HUNTLEIGH HEALTHCARE DISCONTINUES SALES OF ATLAS TURNING BED

December 20th, 2010

Huntleigh Healthcare have announced this month that the manufacture of the Atlas manual and programmable tilt and turn bed frame and associated accessories has now been discontinued and can no longer be purchased. The reasons behind the withdrawal appear to the fact that this product serves a small niche market coupled with forthcoming changes to European equipment regulations related to the manufacturing and operating of these beds and accessories.

The Atlas manual tilt and turn bed will continue to be available for rental purpose, but the skull traction has been withdrawn from the rental fleet.

Huntleigh will continue to supply replacement parts for the full 10 year period from date of last manufacture. Warranty guidelines remain unaffected.

This is an unfortunate circumstance given the valuable service which this type of bed has provided within the care and management of people with acute SCI within its many models over the years. It is particularly grieving for the network of SCI Centre teams and SCI Link-Workers who along with members of the National Back Exchange have worked to promote the broader use and suitability of these beds within the safer manual handling and positioning of critical and complex patients overall, as well as spinal and SCI cases. Some of you have succeeded in introducing this bed as a new piece of equipment within your trauma and critical care pathways or updating older models of this bed.

The SCI network including the National SCI Care Pathway and Parliamentary Groups will be informed of this event to assist in addressing this loss and to explore actions/options to be pursued.

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MASCIP Website Relaunched!

October 25th, 2010

The MASCIP website is now back following a successful launch and all of the links have been restored on this website. Go to www.mascip.co.uk to browse the new website. Additional 2010 MASCIP Conference information, programme and application form is also available.

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MASCIP website down for upgrade

September 6th, 2010

Trying to access www.mascip.co.uk? The MASCIP website is currently undergoing redevelopment and will be re-launched later this month. Current details regarding the 12th MASCIP Conference on 18th November can be found on the Future Events page. Any enquires to MASCIP Secretary (barbara.maurice@rnoh.nhs.uk).

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DGH’s the good, the bad, the indifferent

September 6th, 2010

The full programme is now available for this SIA Conference Event on 2nd October. This is a link to the updated SIA AGM page on their website with updated programme and venue information which we are featuring in our events diary. http://www.spinal.co.uk/page/agm-conference-2010

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Did you know you can raise money for Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) while you search the web?

September 6th, 2010

http://sia.easysearch.org.uk combines the results of several search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing and Ask to ensure you can always find what you’re looking for, and each time you search a donation is made to SIA. So the next time you need to find something online, please use http://sia.easysearch.org.uk and raise money for SIA with every search you make.

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SPINAL COLUMN: A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE LIVED EXPERIENCE A MODERN SCI EXPERIENCE

July 2nd, 2010

Times newspaper columnist Melanie Reid sustained a traumatic tetraplegia after falling from a horse in April 2010 and was airlifted from the scene to the Scottish SCI Centre. As part of her personal strategy for coming to terms with her paralysis she began documenting her post-injury care and early rehabilitation experiences in the Times Magazine. She began dictating her column while still lying in a hospital bed:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/melanie_reid/article7106702.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/melanie_reid/article7128716.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/melanie_reid/article7141687.ece

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DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITALS: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE INDIFFERENT

July 2nd, 2010

This is the title of the Spinal Injury Association’s 2010 AGM Conference in Peterborough on 2nd October. This conference topic was chosen as a result of active discussion over the last year by SIA members and SCI service users on the SIA website (http://forum.spinal.co.uk/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=726). As a result, SIA have decided to bring the issues associated with the initial and readmission care and management of SCI people into an open forum. SIA are inviting SCI people along with DGH and SCIC representatives to identify and explore developments and opportunities for better supporting SCI people hospitalised outside of SCI Centres. A number of SCI Link-Workers have already been invited to attend to share their efforts to improve care standards in DGH services. If you would like to add your own experiences as a SCI Link-Worker? Then register here (http://www.spinal.co.uk/news/agm-2010) to join in the debate with your own opinions!

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NHS Standards for Patients Requiring Spinal Cord Injury Care 2010

June 17th, 2010

The previous 2003 version of the South of England Standards for Patients Requiring SCI Care have been thoroughly revised in collaboration with the National SCI Care Pathway Group and are now available on line at:

http://www.secscg.nhs.uk/home/consortia/spinal-injuries/. Please not that for most of England these are still desirable standards in development for consideration for national roll-out. Implementation and adoption throughout the South of England will occur in accordance with the investment in resourcing and training investments indicated within the standards.

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LEVELS OF SCI CARE IN GENERAL HOSPITAL WARDS 1

May 11th, 2010

A new discussion forum with the above title is currently running and would benefit from some SCI Link-Worker input. Read the discussion on the SIA website: http://forum.spinal.co.uk/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=726 . Think you can inform the discussion with your own experiences as a SCI Link-Worker? Then register for free and join in the debate with your own opinions!

SIA are also promoting a new questionnaire to get data on recent experiences of SCI people cared for in general hospitals. SCI Link-Workers are routinely providing the SIA website link to relatives and patient’s as a means of accessing early peer support and knowledge about living with SCI. Now there is a page dedicated to the newly injured SCI patient and their family:
http://www.spinal.co.uk/page/newly-injured

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LEVELS OF SCI CARE IN GENERAL HOSPITAL WARDS 2

May 11th, 2010

Do you think your team are making a positive difference to your patient’s hospitalisation outside of a specialist centre? SIA are also surveying current SCI patient experiences of general hospital care so if your patient tells you how much they appreciate your efforts you can now point to the link to the questionnaire at: http://www.spinal.co.uk/news/district-general-hospitals and they can tell SIA as well.

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