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A classy cranberry look for your patients this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, BSN medical is thrilled to announce that JOBST® Elvarex® Custom-Fit lower limb RAL compression garments are NOW available in cranberry on FP10/GP10. Cranberry has been available for the upper limb for over two years and has proven to be very popular. We are therefore confident your patients will be pleased to hear this news.

BSN-JOBST Customer Visit

During September, a group of UK clinicians visited the BSN-JOBST manufacturing facility in Emmerich in Germany. The group went on a tour of the manufacturing facility to see how the JOBST Elvarex product range is manufactured and the new technology developed for JOBST Elvarex Plus. There were a number of interesting topics discussed during the three days regarding the treatment of lymphoedema, lipoedema and chronic oedema patients. The feedback from the group was that they found the trip to be enjoyable, informative and relevant to the their everyday practice.

NEW combined armsleeve style available NOW on Drug Tariff

The popular JOBST® Bella LiteTM ready-to-wear, circular-knit product range is now extended with the launch of the much requested combined armsleeve and gauntlet. The combined armsleeve is available in:

  • Two compression classes - CCL 1 (15-20mmHg) and CCL 2 (20-30mmHg)
  • Three ready-to-wear sizes and two armsleeve lengths
  • Knitted or silicone dotted top band
  • Beige colour

For further information please contact your local BSN medical Account Manager or click here.

Confidence in Treatment Outcomes

JOBST Elvarex Plus is a new generation of flat-knit compression products which through innovative product development, continues the JOBST Elvarex success story in the management of lymphoedema and chronic oedema. The key features are:

  • Seamless garments
  • 3D knitting
  • JOBST Elvarex material

For further information, please contact your local BSN medical Account Manager or click here.

British Lymphology Society 'Pearls of Wisdom' Conference

BSN medical exhibited at the BLS Conference in October. This was held at the very impressive National Motorcycle Museum – a must for all motorcycle enthusiasts! The conference, under the theme ‘Pearls of Wisdom’, ensured delegates were able to attend a variety of engaging topics over three days and to celebrate the BLS’s 30th anniversary at the gala dinner event.  BSN medical were delighted to present the BLS Lifetime Achievement award to Dr Vaughan Keeley during the gala dinner evening. Dr Keeley has been working in the field of lymphoedema since the late 1980’s when there were very few lymphoedema services available. He is currently a Consultant in Palliative Medicine for the Derby Hospitals NHS Trust and is, amongst many other things, a director on the board of the International Lymphoedema Framework and an advisor for the Lymphoedema Support Network.

Hans von Zimmermann, Consultant Senior Medical Education Advisor for BSN medical discussed the clinical and patient benefits of the newly launched JOBST® Elvarex® Plus on the stand. The attendees were able to ask questions and found the sessions to be very informative. For further information about JOBST Elvarex Plus, please click here.

Ellie Lindsay honoured in Queen's Birthday list for services to nursing

Former district nurse and Leg Club model pioneer Ellie Lindsay has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list for service to nursing with an Order of the British Empire (OBE). Ellie is pictured here with Kelli Evans, BSN medical Account Manager at the Worcester Leg Club.

Ellie has worked tirelessly to help people of all ages with lower limb conditions, such as leg ulcers, to receive the treatment and care they need in a community setting. The unique social model she pioneered relies on joint working between local health providers, Leg Club volunteers and members. Each Leg Club operates according to strict guidelines of care, monitored by the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

The Leg Club model has proved popular with healthcare commissioners here and abroad. There are 26 Leg Clubs in the UK with another opening in July, one Leg Club in Germany and 11 in Australia. Research shows that as well as improving healing rates, and lowering rates of recurrence, the non-medical social approach is popular with members hoping to address problems of social isolation amongst the elderly.

Chair of the Leg Club Foundation Roland Renyi said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ellie has been awarded an OBE. The honour recognises the years of hard work, commitment and dedication to the Leg Club model which is now being seen as a viable, replicable and cost-effective way to treat people with lower limb problems.”

MBE awarded to Jane Rankin

Jane Rankin, lead for the Lymphoedema Network Northern Ireland, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to physiotherapy and lymphoedema treatment in the Queen's 2015 honours list. As the acting chair of the BLS, Jane commented that receiving the honour would help her raise the profile of lymphoedema care and promote BLS campaigns. To read more click here.

BSN medical sponsors JWC Awards 2015

This years JWC conference and awards ceremony was held back in March, at the BMA House in London.

Suppliers including BSN medical exhibited their focus products in a dedicated exhibitor zone, providing clinicians and suppliers with an opportunity to meet.
Dr Philip Hammond, GP, comedian and well respected speaker, was the guest host supporting award announcements alongside the award sponsor, at this well-attended black-tie ceremony.

Representing BSN medical were Chris George, Krishna Patel, Sue Jackson and Sarah Rushton and they were joined by award winners and clinicians at their table.

The Cost-effective Wound Management Award

The Cost-effective Wound Management 2015 Award winner was presented to Debbie Gleeson, Tissue Viability Lead Specialist from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital Trust. The award was presented by Chris George, BSN medical Field Sales Manager.

Debbie's implementation of a new wound care formulary tender and the cost-savings achieved, along with standardisation of products to simplify dressing selection were factors that influenced the judges decision to make this award to Debbie.

The Patient WellBeing Award

Sara Rowan, University of Modena, Italy received the Patient Wellbeing 2015 Award for her research on the experiences of patients with cancer, who are suffering from malignant fungating wounds. Chris George, BSN medical Field Sales Manager was delighted to present Sara with the award for the work she has carried out.
The study was the first to look at cultural differences in this category of patients. Sarah said "In terms of the future, I would like to use the award to create guidelines for health professionals caring for such patients, so every patient has the best possible care".

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.

Exhibitions and Conferences

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

Website Links

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