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Obesity and evacuation

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Obesity and evacuation

In October 2007 the Government Office of Science and the Department of Health released a foresight report suggesting that 50 per cent of the UK population could be obese by 2050 at an annual cost to the nation of nearly £50 billion pounds. However, a recent report, conducted by the National Obesity Forum in January 2014, has warned that the UK is in danger of surpassing the 2007 predictions, following analysis of official figures and academic studies on obesity, weight management and lifestyle choices.

Increasing levels of obesity, are having a direct impact on those associated with primary care. There…

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Bariatric EvacMat features on Channel 5's Bigger Big Body Squad

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Bariatric EvacMat features on Channel 5's Bigger Big Body Squad

The Bariatric EvacMat, which is the original product from our Bariatric Equipment Range has recently made an appearance on Channel 5’s Bigger Big Body Squad. This product evolved from our original evacuation equipment range, which includes Ski Sheets, Ski Pads and Ski Slide Pads all of which have a safe working load of up to 160kg.

It was agreed that we had to look at alternatives for bariatric patients & residents and in conjunction with Bradford Hospital and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we developed the Bariatric EvacMat which can cope with up 350kg, more than twice the weight…

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Bariatric rescue

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Bariatric rescue

The problems created by the increasing obesity of the world population has always been present but over recent years it is becoming more and more of an issue to the First Response Emergency Services when being called out to attend a Bariatric Client.

Modern lifestyle, the availability of food and lack of exercise all contribute to the problems they face. In this modern lifestyle we tend to drive everywhere complain if we don’t have a TV remote and have to get up off our comfy chairs to change channel and because of our wonderful technology there is a lack of…

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The product that sells... but that we hope will never get used!

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The product that sells... but that we hope will never get used!

Imagine producing and selling thousands of products, none of which will ever see the light of day. Many will be in cupboards and on shelves, whilst others will be in place, ready to solve a huge potential problem but will never be needed. A few will be used for training purposes, but most will stay in their packaging. That is the scenario at one business that has grown steadily over the past few years and which is now looking to capitalise on some recent legislation while, at the same time, build a stronger product range for the future.

Think vacuums…

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Responsibility to provide adequate physical product training

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Responsibility to provide adequate physical product training

It is our belief that with the sale of any type of evacuation or moving and handling equipment there lies a responsibility on the part of the provider (and/or on the purchasing authority) to ensure that all users have received adequate product training.

At Hospital Aids product training is available for all of their product range and depending upon the value of the order and the location of the purchasing authority this may be provided free of charge.

However, the emphasis on practical training for the equipment is often underestimated and in some quarters, the emergence of “online training” is…

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What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

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What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a piece of legalisation which places responsibility on individuals within an organisation to carry out risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire with in their premises. This law came into force on 1 October 2006 and applies to the whole of England and Wales. New legislation was also introduced in Scotland which mirrors the risk based approach of the English/Welsh legislation.

These new pieces of legalisation replaced over 70 pieces of existing legalisation and two major acts - The Fire Precautions Act 1971 and Fire Protection (Workplace) Regulations…

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Hospital Aids - changes afoot for 2014

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In 2013, Hospital Aids continued to develop and expand it's product range both by way of new products manufactured "in house" and through closer ties with existing and new Suppliers.Continual expansion into new international markets around the world and the growth of interest in bariatric products helped to fuel the success of the Company.

Another important factor in this success story is the ability for our moving and handling team to provide "on site" product demonstrations for most products across the whole of the UK (excluding Northern Ireland where we have a Distributor). We know that many of our competitors…

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