Why does length of stay matter?

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The difference that early mobilisation can make, to all stakeholders involved in Acute Care is well documented:

  • Patients benefit from shortened recovery times, and increased functional strength upon discharge
  • Hospitals and staff benefit from freeing up bedspace for other patients
  • Costs are reduced with efficiency gains

Interested in seating that can help with an Early Mobilisation programme? Contact us here and we will be glad to help

Why you need to be bothered about MedTech Compliance!

WHAT IS NON-COMPLIANCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

In the Medical Equipment market, there are sadly many anomalies which lead to non-compliance, sometimes deliberately, sometimes inadvertently which leads to unregulated equipment being placed on the market. Typical examples of non-compliance are:

  • Having no CE marking at all
  • CE marking inappropriately, i.e. claiming conformity to “furniture” or “machinery” regulations, rather than Medical Device Directives
  • Non-registration with MHRA
  • Limited or non-existent product safety testing
  • Stating a Safe Working Load yet having no testing methodology or audit trail

MHRA uses manufacturer’s own descriptions and marketing materials to assist in determining whether an equipment item is a medical device or not. So if literature is full of references like this:

  •  “excellent for stroke patients”
  • “adaptable for different postural and pressure care requirements” …. and so on,

…but the products displayed, are not CE marked, are not built to Medical Devices Directives, have passed no safety tests, strength tests, and have no demonstrable means of complying with anything other than “domestic furniture regulations”, what happens if there is an incident?

This is not scaremongering – underneath the burden of red tape, regulations and auditing processes that ethical medtech manufacturers abide by, are the following considerations:

  1. Patient Safety
  2. Prevention of Injury
  3. Caring for others whether they are our staff, patients or visitors to our premises

So when you are looking at a new supplier for Medical Equipment – new chairs, beds, mattresses, don’t just look at the brochures – look under the bonnet and make sure everything is as good as it looks on the surface! This is all basic stuff but you may be surprised to find out that many medical chairs (particularly) are on the market under a “furniture classification”, which is insufficient.

Further reading:

  • Requirements for manufacturers to register with MHRA – view
  • Medical devices: how to comply with the legal requirements – view

  • Care-Med MHRA registration – Alrick  & Wintur

Operating Theatre Efficiency – an article from BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41727535

We are passionate about helping theatre professionals maximise throughput and efficiency. Our area of expertise is day case procedures and the Sertain chair:

  • Saves space
  • Reduces equipment needed
  • Eliminates unnecessary transfers

Find out more by calling us free on 08000 191 246.

 

#fit2sit – reducing length of stay in the NHS

#sit2fit is an initiative by NHS Improvement – find out more here

Care-Med is a long-time supporter of innovations in efficiency, and can help hospitals looking to increase throughput with versatile seating that can replace chairs, trolleys, stretchers and beds – minimise transfers, reduce unnecessary equipment provision!

 

New website coming soon…

Here is our new WordPress website platform. Our website host carried out a major upgrade to their server last weekend, but unfortunately the data import was corrupted and the backup was unable to be properly used. However our main site in its basic form is back up and running and over the next week we will be re-populating all the pages that were lost. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience!