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Shortening the 17-year gap

Shortening the 17-year gap

This year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) celebrated its 20th anniversary. Dr Anne Blackwood, CEO at Health Enterprise East explains how collaboration can help health and care systems adopt new medical technologies faster.
Secondary care leads the way for safety

Secondary care leads the way for safety

If IT changes that have a potential clinical effect are being implemented within the NHS, then clinical safety is important. Dr Ian Jackson, medical director and clinical safety officer at Refero, believes the CSO role in a primary care setting is no longer optional -but necessary.
Hand hygiene: More than skin-deep

Hand hygiene: More than skin-deep

Each year on 5 May,the World Health Organization’s World Hand Hygiene Day takes place. The Clinical Services Journal finds out how this year’s global campaign has continued the effort to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
A systematic approach to hygiene in healthcare

A systematic approach to hygiene in healthcare

Gina Sloan PhD, director of innovations at Microban International, discusses hygiene considerations for healthcare environments, and how the inclusion of antimicrobial surfaces can enhance existing protocols and hygiene practices.
Connected NEWS2 e-vital signs save lives

Connected NEWS2 e-vital signs save lives

One of the UK’s first fully integrated digital National Early Warning Score 2 (NEWS2) e-vital signs installations has been successfully rolled out, using Mindray’s technology, helping speedupdetection of patient deterioration in the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - ultimately saving lives.
Endoscope reprocessing: Why cleaning is vital

Endoscope reprocessing: Why cleaning is vital

Within the healthcare system, an ever increasing number of minimally invasive techniques are now possible. Wolfgang Merkens, Schülke & Mayr GmbH warns that without effective and thorough cleaning, it is not possible to adequately disinfect the endoscope, as disinfection cannot remove gross contamination.
Masterclasses in gastroenterology

Masterclasses in gastroenterology

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Annual Meeting takes place at Glasgow SEC from 17-20 June 2019 and draws delegates from the ranks of physicians, surgeons, pathologists,radiologists,and nurses. The Clinical Services Journal explores what’s on offer at this year’s conference and exhibition.
Putting the spotlight on sepsis

Putting the spotlight on sepsis

The latest research, science and innovations in the challenge of managing sepsis will be on offer to visitors to the Sepsis+ 2019 conference. The Clinical Services Journal takes a look at what is on offer for delegates.
Medical compression garments: The benefits

Medical compression garments: The benefits

The Clinical Services Journal speaks to Alexander Johnston, general manager at John Bell& Croyden, the world’s only luxury pharmacy, about the benefits of compression garments, and how they are helping millions of people around the world each day.
Getting the balance  with healthcare plastics

Getting the balance with healthcare plastics

The NHS disposes of 133,000 tonnes of plastic each year, yet very little is recycled. While this material has revolutionised healthcare and continues to offer many clinical benefits, there is also a great deal that can be done to reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
Health for all: The ICN challenges us

Health for all: The ICN challenges us

Everyyear on May 12 International Nurses Day celebrates Florence Nightingale’s birth. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS examines how the global celebration, led by the InternationalCouncil of Nurses (ICN), promotes nursing and their rolein healthcare throughout the world.
Taking stock of barcoding technology

Taking stock of barcoding technology

Paul Jackson, general manager UK at Genesis Automation, describes how the simple barcode is transforming the National Health Service.
Redesigning laundry for clinical services

Redesigning laundry for clinical services

The care sector has been tasked with managing a rapid increase of residents on a large scale due to our ageing population. As a result, the NHS has been urged to increase available care beds. As Clare Long, business account manager for care at the Professional Division of Miele, observes, coping with greater numbers of residents requires changes to be made at each stage of care.
Precision flow control: Accelerating efficiency

Precision flow control: Accelerating efficiency

Wladyslaw Wygnanski and Charles Potter, directors at Camcon Medical,explain how binary actuation valve technology could be the healthcare system’s answer to creating greater efficiencies in devices that demand precise,rapid and energy-efficient flow control.
Positive results for catheter coating

Positive results for catheter coating

n the UK, as many as 10,000 people die from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) every year – 38% of these cases are the result of catheter-associated urinary infections. Ina bid topave the way in the battle against superbugs, Cambridge based Camstent has created the world’s first ‘bacteria-phobic’ catheter. CSJ spoke to the company’s CTO, DrDavid Hampton, to find out more.
Spiralling PACS costs: Are there alternatives?

Spiralling PACS costs: Are there alternatives?

Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have been the go-to option for medical imaging, and many healthcare providers are engagedin upgrading their PACS system to a new generation. Phil Colbourne warns that this can involve significant investments and reduced systems flexibility, with costs set to spiral.
A clean bill of health instant messaging

A clean bill of health instant messaging

Dan Boddington, systems engineer at StarLeaf, discusses the dangers of using insecure messaging, and asks if the increase in its use is putting patients’ information at risk.
Healthcare technology for the homeless

Healthcare technology for the homeless

Homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings now have access to medical treatment and support, thanks to an innovative digital healthcare outreach project.
The future of sterilisation and decontamination

The future of sterilisation and decontamination

The Central Sterilising Club Annual Scientific Meeting provided an excellent learning opportunity for all those involved in decontamination. With a focus on extending knowledge and improving practice, this year’s event was yet another success.
The evolving diagnostic service of endoscopy

The evolving diagnostic service of endoscopy

One of the many benchmarks by which the NHS – and the public it serves – measures the effectiveness of the service is how long a patient has to wait in a queue. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS asserts that diagnostic services are a key element of this as, at this stage, the patient often doesn’t know if they are unwell or just has a collection of annoying or worrying symptoms.

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