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Getting diabetes under control

Getting diabetes under control

Diabetes UK is recruiting a new group of clinicians to drive change across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The aim is for them to become ‘Clinical Champions’ and help to deliver better care for people with diabetes.

Tracking medical devices with RFID

Managing and keeping track of a large fleet of mobile medical devices across three major acute hospital sites can be a serious challenge. That’s why East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) has implemented Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking of medical assets to support their three medical equipment libraries.
Helping the NHS cope with winter

Helping the NHS cope with winter

With the NHS bracing itself for a bad flu season, technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN, DMS, examines what’s being done to help the organisation cope with winter and highlights the importance of vaccinations for patients and healthcare staff.
The importance of ethical procurement

The importance of ethical procurement

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recently published a number of critical recommendations to government to greatly improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. In this article, four of the co-authors of the report ‘Improving the working environment for safe surgical care’ discuss seven recommendations for best practice.
Recommendations for the delivery of safer surgery

Recommendations for the delivery of safer surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recently published a number of critical recommendations to government to greatly improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. In this article, four of the co-authors of the report ‘Improving the working environment for safe surgical care’ discuss seven recommendations for best practice.
The fight against AMR: where are we now?

The fight against AMR: where are we now?

A year on from the publication of Jim O’Neill’s review on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), new guidance is being issued by NICE on antibiotic prescribing and the latest data suggests that some progress has been achieved. However, WHO data shows that there are many resistant infections that continue to pose a significant threat to public health.
Managing the challenges of workforce planning

Managing the challenges of workforce planning

Technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN DMSlooks at the reasons why staff shortages exist in the NHS and what’s being done to address them.
Inventory management for operating theatres

Inventory management for operating theatres

Operating theatre departments are an attractive test bed for inventory management technologies. Nicola Hall, managing director at Ingenica Solutions, explains.
Monitoring hand hygiene to prevent infections

Monitoring hand hygiene to prevent infections

John Hines, research and development director at skin care expert Deb, looks at the impact of hand hygiene on preventing infections in hospitals, and how medical staff can monitor their efforts to comply with hand washing procedures.
Harley Street surgeon develops artificial retina

Harley Street surgeon develops artificial retina

The bionic eye is no longer just a work of science fiction, thanks to the pioneering achievements of a Harley Street surgeon. The Clinical Services Journal reports on the latest innovation to restore human vision.
Preventing endoscope contamination

Preventing endoscope contamination

The Why, What and How of Endoscope Decontamination took place at the Postgraduate Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) study day was aimed at staff who undertake the day-to-day practice of endoscope decontamination. Alec Peachey reports.
Overcoming challenges in gastrointestinal nursing

Overcoming challenges in gastrointestinal nursing

Laura Dwyer, chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology’s (BSG) nursing group, and Dr Helen Griffiths, advanced nurse practitioner gastroenterology, discuss endoscopy nursing workforce issues and some of the challenges in ongoing education in gastrointestinal (GI) nursing.
How clean are your single use instruments?

How clean are your single use instruments?

Harry Gray, owner of Avondale Surgical UK, discusses the single use instrument market and discovers that there’s no substitute for quality over quantity.
Tracking initiative progressing well

Tracking initiative progressing well

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,a leader in improving patient safety,reducing clinical variation and driving operational efficiency in theatre, has implemented GS1 bar codes in an effort to improve patient safety and realise cost efficiencies. Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare at GS1 UK, examines what benefits this has brought to the Trust.
3D printing: disrupting medical device design

3D printing: disrupting medical device design

3D printing is transforming the medical field, from surgical instruments and skeletal reconstruction, to medical devices and anatomical models. It is becoming increasingly clear that it is part of the future of patient treatment, for more than just complex procedures – it’s fast becoming part of the everyday as it matures and costs continue to fall.
New possibilities for prosthetics

New possibilities for prosthetics

A new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power ‘synthetic skin’ could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Here, Dr Ravinder Dahiya, from the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering, discusses the project.
The difference between value and cost

The difference between value and cost

Chris Whitehouse, chairman of the Urology Trade Association, discusses the impact of the availability of medical devices on management of continence issues affecting millions of patients across the UK; and how the NHS, when contemplating serious financial pressures, faces demands to reduce costs that reduce availability of medical devices and impact of quality of care.
Connecting clinical engineering and IT

Connecting clinical engineering and IT

Updates and progress around medical devices and IT connectivity issues will be discussed at this year’s National Performance Advisory Group’s (NPAG) annual conference, which is taking place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 12 September.
Clinical review prevents thousands of strokes

Clinical review prevents thousands of strokes

A review by Interface Clinical Services of 135,000 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) at more than a 1,000 GP practices led to over 25,000 medical interventions, which is believed to have prevented hundreds of strokes and saved the NHS millions of pounds
Getting it right first time –a catalyst for change

Getting it right first time –a catalyst for change

Technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN DMSprovides an in-depth analysis of Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) – a programme designed to improve clinical quality and efficiency within the NHS.

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