Bridging the skills gap in point-of-care ultrasound

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is fast becoming an essential tool in modern medicine, yet access to adequate and appropriate training is still an issue for doctors wanting to introduce the technique into their everyday practice. Dr Sean Bennett and Dr Stephen D’Souza discuss the growing role of ultrasound education and the benefits it brings to the medical community.

Evolving technologies in decontamination

An exploration into some of the technologies being used to preserve the disinfected state of the endoscope - and also those being employed before the disinfection, to ensure a successful and efficacious process.

The Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care

In April 2018, Lord Darzi, former health minister and NHS chair of surgery at Imperial College, London, published an interim report,10 years after his publication High Quality Care for All. Kate Woodhead examines the report which reviews the current state of health and social care,1 a decade after the last report.

Implementing an in situ test to detect residual proteins on surgical instruments

Robbie Cormie, Decontamination Lead at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, explains why and how his department has adopted an in situ test for detecting proteins on surgical instruments.

Embracing the digital revolution

The movement towards a greater reliance upon machine learning, artificial intelligence(AI) and digital technology as diagnostic tools is one that is poised to have a significant impact on UK Trusts. The Clinical Services Journal explores the diverse ways organisations are making the most of these new technologies.

Accelerating research into clinical practice

Dr Richard Deed, service delivery lead for Health Innovation Manchester, and technology director at NHS innovation specialist, TRUSTECH, looks into Greater Manchester’s thriving health industry and why it is uniquely placed to lead the way.

Safeguarding children via connectivity

Accredited by NHS Digital, InterSystems has been working with NHS Trusts to enable streamlined adoption of Child Protection Information Sharing.

UK clinician helps create scalp cooling registry

A comprehensive database will track and record patient experience of scalp cooling,inaneffort toreduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

How and why we need to improve continence care

Around six million people in the UK experience continence issues to some degree, making it an important factor for quality of life and a significant health issue for the NHS.

Alcohol gels: the end of an era?

Dr Andrew Kemp PhD (Bio), Dr Vanessa Hodgkinson MBBS, BSc, FRCA, FFPMRCA and Miss A Bugg MSc (Microbiology) take a retrospective and prospective view of the use of alcohol gels as hand sanitisers in healthcare.

Bacteria: The second line of defence

Hygiene and cleaning protocols will always be the first line of defence in healthcare environments. However, Addmaster’s Karl Shaw believes in an ever-changing system, it is important to look at the whole picture and identify what other cost effective options can be put in place to reduce the risk of surface contamination.

Endoscopy debate: Cartel or compliance?

The Central Sterilising Club’s Annual Scientific Meeting provided delegates with a unique opportunity to view a discussion on endoscopy decontamination – and whether there is a ‘chemistry cartel’. The Clinical Services Journal now offers you the opportunity to read both sides of the argument and to take part in this debate.

To BI or not to BI? That is the question…

There are a number of ways to monitor the sterilisation process to ensure that it is successful. The two principal methods used are biological and parametric monitoring. Richard Bancroft, science & technical director at STERIS Corporation explores the pros and cons of each method.

Changing the medication culture

Dipak Duggal, MRPharms, MBA, director global solutions & marketing at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Dispensing Hospital International, shares his unique insights into solutions to reduce medication errors.

Water purification: A new beginning

The water quality demanded by the HTM standards is ever more demanding and staff at Southampton General Hospital decided it was time to replace their aging water treatment systems. Bradley Unwin, MIDSc EngTech, business development manager at water treatment specialist Lubron Water, explains how this was achieved.

A question of connectivity

On 26 April, medical equipment healthcare professionals assembled at the Milton Keynes DoubleTree Hilton Hotel for the ninth EBME Innovations Seminar. A lively series of talks highlighted the importance of sensible healthcare technology management by using technology to improve patient outcomes.

Medication errors: reducing the harm

Kate Woodhead RGN, DMS and CSJ editor Chris Shaw explore why extra vigilance is required to ensure Trusts are not making simple medication errors.

Regulations and the role of the MHRA

Rebecca Flint, Devices patient safety manager at The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, provides an overview of the medical device directives and regulations, as well as insight into the role of MHRA.

Making an impact on the world of autism

Raj Purewal, business development and partnerships director at NHS innovation specialist, Trustech, shares his insight into how three clinical psychologists – turned entrepreneurs –are making an impact on the world of autism.

Nanotech vs antibiotic resistance

A new ‘nanotech’ could provide a unique solution to the global antimicrobial resistance crisis. The Clinical Services Journal speaks to AGA Nanotech, to find outmore.