An award-winning invention that helps keep patients hydrated is being rolled out across Dorset’s community health services.
Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust introduced the “Hydrant” bottles into Victoria Hospital in Wimborne last year.
It is now one of three trusts in the country to be awarded an extra £62,500 from NHS England to extend the programme to around 2,500 patients who use the trust’s community-based wheelchair service and a community rehabilitation service.
The innovative device provides a simple way for patients to drink, while allowing community staff and carers to monitor fluid intake to reduce the risk of dehydration.
The design features a bottle that clips onto beds, chairs and wheelchairs, and a long drinking tube with a bite down valve to prevent leaks and a non-return system for hygiene.
Julia Kinsella, specialist clinical services manager at Dorset Healthcare, said: “When we used the Hydrant in our community hospital, our ward nurses reported a significant drop in the number of patients with urinary infections.
“This new funding allows us to look at ways of expanding the use of Hydrant within the community,” she said. “We want to help clients with reduced mobility to be able to stay hydrated in their own homes.”
The bottle is designed as a low cost, high impact innovation and NHS England estimates that for every £1 spent on the Hydrant it saves £16.