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NEWCASTLE mum Kaja Gersinska has become the first person in the UK to use climate-friendly pain relief during labour after giving birth at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Kaja used BPR Medical’s Ultraflow analgesic demand valve, which was connected to a nitrous oxide capture and destruction system provided by Medclair.

 

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Entonox, also known as gas and air, is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and has been used to provide pain relief for women in labour for over a hundred years. However, nitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas, almost 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and escapes into the atmosphere after being exhaled by a patient.

Kaja gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Rosie Martha O’Sullivan, who weighed 6lb 6oz, in the Newcastle Birthing Centre on September 9. She breathed gas and air via BPR’s Ultraflow device, which is used by over 40 percent of NHS Trusts in England and all regional Trusts in Wales. An Anaesthetic Gas Scavenging System (AGSS) attached to the Ultraflow directed the gas she exhaled into a Mobile Destruction Unit (MDU), which collects and destroys exhaled gas and air, converting it to room air.

 

Kaja said: “I feel very privileged and proud actually – it’s the little things you don’t often think about and it’s nice that someone thought about making these changes which will be better for the environment and for midwives who are working here all the time.

 

Speaking about her experience of the Ultraflow, Kaja added: “I didn’t expect this when I came here today – I just came to have my baby – but I started on the traditional machine and then swapped over. It was quieter and much more comfortable to hold.

 

“It’s nice to make a little bit of history!” she added.

The nitrous oxide capture and destruction technology, developed by Medclair, is widely used in Sweden. It collects the exhaled gas and breaks it down into nitrogen and oxygen, which are harmless.

 

The MDU purifies 99.6% of the nitrous oxide entering the unit. As well having a huge benefit to the environment, it reduces the amount of nitrous oxide staff are exposed to while they work.

 

In order to capture the nitrous oxide in exhaled breath, the demand valve – in this case BPR’s Ultraflow - needs to be fitted with an AGSS tube that redirects exhaled gas into the MDU.

 

Managing Director of BPR Medical, Richard Radford, said: “Nitrous oxide is a concern not only for the environment, but also for the safety of maternity unit staff. Minimising exposure to the gas is a top priority, so we’re delighted to have played a part in this ground-breaking development.”

 

Chief Executive of Medclair, Jonas Lundh said: “Working in the green medtech area I’m extremely impressed by the NHS Newcastle team, I’ve never seen such a display of action on the fact that there is a global climate crisis as we saw in Newcastle. We are delighted to be a supplier to the trust and we look forward to Rosie’s generation being born in a climate friendly way.”

 

Newcastle Hospitals is well known for its award-winning Shine (Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle) programme and was the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency, in recognition that the climate emergency is a health emergency. The Trust is also committed to the ambitious goal of becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030.

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BPR Medical achieves prestigious MDSAP Medical Device Certification

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 08:00:00 Europe/London

BPR Medical is proud to have received Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) certification for our medical gas solutions. The certification, which has been awarded to just a handful of companies in the UK medical technology industry to date, is validation of our dedication to providing high quality medical gas therapy products across hospital, home and hospice care.

 

The Medical Device Single Audit Program is an auditing standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) that allows medical device manufacturers to undergo a single audit for compliance with ISO 13485 and the relevant requirements of USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Japan.

 

By successfully completing the MDSAP audit, we have demonstrated that our quality management system meets the strict regulatory requirements for the design, manufacture and service of medical gas therapy devices for respiratory therapy and pain management.

 

BPR Medical already provides gas therapy products to the NHS and UK and global healthcare providers. This certification will now enable us to further expand across the five markets covered by the accreditation.

 

The certificate award comes after we received a minimal number of Corrective Action Requests (CARs) during the au\zdit process, below average for MDSAP.

 

Richard Radford, Managing Director at BPR Medical, said: “We have always strived to create the highest quality products, with every device we produce undergoing stringent tests at every stage of the production process. We are honoured to receive this recognition of our commitment to quality and regulatory requirements, and this now means we can continue making respiratory therapy safer for patients across the globe.”

 

BPR Medical is also CE marked under the Medical Device Regulations and, in 2012, we received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation for the development of our revolutionary Firesafe™ range.

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BPR Medical and UK Government donate £377,000 of equipment to hospitals

Thursday, 17 June 2021 08:00:00 Europe/London

Patients in hospitals across the UK are benefiting from a donation of over 10,000 medical oxygen hoses, vital pieces of equipment for respiratory care, thanks to the efforts of BPR Medical and an agreement with the Cabinet Office.

 

The hoses, which are used to connect respiratory equipment like ventilators and anaesthetic machines, were originally ordered and paid for by the Cabinet Office for the Ventilator Challenge programme at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. When the demand for new ventilators did not reach the levels expected and some of the programmes ceased, the hoses were no longer required.

 

As the NHS needs to replace tens of thousands of oxygen hoses every year, BPR offered to send the devices – worth £377,000 – to Hospital Trusts across the UK free of charge, and the Cabinet Office agreed.

 

Work to contact all 176 Trusts started in August 2020, with our sales and customer service team contacting medical engineers across the country by phone. We also created a team to fulfil the requests as they were received. In total 121 Trusts placed orders for 10,770 hoses, ranging in length from one to six metres.

 

Senior Medical Devices Technician John Itter from Salisbury Hospital, one of the hospitals to benefit from the donation programme, said, “The hoses are vital pieces of equipment for delivering oxygen to patients.  Quality is key as they receive a lot of wear and tear in a demanding environment, but nevertheless they still need replacing from time to time. We’re delighted that BPR rose to the challenge and that the equipment is being repurposed for the benefit of patients and the Trust.”

 

Richard Radford, Managing Director of BPR Medical, said, “When we were first contacted to support the ventilator challenge, we were keen to play our part in the national effort. So, when the equipment was no longer needed, we worked with the Cabinet Office and offered to go the extra mile to dispatch it to hospitals.

 

“It’s a win-win situation. Patients and Trusts benefit from high quality respiratory equipment and the Government’s investment is redirected to the NHS.”

 

Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We would like to thank BPR Medical for their work with the Ventilator Challenge, and for their hard work distributing medical consumables after the programme to secure much needed consumables for the NHS and value for the taxpayer.”

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