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Connecticut Classic Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

This weekend, come support the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team and watch them compete against teams from throughout the northeast; including New York, Philadelphia, and New Hampshire! The tournament will be held December 7th & 8th at Manchester Community College.

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The tournament will be sponsored by the Sports Association, Gaylord Hospital and New Britain Medical Supplies. Joe Paladino, CEO and Owner of New Britain Medical Supplies, will be competing in the tournament with his team, the Connecticut Jammers.

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Be sure to ‘Like’ “Sports Association, Gaylord Hospital” and “New Britain Medical Supplies” on Facebook! For more information about the event or how you can get involved, contact Chelsea Mariano at cmmariano13@gmail.com

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Tips For Travelers Needing Special Assistance

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With the cold winter months quickly approaching, a warm getaway is something everyone dreams about! For those living with paralysis, traveling is not always something that is easy to get up and do without some planning. There must be some thought put into finding an accessible flight, hotel and transportation.

Joe Paladino, CEO of New Britain Medical Supplies, has found that many more airlines are beginning to notice the need for accessibility and comfort for those using a wheelchair or power chair. From experience, Jet Blue is a great airline that has the best customer service and provides the most comfort during flying. There are many airlines that say they provide these services for those with special needs, however, some airlines have had some very negative backlash about their ability to provide the best service.  US Airways was recently fined $1.2 million by the U.S Department of Transportation for failing to provide adequate wheelchair assistance to passengers in Philadelphia and Charlotte, NC. It is important when booking tickets, to specify with the airline your needs and they will almost always be able to accommodate those needs.

When booking hotels, it is important to speak directly to the hotel instead of an outside booking agent. A person who works directly at the hotel property will know about the accessibility of the rooms and just how “handicap friendly” it is. Often times they will tell you it is fully accessible, but this does not always mean the same for everyone with certain needs. Often times, an accessible room won’t have a bathroom with a roll-in shower, which many people in a wheelchair need. Also, some showers have a shower chair that could not even fit your big toe if you tried. Make sure to get in writing from the hotel the specifics of your room and insist that it fulfills all of your needs to have a comfortable stay.

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Double Tree Hilton Hotel Fully Accessible Bathroom

If your vacation stay requires transportation to travel around your destination, renting a car is always an option. Car rental companies such as Hertz, have cars equipped with hand controls that are available at no extra charge. This is a great alternative to trying to find taxis that are accessible for people using wheelchairs and power chairs.

Another option for travel is a cruise. Many travelers with disabilities have said that a cruise is the best option and the most accessible. A customer of ours has traveled with Royal Caribbean and had a great time. There are lifts for pools and hot tubs that allow someone who is handicap to use all of the ships amenities. There are some great booking options with agents who are knowledgeable in wheelchair travel experiences because they are in a wheelchair themselves.

Here are some booking options with agents who specialize in traveling with a wheelchair:

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Spina Bifida Walk-N-Roll

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Joe Paladino (CEO) and Chelsea Mariano (Urology Territory Specialist)

On Saturday, November 2nd, New Britain Medical Supplies helped to sponsor the Spina Bifida Association of Connecticut’s Walk-N-Roll.

This event helps to raise awareness and funds to enhance the lives of those affected by Spina Bifida. There was a great turnout at Walk-N-Roll which was held at Camp Harkness, Connecticut’s only fully accessible camp for people with disabilities.

The day was filled with friends, fun, and good food! This year, lunch was served in a very fancy pizza truck that made a variety of delicious pies for everyone to enjoy.

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New Britain Medical Supplies was glad to be a sponsor for this event to further raise awareness about Spina Bifida, a congenital defect in which the bones of the spine (vertebrae) do not form properly around the spinal cord. We are proud to be a provider to many patients and families with children in need of catheters and urological supplies.

New Britain Medical Supplies is happy to provide samples or talk to people or the families of children who have Spina Bifida who may need to begin self-cathing. Please give our office a call toll-free at 1-855-332-0285 and we will be happy to discuss which catheter may be best and how we can begin to help you.

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Which Catheter Fits Your Needs?

With so many catheters on the market today, a patient who may need to use a catheter for the first time may be feeling clueless as to which catheter will be best for them. Some people may even be unaware of the use of a catheter and how it can help them. Here are some catheter basics and some examples of new catheters that are available today.

The Basics:

There are many different types of catheters (thin tubes that help to drain urine from the bladder) and manufacturers of catheters. The use of a catheter also ranges from urinary incontinence, urinary retention, or neurogenic bladder disorders that do not allow one to empty the bladder without the use of a catheter. This can range from patients with Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, and others.

Catheter types include: straight, coude, hydrophilic, closed system, condom, and foley. These catheters have many different sizes, which is known as the “French” size. This is another way to describe the diameter of the catheter. These normally range from a pediatric 8 to adult 18. The length of these catheters are typically either a Female 6″ or Male 16″ but can vary in length.

Different Types of Catheters:

  • Cure Twist – This new catheter is a discreet option designed for women who are on the go and need a catheter that is small and sleek. The size of this catheter is similar to a mascara wand or bleach pen.  Like all Cure catheters, it is DEHP Free and Latex Free with smooth, fire polished eyelets for maximum comfort. It comes pre-lubricated without making a mess and has a funnel end.
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Cure Twist

  • SpeediCath Compact Set- This catheter comes in two sizes, one for males and one for females. The catheter comes in a tube that you simply twist open and it comes ready-to-use with a coated catheter in a sterile solution with attached bag. This is a good option for a patient that may be bed-ridden or cannot empty the urine immediately.
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SpeediCath Compact Set

  • Cure U Pocket Catheter- The new Cure U is a straight catheter for males that provides a more discreet option in comparison to the 16″ long parcel that it normally comes in. Like all Cure catheters, it is DEHP Free and Latex Free with smooth, fire polished eyelets. The Cure U was designed to fit in a males pants pocket which can be used for on the go catheterization at their discretion.
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16″ Parcel compared to Cure U

  • Closed System Catheter- A closed system catheter is a preferred method of cathing for patients who use wheelchairs,or those who suffer from recurring UTI’s. With the added feature of an introducer tip, it allows the pre-lubricated catheter to bypass any bacteria that usually is found when you first enter the urethra. This method significantly reduces the risk of infection and painful UTI’s. Many manufacturers make closed system catheters such as Cure, Bard, MTG, Hollister, Rusch and more.
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Cure Closed System Catheter

  • MTG EZ- Gripper Closed System Catheter- Another option for patients with limited hand dexterity, usually associated with Spinal Cord Injury or Multiple Sclerosis is the EZ- Gripper Closed System Catheter. This catheter offers the ease and benefits of a closed system catheter with an easy to use Gripper handle.
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EZ- Gripper Closed System Catheter

If you have any questions about catheters or would like to have free samples delivered to you, please call us toll free and speak to either Cindy or Joe at: 1-855-332-0285.

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7th Annual Northeast Passage Wildcats Rugby Rampage

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The Connecticut Jammers

This weekend, the owner and CEO of New Britain Medical Supplies, Joe Paladino, will be playing in a rugby tournament in New Hampshire. His team, The Connecticut Jammers, will be taking on four teams from the East Coast and one from Canada. The weekend-long tournament will be held at the University of New Hampshire.

Joe has been playing wheelchair rugby competitively for over ten years with the Connecticut Jammers. If anyone is ever interested in joining a team or watching a game, you can contact him for more information! The Connecticut Jammers have three more tournaments in Connecticut, Philadelphia and New York this year.