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PINNT's Medical Tag Patient Resource Wins Product of the Year at the 2018 CN Awards

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7 September 2018

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

PINNT’S MEDICAL TAG PATIENT RESOURCE WINS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AT THE 2018 CN AWARDS

 

7 September 2018: it has been announced today that PINNT, the national charity for Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition, has won Product of the Year in the 2018 CN Awards, for its innovative Medical Tag patient resource.  This prestigious award, which is judged by readers of CN Magazine, will be presented to PINNT at a Winners gathering in London on Wednesday 26th September 2018.

 

In addition, PINNT has also received European recognition for their now award-winning resource at the recent 40th ESPEN Congress, held in Madrid Spain, with the presentation of a Poster “A practical patient resource for people on home artificial nutrition; infusing artificial nutrition in ‘normal’ environments”. 

 

Carolyn Wheatley, Chair of PINNT commented: It was important to share the development of this resource as widely as possible, as there are other patient groups around the world who are keen to know more about the Medical Tag and how helpful it is for patients.”

 

The Medical Tag and personalised contact card, was designed in conjunction with ambulatory pump suppliers and manufacturers (TeamTAG), to add verification that the rucksack they carry for their artificial nutrition and pump, contains genuine medical equipment, which in times of heightened security, provides an added layer of support for patients, their families, the public and security services.

 

Carolyn Wheatley, Chair of PINNT commented: Our 'Medical Tag' was designed to aid people when out and about; it’s not just for airports – it’s for use in lots of public places to provide added verification that their pump is medical equipment.  This resource gives added security in times where these special rucksacks, which can have visible tubes and noisy pumps can be worrying or threatening to the general public and security staff just trying to do their job.”

PINNT has received fantastic feedback from patients who have been using the Medical Tag since it was launched.  PINNT member Tracey said: It’s the little things in life that mean the most! I am thankful PINNT developed the medical tag, I like the fact that I can put it on when I wish to, I don’t always need it but it’s nice to know I have it in the pocket of the rucksack when I go to places where security checks will be made.”

 

The Tag which has the international medical symbol, is instantly recognised around the world.  Where people are asked to leave their rucksack in a cloakroom or pass through security checks; the Tag gives security staff the ability to make visual checks via a secure page on the PINNT website via a QR code on the Tag. They scan the code and can identify the pump they see with the pump on the screen, they then select this image to be taken to the technical specification on the company website.

The QR code scans straight to the page, log in details are also provided. In addition to the tag each person is given a contact card for the inside of the rucksack. This too has the QR code and log in information. There is a place to record personal information too.

Carolyn Wheatley went on to add “We want everyone who needs or elects to infuse their artificial nutrition in public the freedom to do so and to have an added layer of security. Verbal explanations will still be necessary, also when travelling the usual medical letters are essential.”

Sergeant Darren Coupe from the Armed Policing Division of Dorset Police worked with PINNT to produce a helpful public awareness video, that is available on YouTube, which provides a clear explanation of the PINNT Medical Tag resource
https://youtu.be/Lt_I9sSc2VI

 

“I am absolutely delighted that this initiative has won Product of the Year at the CN 2018 Awards. It not only supports and reassures those on home artificial feeding but provides access and necessary information for security staff to confirm medical equipment verification. This in turn allows security staff to focus their efforts in the correct areas whilst improving their performance and maintaining public confidence." Alliance Firearm Team PS 2079 Darren Coupe.

 

The PINNT Medical Tag is unique because it's one of a kind, dedicated purely to ambulatory feeding pumps and is available free for all PINNT members on request

 

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For media enquiries please contact Helen Lawn or Charlotte Messer at Helen Lawn & Associates – telephone 01892 863854 or 01892 862137.


A selection of images and a PDF of the Poster presented at ESPEN are available from the press office.

 

Notes for Editors

 

PINNT invited the three ambulatory parenteral nutrition pump manufacturers/ supplier to support PINNT’s project: Lynn Wilks, BD (formerly CME Medical Ltd), Fresenius Kabi, Charlene Leak and Moira Kallis, Inspiration Healthcare

 

PINNT is the UK support group for patients on home enteral or parenteral nutrition.  Established over 30 years ago, PINNT has grown into a community that provides genuine understanding to help individuals and carers, deal with the many challenges faced on artificial feeding at home.  They also work closely with healthcare professionals, suppliers and manufacturers to enhance the patient journey.  The PINNT network provides a unique and united voice to campaign for a better, flexible and safer service.  www.pinnt.com


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