Patients in Ward A32 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital have now got something special up their sleeves, with colourful cannula sleeves fashioned by Senior Staff Nurse Donna Marie Marshall. Her knitting and crocheting prowess was inspired after a woman from Chester adapted the NHS pattern for Dementia Twiddle Muffs into colourful cannula sleeves. The sleeves are knitted and the twiddles crocheted to prevent any pieces coming off and causing harm.
The sleeves help prevent patients with delirium or dementia pulling out their cannulas and reduce the stress associated with having to have a cannula re-inserted. Fifty five hospitals across the UK are now using cannula sleeves through the Handmade for Dementia Project, which has also saved the NHS thousands of pounds.