Scientific researchers have made a breakthrough in eliminating a painful side effect of breast cancer treatment.
A recent study has shown that Mepitel Wound Dressing with Safetac technology prevents painful skin reactions to radiotherapy.
Radiation-induced skin reactions occur in 80-90% of breast cancer patients and can range from mild redness to ulceration, with symptoms of pain, burning and itchiness. This can have a very negative impact on day to day life for patients, who already have to cope with being diagnosed with and treated for cancer.
However, a study conducted in New Zealand has shown that the use of Mepitel Film - a thin, transparent wound dressing using Mölnlycke Health Care’s Safetac technology - before, during and after radiation therapy, prevents the development of moist desquamation and reduces the severity of other skin reactions. The conclusive findings of the study showed that when Mepitel Wound Dressings by Mölnlycke Health Care is used from the very first day of treatment, the severity of skin reactions is reduced by 92%.
78 patients undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer took part in the trial. Each patient’s irradiated skin area was divided into two halves, with Mepitel Film used on one side and aqueous cream on the other.
The study found that there were no cases of ulceration or severe skin reactions on the skin under Mepitel Film, whilst cream-treated skin developed these wounds in 26% of patients. In addition, the skin reactions that did develop under Mepitel Wound Dressings were 92% less severe than in the cream-treated control group.
For more information on the Mepitel Wound Dressing product, click here
The amazing Arnica Montana, also known as Bruisewort, Leopard’s Bane, Wolf’s Bane, is a special herb that has earned its reputation for dramatic healing properties. Arnica Montana, also known as Bruisewort, Leopard's Bane and Wolf's Bane, belongs to the daisy family. Natural Arnica Gel is a herbal remedy made from extracts of these fresh Arnica Montana flowers and is the easiest way to reap the benefits of the healing plant. Widely known as a cure-all for bumps and bruises, the amazing benefits of Arnica have been recognised for centuries. But, did you know that Arnica has many more uses other than healing bruised skin? Read on to find out how Arnica can improve your appearance, health and wellbeing.
Arnica can be used in the treatment of the following 10 conditions:
Arnica is an ideal remedy to help restore composure after somebody has had a small shock such as witnessing an accident or taking a fall. Arnica is the first remedy used by homeopaths to heal people affected by shock, trauma or injury to the body, and is as appropriate for a mental, emotional or spiritual shock as much as physical injuries.
Arnica Montana flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, carbonic acid, coumarins and volatile oils, all of which are beneficial for your skin. A sesquiterpene lactone, called helenalin, is the main restorative compound in Arnica Montana, which along with flavonoid, helps soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress. The antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb help in preventing inflammatory skin disorders. They also accelerate the healing process by stimulating the formation of granular tissues. Arnica for skin care can help to effectively heal bruises, sunburns, minor burns, skin blemishes and superficial phlebitis.
Arnica can be applied topically as a remedy for various skin problems, such as itchiness, dryness, pain, swelling and inflammation.
Arnica can be beneficial in alleviating feelings of depression and emotional distress. It is often used to restore emotional balance and a sense of tranquillity. Arnica gel can be massaged into the skin to sooth and unwind taxed and tight muscles and alleviates stress.
Orthopedic surgeons regularly ‘prescribe’ Arnica as a pre and post operative measure. Many dermatologists have also recommended it after plastic surgery and injectables like Botox and Restylane.
Topically rubbing arnica extracts can reduce the appearance of pregnancy related stretch marks. All you need to do is gently apply arnica gel on your stomach at least four times a day.
The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb make it useful for the treatment of menstrual cramps. It can be applied topically to reduce pain and inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of arnica are praiseworthy. It has been used in topical preparations for healing joint pains, muscle aches and swelling associated with arthritis. A research conducted in 2002 indicated that the use of arnica gel twice daily for 6 weeks resulted in a significant decrease in pain and stiffness in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. In case of osteoarthritis of the hand, arnica gel has proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in lessening pain and improving hand function. The essence of arnica plant is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Being an anti-inflammatory agent, it can be used to massage inflamed or painful joints for relief.
Arnica gel can be used to aid relief in the following pain conditions:
Muscle aches and muscle stiffness
Back pain, low back pain
Leg and muscle cramp
Muscle soreness of leg and wrist after overexertion due to heavy body exercise
Headaches either from noise or tension
Shoulder and knee pain
Flare-ups on herniated discs
Shoulder injury pains after operation
Pain with sports injuries
Pains after surgery like spider vein surgery
Aches and pains with fibromyalgia
Pelvic or back pain with endometriosis
Pain from tendonitis – inflammation of tendon
Also, it can give relaxation on shoulder and neck with nightly application.
This herb which provides amazing benefits for your skin, hair and health, is also associated with several side effects when used excessively. That is why it is important to exercise caution while using it in any form.
Improper dosage of arnica can cause adverse reactions like skin irritation, blistering or peeling. It can lead to side effects like heart palpitations or irregularities, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness and disorientation. Use of arnica oil for a long time or in large quantities can cause scalp irritation. Topical use for a long period of time can cause eczema. Use of arnica should be stopped immediately when any of these symptoms are experienced. Besides, it should not be used on broken skin such as leg ulcers. Homeopathic medicines use arnica in diluted form, which is absolutely safe. It is always better to consult your physician before using arnica externally and internally. It should be avoided in case of pregnancy or breast feeding.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. All reasonable care has been taken in compiling the information for this article but we make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
Fleming Medical Goes Green!
At Fleming Medical, we are continually looking to see how we can improve our delivery service to our customers whilst taking care of the environment. As we all know, there is a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to simply supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we've experienced, we need to take action.
So, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, Fleming Medical has ‘gone green’ by removing a large percentage of our cardboard delivery cartons and replacing them with a re-usable plastic tote system. These totes are not only environmentally friendly but, to better protect products in transit, they have a unique tamper-evident security seal fixing that provides security in distribution and therefore deliver a better service to our customers.
By implementing green practices into our way of doing business we aim to reduce waste and help conserve natural resources. Green systems and materials also reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce energy bills.
Fleming Medical’s plastic, re-usable delivery totes are environmentally and user friendly and in line with current delivery trends into Pharmacies. We hope this new development in the way we do business resonates positively with our customers while providing a secure ‘green’ delivery every time.
For further information in relation to our new ‘greener’ delivery service, contact us on FREEPHONE: 1800 307 777.
medicare® are official sponsors of Croker-bound, Limerick GAA
We debunk some common myths surrounding plasters and wound-care.
ALTHOUGH most people would readily agree that treating a child’s cut or scrape
with a plaster is a critical part of responsible wound care, the rumour mill is
constantly churning. There seems to be an ever expanding list of myths and old
wives’ tales surrounding plasters and appropriate wound-care; many of which,
if heeded, could impede your child’s, or indeed your own, wound healing.
Here, we explore some of the most common myths about plasters and first-aid
care, and draw on extensive research and fact-based evidence to help you
separate the facts from the fiction.
Myth #1: A wound will heal better if exposed to the air instead of covering it with a plaster
Truth: A plaster will prevent the wound from being exposed to infection. A minor wound will heal better and faster
when covered by a plaster.This seems to be one of the most widely believed myths surrounding first-aid and
wound care. The old wives’ tale that a wound will heal quicker when allowed to ‘air out’ is completely unfounded
and extensive research has proven this belief to be untrue. An uncovered wound has no protective barrier to
protect against dirt and bacteria coming in contact with the skin, which can lead to infection. Without the protection
of a plaster, the wound quickly dries out and eventually forms a scab. This is not a good thing; Scabs impede the healing
process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab, in order to
form new tissue and heal. When the body forms a scab, it’s nature’s way of protecting your wound against germs.
However, scabs can be scratched or torn causing infection or re-injury that prolongs healing.Scabs formed from
leaving a wound uncovered can often result in unwanted, permanent scarring.
Tip: For less chance of scarring and efficient healing, cover your minor wounds with quality plasters to promote
faster healing and prevent infection.
Myth #2: Adults in a childcare setting can’t put plasters on children’s cuts
Truth: There is no health and safety regulation which bans the provision of plasters. In fact, HSE’s
own guidance recommends that a first aid box should stock plasters. This persistent myth has
led to many teachers, volunteers, crèche workers and carers who work with children, questioning
their wound-care methods and the contents of their first-aid box. When an emergency arises, and
a child has had the misfortune of acquiring a minor cut or scrape amid the rough and tumble of
play activity, the last thing a teacher or care-worker needs to be confronted with is a quandary about
the health and safety regulations regarding the provision of plasters; especially with dozens of other
children demanding care and attention. There is no rule that says a responsible adult can’t put a plaster
on a child’s minor cut or scrape. It is true, of course, that some children may be allergic to some types
skin friendly and hypoallergenic, because they’re scientifically designed with children’s delicate skin in mind.
If you know the child to have allergies, or fear they may be allergic to plasters, a hypoallergenic plaster
suitable for sensitive skin should be included in your First-Aid kit.The most important course of action
is to clean and cover the wound to stop it getting infected.
What the experts say: According to a case study compiled by Marlin (a first-aid and health and safety
training and consultancy company), failure to treat a wound properly could lead to far more serious
Marlin Case Study:
A child grazed her knee on the playground at school. The school did not use plasters, since they had
been advised not to. The child was treated bv a lunch-time supervisor -using water and a paper towel
to bathe the wound - and then sent back out to play.
Two days later, the child was admitted to hospital with septicaemia (blood infection). The bacteria had
entered the child’s body through the uncovered wound.Frank Sparks, Health and Safety Officer in the
Education Department of Birmingham City Council said on this matter, “Plasters are required to be
carried by law in first aid kits (HSE FAW guidelines 1997). They cover wounds, preventing infection.
If a child is allergic to a plaster, the worst that can happen is a slight rash may occur. This is not a
problem and staff should not be afraid of this. Anyway, staff in schools and nurseries have medical
forms for children in their care, so should be aware of children who are allergic to plasters. In this
case they can use hypoallergenic plasters if they wish.” According to the MIR, ‘Medical Indemnity
Register’, failure to treat a simple cut by the recognised methods could easily be construed as a
failure in duty of care.”
Tip: Always have a well stocked First-Aid kit with a healthy selection of plasters, including hypo-
allergenic, skin-friendly plasters to treat those with sensitive skin.
Myth #3: When treating a wound, you should keep it as dry as possible
Truth: This is false. Cells can’t repair themselves in a dry environment.
Moist skin heals fastest because the task of healing a wound requires the activity of cells.
Cells cannot function in a dry environment. They need moisture to do their repair
work. As the wound dries out, it begins to crust, forming a scab and causing the cells to work
harder to repair the injury. The key to healing a cut is maintaining the right amount of moisture.
Keeping the cut covered with a bandage and adding a medicated ointment will ensure it stays
moist. Using a high quality plaster is very important in order to prevent the wound from
becoming infected and to promote faster and healthier healing.
Outcome: Plasters that absorb a wound’s fluids and maintain a natural moisture balance are
ideal for healing. Skin cells are then able to migrate seamlessly — without drying out and
developing into a scab — to form new, smooth tissue.
Myth #4: The best way to rip a plaster off is in one quick pull
Truth: Slow and steady wins the race!
It's actually better to pull the bandage off in a slow fluid motion, and in the direction of
natural hair growth. If the bandage is difficult to remove, dab the edges with baby oil to allow the
bandage to lift off with ease. Ripping the bandage off ineptly could cause the wound to reopen
and may even lead to painful in-grown hairs if ripped off in the opposite direction of natural
Myth #5: Plasters are a breeding ground for germs
Truth: Quite the opposite. Plasters defend against germs.
Plasters act as a shield, protecting external germs from reaching the wound. This protective barrier
protects the wound against harmful bacteria that could reach the wound and cause infection, or enter
the body through the uncovered wound and lead to serious infections such as septicaemia (blood infection).
Dr. Pat Gilbert, Doctor and Author, focusing on child health issues, with experience in community paediatrics,
said on this issue: “Open cuts should certainly be covered with a plaster, after thoroughly washing, to
control any bleeding and stop dirt or any infection entering the wound. It is difficult to see how plasters
can collect ‘germs’ – and anyway, if they do, better on the plaster than on the open wound!”
It is important to choose a high quality plaster which will provide long lasting, reliable adhesion and
enable optimal healing conditions for your wound, whilst protecting it from harmful external influences.
Choose a plaster with a breathable fabric that will protect wounds from infection, while providing
ventilation, allowing skin to breath and the air to reach the wound, such as Medicare Multipore Plasters.
If you need to protect your wound from water, as well as dirt and other harmful bacteria, choose a high
quality waterproof plaster like the Medicare Waterproof Plasters.
Myth #6: The deeper the wound, the greater the pain
Truth: If you’ve ever had a teeny tiny paper cut that you can barely notice, but boy, can you feel it, you’ll know that this is a myth!
It’s easy to assume that a wound would be more painful, the deeper it goes. In reality, however, the opposite could well be the case. Due to the large number of nerve fibres located just under the top layer of our skin (the epidermis), burns or superficial abrasions will often cause more pain than a larger wound, like a deep gash or knife wound that might happen when working in the kitchen or workshop.
Myth #7 Sea-water is a natural antiseptic and will clean and disinfect your wound
Truth: Quite the opposite can be true, in fact.
What many people do not consider is that sea water may be severely contaminated, especially near coast
stretches - with a variety of highly unsavoury germs or chemicals "swimming" in it. Both of which would
contribute significantly to the risk of an infection and can delay wound healing. In addition, contact with
water will swell the skin, which may affect the process of wound closure. In this case, bacteria and
germs may easily enter the wound and the risk of wound infection would be increased even more.
Caution: any deep puncture wounds or cuts that bleed severely, or shows any signs of infection should
always be cared for by a doctor. If you are unsure about your injury, please seek medical advice.
and Sport Care. Our aim is to provide you with the most comprehensive range of products, of the highest
quality and value for money. The extensive Medicare Wound Care range has been developed with your
comfort in mind; from Wound Wash Spray, to Foam Dressing; whatever your Wound Care needs, we
have the solution.
Bring on the Games!
MEDICARE® SPONSOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND
FOR THE 2014 GAMES
Fleming Medical are delighted to be partnering with Special Olympics Ireland under the medicare® brand for the 2014 games.
The 2014 Special Olympics Games will kick off this evening, Thursday June 12th, from 6pm, when 2,000 athletes and coaches will convene in Limerick City for the official opening ceremony in the People’s Park.
Fleming Medical, a medical devices supplier based on the Dock Road in Limerick City, will support the Games through the provision of medical supplies, a necessary requirement to support the 1,500 athletes attending the 2014 Special Olympics Games.
As part of the partnership, Fleming Medical will provide medicare® first aid and medical supplies, as well as medical equipment to support the healthy athlete programme which runs as part of the 2014 Games.
Mark Fleming, MD of Fleming Medical says, “As a Limerick company we are delighted to be partnering Special Olympics Ireland for the 2014 games being held here in Limerick. As an industry leading provider of medicare® First Aid equipment with a comprehensive range of medicare® Sport supports, the synergy that drives this sponsorship is clear. The team at Fleming Medical are delighted and proud to be associated with such a positive sporting occasion”.
Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, described the support of Fleming Medical, under the medicare® brand, as a critical part of ensuring the 2014 Games are a success: “We are delighted that medicare® has come on board as a key medical devices partner for the Special Olympics Ireland Games Limerick 2014. Medical Services are a vital part of these Games in terms of ensuring that the appropriate level of first aid and medical care is provided for all of our athletes. The key support from Fleming Medical will be an essential component in ensuring the success of these Games.”
Taking place over four days from Thursday, June 12th to Sunday June 15th, the Games are set to be the highlight of the Limerick sporting calendar for 2014. In what will be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland this year, the city of Limerick will welcome 1,500 Special Olympics athletes, accompanied by 500 coaches and official delegates as well as a contingent of over 3,000 family members. The Games will be supported by a team of 3,000 volunteers.
An exciting and colourful public street parade is expected to attract thousands of supporters in celebration of the return of Special Olympics Ireland to Limerick. The parade will be accompanied by the Special Olympics Torch Run Team, members of the Defence Forces, marching bands and street performers.
Torch bearers drawn from An Garda Síochána and the PSNI will herald the official opening of the Games.
Thousands of supporters are anticipated to line the streets of Limerick, to greet the parade and welcome the athletes with pride.
The parade will begin at Shannon Street and progress along O’Connell Street, before making its way up to the People’s Park for the ticketed event which will be presented by 2FM DJ, Will Leahy, and feature traditional music act, Kila, among others. This parade will kick-start three wonderful days of sports competition and celebration in the heart of Limerick and inspire and engage Special Olympics Ireland athletes, their families, supporters, sponsors, patrons, volunteers and the people of Limerick city, county and further afield.
As well as being the main residential centre, the University of Limerick will host the athletics, aquatics, basketball, football, gymnastics, kayaking competitions and the non-competitive motor activities training programme.
Across the city, the Tailteann Sports Centre, Mary Immaculate College, will host the badminton, and table tennis while the Delta Sports Dome will host bocce. The equestrian competition will take place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre.
Ennis Leisure World will host the tenpin bowling while Murroe Pitch and Putt and Ballykisteen Golf Club in Tipperary will host the pitch and putt and golf competitions respectively. Meanwhile, Dell and Special Olympics Ireland have teamed up to design a free smartphone app to support the Games. Matt English joined the Dell team this Tuesday to unveil the details of the app. Also in attendance were athlete and Face of the Limerick Games Christine Delaney and Munster and Ireland rugby legend David Wallace.
About Special Olympics Ireland:
Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables our athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
Special Olympics Ireland currently has: 9,223 registered athletes participating in 13 sports in 385 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.
For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit:
It started with a Twinge....
We’ve all been there. The back, shoulder, arm or leg all working as they should, until . . .
Thousands sport Kiss Them Better wrist bands
THOUSANDS of females – and a welcome smattering of cross-dressing males – ran, walked, jogged, wheeled and wobbled through the streets of Dublin this Bank Holiday Monday, for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.
Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. Last year, the annual event raised more than €12 million for 700 charities, and this year, it looks set to deliver beyond that target.
Over 43,000 participants crossed the finishing line on Monday, their running times as diverse as their ages and abilities, with everyone from the seasoned runner to the complete novice, to wheelchair users proudly taking part to raise some much needed funds for their respective charities.
Kiss Them Better Wristbands
Ireland’s leading medical supplies brand, Medicare® also joined in the race, supporting Temple Street by helping raise vital funds for life saving equipment for sick children. Each of the 43,000 ladies participating in the mini-marathon received a Medicare® Kiss Them Better wrist band in their ‘Goody Bag’. The wristbands were a big hit at the marathon, with thousands of women sporting the stylish purple bracelets, featuring the Kiss Them Better logo.
The Kiss Them Better campaign is a joint initiative between Temple Street Children's Hospital and Medicare®, Ireland’s leading provider of family first aid.
Temple Street urgently need to raise over €100,000 to provide crucial facilities and equipment in the children’s hospital. Highly specialised incubators for premature and seriously ill infants, high spec monitoring equipment and respiratory machines to help babies keep breathing, are just some of the essential life-saving equipment urgently needed at Temple Street.
The Kiss Them Better campaign, now in its second year, sees a donation made by Fleming Medical to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, for every time a pharmacy cash register rings a sale of Medicare® plasters. Thanks to Medicare® Plasters, Pharmacies nationwide and public support, over €20,000 has been raised for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, to date.
If you would like to support Temple Street Children's Hospital, while keeping your First-Aid Kit well stocked with quality plasters for those unexpected knocks and scrapes, you can purchase a box of Medicare® plasters here , or at your local participating pharmacy.
Fleming Medical donate to the Med Shed
“This year marks Barretstown’s 20th anniversary and I want to thank you - Fleming Medical
- most sincerely for the medical support you have provided over the years.”
- Barretstown Nursing Director, Eimear Kinsella.
We, at Fleming Medical, were thrilled to offer our support and supplies to the Med Shed at Barretstown Children’s Camp.
Located at Barretstown Castle, Co. Kildare, Ireland, this special non-profit Children’s Camp is run by volunteers whose mission is to help to rebuild the lives of children affected by cancer and other serious illness.
Barretstown was founded in 1994 by Hollywood actor, Paul Newman, and is modelled on his renowned ‘Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’ in Connecticut, USA.
The residential children’s Summer camp is a place where kids and teenagers – from seven to seventeen – who have been diagnosed with a serious illness, can go to have fun, make friends, stop seeing themselves as ‘sick kids’, and still get the medical attention they need.
The Barretstown’s medical centre, the Med Shed, is a discrete and friendly medical presence at Barretstown.
Looking very far removed from a typical hospital, the medical centre is housed in a beautifully restored stone cottage, overlooking the tranquil ‘secret garden’, and is under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Manager, Senior Nurse and Medical Director.
It is vitally important that the Med Shed is fully equipped with the necessary routine and emergency procedures and we, at Fleming Medical, were delighted to make a contribution.
In a note to Fleming Medical’s Managing Director, Mark Fleming, Barretstown Nursing Director, Eimear Kinsella, said: “Thank you so much for your ongoing support to Barretstown, and in particular the Med Shed. The 2014 camp season has begun with our spring family camps. This year, we hope to welcome over 3,700 children and family members to camp and through our hospital outreach programme.”
She adds: “This year marks Barretstown’s 20th anniversary and I want to thank you most sincerely for the medical support you have provided over the years.”
We, at Fleming Medical, a medical device company based in Limerick, feel privileged to lend our support, and hope that our donation will help to make a difference to this wonderful charity and the brave children it works so tirelessly to help.
Barretstown is a break from hospitals and white coats and a chance for sick children to be children again: to have fun, to make new friends and create new memories – all within the beautiful and magical setting of Barretstown castle in the Kildare countryside.
As a serious illness in childhood affects the entire family, Barretstown offers a range of camps to cater for all family members. Click here to learn more.
Fleming Medical visits Schiller in Switzerland
Fleming Medical was recently invited to the renowned Swiss town of Lucerne where Schiller hosted a three day pan-European Sales Training seminar at their European Head Quarters. Fleming Medical was represented by Healthcare Executives, Ger Tierney and Dermot Clune. The training was aimed at further boosting our sales capabilities in meeting and exceeding our customer’s needs and incorporated the complete range of Schiller’s excellent product portfolio.
Representatives from each company were encouraged to share their own market knowledge and successes and Dermot and Ger shared the process and work behind securing the National HSE Tender for resting ECG’s.
During the three days Dermot and Ger were treated to a guided tour of the Schiller facility with the Operational Sales Director who provided them with a detailed insight into the quality and care that goes into creating each Schiller product. Teams of highly qualified staff work towards ensuring that each unit meets exacting Swiss standards.
Ger Tierney commented on completing the training: “I felt that it was a great learning environment that broadened my knowledge and I believe it will benefit our business and customers”. Dermot Clune added: “Having seen the care and quality that is applied in the making of each Schiller product, we can continue to take confidence in selling these products to our Fleming Medical customers”.