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ABBA MEDICAL
TRANSPORTATION, LLC

We accept Medicare and most
Major Insurance for
approved ambulance transports

Specializing in Dialysis, Psychiatric and
Surgical Center Transports

Serving the Central New Jersey area
including Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean,
Somerset & Mercer Counties

ABBA Medical
Transportation, LLC

P.O. Box 275
Keasbey, NJ 08832
(732) 583-1121
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What is HBO therapy?

amt hboWhat is HBO therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy provides 100% oxygen (compared to the 21% oxygen found in room air) in a chamber with increased pressure. The pressurized air inside the HBO chamber can be compressed up to three times the pressure found at sea level (similar to diving underwater down to 66 feet). This combination of high pressure and pure oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in bloodstream, which permeates deep into body tissues to help promote healing.

What conditions can benefit from HBO therapy?

Originally, this treatment was used to help divers who developed decompression sickness from surfacing too quickly, commonly called “the bends.” The treatment is still used to treat decompression sickness, but it was discovered HBO was beneficial to help treat other conditions, including: • Wounds: HBO therapy provides extra oxygen to support the growth of new blood vessels that replace vessels damaged by diabetic ulcers, radiation injury, soft tissue damage, and chronic, nonhealing wounds. • Carbon monoxide/cyanide poisoning: HBO therapy forces toxic gasses out of the blood stream and provides extra amounts of oxygen to help damaged tissues recover more rapidly. The rapid removal of toxins can help prevent neurological disorders caused by toxicity. • Infections: HBO therapy augments the body’s ability to kill bacteria in wounds such as gas gangrene (clostridial myonecrosis) or bone infections. Other conditions: Depending on the condition, HBO therapy may be beneficial in conjunction with other treatments. Our team of doctors will work with your physician to develop the best care plan for your optimal health.

Will I need any special tests prior to beginning HBO therapy?

HBO therapy requires a chest X-ray prior to starting treatment. Other diagnostic tests may be required to determine if HBO therapy is appropriate for you (e.g., a transcutaneous oxygen measurement, bone scan, or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]). Any additional testing will be determined on an individual basis.

How will I feel during HBO therapy?

HBO therapy is generally painless. You can sit or recline comfortably during the treatment in a large glass covered chamber while resting or watching television. You will notice a sense of fullness in the ears at the beginning and end of treatment as the pressure is adjusted. This sensation is similar to that which is felt when flying in an airplane or diving under water. You will be taught a simple technique to relieve ear pressure and avoid any discomfort. Some patients will hear a crackling noise in their ears between treatments, which can be relieved using the same technique. If the crackling noise persists, it should be reported to the staff. Some patients may feel light-headed after treatment, which is usually very brief. Are there any adverse effects associated with HBO therapy? Some patients may develop changes in eyesight (e.g., temporary nearsightedness [myopia] caused by the increased blood oxygen levels). In these cases, vision should return to pretreatment status eight weeks after the completion of treatments. There are other less common adverse effects, which will be discussed before treatment begins. Continuous supervision and monitoring during treatment are provided by a multidisciplinary staff of registered nurses and respiratory therapists.

How many treatments will I need?

You may require several treatments. The number will depend on your specific condition and response to HBO therapy. In general: • Emergency conditions are treated with 1 to 10 treatments during the first week. • Long-standing infections and other wounds may need 20 to 60 treatments over the course of several weeks. • Patients in the hospital will receive treatments once or twice daily. • Outpatients will receive treatments once daily, five days per week. Which types of insurance is accepted? We accept most insurance plans. Prior to treatment, insurance precertification will be obtained. We are not able to treat conditions that are not authorized by your insurance carrier. HBO therapy must be prescribed by a physician for a specific condition.

What are the Dos and Don’ts to follow during the course of treatment?

For your comfort and safety: • HBO may interact with some medications. Your physician will need a complete list of all your current medications, including those available without a prescription. • Before your treatment, notify the HBO therapy center staff if you have cold or flu symptoms. Often, it’s best to delay treatment until symptoms subside. • Remove the following immediately before entering the chamber: o Dentures or partial dental plates. o All jewelry and other personal items. (Each day you will be provided with special 100% cotton garments to wear during your treatments.) • Do not bring any valuable items with you. o Although lockers are available for clothing and other items, we recommend that you leave valuables at home. • Oxygen is highly flammable. It is hazardous to have other flammable substances inside the HBO chamber. Do not bring any flammable substances with you: cigarettes, matches, cigarette lighters, etc. • Do not use any tobacco products. o Hyperbaric oxygen is not effective in smokers and can even be counter-productive because of the side effects of nicotine. • Do not use oil- or alcohol-based grooming products before entering the chamber. (Hairspray, makeup, perfume, or aftershave should not be used.)

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How Do I Know I Need A Knee Replacement?

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Listed below are indications that a knee replacement may be in future:

  • You are unable to complete normal daily tasks without help.
  • You have significant pain daily.
  • Pain keeps you awake at night despite the use of medications.
  • Medications, the use of a cane, and consistent physical therapy — have not relieved your pain.
  • Less complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
  • Pain keeps you from walking or bending over.
  • Pain doesn’t stop when you rest.
  • You can’t bend or straighten your knee, or your hip is so stiff that you can’t lift your leg.
  • You are suffering severe side effects from the medications for your joint symptoms.
  • X-rays show advanced arthritis or other damage

Spring Cleaning for your Mind & Body

 

amt spring cleaning bodySpring is in the air. As you clean out your dresser drawers and closets, why not spring-clean your mind and body? Here are 5 easy ways to get started.

1. Give yourself a timeout: Take a few minutes each day to pray, meditate and reflect on your life. Being grateful for everything, both the good and the bad, can change your perspective and the way your handle your life’s situation.

2. Go outside: Take a walk or run outside in the fresh air or just play with your kids in the grass. The exercise will help release stress and improve your health. Plus you’ll get some much-needed, mood-boosting Vitamin D.

3. Rest: Most of us stay up a lot later during the summer months. Be sure to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep. Your body needs the time to recharge.

4. Grow a friendship: Nurturing friendships is an integral part of our happiness. Studies have proven that people with strong friendships live a longer life.

5. Release negativity: Happiness doesn’t just happen. Most people have to make the effort and choose to be happy. It’s helpful to remember that you have the power to control your thoughts, not the other way around.
(information courtesy of Reader’s Digest)

Here is a tip to CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES:

 

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Sing out loud. No, not the sad tune you listened to repeatedly when your boyfriend dumped you or your dog died. Instead, put on the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby or Queen and sing along and move to the music in your PJs (you can’t look foolish if no one is watching), in the kitchen or even in your car on the way to work!

Can singing really make people happy? According to a 2008 Australian study of 1,100 choral singers, YES! Choir members said they were more satisfied with life than non-singers, even when they had long-term health problems.

That’s because, according to the National Mental Health Information Center, singing and dancing stimulates the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, opiates and endorphins. So why not take advantage of Mother Nature’s pick-me-up? SING A SONG as you COUNTDOWN TO SPRING!

 

Watch for Coronary Artery Disease Warning Signs

 

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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) affects more than 13 million American. Caused by blockages in the arteries that nourish the heart with blood, it can lead to heart attacks and is the most common cause of death in the United States. Watch for these warning signs.

1. Chest Discomfort

Also known as angina, mild to severe pain, tightness, pressure or tingling can be a sign of CAD. These sensations can be triggered by eating, emotion, exercise, cold weather – or nothing at all.

2. Pain in Strange Places

You can also feel discomfort or pain in unexpected spots like the jaw, arms, left shoulder, neck or back. Sometimes pain starts in the chest and spreads toward the left.

3. Breathing Trouble

Shortness of breath can be a symptom of either heart or lung disorders. Both are serious. If you have difficulty breathing, consult your doctor.

4. “Digestive” Distress

Heart trouble can make you feel full, nauseous or as though you’re choking or have heartburn. It can cause stomach pain and even make you vomit.

5. Flip-Flopping Heart

Rapid or irregular heartbeats usually signal an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation. But they can also be a sign of coronary artery disease. Consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

6. Dizziness

CAD can spook you by making you feel dizzy, light-headed, anxious, fatigued or sleepless. You can also break into a hot or cold sweat.

 

Tips for Heart Health

 

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February is Heart Month! Celebrate by following these tips for cardiovascular health to keep your HEART HEALTHY!

1. Schedule a Check-Up:  Your doctor can help you manage cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and other conditions that lead to heart disease. But only if he/she knows you have them!

2. Eat Your Fish:  The omega-3 fatty acids in fish – or fish-oil capsules – will increase your good cholesterol and help with circulation, brain function, memory, depression and more.

3. Get Up and Move:  Make exercise part of your getting-up-in-the-morning routine. Walking is a great way for almost everyone to get prevent weight gain and keep the heart strong.

4. Cut Down on Salt:  Excess salt causes you to retain excess water, placing pressure on your blood vessels and heart. Read food labels, avoid processed and fast foods, and just say no to dill pickles!

5. Avoid Trans Fats:  In general, oil from nuts, seeds, plants and fish is okay in moderation. Avoid artery-clogging trans fats in fast foods like French fries, commercial baked goods like doughnuts and many candy bars.

6. Cut 100 Calories a Day:  A healthy body weight is good for your heart. If you cut 100 calories from your diet each day for a year, you’ll lose 10 pounds. If you are overweight, skip that can of soda, chunk of cheese or serving of mayo.

7. Quit Smoking:  You already know this but … smoking is really, really bad for you. It damages your arteries, increasing your risk for heart attack or stroke. Find a way to kick the habit.

What If: Family Funeral

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“My parents had been married for over 60 years when my father passed away.    He had been my mother’s caretaker, as she suffered through most of her golden years with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Naturally, I was in a panic; I just didn’t know how I was going to get my mother to the funeral parlor for the wake and then to services the next day.  I explained to the funeral director that my mother was almost bed-ridden and was unable to travel by limousine, but the funeral director assured me that he would take care of her transportation.  The afternoon of the wake an ABBA Medical Transportation van was at our door to escort my mother to the funeral home.  Each step of the way, from the wake, to the church, to the graveside services, and finally to the repast, ABBA Medical Transportation was there for our family.  The driver was courteous, respectful of our grief and supportive of Mother’s feelings through the entire experience.  He was attentive to her every need and was a good listener as she reminisced about the love of her life, my dad.   Thank you, ABBA, for going above and beyond!”

Shoveling with Care…

 

amt snow shovelingIt is snow season again and time to shovel.  Snow is one of those dirty four letter words that begin with S.  The best way to avoid injury is to not shovel the snow at all.  Get someone else to do it – like the kids, your dog, your spouse or significant other.  However, we all know that doesn’t happen.  So off we go to shovel out the car, the driveway, the walkway and, of course, the elderly couple who lives next door.  The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers these snow-shoveling injury prevention tips, which are the next best thing to a brand new snow blower:

 

·         Dress appropriately by wearing slip-resistant shoes and light, layered, water-repellent clothing that provides both ventilation and insulation.

·         Warm up with some light stretch exercises.

·         Push snow. And if you have to lift snow, use the stronger leg muscles for support, not the back.

·         Do not throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side because the twisting motion may stress your back.

·         Shovel early and often. The amount of snow that has to be removed is less and keeps it from freezing or partially melting and becoming harder to remove.

·         Use a proper snow shovel with a pole that is longer, adjustable, and curved to decrease the amount of bending needed to lower your risk of muscle injury. More user-friendly shovels are typically made of lighter materials such as plastic or lightweight aluminum.

·         Pace yourself and take frequent breaks. Don’t shovel more than 30 to 60 minutes, just like you would during a regular exercise session.

 

Do you know the difference between a COLD & the FLU?

 

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This time of year, it seems like everyone is catching something!  

We hope you find the following information useful to brush up on the key differences between a regular cold & the flu for proper treatment.

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Characteristic, high
(100-102°F); lasts three to four days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Quite mild Can last up to two to three weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort,
Cough
Mild to moderate;
hacking cough
Common; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion
or earache
Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
Prevention None Annual vaccination;  (antiviral drugs)
Treatment Only
temporary
relief of symptoms
Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza,
or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours
after onset of symptoms

 

 


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