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NHS All Wales Agreement for Lymphoedema and Compression Products

BSN medical are the appointed sole supplier for lower limb, flat-knit, made-to-measure compression garments on the NHS All Wales Framework Agreement. JOBST® Elvarex® is available in 6 RAL compression classes for the lower limb with a wide variety of styles and options for the management of lymphoedema and chronic oedema.

For a copy of the order codes for this contract, please email joe.emms@bsnmedical.com or for more information about JOBST Elvarex, please click here.

Looking at Chronic Oedema and Lymphoedema; the male perspective

Lymphoedema and chronic oedema are managed through multiple interventions forming the two key stages of lymphoedema management. In the field of lymphoedema and chronic oedema research, the male perspective has received limited attention when compared with the female equivalent.

Further research is needed within the UK and globally to address the present gap. Despite this limited focus, management options available to male patients do not differ significantly from female patients, with compression therapy being the main management option.

The success of compression therapy and other interventions such as skin care and exercise depend on the patient's acceptance of the condition and the management options made available. This requires the development of an appropriate partnership between the health professional and the patient.

To read Garry Cooper's full article click here to access BJCN.

Powerful exudate management has a new home at BSN medical

BSN medical are proud to have acquired sorbion, a specialised technology company that focuses on products that treat chronic wounds, and the makers of sorbion dressings.

Launched just over 5 years ago the sorbion range of dressings, which include sorbion sachet extra, sorbion sachet xl, sorbion sachet multistar, sorbion sachet border, sorbion contact and sorbion sana gentle, have become firm and trusted favourites in the super-absorbent wound dressings area and are amongst the market leaders.

With a myriad of exudate management products on the market it can be a challenge finding the right product to use and the news that your favourite brand has been bought by another wound care company may fill you with concerns that the product will be changing.

The sorbion dressing range will still be manufactured by the same company, the only change will be that the dressing supply will now come through BSN medical, rather than H&R Healthcare, so you can be reassured that you will still be receiving exactly the same, trusted dressings.

BSN medical is one of the world’s leading medical device companies, which operates globally in 30 international destinations. It is passionate about wound care, with a heritage going back over 100 years and is already well known in the wound care and vascular therapies field with brands like Cutimed® and JOBST®.

Under its care, the sorbion range of dressings will be able reach a wider audience to enhance healthcare professionals choice and patient care. BSN medical’s heritage and experience, combined with sorbion’s innovation potential is also very exciting for the development of future advances in wound care.

Dr Felix Dahm, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Development at BSN medical, commented: “Innovation is a core element of our strategy in wound care and vascular therapies. We will benefit substantially from the extended access to state-of-the-art superabsorbent technologies and the knowledge base that comes with the integration of sorbion. The sorbion team will become an important part of our centre of excellence for wound care and bioscience research and development.”

If you would like any further information on sorbion or BSN medical’s Wound Care portfolio please contact BSN medical’s Customer Service Team on 0845 122 3600, pressing option 1.

BSN Sponsors Lipoedema UK

Lipoedema UK is the UK’s first medical charity to support and raise awareness of lipoedema. Lipoedema is a condition that makes you accumulate fat below the waist, often giving you hips, buttocks and legs that are out of proportion with your upper body. It can also affect your arms. It is believed that 11% of the female population suffer from lipoedema.

BSN medical are now proud corporate sponsors of Lipoedema UK whose mission is to educate doctors and healthcare professionals to recognise lipoedema in the early stages and to ensure that everyone with lipoedema has access to appropriate advice and quality care.

For more information about Lipoedema UK, please click here.

Rovers partner up with BSN medical

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to announce a partnership with a new sponsor for the 2015 campaign after linking up with local healthcare company BSN medical.

The Willerby-based company is a leader in the worldwide medical devices market, specialising in acute and advanced wound care, vascular conditions and lymphoedema, fracture management, physiotherapy, bandaging and casting, and will sponsor the club’s match day medical team.

As well as providing the team doctor, physiotherapists and trainers with specialist bags and equipment to carry supplies onto the field, the partnership will also see BSN medical reaching out to local amateur clubs across the region to share professional taping and strapping knowledge and education.

Set to take part in a seminar for local physiotherapists and first aiders at the KC Lightstream Stadium next month, BSN medical is eager to support grassroot rugby league club taping and strapping education as part of Hull KR’s Embed the Pathway programme.

As part of their sponsorship of the club, BSN medical will also receive pitch-side advertising and coverage in the club’s match day programme throughout 2015.

BSN medical is also pleased to partner with  sports medicine supplier Vivomed, working together to support Rovers taping and strapping product needs and providing local clubs and consumers with a route to order professional products.

Rovers Head Physio Rob Parkinson said: “We are delighted that BSN medical has agreed to become a partner of the club’s medical team. “They are a local business that is well-respected all over the world and we are looking forward to working with them more closely in 2015.

“We go through a lot of equipment and supplies as part of our work with the first team squad and the club’s youth teams, so to have their support will be invaluable and it shows how far the Rovers medical department has come in recent years.

“BSN medical are also really keen to get involved with the local amateur sides and I’ll be taking part in a seminar to show people how to use their products and demonstrate the correct techniques for taping and strapping injuries. It will be part of our Embed the Pathway programme which aims to help educate local coaches and volunteers to improve the pathway from amateur rugby through to Super League.”

BSN medical employ around 100 staff to support local, national and European shared services, and employees at the Willerby office are excited to learn of this new partnership venture. The company are proud to support Rovers and are eager to work together and learn more about professional users, and how Rovers and BSN medicals knowledge and expertise can assist local amateur clubs in the professional treatment of sport injuries.

Further details on the seminar with BSN medical will be confirmed on www.hullkr.co.uk in due course.

To visit Vivomed website: www.vivomed.com and to read their latest news, click here.

Picture: Chris Chester, Rovers Head Coach presenting a team signed shirt to Vicky Severn, BSN medical.

BLS Lymphoedema Awareness Week

2nd - 6th March 

This BLS annual event seeks to raise awareness of lymphoedema and the treatment options available. This year's "Pearls of Wisdom" campaign takes place from the 2nd to 6th March and coincides with International Lymphoedema Awareness Day on the 6th March.

Members are encouraged to hold local awareness events and to support this, a "Pearls of Wisdom" awareness pack is available for a donation from the BLS.

Are you running a local event? Email the details to the BLS and they will publicise on their website. For further details, click here.

Ask about the effect of carbon and cotton

JOBST forMen Ambition and JOBST forMen Explore are ready-to-wear RAL compression garments for the treatment of lymphoedema and vascular conditions. Both brands are available on the Drug Tariff in two RAL compression classes for below knee and in a range of colours.

C2 – the unique combination for optimal comfort and odour management. To find out more click here for JOBST forMen Ambition and click here for JOBST forMen Explore. 

New JOBST® Packaging

We are consolidating all JOBST ready-to-wear compression garment brands into one unified packaging design. This improved, robust and more compact design has already been implemented for the majority of the JOBST ready-to-wear brands. The remaining JOBST ready-to-wear brands will now be moving over to the new packaging, with no changes to the products, order codes or delivery times.

  • JOBST® Bella™ Lite
  • JOBST® UlcerCARE

The new and improved JOBST packaging will be seen for orders received from February 2015 and all orders will be received in the new packaging by October 2015. You can expect to receive the same trusted JOBST brand, with no changes to the product quality, measurements or order codes.

Update from CLSIG

Over the last two years much needed activities have been accomplished by the Childrens Lymphoedema Special Interest Group (CLSIG) such as completion of the Audit of Children Attending Lymphoedema Services and a directory of childrens lymphoedema services in the UK. Work has also started on the referral/ assessment protocol for children with lymphoedema and a consensus on treating children.

The lymphatics event was held in September at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. The day was a huge success bringing together children living with lymphoedema and their families for a fun-packed day filled with cheer and laughter.

For more information, please visit www.thebls.com

The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

The Kington Leg club celebrated their 4th birthday in November. Joe Emms, BSN medical Account Manager attended the event, along with other supporters.

An updated and much improved Lindsay Leg Club Foundation website was recently launched, to provide enhanced network and support information.

Check out the NEW website: www.legclub.org/

Three Peaks Charity Challenge

Bunzl Healthcare senior management team, supported by Sarah Jenkins and Chris Dunning from BSN medical, successfully conquered the three peaks challenge, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The three peaks, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw in the Lake District, challenged their physical fitness and endurance levels,  hindered by poor weather conditions. Fog and pouring rain resulted in muddy boots and trousers but not dampened spirits.

Over £2,000 has been raised to support The Alzheimer’s Society, helping to fund research and care in the UK. Chris Dunning, Commercial Business Development Manager for BSN medical said “It was a gruelling challenge but we all worked together to reach the peak. Supporting Bunzl on this charity challenge, made an enjoyable and rewarding day”.

BLS Award Winner

At the recent BLS Conference, BSN medical were proud to once again sponsor the "Campaigning for Better Service Provision" award. The winner of the award was Debbie Allanson. Debbie is a Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse from the City Health Care Partnership CIC, Hull.

John Huddleston, BSN medical's Compression Therapy National Sales Manager, was pleased to present Debbie with her well deserved award in recognition of her dedication to improved service provision in her local region.

ACPSEM Courses - Current Taping Techniques for Sport

BSN medical is pleased to support The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) Current Taping Techniques for Sport courses with a range of taping and strapping products widely used in the sports sector. The courses run throughout the year and provide Physiotherapists, qualified and students, with practical skills in sport taping techniques.

This course teaches application techniques using products that include:

  • Tensoplast® elastic adhesive bandage (EAB), used for joint and soft tissue strapping, support and immobilisation. The high quality, strong and  extensible fabric makes it a preferred choice for professional athletes on match day.
  • Strappal® zinc oxide tape, a recognised premium product used by therapists to immobilise joints.
  • Leukotape® P made from rayon, a material that provides strong rigidity and is ideal for knee taping techniques

To find out when the next course is being held click here.

Exhibitions and Conferences

For a complete list of the exhibitions and conferences we are attending in 2015, please click here.  

Website Links

For a list of the website links we think you may find useful, please click here.

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