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Melio: British Invention Takes US By Storm With Abilities Expo Roadshow

abilities expoThe Abilities Expo has long been known as the place to go to discover new products and services that improve the life and lifestyle of people with disabilities. That’s why Melio, a revolutionary new product for leg bag wearers, chose to unveil its’ life-changing system with a national tour on the Abilities Expo roadshow.

Created by a British inventor who wanted to help his father who had suffered a stroke, Melio was born out of a desire to restore independence and dignity for leg bag users worldwide. The new Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© empties your leg bag with a push of a button – and it tells you when it’s time!

With instant success in the United Kingdom, the natural next step for Melio was to bring their product to America, with the goal of assisting more than 2 million people in this country who use leg bags on a regular basis.

Abilities Expo attendee Natalie Barnhard learns about Melio during the NYC Metro Abilities Expo in May. Barnhard is the founder of Wheels with Wings Foundation and is the President of the Buffalo, NY chapter of the NSCIA/United Spinal Association.

Abilities Expo attendee Natalie Barnhard learns about Melio during the NYC Metro Abilities Expo in May. Barnhard is the founder of Wheels with Wings Foundation and is the President of the Buffalo, NY chapter of the NSCIA/United Spinal Association.

Melio-Expo Roadshow Combines British Sensability with American Ingenuity

Visitors to the 2015 Abilities Expo roadshow can meet Melio’s creator Trevor Willis in person, along with the skilled Melio staff who are on hand to offer demonstrations and assist with questions from Expo participants.

Melio lets you empty your leg bag with a push of a button - and tells you when it's time!

Melio lets you empty your leg bag with a push of a button – and tells you when it’s time!

Besides its’ obvious convenience, Melio is known to increase independence by:

◾Eliminating embarrassing drips or leaks – by the push of a button you can empty this leg bag. This way you don’t have to move your leg or get your hands wet.

◾Eliminating backflow – let the built-in sensor alert you when the bag is full. With this reminder, you can avoid backflows.

◾Reduce the risk of a UTI – without the hassle of emptying your leg bag, it helps to encourage proper hydration, which in return can reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

◾Keeping it simple – the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System not only relieves individuals of the everyday struggle of emptying their leg bag, but it helps to improve their quality of life by being discrete and easy to use.

How does Melio Work?

melio - 5The integrated sensor in the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© monitors the urine bag level, sending a signal to the controller when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full.

The controller on your waistband alerts you when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full via a flashing amber light and discreet vibration. You can also turn on an audio alarm. When you’re ready to empty the urine bag, simply push the buttons on the top or bottom of the controller to activate the pump.

If you have limited dexterity, you can use the magnetic bracelet to activate the pump. Simply hold the bracelet against the front of the controller to activate it.


What Leg Bag Users Have to Say About Melio

C5 Quadriplegic Joe Digiorgio discovered Melio at the New York City Metro Area Abilities Expo in May. He says, “As a tetraplegic I was unable to manage my own bladder care (emptying my leg bag) which made me nervous to go out in public alone for fear of Autonomic Dysreflexia. The Melio leg bag system gives me confidence to go out alone without causing harm by not drinking water. It has also given me independence at home, being able to empty the bag myself instead of asking for help. The system greatly improves quality of life for people in my situation.”

C5 Quadriplegic Jen Lane agrees, saying “I have to admit I love it. No over full leg bags. With Melio, I stopped checking every hour and started trusting it to let me know it was full. That in its self was a priceless feature. I always feel embarrassed lifting my pants leg to check. And for once, I did not need to clean up the floor or toilet after emptying the bag.”


C6-7 Quadriplegic Bert Burns also discovered Melio during their US roadshow, at another stop on the circuit at Medtrade, a home medical equipment tradeshow, this past March in Las Vegas. At Medtrade, Melio was featured in the New Product Pavilion and honored as a finalist in Medtrade’s 2015 Innovative HME Retail Product Awards.

Burns is a former Paralympic athlete and the founder of Life After Spinal Cord Injury [LASCI], an online peer support community that has more than 46,000 followers on Facebook. Here’s what Bert has to say about Melio:

Get to Know Melio at the Abilities Expo

Free to attend, the Abilities Expo brings necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It’s about introducing opportunities that can enrich your life, especially ones that you never knew were out there — like the Melio Leg Bag System.


There are three Abilities Expo events remaining in 2015:

  • Houston Expo: July 31 – August 2, 2015
  • Boston Expo: September 18 – 20, 2015
  • Washington, DC Metro Expo: December 4 – 6, 2015

Register for your free Abilities Expo pass at  We’ll see you there!

More Ways to Get Connected with Melio

Want to know more about the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System or would you like to try it for yourself? Visit their user-friendly website at or call 800-482-2907. Or, you can inquire about Melio with your local urological supplies provider.

Contact these dealers for more information about Melio or to place your order along with your other continence care supplies:

melio leg bags

*The Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System is engineered and manufactured to the highest quality standards. Registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a urine collection device, Melio is designed for use by individuals who use indwelling, sheath, or suprapubic catheters. Ask your doctor about issues related to your health and neurogenic bladder, and if Melio is a good fit for your continence care needs.

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