Archive for November, 2016

5 Myths about the Flu

Posted on: November 19th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Flu season is in full swing, and if you’re unfortunate enough to have caught the bug, chances are your friends and family are plying you with advice on how to combat it. However, there’s no shortage of myths and misunderstandings when it comes to influenza. Brevard Medical would like to address some of the more common ones:

  • You can get the flu from the flu shot.


It takes one to two weeks for the flu vaccine to work, so if you’re infected before you receive the vaccine or are infected shortly after receiving it, you will become sick. Because of this, many people associate the shot with getting sick.


  • Once you get the flu shot, you’re 100% protected.


While the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu, you still need to take additional precautions, such as washing your hands frequently and taking anti-viral medication if you were exposed to the virus before you received the shot.


  • Going outside on a cold day with wet hair will give you the flu.

Influenza is caused by a virus, so the only way you can catch it is to become exposed to the virus—and wet hair on a cold day does not increase your chances of exposure.


  • Feed a cold, starve a fever.


Actually, when you’re fighting the flu you need to increase your liquid intake. To decrease how much you eat will cut back on your hydration levels, so starving yourself is counter-intuitive.


  • Chicken soup can help you recover.


While chicken soup soothes sore throats and provide the liquids you need to combat the flu, it doesn’t have any true curative properties.

At Brevard Medical, we’re all about helping you stay in the best health possible. We know how much havoc the flu can wreck on those with respiratory issues. If you need a refill on oxygen or need to replace some of the parts on your oxygen concentrators, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We offer respiratory services, and carry a wide variety of oxygen concentrators and oxygen concentrator parts in our online catalog.

Home Accessibility Checklist

Posted on: November 12th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Home is where the heart is, but if you’re a wheelchair user, you’re probably already familiar with the fact that most American homes are not built with wheelchair users in mind. That’s why Brevard Medical has put together this list of the most common home modifications that need to be done to make wheelchair users happy and comfortable:

Wheelchair Accessible Features Inside the House

  • General
    • Doorways need to be at least 32 inches wide.
    • Hallways need to be at least 36 inches wide.
    • It is best to go with tile or hardwood rather than carpet.
    • Outlets need to be at least 15 inches above the floor.
    • Thermostats and light switches should be no higher than 48 inches off of the ground.
    • Lower doorknobs for easy access.
    • Front loading washer and dryer.
  • Bedroom
    • Multi-level drawers and shelves for clothes
    • Mattress height the same height as the seat cushion of the wheelchair.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms
    • All bathtubs/showers should be replaced with walk-in showers.
    • Walk-in showers need to have a seat and hand-held shower head.
    • A taller toilet.
    • Grab bars in the walk-in shower and near the toilet.
    • Cabinets should not be placed under the sink so there is room for a wheelchair to slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the walk-in shower, toilet and sink.
  • Kitchen
    • Multi-level counter tops.
    • Side-by-side fridge in order to have easy access to the fridge and freezer.
    • A raised dishwasher.
    • Place the microwave on top of a counter.
    • Have front controls on the stove.
    • No cabinets under the sink so a wheelchair can slide underneath the sink.
    • Adequate space between the fridge, oven, sink, counters and kitchen table.

Wheelchair Accessible Features Outside the house

  • Sidewalks with mobility ramps to doorways.
  • Ramps should include handrails and curbs to prevent accidents.
  • Paved paths throughout yard for easy mobility.
  • Raised garden beds for gardening.
  • Vertical platform lifts for easy porch accessibility

With all of these great tips you are now able to build a new home or remodel the one you have to give you the accessibility you need in your wheelchair or scooter.  Brevard Medical wants you to feel comfortable and be happy in your home. We can help you with some home modifications, including stairlift and modular ramp installation.