Low Tech Lifesavers: Hydrant Water Bottle
Created by inventor Mark Moran, who found himself thirsty and unable to get a drink whilst in hospital, the Hydrant is a simple but accessible design.
Some things are essential on a daily basis. Things such as eating, drinking and communicating are things which we expect to be able to do on a daily basis without too much difficultly. Living with a disability can mean support is needed to achieve these daily essential tasks and there are inventions out there to aid them. One of these items is the Hydrant water bottle.
The Hydrant water bottle is an innovative and intelligent design which making drinking simple for those who may have dexterity or fine motor problems. With a Hydrant water bottle there is no need to hold your drinking vessel, allowing you to drink with ease. The opportunity to drink freely can hugely aid the independence of those with limited mobility. It gives the ability to satisfy your own thirst without assistance as well as increasing your bodies ability to work and general well being.
This design is completely unique and the one-litre sized bottle which can be hung from your chair, bed or wheelchair and its drinking tube can be kept safely on your lap within your reach. To take a drink, there is a straightforward bite valve which you simply bite onto and suck. This design means there’s no risk of spillage and the design is patronised by Sir Ranulph Fiennes which shows exactly how much faith there is in this design. It’s used in hospitals, residential homes and by individuals in their own homes and is especially useful in combating dehydration.
What do Hydrant customers think?
Hydrant water bottle makes drinking more accessible and helps prevent dehydration and thirst, aiding recovery and general health. This idea is very low tech but customers are extremely pleased with their purchase. Sir Ralph described it as “simply brilliant and brilliantly simple” and many users are amazed at how it’s helping them from such an obvious idea! In many cases, customers have been able to monitor their drinking more closely and dehydration is no longer a worry.
This product is a great low-tech development which can be used in the home and when out and about and really solves a problem which many people deal with on a daily basis, the inability to easily access a drink.
Also available is the Sports Hydrant, this is an easy grip and smaller bottle without the tube. It holds 500ml and looks just like an ordinary sports water bottle. The benefit is though, that it has a long handle that can be easily grabbed or clipped onto a wheelchair or bed head. We use them everywhere, in bed, out on days out and the children get them as school water bottles! Highly recommended.
New Video from Hydrant for Health showing the uses in a hospital setting, showing how much it has improved the health and well being of patients.
Jim Easton, NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency, gives a short presentation about the effect of dehydration in hospitals and how The Hydrant helps with monitoring of how much people are drinking, as well as making it so much easier for a person to get a drink.
The rest of the video shows patients and nurses from The Great Western Hospital in Swindon talking about how it reduces reliance on drips and IV fluids and helps people drinking during the night and prevents infections caused dehydration.
‘The Hydrant……cheap, easy to implement, tackling the most basic problem. Potentially one of the ideas with the highest return to investment ratio I have ever seen’ Jim Easton
‘Simply Brilliant. Brilliantly Simple’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes
“If you can’t reach a drink, if you can reach it but can’t lift it, if you can lift it but not hold it, you will usually need someone to help you. But the hydrant is a simple delivery mechanism that reduces dehydration and increases a persons independence” Mark Moran, Inventor or the Hydrant.
“It has hugely improved the quality of life for our patients and as such The Hydrant should be a standard part of any hospital’s armour in the battle against dehydration” Liz Evans, Nutrition Nurse Specialist, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
UPDATE the Hydrant has been approved for use in 50 NHS trusts and will help patients in hospital!
The unique innovate design of the Hydrant has also won a number of awards. Most recently the creator, Mark Moran, founder of Hydrate for Health, won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
He is one of approximately 150 people or companies to have received the award this year. The Queen’s Award for Innovation is the highest honour that can be received in terms of business success, further proving the functionality and usability of Mark’s design.
The annual awards ceremony will see Mark Moran attend a special invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen in person. As an extra boon for the Hydrant, the packaging can now carry the Queen’s Award emblem for the next five years, a clear indication of the quality and importance of this product.
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Our favourite version is the 1 litre Hydrant – with a drinking tube/straw that includes a bite-valve built-in to the end, to ensure liquids can be taken at any point, without fear of spillage. There is a recent review here
I bought a Hydrant so I can drink when breastfeeding my daughter and it is completely ideal. It means I can feed in bed and if I get thirsty can simply reach for the drinking tube and keep hydrated. The need to keep hydrated whilst breastfeeding is often overlooked, especially by me, but this Hydrant completely solves the problem.
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