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Saturday 24 August 2019
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Dementia cannula sleeves
Staff from Critical Care model the dementia cannula sleeves

More patients benefit from dementia cannula sleeves

More than 150 knitted dementia cannula sleeves have been donated to Salford Royal to help keep patients with dementia calm during treatment.

The single use sleeves are made by volunteers at Handmade for Dementia and are used to cover cannulas so agitated patients don’t attempt to pull out the needles.

Volunteers from the group recently visited Salford Royal with their largest ever donation to an NHS Trust and the dementia cannula sleeves have now been distributed to the Emergency Assessment Unit, Critical Care and Ward B6.

Deborah Walker, Quality Matron for M2/Pendleton – Emergency Village at Salford Royal, said: “Being in hospital can be an anxious time for patients who have dementia and they often try to pull out cannulas, which can be very distressing for the patient and mean they have to undergo further cannulation.

“The sleeves have proven to be a fantastic way to distract patients. We have had wonderful feedback from relatives who have noticed the positive difference they have made to their loved one while they are in hospital. We are incredibly grateful to Handmade for Dementia and our wonderful and talented local knitter Val, for their generosity.”

The brightly-coloured sleeves have small crocheted or knitted shapes attached to them to occupy the patient’s hands and provide further distraction.

Sharon Holdstock, founder of Handmade for Dementia, said: “We are so pleased that our devised dementia cannula sleeves are now being recognised, as the concept is only 18 months old. We have donated 6,825 sleeves to 83 NHS hospitals across the UK so far and this amount is growing daily, thanks to the nationwide knitters in our group.” 

Anyone interested in creating the sleeves must join the Handmade for Dementia Facebook group. All sleeves have to be risk assessed to ensure they meet strict safety standards before they are donated to hospitals.

Click on this link and reply to three questions:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeForDementia/

The pattern has a copyright and is only available in the Handmade for Dementia Facebook group.