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Paralympian Bert Burns Partners with Melio Leg Bag Systems

Press Release   •   Aug 19, 2015 01:56 BST

Quadriplegic Bert Burns, founder of UroMed and Life After Spinal Cord Injury, recommends Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© for leg bag users who seek home-delivery convenience and insurance reimbursement to support their continence care needs. [Liverpool, England, UK] August 14, 2015 - Albert Medical Devices, maker of Melio -- the revolutionary self-emptying leg bag system that you can control with a touch of a button (and tells you when it's time), has premiered a new educational video in partnership with Paralympian Bert Burns. "We are honored to collaborate with Bert Burns to share as his perspective as a leg bag user. Bert's insight gives leg bag users a better view of the daily benefits and advantages provided by the Melio self-emptying leg bag system. Since launching Melio in the US earlier this year, the customer response to this revolutionary approach to managing leg bag use has been fantastic," says Dr. Matt Pearce, CEO of Albert Medical. Urinary leg bags are commonly used by people who have neurogenic bladder due to paralysis, multiple sclerosis or another condition. Most leg bag users don't realize that new technology exists through Melio that can help empty their leg bag in an easier fashion, while increasing their independence and mobility. Displayed on the Melio website, the new educational video featuring Bert Burns demonstrates the leg bag system's innovative technology and the positive impact it can have on the daily lives of wheelchair users worldwide. See the video at: https://youtu.be/oRE5XC-0S7c or at www.meliolegbag.com. "Melio answers one of the biggest inconveniences of using the restroom when you're away from home. It never fails - every time you visit a public restroom, the handicap stall is occupied by someone who is not a wheelchair user," Burns explains. "With Melio, you don't have to wait for that stall to free up. You can just roll up to the urinal like any other person and empty the leg bag system straight into the urinal. No mess, no clean up." How Melio Works The integrated sensor in the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© monitors the urine bag level, sending a signal to the wearer's controller when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full. Worn on the waistband, Melio's controller alerts the wearer when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full via a flashing light and discreet vibration. The device also features an audio alarm. When the wearer is ready to empty the urine bag, they simply push the button on the top or bottom of the controller to activate the pump. For users with limited dexterity, a magnetic bracelet can be worn and used to activate the pump. Users simply hold the bracelet against the front of the controller to activate it. Additionally, users can empty the urine bag without raising their leg using Melio's extended Discharge Tube. Different tube lengths are available to meet individual needs. Both the tube and controller can be worn under clothing or tucked it into the wearer's waistband for easy access. The Leg Bag, Pump and Discharge Tube are an integrated, disposable unit. The system's controller is rechargeable and is designed to last for years with reasonable care. To learn more or to try the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© for yourself, visit http://www.meliolegbag.com or call 800-482-2907 for immediate assistance. About Bert Burns Bert Burns is renowned throughout the healthcare field as the founder of UroMed, an industry-leading catheter supply company that assists thousands of people nationwide with various physical disabilities. Bert founded UroMed more than 16 years ago to help serve people with needs similar to his own with disposable catheters, urological and continence care medical supplies. When Bert was in his 20s, he suffered a life-changing injury after being thrown from his car during an accident. Facing the future as a quadriplegic however was not the end but the just the beginning for Bert. His injury was a blessing in disguise and enabled him to realize dreams that he never would have had before being injured. Bert's path to success however started with one person, a recreation therapist during his rehabilitation who introduced him to wheelchair sports. Reluctantly, Bert gave it a try and ended up competing as a wheelchair athlete on a global scale for 15 years, winning numerous international events including a gold medal at the 1992 Paralympics. His work now primarily centers around UroMed's non-profit, educational program called Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), a motivational program that takes place in rehabilitation hospitals and other locations to positively influence youth and adults who have recently learned they will be using a wheelchair. LASCI has more than 48,000 members worldwide. About Albert Medical Devices The maker of the Melio leg bag system, Albert Medical Devices, is an award-winning technology company located in the United Kingdom. Melio was created by founder Trevor Wills after his father experienced a severe stroke that required him to use a urinary catheter and urine collection bag. An accomplished inventor and engineer, Trevor decided there had to be a better, more dignified way for his father to manage his continence care. Since its original development, the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System has undergone extensive user testing and refinement, transforming the lives for catheter users on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more at http://www.meliolegbag.com or call 800-482-2907. ### MEDIA CONTACT: Get Social Consulting Lisa Wells 678-232-1330 lisa@getsocialconsulting.com Since its original development, the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System has undergone extensive user testing and refinement, transforming the lives for catheter users on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more at http://www.meliolegbag.com

Albert Medical Devices, maker of Melio -- the revolutionary self-emptying leg bag system that you can control with a touch of a button (and tells you when it's time), has premiered a new educational video in partnership with Paralympian Bert Burns.