Asking for help
with personal care can be uncomfortable at times. For some people itâ€™s a daily
occurrence. People using a catheter have to deal with the extra chore of
emptying their leg bags, which can be problematic if they have limited mobility.
This requires them to rely on a caregiver multiple times throughout the day
just to get something done that should be fast and simple.
Most people who
have to deal with this task have experienced times when it is impossible to
have their leg bag emptied because there was no assistance available. This can
turn into a dire situation causing painful urinary tract infections. It can
also cause dehydration because people are afraid to drink too much knowing they
may not have the opportunity to empty their leg bag.
a high-tech engineering company that already has the experience with several
other products related to the medical industry, was approached by two successful
professors in the field of engineering--Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis and Dr. Mori
Fatehi--to create the solution for this very personal task. They were inspired
by one of their students at USC to create the Freedom Flowâ„˘ II, a wireless leg
bag emptier that allows users to empty their leg bag on their own with just the
push of a button.
Flowâ„˘ II gives people the independence to live their lives without having to
rely on friends, family, or caregivers to empty their leg bag for them every
time. It is completely wireless, so there is nothing that attaches to the
wheelchair and does not use the wheelchairâ€™s battery supply. The device comes
with a charging dock that will allow the unit to hold a charge for 1-2 weeks
when plugged in overnight.
This unique leg
bag emptier uses a simple pinch mechanism to keep the leg bag tubing pinched
shut. When you hold the button on the remote, the valve opens up, releasing the
tube and allowing the urine to flow out. Once the button is released, the valve
will close again, pinching the tube shut and preventing any leaks.
technology used in the Freedom Flowâ„˘ II is impressive in itself. Dynalloy, Inc.
is the world leader in manufacturing Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator wires
made under the name FlexinolÂ®. These are very tiny wires made of
Nickel-Titanium that change their shape when heated. These wires replace
solenoids and motors because they are drastically smaller and audibly quiet.
This allows products like the Freedom Flowâ„˘ II to be lightweight and silent
when operating. It is also fast so that people can empty their leg bags
discreetly in about 15 seconds.
feature of the Freedom Flowâ„˘ II is different from any other electric leg bag
emptier already on the market. People who have been using it so far are
incredibly impressed by its reliability and design. SMAâ€™s are extremely durable
and last through millions of cycles, which means the Freedom Flowâ„˘ II can be
opened and closed millions of times without wear or fatigue.
Flowâ„˘ II is manufactured by Dynalloy, Inc. and can be purchased directly
through the company for $399. To learn more about how you can purchase the
Freedom Flowâ„˘ II to help either yourself, a friend, or a family member become
more independent, you can contact a sales representative at Dynalloy at (714)
436-1206 or go to www.freedom-flow.com.