The National Blood Service wouldn’t be an obvious organisation I would link to for innovation but having been a regular donor since my University days, I have been amazed at the number of Innovations I have seen over the last few years!
Little things have changed over the years, all designed to make your donation speedier and pleasanter: From the times when you went and queued up for ages, there are now Advanced appointments; easy re-scheduling; pre-printed attendance forms; quick flow through the checking stage; glass of water to reduce the chance of fainting and feet exercises to reduce the threat of developing DVT etc.
But on my visit on Wednesday I was presented with a real visible innovation – a new donor chair designed to enhance the donation experience and improve the whole process for collection staff. Not only was it comfortable to sit on but it was reclineable – it had a supported recovery position whereby a donor is reclined to the traditional donor position but could easily be put into a recovery position should they become unwell www.renfrewgroup.com
It’s good to know that the National Blood Service is looking after us!
A secret kept until the eve of the London Olympic Games helped the Team GB Cyclists to their best ever tally of Olympic Medals – 12 in total and 7 in the velodrome.
A technology which took four years to create and is a collaboration between British Cycling, Loughborough University and Adidas saw the potential of marginal gain of a substantial increase in sprinting power if athletes’ bodies could be kept warm between their warm up session and until just before racing.
Scientists showed there was a benefit when cyclists used stationary bikes to warm up on the velodrome floor but which they were physically unable to maintain whilst they sat down to compose themselves before starting the race.
The solution came in the form of the ”Adipower” muscle-warming, battery-powered “hot pants” to keep the bottoms and thighs of the British riders at the optimum temperature of around 38C before competing. Quick release zips then allowed the cyclists to swiftly remove them just before the start of the race.
“Adipower” is a Registered Trade Mark taken out by Adidas which covers a number of its products.
“Many people believe that there is more than enough water in England and Wales to meet society’s needs. Overall, this is true, but rain does not necessarily fall in the right place or at the right time to meet demand from people or to provide the right amount for the environment. Water is not always naturally available in the same places as the highest pressures of people and growth.” – Environment Agency
I read this article today and it once more drove home the need to always plan ahead and find new solutions for tomorrow’s problems before they reach us.
This is what Innovation is about and I’m pleased to hear that the Technology Strategy Board and two Research organisations – EPSRC and NERC are investing in a “Think Tank” of ten small to medium sized companies in the UK to deliver innovative feasibility projects designed to help businesses safeguard our future water supply, both in this country and abroad. Each company has been set the tough challenge of creating a new technology or process that will either save or recycle 1,000 million litres per day worth of water – equivalent to roughly the same volume of water it would take to fill 400 Olympic sized swimming pools.
If you have an idea to help save or recycle our water it might be worth while contacting the Technology Strategy Board.
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