Hospital water bottle innovation should quench thirst and save NHS cash

Patient Gina Geary with Dorset Healthcare's Kate Watt and the innovative new hydration bottle

Patient Gina Geary with Dorset Healthcare's Kate Watt and the innovative new hydration bottle

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

PATIENTS across Dorset are set to benefit from an award-winning invention to help keep patients hydrated.

Dorset Healthcare introduced new Hydrant bottle into Victoria Hospital in Wimborne last year and is now set to roll them out across the county’s community health services.

It is just one of three trusts in the country to be awarded an extra £62,500 from NHS England to extend the programme, with 2,500 patients who use the trust’s community-based wheelchair service and Wimborne’s Community Rehabilitation Service set to feel the benefits.

The device allows patients to drink, while community staff and carers monitor fluid intake to reduce the risk of dehydration.

The design features a bottle which clips onto beds, chairs and wheelchairs and a long drinking tube with a bite down valve to prevent leaks as well as a non-return system for hygiene and a clip to attach to clothing.

Specialist clinical services manager and professional head of occupational therapy at Dorset Healthcare Julie Kinsella said: “When we used the Hydrant in our community hospital, our ward nurses reported a significant drop in the number of patients with urinary infections.

“This funding allows us to look at ways of expanding the use of Hydrant.”

The NHS England estimates that for every £1 spent on the Hydrant it saves £16.

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1:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BackWhereIBelong says...

Wow, Dorset is really behind the times, this has been around for quite a while. It is a brilliant yet simple product and can also be used for many other functions. Iwonder what Dorset will get next.....the wheel?
Wow, Dorset is really behind the times, this has been around for quite a while. It is a brilliant yet simple product and can also be used for many other functions. Iwonder what Dorset will get next.....the wheel? BackWhereIBelong
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices .
They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices . westbaywonder
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ksmain says...

westbaywonder wrote:
They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices .
Come and join us in our office - I can find you plenty to do. You won't have time to giggle and any coffee you drink you will have to do it while your working.

Typical comment from the unknowing.
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices .[/p][/quote]Come and join us in our office - I can find you plenty to do. You won't have time to giggle and any coffee you drink you will have to do it while your working. Typical comment from the unknowing. ksmain
  • Score: 0

8:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

ksmain wrote:
westbaywonder wrote:
They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices .
Come and join us in our office - I can find you plenty to do. You won't have time to giggle and any coffee you drink you will have to do it while your working.

Typical comment from the unknowing.
Ksmain,
Typical comment from the poor people that have to attend the place (IF THEY CAN EVEN PARK!)
It is seen and heard every day from the knowing, and now we all know every time this useless place comes up in this paper, you are obviously the (thumb down) merchant hopelessly trying to protect its (long down the sewer) street cred.
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: They will love this in the car park problem building,self service means more time to drink coffee and giggle in the offfices .[/p][/quote]Come and join us in our office - I can find you plenty to do. You won't have time to giggle and any coffee you drink you will have to do it while your working. Typical comment from the unknowing.[/p][/quote]Ksmain, Typical comment from the poor people that have to attend the place (IF THEY CAN EVEN PARK!) It is seen and heard every day from the knowing, and now we all know every time this useless place comes up in this paper, you are obviously the (thumb down) merchant hopelessly trying to protect its (long down the sewer) street cred. westbaywonder
  • Score: -1

9:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Techie says...

This is nothing to do with Dorset County Hospital. Dorset HealthCare is a completely separate trust which runs all the community and mental health services.
This is nothing to do with Dorset County Hospital. Dorset HealthCare is a completely separate trust which runs all the community and mental health services. Techie
  • Score: 0

1:46am Thu 10 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

Techie wrote:
This is nothing to do with Dorset County Hospital. Dorset HealthCare is a completely separate trust which runs all the community and mental health services.
Who said it has?
[quote][p][bold]Techie[/bold] wrote: This is nothing to do with Dorset County Hospital. Dorset HealthCare is a completely separate trust which runs all the community and mental health services.[/p][/quote]Who said it has? westbaywonder
  • Score: 0

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