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NHS Supply Chain offers exclusive life support pouch for premature babies

Monday 2 June 2008

Alfreton, Derbyshire – UK / 2 June 2008

NHS Supply Chain has today announced the launch of a new and exclusive infant protection product known as BLiSP – Baby Life Support Pouch, via its supply chain route. This new development enables NHS trusts to combat hypothermia in premature babies and increase chances of survival in pre-term infants in partnership with one supplier, NHS Supply Chain, for the first time.

The easy to use product, developed by BPI Healthcare alongside NHS Supply Chain, looks set to become a fixture in NHS trusts nationwide and NHS Supply Chain is the exclusive supplier of BLiSP.

With 10% of babies born prematurely, the need for hospitals to provide fast and effective solutions to combat hypothermia is clear. Premature infants lose heat at a much higher rate than regular new-borns and consequently these infants are highly vulnerable to cold stress, so the need to provide proper protective treatment is a primary concern for all hospitals and neonatal wards.

BLiSP’s design enables full access, visual and physical, to the baby at the same time as reducing heat loss during this first, critical period of the baby’s life, when immediate resuscitation and treatment may be necessary. Current practice in many UK hospitals is to use plastic bags to insulate infants, which carry their own risks, and BLiSP has been specifically designed for thermal care, and registered with the MHRA as a class 1 medical device. BLiSP is properly risk assessed, and complies with ISO 13485 for Medical Devices.

Tracey Yeadon, Non-Medical Marketing Manager at NHS Supply Chain, comments: "BLiSP is precisely the kind of specialised product we look to supply trusts with. It is easy to use, alleviates a specific medical dilemma, and represents a significant breakthrough in neonatal care."

Lorcan Mekitarian, Sales Director at BPI Healthcare, the developers of BLiSP, comments: "We developed BLiSP alongside NHS Supply Chain, and look forward to providing the NHS with this breakthrough medical device via the most sophisticated, professional supply route possible."

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About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain, operated by DHL, provides modern and resilient supply chain services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. As agent of the NHS Business Services Authority, and governed by the Department of Health, its teams help trusts make their resources go further, and focus on delivering quality patient care. NHS Supply Chain can manage the entire tender process, including Official Journal of European Union processes, and act as single point of contact between trusts and suppliers. Key services include:

  • procurement
  • supplier
  • logistics
  • Supply Chain consultancy services
  • patient services

All underpinned by world-class IT and ecommerce. The range of 600,000 in-scope products support the patient pathway: diagnosis, intervention and patient care:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities (including office equipment)
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

NHS Supply Chain HQ address: Cotes Park Industrial Estate, West Way, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QJ
Phone: 01773 724000
Fax: 01773 724229

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 1,700 staff in eight locations. For further information, visit

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