New act to improve patient safety

New act to improve patient safety

The Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015, which aims to improve safety and quality of care, has received Royal Assent. Among the measures introduced by the act is a duty on health and adult social care providers to share information about a person’s care with other health and care professionals. This means that doctors and other professionals providing a person’s care and treatment will have the information they need so they can treat patients more effectively.

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Funding for cutting-edge technology

Funding for cutting-edge technology

A UK company working with hospitals to prevent thousands of deaths by predicting and preventing acute kidney injury (AKI) has won a national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to scale its technology across the health service.
Dates announed for hospital engineering apprentice summer school

Dates announed for hospital engineering apprentice summer school

Eastwood Park is now taking bookings for the second year of its hospital engineering apprentice summer school, at its specialist training facility in Gloucestershire.
Insulin injection technique can improve glucose control

Insulin injection technique can improve glucose control

A recent study by Grassi et al, published in the Journal of Clinical & Tranlational Endocrinology, has concluded that blood glucose control in diabetes patients who inject insulin can be improved through better injection technique, which includes switching patients to 4 mm pen needles.
• Patient monitoring devices
• Procedure pack milestone celebrated
• Rising to the challenge of AMR
• Medical device asset management for professionals
• Latest in infusion technology
• Robust aluminium RF cages for scanning facilities

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Calls to reduce variation in COPD care

Calls to reduce variation in COPD care

A national audit report has identified the need for significant improvement in the delivery of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Sepsis unplugged: improving outcomes

Sepsis unplugged: improving outcomes

The ‘Sepsis Unplugged’ conference takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on 21-22 May 2015. Organised by The UK Sepsis Trust, this new conference will bring together all healthcare professions and patient groups as equals and will ask the questions which will help shape better care for patients with sepsis.
Improving patient care: what more can be done?

Improving patient care: what more can be done?

Discussion on how the health service can deliver safe, patient centred, compassionate care was the central theme of a recent conference held at The Mermaid, London. High on the agenda was the need for culture change, effective leadership and safe staffing levels. LOUISE FRAMPTON reports.
Importance of hand hygiene highlighted

Importance of hand hygiene highlighted

Every year, on 5 May, healthcare providers across the globe join together to celebrate the World Health Organization’s Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign. The 2015 campaign focuses on ‘strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – with hand hygiene as the entrance door’, as MIKE SULLIVAN explains.
• Reproducible, validated probe decontamination
• The private sector: a supporting role
• Patient safety: learning from high-risk industries
• Artificial blood : the 21st-century challenge
• Patient warming solutions: the expanding market
• Patient warming: reviewing practice

Product Spotlight

A new and pain-free way to secure IV tubing

Tube Anchor from P3 Medical has been specifically designed to solve the common problems associated with the fixation of administration tubing. The Tube Anchor attaches comfortably to the skin and grips the tubing, protecting the cannula from the effects of traction and allowing patients to move freely.

Cost effective patient solutions

Intersurgical is a leading designer and manufacturer of respiratory care products who offer a comprehensive range of cost effective patient solutions offering quality, innovation and choice.

Innovative solution to fluid management

Deltex Medical is a UK medical technology company that designed, manufactured and pioneered Oesophageal Doppler Monitoring (ODM).

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Evolutionary process, revolutionary solution
NHS England’s Business Plan for 2013/14 to 2015/16 titled ‘Putting Patients First’ begins with the opening statement ‘Our goal is high quality care for all, now and for future generations’, and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the recent change to the service solution in Furness General Hospital’s Central Sterile Services and Endoscopy departments.

DIARY EVENTS

IPS South West Conference 2015
Rougemont Hotel, Exeter
Tuesday 9th June 2015
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IPS North East Conference 2015
Newcastle Racecourse
Wednesday 10th June 2015
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Low Temperature Sterilisation Workshop
Johnson & Johnson, 50-100 Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 4DP, United Kingdom.
Thursday 9th July 2015
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