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Why does your Sport Club need an AED?

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

1. Accessible

2. Charged

3. Trained

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.



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Fleming Medical signs $1 million distribution agreement with UAE's City Pharmacy.

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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.

Ireland is renowned as a global hub for healthcare excellence and in 2011 healthcare companies made up 10 percent of Enterprise Ireland's total exporters in the Middle East & North Africa region - a figure that is expected to reach 30 percent by the end of 2016.

Among the sectors represented by Irish companies at Arab Health are infection control, precision engineering, patient welfare management, telehealth, healthcare training and recruitment, diagnostics, skin care, wound care and medical consumables and many more.

Ireland's MedTech sector has grown particularly well in international markets over the last 20 years. Ireland hosts more than 350 medical technology companies, including 13 of the top 15 global MedTech companies, employing 25,000 people and exporting almost €8 billion. Ireland is now the second largest exporter of high tech medical products in the EU and is internationally recognised as a location of choice for development and manufacture of high tech products.

Clare Roche, Market Advisor, at Enterprise Ireland MENA commented: "Ireland is one of Europe's largest MedTech hotspots and a globally recognised centre of excellence. This is Ireland's fourth year hosting a national pavilion at Arab Health and interest among Irish companies has grown exponentially year on year. The UAE and wider Gulf Region offers a dynamic market where there is a strong match between the innovative products and services offered by Irish companies and the areas of demand in the region'’.

Among the 20 Irish healthcare companies at Arab Health is Fleming Medical, a supplier of medical devices, which has signed its first direct distribution agreement in the Middle East with the UAE's City Pharmacy Co. The deal represents a value of US$1,000,000 over the next three years and forms part of the company's strategy to focus on its Medicare brand worldwide.

Mark Fleming, Managing Director, Fleming Medical said: ''we are very pleased that the City Pharmacy Group has chosen Fleming Medical as their exclusive OTC partners and this takes our presence in the region to the next level, through their extensive network of established pharmacy trade business partners.'’

Ireland's Ambassador to the UAE, HE Patrick Hennessy commented "The high number of Irish companies exhibiting at this year's Arab Health, coupled with their success in the region so far, is proof that Ireland is a leader in the medtech field. The agreement with Fleming Medical and City Pharmacy an excellent example of a strong partnership between an innovative Irish company and a highly successful local UAE company. I wish them every success'

Ireland and the UAE have enjoyed long-standing ties in the health care sector and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has had aDubai campus since 2005, helping to train healthcare professionals in the UAE. Opportunities remain very strong and the new model of 'connected-health' is a hugely interesting sub-sector thanks to Ireland's strengths in ICT and mobile technology, which combine well with expertise in traditional healthcare and medical technology.

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‘Smart dressing’ to improve medics ability to monitor patient wounds

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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.

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Join us at the Pharmacy Show UK

pharmacy_show_uk_fleming_medical Fleming Medical will be exhibiting at the Pharmacy Show UK, the Pharmacy profession’s largest and most important event, which will see 7,000+ pharmacy professionals share ideas, discuss pressing issues, debate hot topics and access free CPD. This year’s Pharmacy Show is set to offer pharmacy professionals its biggest and best ever event. This two-day event is taking place on Sunday, October 5thand Monday, October 6th, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.  Join us at Stand: PC41 to find new ideas, products and solutions and take advantage of exclusive special offers.  Fleming Medical supplies an extensive range of OTC goods to pharmacies and retail wholesalers, combining excellent product quality with keen pricing. Across all our customer channels in Ireland, the UK and various other countries worldwide, we provide trusted medical supplies, from ECG machines to first aid kits and plasters. With over 25 years of research and experience you can trust, join us at our Stand: PC41 to learn about the latest science and technology in wound-care, sports therapy, first-aid, foot health and patient diagnostics.  pharmacy_show_uk_2014_fleming_medical_
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Taking Care and Control of Diabetes




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:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent urination

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:

  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Lack of coordination

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.

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Study shows that Mepitel Wound Dressings prevent radiotherapy skin reactions

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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.


  1. Wells M (2003) Radiation skin reactions. Faithfull S (Ed) Supportive care in radiotherapy. London: Churchill Livingstone 135-159.
  2. Herst PM et al. Prophylactic use of Mepitel Film prevents radiation-induced moist desquamation in an intra-patient randomised controlled clinical trial of 78 breast cancer patients. Radiother Oncol (2014)
  3. Wells M (2003) Radiation skin reactions. Faithfull S (Ed) Supportive care in radiotherapy. London: Churchill Livingstone 135-159.
  4. Herst PM et al. Prophylactic use of Mepitel Film prevents radiation-induced moist desquamation in an intra-patient randomised controlled clinical trial of 78 breast cancer patients. Radiother Oncol (2014)

For more information on the Mepitel Wound Dressing product, click here

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10 amazing benefits of Arnica for looks, health and vitality


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:

        1.  Shock:

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.


                                                                              2.  Skin Nourishment:


Creams and Lotions

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.


  3.  Eczema, psoriasis and ringworm:

Arnica can be applied topically as a remedy for various skin problems, such as itchiness, dryness, pain, swelling and inflammation.


    4.   Vertigo:

If the person is experiencing vertigo due to trauma, Arnica may be helpful during the early stages of treatment. Symptoms include dizziness during quick movements, mild nausea and feeling better when lying down in a quiet, dark room.



 5.  Insomnia: Promotes deep, restful sleep. Can be good for  jet lag. 


   6. Stress and Depression:

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.


  7. Post Surgery:

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.


  8. Stretch Marks:

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. 




 9. Menstrual Pain:

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.


10. Arthritis:

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-flower                                                                                            MEDICARE ARNICA GEL 100ml                                         

Arnica gel can be used to aid relief in the following pain conditions:

  • Muscle aches and muscle stiffness

  • Arthritis pain

  • Back pain, low back pain

  • Neck 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

  • Joint pain

  • 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. 


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Fleming Medical's new 'Green' delivery service


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. 

Fleming Medical’s plastic, re-usable delivery totes are environmentally and user friendly and in line with current delivery trends into Pharmacies






















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

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.


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medicare® backs the winning team

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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®. 

Limerick GAA Medics in action with medicare® physio kits

Limerick GAA Medics were supplied with Medicare Physio kits


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7 Myths about plasters that could be damaging your child's health

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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 plasteris 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; manyof 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 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 shouldstock plasters.This persistent myth has led to many teachers, volunteers,crèche workers and carers who work with children, questioning their wound-care methodsand the contents oftheirfirst-aid box.When an emergency arises, and a child has had the misfortune of acquiring a minor cut or scrapeamid the rough and tumble of play activity, the last thing a teacher orcare-worker needs to be confronted with is aquandary about the health and safetyregulations 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’sminor cut or scrape. It is true, of course, that some children may be allergic to some types of plaster, which is whyit is very important to use a high quality plaster. Most children’s plasters are 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 trainingand consultancy company), failure to treat a wound properly could lead to far more serious ramifications. 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 carriedby law in first aidkits (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. Asthe 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 hair growth.


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 ofour 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. Medicare is a market leading health care brand, looking after all your needs in First AidWound Care, and Sport Care. Our aim is to provide you with the most comprehensiverangeofproducts, 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.

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