Home Medical Equipment

This is a small collection of some of the common pieces of home medical equipment Norco provides.

For more information, contact the Norco location nearest you. 

Ambulatory Aids:  Assistive ambulatory aid for patients with mobility limitations that significantly impairs his/her ability to participate in one or more mobility-related activities.

Apnea Monitor:  Monitoring device that records respiratory and cardiac function of at-risk infants who have demonstrated apnea episodes.

Bath Aids: (Grab Bars, Shower Chairs): Assistive devices to adapt bathroom environment for safety within the home.

Bililight:  Electrical device that delivers specific spectrum light to exposed skin of an infant with hyperbilirubinemia, i.e., jaundice. The light source can be as a biliblanket or a Bilibed. Dispense on an order.

Blood Pressure Monitor:  A blood pressure monitor, also called a "Sphygmomanometer", is a device to assess the patient's blood pressure. A blood pressure reading reflects 2 levels of pressure exerted on the wall of the blood vessel, the systolic(when the heart is contracting) and diastolic(when the heart is at rest between beats). Monitors are available as a separate device from the stethoscope, can have a stethoscope integrated into the cuff (sphygmomanometer) or can be an automatic unit with battery power to allow for periodic assessment or even a 24 hour trend report.

Breast Pump:  Electrical pump for lactating (nursing) mothers to use for breast evacuation (to remove milk from the breasts). An accessory kit would be required with a rental pump.

Cold Therapy   Device or item designed to provide cooling therapy to an area of injury or surgical site. Cooling is designed to reduce swelling and pain which can lead to quicker recovery and a reduction in the utilization medication to control pain. The mechanism for cooling can vary from an ice bag to an electrical pump unit that pumps cold ice water through a pad.

Commode:  A chair to allow toileting at the bedside for patients unable to use regular in-home facility. Commodes are available as a stationary chair, drop arm, mobile (wheeled) and heavy-duty commodes. Lift mechanisms are also options. 

Compression Therapy Stockings:  Gradient compression garments that provide vascular support to extremities for patients with edema (swellings), vascular insufficiency, lymphedema and venous stasis ulcers and wound care. Therapeutic compression ranges from 18mmHg up to 50mmHg with the highest compression being at the distal extremity (ankle or wrist) and compression reducing toward the proximal extremity (thigh and upper arm). 

Cough Assit Device: A mechanical device designed to slowly inflate the lungs with positive pressure during inspiration and stimulate cough with rapidly applied negative pressure during expiration. It has been proven effective for patients with an insufficient ability to cough due to Poliomyelitis, Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, or other neurological disorder with some paralysis of the respiratory muscles, such as spinal cord injury.  

CPAP-Positive Airway Pressure:  A non-invasive technique for providing single level or bi-level airway pressure from a flow generator, via a nose mask, full face mask or through the nares. The purpose is to prevent the collapse of the oropharyngeal walls and the obstruction of airflow during sleep, which occurs in obstructive sleep apnea. 

Continuous Passive Motion Unit: Electrical device that provides passive range of motion of flexion(bending) and extension(straighting) to patient's knee joint following total knee replacement or knee manipulation surgery. The goal of therapy is gradually increasing range of motion to a functional level following joint replacement. The CPM Machine slowly cycles through flexion and extension motion, with the patient having control over speed, pausing and cycle reversal.  

Blood Glucose Monitor:  Battery operated device that provides read out values of glucose (blood sugar) levels in the patient's blood samples placed on a test strip. These units store blood sugar values with the date and time of test to enable improved diabetic care management.  The device must be for home use.

Emergency Alarm System:  Phone monitoring system with two-way communication technology that connects to the patient's own phone line to provide emergency response when the system is triggered. When triggered, the patient is immediately contacted by the emergency service dispatcher (Wright-Hennepin) assesses what support services are required to meet the patient's needs. Those services could range from contacting family to dispatching emergency medical services. 

Enteral (Tube Feeding) and Nurtritional: Nutritional services to patient that requires administration of liquid nutrients through a feeding tube or in some cases, oral ingestion. These services can include equipment and supplies such as an electrical pump with administrative pump sets, gravity administrative sets, syringes, as well as the formula itself. An IV stand is needed for pump and gravity administration. Replacement of the feeding tube itself may also be ordered.  

Hospital Beds: Hospital-type home care bed that provides required care support for the patient that cannot accomplish care needs in a regular bed. These beds include mattress and side rails depending on patient needs. Comes in manual, semi-electric, full electric, heavy duty (patient's wt. 350-600lbs) and extra-heavy duty (patient's wt. over 600lbs).

Incontinence Services: Products such as brief, underpads and wash cloths designed to provide management of loss of urine and stool.  These products are usually disposable. Products used to control or prevent incontinence of urine via catheters are under Urological coverage criteria.

Moist Heat System: Device or item designed to provide moist heat therapy to an area of injury or surgical site. Moist Heat is designed to reduce pain, soreness and swelling which can lead to quicker recovery and a reduction in the utilization medication to control pain. The mechanism for Heat Therapy can vary from a gel pack to an electrical pump unit that pumps heated water through a pad.

Nebulizer - Small Volume - Hand Held: Nebulizer with compressor is an aerosol compressor, which delivers a fixed, low pressure and is used with a small volume nebulizer. It is usually AC powered but does have battery options on some models. There are models that also deliver low air pressure via an ultrasonic method.

Nebulizer - Large Volume - Mist System: Nebulizer compressors can also deliver large volume airflow to provide for high humidity to patients with specific respiratory compromise, such as those patients with tracheostomy.

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Suction therapy utilizing specialty dressings that interface with a negative pressure pump system that is applied to chronic wounds that have failed to heal resolution with other treatment modalities.

Orthotic Braces: A device, rigid or semi-rigid, designed to support or assist the function of a body part such as bracing or support of a joint (knee brace), or lumbar support. These devices can be custom fabricated or prefabricated.

Ostomy Supplies: Ostomy services and supplies are for patient who has had to divert urine or feces through a surgically created stoma (opening) on their abdomen. This is most often due to disease of the bladder, colon or even entire intestinal tract. Frequently this is permanent but on some occasions, it may be temporary. Ostomy systems can be one or two piece.

Oximeter: Electrical or battery operated device that measures the oxygen saturation percentage in the body. The sensor of the oximeter is affixed to the skin (a finger, toe or earlobe) via a clip or an adhesive electrode. Oximeters can provide continuous reading and alarm function or smaller models are designed for intermittent ‘spot' reading. When oxygen dysaturation (low oxygen) is detected, then oxygen liter flows are adjusted to improve the condition. Both models also record heart rate.

Oxygen: Medical grade oxygen provided in the home. Used for patients with respiratory illness where oxygen levels are compromised. The systems available are compressed cylinders, concentrators (electrical unit) and liquid oxygen reservoirs. Delivery can be continuous flow or demand flow (pulse flow) with a variety of delivery devices, cannulas or masks.

Patient Lift: A mechanical device designed to enable one caregiver to transfer a patient from bed to chair, wheelchair or commode. This is accomplished with the use of a sling or seat component that interfaces with the lifting device. Available lifts can be manual/ hydraulic or electric.

Percussor: Hand held electronic device designed to allow the patient or caregiver to apply pulsing vibration to the chest area of the body with the goal of mobilizing pulmonary secretions to enable mucus removal via coughing or suctioning.

Pneumatic Extremity Compression: Electrical pump that delivers specific set pressures of compression to an extremity with the use of a multi-chambered sleeve/leg garment that applies sequential pneumatic (air) compression, inflating at the distal extremity (hand, foot) chamber then progressing up to the proximal extremity (upper arm, thigh).

Respiratory Assist Device: A technique for providing non-invasive positive pressure respiratory assistance (NPRRA) from a flow generator via a nasal mask or nasal pillows. This positive airway pressure is delivered to the patient with a mask or nasal interface in two levels of air pressure, inspiratory and expiratory.  Invasive RAD would interface via a tracheostomy.

Power Operated Vehicle/Scooter: Scooters are for patients with significant or complete limitation in ability to participate with mobility related activities of daily living (MRADL) i.e., toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and bathing, within the home that cannot be resolved with manual mobility aids.

Seat Lift Chairs: Mechanical device designed to lift assist an individual out of a chair within the home. The device can be a separate unit from the chair or be an integral part of the chair. It can be manual/hydraulic or power operated.

Suction Units: An electrical pump designed to aspirate secretions from the oral pharyngeal or tracheostomy using suction catheters or remove gastric contents via a gastric tube. Some suction pumps have battery power capability. Airway suction levels vary depending on age of patient; Infants 40-80 mmHg, Pediatric 60-100 mmHg, Adults 80-140 mmHg. For Gastric suctioning: 90 or 120 mmHg intermittent suction level.

Support Surface / Air Overlay: A mattress overlay product designed to reduce the effects and risks of skin break down. A compressor blower unit is attached to an air mattress that inflates alternating chambers to control effects of pressure on the skin.

Support Surface / Low Air Loss Mattress: A powered pressure-reducing mattress for patients with skin breakdown, decubitus ulcer(s). This pressure reduction is provided via airflow within the mattress either sequential inflation or through low air loss. It is designed to fit on a hospital bed.

Surgical and Wound Dressings: Wound dressings designed to provide therapeutic or protective coverings over lesions (openings) in the skin. Primary dressings are those in direct contact with the wound and secondary dressings serve to secure the primary dressing.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator): A battery operated device that delivers an electrical current via an electrode to a patient's body for the purpose of reducing pain perception. The TENS unit is either 2 Lead or a 4 Lead style. This type of therapy has limited effectiveness with many patients with few patients using it long term.

Tracheostomy Mist System: Humidification system that delivers aerosolized moisture to the patient's airway via a compressor (positive air flow unit), large bore tubing and a face tent or a tracheal mask. This mist, which is cool or heated, is utilized to decrease inflammation, promote cough efficiency and thin and hydrate secretions.   

Traction: A device to apply "pulling" or decompression of a body joint and/or muscle. This is accomplished by weight (water bag, weight discs or patient's own body weight) being attached to a harness or cradle affixed to the body area being treated. Traction therapy is most common for the neck (cervical) or lower back (lumbar sacral) with rare application to the leg (Buck's Traction).

Urological Supplies: Medical devices/supplies designed to allow a patient to manage urinary disabilities within the home. Urological supplies are designed to control the management of emptying the bladder through catheterization (intermittent: periodic insertion of catheter throughout the day, or indwelling: catheter that is retained in the bladder on a continuous basis) on the external devices (condom catheters). Incontinent supplies, which differ from Urological supplies, are for intervention of care needs after the bladder has emptied.

Ventilator: A ventilator is a electric device with battery back up, that delivers forced airflow into a patient's lungs via an invasive interface, such as an Endotrachial Tube or through a tracheostomy tube or a non-invasive Full Face or Nasal Non-vented Mask. This support is required for patients who have no or ineffectual breathing function due to a variety of conditions such as spinal cord injury or progressive neurological disease. 

Wheelchair / Manual: Medical device for patients who have mobility limitations with daily activities within the home. The use of the wheelchair enables patient to participate with Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADL) such activities as toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and bathing.

Wheelchair / Power: Powered wheelchairs are for patients with significant or complete limitation in ability to participate with mobility related activities of daily living (MRADL) i.e., toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and bathing, within the home that cannot be resolved with manual mobility aids.

Wheelchair Seating : Patients who use wheelchairs (within the home) may need special seating. The documented diagnosis may call for patient to use a pressure reduction and/or positioning cushions.