RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Upscaling life-saving equipment in a crisis

Despite the challenges of international shortages of life-saving equipment, huge volumes of medical devices have been commissioned to provide monitoring and support for patients with COVID-19.

Quality improvement: the ‘Northumbria Way’

In healthcare, we often seek to understand what ‘good looks like’ – but what does ‘outstanding’ look like? Louise Frampton speaks to the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust about quality improvement initiatives.

Improving safety and comfort in anaesthesia

James Urie, from Mediplus, explains how the latest advances in capnography are improving safety in anaesthesia, as well as concordance with respiratory monitoring in paediatric patients.

Antimicrobial resistance: calculating the cost

A Westminster Health Forum policy conference recently highlighted the economic impact of antimicrobial resistance. High on the agenda was the question: how can we incentivise the development of new antimicrobials? Louise Frampton reports.

Rogue surgeons: what have we learned?

James Anderson, from Lime Solicitors, highlights recent legal action relating to surgeons recommending treatment which may not be necessary or in the patients’ best interests. He outlines some key principles that should be central to any safeguarding protocol to prevent such scandals in the future.

Temperature management in the surgical patient

Dr. Andrew Melling discusses the importance of maintaining normothermia in patients undergoing surgery and examines the evidence for various warming approaches – from forced air warming to fluid warming.

UK innovation showcased at Arab Health

Arab Health 2020 took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. The medical exhibition gives UK companies, renowned clinicians and leading hospitals the chance to unite on a global stage to showcase the best of British innovation.

The importance of air quality management

Samantha Stocks discusses how factors, such as insufficient hand hygiene, difficult-to-clean surfaces and poor air quality, can lead to the proliferation of harmful bacteria in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, putting vulnerable patients at risk.

Delivering increased throughput for Queen’s

The first UK installation of Ken washer-disinfector technology has achieved faster cycle times, reduced utility consumption and is using 50% less detergent, at Queen’s Hospital in Burton-on-Trent.

Harnessing technology to do ‘more for less’

The Secretary of State says that technology will be the key to increasing healthy life expectancy, reducing costs and personalising treatments in the future. However, clinicians will be required to help develop the technology and the Government is now consulting on its ‘tech plan’.

Rise of the robot in the wake of coronavirus

Steve Eames provides an insight into the role of robotic technologies in preventing infection during outbreaks, such as COVID-19, from disinfection of contaminated areas, to medical support and triage of patients. China has led the way, in terms harnessing innovation and artificial intelligence, but there is increasing potential for medical support automation in the NHS, as the technology arrives in the UK.

Disinfectants and the ‘entourage effect’

In the wake of COVID-19, the role of surface and skin disinfectants are under close scrutiny. Dr. Andrew Kemp considers the resistance challenge and discusses the efficacy of 5th generation SiQuat compounds, compared to other chemistries.

Cleaning complex surgical instruments

The cleaning of complex reusable surgical instruments requires different considerations and processes, compared to conventional reusable instruments. Samuel Morais BScEng (Hons), from STERIS, offers some advice on tackling some of the key challenges around decontamination of complex surgical instruments – from cleaning and transport, through to reprocessing.

The making of process challenge devices

Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski MSc, BSc, MBA describes the research and development behind the creation of process challenge devices, aimed at optimising cleaning of surgical instruments.

New research on protein residue removal

Decontamination Service Manager, Mark Campbell provides an insight into the latest protein residue removal research at the University Hospital of Wales HSDU. The findings could offer valuable insights into best practice.

Advancing flexible endoscope cleaning

Adriaan Posthuma highlights the importance of inspecting flexible endoscopes, to ensure patient safety. He provides an insight into the risks of biofilm and protein residues, outlining the steps required to ensure quality assurance.

NHS ‘super centre’ delivered for Royal Free

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with CFES and Getinge to make its vision of an NHS-owned decontamination super centre a reality – offering the ability to improve services within the Trust, as well as other hospitals in the London area and beyond. Louise Frampton witnessed first-hand the scale of the operation on a visit to the state-of-the-art Enfield site.

Securing the future of decontamination science

With an ageing workforce, the decontamination sector urgently needs to develop the next generation of healthcare scientists, to ensure the sector continues to deliver high quality, safe services for patients.

Automating medication storage in theatres

Major savings in medicines expenditure have been reported by a hospital in North Wales, following the installation of an automated medication cabinet within the operating theatre. The automated system is also improving the accountability of medication use and helping to improve safety.

Focus on innovation in clinical engineering

The EBME chairman, Dr. John Sandham, discusses what to expect at the EBME Expo, being held in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, in Autumn 2020.