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Exclusive: Plastic spouted beakers 'infantilise' patients


The plastic beakers have been for at least 50 years, despite a wide range of specialist beakers/ cups/ mugs now being available, with ones suitable for Parkinson’s, or people with tremors. Many hospitals have heavy cups with small handles, making them difficult to use by disabled and older people with dexterity or poor grip. Investment is needed in more user friendly designs. Patients need choice. Some problems can be overcome by a plastic bendy straw, that Mr Gove wants to ban. Special straws are avaliable with one way valves to make sucking easier. Too often as your article suggests assumptions are made about the patient, with the choice being cup or plastic beaker for hot drinks. Fruit juice in individual containers makes drinking them impossible, or much spilling. Hydration is important as is dignity.

Posted date

10 August, 2018

Posted time

6:08 pm