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Radio 4's 'You & Yours' features Choking in Care Homes (sort of)

Radio 4's 'You & Yours' features Choking in Care Homes (sort of)

On Monday this week a feature was broadcast on Radio 4’s daytime consumer affairs programme ‘You and Yours’ entitled ‘Choking in care homes’ which can still be heard on the programme’s website.

The airing of the feature came as a bit of a surprise, as it was the team here at Dechoker that first brought the significant number of care home choking deaths to the attention of the producers back in October of this year.

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Nursing Home resident died after choking on toast in bed

Nursing Home resident died after choking on toast in bed

A nursing home resident choked on a piece of toast while eating his breakfast, an inquest heard.

Gerald Barry (85) was sitting up in his bed at Marymount Nursing Home in Lucan, Co Dublin when he choked on his toast on 29th May last year.

A doctor and nurse examined him that morning and told him he needed to go to hospital for a chest infection. The elderly man initially refused and said ‘no’ but appeared to agree when told his daughter would go with him.

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Dechoker donates cost of life-saving equipment to Ex-Armed Forces Care Home Charity on Isle of Wight

Dechoker donates cost of life-saving equipment to Ex-Armed Forces Care Home Charity on Isle of Wight

A Care Home for Ex-Service Men and Women has become the first to install new, anti-choking equipment on the Isle of Wight for the safety of both staff and residents.

St Vincents in Ryde, which was recently saved from closure, took delivery of the Dechoker last week when a team visited the home and trained staff how to use the device.

Every week in the UK, at least 2 care and nursing home residents die as a result of choking related causes. Since April this year Dechoker has prevented 7 choking deaths, and company aims to save 100 lives by 2022

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Dechoker at NCF Managers Conference

Dechoker at NCF Managers Conference

Dechoker were pleased to be represented at the NCF Managers Forum, where Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care spoke to attendees.

Held in November for Managers in social care who come from all over the UK to attend this essential 24 hours to share best practice, latest thinking and innovations, network, and learn first-hand about changes in regulation and quality ratings.

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Westwick Group deploy Dechoker across all homes

Westwick Group deploy Dechoker across all homes

With multiple homes including the stunning Old Vicarage in the town of Bakewell, Westwick provide both residential and nursing care across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Other homes in Chesterfield and Worksop have also had the life-saving equipment installed with staff training completed in a single day across the entire group.

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Choking patient featured on Casualty

Choking patient featured on Casualty

This Saturday’s Casualty, the BBC drama series about the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital’s emergency department, featured an incident where a patient began to choke whilst on a ward.

The female character, who was also pregnant was slipped a sweet by her daughter despite being Nil By Mouth and on the maternity ward. Whilst eating the sweet she began to fit and it became lodged in her airway.

The patient having lost consciousness, Nurse Tyler attempts to use tube suction which fails to remove the obstruction. With Drs and consultants unavailable she is forced to carry out a tracheotomy in order to prevent the patient choking to death.

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