Fleming Medical, a Limerick based & Irish owned medical supplies company has recently made a donation of €85,000 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.
Although two and a half times the size of Ireland, in 2011 the area has just one fire engine to service a population of 2.4 million.
FADA has sent 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.
The charity relies solely on donations of supplies and money in order to ship the goods to West Africa.
Mark Fleming, MD of Fleming Healthcare said “We are delighted that we could help out such a worthy cause, all the team in FADA do great work for the people of Niger”.
Brendan McCoy, FADA said “On behalf of the charity we are so thrilled to have such a large donation from Fleming Medical, the donation in its entirety will be of such great use to the people of Niger”.
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What is an AED machine?
An automated external defibrillator is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try restore a normal rhythm can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AED are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Why do you need an AED?
Thousands of people unexpectedly die from cardiac arrest in Ireland each year. Often the first symptom is sudden collapse where the patient is not breathing and has no heartbeat. When a patient is suffering a cardiac arrest CPR and early defibrillation is the only effective treatment for this event. AED`s work by looking for and treating electrical disturbances that can occur during a cardiac arrest. An automated External defibrillator is now a common piece of first aid equipment in sporting venues in Ireland in recent years. It is important for your club to have a defibrillator due to tragic events of unexpected cardiac arrest. Having an AED at your sports club is not just important for your sports club but a useful resource for your community which could save someone life or even your life.
How to use an AED?
There are many clips on YOUTUBE on the different or in the case of Fleming Medical we have our library of videos to demonstrate how to use the AED safely. However it is recommended that you receive the correct training from your service provider on how to use the AED.
These are the key areas to remember
Accessible It is imperative that the AED is accessible by anyone, at any time when the facilities of the club are in use. These are the key questions you need to ask. • Proximity to playing areas • Proximity to dressing rooms / medical rooms • Is access available at all times? • Is the device secure • The AED should be located in one place preferably indoors and all the members of the club should be aware of it location. • When dealing with a club with multiple locations more than one AED may be required.
Charged G5 which Fleming Medical recommends for large sporting & community groups is the Schiller G5. The G5 battery is one of three AEDs on the market that uses a medical grade battery, but it is the only one that can guarantee minimum of 4 years operational life; the others have a 2 year operational life. 2. It is important to note that HRPA recommend that your AED machine is serviced once a year.
Trained: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an AED are lifesaving skills that can be learned in a short timeframe. It is important to ensure that you are trained to use the AED machine.
At Fleming medical we can offer you training. Demonstrations will be provided by Fleming Medical please return the card attached to arrange a demonstration or alternatively call the healthcare team on 061-304600 where they will be delighted to assist you.
Enterprise Ireland Middle East, the regional arm of the Irish government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, marks its fifth year at Arab Health with a significant increase in the number of healthcare companies under its umbrella.
Irish and Dutch researchers have developed the world’s first “smart dressing” set to revolutionise wound care. Medics will be able to monitor patients’ wounds without having to remove the dressing when it becomes commercially available in 2017. It is the result of a successful collaboration between Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Fleming Medical in Limerick and the Holst Centre/ TNO in the Netherlands. The smart dressing, called DermaTrax, contains sensors that monitor conditions in a patient’s wound, including temperature, moisture and acidity. Nurses and other medical staff can be alerted to the possible presence of infection and other healing issues without having to remove the dressing. The miniature sensor module has been developed by Tyndall, Ireland’s largest research centre that specialises in information and communications technology hardware and systems.
Tyndall has been working on the project with Fleming Medical, a leading medical equipment provider and the Holst Centre, experts in wireless sensor technologies. DermaTrax will monitor the condition of the wound and the dressing itself, relaying information to a nurses’ station via a wireless link. Chief executive of Fleming Medical, Mark Fleming, said DermaTrax would revolutionise current wound care practice where the dressing is manually removed and the wound visually inspected. “This is time consuming for the nursing staff, uncomfortable for the patient and disturbs the natural healing process,” he said. “This hi-tech dressing will generate savings in healthcare costs, due to reduced clinical inspection time and shorter hospital stays as a result of faster wound healing,” he said.
Mr Fleming said they now had a working prototype and wanted to develop it commercially. “We will also have a version available from pharmacies, with patients reimbursed under the drugs payment scheme,” he said. Head of information and communications technology for health at Tyndall, Paul Galvin, said the project would increase Ireland’s standing as an international hub for medical device research and development. Programme manager at Holst Centre/ TNO, Jeroen van den Brand, said one of its activities was developing health patches that measured various vital signs so the smart dressing fitted perfectly within the scope of the research. The project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020, is also supported by Enterprise Ireland.
It’s not easy dealing with a diabetes diagnosis; there is so much to know and do. But, equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools to manage your condition can be empowering, enabling you to take those vital first steps towards feeling better, and living a longer and healthier life. Here’s what you need to get started on the path to improved health and wellbeing.
1. Healthy Eating Choosing healthy foods is an essential part of managing your diabetes. Always follow the guidance of your healthcare practitioner before changing your eating times or embarking on a new diet. As someone diagnosed with diabetes, you may have been working closely with your physician, diabetic educator and pharmacist on how to best take care of your health. Your healthcare provider should furnish you with information on appropriate diet requirements for your particular condition. In order to adhere to your doctor’s guidelines, it is important to become savvy when reading food labels, restaurant menus and during meal preparation in order to maintain nutrient content and avoid adding extra saturated fat and sodium. Choosing the wrong foods - or even the right foods at inappropriate times - may cause a dip or spike in glucose levels which can wreak havoc on your health. It is vitally important to keep the blood sugars within normal limits as poorly controlled diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys and the nerves and can also contribute to cardio-vascular diseases, which include heart disease, stroke and poor circulation. By making simple but specific adjustments to your lifestyle and diet, you can gain better blood-sugar control. High blood sugar can cause a number of symptoms that include:
On the flip side, if you’re not closely monitoring your blood sugar levels, they can drop too low. Warning signs of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, include:
Insta-Glucose is an easy-to-use tube that delivers 24 grams of fast-acting, rapidly absorbed glucose — 60% more glucose than similar products! So it quickly boosts blood glucose levels.
2. Stay Active Not only is regular exercise good for your body; it also has a powerfully positive effect on your mind. The benefits of physical exercise are far reaching. Being active and engaging in aerobic exercise has a tremendous effect on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioural level. Being active can help control blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes and improve cardiovascular health and assist in weight loss or control for both type 2 and type 1 diabetes. You need to know what activities are appropriate for you to do, how often and how forcefully you need to do them and how to handle the possible side effects of exercise (hypo and hyperglycemia.)
3. Blood Glucose Monitoring Purchasing a high quality home Blood Glucose Monitoring System empowers you to take control of your diabetes. Checking your blood glucose levels allows you to see how your blood sugars are responding to the medications and lifestyle regimen you are following, and whether changes are required. Blood glucose monitoring is a way of testing the concentration of glucose in the blood (glycema). The blood glucose test is performed by piercing the skin (usually on the finger), to draw blood, then applying the blood to a chemically active disposable ‘test strip’. If you choose a meter that requires coding, you'll need to input a number or use a "key" or "chip" each time you open a new bottle of test strips. Avoid this time consuming practice by purchasing a blood glucose monitor with a self-calibration system, such as the Medisign Monitoring System that requires no coding and gives you results in just five seconds - the best choice to ensure maximum efficiency. As always, buyer beware! Certain glucose monitoring systems may be quite inexpensive to purchase - or may even be offered free of charge - but this may turn out to be a false economy, as it is often the case that the accompanying accessories, such as lancets and test strips, are more expensive than the monitoring system! Proactively monitor your diabetes by choosing reliable and affordable lancets and test strips that are compatible with your blood glucose monitoring system.
4. Taking Medication It is important to follow the instruction of your GP and to understand how the medication you are taking works, how to properly take the medication and what side effects it may have. Having this knowledge will make it easier for you to determine whether your medication is working properly or not.
5. Risk Reduction In order to take care of yourself fully it is necessary to know what preventive care is required. Blood pressure checks, regular eye, foot, dental exams, lab tests for microalbumin, cholesterol and lipid labs –knowing what these tests measure, what the therapeutic goals are, how frequently you should get them checked will help you plan your care more responsibility. 6. Healthy Coping Learning and maintaining healthy coping skills is an essential part of diabetes control. Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires so much of the individual experiencing the condition. It can have a dramatic effect on a person’s psychological state of mind as well as their physical being – it can be exhausting, frustrating and isolating. Obtaining the life skills to manage diabetes in a healthy, positive way can make all the difference in your overall health. Join a support group, engage in activities such as meditation, yoga, outdoor pursuits, and stay in control by making use of a glucose monitoring system. This will help you to avoid letting the disease dictate your entire life, and help you on your way to leading a full and active life. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
Limerick GAA Sponsorship
LIMERICK GAA turned on the style in Thurles last weekend to book their place in Croke Park for the All Ireland semi-finals, after a sensational 4-26 to 1-11 win over Wexford.
The First Aid care and medical supplies of the victorious Limerick hurlers was proudly supplied by medicare®.
Fleming Medical has been focused on making high performance first aid supplies since 1987. We play an active part in supporting our community and are delighted to be the official corporate sponsors of Limerick GAA, under the medicare® brand.
This is a special sponsorship initiative as we, at Fleming Medical, have been part of the local community in Limerick for the past 27 years, creating and supporting local enterprise as a proud Limerick company.
Limerick’s massive win sends them through to a second successive All-Ireland SHC semi-final and in a fortnight’s time, they will lock horns with Leinster champions Kilkenny in Croker.
We wish the Limerick senior team all the best as they prepare to take on Kilkenny in Croke Park on Sunday, 10th of August, where the first aid care of the players will continue to be proudly covered by medicare®.