The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-14T19:55:20Z To ensure safety and trust in COVID-19 vaccination, Deloitte report urges rapid adoption of GS1 standards and barcodes 2021-01-14T19:55:20Z to-ensure-safety-and-trust-in-covid-19-vaccination-deloitte-report-urges-rapid-adoption-of-gs1-standards-and-barcodes As governments and businesses around the world face one of the most significant challenges in history – an unprecedented rapid mass development, distribution, and administration of Covid-19 vaccines – a new report issued by Deloitte points to universal adoption of global standards across the healthcare supply chain as an urgently needed solution to enable fast, efficient, and safe distribution. Global public health officials have reinforced those sentiments, with Tom Woods, Chairman of the Global Steering Committee for Quality Assurance of Health Products for the World Bank, calling for the adoption of common standards including barcode scanning, “the most important and under-discussed element in preventing vaccine distribution failures and ensuring traceability and patient safety in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.”The Deloitte study, “Securing Trust in the Global COVID-19 Supply Chain,” argues that, in addition to industry collaboration and transparent communication, “embracing GS1 standards adds an element of trust at all levels of the supply chain – a trust that ultimately extends to the patients themselves”. GS1 global standards enable pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributing companies and healthcare providers to follow protocols and safety measures critical to ensuring public trust and confidence, both in the vaccine itself and the ability to roll out vaccinations safely.Barcodes carrying GS1 standards uniquely and securely identify medical products, including vaccines, from laboratories and clinical trials to point of administration. GS1 standards bring transparency and help to improve supply chain coordination, decreasing the risk of vaccine diversion, date expiration and fake vaccines proliferation. While the adoption of GS1 standards continues to expand in the healthcare field, they are not yet universally applied. The Deloitte study calls vaccine identification information (such as product identifier, lot number, and expiration date) “essential for healthcare providers to administer vaccines with confidence,” noting that, “the WHO recommends that all vaccines be identified with this data in a standardised barcode.” GAVI and UNICEF have also required the use of GS1 standards on the secondary packages of vaccines.Miguel Lopera, President and CEO at GS1’s Global Office noted, “an unprecedented level of research, collaboration and investment has brought hope in the form of Covid-19 vaccines. The world now faces, however, an enormous distribution and administration challenge where global identification standards have a critical role to play. Countries around the world are implementing massive vaccination campaigns under enormous time pressure, all while the virus continues to kill thousands of people every day. Global standards can help to relieve the pressure on the healthcare industry and reduce the chances for error. GS1 stands ready to help all stakeholders succeed in this critical operation.”Greg Reh, Global Life Sciences & Health Care Industry Leader, Deloitte, added, “For vaccine developers, healthcare stakeholders and society at large, the level of transparency and public trust will determine Covid-19 vaccine acceptance and confidence. The continued adoption of global standards from organisations like GS1 are helping to instill that confidence in the Covid-19 vaccines.” Today more than 70 countries have healthcare regulations or trading partner requirements for which industry uses GS1 standards. These countries rely on GS1 DataMatrix two-dimensional (2D) barcodes that can encode vaccine identification information to help reduce errors and enable traceability. As some countries are experiencing tracking difficulties linking vaccines to patients at point of administration, the Deloitte report notes that “it is important to identify and label the vaccines capturing precisely which patient received which vaccine, and when.” Globally unique identification and GS1 barcoding can support that critical task.Further information can be found on https://www.gs1.org/industries/healthcare/trustendsAbout GS1 HealthcareGS1 Australia works in Healthcare to support adoption and implementation of interoperable GS1 standards within the Australian healthcare industry to enhance patient safety, and operational and supply chain efficiencies. Our global community brings together healthcare stakeholders and experts to lead the successful development and implementation of global GS1 standards and guidelines. Evidence available from healthcare industry implementations shows that GS1 identification, data capture and data sharing standards deliver tangible benefit to all stakeholders - pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, group purchasing organisations, hospitals, pharmacies, logistics providers, solution providers, governmental and regulatory bodies, trade associations and most importantly patients and consumers of healthcare.For more information about GS1 standards in Australian healthcare, visit the GS1 Australia website www.gs1au.org/healthcare and follow us on Twitter gs1au_health and LinkedIn gs1-australia.GS1 media contactCatherine KoetzIndustry Manager – HealthcareGS1 AustraliaD +61 3 9550 3403M +61 4 3456 1501E Catherine.Koetz@gs1au.org ELDO Talk About Wearing Face Coverings at Alert Level 1 in NZ 2021-01-02T09:45:28Z eldo-talk-about-wearing-face-coverings-at-alert-level-1-in-nz As we are all aware, at Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community, and ELDO encourage you to wear face coverings on public transport and when you cannot maintain physical distance in crowded indoor places, like in supermarkets.    You legally must wear a face covering when you’re travelling on a domestic flight anywhere in New Zealand  — this does not include private flights, so be prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household, and add some to your household emergency kit.    In Auckland, face coverings legally must be worn on all public transport to, from and through Auckland — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as Auckland ferries. Face masks must also be worn by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you  to.    People often wear masks to protect themselves, but it is suggested that a stronger public health rationale is source control to protect others from respiratory droplets. This approach is important because of possible asymptomatic transmissions. There are mechanistic reasons for covering the mouth to reduce respiratory droplet transmission and, indeed, cough etiquette is based on these considerations and not on evidence from clinical trials.    Finally, mass masking is underpinned by basic public health principles that might not have been adequately appreciated by authorities or the public. First, controlling harms at source (masking) is at least as important as mitigation (handwashing). The population benefits of mass masking can also be conceptualised as a so-called prevention paradox—i.e., interventions that bring moderate benefits to individuals but have large population benefits.    The ELDO team look forward to offering you their outstanding service in the near future, and for more information on disposable PE aprons, disposable surgical face masks and buying surgical masks please go to http://www.eldocare.com .  Nellie Melba Retirement Village residents visit the opera via Australia’s first ‘live’ 3D virtual reality streaming platform 2020-12-16T02:12:18Z nellie-melba-retirement-village-residents-visit-the-opera-via-australias-first-live-3d-virtual-reality-streaming-platform MEDIA RELEASE: With theatres shuttered and the live performance industry still reeling from the COVID-19 lockdown, a Melbourne virtual reality company is bringing a night at the opera directly to the residents of a retirement village bearing the name of Australia’s most famous operatic icon. Inverse, in partnership with Ryman Healthcare and the Melba Opera Trust, will begin an aged care virtual reality (VR) opera pilot with Nellie Melba Retirement Village in Wheelers Hill this week. The pilot aims to evaluate the therapeutic effects of VR and live opera, using an Australian-first live 3D VR streaming platform for a fully simulated front row ticket experience.Current studies are investigating the benefits of immersive technology like VR and the pilot aims to evaluate how live opera impacts the mental wellbeing of residents living at Nellie Melba Retirement Village. The pilot will be held on Thursday, December 17, and involve eight Nellie Melba residents, including some living with dementia. They will experience a 60-minute live VR opera recital, staring Melba Opera Trust alumni Stacey Alleaume, Nathan Lay, Michael Petruccelli, internationally-renowned pianist Amir Farid, and hosted by the host of the ABC’s 'The Opera Show', Mairi Nicolson.Inverse founder Darren Vukasinovic said: “The mental and emotional healing power of music is widely known, and live music has an even more profound impact on one’s feelings of health, happiness, and wellbeing. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Ryman Healthcare and Melba Opera Trust in undertaking this pilot with Nellie Melba Retirement Village. We aim to support their efforts in delivering dynamic enrichment programs for their residents and look forward to treating them to an operatic experience like no other.” Melba Opera Trust CEO Amy Black, who previewed the performance in a VR headset, said: “I was experiencing a world-class opera performance from the comfort of my own home – and yet I felt as though I had front row seats. “Being able to follow the artists around the room gave a totally fresh perspective of an operatic performance and, of course, the artistry and sound were superb. After the challenging year we have all endured, it was inspiring to feel as though I was once again in a room with live performance.” Ryman Healthcare’s Operations Quality Manager Joanne Wang said they were excited to be part of the VR opera pilot. “There’s a mountain of research showing that music can have a hugely positive impact on people living with dementia. It can connect them to people and places in their past, stir emotions and memories, and just generally improve their wellbeing. “But it’s not only beneficial for people with dementia. Music is a life-enriching experience for people of all ages, and a big focus at all our villages is ensuring residents can continue to do the things they’ve loved doing their whole life. “We just don’t know when people will be able to return to the theatre, so this virtual reality experience allows us to bring the outside world into our village for residents to enjoy.” Sentient creates "SentOx", an oxygen machine in a briefcase to treat COVID-19. Our Goal : To Save One Million Lives 2020-12-10T04:26:27Z sentient-creates-sentox-an-oxygen-machine-in-a-briefcase-to-treat-covid-19-our-goal-to-save-one-million-lives Melbourne— 10 Dec — Sentient Bionics has created a low-cost, hand-portable “Oxygen machine in a briefcase”, called “SentOx”, to help treat developing-world patients with COVID-19 and other curable respiratory diseases. Its goal is simple: To SAVE ONE MILLION LIVES. In March 2020, Sentient’s founder and Managing Director, Dr Paul Boxer, forecast an oncoming tsunami of COVID-19 cases in the less-developed countries, such as India, Pakistan and Indonesia. The Sentient team of engineers rallied to embark on a philanthropic project to help them. “We didn’t want to be sitting safely in Australia watching millions die in the poorer countries and knowing we could’ve done something to help,” said Dr Boxer. “Nine months later, we’re building our Oxygen Concentrators.”   Why an Oxygen Concentrator? Like many teams wanting to help, Sentient first looked at building mechanical ventilators. The team researched peer-reviewed articles published in respected medical journals and discovered that the more important need was Oxygen Therapy, not ventilators. So, they set about designing and building their own low‑cost Oxygen Concentrator for low-resource hospitals and clinics. An Oxygen Concentrator takes in normal air and removes the nitrogen, leaving mainly concentrated oxygen, which is suitable for treating patients with COVID‑19, as well as malaria, asthma and curable respiratory diseases like childhood pneumonia, which alone kills more than 600,000 children per year. The result was “SentOx”, a low-cost, rugged, hand-portable “Oxygen machine in a briefcase”, that meets the WHO (World Health Organisation) specification for Oxygen Concentrators. The first batch has been made in Melbourne and Sentient are now scaling up the production to meet their goal of getting over 7,000 SentOx machines to where they’re needed most. Each machine costs around A$800 (US$590) and can treat up to 200 people over the next 18 months, potentially saving around 150 lives. That’s about $5 per life. How many lives would you save at that price? So far, the company has funded the project internally, but is now looking for sponsors and donors to help fund the machines. People wanting to help the developing world fight COVID‑19 can fund the build and delivery of one, or more, of the machines, or even part of a machine, by donating on the GoFundMe page (GoFundMe SentOx) or via direct EFT (Visit www.SentientOxygen.net). Negotiations for volume production are already well underway with partners in Indonesia. The company also plans to supply machines to India and Africa and is looking for like‑minded, ISO‑certified partners to help make that happen. “Our goal is to save one million lives. It’s a huge task but we’re highly motivated and on track to make it happen.” ### Sentient Bionics Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based, private Australian technology development company incorporated in 2015 to develop innovative, low-cost, robotic hands for prosthetics and robotic research. Sentient Oxygen Pty Ltd is an Australian Not-For-Profit company incorporated in 2020 as a charitable entity to manage charitable donations and sponsorship solely for the direct funding of the build and delivery of SentOx machines. Both companies are part of the larger Sentient group of companies, established in 1999 and headquartered in Port Melbourne, Australia, with offices in the UK and USA.   For more information, press only: Dr Paul Boxer +61 407 368 005 paulb@SentientBionics.com www.SentientOxygen.net Eldo Care For All Your PPE Equipment 2020-12-01T05:49:52Z eldo-care-for-all-your-ppe-equipment Perhaps one of the most striking lifestyle changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the recommended use of face masks in grocery stores, restaurants and other public places. Wearing a mask, especially when in close proximity to others, is imperative to slowing the spread of COVID-19. But one look outside of your “safe-at-home” haven and you might find people wearing masks in a variety of different styles: dangling from one ear, pulled down below the nose or resting below the chin. These common mistakes decrease the effectiveness of masking and increase the wearer’s risk of catching and spreading the disease.    As Eldo Care explain, personal protective equipment is special equipment you wear to create a barrier between you and germs. This barrier reduces the chance of touching, being exposed to, and spreading germs. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, protects its user against any physical harm or hazards that the workplace environment may present. It is important because it exists as a preventative measure for industries that are known to be more hazardous, like manufacturing and mining.    PPE used in healthcare includes gloves, aprons, long sleeved gowns, goggles, fluid-repellant surgical masks, face visors and respirator masks. The initial risk assessment of whether or not PPE is required is based on the level of risk of transmission to and from the patient.    Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps prevent the spread of germs in the hospital, and protects people and health care workers from infections. All hospital staff, patients, and visitors should use PPE when there will be contact with blood or other bodily fluids.  Wearing gloves protects your hands from germs and helps reduce the spread of germs.    You may need to use different types of PPE for different people. Your workplace has written instructions about when to wear PPE and what type to use, and you will need PPE when you care for people who are in isolation as well as other patients, and for  more information on disposable sterile gloves, disposable dry wipes and PE disposable aprons please go to http://www.eldocare.com .  B. Braun Australia supports families with a revised parental leave scheme 2020-11-30T02:01:09Z b-braun-australia-supports-families-with-a-revised-parental-leave-scheme Sydney, 30 November 2020 – B. Braun has announced the introduction of paid parental leave to all B. Braun staff in Australia. This new scheme is offering employees up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave. This support is in addition to the current parental leave offered by the Australian Government.   The gender-neutral parental policy will benefit a primary carer (an employee, or employee’s spouse or defacto spouse). The new scheme will come into effect from 1st January 2021 and will be available to the birth parents and adoptive parents of children under 16 years of age.    Louise Busuttil, Senior Human Resources Manager of B. Braun Australia said: “As a family-owned business, we recognise the importance that family brings to our lives. By introducing paid parental leave, we are demonstrating to our people that they are truly valued and this is another way to show them our sincere appreciation for their contributions to the company.” Endovision’s Products Even More Important in the COVID-19 Era 2020-11-29T04:28:52Z endovision-s-products-even-more-important-in-the-covid-19-era In this COVID-19 era, the need for health and care systems to become agile and change is very real, and as the pandemic sweeps around the world, we are starting to see countries exit from lockdown and others introducing more stringent lockdown. Others are relying on the resilience of their health and care systems to allow them to make changes which are more discreet, and focused on trying to avoid the economic and political effects of more stringent approaches.    Established in 1987, Endovision has always focused on niche products within the medical and surgical field, with their goal being to continue to bring the latest innovations and technology to the Australian market, while making sure to offer them at a competitive price.    Endovision hand picks agents in each state, who represent the same core values, and their agents have their own companies whose product range compliments those of Endovision. Their products are vital for hospitals, surgeons, day surgeries, dentists, veterinary clinics and biomedical engineers, and Australia’s biomedical engineers are more important than ever before.     They can contact Endovision for all their replacement parts and servicing needs for Sunoptic Surgical, ENOVA, MedLED, Futudent and Isolux product ranges. Endovision also supply Luxtel replacement Ceramic Xenon Lamps for Olympus, Stryker, Storz, Pentax, Integra lightsources plus many more, and can offer a wealth of knowledge and advice not only on their product range but also many other products on the market.    Endovision currently import product from manufacturers in the United States of America, Europe and Asia, and an integral part of their business is to ensure that their clients are receiving world class products supported by knowledgeable and reliable customer service and sales staff, so for more information on medical stirrups, medical surgical equipment and surgeons’ equipment please go to http://www.endovision.com.au .  Kinima Physio Therapies Heal a Myriad of Injuries Related to the Holiday Season 2020-11-24T10:07:10Z kinima-physio-therapies-heal-a-myriad-of-injuries-related-to-the-holiday-season Decorating for the holidays and enjoying time with family and friends is a time-honored tradition that brings joy to all. Rob O’Mahony, Co-Director and Senior Physiotherapist at Kinima Physio, knows that there are also some types of injuries that typically increase at Christmas and the practice offers science-based therapies to mitigate pain, rehabilitate, and restore functionality. Kinima Physio provides expert advice and individualized treatment plans for sports injuries, spinal conditions, and to mitigate the potential for injuries in the future. Post-surgical and orthopaedic management, Pilates, dry needling, and running assessments are available to improve functionality and movement. Digital home exercise programs and monitored rehabilitation exercise offer additional convenience for individuals. The stretching and reaching involved in decorating can result in strains, sprains, and overtaxed muscles. Falls from ladders also contribute to a significant number of serious fractures to misalignments that can create chronic pain and disability. Physio Perth City can treat those injuries, along with low back and neck pain through exercise therapies, dry needling, and mobilisation and manipulation. Imbibing of alcoholic beverages typically increases during the holidays and drinking can result in a loss of equilibrium and slower reaction times. Physio West Leederville heals and rehabilitates injuries resulting from trip, slip, and fall accidents encompassing damage to bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons. Even the gifts given to loved ones can result in minor or catastrophic injuries. Serious injuries can result from something as simple as stepping on a child’s building block to trying out a skateboard and physio Perth treats injuries to children and adults. The practice’s professionals regularly manage and treat injuries that includes dislocations and stress fractures, along with providing pre- and post-operative rehabilitation. Kinima Physio understands that the holidays are a time for celebration and wants individuals to do so safely. If an injury does occur, the practice provides a comprehensive range of treatments, therapies, assessments, and monitoring. A custom treatment plan is created for each individual to ease pain, restore functionality, and safety evaluations can aid in preventing hospital readmissions. About Kinima Physio At Kinima Physio, we integrate clinical excellence with a unique client experience to create a local health movement that empowers as many people as possible. With 25 years of combined experience in the physiotherapy and health industries, including elite sports and orthopaedics, we offer the latest evidence-based treatment programs to instill clarity and understanding, restore function and confidence, and drive high performance. Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook. Media Contact Kinima Physio Website: www.kinimaphysio.com.au Seven tips to improve lung functionality as we age | New Australian white paper highlights respiratory health concerns 2020-11-18T23:13:38Z lung-health-and-attitudes-to-wellness-an-australian-perspective Maintaining respiratory health, especially as we age, is becoming a high priority for many Australians.1 This time last year, Australians were bracing themselves for the onslaught of unprecedented bushfire events, which was quickly followed by a global pandemic. These events had direct impacts on the respiratory systems of many Australians. As a means to being better prepared for inevitable smoke-filled days, the simple art of breathing has become a focus, with Google reporting health-related searches for “breathing exercises” steadily increasing over the past year. A new white paper from Finnish wellness company WellO2 has taken a qualitative look at how Australians, especially those predisposed to common respiratory issues such as asthma and persistent cough have been considering ways to improve their lung health at home. Lung health and attitudes to wellness: An Australian perspective1, surveyed 55 Australians, noting their concerns, views and behaviours over 12 months from August 2019.  The report revealed that participants during this period were affected by several factors – including air pollution caused by bushfire smoke, pandemic-associated lockdowns with limited access to physical activities, chronic and seasonal respiratory conditions and a general sense of being less “well”.   Almost 70% of trial participants were more concerned about their overall respiratory health, with a similar number believing their overall fitness and wellness had declined. “Prior to events such as catastrophic bushfires and COVID-19, people often didn’t appreciate the important role our lungs play in keeping us healthy. People maybe took for granted their ability to simply breathe,” said Dr Anssi Sovijärvi, Department of Clinical Physiology, Helsinki University, Finland. One of the clinical researchers behind the adoption of the international Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI)2, Dr Sovijärvi has interests in asthma and allergic rhinitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and environmental pollutants. He has published over 200 scientific papers focusing on the pathophysiology of declined lung function and respiratory symptoms.   “Once pollution particles, like the PM 2.5 particles (often found in smoke from active and smouldering fires), enter the lungs they cause irritation in the airways. This can have a real impact on respiratory health and can lead to an increase in the use of asthma or cough medications, hospital admission and more serious health concerns,3” Dr Sovijärvi explains. Lung fitness changes with age “Lung fitness is something that changes with age. In adults, as they age, the breathing capacity of lungs is declining and the power of respiratory muscles is decreasing,” he said.  “Recovery from severe lung inflammations like COVID-19 will probably be better if the performance of your respiratory muscles is good,”  believes Dr Sovijärvi, referencing a recent article published in the American Journal of Medicine that looked specifically at respiratory muscle performance and its role in recovery from severe lung infections4.   This clinical paper noted that patients exhibiting the most profound baseline respiratory muscle weakness tended to receive the greatest benefit from Respiratory Muscle Training.4 Respiratory Muscle Training – or RMT – is a trusted pressure-based physiotherapy technique that has been shown to improve lung function.  Dr Sovijärvi is also encouraged by the growing clinical interest in using steam to help loosen phlegm from bronchi and help “cough up” trapped irritants, with a new study in Finland looking at an RMT/steam combination in conditions such as asthma and COPD.5,6 Dr Sovijärvi recommends that Australians, especially those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis, or dyspnoea (or breathlessness) for any reason look to undertake regular breathing exercises to help strengthen their lungs.  Dr Sovijärvi’s Top 7 Tips According to Dr Sovijärvi, seven simple things can be done to improve lung functionality as we age: 1.     Regular use of vaporised steam - “spring clean” the surface of the airways   2.     Breathing resistance exercises - breathing in and out against pressure to increase the power of respiratory muscles 3.     Regular sauna visits - inhaling warm and humidified air 4.     Good general hygiene to limit your exposure to respiratory viruses 5.     Maintaining general fitness and a healthy weight – walking is a great aerobic exercise and helps keep a healthy waist circumference, as obesity can be very harmful to lung function 6.     Regular wellness activities – such as Yoga, Pilates and dedicated Breathing classes 7.     Singing – a fun way to exercise your lungs (but while maintaining social distancing of course) Finnish Innovation combines traditional steam and gentle pressure in a modern home-wellness device “Steam has been used to loosen tight phlegm from the airways for years, and while not every Australian has the easy access to saunas as we do in Finland, there are now cost-effective ways to bring the traditional benefits of Nordic steam into your home,” said Dr Sovijärvi. “I have seen how the WellO2, a Finnish innovation that combines traditional steam with gentle pressure, can deliver an easy form of home-based Respiratory Muscle Training.”  While the WellO2 is a wellness rather than a medical product, recent product trials by a group of Australians are positive, reflecting the results from previous European reviews.  Kwang Wee-Oon, from South Yarra in Melbourne, is one of the first Australians to trial the innovative wellness product.  A self-employed Product Manager working in the construction and financial services industries, Kwang had continued to work from home during lockdown, and found the recommended twice-a day exercise schedule easy to fit into his day. Starting with a series of steady inhalation and exhalation exercises morning and night, for around 10 minutes each time, Kwang has gradually increased his routine to around 20-30 minutes daily. “I feel energized after using my WellO2,” he said, admitting that as a direct result of feeling better he has started walking more. I am enjoying walking again. I live opposite the Botanical Gardens, but usually avoid walking there in spring,” said Kwang, explaining how the pollen irritated his lungs. “Since I have been using the WellO2, I have even started walking in the Gardens again - it has been so much easier to cope with the pollen.”  Dr Sovijärvi is pleased to hear of Kwang’s new found love of walking, and believes it is most likely a result of the increase in the strength of his respiratory muscles and improved pulmonary gas exchange.  “Regular use of these breathing tools can help decrease wheezing for asthmatics like Kwang, allow the diaphragm muscles to work more effectively and improve exercise capacity.  With Summer fast approaching down under, I recommend that Australians, especially those with breathing issues living in bushfire affected regions, look to start a breathing exercise routine now so that effects can be seen before the start of the new year.   To download the White Paper, and to discover how to breathe better with the WellO2, visit www.WellO2.com.au  Everyday Australian reviews of the WellO2 can be found here.   REFERENCES 1.   Lung Health and Attitudes to Wellness – an Australian perspective.  November 2020 (A Survey of 55 Australians, prior to embarking on a 6 week trial of WellO2.) available at www.wellO2.com.au  2.  The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) has collected respiratory function outcomes from researchers and health care professionals from around the world. To date, the GLI Network has produced reference equations for Spirometry and Transfer Factor for Carbon Monoxide. Current projects include reference equations for lung volumes.  Data collection for all lung function tests is ongoing. The Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) Network ERS Clinical Research Collaboration: how international collaboration can shape clinical practice European Respiratory Journal 2019 53: 1802277; https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/53/2/1802277   3. Breathing problems up due to bushfires published by NSW Health 13 November 2019 https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20191113_00.aspx   4. Severin, Richard et al  Respiratory Muscle Performance Screening for Infectious Disease Management Following COVID-19: A Highly Pressurized Situation; Am J Med 2020 https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(20)30347-8/fulltext   5. In August 2020, the ethical committee of the University of Tampere approved a six-month clinical study to monitor the use of RMT and steam inhalation (using the WellO2) in 60 patients with COPD and asthma, comparing the results against a baseline of muscle strength measured prior to starting use of the WellO2, again after one month of use and then followed up in a further five months to see how respiratory muscle strength has been retained.  Initial results are due in December 2020. https://ichgcp.abr.dev.mezhbank.kiev.ua/clinical-trials-registry/NCT04584398   6. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common in Australia and treatment options for advanced disease are limited.  Newer interventions including steam therapy are being evaluated in patients with advanced COPD and are likely to become available in the future. https://respiratorymedicinetoday.com.au/2017/may/regular-series/bronchoscopic-procedures-copd-breath-fresh-air $2.4 MILLION SERIES A FUNDING ROUND 2020-11-12T04:57:44Z 2-4-million-series-a-funding-round This influx of capital will facilitate the further expansion of the business and fast track the production of Attapure- the company’s proprietary filtration technology – which is removing 100% of PFAS compounds from contaminated bore water via a novel PFAS removing Point of Entry water filtration system.  Since seed funds were invested in early 2019 the business has experienced phenomenal growth (X12) as it has grown from WA to now commencing its expansion into the Eastern States via Brisbane and Sydney.  Complete Home Filtration specialises in whole of home water filtration systems that deliver freshly filtered water to every tap in the home. This upstream solution for household water ensures customers experience the luxury of showering, bathing and drinking high quality premium water which is better for both health and home.  “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew Sypkes of the Sypkes Group as an investor and to see the team at BetterLabs invest again after a successful seed round. It has been a pleasure having the expertise and advice of both Derek Gerrard and James Edwards at BetterLabs over the last 18 months"  "These funds will really help us to accelerate our growth, in terms of new technologies and new markets and increase our manufacturing capabilities right here in Australia. We are super excited to be able to help more everyday Australians take control of their water and experience the best water quality possible from every tap in their homes”  Suzanne Dodds: Complete Home Filtration Managing Director  Suzanne Dodds has over 13 years experience in water filtration and has been internationally recognised as a thought leader in the water filtration space, winning a “First Among Equals’ and a Tech 20[+] award from Women in Technology in 2019 for her development of Attapure – the PFAS removing point of entry system.  This product has also been supported by Government and the Defence Force through grant funding via Accelerating Commercialisation and The Defence Science Centre. With over 90 PFAS contamination sites across Australia and over 700 in the US the market for this product is enormous.  “With a rapidly growing team across the country we are looking forward to delivering exceptional products and customer service to our customers nationally and to providing jobs and opportunities to our staff”. Mrs Dodds said.  Find out more about the business at www.completehomefiltration.com.au JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. Epazz DeskFlex Desk Scheduling Software Will Release Vaccine Management Solution as Part of COVID Compliance Features 2020-11-11T00:14:08Z epazz-deskflex-desk-scheduling-software-will-release-vaccine-management-solution-as-part-of-covid-compliance-features-1      Epazz Inc. DeskFlex (OTC: EPAZ), a leading provider of mission-critical cloud-computing software solutions, announced today that DeskFlex's vaccine management solution will help organizations plan and develop COVID-19 vaccination programs among its team members when it is released.Pharmaceutical companies are working double-time to create a vaccine against the Novel 2019 Coronavirus. One of the leading pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, developed a vaccine with a promising result of 90% effectivity according to the company's clinical results. Over 43,538 volunteers participated and received two injections within 21 days apart. The company claimed that among the 94 evaluable COVID-19 cases, results revealed that more than 90% effectively prevented the Coronavirus infection. This result exceeded the Food and Drug Administration set a 50% minimum effectiveness bar. This promising result will pave the way for mass vaccinations if FDA approves the final stage of testing.DeskFlex vaccine management software will facilitate the tracking and management of employees' immunization against the Coronavirus. It allows employees to indicate their vaccination history through the health record management service. With the development of approved COVID-19 vaccines on the way, company administrators can monitor which team member has completed their vaccinations and which employees need a reminder to schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine through DeskFlex vaccine management solution.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other collaborative health agencies initiated the Immunization Integration Program (IIP) four years ago. After clinicians found it challenging to keep track and improve adult vaccinations, the program started. The program's goal was to help automate immunization-related tasks with an electronic health record and clinic software systems. Thus, with the digitalization of immunization records and schedules, the program aimed to increase vaccination rates within the adult population and secure these immunization records in cloud-based storage.DeskFlex desk and room scheduling software solutions pride itself on providing organizations with a comprehensive set of COVID-compliant software features. The launching of DeskFlex's vaccine management software will further reinforce the workplace's health and safety measures.According to Shaun Passley, Ph.D., Chairman, and CEO of Epazz, Inc., "We are optimistic that adding the vaccine management software feature will further secure the workplace and schools from COVID-19 infections. When administrators identify those who haven't had the vaccine, they can make the appropriate decision to protect the majority."About DeskFlex.comDeskFlex is a desk booking solution and room reservation software useful in booking conference rooms, meeting rooms, workspaces, desks, car parking spaces, and office equipment. DeskFlex meeting room scheduling system helps office managers accommodate remote workers' time in the office, reducing rent and facility costs. DeskFlex lets employees reserve desks in advance or claim desks right away. It adjusts the telephone switch (PBX), so calls ring at the "desk du jour." DeskFlex includes check-in, point-and-click floor maps, a web browser, a local kiosk, Outlook integration, and conference room scheduling.About Epazz, Inc. (www.epazz.com)Epazz, Inc., is a leading cloud-based software company that specializes in providing customized cloud applications to the corporate world, higher-education institutions, and the public sector. Epazz BoxesOS(TM) v3.0 is a complete web-based software package for small- to mid-size businesses, Fortune 500 enterprises, government agencies, and higher education institutions. BoxesOS provides many of the web-based applications organizations would otherwise need to purchase separately. Epazz's other products are K9Sky.com kennel software and the Provitrac applicant tracking system.SAFE HARBORThis is the "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," and "continue" (or the negation thereof) or similar terminology. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results or those implied by such forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that no forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future performance and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Epazz, Inc. assumes no obligation and has no intention of updating these forward-looking statements. It has no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by Epazz, Inc. Investors are encouraged to review Epazz, Inc.'s public filings on SEC.gov and otcmarkets.com, including its unaudited and audited financial statements and its OTC market filings, which contain general business information about the company's operations, results of operations, and risks associated with the company and its operations.CONTACT:For more information, please contactInvestor Relationsinvestors@epazz.net(312) 955-8161www.epazz.com Aussie Owned and Made, Key Signatures launches with Victorian made PPE and employment opportunities. 2020-11-10T23:49:27Z aussie-owned-and-made-key-signatures-launches-with-victorian-made-ppe-and-employment-opportunities Australians were required to wear face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in public to mitigate the risk of further spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community. However, this development led to widespread PPE buying from offshore manufacturers and little support or education about effective masks Australians require to prevent the spread, what to look for and where to find them.   This seemed problematic. Why not manufacture good quality masks and other PPE products here in Australia and create employment opportunities for those who need it most, while injecting much needed funds back into the economy?  The Department of Health and Human Services (2020) confirmed that “all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave the home, no matter where they live” and that “a face mask is recommended for better protection.” (1). However, the grade of face mask that is required in workplaces to prevent the spread of infection is not specified.    Entrepreneur and founder of Key Signatures, Rebecca Michelini found that the quality of PPE and masks imported from overseas was typically of low grade, often didn’t go through regular quality testing, or did not pass the basic tests required to protect from spreading a virus. Key Signatures has partners with Etude Medical Masks, Etude masks have passed through a series of tests to determine the compliance with performance criteria described in the following test methods: differential pressure (breathability), particle filtration efficiency (PFE) and fluid/blood resistance.    The results? Key Signatures medical grade face masks ranked a high 98% filtration rate, 100% pressure rate, and passed every fluid and blood resistance test. (2)   Rebecca Michelini explains that the quality of the mask is pivotal to the health of everyone in combating the spread of COVID-19 and virus infections in the community, “The important role of masks is that it creates a barrier against the virus by minimising its spread through air droplets arising from when one sneezes, coughs, speaks or even breathes. If any of these droplets land on a surface there is a possibility that if the surface with the virus droplet is touched by another, it can spread up to nineteen times more each time it is touched.” cautioned Rebecca   The other common way the virus is spread is when hands carrying the virus touch the face. The virus is then spread by entering the respiratory system. The most effective method of minimising transmission within the community is wearing masks combined with diligent hand hygiene and maintaining 1.5 metre social distance from others or using Australian Made hand sanitiser and our L42 disinfectant, which kills 99.9999% of COVID-19 on surfaces.   Keys Signatures is driven to eliminate hype and false claims for PPE by their commitment toward educating to ensure there are facts driving the reason behind the safety of wearing specific masks.    Key Signatures manufacturing warehouses are located in Campbellfield and Thomastown in Victoria and can produce up to 9.1 million level 3 face masks per year from a single machine, which will see up to 8 full-time positions created initially, with additional employment opportunities to support the supply and logistics. They will continue to create educational programs to promote good health and better decision making to support all Australian’s move forward to a new-normal lifestyle for all Australians.    END For further information about Key Signatures educational videos, employment opportunities, receive a sample of their PPE products or to speak with Rebecca Michelini, please contact: Olivia Novello, PR Specialist at OM Digital +61 431 377 114 | olivia@omdigital.com.au  About Key Signatures: Key Signatures was created to provide suitable and affordable PPE to all Australian businesses across a range of industries. Our customised service and support are driven by our industry experts to help you meet your PPE needs.    Reference: Department of Health and Human Services, 2 August 2020, Website, ‘Face Coverings: Whole of Victoria.’ [Online], Viewed 6 October, 2020. Available from https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19#what-does-wearing-a-face-covering-mean  Bell Laboratories Test; report #J 2009171, 18 Sept 2020, Air Sampling and analysis report. CUDDLE BUDDY RELEASES WEIGHTED BLANKETS 2020-11-10T03:47:25Z cuddle-buddy-releases-weighted-blankets Cuddle Buddy, a highly celebrated pillow brand designed to bring comfort and relief to people’s lives, has released the latest addition to the extensive range; a weighted blanket. Cuddle Buddy launched in 2003 with an ethos of delivering comfort and a sense of calm. As a result of a tumultuous 2020 and a higher emphasis on self-care, the introduction of the weighted blanket is both a natural and fitting extension for the pillow brand. Weighted blankets, also known as pressure and gravity blankets, have sky-rocketed in popularity thanks to their ability to help ease stress and improve sleep. They do this by providing pressure on the body, an at-home therapy, likened to the Occupational Therapist technique of Deep Touch Pressure Therapy. Studies by Sleep House Foundation have revealed that inadequate sleep, of either duration or quality, is very common in Australians, affecting 33-45% of adults. On top of this, research has found physical conditions like Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Pains, and Sleeping Disorders such as Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea, can all benefit from the use of weighted blankets. “Weighted blankets are usually as heavy as 7-12 percent of your body weight. This gentle pressure mimics the feeling of being hugged or ‘grounded’, which can lead to a reduction in stress. That, in turn, can lead to better sleep. This process is known as deep pressure stimulation. When firm but gentle pressure is applied, the body switches from engaging the sympathetic nervous system (which prompts the body’s “fight or flight” response) to engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (which promotes the “rest and digest” response). To put it another way, the blanket’s weight stimulates the sensation of touch, similar to massage or acupressure; there is scientific evidence that touch affects the autonomic nervous system, producing a calming effect,” says Sleep Specialist, Jane Wigglesworth. “Weighted blankets can work well for people who have insomnia and a co-occurring mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder. It may also be beneficial for people with autism spectrum disorder and those with sensory processing disorder (SPD).” The deep-pressure touch on the body stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, two brain chemicals that positively affect mood by creating a sense of calm and relaxation. Cuddle Buddy’s Weighted Blanket is designed to simulate a comforting hug, enhancing oxytocin by providing warmth, security, and ultimately making you feel at ease. Sleep expert & Registered Nurse, Deb Herdman says, "Weighted blankets can improve sleep in a number of ways by providing deep therapy pressure to muscles to aid relaxation, improve sleep latency (the time taken to go from awake to asleep and improve sleep debt that causes, in many cases, frequent overnight waking. Weighted blankets are a natural alternative to enable the body to gently succumb to deeper, restful sleep." Available in three sizes, 7kg, 9kg, and 11kg, Cuddle Buddy’s Weighted Blanket is made from 100% bamboo and filled with 100% glass beads. Its polyester outer cover can be removed, allowing for the bamboo cotton lining to keep you cool throughout warmer seasons. Whether you’re looking for a travel companion, need to focus, feeling unsettled, searching for a stylish home accessory, or simply want to embrace a sense of calm, Cuddle Buddy’s Weighted Blanket proves that there’s nothing better and more important than a little self-care. Cuddle Buddy’s Weighted Blanket is sold exclusively online and is available in three different sizes from $129.95. Visit www.cuddlebuddy.com.au to find out more. ENDS For further information, commentary, or high-res imagery please contact: Megan Chambers | megan@olivepr.com.au Reusable Face Masks Now Available 2020-11-09T01:11:59Z reusable-face-masks-now-available Our Reusable face masks are now available in black or white and offer four layers of ultra protection with a natural activated carbon filter.These reusable face masks have a BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) of 99%, that exceeds P2 respirator requirements. The face masks are soft and comfortable to wear and washable. Purchase online today Key Features: Reusable Face Mask (non fluid resistant) BFE 99% (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) BFE exceeds P2 Respirator requirementsFor maximum protection replace after 2 weeks of continuous daily usePFE above 97% (Particle Filtration Efficiency)4 Layers Ultra ProtectionNatural Activated Carbon FilterNot for Medical UseWashable, dip mask in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes and air drySoft and comfortable to wearPacked in individual polybags including instructions for use