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Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day!

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Did you know that World Hand Hygiene Day is the 5th of May this year?

Infections and parasites are one of the main causes of sicknesses and deaths worldwide and one of the ways they invade the body is through unwashed and dirty hands.

One of the most effective ways to prevent sicknesses and death is through the regular washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizers, that is why the World Health Organization chose the 5th of May every year to spread awareness on the importance of hand washing.

This day is also known as global hand washing day; according to WHO, hundreds of millions of people are affected yearly by infections that would have been prevented by regular washing of hands.

Regular washing of hands & use of hand sanitizers help to prevent or minimize sicknesses and the spread of diseases; this healthy act rids the hands of parasites, pathogens, and chemicals that can cause harm to the body.

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This practice is important for those in the medical field, those who prepare meals for people and for the general public because one of the ways humans greet is by shaking hands and the best we can do for our friends is to give them a clean hand to shake.

The theme for this year’s event is “it’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in healthcare”. WHO aims to bring to light the need for greater intervention and focus on hand hygiene and prevention of infection and to look for new ways to control the ongoing battle against antibiotic resistance. This year’s event is targeting sepsis in health care.

We are running a 15% Off Promotion on our Medicare Hand Sanitizer Range to highlight this important awareness day, click on the image below for more information.

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Fleming Medical & Active Schools Week 2018

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For many years, the Active Schools Week (ASW) initiative has been promoting FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community.

It allows schools to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it also very enjoyable. It provides schools with an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the physical activity opportunities that are available in their locality and to work collaboratively with students, parents, and members of the community.

 

As part of Active Schools Week (ASW) 2018, we have designed a great range of promotions to help schools around Ireland to celebrate this fantastic initiative, please see below for more information (& click on the images to get more info!).


Please do contact any of healthcare team for pricing or queries on 1800 307777 or healthcare@flemingmedical.ie.

 

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Meet the Fleming Medical Service Team!

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Did you know we have an Expert Medical Equipment Service Department?

As Ireland’s leading supplier of Medical Diagnostic Equipment we have over the years become a trusted partner for Healthcare Providers & Irish Pharmacists in the delivery and support of quality medical equipment products.

We service and maintain all medical diagnostic equipment to the highest standards across all the product categories we sell including -
AEDs/ ECGs/ BPMs/ Vital Signs/ Monitors/ Nebulisers/ Thermometry/ Weighing Scales & more.
                                                                                                          

Our Preventative Maintenance Service prolongs the life of your medical equipment so that it is operating at its optimal efficiency.  This service also includes all calibration, repairs, validation, and adjustments to ensure your equipment is in a fully operational condition for the next 12 months.

If you would like further information on our servicing packages or on the servicing of your medical equipment please contact us (061) 304600 or e-mail us at service@flemingmedical.ie for more information.

 
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Fleming Medical is going to Italy!

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Irish owned Fleming Medical is about to send their export team consisting their Sales Manager, Keith Sheridan and Export Manager, Adrian O’Sullivan to Cosmofarma, Europe’s leading Health and Beauty Care show – this their first time exhibiting at the show and they are very excited to meet potential new markets in Europe.  The show is based in Bologna and will run from Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of April & the Fleming Medical Stand will be located in Hall 36 & Stand M5.

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Cosmofarma Exhibition is the pharmacy world’s leading European event for the Health Care and Beauty Care sectors and all pharmacy-related services. The exhibition is a great opportunity for up-to-the-minute professional training & exploration of new markets in Europe.

Fleming Medical is an Irish-owned, leading innovator of healthcare devices and consumables. Founded by CEO, Mark Fleming 30 years ago, the company operates successfully in more than 20 countries worldwide, trading in quality healthcare products under the Medicare brand, among others.

We are really excited at exhibiting at Cosmofarma this year and are looking forward to exploring new export opportunities with partners both in Europe and further afield says Mark Fleming, MD Fleming Medical.

“Cosmfarma is in its 22nd year and is the not-to-be-missed opportunity for both companies wishing to increase their business, and professionals who are looking for updates on the sector” according to Franc Boni, President of Bologna Fiere Group, the exhibition organisers.

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Fleming Medical Woundcare Training Workshops 2018

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As part of our continuing educational training of OTC Pharmacy Teams, we have launched a series of Woundcare Training Workshops due to take place in April & May this year.

These workshops are open to all our Pharmacy Ireland customers, each participant will receive a certificate of attendance for their records.

 

 

 

Topics included in the session are:
• Physiology of wound healing - The Easy Guide
• Wound types which may be seen in pharmacies
• Trauma wounds, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers
• Matching dressings to types of wounds

Below are the dates, locations and times of each session:

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Our Independent Education Consultant, Mary Martin, will deliver these workshops, including:

• The stages of the wound healing process
• Types & categories of dressings

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If you would like to book a place on one of these sessions, please contact us with your details ie name, pharmacy name & names of those attending the workshop via

E-mail - pharmacy@flemingmedical.ie

Web - https://www.flemingmedical.ie/epages/FlemingMedical.sf/en_IE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/FlemingMedical/Categories/Contact/ContactUs

Phone - (061) 304 600

Fax - (061) 304 606

Please note that numbers must be confirmed within 5 days of each session.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Ireland’s Top 5 Children’s Illnesses, their Symptoms & What to do

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One of the many challenges of the parenting is what to do when your child is ill – being knowledgeable of the symptoms of the most common childhood illnesses helps parents on what to do, if these illnesses are caught before they progress too far they can be kept at bay and your child will bounce back in no time.

Below we have highlighted the most common childhood illnesses with tips for helping your child recover faster from them, and when it is necessary to call your GP.

 

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Common Cold

This can occur up to five bouts of this a year. Symptoms of a cold include a Mild Fever, Congestion, Coughing and Sore Throat. This can be treated at home with regular temperature checks, ingestion of lots of fluids and rest. Ibuprofen can be administered to help reduce the fever.

Gastroenteritis

Also known as a stomach bug, symptoms may include Vomiting, Diarrhoea, and Abdominal Pain. Most stomach virus clear up between a few days to a week and require nothing more than rest and TLC. However, do check your child’s temperature & make sure they are drinking enough fluids regularly to prevent dehydration.

Chickenpox

Symptoms include a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. Your child is likely to have a fever at least for the first few days of the illness and the spots can be very itchy, causing irritability in the sufferer in the process. Chickenpox can be serious but usually passes on its own in children, Ibuprofen can be used to relieve fever along with topical creams to reduce itching & regular monitoring of the child’s body temperature.

RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus

This virus affects the lungs. In most cases, the symptoms are relatively minor and mirror those of a cold. Treatment includes checking the child’s body temperature regularly, administering Ibuprofen to relieve symptoms of cold and fever and use of a cold vapour humidifier can help a stuffy nose.

However, if your child is under 2, the virus can be more severe and so requires professional medical attention. Nebulisers are sometimes administered by doctors to treat RSV in more severe cases.

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Overall most childhood illnesses run their course without any big worries. If some symptoms persist they may warrant a consultation with your GP. Look out for symptoms of dehydration, sunken eyes and lethargy, very high fever, difficult breathing such as wheezing, laboured or quick breathing, and not eating.

If your child has a pre-existing condition such as asthma, diabetes or another chronic medical condition, speak to your GP every time they come down with a virus that may compromise their health.

Medicare, Ireland’s No. 1 pharmacy brand has a range of diagnostic medical products to help children during times of illness including Thermometers, Humidifiers and Nebulisers.

The new Medicare Infrared 3-in-1 thermometer is perfect for children as it takes body temperature, room temperature & surface temperature ie bath water etc. – ideal to help parents get their little ones back up and running!

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RCSI transforms into a Teddy Bear Hospital

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Over 350 children, aged between 4 – 10, brought their sick or injured teddies to the fourth annual RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Teddy Bear Hospital recently in the College at 123 St Stephen’s Green. 

Hosted in the RCSI Paediatrics Society, this year’s Teddy Bear Hospital was the biggest to date with up to 100 students on hand to diagnose and treat the teddy bears. The event, which was fully booked out, is designed to help children to feel comfortable around doctors and hospitals and learn how to stay healthy through diet and exercise.

Over the course of their hospital visit, children experienced twelve stations created to mirror aspects of a real hospital. Stations focused on triage, X-rays, MRIs, pharmacy, physiotherapy, yoga, heart sounds, handwashing and even a suturing station to help restore any torn teddies.

This year saw the addition of a special session for children with disabilities or experiencing chronic illness. After spending time with sick children in Crumlin Hospital, Katie Dunleavy, President of RCSI Paediatric Society said, “This is a cause near to my heart and we are delighted to host our special session for children who already have experience with health care in Ireland. Our hope is that a less hectic environment can help patients and their brothers or sisters cope and heal through understanding.”

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All proceeds raised from the day went to the Jack & Jill Foundation who provide direct funding to families of children up to the age of five who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care.

Fleming Medical were proud to donate key first aid supplies to help sick teddys on the day, Mark Fleming said ‘We are delighted to be part of such a wonderful initiative that helps children familiarize themselves with healthcare environments and of course help sick teddys’.

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Heat Therapy - The Dos & Don'ts!

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When to use Heat Therapy?

As a general rule of thumb, Heat Therapy should be used for muscle pain or stiffness while Ice therapy should be applied for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling.

Treatment of pain with hot and cold therapy can be extremely effective for a number of different conditions and injuries, and is easily affordable. The tricky part is knowing what situations calls for hot, and which calls for cold, please ask a pharmacist or physiotherapist for advice.

How Heat Therapy works

Heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to a particular area due to increased temperature. Increasing the temperature of the afflicted area even slightly can soothe discomfort and increase muscle flexibility. Heat therapy can relax and soothe muscles and heal damaged tissue.

How to apply Heat Therapy products

When applying heat therapy, you can choose to use local, regional, or whole body treatment. Local therapy is best for small areas of pain, like one stiff muscle. You could use small heated gel packs or plasters if you want to treat an injury locally. Regional treatment is best for more widespread pain or stiffness and could be achieved with a steamed towel, large heating pad, or heat wraps.

Heat therapy is often most beneficial when used for a good amount of time, unlike cold therapy, which needs to be limited.

Minor stiffness or tension can often be relieved with only 15 to 20 minutes of heat therapy.

Moderate to severe pain can benefit from longer sessions of heat therapy like a warm bath, lasting between 30 minutes and two hours.

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When not to use Heat Therapy Products

There are certain cases where heat therapy should not be used. If the area in question is either bruised or swollen (or both), it may be better to use cold therapy. Heat therapy also shouldn’t be applied to an area with an open wound.

People with certain pre-existing conditions should not use heat therapy due to higher risk of burns or complications due to heat application. These conditions include:

Diabetes, Dermatitis, Vascular Diseases, Deep Vein Thrombosis & Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  If you have either heart disease or hypertension, ask your doctor before using heat therapy. If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before using saunas or hot tubs.

Medicare Heat Therapy Range

Medicare’s range of Heat products include - 

  • Instant Hot Pack for immediate relief
  • Therapeutic Heat Patches for 8 hours relief for deep tissue relaxation
  • Infrared Heat Plasters for 12 hours of effective Targeted Relief.

Click on the images below for more information, all are available from pharmacies nationwide.

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Donation of Medical Supplies for West Africa cause

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We recently made a donation of €25,000 worth of medical supplies to FADA or the Fire Ambulance Development Service in Africa.

FADA based in Dublin and led by Fire Fighter, Brendan McCoy is focused on the development and training of a fire rescue service in the Western African country of Niger and specifically to the province of Zinder.

The charity continues to send many shipments of medical supplies & fire engines to West Africa since and has sent crews to teach the local fire rescue teams essential rescue service skills.  It relies solely on donations of supplies and money in order to ship the goods to West Africa.

Brendan McCoy, FADA  said  “On behalf of FADA we are delighted to have such a donation from Fleming Medical, these supplies will continue to help the people of Niger”.

Mark Fleming, MD of Fleming Healthcare said “We are delighted that we could contribute to such a worthy cause, all the team in FADA do great work for the people of Niger”.

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What is Hypertension?

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Hypertension or more commonly known as High Blood Pressure occurs in 1 in 3 adults worldwide. Nearly 65% of people over 50 in suffer from it in Ireland & frighteningly nearly half of this number are unaware of their condition due to that fact that hypertension usually has no symptoms.

 

How does it occur?

Hypertension can occur on its own, particularly if there is a family history, however it can also caused by lifestyle factors such as

  • A diet too high in sodium
  • Over-consumption of alcohol & smoking
  • Being overweight & lack of exercise
  • Stress

Other factors including Diabetes Type 1 & 2, high cholesterol levels & the person being aged over 65 can lead to increased Hypertension.

What can happen?

If it isn’t diagnosed or treated properly, Hypertension will over time lead to a reduction of blood supply to important organs in the body, known as “target organs”. This can result in a heart attack, and eventually heart failure.

Hypertension can also lead to stroke, cognitive impairment, dementia, kidney failure, and even premature death.

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Hypertension - The Silent Killer

A person with hypertension may look well, feel well, and normally won’t have any symptoms, so it often goes unnoticed. The only way to know if you have hypertension is to measure your blood pressure level.

There are two numbers that measure the level of blood pressure, one measures the blood pressure when it is at its highest as its squeezed out of the heart ie the Systolic Pressure and the other is the blood pressure at its lowest when it is flowing back to the heart ie the Diastolic Pressure.

The normal level of blood pressure should be 120 mmhg Systolic over 80 mmhg Diastolic, if your systolic blood pressure is 140 mmHg or higher, or if your diastolic blood pressure is 90 mmHg or higher you technically have Hypertension and it is recommended that you seek treatment from your doctor.

What is the solution?

Treatment of hypertension normally includes pursuing a healthier lifestyle and monitoring blood pressure closely, sometimes in conjunction with taking medications prescribed by a doctor.

Use of a home blood pressure monitor is recommended so that blood pressure can be measured during the day at various times.

Medicare Lifesense BPM range

Medicare’s range of Blood Pressure Monitors (BPMs) enables you to read your blood pressure anytime & anywhere. The BPMs in this range have the facility to upload data to the Medicare Lifesense App which saves all blood pressure readings & creates an easy to read chart to help visualize long-term progress.

The range is available in all leading pharmacies nationwide, as part of our Happy Heart monthly promotion, we are offering special deals on our Medicare A2 & A4 BMP models, click on the images below for more information.

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