To help Care Managers keep their residents and service users safe,
and to comply with the requirements of the Care Inspectorates...
FREE supportive resources are included with each Sleep-Safe order...
UK: Sleep-Safe are VAT-free for individuals and charities buying on their behalf
The Sleep-Seizure Clinical Guideline - integrating this guideline into a care management programme creates a first-rate harm reduction framework. The Guideline provides a structured approach to handling sleep-seizure suffocation risk, reducing the likelihood of a person's breathing becoming obstructed during a sleep-seizure and ensuring that airflow remains sufficient to preserve life. It describes best practices for the management of sleep-seizure suffocation risk, one of the many care outcomes monitored routinely by the Care Inspectorates. Recommendations are included on identifying people across all care settings who are at risk, and appropriate support options are suggested. Importantly, the principles of this Guideline apply not just to epilepsy but also to the management of seizures caused by most conditions that disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. These include the ongoing effects of congenital and developmental conditions such as Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder, and also acquired brain injury following falls, vehicle accidents, assaults and the aftermath of meningitis, stroke and brain tumour.
The NICE Clinical Guideline - ensuring that the principles of this guideline are observed is seen by Care Inspectorates as an indication of `good practice'. The Guideline describes the recommendations that have been issued to the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for treating and coping with epilepsy and emphasises the importance of a comprehensive care plan for managing the condition.
'I Have Epilepsy' First Aid Help Cards - wallet / purse size, these help to ensure that everyone involved in the care pathway of people affected by seizures is able to fulfil their `duty of care'. The cards describe what action to take in the event of a seizure and provide key first aid information. They should be filled out with personal details and an emergency contact and are designed to be carried at all times personally or given to a carer, a colleague, a child's teacher or a health or social care worker.
An MHRA 'Yellow Card' - This card makes it easy to report drug side effects, which is particularly important when caring for people affected by seizures because their medicines can often cause unpleasant and occasionally damaging reactions. A 'Taking Medicines' leaflet is also included, which in a jargon-free question and answer format gives further information about medicine side effects.
Pharmacist's information leaflets - directly relevant to health and social care and written especially for care managers by a practising pharmacist, these include medicines information designed to reduce risk and prevent harm among people with learning disabilities and elderly people.
A sample several-use Sleep-Safe disposable pillow case - used when skin shedding or dribbling is a problem, or if the Sleep-Safe pillow is being used in a respite setting by successive short-term users. These cases reduce considerably the amount of laundering required and have been tested and found to have no significant effect on the anti-suffocation properties of the Sleep-Safe pillow. Further supplies can be ordered from Sleep-Safe Products. It is particularly important not to use additional pillow cases made from rubber, polythene or close weave cotton with Sleep-Safe pillows - these materials will greatly reduce the anti-suffocation benefits of the Sleep-Safe pillow.
Sleep-Safe pillows are often ordered in pairs for 'high dependency, 24/7' users - one in use, one in the wash - and changed every couple of weeks or so.
Social Services and NHS Organisations can order direct: Email an Official Signed Order to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 07092 191233, or post it to Sleep-Safe Products, Avondale House, 70 Tarvin Road, Littleton, Chester CH3 7DF.
To help with timely replacements, SMART - Sleep-Safe Monitoring And Replacement Tracking - automatically tracks every Sleep-Safe pillow and sends replacement reminders to ensure that Sleep-Safe users continue to be protected.
The information included with Sleep-Safe is based on the best available evidence but isn't a substitute for discussions with suitably skilled healthcare professionals.
Such discussions should result in better informed user-focussed decision making that reduces the risk of harm to people affected by seizures.
Our commitment to quality
As part of our commitment to quality, Sleep-Safe pillows have been registered by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - an executive agency of the UK Government's Department of Health - as a Class I Medical Device. This provides for a wide range of controls covering safety and performance, which will give all our customers - individual users and carers as well as Health and Social Services buyers - the confidence that Sleep-Safe pillows comply with the highest standards.