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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.
Staff health and wellbeing inthe NHS

Staff health and wellbeing inthe NHS

Prioritising staff health and wellbeing is crucial to the performance of NHS Trusts and it is now being incentivised. So have lessons been learned from high profile reviews or are staff now becoming the ‘shock absorbers’ of a system under pressure? The Clinical Services Journal reports.
Avoiding surface contamination

Avoiding surface contamination

The application of a new technology could see a reduction in surface contamination on switches and control panels that are used to operate hospital equipment. This article looks at the rise of antimicrobial resistance and how a range of additives could help combat the problem.
Detergents for cleaning medical devices

Detergents for cleaning medical devices

Richard Bancroft, registered authorising engineer (decontamination) and science & technical director for STERIS Corporation, looks at the area of reusable medical devices and the types of detergents that can be used to clean them.
Tackling infections in hospitals

Tackling infections in hospitals

A bundled approach is the best way of ensuring hospitals stay clean and remain infection-free. That’s the view of Peter Teska, global healthcare sector expert at Diversey Care, which is part of Sealed Air. During a trip over from the US he took time out to speak to The Clinical Services Journal editor Alec Peachey.
Infection prevention under the spotlight

Infection prevention under the spotlight

Organised by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), Infection Prevention 2017 will bring together infection prevention and control professionals from around the UK and further afield to share and debate best practice, research and discuss issues from across the infection prevention speciality. The event is taking place at Manchester Central from 18-20 September. Here, The Clinical Services Journal takes a look at what to expect.
UV technology: a new frontier in patient safety?

UV technology: a new frontier in patient safety?

UV light shows promise as an effective weapon against pathogens in the hospital setting, with the latest studies indicating that the technology could cut transmission of superbugs by almost a third. The Clinical Services Journal looks at some recent UK experiences of implementing UV-C and the latest research.
UV technology: a new frontier in patient safety?

UV technology: a new frontier in patient safety?

UV light shows promise as an effective weapon against pathogens in the hospital setting, with the latest studies indicating that the technology could cut transmission of superbugs by almost a third. The Clinical Services Journal looks at some recent UK experiences of implementing UV-C and the latest research.

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