Limbs & Things Managing Director, Nic Riley, joined experts and decision makers from across the industry at The Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) earlier this month in Edinburgh.
The GNSH is a network of worldwide organisations committed to enhancing patient safety, healthcare quality, research and education through simulation.
The summit was established in 2010 by representatives from a number of different organisations with a vested interest in healthcare simulation. The group developed the following objectives in order to build a common frame work for the future of the industry:
• GNSH aims to promote the appropriate use of simulation in healthcare to improve patient care and safety, clinical service, training, research and education
• GNSH will act as a source of expertise and as a global resource.
• GNSH uses collaborative working and shared advocacy, to support and promote the use of simulation in healthcare.
Topics covered during the three day conference included identifying the core values and principles that support the effective development of simulation globally and establishing a business case, value proposition and research base for future work.
For further information about the GNSH visit: http://globalsimnetwork.org/
The Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer Mk2 is a new version of one of Limbs & Things best-selling task trainers, providing a realistic simulation experience to enable the hands on teaching of male examination skills and diagnosis.
The model is an accurate and functional representation of a male body from upper mid-thigh to 20mm above the umbilicus. It is durable and latex-free and includes a foreskin, essential for students who have never experienced the difference between penises that have been circumcised and those that have not.
The model can be used in two patient positions, supine - supported on a formed base and self-standing in the upright position. The Advanced trainer features new and improved pathologies to deliver a realistic training experience and familiarisation with a range of testicular and penile abnormalities.
The main body section includes an internal structure that helps define bony landmarks to support the user to conduct a realistic patient examination.
The new product range comes in both Advanced (more modules) and Standard version and offers:
• Improved overall quality and durability
• Greater general realism
• Simplified ‘uncluttered’ design
• Added functionality including testicular complications and pathologies
The product was developed in strict collaboration with clinicians who conduct regular medical training and lacked a product to teach accurate male pelvic examination and diagnosis.
By developing a product that looks and feels realistic, the CMPT ultimately provides a procedurally realistic and anatomically accurate training experience.
For further information about the Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer email firstname.lastname@example.org
A team of 14 Limbs & Things athletes of varying abilities completed Pandemonium at Colerne army base on 8th June in aid of Orchid Cancer Charity.
Tackling the 12K obstacle race were employees from across the company, who collectively raised just over £2000 in aid of the uniquely male cancer charity.
The team, Things with Limbs, all finished the race in under two hours, which consisted of running, climbing and crawling through muddy trenches.
Fastest times within the group were from Pete D'Alessandro finishing in 1 hour 8 minutes and Jon Ledrum and Clare Rangeley both with finish times of 1 hour 13 minutes. A good result from the R&D team, but congratulations to all who ran and many thanks to those who donated.
See you all next year!
Fourteen intrepid Limbs & Things employees will be getting sporty for charity on 8th June by participating in Pandemonium, a 12k obstacle course in Colerne, near Bath.
The employees from across the business will attempt the off-road obstacle race in a bid to raise funds for Orchid Cancer, a charity that aims to raise awareness of the three uniquely male cancers testicular, prostate and penile.
The event coincides with the launch of Limbs & Things latest new product the Clinical Male Pelvic Trainer Mk2, a male examination task trainer that facilitates a realistic learning experience for training healthcare professionals. The product offers a number of modules providing an accurate interpretation of common pathologies and testicular complications.
The Limbs & Things team, ‘Things with Limbs’ has set up a Just Giving page to help them raise a £2000 target for the charity. To donate, please visit:
President and Founder of Limbs & Things, Margot Cooper, was interviewed by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills for its new online publication Business is Great.
Margot spoke about the history of Limbs & Things, the company’s receipt of the Queen’s Award in 2013 and the innovation required to create the specialist simulation products that the company is renowned for designing and manufacturing.
To read the full interview please click here.
Limbs & Things is supporting Baby Lifeline - the Mother and Baby Charity - by providing training models for their Birth 2 UK Maternity Training Initiative throughout 2014.
Leading professionals have formed an extensive faculty to provide valuable training for 48 one-day courses (6 different courses, each delivered in 8 regions across the UK) enabling doctors, midwives, nurses and others to come together to continue their professional development. This new initiative looks at ways to promote safety through best clinical practice and communication to ensure the healthiest outcome possible from pregnancy and birth.
The Limbs & Things Keele & Staffs Episiotomy Repair Trainer will be used in The Maternity Pearls Workshop - Evidence based management of second degree perineal tears, which will be lead by Professor Khaled Ismail and his team.
For more information about the Birth 2 UK Maternity Training Initiative, please click here.
Limbs & Things presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation
Limbs & Things – the UK’s leading manufacturer of medical skills training products – was presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mary Prior on Friday 4th October. Limbs & Things, known for its world class medical skills training simulators, which it designs and manufactures in its Bristol factory, has been recognised for its innovative contribution to skills training in medicine. The Queen’s Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
Limbs & Things in-house design and manufacturing process balances traditional craft-based sculpting techniques with the latest technologies. The result is an innovative range of British made products whose realistic look and tactile feel allow healthcare professionals to build their confidence and skills to ultimately improve patient care.
“We feel extremely honoured to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation” said Margot Cooper, President of Limbs & Things. “This award ceremony is a celebration to recognise and thank our employees for all their hard work. It is their sheer dedication, creativity and continuous innovative work that has ensured our remaining at the forefront of the industry.”
Download the full press release here
We are excited to reveal that the Birthing Baby has been announced as the winner of the Horners Awards for Plastics Design and Innovation 2012.
The Horners Award is the oldest existing award for plastics in the world, and is awarded to products that show innovation in design and manufacturing, or in the processing of plastics.
Entries for the prestigious award were of a very high standard, which makes the achievement all the more memorable for Limbs & Things. For further information, please click here.
Limbs & Things success has also been highlighted in the Western Daily Press Agenda Magazine, ranking number 81 in the definitive list of the top 100 fastest growing firms in the West Country. Click here for the full article and top 100 listing (pages 9-11).
When PROMPT training using the Limbs & Things PROMPT Birthing Simulator was introduced at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, in 2000 the number of babies born with birth injuries fell by 70%.
The PROMPT training has improved outcomes for mothers and their babies in the UK and is now improving care across the world.
In Zimbabwe one in 43 women die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, and it is hoped that introducing PROMPT training to Zimbabwe will save lives there.
A team of midwives and doctors from Bristol, Glamorgan, Cardiff, and Wellington, New Zealand travelled to Zimbabwe in November 2011 to train midwives and doctors at Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo to run their own PROMPT training. Limbs & Things donated a PROMPT Birthing Simulator for the project which is being used to teach midwives and doctors how to manage vaginal breech births and births complicated by shoulder dystocia.
Since November the staff at Mpilo Central Hospital, have trained 75 of their own staff with more courses planned in June this year.
Together the partnership now plan to evaluate the effect of PROMPT training at Mpilo and help set up PROMPT training in other local hospitals in Zimbabwe.
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will be running the Lister Surgical Skills Competition from the end of September to December 2011. Senior medical students throughout the UK will be competing in one of 19 Deanery-based regional heats.
Once the heats have been completed, the Grand Final will take place in Edinburgh in February 2012 as part of the Lister Centenary Celebrations.
Limbs & Things have provided products such as wound closure pads, sebaceous cyst pads and skin jigs to support this activity.
Best of luck to all students involved!
For more information on the Lister Surgical Skills Competition, please click here