Tuesday, August 23, 2011

News: Inditherm wins NHS Supply Chain contract


Rotherham-based Inditherm has received a boost to their medical business after they were awarded a contract by the UK NHS Supply Chain to include their products in the NHS online catalogue.

Inditherm products use low voltage carbon polymer technology to provide heat and unlike other forms of heating, there are no hot spots. In addition, the system ensures that every surgical patient can be warmed at the same running cost as a light-bulb.

Following an intensive tender process in accordance with European law, NHS Supply Chain has selected Inditherm as one of only a few approved suppliers of patient warming systems. This means that NHS hospitals can now purchase Inditherm patient warming systems through the supply chain organisation without having to go through a lengthy tender process themselves.

Having tendered for contracts for patient warming systems, neonatal warming systems, warming cabinets and blood and fluid warming systems, they were successful in receiving approval for all ranges. Inditherm is the only supplier to have been approved in all these warming categories by the NHS Supply Chain.

With these contracts now in place, the AIM-listed Manvers firm are hoping more NHS hospitals will recognise the benefits and potential for huge cost savings with their range of products and consider Inditherm as a real alternative to traditional forced air warming and water mattresses.

Nick Bettles, CEO of Inditherm said: "This tender process is rigorous, in accordance with European law, and we feel 100% acceptance of all our ranges by NHS Supply Chain is an endorsement of our products and our competitive pricing. We have the only British manufactured products for patient warming, so we are proud that they were all accepted."

In January, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published draft guidance from the new medical technologies programme that provisionally supports the use of the Inditherm patient warming mattress to prevent inadvertent hypothermia during surgery.

Inditherm website

Images: inditherm.co.uk


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