Archive for December, 2014

Brevard Medical: A Year in Review

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

review-blogAs 2014 is coming to a close, we are thankful for all of our valued customers that keep our business running strong.  As we close out the year we like to take a look back at some of the things that made 2014 a good year before we look at what may make 2015 a great year.

We believe we have been able to deliver some great content and articles to you through our blog in 2014. Here is a rundown of what we considered to be the three best posts, in no particular order, of the year.

  1. 8 Ways to Enjoy Recovering from Surgery

While people have surgery year round, it is a little more disappointing to have it done during nice weather like we usually see at the end of the second quarter.  This article discusses some great ways to pass the time while you’re laid up that range from fun to productive.

  1. Cruise Carefree: Rent Medical Equipment for Your Vacation
    During the fourth quarter, we saw the likes of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and now the Christmas season. The post that stuck out to us the most was our post on rental equipment while on vacation.  This article discussed some of the rental equipment options that we have available for our customers.
  2. 8 Genius Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays
    Third quarter saw the end of the summer months, and so we figured we would end it with a bang. In this article, we decided to have a little fun and give you some creative and useful tips on things you can use your ice cube trays for.  These things ranged from supplementing drinks or meals to using them to clean your garbage disposal.

As we get closer to the New Year, we thank you for making 2014 a great year and look forward to serving you in 2015.  If you have any questions, or anything that we can help you with, feel free to call us at 321-453-3370, or visit us on the web at  From all of us here at Brevard Medical Equipment, have a safe and happy New Year.  See you next year!

Avoid Travel Pains – How Better Posture Can Make Your Holiday Travels More Enjoyable!

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

holiday-travel-blogWe are officially in the middle of the holiday season, and this season is full of food, family, friends, and fun.  However, with all of those things also, for most people, comes an increase in travel.  For people with mobility issues, travel can be an inconvenience or just plain difficult.  There are a number of things that can be done to help ease the pain of traveling that range from ensuring proper posture in the car/on the plane, to bringing a specialized travel pillow with you on your journey.

Posture in the car:

Posture is incredibly important in everyday life, from sitting down at your desk to sleeping and traveling.  How you sit can have a dramatic effect on your joints and muscles, especially in your lower back/hips.

While in the car on your journey, make sure that you are sitting up straight rather than slouching.  Slouching can cause your lower back muscles to support your weight versus your hips.  The solution to this would be to ensure that you are sitting with good posture in the car/on the plane.  This can be done by making sure your bottom is all the way back as far as it goes into the seat.

If you don’t have a lumbar support product, rolling up a bath towel and placing it just above your hips between your back and the seat works as well.  This helps to provide that extra support and comfort while traveling, while also encouraging better posture.

Posture while you sleep:                          

Another thing that can typically throw off your system is sleeping on an unfamiliar surface.  A lot of individuals find it more difficult to sleep when they travel because they do not have their familiar mattress or pillows.  One way to avoid this is to travel with a memory foam travel pillow.  These pillows are effective at keeping your neck and head in better alignment while you sleep, and thus help to avoid some additional pains from the unfamiliar surface.

How Brevard Medical can help:

Here at Brevard Medical, we carry a wide range of products that can aid in your daily life.  Like the products listed above, we have a range of other mobility-related products and resources for you to choose from that you can search through in our online catalog.  Let us know what we can to do help.  From all of us here at Brevard Medical, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!

Why you should add a humidifier to your CPAP machine

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Fall brings a lot of great changes.  The temperature cools down a bit, football season begins, and unfortunately the air dries up a little.  If you use CPAP therapy, this dry air can have an impact on your CPAP machine, which in turn means that the quality of your sleep can be reduced.

Why Add a Humidifier

One of the easiest solutions to combat this problem is to have your machine fitted with a humidifier.  This will add moisture and help ensure your airway remains open, allowing the therapy to work as it is intended.

Humidifier Maintenance

Adding a humidifier will require some additional maintenance on your part, though.  A humidifier relies on water to moisten the air that passes through the water chamber, through the tube and mask and into your airway. That extra equipment needs to be cleaned. Some of those cleaning tasks need to be performed daily, others monthly. Some of these tasks include:

  1. Filling the water chamber every night
    The water chamber needs to be filled with distilled water every night. Distilled water will help prevent the buildup of minerals in your water chamber and air tube.
  2. Empty and wash the water chamber every morning
    You should empty the water chamber and wash it in warm water while using a mild detergent before rinsing. It should be left to dry throughout the day before you fill the chamber again with distilled water at night.
  1. Once a month you should inspect the water chamber to see if there is any damage to it. If there are any cracks or if the tub becomes cloudy from the buildup minerals, it should be replaced immediately. When cleaning the water tub, use a cleaning solution made up of vinegar and water and thoroughly scrub the tub.

All of us at Brevard Medical Equipment wish you a happy holiday season!  Let us know if we can assist you with anything by going to our website or contacting us at 321-453-3370.