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.
2012 Catalogue PDFs are now available to download
Instead of requesting a printed catalogue you can now download PDFs of it: the full catalogue and each of the specialist categories are available. The PDFs can be accessed via the Download button on the Catalogue Request web page, or by clicking on the Download Catalogue link on the right side of each product web page.
The UK version is on the UK, Aus/NZ and Global regional websites, whilst the USA & Canada version is available on the US and Canadian sites.
We hope you find them useful!
Limbs & Things have recently enjoyed exhibiting at the IMSH conference San Diego. Amongst the new products on display was the eagerly awaited Chest Drain & Needle Decompression Trainer which was making its first appearance. Customers were invited to comment on the usability of the prototype, and provided some very useful feedback to our R&D team. May we take this opportunity to thank all who stopped by and contributed to this evaluation.
Also, we would like to congratulate Dr J. Andrew Skirvin of Northeastern University, Boston, for being the winner of the draw held at the booth on the last day of the show. We hope you enjoy using your new iPad!
We are excited to be showing a number of new products at the IMSH in San Diego later this month. They will include our much anticipated Chest Drain & Needle Decompression Trainer, an Ultrasound Breast Phantom for practising basic breast sonography, and Airway Management trainers for Paediatric training.
SimMom will also be making her second appearance, this time as a finished product, as we are pleased to announce that she went to market at the end of last year. If you are planning to attend the San Diego show this year why not drop by our booth (#617) and take a look.
Look forward to seeing you there!
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
Sian Williams, Clinical Skills Manager from the Division of Medical Education in Cardiff, and Dr Nazar Shabila, Dr Lazha Talat, Dr Nazdar Issadin from Hawler Medical University, Iraq were recently invited to see how products are produced at our facility in Bristol.
As well as enjoying the tour of our factory and a spot of lunch, a series of drawings were presented to both universities. Produced by artist Rachel Hemming Bray, these images which depict staff at work on the production line were presented by our very own David Pines & Lee Johnson.