A manufacturer of lifesaving blankets used by the NHS and emergency services is making inroads into the vehicle recovery sector.
Orvecare has developed the Orve+wrap thermal blanket in response to a gap in the market for a method of raising a patient’s core temperature without needing a secondary heat source.
Within the NHS, it is being used in the country’s biggest orthopaedic hospital, the Royal National, to warm patients before surgery.
As an advanced healthcare product, Orve+wrap is a six-layer laminate that raises and maintains core temperature to give patients better chances of recovery. It has been through 15 stages of development.
Orvecare started out in Hull four years ago and is part of Orvec International, which has 41 staff in the Humber city.
The blanket is one of the firm’s in-house research and development team’s range of products for patient care and comfort, mainly for the UK market and also exported to Finland and Norway.
Orve+wrap is proving ideal for life-threatening situations, such as road accidents, and is being supplied to Gallows Road Recovery, of Barnetby, North Lincolnshire’s oldest established car and lorry rescue service.
Tony Codd, business development executive, said: “The blankets are very versatile. Now we have our first motor vehicle recovery client we hope that others will also want to improve the services they offer stranded motorists or at accident scenes.”
Nick Curtin, managing director of Gallows Road Recovery, said: “We work with most leading motoring organisations and when we saw Orve+wrap in use by the emergency services we realised it would also be an excellent product for us.
“People are advised to stand away from their vehicle until the recovery team arrives and can very often get wet and cold during this time.
“Our staff can now offer warmth and protection from inclement weather whilst we safely recover their vehicle.”
UK customers include St John Ambulance, London Ambulance Service, Kent Search and Rescue, Bolton Mountain Rescue and veterinary wholesalers as well as the NHS.
Orvecare managing director Kevin Stamp added: “There are many situations where keeping someone warm can be a matter of life or death.
“Fortunately, an East Riding scout group coming down Snowdon this summer had an Orve+wrap blanket with them, which proved invaluable in an emergency for a woman who was in a hypothermic state with an open knee fracture after falling.
“Her foil blanket was doing no good, but the Orve+wrap blanket warmed her up until rescuers came.”