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New Bandage Trialled In Dorset Could Save NHS Millions

Dorset County Hospital

1:30pm 26th April 2013
(Updated 1:57pm 26th April 2013)

A medical innovation that was trialled at Dorset County Hospital could save the NHS £20M a year, according to health experts.

A cooling compression bandage - that's designed to treat patients after knee surgery - first appeared on Dragons Den in 2009.

Since it's been doing the rounds at the County Hospital and Staff there says it's been well received and patients have shown signs of a quicker recovery.

Today, the NHS has been advised the bandage has the potential to significantly improve patient care.

Kay Russel from Dorset invented the bandage and says it can be used to treat lots of injuries: "Strains, sprains, arthritis, sports injuries, even sore muscles it's versatile and it provides instant first aid to treat different problems."

Trauma Surgeon Simon Garret is backing the high compression bandage too: "Most patients at Dorset County Hospital thought it was brilliant and it worked a lot better at reducing pain and improving range of movement, opposed to the standard cooling method".

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