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Let’s Talk About Mouth Care Matters

I’m sure many of us have woken up in the morning at some point in our lives with breath so bad, that we’ve actually lept out of bed like an Olympic gymnast to grab that minty fresh toothpaste before anyone can notice.  

But what would happen if you were an elderly patient or resident who lacked the independence and mobility you once had and struggled to brush your teeth without help? Would you still want to talk to people or eat and drink if your teeth had not been brushed?

In the past, hydration, nutrition and oral health have been viewed in isolation. However, research indicates they are interlinked, greatly influencing one another and having a significant effect on general health and well-being (Humphreys & Vadher et al., 2017). 

Afterall, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body!

The Problem

Hospitalisation can lead to a deterioration in oral health of patients, …

Aquarate smart cups charging on a charging mat in the background, while a close up of an Aquarate smart cup stands on the table in the foreground

Introducing Our Care Homes

If you follow us on social media, you may have already heard we’ve started our product evaluations!

“What are your product evaluations?” I hear you ask. 

Well, in a nutshell our product evaluations give us a chance to get our Aquarate Fluid Intake System – affectionately called AQi in our offices – out of our robust testing labs and into the real world!

Over the next few months we will be carrying out evaluations in 2 Care Homes right here in the North West.

In this blog we wanted to take a moment to introduce the Care Homes we will be working with, but before we do, we need to answer – how did it begin?

In 2018, Aquarate won first prize in the Smart Health category in the Liverpool Mayor’s challenge. Following this, we were introduced to – drum roll please – Elderholme Nursing Home and Redholme Memory Care! 

Something we hear time and …

Bottles of alcohol behind a bar helping to illustrate the kind of drinking that leads to dehydration

How do Alcohol and Caffeine Affect my Hydration?

October is a busy month. Halloween is right around the corner and before it’s even out of the way, shops are already stocking up with mince pies.

Of course, in more recent years, October has also been associated with Breast Cancer Awareness month, ADHD Awareness month and National Cholesterol month, although the list doesn’t stop there.

Unless you’ve been a bit out of touch with social media recently, likely chances are you’ve heard about ‘Go Sober for October’. But just in case you haven’t, the campaign was started by Macmillan Cancer Support to help raise money for people living with cancer and encourages people to give up alcohol for all of the 31 days in October.

So with a countless number of people giving up alcohol this month for a fantastic cause, we at Aquarate HQ, wanted to know more about how drinking alcohol might affect hydration.  After all, we’ve probably …

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…

Orthopaedics

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.

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 the introduction of …

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.

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 Aquarate’s products.

Euan, Software Developer

IGlass AR as they are making a lot of progress …

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 …

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 to get accurate data?

Fluid balance plays a very important …

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. …