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What is meningitis?
an inflammation of the meninges, the lining surrounding the brain and
spinal cord and those most at risk are infants, young children,
teenagers and young adults.
A survey commissioned by the
Meningitis Trust revealed that half of all parents surveyed cannot name
three symptoms of meningitis. Recognising the symptoms and acting
quickly saves lives.
There are approximately 4,000 cases
of meningitis per year in the UK, 1 in 10 of those will die. While
deafness is the most common form of permanent damage following
meningitis, in severe cases (where diagnosis has been delayed and
septicaemia has occurred) fingers, toes and limbs may need to be
All the information you need... for when
you need it most
Arc was developed by doctors and meningitis experts who were concerned
that parents relied too much on the tumbler test or misinterpreted the
The rash is usually a late sign of meningococcal
septicaemia. Confidently identifying this rash and being able to
recognise the critical early signs can help you avoid a tragedy.
Information within the Arc pack has been supplied by the
Meningitis Trust to help you quickly identify
the early warning symptoms of meningitis as well as a simple to use
device based on the tumbler test to help you
detect the most distinct form of meningococcal septicaemia, a rash that
does not fade under pressure.
What the doctors say...
stress that the meningitis rash identified by the conventional glass
tumbler test may appear late during the course of the disease or
sometimes not at all. It is essential that parents remain vigilant for
ALL the signs and symptoms of meningitis and not just rely on whether
there is a rash.
Dr Ravi Jayaram, Paediatric Consultant
from the Countess of Chester Hospital, said, “I think that the
Meningitis Arc is a very useful tool for anyone concerned about the
onset of meningitis and particularly for parents of unwell children.
“tumbler test” to assess for the rash associated with meningococcal
septicaemia is fairly well known but can be falsely reassuring as a
non-blanching rash may not always be present. The Arc has the advantage
of listing many of the other “alarm bells” suggestive of meningitis
which is incredibly important, particularly as some studies have
suggested that up to half of parents couldn’t remember three features
“In meningitis, early diagnosis and
treatment is crucial and I welcome anything that encourages recognition
of all the many other signs and symptoms. The Arc has the potential to
be a simple but effective aid for prompt recognition of the condition."
Developed by doctors to help you save lives
The Arc is a registered medical device and is the only device that has
an image of the meningitis rash
together with the signs and symptoms clearly printed directly on to it.
All the information you need. All in one place.
The arc meningitis early alert pack contains;
- A reusable device to help identify the rash
associated with meningitis and septicaemia
- Information on the early signs of meningitis
and septicaemia, provided by the Meningitis Trust
- Key emergency and support services contact
© JRBiomedical Ltd 2011
JRBiomedical Ltd. Plas Eirias Business
Centre, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8BF,
The Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack is manufactured in the UK under
licence from Scottish Health Innovations Ltd.
The Meningitis Trust is a registered charity (803016 England and Wales,
ARC is a trademark of JRBiomedical Ltd
Now available from Boots, Kiddicare.com and Health Check Shop
Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack can be found with other self test
diagnostic kits at your local Boots store... or you can order online