RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Hand hygiene in the COVID era

Dr. Kayleigh Cox-Nowak, technical support manager, Schülke & Mayr UK, considers the guidance, evidence and solutions to ensure effective hand hygiene, to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

The impact of climate change on HCAIs

Should hospitals step up their infection prevention efforts to combat seasonal influences on HCAIs and what impact will climate change have on infection rates in the future?

Tackling SSI risks during orthopaedic surgery

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the work of Getting it right first time (GIRFT) in tackling the issue of surgical site infection, including the findings of a new report which looks at surgical practice in orthopaedics.

Care and compassion: primary needs for staff

Following recent discussion of The Courage of Compassion report, Kate Woodhead further considers the importance of ensuring ‘autonomy, belonging and contribution’ in order to retain & safeguard the wellbeing of those working in health and social care

Reducing risk of endoscope damage

The endoscopy units of both the King George’s Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London have reduced scope repairs by over 50%, following the introduction of a new protection device

The COVID conundrum: medtech innovation

Alice Greenhalgh discusses the challenges and opportunities for medtech development in the wake of the pandemic.

Diagnosing patients in the ‘new normal'

Living life remotely has become almost common practice for us all during the national lockdown – but is it time for hospitals to further embrace remote technology to deal with the backlog of patients following COVID-19?

Cancer care and the coronavirus

Around 2.4 million people in the UK are waiting for cancer screening, further tests or cancer treatment according to analysis by Cancer Research UK.

Heart failure diagnosis: gender gap revealed

A new report reveals that while men surveyed waited on average 3.6 weeks for their diagnosis from their initial GP visit, women waited on average just over 20 weeks – a near-six-fold increase.

Safe storage and transport of endoscopes

A fast scope vacuum packing system is helping Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s endoscopy services meet demand, safely and efficiently. The iM Med system is designed to prolong the aseptic storage and safe transportation of endoscopes for up to 30 day

How digitalisation will advance patient care

The digitalisation of patient care records has progressed rapidly in recent years. However, patient data is not always used to its full potential.

Improving safety for neonatal patients

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has improved safety for neonatal patients and transformed workflows, by implementing an Sp02 dashboard.

Mitigating the impact of COVID on surgical skills

How can we mitigate the consequences of decreased surgical workload during the pandemic? Mental training and digital workflows could prove vital, as hospitals seek strategies to ensure theatre teams maintain, improve or develop their surgical skills.

Reprocessing scopes in the COVID era

Dr. Frank Bakker offers an insight in to best practice in endoscope reprocessing, in the wake of heightened concerns over the potential threat posed by COVID-19 – providing an overview of the latest evidence and guidance.

Heart research findings: risk and prevention

From the role of vaccinations and gut health in improving outcomes, to new insights into the link between teenage depression and mid-life heart attack, this year’s digital ESC conference highlighted the latest findings on risk factors and prevention.

Preparing for JAG: what you need to know

Paul Bond, Patient Safety and Quality Support Officer for the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), offers an insight into JAG accreditation and its contribution to driving improvement in patient safety and quality.

Supporting nurses to deliver high-quality care

The Courage of Compassion: Supporting Nurses and Midwives to Deliver High-quality Care, a King’s Fund report, provides an emotive insight into current working conditions and the impact on staff wellbeing.

Meeting demand for compliance training

Ensuring compliance with best practice in decontamination is a top priority for healthcare providers and patient safety is paramount. However, as limited budgets for training have proven to be a challenge, areas of non-compliance can begin to emerge

Stoke Mandeville creates state-of-the-art SSD

A team of clinicians at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Aylesbury, recently cut the ribbon on a brand-new sterile services department (SSD), which was created in just four months – despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Improving safety with the ‘autonomous pharmacy

Medication costs are rising at a startling rate, there is further scrutiny on controlled substance use, and medication non-adherence is taking a toll on healthcare costs and patient outcomes.

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Upcoming Events

Managing Deteriorating Conditions 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
19th April

Infection Prevention & Control Conference 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
20th - 21st April

BSG Annual Meeting 2021

SEC Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 8YW
19th - 21st May

EBME Expo 2021

Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes Stadium Way West Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
30th June - 1st July

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April