Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) uses real time video conferencing

CAAG’s Video Remote Interpreting revolutionizes interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing Millions of Americans are deaf or hard of hearing and communicating with them both efficiently and cost-effectively has for many years challenged business, education and law enforcement communities, to name a few.

Houston-based Communication Axess Ability Group (CAAG) has unveiled a revolutionary new suite of products and services that meet and overcome this challenge.

CAAG’s Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) uses real-time video conferencing that allows for speedier access to quality interpreting services provided by certified sign language interpreters, removing the barriers to effective communication that exist between those who are hearing and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

VRI saves businesses, educational institutions, governments, hospitals and medical facilities money and time, an estimated savings of 15 percent to 20 percent.

VRI is easy to use and set up. A high-speed Internet connection and a good quality web-cam or other video conferencing equipment is all that is required to access CAAG VRI and to connect with a certified sign language interpreter. Interpreters can be scheduled as needed and are available 24/7 to provide communication access in a near-limitless array of situations and circumstances such as a medical consultation between a hearing physician and a deaf patient, academic instruction of a deaf student by a hearing professor, or a police interview involving a hearing law enforcement officer and a hard of hearing victim.

Advanced treatment available for those suffering from continuing urinary incontinence issues

Approximately 25 million American adults experience loss of bladder or bowel control, but they often don’t have to. According to the National Association for Continence, 80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be cured or significantly helped. For some people, this involuntary release of urine can affect their quality of life. Women are twice as likely as men to experience incontinence; approximately 10 percent of people over the age of 65 have this potentially embarrassing problem.

Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. On a temporary basis, it can be caused by vaginal infections, constipation, or certain medications. “Persistent urinary incontinence may be caused by weakness of the bladder or the muscles supporting it, overactive bladder muscles, or urinary tract blockage,” explains Tamyra Comeaux, MD, OB/ GYN on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

Once the cause of urinary incontinence has been identified, treatment options usually fall into three main categories: behavioral techniques, which require making certain lifestyle changes; medications; and medical devices or surgery. More than 200 variations of surgical procedures can be performed to treat causes of urinary incontinence.

One advanced treatment is InterStim Therapy, which is effective urinary control via sacral nerve stimulation. “For patients that don’t benefit from conventional treatment techniques and medications, InterStim Therapy may be an option,” adds Dr. Comeaux. “A potential patient first undergoes a minimally invasive test, either in the office or in the hospital, to see if the therapy might work for them. If the test is successful and the patient has an improvement in their symptoms, they receive a long term device to help control their symptoms.”

Urinary incontinence should not be suffered in silence. Hiding incontinence can lead to rashes, sores, and skin or urinary tract infections. Talk to your doctor about testing and treatment options available for urinary incontinence.