“We created The PUMP for people with a spinal cord injury and although designed primarily for people with tetraplegia or quadriplegia, it may also benefit those who are paraplegic,” said Robert D. Vernon, CEO of BIOTX Ltd.
Seattle, WA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 17, 2011
BIOTX Ltd. today announced the availability of their new power wheelchair accessory The PUMP™ - http://www.wheelchair-freedom.com/ for people with a spinal cord injury. With a press of a button, individuals with a spinal cord injury can empty their urinary leg bag directly into a toilet or urinal without assistance. Although designed primarily for people with tetraplegia or quadriplegia, The PUMP will also benefit those who are paraplegic and have difficulties in emptying their urinary leg bags. The PUMP is sanitary and easy to install. It provides numerous health benefits to those with a spinal cord injury, most notably the opportunity to drink as much as desired - thereby encouraging better hydration and avoiding the risks of urinary tract infections, Autonomic Dysreflexia and hypotension. In addition, people with a spinal cord injury using The PUMP will enjoy the increased freedom of mobility and a reduced reliance on caregivers.
“We created The PUMP for people with a spinal cord injury and although designed primarily for people with tetraplegia or quadriplegia, it may also benefit those who are paraplegic,” said Robert D. Vernon, CEO of BIOTX Ltd. “Our goal is to facilitate mobility, enable self-sufficiency, and encourage independence for people with a spinal cord injury. The PUMP is designed to vastly improve the ease of performing a seemingly mundane task that seriously challenges those with a spinal cord injury every single day,” concluded Vernon.
The PUMP attaches to the outlet of the leg bag and directs the flow of urine out through the tip of a flexible Wand. A switch activated by the user turns the Pumping Unit on and off, and an ultra compact 12-volt Lithium Polymer Battery powers The PUMP for up to five days with an overnight charge. It installs easily and quickly on virtually any power wheelchair. When the urinary leg bag is full, maneuver the wheelchair within arm’s length of a toilet or urinal and extend the Wand. Press the Switch twice to activate the Pumping Unit and urine will flow from the leg bag and exit from the tip of the Wand. When the leg bag is empty, press the Switch once to turn off the Pumping Unit and return the Wand to its stowed position. Cleaning The PUMP™ is easy - a Rinse Kit is provided which includes a highly concentrated cleaning fluid and a custom standing pouch.
The PUMP is $350 plus shipping and handling. The cost of The PUMP is fully reimbursable under Medicare. For consideration for reimbursement by a private insurance company, BIOTX Ltd. recommends individuals obtain a prescription for The PUMP from their primary care physician or rehabilitation hospital and submit it together with the sales receipt for The PUMP. As with all insurance companies, coverage is evaluated on an individual basis.
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Ria Romano, Partner
RPR Public Relations, Inc.