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Managing medical equipment and devices

Managing medical equipment and devices

The EBME seminar is an independent educational event that brings together healthcare professionals who are responsible for the management of medical equipment. This year’s event took place at the Milton Keynes Double Tree Hilton Hotel. Alec Peachey reports.
Reducing surgical instrument waste

Reducing surgical instrument waste

Mr Arthur Stephen, BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Orth), is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and the divisional medical director, surgery, at The Royal Derby Hospital. Here, he provides a surgeon’s perspective on the importance of reducing surgical instrument waste
The challenges of laparoscopic surgery

The challenges of laparoscopic surgery

This article examines the challenges of keyhole surgery and how the role of new technology is helping to make the procedure safer.
Antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospitals

Antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospitals

Infection control in hospitals is of paramount importance in order to reduce the potential for healthcare associated infections (an infection whose development is favoured by a healthcare environment). In this article, Tim Sandle discusses the antimicrobial properties of copper – a material that is becoming more widely used in hospitals.
Washing away MRSA bacteraemia

Washing away MRSA bacteraemia

Glynis Bennett, lead nurse infection prevention and control, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn (QEHKL) NHS Foundation Trust, talks about the roll out of octenisan body wash and how it has helped drive down cases of MRSA.
MRI scans help spot persistent HIV in brain

MRI scans help spot persistent HIV in brain

A new study by Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust and University College London (UCL) has helped confirm cognitive problems in HIV patients using MRI scans.
Raising standards in the NHS

Raising standards in the NHS

Richard Bancroft, registered authorising engineer (decontamination) and science & technical director for STERIS Corporation, discusses the new HTM guidance for decontamination and examines what it means for the sector.
New HTM guidance for decontamination

New HTM guidance for decontamination

Richard Bancroft, registered authorising engineer (decontamination) and science & technical director for STERIS Corporation, discusses the new HTM guidance for decontamination and examines what it means for the sector.
Discovering gastroenterology

Discovering gastroenterology

Dr Jayne Eaden, senior secretary for the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), previews what to expect at the organisation’s annual meeting, which is taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.
Quality of care in the balance

Quality of care in the balance

Dr Aoife Molloy, policy associate at the Health Foundation, reflects on the challenges of maintaining high quality care in the current climate.
Tightening digital defences in NHS Trusts

Tightening digital defences in NHS Trusts

In the wake of a major cyber-attack on the NHS, this in-depth article sees two specialists take a look at the rising threat posed to Trusts’ cyber security, and offers advice on protection against future attacks.
Setting the bar for improvement in the NHS

Setting the bar for improvement in the NHS

The Clinical Services Journal technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN DMS examines the progress being made by the NHS in a number of areas.
Protecting nurses from drug exposure

Protecting nurses from drug exposure

Paul Lindsell from MindMetre Research examines whether more should be done to protect oncology nurses from exposure to cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs.
Unlocking the benefits of TNO

Unlocking the benefits of TNO

Owen Pemberton from DP Medical Systems discusses trans-nasal oesophagoscopy and the impact its use could have on the NHS
Discussing the direction of care

Discussing the direction of care

Six leading healthcare professionals recently came together to debate the challenges, drivers and potential solutions to new models of care and a more integrated NHS.
Enhancing glycaemic control for diabetics

Enhancing glycaemic control for diabetics

Debbie Hicks, nurse consultant – diabetes, Enfield Health, Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust, provides The Clinical Services Journalwith an update on new recommendations for insulin delivery.
Tackling sepsis – the ‘not so hidden killer’

Tackling sepsis – the ‘not so hidden killer’

New data shows that the UK sees at least 260,000 cases of sepsis annually – over 100,000 more than initial projections. Dr Ron Daniels of the UK Sepsis Trust wants the Government to commit to a ‘sepsis registry’ in an effort to tackle the condition.
Using a unique number to identify patients

Using a unique number to identify patients

AXREM (Association of Healthcare Technology Providers for Imaging) wants patients to be assigned with a unique patient identification number, based on the NHS Number.
Sharing knowledge and ideas

Sharing knowledge and ideas

Delegates attending this year’s Theatres & Decontamination Conference heard about a focus on driving improvements in patient safety and efficiency.
St Helens makes major patient safety advances

St Helens makes major patient safety advances

Care quality and patient safety benefits are being realised after the introduction of an electronic early warning system at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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