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January 2017

25Jan 2017

Robotic sleeve ‘hugs’ failing hearts

ELLEN ROCHE

Scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing.

The sleeve – made of material that mimics heart muscle – hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle.

The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows the concept works on pig hearts.

The British Heart Foundation describes it as a “novel approach” that requires further trials.

Scientists based at Harvard and the Boston Children’s Hospital, and in Leeds, say their soft sleeve was inspired by the actions and structure of real heart muscle.

25Jan 2017

Teach children simple hygiene to help curb infections

NICE and PHE recommend children and young people are taught the importance of hand washing to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

The guidance recommends children in nurseries and young people at university be taught when and how to wash and dry their hands, for example after going to the toilet and before preparing food, in order to prevent the spread of infections. Public Health England’s (PHE) educational resources, e-Bug and Germ Defence, are listed as two ways to promote better hygiene.

Young people living away from home for the first time should also be given information about how to care for themselves when they get an infection that will resolve itself over time, for example, a common cold or flu. They should be directed to 111, the NHS Choices website and local pharmacies if they need advice, the guidance says.

2Jan 2017

citizenAID App Now Available for Download

The Countdown to the citizenAID App is OVER!

The free App provides you with a clear and simple series of immediate actions to help organise others at the scene and to give life-saving care while waiting for the professionals to arrive.

Why not start 2017 with a resolution to be prepared? Downloads available from Google Play and Apple Store.

1Jan 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year From MedAid Services

The team at MedAid Services wishes you a happy new year and to celebrate, we have launched our brand new website at www.medaidservices.co.uk.

New Year Resolution

Have you got a new year resolution? Why not make checking your first aid kit as one of your resolutions? Whether you need a brand new first aid kit, or just a restock, we can help. Visit our store at https://www.medaidservices.co.uk/shop and use voucher code NEWYEAR17 to get 10% off.

Organising an Event in 2017?

Are you organising or hosting an event in 2017? Have you booked your first aid/medical cover? We are booking up fast so please contact us if you would like a free no-obligation quote. We can provide first aiders, event medics, paramedics, ambulances, treatment tents and more.

If you’re not sure if you require cover or not, please drop us an email at office@medaidservices.co.uk and we will be more than happy to assist.

We look forward to working with you in 2017.

The MedAid Services Team