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Intercommunication issues in the theatre

Intercommunication issues in the theatre

Tom Downes, CEO, Quail Digital, discusses how headset technology can transform crucial communications during interventional cardiovascular and minimally-invasive surgery.
Tackling the burden of pressure ulcers

Tackling the burden of pressure ulcers

World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day will be celebrated on 16 November 2017, providing a global focus on this major issue. The NHS has made significant strides in reducing the prevalence of pressure ulcers, in recent years, but can this progress be sustained?
A decade of fighting infection

A decade of fighting infection

Over 800 delegates and 100 exhibitors came together for Infection Prevention 2017. Organised by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), the event took place at Manchester Central from 18-20 September.
Transforming maternity services in England

Transforming maternity services in England

Jacque Gerrard, Royal College of Midwives director for England, discusses the transformation of maternity services and why it’s important to keep making improvements in this area.
Making the case for statutory regulation

Making the case for statutory regulation

RCCP chief executive Paul Sharpe and chair Trevor Watts discuss the necessity of professions such as clinical physiology being subject to statutory regulation to guarantee patient safety.
QI Hub improving quality of care for patients

QI Hub improving quality of care for patients

Dr John Dean, clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety, provides an update on the work of the QI Hub at the RCP.
Protecting hospitals from cyber-attacks

Protecting hospitals from cyber-attacks

The National Performance Advisory Group’s (NPAG) annual conference took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, in September. Alec Peachey reports.
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

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.

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