Educational Videos

Home Health Care Equipment You Should Own

In this series of short webinars you will learn about the four types of home healthcare equipment that you should own, and know how to operate correctly.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Introductions 00:31
Why you should monitor your blood pressure. 03:49
What is systolic and diastolic pressure? 04:40
Using the right size cuff for your arm. 08:58
Tips on putting the cuff on correctly. 10:45
What is a “normal” blood pressure reading? 15:27
What are some things that can influence your BP? 16:16
What is “white coat syndrome” and how can it affect your BP? 24:15
How often should you record your blood pressure? 25:56

Checking your blood pressure is a good strategy to monitor your vasculitis and overall health. In this webinar you will learn tips on how to get the most accurate BP reading, and how to interpret the results.

Pulse Oximeter

What is a pulse oximeter and why should you own one? 0:18
Popularity of pulse oximeters due to COVID-19 2:05
Nail polish can affect an accurate reading on a pulse oximeter. 3:47
Reading your blood oxygen level results. 5:19
Stay still when you use a pulse oximeter. 5:49
Warm fingers make for a better reading. 6:12
These things can influence your pulse oximeter results. 6:59
Ask your doctor to determine your ideal oxygen level reading. 8:15

Owning a pulse oximeter is another valuable tool to use for your health monitoring. Learn how to correctly record your oxygen levels using this simple, inexpensive device.

Home Healthcare Products You Should Own: Urine Reagent Strips

What is a urine reagent strip? 0:13
What is inside the urine reagent test kit? 1:36
What do all the colors mean on the test strip? 2:29
How to read the results of the test. 6:12

What is a urine reagent strip test kit? Why is it an important tool for patients with vasculitis? In this short video, Kathy Olevsky and Jane Thomas talk about using a home urine test to help monitor your kidney function.

Home Healthcare Products You Should Own: Digital Thermometer

Using an oral digital thermometer. 0:40
What is a “normal” body temperature? 0:57
How does our temperature change through the day? 2:57
Using a scanner thermometer. 4:13
Work with your doctor to establish your normal temperature. 7:05
What can impact the temperature’s reading? 9:03
Keep a perspective on your symptoms and test results. 12:25
Monitor your health using the VF Home Health Journal 16:10

These days many people own a digital thermometer, but it’s important to make sure you’re using it correctly to capture an accurate reading. Jane Thomas reviews the pros and cons of these thermometers, and how to make sure it’s being used properly.

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