...  Read More...

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    The Risks of Multi-Use Electrodes

    The Risks of Multi-Use Electrodes It would be easy to assume that the electrical current is the most dangerous aspect of using an electrode. However, in the environments where patients are cared for, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are actually the greater danger. According to one study, it’s estimated that 90,000 patients die annually due to HAIs. One overlooked source of these HAIs is the reuse of standard, self-adhesive electrodes. Let’s explore the risks of...  Read More...

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    An Everyday Threat: Healthcare-Associated Infections

    An Everyday Threat: Healthcare-Associated InfectionsWhether it’s due to lack of awareness or poor implementation of best practices, many healthcare settings adhere poorly to simple, effective infection prevention strategies. But it’s an issue that cannot be ignored. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counts healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) as a serious threat to patient safety. In response to this issue, the U.S.   Read More...

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    Protect Your Athletes: MRSA Prevention

    Protect Your Athletes: MRSA PreventionAs the Mayo Clinic notes, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, has been a problem in traditional healthcare environments for decades. However, more recently, it has become a serious issue for athletes and athletic trainers.  The MRSA ProblemResearch from the Journal of Athletic Training found that 92 percent of surveyed athletic trainers felt that MRSA is a national problem.   Read More...

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    6 Reasons to Upgrade to the HydraTherm Moist Heat Therapy System

    Decades have passed without a noteworthy or significant improvement to moist heat therapy. Therapy professionals often wrongly believe that all moist heat therapy heaters are created equal, with the only difference being size and price. However, you may be surprised to learn, this is no longer the case!   Read More...

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    MicroBlock spotlight in HME News Diabetes Feature

    What's the easiest way to supplement infection prevention practices in rehabilitation? Replace single-use products for ones that include bactericidal properties; these allow clinicians to lower their patients' infection risk without altering the clinic's treatment practices. MicroBlock, a new antimicrobial electrode that does just that, is covered in the Diabetes feature of HME News' April edition.View Article in HME News   Read More...

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