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August 2010 newsletter: kit

Crocodile shoes: The Crocs phenomenon takes another step forward with the introduction of the The Silver Cloud, from the CrocsRX range of therapeutic shoes. Impregnated with silver particles, which creates an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial environment for the foot, the design protects sensitive feet or those with impaired sensation and circulation and is suitable for people with diabetes or anyone susceptible to foot problems. The unisex shoe comes in fuschia, chocolate, black, navy, pink and sea blue to fit sizes 3 to 12. From Crocs stockists.

Fast sugars: Glucotabs are fast acting dextrose tablets Containing 4g of fast acting glucose in each tablet. They come in pots of 50 tablets in either orange or raspberry flavours (£2.95 ex VAT) along with an easy to open, stay fresh tube (£0.79 ex VAT) which means you can take a tube out with you and leave the pot at home — or in a desk drawer at work, the glove compartment of the car or anywhere else that’s handy for you — and refill when required. Available from Boots and other pharmacies, or www.medicalshop.co.uk

Infuse some groove! Groovy Patches are a unique way to accessorize the sterile pad that surrounds the infusion site of an insulin pump. They are a fun way to show some personality while wearing an insulin pump, doing the opposite of hiding your pump infusion site. Designed by Dina Klavon who set about getting these stickers made so she could make the wearing of an infusion set less medical and more personal. The patches come in design packs of 4 with available from an American website, where there is a huge choice of designs, and cost $1 each, plus $5 for postage. An order of 12 patches (the minimum order) is £17 (roughly £12). www.groovypatches.com

Plain sailing for pumpers: The Insulin Pump (Code 154) from Aquapac is a great find for the insulin pumper with a non-waterproof pump. You can venture out on, or to some extend under, the waves with this clever waterproof pouch — you can operate your equipment through the material. The patented Aquaclip seals the case – with a simple twist of a couple of levers. The airtight seal means your equipment will float safely if you drop it in water. The case features the ‘TC’ Aquaclip a wire-thru watertight seal allows wires up to 2.5mm (1/10th inch) thick to be used with your pump and includes a belt so you can wear it around your waist. Aquapac commissioned research by Imperial College London into the use of some of its cases after many customer enquiries regarding their suitability for use with insulin pumps. Aquapac can make no claim regarding the suitability of these cases with insulin pumps. As with any equipment, it’s entirely at the discretion of the user but if you’re doing regular blood tests you should be fine. www.aquapac.co.uk

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