In brief: Another POC takes flight, MED ups education

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SOMERSET, Pa - The Federal Aviation Administration approved DeVilbiss Healthcare's iGo portable oxygen concentrator for use onboard aircraft, the company announced Feb. 9. "This is an important step for us, and we are very excited about the approval," stated Jim Clement, director of Global Oxygen Products for DeVilbiss. The iGo joins 11 other POCs that the FAA has approved for use during air travel. On July 12, 2005, the FAA issued a rule that allowed--but did not require--airlines to let patients use "certain portable oxygen concentrator devices" aboard aircraft. Since then, most major airlines have given POCs the thumbs up.

MED teaches HMEs how to lobby

LUBBOCK, Texas - The MED Group has kicked off a free Webinar training program to help all HME providers--not just MED members--become more effective at government affairs. The three-part series includes education on lobbying and on how providers can engage their customers and supercharge their lobbying effort. "This is not a theory course, we will be having providers who have lobbied doing most of the training" said Wayne Grau, MED's vice president of supplier relations and government affairs. "We want to show people how easy the process is and once we are done we hope that HME providers will make government affairs part of their business best practices." For more information, contact Grau at

Bilt-Rite/Mastex donates goods to Haiti

CROYDON, Pa. - Bilt-Rite/Mastex has donated medical supplies to Haitian relief efforts. Working with Project C.U.R.E., a relief agency, the manufacturer of soft goods like wheelchair cushions and mattress overlays has donated a large quantity of its back supports, knee braces, lumbar-sacral supports, abdominal binders, wrist supports, posture supports, wristlets, ankle supports, hinged knee braces, cast boots, cervical foam collars, finger splints and latex gloves.

SeQual pitches in to help Haiti

SAN DIEGO - SeQual Technologies has donated 10 of its Eclipse portable oxygen concentrators to relief efforts in Haiti, the company announced last week. "Through our past experience of providing the Eclipse in emergency and disaster situations, we have a clear understanding of how helpful this small device can be," stated Ron Richard, SeQual's CEO. SeQual's donation supports the relief efforts of Operation USA and Partners in Health.

Sunrise donates wheelchairs to Haiti

LONGMONT, Co - Sunrise Medical has donated 380 wheelchairs to UCP Wheels for Humanity, a non-profit organization helping with relief efforts in Haiti. The donation includes a variety of standard and adult custom manual wheelchairs.  Since 1996, UCP Wheels for Humanity has focused on refurbishing wheelchairs and individually custom fitting them to children and adults with disabilities around the developing world.