Tyshia Torres

Hello, I am the the Marketing Director for Aggio Medical Inc. I compose articles about Aggio Medical and other key facts that I feel everyone should know. I oversee the formulation and management of Aggio Medical Inc. brands. I execute marketing communications efforts that include advertising campaigns and collateral materials as well as Web-based marketing initiatives. I hope you enjoy my company blog and feel free to comment and ask me any questions or view our newly created website: www.aggiomedical.com

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Triangle Flight of Honor 2010

In honor or our  World War II veterans, the Triangle Flight of Honor organization has created a day-long trip that provides them with a chance to visit Washington D.C. Many veterans, unfortunately, may not have the funds or strength to make this trip on their own. This creates the opportunity to help in transportation for these veterans to visit the World War II  Memorial as well as other surrounding memorials. This year there were approximately 100 veterans in attendance as well as about 35 guardians.

Aggio Medical was there to help in the mandatory pre-flight meeting that took place Saturday, September 25th at the Crossroads Fellowship Hall. It was not only a great way for the veterans and guardians to get acquainted, but an opportunity for Aggio Medical to help with our wheelchair services and Oxygen concentrators.

Volunteers grouped together to begin the pre-flight meeting early Saturday Morning

“I am truly honored to be involved,” says Aggio Account Executive Steven Pier, who proudly offered his assistance with the donated wheel chairs and oxygen concentrators. He continued, “I am looking forward to being involved with the next flight in November.” Triangle Flight of Honor has another scheduled event in place for November 4, 2010.  Aggio Medical Inc provided 16 wheelchairs and 3 oxygen concentrators for these travelers. Helping to show guardians how to safely use this equipment was only part of the experience in this pre-flight meeting.  Aggio Medical gladly applied any further aid necessary to better educate those involved for these admired World War II heroes.

Veterans happily socializing during a meet and greet

This was the first flight from the Triangle area. It was an emotional and positive outcome when veterans returned from their day-long trip. All were happily greeted by family, friends, and supporters upon their return.

About Triangle Flight of Honor
This organization began in 2004, and has been so successful through those who volunteer, donate, and or sponsor. They are dedicated to honoring our nation’s veterans. Donations to this organization are to provide transportation, meal, T-shirts, disposable cameras, fuel, and anything else they may need. To view more information about Triangle Flight of Honor, tour info, or to donate, please visit their website: http://www.triangleflightofhonor.com

About Aggio Medical
A leading provider in home health products that employs more than 100 health care professionals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Aggio Medical has national quality standards grounded in continuous performance improvement concepts. For more information please visit our website: http://www.aggiomedical.com

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Tips to help with Oxygen Concentrators

Basic concentrator check:
If you are concerned that you may have a leak in your concentrator, here are a couple of tips to trouble shoot the problem yourself:

First, make sure all of your equipment is securely fastened, this will include the water cap and the adapter. These components must be on snug as to not leak any oxygen.

High pitch noises:
If you hear a repetitive high pitch noise this may be because you tubing is pinched. Check around you to make sure your tubing is not being sat on or under anything heavy that may cease oxygen airflow to your cannula.

If you feel that you are not receiving air from you concentrator there is one simple test you can do:
Halfway fill a glass with water from your sink
When your concentrator is on and running, place your cannula into the cup
If you see bubbles coming up from the glass of water this means everything is working fine and you are receiving oxygen

If you do not see bubbles, check your water bottle and make sure everything is secure tightly
If everything looks correct use your back up and call Aggio Medical immediately, and we will make sure we are out to see you that day.

Tips for concentrator use:
Always use distilled water
-tap water has minerals in it that is not good for you to breathe in
When cleaning any of your equipment DO NOT use bleach or vinegar.
-Bleach and vinegar is not good for tubing it can discolor and harden it
-Use mild soap and water

Supplies:
You may order new tubing at any time
There is no RX necessary to receive tubing

Nose irritation:
Liter flow over 2 usually will have a humidifier with the concentrator, if it does not and you feel you need humidification let us know so we can notify your Dr. and send him a progress note over to him.
If you are getting a bloody nose, a humidifier may help you.

If you have a concentrator with us and have further questions or you need immediate assistants please contact us.
Contact our customer service representatives:
800-232-9195
919-878-6666

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-A Progressive Disease.

COPD progress from mild to moderate to severe. Severe COPD can not be cured, but treatment can be used at any stage. It is important to always talk to your doctor to help manage your COPD.

How do you know if you have COPD?
Some common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Constant coughing
  • Incapable of taking a deep breath
  • Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing

Factors:

Smoking is the primary risk factor for COPD. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of COPD deaths are caused by smoking. [1] It is not too late to quite smoking. To quite smoking may give you that extra edge on fighting against COPD.

Other factors can include exposure to indoor or outdoor pollutants such as toxic chemicals.

It may also be caused by a rare genetic condition call Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. Click here to view more information about alpha-1.

What is COPD?
COPD is chronic (a slowly progressive disorder). It may be include chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

Chronic bronchitis:

Narrowed airways that limit airflow in and out of the lungs. This can be linked to a consistent cough known as “smoker’s cough”. The damaged airways get tight, swollen, or filled with mucus and limit the airflow which in turn makes it harder to breathe.

Emphysema:

Damaged air sacs that trap air inside your lungs. These air sacs hold in old air preventing new air to get into your lungs, resulting in a hard time breathing.

Long-term oxygen therapy is the only treatment known to improve the survival in patients with severe respiratory failure due to COPD.

More information:

Patients with acute exacerbations of COPD have a risk for developing respiratory failure. Respiratory failure occurs when respiratory demand exceeds the ability of the respiratory system to respond. Without aggressive intervention at the point of respiratory failure, the patient can die. Aggressive therapy at this point, along with all the above therapies, may include mechanical ventilation.[2]

Ventilators may be used for people with serious breathing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Aggio Medical Inc. can supply you with a ventilator to help you improve COPD. To read more about what a ventilator machine can do please visit our website: http://aggiomedical.com/respiratory-equipment, Then ask you doctor if a ventilator would be beneficial for you.


[1] American Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fact sheet. http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/copd/resources/facts-figures/COPD-Fact-Sheet.html. Accessed August 30, 2010
[2] COPD Acute Exacerbations: http://www.pulmonologychannel.com/copd/acuteexacerbation.shtml. Accessed August 30, 2010.

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What is a Pulse Oximeter?

To begin, it is a source of light that originates from the probe at two wavelengths (650nm and 805nm). The light is partly absorbed by haemoglobin (iron-containing and oxygen transporting metalloprotein in red blood cells).

What do they measure?
Arterial blood oxygen saturation by sensing absorption properties of deoxygenated and oxygenated hemoglobin using various wavelengths of light.

A basic meter includes a sensing probe attached to a patient’s earlobe, toe, finger, or other body locations, and data acquisition system for the calculation and display of oxygen saturation level, heart rate, and blood flow. Pulse oximetry is one of the most commonly employed monitoring modalities in the critical care setting.

Pulse oximeters may be used in a variety of situations but are of particular value for monitoring oxygenation and pulse rates throughout anaesthesia. They are also widely used during the recovery phase.

The oxygen saturation should always be above 95%. In patients with long-standing respiratory disease or those with cyanotic congenital heart disease readings may be lower and reflect the severity of the underlying disease.

Causes of interference in your pulse oximetry ready include:

  • Nails: dark-colored nail polish, false or thickened nails can hinder an accurate reading.
  • Electrical: radio frequencies
  • Movement: seizer or shivering
  • Edema: if present in the area the test is being held

You may need to use a Pulse Oximetry for an overnight Sleep Screening to determine Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For more information on OSA please visit: http://aggiomedical.com/obstructive-sleep-apnea

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Wound V.A.C. Therapy

How can you help hard-to-heal wounds?

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) may be an option for you. This type of therapy promotes healing in acute and chronic wounds. It involves the application of negative pressure (suction) to the wound bed.

NPWT consists of a non adherent, porous wound dressing. A drainage tube is placed adjacent to or inserted into the dressing; an occlusive transparent film is used to seal the wound and the drainage tube; and a connection to a vacuum pump supplies the negative pressure.

Wound therapy is applied to an open wound for periods of 48 hours. There are two types of polyurethane foam (white and black) that is cut to shape and inserted to contact the entire wound. Black foam is more commonly for larger or deeper wounds cut to the appropriate shape of the wound and is then inserted to contact the entire wound. White foam is better used to help protect skin grafts. The foam allows for distribution of the negative pressure. Suction tubing is placed onto or in the foam, and then the entire wound/foam complex is covered with a clear plastic dressing to seal the wound. The tubing is connected to a suction pump. The drainage from the wound filter into a canister attached to the suction pump.

Positive effects:

  1. Can promote wound healing through multiple actions, includes the removal of exudates[1]
  2. Removal of slough[2], a potential decrease in wound bacterial burden
  3. A reduction in edema[3] and third-space fluids
  4. An increase in the blood flow to the wound
  5. Promotion of white cells and fibroblasts[4] within the wound
  6. Negative pressure brings tissue together, promoting caption, which allows the tissues to stick together through natural tissue adherence and increases healing

 

Aggio Medical can provide you with this advanced therapy as well as many other constructive equipment.
View our website today to see all that we can offer you: www.aggiomedical.com
 


[1]  Fluid with a high content of protein and cellular debris which has escapes from blood vessels and deposits in tissues or on tissue surfaces
[2] A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue(a condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells)
[3] A condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells
[4] A type of cell found in connective tissue; produces collagen

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Formerly Kight’s Medical Corp

For Immediate Release

Kight’s Medical Corp. Changes Company Name to Aggio Medical Inc.
New name more accurately reflects company’s quality equipment and customer service

Raleigh, NC, August 3, 2010–Kight’s Medical Corp., the leading provider of integrated home healthcare products and services, has announced its new company name, Aggio Medical Inc. Nearly 20,000 patients have been acquired over in five convenient locations.
Growth necessitates change; this new name more accurately reflects our company’s leadership position in the advancement and ever changing healthcare market. Aggio, originating from the Italian words meaning “premium” and “quality” better represents our business, our products, expertise, and position as your respiratory and medical equipment partner.
Specific locations will be released at a later date. Beginning today, we have launched a new website, www.aggiomedical.com. Effective immediately, all future business activity will be conducted using the new name.
About Aggio Medical Inc (formerly Kight’s Medical Corp.)
Aggio Medical is a leading provider of integrated home healthcare products and services. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, we employ more than 100 healthcare professionals serving the needs of thousands of patients annually. Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP), Aggio Medical has national quality standards grounded in continuous performance improvement concepts. For more information, visit www.aggiomedical.com
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