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Nurse wins innovation award for peg that helps patients maintain dignity

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A nurse who invented a simple device to help people who cannot bend to dress with independence and dignity has won a prestigious Medical Futures Innovation Awards.

Cintra Jaggan-Vince designed the Clip & Pull device after having difficulty herself getting dressed due to back pain.

The device has a special clip which has a very strong grip, but opens with a very gentle squeeze mechanism so that it can be used by people with arthritis. Once the clips are attached to clothes the user can pull up their underwear or trousers or zip up a jacket.

The award judges described the clip mechanism as ‘ingenious and the device so simple that it would be of great help for suffers of stroke, arthritis or loss of a limb’.

Ms Jaggan-Vince has since started her own company, Dignified Living, to market the Clip & Pull device.

The Medical Futures Innovation Awards, which are held annually, are intended to help UK healthcare professionals and academics turn their ideas into tangible solutions that can improve patient care.

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  • I don't wish to pour cold water on this woman's achievement, but how is this worthy of an innovation award? There are numerous gadgets to assist with dressing - easyreaches, dressing sticks, stocking aids, long-handled shoehorns... OTs have been doing this stuff very well for decades. Were the judging panel not aware of that?

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  • The real difference with this product and the reason it won an innovation award is because of the very easy to operate clips . Traditional dressing aids have small clips that require considerabe grip strength and dexterity to operate. These clips are very easy to open yet have considerable grip. The clips have even been awarded a patent.

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