Saturday, August 15, 2020

Nottingham business wins Dubai deal as countries scale up antibody screening and training

A Nottingham business which helps healthcare professionals to improve their skills in venepuncture and cannulation, has secured a major deal with Dubai-based Leader Healthcare.

VeinTrain has agreed the deal with the global distribution network which will see its flatpack ‘VeinTrainer’ supplied to universities and hospitals in UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.

It follows similar agreements in South Africa and Nigeria in early 2020 benefitting from the training aid and thanks to its simple design and online learning curriculum that can be rapidly deployed across continents like Africa.

Back in November 2018, VeinTrain was one of just 20 companies globally to showcase its products at the WISH Innovation Showcase in Qatar at the World Innovation Summit for Health. One of only 20 companies selected from around the world with an innovation that has potential to affect healthcare globally.

At WISH, chaired by Lord Ara Darzi the training and expertise was showcased to over 2,000 healthcare experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers and Ministers from over 100 countries.

With the VeinTrain system now gaining a foothold on two continents outside of Europe, founder Sarah Phillips, who is an author and leader in the field with over 20 years of expertise, hopes to see further take up back on home soil in the UK.

“It is great that we are expanding into new territories and I am very proud of that,” said Sarah. “It is the next step in the growth of VeinTrain. We have been very busy setting these partnerships up overseas but we are also seeing renewed demand here in the UK given the times we are in around training which can aid in the antibody screening process for COVID-19.

“We worked with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and a wide range of other healthcare providers here in the UK but training right now can be tricky, as physical distancing is a challenge. With our flatpack VeinTrain unit backed by online training resources we can help circumvent that issue and ensure as many healthcare professionals as possible are trained to the highest standards.”

Despite being the most commonly performed skills in healthcare, many people are not taught in a standardised way which creates a poor patient experience, including failure rates reaching 69%.

Sarah concludes: “Lack of training contributes to the very common fear of needles and of course to problems within the procedure in terms of time, resource and practitioner confidence.

“Our flat pack VeinTrainer is deliberately simple and low cost so we can achieve our aim of offering it to every learner anywhere in the world. Clinicians can pop out their vein, scan the QR code link to video training and couple it with the long established competency programme for #NoPainVeinTrain.”

Sarah expects to see huge reductions in failure rates and complications. The competency programme Sarah led has already reached 75,000 clinicians across the UK, which they estimate is improving 14.5 million patient outcomes per year.

The potential savings have recently been calculated at over £20 million per year for one group of hospitals with improved technique compared to current failure rates.

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