August 24, 2016 ANNOUNCING BIG CHANGES
Eriter Creations sells Intellectual Property to Pocket Nurse Enterprises Inc.
Karen Kennedy, BScN, MEd. & Colleen Ward, BSHE, co-owners of Eriter Creations Inc. (SimLeggings+), are pleased to announce the sale of their Intellectual Property (Canadian and USA design patents and trademarks) to Pocket Nurse Enterprises Inc. of Monaca, Pennsylvania.
Eriter Creations Inc. designs and manufactures simulation accessories to enhance realism in healthcare education. The company was established in 2010 with the invention and subsequent design patenting of SimLeggingsTM and SimSleevesTM, products that simulate a condition called pitting edema. Accessories that simulate obesity were added to the product line starting in 2013.
Anthony Battaglia, MS, BSN, RN, owner and president of Pocket Nurse, says, “This is an exciting development for our organization. Not only is simulation in nursing and healthcare education vital, but teaching students about the realities of treating bariatric patients, and the sensitivity and specialty care required, is equally important.”
“We are confident that Pocket Nurse is dedicated to continuing the production of an excellent educational solution,” says Ward. “They definitely have the staff and facilities to maintain our high standards.”
Karen and Colleen would like to acknowledge and thank several people and organizations for the part they played in our success. Tracy Edwards, former President of Lethbridge College and Lorne MacGregor, former Director of Applied Research and Innovation at Lethbridge College provided support and guidance as we applied for our first design patent; Morley Belle, Business Analyst & Darlene Sinclair, Office Manager of Community Futures provided mentor-ship in business planning; Bill Halley, Technology Development Adviser, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures has been a business adviser and mentor. His belief in our potential to be a successful business provided the inspiration for our growth. In May, 2016, he honored us by submitting our names to Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) celebration of Achievement awards. We were short listed as one of the top 4 small businesses in the province in the “AWE Emerging Innovator Award”.
“With the support and funding opportunities from these organizations, we have been able to build Eriter Creations into a successful company,” says Kennedy. “They have been instrumental in making ECI an attractive prospect to Pocket Nurse.”
We would like to express our gratitude to the faculty and staff of the simulation centers at Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge for allowing us to use their manikins for fittings, sharing design suggestions for improvement and for providing feedback from students about our products.
Last but certainly not least, Karen and Colleen would like to thank our loyal customers around the world who gave us the nickname, “The SimLeggings Ladies”, as well as our supportive colleagues in simulation.
About Pocket Nurse®
Pocket Nurse is a nurse-owned-and-operated company that was founded in 1992 by Anthony Battaglia, MS, BSN, RN. The company strives to be the number one distributor of medical supplies and equipment for healthcare education and simulation.
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Pocket Nurse Enterprises Inc. will continue to sell all products through their catalog system as well as establishing distributors. The edema product line includes SimLeggings® which simulate pitting edema in newborn to adult sizes and SimSleeves ® which simulate lymphedema for adults and Extenders which can be zipped into the SimLeggings to make them one size larger. The obesity products include a SimObesityTM Shirt which simulates adult obesity, SimObesity TMSuit JR, to simulate childhood obesity in 5 – 7 year olds and the newest product SimObesityTMLeggings.
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Six years ago, when our company name was chosen, we already had retirement in our minds. If you spell ERITER backwards, you will see what we mean. We have enjoyed our opportunity to provide quality resources to simulation centers all over the world, to meet many of you at conferences and to visit many interesting cities in Canada & USA. It is now time for us to retire, spend time with our families and explore the world around us. We know that Pocket Nurse will do a great job promoting our designs and making them available to all educational facilities.
NOTE: All orders placed before September 26, 2016 will be processed by ourselves as they have been in the past. After October 1, 2016, all orders will be filled and processed by Pocket Nurse Enterprises Inc.
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FEATURES OF OUR PRODUCTS:
- easy to use – zippers make the accessories easy to apply and remove from the mannequin
- easy care – the covering can be machine washed, using a gentle cycle, and dried in a warm dryer
- easy to store – a storage bag is provided with each product
- no messy prep time or clean-up time required
- latex free
- made in a scent free environment.
- available in two skin tones; beige and dark brown
SHIPPING & HANDLING:
We have two videos to YouTube featuring our SimObesityTMShirt
Click on the video to view the features of the SimObesityShirtTM and how easy the shirt is to use.
A special thanks to Marissa Hakstol for her testimonial about the impact the realism of the SimObesityTMShirt had on the students in the nursing simulation lab.
We love to hear your comments about how you are including our products in your simulation scenarios.
Nice comment of the day:
Nov. 3/14 “Love the first pair we bought from you – coming back for more!” Mary Paquette, Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI
Dec. 4/14 “This is a wonderful product and you are amazing creators of unique and excellent products. So proud to know you both. We have used our sim suits on our mannequins and have had our students wear them. They really do simulate realistic care of the bariatric patient. Way to go Karen and Colleen!” Colette Foisy-Doll MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada
Mar. 03/15 ” We love the legs — awesome for CHF simulations” firstname.lastname@example.org