28 Nov

NOROVIRUS: WINTER IS COMING. BE PREPARED

NOROVIRUS: WINTER IS COMING. BE PREPARED

The outbreak of the ‘winter vomiting bug’ norovirus has previously struck down more than 1million people in the UK, and caused hospitals and schools to close, as well as great misery for those who had to endure the symptoms of this highly contagious virus. Unfortunately norovirus hasn’t gone anywhere, though that particular outbreak was memorable for its sheer scale, and it did draw attention to how important it is to control such an outbreak and the most effective ways in which to do so.

Known as a winter vomiting bug only because it’s more common during colder seasons, when people stay indoors more and group together, norovirus is once again making the rounds with outbreaks of varying scales currently being reported around the UK. So now is the time to take action in your care home to keep your residents safe and well, by practicing proper infection control methods and encouraging healthy habits for both residents and staff alike.

What is norovirus?

As we’ve already mentioned, the nickname given to norovirus is a misnomer as it’s possible to catch it during the summer months too, although much less likely. Norovirus is spread through even very tiny particles of infected vomit or faeces, which could be inhaled, picked up by touching a contaminated surface, or eating contaminated food.

As well as projectile vomiting, norovirus also causes watery diarrhoea, but fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aches are also symptoms that can appear. Its symptoms are severely unpleasant in the short term and will manifest one to two days after contracting the virus, but they only last for two or three days once they have appeared.

What sets norovirus apart from other stomach bugs is that it is extremely contagious, and those suffering are encouraged not to visit their GP to further prevent the virus spreading, and also because there is no cure – norovirus is a virus, not a bacteria, and therefore antibiotics won’t be effective. Instead, if medical advice is really needed, it should be sought by calling their GP or NHS 111.

Preventing the spread of norovirus

Hospitals, schools, and indeed care homes are unfortunately common sources of outbreaks such as norovirus as they are semi-closed environments where people are in close contact with one another for long periods of time. Therefore, special efforts must be made to prevent an outbreak from occurring in the first instance. The Healthcare Infection Society has specific guidelines for managing norovirus in healthcare settings, but here are our most important tips:

  •  During the winter months when norovirus risks are at their highest, it’s even more important that care home staff and residents regularly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water to remove any norovirus particles from their skin. Hand washing is the single most important step that you can take in care home infection control. After washing hands, always use a personal bottle of hand sanitizer like, TECcare Protect Hand Sanitizing Foamer
  • Those that have contracted norovirus should be isolated from those without the virus, whether in separate rooms or even areas of the care home, and use different facilities. This should continue for up to 48 hours after symptoms have passed.
  • Care home staff should wear PPE including disposable gloves, apron and face mask when tending to residents with the virus.NOROVIRUS
  •  All surfaces that could be possibly contaminated should be disinfected – we recommend following the TECcare environment protocol proven to kill the virus.
  • Fabrics that could be contaminated should be washed immediately on a hot wash in conjunction with TECcare to kill the virus, including towels, bedding, clothing, and upholstery.
  • Infected vomit or faces in the toilet should be flushed away with the lid closed and then the entire surrounding area cleaned and disinfected.
  •  Fresh produce should be washed and thoroughly cooked before consumption.
  • Visitors to your care home should be limited only to those that are essential.
  • At Delivered Health Solutions our comprehensive Infection Control products range will help you to control and prevent an outbreak of norovirus, and keep your residents and your staff safe. Norovirus is a particularly difficult virus to control, but with the right preparation and plans in place, it’s possible to avoid being part of the statistics.
22 Aug

DHS Challenge – Transformation Tuesday – Nuffield Health Birmingham Rubery

DHS Challenge – Transformation Tuesday – Nuffield Health Birmingham Rubery
Next stop on our DHS challenge: Nuffield Health Birmingham Rubery.

Nuffield Health Birmingham Rubery contacted Delivered Health Solutions and challenged us to remove odours derived from constant use of the fitness studio. After hearing rave reviews from, Tim Holmes, Vikings Head of Player Welfare & Strength and Conditioning, Nuffield’s curiosity peaked and they asked to be the next challengers.

Challenge accepted. Que, Aeroguard 4S.

Aeroguard 4S is a 2-in-1 odour elimination and air purification solution. Perfect for a gym environment where air quality is very important and foul odours are present from consistent use.

With its 5 filtration stages, the odour elimination and air purification system constantly guarantees you fresh, clean and healthy air.

Each filtration stage has its own job:

5-Stage Filtration System
  1. Pre Filter – captures hair and rough larger particles
  2. SWISS HEPA 13 Filter – fine dust, pollen, mildew, pet dander & spores
  3. Active Carbon Filter – gas & odours
  4. Nanopure+ – viruses and bacteria
  5. Duotron – UV light filter which outputs combined ions – positive & negative ions.

In a gym environment, the Duotron technology is a particular benefit. Without getting too technical, it’s all about the airborne IONS. Negative IONS bond with pollutants in the air making them heavier causing them to fall to the ground, which is good. Through the charge of the positive ions, the cell walls of viruses and bacteria are destroyed.

There are various health benefits to Ionised air.  Ionised air can strengthen the cardiovascular system thus creating better blood flow and stabilisation of pulse frequency. It can also help improve oxygen intake, which is crucial when exercising and can help increase endurance performance and feeling more vital.

So far, the results and feedback have been outstanding.

Debbie Shepherd, Nuffield Birmingham Rubery member said “It was refreshing to go in to the studio after a class and not be hit with the smell of bodily odours from previous members efforts, instead there was just no smell at all. It was weird. You wouldn’t have known there was a class on before. I also didn’t feel as tired during the class, and the air in general felt cleaner, less stuffy”.

Nuffield Health

Before we begin each challenge, we measure the indoor air quality on a handy little portable machine, an Air Quality Monitor. The Air Quality Monitor is a laser particle monitor which can detecting particles down to 0.5 micron with the large particle size range is calibrated to 2. 5 microns and above. The monitor generates two numbers, one measuring the small particles and the other larger particles. At the beginning of the challenge, the studio measured 70 microns (pollen, etc.) and 7 microns (bacteria/mould etc.).

Today, we popped back to see how the challenge was progressing, the monitor read 7/1 microns. What a huge difference!

Do you have an odour issue, poor indoor air quality or want to improve productivity? Why not contact us to discuss if you are ready to take the DHS challenge.
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11 Jul

DHS Named Widnes Vikings Official Partner for 2018 Season

DHS Named Widnes Vikings Official Partner for 2018 Season

Delivered Health Solutions have already partnered with Widnes Vikings on a number of successful projects, including an initiative to give local care homes VIP experiences at Vikings games. We have also developed an exciting video campaign with the Vikings players, taking advantage of the Club’s growing social media reach, which will be launched in the coming weeks.

After receiving significant business interest from their initial work with the Vikings, the company has chosen to further its partnership with the Club.

Widnes Vikings have also adopted Delivered Health Solutions products, with the company generously giving the Club a specialist air purification  and odour management system and its leading products to keep the players Performance Centre fresh and clean.

Barbara Meeks, Managing Director of Delivered Health Solutions, says: “We are very proud to have signed up as an official partner of Widnes Vikings. Since we first partnered with the Club in May, we have seen that the Vikings do fantastic work in the community, offer innovative marketing ideas and care about delivering real value to their commercial partners. We are excited to be an Official Partner for 2018 and for our upcoming digital marketing campaign this season.”

James Rule, CEO of Widnes Vikings, says: “I am delighted to welcome Delivered Health Solutions to the Vikings partner family. I am very proud that they made this commitment because of the value they see in the Club’s marketing abilities and the work that we deliver in the community. Delivered Health Solutions are a national organisation with great values and a real belief in the future of the Vikings, so are a perfect addition to Official Partner network.”

For more information regarding the Air Purification & Odour Elimination system visit: http://deliveredhealthsolutions.co.uk/product/aeroguard-4s-air-purification-system/

For more information on community projects ran by Widnes Vikings visit: http://www.widnesvikings.co.uk/news

 

 

11 Jul

Delivered Health Solutions Launch “The DHS Challenge” – take the challenge

Delivered Health Solutions Launch “The DHS Challenge” – take the challenge

Remember this day, today we launch the DHS Challenge. And who better to kick-off the challenge than the legendary local Rugby League Team Widnes Vikings.

Delivered Health Solutions are huge Widnes Vikings supporters and sponsors and it occurred to us who do we know who might have odour issues?! Just imagine, daily how many rugby players will be in and out of the gym, getting all hot and sweaty, inevitably there is going to be some kind of stench left behind (sorry boys!).

Recognising this, and their need to provide the best and cleanest environment for their players, they agreed to take the DHS challenge.

The DHS challenge, what is it I hear you ask? Well, basically the challenge is for anyone who has issues with odour control and management, or has poor indoor air quality which is having a negative impact on people in that environment and who might be suffering from health problems like sickness, allergy issues or respiratory issues.

Delivered Heath Solutions has put together this challenge to show the very effective results a short quick process can have. We will discuss with you in detail what your issue us, assess the situation or the type of business you are and then offer a cost effective and efficient resolution.

Why the DHS Challenge? It’s simple. We wanted to show potential customers the benefits our odour elimination products can have without the risk of investment first. The challenge is a try-before-you-buy scheme, once you’ve experienced the results we’re sure you’ll be making a purchase. We are here to help you get the most out of your bottom line while providing a clean safe and odour free environment. We work with you in partnership, we don’t dictate and certainly wouldn’t recommend anything we hadn’t tried and tested ourselves.

Sign-up and be the next business to take the DHS Challenge.

Contact us to discuss taking the DHS Challenge on 01514229335 or email sales@deliveredhealthsolutions.co.uk

14 Jun

Delivered Health Solutions attends dementia support group hosted by Widnes Vikings

Delivered Health Solutions supported Widnes Vikings at their latest Chemics Cafe event on Wednesday 7th June, in partnership with the charity Community Integrated Care. 

 

The Chemics Café is a unique free monthly event that helps people living with dementia and their loved ones, by giving them practical advice as well as opportunities to socialise, have fun and reminisce about special Widnes Vikings moments. The event is free and open to anyone in Halton.

 

Guests enjoyed sharing their Vikings memories, inspired by memorabilia and trophies from the Club’s history, which were proudly on show. The session also saw former Vikings players Joe Argent and Tommy Rimmer host bowing and rugby league themed activity sessions. 

 

Delivered Health Solutions were invited to showcase our products and services, as a Widnes-based company and one of Britain’s leading suppliers of infection control and prevention products, and educator and trainer to the care sector. We shared with guests a number of activity and reminiscence products which we provide, and gave a special talk on ways to make hand hygiene a sensory activity. 

 

Barbara Meeks, Managing Director of Delivered Health Solutions, says: “We were delighted to show our support for the Chemics Cafe. The cafe provides a fantastic service, by giving people an opportunity to connect with the Club that they love and also find vital advice and support. As a business, we’re keen to give back to our community, so we hope that everyone enjoyed learning from and taking part in our session. “

 

Daniel Scott, Education Partnerships Manager at Widnes Vikings, says: “It was fantastic to see so many local people and care homes attend the Chemics Cafe. Many people have vibrant memories of watching Widnes Vikings, and we know that a passion for the game is something that can really help bring people together. The support of groups like Delivered Health Solutions, as well as our charity partner Community Integrated Care, really helps make it a invaluable event.”

 

Samantha Brennan, Regional Director for Widnes Vikings, says: “The Chemics Cafe has been running for a year now and every session has been fun and valuable to people. As a charity, we want to make a difference in our hometown and we’re very proud to see the Cafe achieve this.”

 

The Chemics Cafe takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, from 11am-12.30pm at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes.

10 May

Countdown: Scottish Care, Care At Home & Housing Support Annual Conference & Awards Dinner

Countdown: Scottish Care, Care At Home & Housing Support Annual Conference & Awards Dinner

It’s only two days to go until the next Scottish Care Annual Care at Home & Housing Support Conference. The Exhibition and Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 12th May 2017  at the Marriott Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow.

This years event will consist of the Conference and Exhibition during the day followed by the National Care Awards in the evening.

Delivered Health Solutions will be exhibiting this year, officially showcasing and launching the Aeroguard Mini to the Scottish Care community. Please come by and say hello, we wont bite……honest!

See you there.

If you wish to book a last minute exhibition space please contact us on: 0151 422 9335.

 

10 May

Local Care Homes Enjoy VIP Experience At Widnes Vikings

Local Care Homes Enjoy VIP Experience At Widnes Vikings

Courtesy of Delivered Health Solutions (DHS) residents from three Halton care homes enjoyed a VIP experience with the Super League rugby league club Widnes Vikings.

Fifteen residents, family members and staff from Simonsfield Care Home, Halton View Care Home and Ferndale Mews Care Home were invited to the Vikings recent fixture against Hull FC by DHS, who were Executive Match Sponsors of the game. They enjoyed a special post-match meet and greet with Vikings stars, and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the big game.

DHS are one of Britain’s leading suppliers of infection control and prevention products and services. The Widnes-based company provides specialist cleaning services to the social care sector, and chose to use its ticket allocation to reward people living in care homes and the staff that support them.

Their guests included many passionate Vikings fans, who have followed the Club for a lifetime. This included Roy Butler, who lives at Ferndale Mews Care Home and played for Widnes in the 1950’s.

Barbara Meeks, Managing Director of Delivered Health Solutions, says: “We were delighted to welcome our local care home community to the game as our special guests. At Delivered Health Solutions, we’re proud to support the social care sector. We were keen to use our tickets to give a special experience to people living in care homes and the dedicated people that enable them to lead full lives. It was fantastic to see how much they all enjoyed their day.”

She adds, “As a Widnes-based business, we’re thrilled to have partnered with our local rugby league club. The Vikings have been recognised for their great work in the community, including delivering award-winning projects that support care homes, so they are the perfect fit for our brand.”

Dave Rolt, Head of Commercial at Widnes Vikings, says: “Delivered Health Solutions idea of inviting local care home residents to the game was a fantastic gesture, and typifies our experience of them being a business with great values. It was brilliant to see how excited everyone was to be part of the game and meet our players. We’re looking forward to working on many more great projects with the company in the season ahead.” 

04 May

Delivered Health Solutions put the “magic” in Destination Magic

Delivered Health Solutions put the “magic” in Destination Magic

Yesterday staff at our Widnes HQ took part in Destination Magic and helped to transport the ball to Newcastle and St James’ Park.

Destination Magic’s aim is to get as many businesses as possible to help the Vikings deliver the ball from Widnes to St James’ Park for the kick off of the showcase event.

Each business that donates to the campaign will not only feature on all of the Club’s media outlets, but will also sponsor a child in the North East to take part in an exclusive Rugby League camp with the Vikings in the build up to the Dacia Magic Weekend. The participating children will take to the field at St James’ Park to present the ball, prior to kick off.

100% of donations will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, who not only support and treat cancer sufferers in the UK but also contribute significantly to international research into the disease.

Watch how staff of Delivered Health Solutions HQ, with the help of a couple of high profiled people, continue to transport the ball to Magic Weekend.

WATCH HERE

28 Apr

Aeroguard: cost effective, environmentally friendly & effective way to combat odour problems & indoor airpollution

Aeroguard: cost effective, environmentally friendly & effective way to combat odour problems & indoor airpollution

A recent news article reported that there were 35 nursery schools in the Greater Manchester area within proximity to roads breaking the legal pollution limits. This is a worrying thought on a number of levels. First of all, the investigation which was carried out by Greenpeace doesn’t mention anything about the other educational facilities like primary, infant and junior schools within these areas, nor park and recreational grounds. And it focused on one particular geographical location. How many other towns and cities have education and care home facilities near to these types of main roads.

Pollution can have major health repercussions on all types of people but the most vulnerable are children and the elderly, also pregnant women, allergy sufferers and those with respiratory health conditions. Isn’t it our job as adults not within the vulnerable category to help those less able than ourselves?!

The world health organisation has identified indoor air pollution as one of the biggest dangers to our health, with an estimated 4.3 million people a year die from the exposure to household air pollution, and with people spending up to 90% of their time indoors this is not good. And even more worryingly, the more energy efficient our offices and homes become the increased risk of even high pollutants being trapped in our indoor air, and in inadvertently inhaling said pollutants.

So, what exactly is classed as indoor air pollution;

  • Asbestos, mineral dusts and fibres, Bacteria & viruses, Biological allergens, Black carbon Carbon monoxide (CO), Diesel exhaust, Insecticides, Lead, Metals, Methane, Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3), Particulate matter (PM), Polychlorinated, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Radon, Solvents & Formaldehyde, Sulphur dioxide (SO2), Tobacco Smoke and Volatile organic compounds (VOCs

This all sounds like pretty worrying news, right?! Don’t panic, there is always a solution to a problem. What is that solution I hear you ask? 

Aeroguard Mini, is a revolutionary clean air concept, or air purification system to you and me, with a difference. This system promises to remove harmful substances from indoor air pollution all while removing unpleasant and unwanted odours like urine, faeces, smoke and damp. Two for the price of one!

The world’s most compact high performance air purifier with multi- stage filtration system. It is compact and light, user friendly and energy saving. It has the highest HEPA filtration and NANOPURE anti-virus technology to efficiently removes dust, pollens, virus, bacteria and odours from the indoor air and comes highly recommended by the Swiss Allergy Association and has been awarded the Swiss Allergy Label.

To discuss how Aeroguard can help support you with your odour management and infection control needs then contact us for more information, free demonstration and no obligation quotation.

For more information: Aeroguard

 

20 Apr

Delivered Health Solutions named exclusive UK distributor of Aeroguard Mini & Aeroguard 4S

Delivered Health Solutions named exclusive UK distributor of Aeroguard Mini & Aeroguard 4S

Delivered Health Solutions (DHS) have signed an exclusive agreement with a leading global brand to be the official partner and distributor of a revolutionary clean air concept,  Aeroguard 4S and Aeroguard Mini.

The Aeroguard products promise to remove harmful substances from indoor air pollution, including rough particles like hair and fabrics, small particles including fine dust, pollen and spores as well as airborne viruses and bacteria, to prevent allergies and other airborne diseases from developing. It also has the ability to eliminate unpleasant odours and unwanted smells like urine, faeces, smoke and damp.

The Aeroguard MINI is the world’s most compact high performance air purifier with multi- stage filtration system. It is compact and light, user friendly and energy saving. It has the highest HEPA filtration and NANOPURE anti-virus technology to efficiently removes dust, pollen’s, virus, bacteria and odours from the indoor air and comes highly recommended by the Swiss Allergy Association and has been awarded the Swiss Allergy Label.

The Aeroguard 4S, the larger of the two products has a 6-stage filtration system, with intelligent self monitoring sensors to monitor air quality and react accordingly. Similarly to the Aeroguard Mini, the Aeroguard also has the highest HEPA filtration and NANOPURE Plus UVA filters to reduce viruses and bacteria contamination, ioniser to improve odour and air quality and also comes tested and approved by the Swiss Asthma & Allergy Foundation.
The air purification system and multiple stage filtration system has undergone rigorous trials and testing within major European cities, the results saw the quality of the indoor air greatly improved leading to a positive outcome both on staff and resident wellness.

Delivered Health solutions will be focussing on the care home sector, education and childcare establishments, as well as leisure and hospitality where odour management and improved air quality is key.

Barbara Meeks, Founder & Managing Director, Delivered Health Solutions, said, “We are thrilled to be the exclusive partner to launch Aeroguard 4S and Aeroguard mini in the UK, we believe this is the right technology to dramatically improve air quality and help improve long-term odour elimination at the same time, and we want to encourage people to take action in minimising their risk and lessen indoor air quality problems effectively.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:    

Delivered Health Solutions

Neil Shepard – Sales Director

E: neil.shepherd@deliveredhealthsolutions.co.uk

M: 07780698041

 

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