Highlighting healthcare technology

The Electronic and biomedical engineering (EBME) Expo is an independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals that are responsible for the management of medical equipment. EBME’s chairman< Dr John Sandham, discusses what to expect at the 2019 EBME Expo.

Improving clinical communication

With more than 50 community healthcare clinics across the UK, these organisations are an essential part of the healthcare system. Tom Downes, CEO, Quail Digital, outlines why communication should be implemented across the entire clinical environment to keep up with demand and improve operational efficiencies.

Decontamination How clean is clean?

Much attention is concentrated on the requirements placed on processing services from whom their customers expect any equipment that is delivered back to be clean.

Backing British patient monitoring systems

When it comes to medical devices,‘manufactured in the UK’ is still the ultimate seal of approval. Dr John Sandham,who has been working in the field of healthcare technology management for over 30 years,explains why he will always happily recommend UK-made medical equipment.

Tackling antibiotic resistance

Lisa Brian,client marketing, Addmaster believes that preventing infectious diseases and tackling antibiotic resistance is everyone’s responsibility. Lisa explains the need for an integrated strategy for hygiene behaviour change in home and everyday life.

A step change in point-of-care urine testing

Arab Health2019– the largest medical trade fair in the Middle East–saw the launch of an array of cutting-edge technologies from the UK,including the world’s only closed system for digital point-of-care urine testing.

Lancashire puts digital platform into action

Clinical and nursing staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are embracing digitally-enabled quality and service improvement through a new clinical audit platform.

Flying the flag for British healthtech innovation

Over 150 innovative UK companies, renowned clinicians and world leading hospitals and clinics headed to Dubai in January to take part in the 44th edition of Arab Health Exhibition & Congress. The Clinical Services Journal attended the global exhibition to see first-hand how UK developed technologies were improving the lives of patients globally.

Leading the way in proton beam therapy

A 15-year-old boy with a rare brain tumour has begun world leading treatment at the NHS’ new Proton Beam Therapy centre at The Christie hospital in Manchester. The Clinical Services Journal examines what this pioneering treatment involves.

The Medical Devices Regulation: An update

The Medical Devices Regulation, which replaces the Medical Devices Directive, is in a transition period, during which the MDD remains valid until 25 May 2020. After this point the MDR is to be fully applied. Justin McCarthy, CEng, FIET , FIPEM, consultant clinical engineer, examines the implications for in-house development of medical devices and software.

CSC Annual Scientific Meeting

The first of this year’s Central Sterilising Club Annual Scientific Meetings takes place at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Manchester, on 1 and 2 April 2019. The Clinical Services Journal explores what promises to be two days of fascinating debate.

Protein testing: A quantitative approach

The largest hospital in Wales is using ProReveal in-situProtein Testing to optimise the decontamination process for neurosurgical instruments. By reviewing and making changes to its decontamination process, the hospital has been able to reduce its residual proteins from 3µg to 400ng in six months.

Advances in surgical techniques

Mr Dinesh Nathwani, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The London Clinic private hospital and charity, discusses current and future advances for robot-assisted knee replacement surgery.

Raising awareness of NTM infections

Navdeep Bual, medical student at Imperial College; Eleanor Axson, PhD student; and Dr Jennifer K Quint MSc, reader in respiratory epidemiology, National Heart and Lung Institute, examine why NTM pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) presents a growing medical concern.

Tackling clinical evaluation head on

Scott Edwards, managing director, solutions delivery at Maetrics, untangles the web of clinical evaluation reports and asks how the challenges can be tackled head on.

Supporting point-of-care bacterial infection testing

Analysis of using CRP with FBC testing at the point-of-care using a unique haematology analyser. The POC application can deliver a number of clinical benefits by impacting on speed of treatment and amount of antibiotic use within paediatric emergency care.

Pathway to value: The customers’ needs

David Southern, managing director at Spirit Access, outlines the pathway to value and explains that commercial models of UK pharma companies need to change.

Decontamination: Collaboration is key

The Theatres & Decontamination Conference, taking place on 6 March 2019, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, will focus on ‘collaboration’ and bringing together theatre and decontamination services in hospitals. Organised by The National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG), The Clinical ServicesJournal takes a look at what visitors can expect at this year’s event.

Digitisation: Key to a successful NHS

The digitisation of downstream administrative processes such as medical education is key to delivering a sustainable NHS. In particular, new rules from Health Education England regarding medical education funding means there is now a heavy onus on PGME departments to maintain accurate and robust records of study leave that can be securely accessed in real time.

Surgical instruments vs water quality

Daniel Coole, ABHI Surgical Instruments Special Interest Section chair and managing director of Surgical Holdings explores the complexities of water and its impact on surgical instruments.