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Drive DeVilbiss Launches
A New Take on the Boot Scooter

September 2017 / New Launch

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has successfully advanced the concept of the traditional ‘mini’ or ‘portable’ scooter with the introduction of the Explorer.

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Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has successfully advanced the concept of the traditional ‘mini’ or ‘portable’ scooter with the introduction of the Explorer.

This latest addition to the popular Scout range of scooters offers all the advantages of portability and ease of use, enhanced further by comfortable all-round suspension and a cushioned seat for excellent ride quality. The new scooter also includes a powerful battery pack capable of delivering an extended range of up to 13 miles on a full charge.

 

Dubbed ‘the portable scooter with a spring in its step’, the Explorer has been designed to deliver the optimum combination of performance, comfort and style. The supreme comfort seat features width-adjustable flip up armrests and swivels a full 360° to facilitate easy on and off transfers. The removable battery pack has a carry handle and locking mechanism, with two 22Ah MK airline-friendly batteries delivering a smooth top speed of 4mph.

 

Safety has been a prime consideration during the design process, with the Explorer featuring an automatic electromagnetic brake system, rear anti tip wheels as standard and an anti-rollback device that prevents the scooter from rolling backwards on hills.  It’s a stylish design too, with silver wheel hubs and black puncture-proof non-marking tyres, and is fitted with a removable front storage basket.

 

The Explorer is easy to manouevre with delta bars as standard, easy tiller adjustment and a freewheeling function allowing the scooter to move without switching the motor on. Once under power, the Explorer is capable of handling gradients up to 8 degrees. It splits easily into four sections for storage and transportation, with a removable seat and fold down tiller, whilst the heaviest component weighs just 19.5kg (43lb).

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
The Secret Epidemic

September 2017 / Other

Having difficulty keeping awake during the day? You could have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

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Having difficulty keeping awake during the day? You could have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Over 90,000 people in the UK suffer from this debilitating condition – and many believe that figure is just the tip of the iceberg. In East Yorkshire alone, respiratory specialists Drive DeVilbiss provide sleep equipment used to treat 3,500 individuals diagnosed with OSA.

 

So what is it? OSA happens while you’re asleep. It can affect anyone at any age, and occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep. If your throat closes completely, you stop breathing for a while – an event called an apnoea if it lasts for more than 10 seconds. Although your brain will start you breathing again – sometimes with a gasp or a grunt – then you relax into sleep again and the pattern repeats itself.

 

For people with severe OSA, this can happen literally hundreds of times each night, causing acute sleep disruption and leaving sufferers feeling exhausted and sleepy during the day. OSA occurs whenever they sleep, which may not be just at night – shift workers are a high risk category, and OSA sufferers are prone to dozing off at any time, making everyday tasks difficult and dangerous – particularly driving.

 

There are effective treatments for OSA. For those with moderate to severe cases, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the best solution. CPAP machines pump ambient air through a mask worn just at night, sending air pressure into the upper airway to stop it collapsing or narrowing while the individual sleeps. 

 

Over the years Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has built up a high level of expertise and knowledge to produces a range of devices to meet the needs of the OSA sufferer, incorporating many of the recommendations solicited through research to optimise patient comfort and adherence to therapy.

 

The company has been working in close cooperation with Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008, providing CPAP machines and technical advice to support the work of their Sleep Clinic.

 

“Individuals come to the clinic via GP referral, and the process is straightforward and painless,” explains Sheran Crabbe, Lung Function Manager at the Castle Hill Hospital Sleep Centre. “We take a brief history and basic measurements – weight, height etc. We then send our patients home overnight with a simple sleep recorder, which assesses their sleep patterns. They return to the clinic the following day, and we discuss the results. If OSA is diagnosed, then they join our waiting list to be fitted with a mask and supplied with a CPAP machine for use at home. Whilst the process doesn’t suit everyone, we do enjoy an 80% success rate in terms of improvements in sleep patterns.”

 

DeVilbiss Healthcare has also played an active role for some years in supporting the HSASG (Humber Sleep Apnoea Support Group), attending meetings, listening and improving equipment supplied.

 

CPAP therapy is 99% effective and by far the most effective treatment for anybody with the condition. Those suffering a lesser degree of OSA may be able to correct the problem with a simple spray available from pharmacies. If you think you or your partner may have OSA, you should organise a consultation with your GP.

 

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare manufactures and supplies a wide range of respiratory products aimed at improving the lives of those suffering with respiratory problems such as COPD, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.