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  • What Is Dry Mouth And How Does It Affect Oral Health

    Oral health care and effects of dry mouth

    Every once in a while we all experience a dry mouth, especially when we are nervous, upset or under stress. However, for some people, dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common condition that is caused by lack of saliva in the mouth and is thought to affect at least 1 in 4 of the population, with 60% being in the 60+ age group, and over 33% going undiagnosed. If dry mouth is not treated it can be highly uncomfortable and can impact on oral health.

    Saliva plays several important roles when it comes to keeping our mouths healthy. In addition to its role in digestion, saliva helps to cleanse the oral cavity, facilitate oral processing and swallowing of food, maintaining a neutral pH and preventing tooth demineralisation.

    The Main Causes Of Dry Mouth

    • Lack of hydration
    • Snoring/mouth breathing
    • Some long term health conditions
    • Taking multiple medications - more than 500 medications, both prescription and over the counter, have dry mouth as a side effect
    • Head and neck cancer and cancer therapy dry mouth is one of the most common complications during and after radiotherapy and treatment.

    Who Is Susceptible To Dry Mouth?

    oral health with diabetes

    People with diabetes

    Patients with high blood sugar levels are prone to experiencing dry mouth and it can lead to further oral health complications.

    Effects of dry mouth and cancer patients oral healthcare

    People having treatment for cancer

    Patients who are having treatment for cancer, in particular head and neck cancer, are at significant risk of developing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the most common complications during and after radiotherapy treatment.

     

    oral health in dementia

    People living with dementia

    One of the main side effects of the medication patients with dementia and Alzheimer take is dry mouth. Common medications with this side effect include; antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedatives.

     

    oral health with polypharmacy patients

    People on multi-medication (polypharmacy)

    More than 500 medications, both over the counter and prescription, have xerostomia as a side effect and the prevalence increases with each medication taken. More than 3 medications taken in combination can lead to a 50% risk of developing dry mouth.

     

    oral health and dry mouth effects for people with depression

    People with depression

    Antidepressants are one of the groups of medication most commonly associated with dry mouth.

     

    people with auto-immune disease and oral health

    People with Auto-immune diseases

    Patients with autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome, may suffer from dry mouth. This is due to their body’s immune system attacking glands that secrete fluid, especially the saliva glands.

     

    How Does Dry Mouth Impact Oral Health?

    • Effects of dry mouth in oral health careDifficulty speaking and swallowing - due to a lack of moisture and lubrication in the oral cavity.
    • Gum disease - with a reduced salivary flow bacteria and plaque will not be flushed from the mouth and is more likely to attack the teeth and gums.
    • Tooth decay - saliva helps maintain a neutral pH in the mouth and aids with food clearance. A lack of saliva can cause difficulties in buffering the acids caused by bacteria or ingested foods resulting in tooth decay
    • Viscous or sticky/stringy saliva - due to a lack of moisture and lubrication in the oral cavity.
    • A change in sense of taste - saliva plays a role in our experience of taste so people with dry mouth may find a change in their sense of taste, growing an intolerance towards spicy, salty, or sour foods and drinks.
    • A dry or burning feeling in the mouth, lips and throat
    • Cracked lips - a lack of moisture can cause sores on the lips, split skin at the corners of the lips and cracked dry lips.
    • A rough tongue - moisture of the tongue is maintained by the saliva. However, with a lack of salivary flow, the tongue can become extremely dry, sore and red causing discomfort and even a burning feeling.
    • Severe halitosis - due to the lack of cleansing action provided by normal salivary volume and flow, patients can experience bad breath.
    • Mouth sores

    The Symptoms Can Have A Dramatic Effect On A Person's Wellbeing

    Effects of dry mouth in oral health

    Why Isn't Water The Best Relief Method?

    One of the most frequently used saliva substitutes is water and whilst it can be used as a saliva replacement, it doesn't moisten and lubricate the oral mucosa and teeth adequately - something which is critical to provide relief for dry mouth. In addition, saliva plays a larger role in the mouth than just providing water.

    As dry mouth is rarely associated with systemic dehydration, consuming large quantities of water does not overcome it, but merely provides temporary relief from the symptoms of dry mouth. People who compensate through frequent sipping of water, particularly at night, often report a decrease in sleep quality due to the increased frequency of urination.

    Furthermore, drinking excessive amounts of water could potentially promote the loss of electrolytes and result in electrolyte imbalance.

    Here Are Our Top Tips To Help You To Manage Dry Mouth

    • oral health care for dry mouth with Oralieve productsMaintain good oral hygiene
    • Improve hydration take regular sips of cold water or suck on ice cubes
    • Use water-based mouth gels, sprays and non-foaming toothpaste

    How Can Oralieve Help?

    All our Oralieve products contain bioactive ingredients and enzymes which supplement the natural systems in saliva to provide effective and lasting relief. Oralieve products help promote a healthy, comfortable mouth.

    Having a dry mouth may mean a person’s mouth can be painful when using products containing strong flavours or detergents. Many oral hygiene products contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate SLS, which can irritate oral tissues. Oralieve products do not contain SLS, alcohol or strong flavours and have been tested and developed with dry mouth sufferers.

    Click on an Oralieve product to reveal more information on how it can help the people you support with dry mouth.

    Dry mouth relief with Oralieve mild toothpaste Oralieve Ultra Mild Toothpaste
    Moisturising mouth gel to relieve dry mouth Oralieve Moisturising Mouth Gel
    Oral health products for nourishing lips Oralieve Nourishing Lip Care
    Oral health dry mouth relief with Oralieve moisturising mouth spray Oralieve Moisturising Mouth Spray

    To download our Oral Hygiene Management Guide, click on the link below

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  • How To Prepare Great Looking Rice And Pasta Dishes For Dysphagia Diets

    We are very excited to be able to offer you 2 new additions to our already extensive range of silicone food moulds which are designed to help you to significantly improve the presentation of pureed meals for the people you support with dysphagia.

    You can now add rice to your curry and pasta to your bolognese to increase the range of dishes and meals you are able to prepare, but given the consistency of these food types, what are the top tips and secrets to making visually appealing rice and pasta dishes?

    This is a question we have been asked recently, and we always like to provide helpful and informative answers to customers questions.

    Rice and pasta moulds - The key to being able to get good results with these two shapes is selecting the right thickener and the type of product used.

    For example, with rice, there is a bit of food chemistry involved and knowing the ratio of two main starches, i.e. amylose and amylopectin.

    Here is a little food chemistry to put you to sleep……

    Amylose is a long, straight starch molecule that does not gelatinize during cooking. Grains with high amounts of amylose will be fully and separated once cooked. Long grain rice typically has high amounts of amylose (about 22%) and the least amount of amylopectin (ex. long-grain varieties, Basmati and Jasmine).

    Amylopectin is a highly branched starch molecule that is responsible for making rice gelatinous and sticky. Rice with a high amount of amylopectin will be very sticky once cooked. Short grain rice typically contains the lowest levels of amylose and the highest of amylopectin (ex., short-grain, Asian-style types of rice).

    So, with all that said, it is best to use long-grain rice such as basmati or jasmine.

    Click here to view our full range of silicone food moulds including the rice and pasta moulds

    The Next Thing To Consider Is Which Thickener Should I Use?

    Our manufacturers believe that using an Agar Agar based thickener or potentially gelatine is the way to go to get the best results.

    In case you are unaware of Agar Agar thickener, it usually requires you to heat to a certain temperature to activate its gelling properties.

    So, here is a basic method for you, of what the manufacturers have done to get the best results:

    1. Add equal portions of cooked rice (long grain) or pasta and liquid (stock) to the blender N.B. Be sure to rinse and drain uncooked rice well to remove excess starch before cooking.
    2. Blend until pureed
    3. Add Agar Agar thickener and blend again
    4. Transfer contents to saucepan
    5. Heat mixture to ~ 90C to 'activate' the thickener
    6. Transfer mixture to mould cavities and cover
    7. All to cool in the fridge or otherwise freeze
    8. Heat moulded meal as per normal routine

    NB. If you are supporting people with dysphagia, please always refer to a Speech and Language Therapist for professional advice on suitable meal choices and suitable consistencies to avoid the risk of choking.

    Watch the video on how to prepare pureed rice here.

     

     

     

     

    If you would like more ideas of how to achieve greater meal variety for the people you support with dysphagia, you might like this article we previously wrote.

     

    Helping you create more varied meals for people you support living with dysphagia

     

     

    You can also download your free copy of our dignified dining guide here for more hints and tips on improving meal presentation and managing dysphagia.

  • Introducing Our New Company Brand Video

    Recently we shot a company video to capture the essence of Hcsuk and our amazing team - the passion and the care and attention we take, and the pride we all have in the quality of our work and the outcomes we help our customers achieve.

    We are immensely proud of our 32-year business journey working in partnership with care homes providing them with fit for purpose product solutions, servicing their equipment, helping to train their teams and to make continuous improvements. Also, how we help those who care for loves ones at home to stay safe, independent and comfortable.

    We are blessed to have a fantastically committed team who repeatedly go the extra mile to ensure our customers receive what they need when they need it, and always with a smile. ?

    We love the fact that what we do makes a difference in peoples’ lives every day.

    We hope you will enjoy watching and seeing some of our faces behind the voices, and our unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to enable us to offer a fantastic customer experience.

    And hearing first hand what Anita, a customer of ours for over 30 years has to say about us too!

    Watch the video here

    Our Team Is Here To Help You!

    If you would like any further information on any of our services mentioned in our video, contact us here!

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  • Why Oral Care Needs To Be Given Greater Priority In Care Homes

    We carried out a recent poll to help us understand the challenges care managers are facing to achieving good oral care in care homes, and the results are in!

    • 43% of people who responded stated that ‘staff don’t see it as a priority
    • 30% put it down to a lack of guidance and training
    • 17% said staff fear personal harm
    • 9% stated there was a lack of fit-for-purpose tools

    CQC now heavily promote the importance of oral care in care homes, which includes mandatory training and forming part of the effective and responsive KLOE’s

    Here, Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) talks about the importance of oral health:

    “Oral health has a huge impact on our quality of life and we need professionals across a number of sectors to make changes to ensure it is given the priority it needs in care home settings.

    “Oral health cannot be treated as an afterthought. It can make the difference between someone who is free from pain, enjoys eating and is able to confidently express themselves through talking and smiling – and someone who is in pain, unable to enjoy their food and who covers their mouth with their hand when they smile because they are ashamed of their poor oral hygiene but unable to address it themselves. No one should have to live like that.”

    And yet there still seems to be a huge gap between where we are and where we need to be on understanding the huge impact oral health has on overall health.

    Did you know that the state of your teeth affects your overall health, with gum disease linked to lots of serious health problems in other parts of the body?

    Therefore, brushing your teeth regularly to remove plaque can prevent gum disease and improve your overall health.

    Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, explains: "The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only 1 in 6 people realises that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only 1 in 3 is aware of the heart disease link."

    Gum disease may increase your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease has even been linked with problems in pregnancy and dementia.

    So why is good oral care so important?

    In a two-part BBC series, Dr Christoffer Van Tulleken, carried out an experiment where he didn’t brush his teeth for 2 weeks, to demonstrate the implications of poor dental hygiene.

    Dr Tulleken commented: ‘At the end of this time, I brushed my teeth and my gums bled; I had developed mild gum disease - an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. It's mainly caused by bacteria from plaque build-up on all hard surfaces of the mouth due to lack of oral hygiene. Carry on like this and not treat the problem and I could lose some teeth.’

    Further tests showed that he had also damaged his immune system - In some people who are susceptible to gum disease, the body over-reacts to the bacteria around the gums and causes too much inflammation. In others, the inflammation doesn't clear up. The result of the intense gum inflammation is that it also affects the bloodstream, and is believed to slowly damage blood vessels in the heart and brain over a long period of time. And there is mounting evidence that shows an association between poor oral hygiene and a wide variety of illnesses including:

    • Dementia
    • Pneumonia,
    • Diabetes, and its control
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart disease and heart attacks
    • Stroke
    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    ‘Gum disease isn't just bad for your teeth; it shortens your life - simple as that. So, looking after your teeth is one of the most important health interventions you can make’ he concluded.

    How do you think you would feel if you were unable to brush your teeth for 2 weeks?

    What do you think the implications to your health and wellbeing would be?

    • Inadequate oral care can be detrimental to social and emotional well-being – people become very conscious of not having a fresh mouth and can withdraw socially.
    • Any untreated oral pain can make chewing difficult and uncomfortable and therefore impact adequate levels of nutrition and hydration for weight maintenance

    However, a good oral care regime can help to:-

    • Keep residents as comfortable as possible in palliative and end-of-life care
    • Prevent dental decay and gum disease

    We need to work together to help build knowledge and understanding of the implications of poor oral hygiene and why it needs to be made a priority.

    Why not download a copy of our free Oral Care Guide? And you can check out our comprehensive range of fit-for-purpose oral care product solutions here too.Oral Hygiene Management Guide Long CTA

    We have additional great articles relating to oral care that you may find a worthwhile read! Find them here.

     

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  • The Benefits Of Using Hybrid Mattress Surfaces In Nursing Home Care

    Pressure area care surfaces have long been used in nursing homes and the community but a lack of understanding and confusion around the products have seen many of the new support surfaces and new technologies under utilised.

    What Are The Different Types Of Support Surfaces Available

    There are two main approaches to preventing pressure ulcers using support surfaces which are commonly utilised in nursing homes. These are known as active/ dynamic surfaces and static/ reactive surfaces.

    Each has a different function and capability for use according to different care needs of individuals. This is where confusion can set in, especially when using mattresses that are already in use within a nursing home setting. It may mean that a different surface is required but the right surface has not been specified, or the price of the specified surface may prohibit the purchase.

    Static /Reactive Surfaces

    Static systems may comprise of foam, foam and air, gel or layers of different foam densities. Some air-filled support surfaces allow air to escape through small holes and require a continuous pumped air supply. These are called low-air loss systems and are still classed as a static system.

    A reactive/static mattress works on the principle of distributing the individual's weight over a maximum body surface area. It does this by conforming to the patient’s body contours to increase the area in contact with the support surface. It provides a constant low-pressure profile whereby the pressure at every contact point is reduced. This alleviates localised internal tissue loads to help prevent the development of a pressure ulcer. These can also be called ‘reduction surfaces.’

    Active/Dynamic Surfaces

    Active/dynamic systems, (also known as alternating or airwave mattresses) require a power supply to mechanically alter the pressure beneath a person, using a regulated cycle of inflation and deflation of cells of the support surface. This allows pressure to be taken from parts of the person and then reapplied, reducing the duration of pressure on the body. These can also be called ‘relief surfaces.’

    NB: Repositioning of the person is still required on alternating support surfaces as on static surfaces

     

    Hybrid support surface technology is now being recommended by Tissue Viability nurses in both community and nursing home settings and combines foam and air to maximise the benefits offered by both static and alternating surfaces. This makes choosing a mattress simpler and is one piece of equipment that is suitable for a much broader range of people.

    This has reduced some confusion and enables the surface to be used in a ‘step-up’ or ‘step-down’ approach regards to an individual’s care pathway. However, there is still a lack of clarity about what these products are, how they work and which patients they are suitable for, as there are two different types of hybrid support surfaces - those with a pump and those without a pump. The systems are designed to be suitable for a range of pressure ulcer risk levels and categories of tissue pressure damage.

    It is essential to check the information provided by the manufacturer to ensure that the correct mattress is used up to the appropriate risk level and category of pressure ulcer for individuals.

    Hybrids Without A Pump

    Non-powered hybrids work on the principle of air displacement. When a person repositions their weight, air moves within the mattress to surrounding cells for optimum pressure redistribution. This allows the mattress to conform to the shape of the person’s body as he or she moves, increasing the surface area in contact with the mattress and reducing the patient/support surface interface pressures. This minimises the potential for cell and tissue breakdown.

     

    Hybrids With A Pump

     

    Powered hybrids also consist of foam and air cells, most typically configured as a layer of foam (this may be simple foam or a castellated foam) at the top surface against the body, with a series of air cells beneath.

    The mattress has air cells around the foam inserts, which provide a layer of alternating air cells above the foam.

     

    All of the powered hybrids in the non-powered mode function much like the non-powered hybrid mattresses. With the attachment of a powered pump, the mattress can inflate and deflate alternate air cells at regular intervals. Depending on where the air cells are in relation to where the individual touches the mattress, this can offer increased pressure redistribution or even intermittent offloading of pressure.

    How To Select The Correct Hybrid System For You

    When selecting a powered hybrid system, it is important to consider whether it offers both pressure redistribution in the static mode and pressure relief in the alternating mode. Hybrid systems where there is a layer of foam above the air cells provide active redistribution at a constant low pressure. Where the foam is positioned inside the air cells the system functions as an alternating pressure system, providing additional pressure relief in the powered mode. The presence of a foam core within the air cells means that air movement is not restricted by a top layer of foam and less air is required to inflate the cells, allowing the pump to be smaller and more efficient.

     

    The Top Benefits of Using Hybrid Surface Technology

    Clinical Benefit

    The option for both static and alternating pressure therapy means a hybrid surface can work to prevent and treat a wider range of pressure ulcer categories than either static or alternating surfaces alone. This removes the concern of transferring individuals from a static surface to an alternating one or vice versa – Stepping -up or Stepping-down. Instead, they can have the best of both by incorporating the powered pump. In the event of a power cut, hybrid mattresses still offer support so there’s no risk of finding your resident sinking through the mattress onto the bed frame, causing more damage and upset.

    Comfort Benefit

    Comfort is vital for rest, recovery and aid in the prevention of pressure ulcers. The air cells are encased by foam which moulds to the contoComfort is vital for rest, recovery and to aid in the prevention of pressure ulcers. The air cells are encased by foam which moulds to the contours of the body. When the mattress is in static mode the air cells remain full but with the layer of foam on top, this creates a soft and supportive flat surface for the patient. Part of being comfortable is also being able to lay in a quiet environmenturs of the body.

    Active Dynamic surface pumps can often be loud and create buzzing noises and vibrations that can affect a resident's sleep and in turn, their mood and wellbeing. Hybrid pumps, in contrast, are remarkably quiet, creating a more calming environment for the user. Utilising SSKIN 3 will also aid in the comfort of the resident and cut down on pressure ulcer formations.

    Cost Benefit

    Due to the hybrid system incorporating both sets of technology you can use the mattress in 2 ways, saving on buying additional equipment and servicing. Hybrid technology surfaces still require cleaning and maintenance to make sure they are always in working order and hygienically clean for the next person who requires the equipment. Decontamination and service work can be carried out all at the same time cutting down on pre-planned maintenance and Pat testing. They also save on space as you only need to store one mattress and not two.

    You can view our range of hybrid mattresses on our website here

    If you would like a full hybrid mattress demonstration at your home to understand how they can benefit your home why not get in touch call Belinda on 07968 994 660 or email [email protected]

    Watch the video on the benefits of a hybrid mattress here

  • What are the safe product alternatives to bed rails and how to choose appropriately?

    Bed rails are specialist equipment commonly used in care homes to prevent vulnerable people falling out of bed. However the use of bed rails doesn’t come without risks, as if they’re not used safely the consequences for the people you support can include fracture or asphyxiation.

    Safe bed rail usage is monitored by CQC as part of the safe use of equipment under Regulation 12,and they have the authority to prosecute if there are any breaches to the safety aspect in the use of bed rails. A provider was successfully prosecuted for a serious by CQC following an accident with the wrong use of bed rails by ordering them to pay a fine of more than £150k, and the provider was rated “Inadequate”.

    Here, our MD Jo Bonser, shares her learnings from attending the MHRA course ‘Are your residents sleeping safely?’ including what are the safe alternative products which can be used instead of bed rails.

    What are the risks associated with the use of bed rails?

    • Entrapment - when a person is caught, trapped or entangled in the spaces in or about a bed rail, mattress or hospital/profiling bed frame and can result in serious injury or death.
    • Falling – when a person tries to ‘escape’ and climbs over bed rails and falls
    • Injury – entrapment in bed rails can cause skin bruising, cuts and scrapes as well as fractures, strangling and asphyxiation.
    • Agitated behaviour – people can feel frightened and isolated by being ‘caged’ or ‘hemmed in’ by bed rails which are being used as a restraint.
    • Rolling out of bed – when the height of the mattress is level with the bed rails there is a risk of rolling out of bed.
    • Restriction of freedom of movement – can prevent people who are able from getting out of bed to perform routine activities such as going to the bathroom
    • Who are the people most at risk with bed rails?
    • People living with dementia, delirium, conditions of involuntary and uncontrolled muscle movement, physical limitations and frailty are those who are most at risk from bed rails.

    RISK ASSESSING THE USE OF BED RAILS

    Understanding the needs of the resident and finding the best solution with them is the correct intervention when using the bed rails

    Bed rails can be very useful for individuals who can benefit from them, however before bed rails are used, there should be a full bed rail risk assessment carried out as per MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) guidelines

    HOW TO CHOOSE A BED RAIL ALTERNATIVE

    Before choosing a bed rail alternative, you must first establish what the purpose of using it is for

    • Preventing a person from falling out of bed
    • Preventing them from slipping from the bed when sitting
    • Helping to get in and out of bed
    • To pull themselves into a better position when in the bed

    You may get one, or a combination of the following items to help you with your loved one's needs

    SO WHAT ARE THE SAFE ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS YOU CAN USE IN PLACE OF BED RAILS?

    Here's a range of practical alternatives to bed rails which are easily obtained and can also be used in combination with one another to make a safer bed environment, and negate most risks

    ULTRA LOW PROFILING FLOOR BEDS

    If a person is falling out of bed when they are sleeping, a low or floor bed can really help, as it can be lowered to as little at 67cm from floor level, so that if they roll off the mattress, the bed reduces the impact and allows the user to roll safely to the floor or a fall mat. Low beds are designed for use without the need for side rails and can be raised for getting into and out of bed and for any caregiving which is done on the bed.

     

    FALL OUT OR 'CRASH' MATS

    Are designed to be used in conjunction with low-level beds, and placed on the floor on both sides of the bed to ensure that residents don't injure themselves if they fall out of the bed with no bed rails. They are manufactured from high-density foam. NB, these mats are not suitable for people on end-of-life care or who do not move in bed.

     

     

    SIDE WEDGES

    Side wedges are designed to be placed on a mattress to raise up the sides in relation to the centre of the bed, so a person sleeping can't fall out of the bed. They are large wedge shaped pieces of high-density foam with breathable and wipeable covers together which come complete with a breathable connecting sheet that connects underneath the bed by durable straps to hold the wedges in place. Handy tip: Using 2 pairs together will cover the full length of the bed for added security and peace of mind.

    BED LEAVING SENSOR ALARM

    Bed leaving sensor alarms, pressure mats with alarms, motion sensors and pagers, call buttons and pagers plug directly into the nursing system and alert you as soon as someone tries to get out of bed. They are becoming increasingly popular in the falls prevention sector and are also available as a wireless option with a pager.

     

     

     

    You can view our fit for purpose range of product solutions in our "Safe alternatives to bed rails" section here. Lets get started

    If you would like any further help or advice on choosing safe alternative product options to bed rails, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01773 713713 or email us at [email protected] or chat to us on our new live chat function.

     

  • Our Top 5 Solutions To Help You Overcome Your Bed Safety Challenges And Avoid Bed Rail Entrapment

     

    We were recently asked to help solve a safety issue for a group of care homes where they had identified that the sizing of their pressure-relieving mattresses was not compatible with their profiling beds and was causing entrapment issues for their residents.

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  • Top 5 Benefits of Using a Hoist in a Care Home Setting

    Top 5 Benefits of Using a Hoist in a Care Home Setting

    The use of hoists and slings is an integral part of delivering health and social care services in the UK.  The benefits of using mobile hoists can outweigh the risks associated with lifting people when residents are given a care risk assessment and have a robust hoisting plan in place.

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  • How to achieve accurate and instant temperature checking for staff and visitors to care homes

    How to achieve accurate and instant temperature checking

    Hcsuk Mounted Thermometer

    According to the British Geriatrics Society latest resource: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Care Homes

    ‘For most residents in care homes, the risks of exposure to COVID-19 from visitors outweigh the benefits. Exceptions may include residents nearing the end of life and some residents with a mental health disorder such as dementia, autism or learning disability where absence of visiting from an immediate family member or carer would cause distress. Therefore, visiting policies should be based upon individualised risk-assessments and shared decision making with residents, their families and care home staff.

    The guidance is clear that even as lockdown measures are being slowly lifted and visitors are being allowed tentative contact with their loved ones, the very real risk of exposure to COVID-19 remains and care homes are all extremely anxious to take every precaution to avoid a second wave.

    The full guidance for Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Care Homes can be viewed here.

    With temperature checking now becoming a normal part of life in care homes, for residents, staff and visitors, this can be time consuming, labour intensive and with ongoing costs on consumables.

    Using a wall mounted infrared thermometer allows staff and visitor temperatures to be screened instantly and effectively and without contact. A motion sensor on the thermometer is activated with the infrared enables the temperature to be taken. It protects residents, staff and visitors, improving health and safety without creating queues or delays.

    With our care homes opening up to more visitors and with staff, who have been in self isolation and in some cases screened, processes to allow access need to be not only robust but also easy and time efficient to allow staff to be where they are needed and not checking temperatures of visitors and returning staff.

    Hcsuk have been researching this with a number of care homes and this wall mounted thermometer has proved to be one of the best solutions. We now have these thermometers available to care homes, nursing homes and also for offices and other facilities such as clinics and nurseries.

    In the main reception areas and staff entrances you can now do the following:

    • Fast, effective temperature screening

    • Non-contact – to avoid cross-infection

    • Instant audio/visual warning if temperature is high

    The thermometer can be set up exactly where you need it:

    Thanks to long lasting battery power, with auto power-off (or the USB power lead, included) you can set position of this thermometer anywhere. Wall fixings are provided, but with a screw fitting on the bottom, the thermometer can be fixed to a tripod or stand, too. Making this a very versatile and very useful piece of equipment which can be used time and time again to help protect residents, staff and visitors.

    The guidance states that the thermometer should be placed in an area for up to an hour before first use. This gives the thermometer time to acclimatise to the room which it is situated in. We also advise that this is not placed too close to an entrance where there may be a cold breeze for example. If you have difficulty with this we do have engineers on hand to help understand where the best position would be to have the thermometer placed within your facility.

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    Specification

    Dimensions: 170mm x 115mm x 140mm

    Measuring distance: 5cm - 10cm

    Response time: 0.5 seconds

    Infrared measuring range: 0ºC - 50ºC

    Measuring accuracy: 34ºC - 45ºC ± 0.2ºC

    Power: USB or 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery

    Input: DC 4.2 - 5V

    Certification: CE ROHS FC

    How does this automatic thermometer work?

    This infrared thermometer is designed as a screening tool to detect high temperature in individuals as they enter a building. The thermometer can be wall mounted, using the rear screw hooks, or stand mounted, using the screw fixing on the bottom.

    Here is a short explanatory video...

    The non contact temperature sensor detects motion, using infrared read a person's temperature instantly and display it on the LED screen. Healthy temperatures are accompanied by a single beep and green LEDs; high (fever) temperatures are accompanied by a continuous warning beep and red LEDs.

    Readings are high accuracy (34ºC - 45ºC ± 0.2ºC).

    Because the thermometer is automatic - responding to motion and then reading temperature using infrared - it not only means that contact is not required and therefore avoids cross infection, but also means an employee is not needed to take the temperatures. This makes it perfect for shops, factories and warehouses, schools and medical centres, where many people are likely to enter a building through the day and will need their temperature taking quickly and easily.

    Order your Mounted Infrared Thermometer here

    To get a FREE copy of a Staff Temperature Monitoring Chart please email [email protected]

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