Grosse Pointe Farms Showroom – New Location!

Introducing the New Hart Medical Equipment Showroom in Grosse Pointe Farms!

In an effort to better service you, on January 23, 2017, we moved from our Cottage Medical Center location, across the street to our brand new showroom at 131 Kercheval Avenue, Suite 70, Grosse Pointe Farms – located in the Pierson Clinic.

Along with high quality medical equipment products, the new showroom offers:

  • Larger showroom floor and product space
  • Easier access with parking directly behind the clinic
  • Mastectomy Fitting Room
  • CPAP/BiPAP Fitting Room

New Showroom Location:
131 Kercheval Ave. Suite 70
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Phone: 313.203.3012 – Fax: 313.640.2456
Hours: 8:30AM to 5:00PM Monday-Friday
Closed For Lunch 1:00PM-2:00PM

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Lead Inhalation Alert: Tap Water in Medical Devices

Attention Patients:

USE DISTILLED WATER IN MEDICAL DEVICES

Due to the state of emergency with the City of Flint’s water, we are reminding patients to use distilled water in their medical devices for humidification; i.e., oxygen, PAPs, ventilators, etc. According to the CDC, “Approximately 95% of deposited inorganic lead that is inhaled is absorbed.”http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxguides/toxguide-13.pdf

Hart Medical Equipment and The Salvation Army
As a precaution, Hart Medical Equipment and The Salvation Army have partnered to provide bottled water for patients who cannot afford to purchase distilled water for their medical devices who live within the City of Flint at 48502, 48503, 48504, 48505, 48506, 48507, or 48532. Water can be picked up from:

Hart Medical Equipment
2316 South Ballenger Hwy
Suite L
Flint, MI 48532
M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(810) 406 4444

You do not have to be a Hart Medical Equipment patient. Water is being provided by The Salvation Army, as long as supplies last. If you would like to make a financial donation, please call The Salvation Army at (810) 232 2199. Thank you.

Click below for a printable version of this flyer:
<< Distilled Water Alert – Patient Flyer >>

Helpful Hints for Ostomy Care

  • Change your pouching system in the bathroom where you’ll have running water, toilet paper, a wastebasket, etc…
  • Empty your pouch when it’s one third full so it’s not too heavy.
  • If the pouch fills with gas, “burp” it or empty (flatten) your pouch so it doesn’t “blow” off.
  • Do not poke holes in your pouch to let the gas out, you will no longer have an odor-proof pouch.
  • It’s not recommended to rinse your pouch out while wearing it. But, if you feel you need to do this, keep the water in the lower two thirds of your pouch when “swishing,” while holding your other hand over the upper one third of your pouch. This way, water won’t get near the stoma and break the seal of your skin barrier.
  • Change your pouching system every 3 days or as needed.
  • To prevent your peristomal skin from breaking down/becoming irritated, use a protective barrier wipe to help protect your skin.
  • If you’re using powder on broken or irritated skin, dust away the excess so your skin barrier will stick to your skin.
  • When cutting your pattern in the skin barrier, it should be 1/8” larger than your stoma. This allows the stoma to expand when passing urine or stool.
  • If you’re using paste in the tube, apply a thin, flat bead right around the pattern opening and wait about 3-4 minutes for the alcohol content in the paste to evaporate away.
  • If you have a urostomy you may want to consider connecting your pouch to a bedside drain bag at night. Then you’re connected to gravity drainage and the pouch itself isn’t filling while you sleep.
  • Pouch covers are ideal for intimate times.
  • For people who are visually-impaired or arthritic and unable to cut their own pattern, there are pre-cut and moldable skin barriers available.
  • One Inch wide ostomy belts are available for people who want to “cinch the sides” of their pouching system for added security.
  • Wide hernia belts (4”, 6”, 9”, 12”) are available for people who want to support the hernia behind their stoma.

Author: Patrice Rennick, R.N., W.O.C.N.

Are you getting enough Sleep?

Do you get enough sleep? You are not alone if your answer is no. Many people feel they are getting plenty of sleep but don’t wake up feeling refreshed. In fact, they may find themselves feeling sleepy all day. The quantity of sleep a person gets does not have much meaning if they are not receiving quality sleep.

Objectives to secure a better night’s sleep:

  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Your body has an internal clock and likes consistency.
  • Keep the room dark. Light encourages the body to produce serotonin which supports wakefulness.
  • Be cautious with sleeping aids; they may help you sleep, but often times rob you of quality sleep, along with other side effects.
  • Have a comfortable surface to sleep on. You spend about 1/3 of your life in bed; you deserve to be comfortable.
  • Keep you room cool. Research has shown that people sleep better when the room temperature is cool.
  • If you snore, speak to your physician about a sleep study. There may be a correlation between your snoring, sleeplessness and not feeling refreshed.

Author: Dana Patton

Staying Active

Make Exercise a Habit.

Once you’ve started exercising, it’s important to keep going because physical activity needs to be done on a regular basis to produce maximum benefits. One of the best ways to stay physically active is to make it a life-long habit. Set yourself up to succeed right from the start by seeking to make exercise a regular part of your day. When it becomes a normal part of your everyday routine, like brushing your teeth, then you’ll be less likely to stop and will find it easier to start up again if you’re interrupted for some reason.

If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making physical activity a regular habit.

Flint Showroom Grand Opening!

Introducing the New Hart Medical Equipment Showroom in Flint!

In an effort to better service you, on February 9th, 2015, we moved from our 2284 S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint location across the parking lot to our brand new showroom at 2316 S. Ballenger Hwy, Flint – located in the former Blockbuster building.

  • Easier access with parking directly in front of our entrance
  • Conference/Training Room
  • Mastectomy Fitting Room with Women Accessories; i.e., scarves, purses, bathing suits
  • New Product Display for monthly specials/new items
  • Cash Wrap for quick cash sale transactions; no waiting in lines
  • Greeter station in front of store to assist patients
  • Larger selection of Seat Lift Chairs and Scooters

New Showroom Location:
2316 S Ballenger Hwy, Ste L
Flint, MI 48503
Ph: 810.406.4444
Fax: 810.233.7307
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm M-F