Patient warming: on the inside and out

There is increasing awareness of the need to warm patients with forced air or other warming devices, but infusion and insufflation of cold fluids and gas can also contribute to inadvertent perioperative hypothermia. Now there is increasing interest in the role of nutrition in maintaining normothermia.

A digital approach to sexual health screening

With screening services across the country faced with significant budget cuts, while certain sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, clinics are reaching crisis point as they attempt to do more with less.

Embracing technology to save lives

In a recent Westminster debate, ‘Raising standards of infection prevention and control in the NHS’, Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, raised her concerns regarding hand hygiene and infection prevention, and the current method of direct observation to measure hand hygiene compliance.

A masterclass in endoscopy

The British Society of Gastroenterology’s (BSG) annual meeting took place at ACC Liverpool, by King’s Dock, and provided 50 symposia from a broad range of specialists. Showcasing the best of British gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy expertise, The Clinical Services Journal highlights some of the best 2018 BSG Annual Meeting talks.

Controlling healthcare acquired infections

Dr Ojan Assadian – president of the Austrian Society for Infection Control and a team from Novaerus, a global company working to disinfect and purify indoor air for optimal human health, examine the current limitations of hand hygiene and surface cleaning. They believe a third strategy - air disinfection, to inactivate viable particles before they settle on surfaces, can provide additional protection against infection.

Big changes coming soon to a clinic near you

In a speech to NHS bosses in 2016, Simon Stevens(NHS England’s CEO) urged doctors, nurses and NHS managers to “grab with both hands” the growing opportunitiestechnology offers both to help promote health and tackle the service’s chronic financial problems by saving on treatment and rehabilitation costs.1

Completing the picture: The future of healthcare

The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC Birmingham, played host to ‘Completing the Picture’ 2018, an annual educational symposium that brought together clinical, technical and procurement health professionals for a unique day of education and discussion.

Tackling variation: Getting it right first time

In February 2016, Lord Carter’s report highlighted the opportunity to save up to £5 billion by tackling unwanted variation – a potential contribution of at least 9% on the £55.6 bn he spent on NHS acute hospitals. So what action has been taken to drive this forward and deliver these savings?

Patient safety and reducing staff bullying

The role that the NHS organisations play in supporting staff who raise concerns about the quality of care and patient safety issues as well as bullying and harassment from others, was a key insight within Sir Robert Francis’ investigations following the failures at Mid Staffs Hospital. The Clinical Services Journal’s technical editor, Kate Woodhead RGB, DMS, reports.

Should I be cleaning my healthcare shower?

The cleaning of showers and accessories can be time consuming and costly. Jonathan Waggott DipM, MCIM, from Jonathan Waggott & Associates explores the options available to address these issues.

Leadership in endoscopy decontamination

iM Med ran a fascinating study day on 16 May, aimed at staff with lead and management responsibility for endoscope decontamination. CSJ reviews some of the highlights.

AfPP Residential Conference preview

A decade following the foundation of Bevan’s National Health Service, pioneering nurse Daisy Ayris MBE was inspired to establish an organisation specifically for advancing the safety of surgical patients. 60 years on, Daisy’s legacy is being celebrated in an inclusive educational event at the University of York open to all practitioners working in the perioperative environment

Taking full advantage of O.R. investment

Lauren Greenwood, content development manager and Kees-Jan Sikma, application consultant digital O.R. at Brainlab discuss the human factor, and why operating room staff are essential to true technology integration.

Ultrasound for treating catheter-associated UTIs

Breakthrough technology of wearable low-frequency Ultrasound is having a significant impact in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract Infections (CAUTI) in patients with long term indwelling urinary catheters. Lydie Whiteley, BSc. (Hons), product manager at Ideal Medical Solutions reports.

From Olympic gold to NHS champions

From hearing an Olympic gold medallist to frontline stories of digital adoption in health and social care, Joined-Up Health & Care 2018 provided lessons for urgently needed change.

Patient Safety, Theatres and Endoscopy Event

Quality Improvement for Surgical Teams (QIST) launched The Theatre/Endoscopy Patient Safety Day on 14 June 2018 at Marriott Gosforth Hotel Newcastle. Technical Editor Kate Woodhead RGN, DMS, attended the event hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Infection Prevention 2018

From Sunday 30 September to Tuesday 2 October, the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) will host its annual conference, Infection Prevention 2018, at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow. The Clinical Services Journal discovers what’s on offer.

Could the use of RFID save the day?

The usage of RFID in Trusts is on the increase, primarily due to its flexibility. Whether used for tracking beds, instruments or people, its versatility means that potential applications are almost unlimited.

The key to a future proof NHS workforce

If the NHS is to futureproof its workforce and ensure all its staff are appropriately trained and developed to deliver high quality care, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) teams need to think differently and act differently. Martin Stanford and Ryan Campbell, ask how Trusts can help PGME departments drive excellence in the training and development of the NHS workforce.

Reducing the burden and stress of SSI

Aiming to achieve sustained quality improvement, Amy Thompsonand Sheila Dobbs from Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, describe the staff experience of using Photo at Discharge to reduce the burden of surgical site infection(SSI).