World War’s Medical and Health Care Legacy

As we pause on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, we remember with gratitude the great sacrifice made by a generation to secure our freedom. We also remember that through the horror of war came vital medical breakthroughs and health care advances that we are still benefiting from today. Here are a few…


The Thomas Splint, still used on the battlefield today, was invented by Welshman, Hugh Owen Thomas. But it was his nephew, Robert Jones, General Inspector for Orthopaedics in the military, who ensured the invention was used to great advantage during WWI.

An early Thomas Splint

Robert observed the needless deaths arising from injuries of the femur, caused by blood loss and severe shock from the broken ends of the bone moving and grating together. At the beginning of the conflict, 80% of soldiers with such injuries died. Two years later, and with …

Aquarate’s Five Top Tech Innovations

Working in a creative industry, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s new in innovative technology from around the world. We asked each member of the Aquarate team what has caught their attention recently …

Rebecca, Founder

I love these Companion Robots, Jerry the Bear and My Special Aflac Duck, by Sproutel.  Cuddly comforting companions for children diagnosed with Cancer and Diabetes Type 1. They come to life with movement and emotions, along with interactive apps to help the child come to terms with their illness.

Photo credits: Beyond Type, Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

Dan, Product Design Engineer

Voltera are producing a new way of printing onto electronic PCB boards. They won the Dyson awards in 2015 in Canada for speeding up PCB prototyping for electronic products.

Tom, our Hardware Engineer, is currently teaching himself how to use this to best advantage for …

Liverpool Royal Nurses Talk Fluid Balance

We caught up with Liverpool Royal’s Acute Kidney Injury nurses, Katie Rimmer Algate, Natalie Erickson, Jenni Soddern and Marie McCarthy, and asked them about the importance of accurate fluid balance management …

Marie, Natalie, Jenni  and Katie, Specialist AKI Nurses

Tell us about the current fluid balance system

Currently we use paper charts for fluid balance monitoring.  This means that staff have to ask the patients what they have had to drink, and relies on the patient remembering what they have had to drink.

For those unable to report to staff what they have consumed, the system relies on staff being around when drinks are collected, which is not always possible. Intravenous fluid recording can vary and output monitoring can prove difficult, particularly if the patient is mobile. These, amongst other issues leads to discrepancies in the accuracy of fluid balance charts.

How important is it for the patient’s welfare …

Meet Aquarate’s Med-Tech Team

Meet the team that has  successfully navigated Aquarate through its first year of business in Med-Tech innovation. They tell us about their Aquarate Eureka moment and what they do when not working on the project. With positive feedback from NHS patients, clinicians and healthcare workers, and trials organised for February 2019 in Care Homes, the future is bright for Team Aquarate.

Rebecca Taylor, Founder & CEO

Rebecca studied Design Engineering at John Moores University in Liverpool. For her final year project she challenged herself to find a health care problem that required a design solution. Research took her to various hospitals in the North West where she observed nurses and health care professionals who were using manual fluid balance charts to record data for patients with a range of acute illnesses. There were many legitimate reasons that this data was often badly recorded and inaccurate. The whole concept of …

Everton Ladies Nutrition for Peak Performance

Meet Sam McHaffie, Performance Nutritionist working with Everton Ladies FC. He tells us a little about himself, his passion for sport, health and fitness and how the correct food and hydration are essential to maintain peak performance in top level sport.

Sporting Vocation

I grew up enjoying sport and knew that I wanted to work in elite sport in some capacity.

During my Sports Science degree I was inspired by two of my lecturers who work as nutritionists. This led me to a Masters in Sports Nutrition which gave me the important professional accreditation (SENr) to start working

As part of my Masters, I spent an evening a week with the Everton Ladies FC team . The following season the team went professional and this led to a job offer as their nutritionist.

Everton Ladies FC

Everton Ladies FC are in the top flight of women’s football, playing each team in the …

Aquarate, the NHS and the Dawn of a Digital Age

The Aquarate team has been in hospital recently. Nothing life threatening. In fact, we are confident that the trials of our AQI fluid balance products  will lead to a life enhancing system for some NHS patients. Working alongside the stalwarts on the front line of health care, it caused us look back to where the NHS began, and to consider how this beloved national institution will harness the technological age that is already upon us.

The Birth of an Ideal

in a photo the velcro is represented

Nineteen forty-eight was a good year. That was the year the very first supermarket opened its doors, polo mints were the ‘hole new sweet’, Velcro zipped onto the market and ladies tights were the latest convenient fashion item. We had to wait until 1955 for fish fingers and it was a full twenty five years later that a privileged few would hold the first cell ‘phones. …