Spring 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, May 23, 2019


In this newsletter:

  • Nurses and Carers at higher risk for Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Bariquin to feature in Emergency Responders Competition
  • Barry & Benny's Round-Up

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Nurses and Carers at Higher Risk for Musculoskeletal Disorders

A recent Labour Force Survey found that 469,000 workers suffered from a new or long-standing work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in 2017/18. Due to the amount of MSDs suffered, this resulted in the loss of 6.6 million working days.

There are 58,000 cases of work-related MSDs each year in the health and social care sector. This sector also suffers from a high MSD prevalence rate compared to many other industries. Among staff, 24% of injuries were caused by lifting or handling, second only to slips and trips (39%). 

Nurses and carers are particularly at risk as their occupation is physically demanding, involving repetitive movements and strong physical exertion. These demands will increase as the rate of obesity rises. The current level in the UK of 1 adult suffering from obesity in every 4 adults is expected to rise to 1 in 3 by 2030.

It may be timely to remind you that Bariquins do provide bariatric-based training courses for nurses and carers.

The courses have been created to give a practical insight into the care of plus-size people within the health and social care environment, highlighting the specific challenges that this brings. 

Training courses are now available with instruction providing practical knowledge in the following areas:
  • Moving & Handling the Plus-Size Patient
  • Emergency Evacuation of Plus-Size Immobile People
  • First Aid for the Bariatric Casualty
  • Moving & Handling the Plus-Size Patient Train-the-Trainer

For more information on how Bariquins and training can help your organisation, please contact us on 


A Bariquin being used in an extrication exercise

Bariquin Mannequin to Feature in Emergency Responders Competition

A Bariquin is to be used in one of the rescue scenarios scheduled for the International Fire and EMS Motorcycle Response Unit Association (IMRUA) Congress at the end of April. The congress, organised by the Motorcycle Paramedics of Slovenia, takes place between 25th to 27th April 2019 in Maribor, Slovenia.

This is the 6th International IMRUA Congress and coincides with the 10th anniversary of the foundation of IMRUA. The Congress will be attended by EMTs, nurses, paramedics, doctors and firefighters on motorcycles from all over the world. Featured at the event are professional workshops, where international experts will be able to transfer their knowledge to visitors to the congress. They will also be highlighting the latest rescue techniques, the latest international guidelines and the latest equipment. We hope to bring you some pictures in the next newsletter.


Barry & Benny's Round-Up

In this regular section, we'll be looking at news from Bariquins and other pieces of interest that have occurred since the last newsletter.

There's been plenty of headlines about obesity in the newspapers recently. Here's three that caught our eye:

  • The rate of heart attacks plummeted 38% in 20 years and death rate hit an all-time low in the US thanks to a drop in smoking and rise in statin use. However, an expert warns that the obesity crisis could reverse it all in a flash. The story concerns research in the US but as we know, what they do first, everyone copies (The UK rate of obesity is set to match the US by 2030). Read the full article here.
  • Crackdown on child obesity could mean 9pm watershed for on-screen fast food ads for the UK. The ban would also extend to social media and streaming sites. One in three children is currently overweight or obese and the number of severely obese children is on the rise. By 2022/23, the NHS is expected to be treating up to 1,000 extra ­children for severe complications related to obesity, such as diabetes. Research also shows that children suffering with obesity are more likely to become obese as adults. Read more on this here.
  • The number of patients seen by hospitals has rocketed by five MILLION annually in 15 years as NHS demand reaches breaking point. English hospitals are dealing with 5 million more patients than 15 years ago.  The ageing population, the obesity crisis and diabetes have all been blamed for the increase. This is adding more pressure to the workload of our heroic NHS staff and could lead to more Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) as outlined in our lead story. For more details, click here.


Until next newsletter,
Stay Safe & Healthy.

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