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We're very excited for patients because we're seeing a strong trend toward dressings that help minimize pain, reduce odor and reduce the risk of infection.

”We're very excited for patients because we're seeing a
strong trend toward dressings that help minimize pain, reduce odor
and reduce the risk of infection.”
Jonathan Primer, president, dermal management systems
division, Medline Industries

“We've all seen reports from the American Diabetes
Association that highlight the continuing growth of the diabetes
epidemic. At the same time, modern technology is making it possible
for us to more accurately and regularly test and monitor for a
number of conditions, including diabetes.”
Jeff Smith, CEO, Palco Labs

“There's a big advantage in materials and design used in
these products that are opening up new options in orthotics and
softgoods. Things made from lighter weight composites and plastics
are making products more comfortable, which leads to greater
patient compliance and greater acceptance in the
marketplace.”
Rhonda Newman, VP of marketing, FLA Orthopedics

“The lift industry continues to adapt to automotive
technology, such as stow-and-go seating.”
DuWayne Kramer, president, Leisure-Lift

“While the term ‘mobile lift’ has
traditionally been used to describe lifts capable of being rolled
from one location to another within a room or household, now the
term has taken on an entirely new meaning for homebound,
handicapped individuals. We have seen a rapid upsurge in the number
of homebound patients purchasing ‘transportable’
patient lifts. These units are capable of being folded or easily
disassembled into separate pieces, and they allow physically
disabled individuals to literally transport their lift with them
when they need to travel away from home.”
Gary David Nowitz, vice president of home care,
Liko

“I would say that the DC drive, especially in a
residential application, is becoming more and more prevalent
[because it eliminates the anxiety and inconvenience created by
power outages]. We've got to take our cues from what the market
wants and what we see as being effective in the
marketplace.”
Kurt Weber, owner and executive vice president, Butler
Mobility



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