MediSmart Technologies MicroCell Companion image

MediSmart Technologies has reported success at the recent National Association of Equipment Providers (NAEP) Annual Conference, showcasing its pioneering mattress that retro fits rise & recline chairs.

The annual NAEP Conference took place on the 11th-12th of June at the Chesford Grange Conference Centre and Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The conference represents, supports and promotes the interest of all providers engaged in the supply of community equipment provision and assistive technology products.

At this year’s NAEP Conference, MediSmart Technologies promoted its MicroCell Companion alternating ultra-low profile that retro fits rise & recliner chairs. The product is aimed at patients who prefer to sleep in their chair rather than in a bed and tackles the issue of pressure ulcers amongst clients.

MediSmart Technologies MicroCell Companion imageThe MicroCell Companion comes with adjustable straps to allow easy fitting on most rise & recline chairs, providing a high level of comfort for the user. It can be manufactured to various sizes, including two thirds size and bariatric/wide versions.

David Beavis, Sales Director of MediSmart Technologies, commented: “The MicroCell Companion was shown at the recent NAEP Conference where the response was very positive and comments expressed that there was a need for such a system for patients and clients who use their rise/recline chairs in a supine position as a bed and therefore not always on the most appropriate support surface.”

Alongside showcasing the MicroCell Companion mattress, David Beavis also helped deliver two workshops at the NAEP Conference.

David Beavis, who is also the chair of the BHTA beds & support section, delivered workshops in partnership with Dr. Barend Ter Haar, the vice-chair of the BHTA pressure care seating & positing section and Director of BES Healthcare.

Together, they provided two successful workshops on the BHTA Delayed Transfer of Care paper and the BHTA What Lies Beneath paper.

According to David, the workshops were well attended and the positive feedback from NAEP members underlined the value of such collaboration and learning of best practice examples from each region.

Readily available from the BHTA, the Delayed Transfer of Care paper focuses on three main areas: “bed blocking”, improving care, and cutting costs.

The What Lies Beneath publication, which is due to be published soon by the BHTA, is a guide to assist in choosing an appropriate healthcare polyurethane foam mattress. The aim of this document is to help clinical practitioners and procurement teams make an informed decision as to their choice of options available on the market.

The feedback from the NAEP members attending these workshops underlined that there was a need for the BHTA to help in the education process of producing such valuable information and guidance.

David added: “The NAEP Conference is an annual event that has an interesting and varied range of speakers, workshops and exhibitors and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t been before to look at future contents and, if possible, attend next year’s conference-they will get a lot out of it.”

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