Optimising testing for washer disinfectors

David Woods BSc (Hons) provides an insight into the various test methods available for washer disinfectors to ensure the quality of reprocessing activities.

Contingency reprocessing of single-use PPE

The NHS has faced a shortage of personal protective equipment, prompting requests for advice on contingency reprocessing measures, to ensure availability of single-use PPE items during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.

Disinfectant standards: what you need to know

Dr Tim Sandle looks at the current European standards on disinfectants and the key considerations for hospitals to ensure the biocidal efficacy of the chemistries they use.

Scanning new horizons in patient safety

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is a Department of Health Scan4Safety demonstrator site for the adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL standards.

COVID-19: ensuring safety in endoscopy

How can hospitals ensure they protect patients from the potential risks of infection?

Coronavirus delays medical device rules

The European Commission has postponed the medical devices regulations to prioritise the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Legal implications of PPE shortages

Legal expert, Amy Clarke, discusses the legal implications of the current PPE shortages and what the provision will mean in the long term.

Upscaling life-saving equipment in a crisis

Despite the challenges of international shortages of life-saving equipment, huge volumes of medical devices have been commissioned to provide monitoring and support for patients with COVID-19.

Quality improvement: the ‘Northumbria Way’

In healthcare, we often seek to understand what ‘good looks like’ – but what does ‘outstanding’ look like? Louise Frampton speaks to the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust about quality improvement initiatives.

Improving safety and comfort in anaesthesia

James Urie, from Mediplus, explains how the latest advances in capnography are improving safety in anaesthesia, as well as concordance with respiratory monitoring in paediatric patients.

Antimicrobial resistance: calculating the cost

A Westminster Health Forum policy conference recently highlighted the economic impact of antimicrobial resistance. High on the agenda was the question: how can we incentivise the development of new antimicrobials? Louise Frampton reports.

Rogue surgeons: what have we learned?

James Anderson, from Lime Solicitors, highlights recent legal action relating to surgeons recommending treatment which may not be necessary or in the patients’ best interests. He outlines some key principles that should be central to any safeguarding protocol to prevent such scandals in the future.

Temperature management in the surgical patient

Dr. Andrew Melling discusses the importance of maintaining normothermia in patients undergoing surgery and examines the evidence for various warming approaches – from forced air warming to fluid warming.

UK innovation showcased at Arab Health

Arab Health 2020 took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. The medical exhibition gives UK companies, renowned clinicians and leading hospitals the chance to unite on a global stage to showcase the best of British innovation.

The importance of air quality management

Samantha Stocks discusses how factors, such as insufficient hand hygiene, difficult-to-clean surfaces and poor air quality, can lead to the proliferation of harmful bacteria in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, putting vulnerable patients at risk.

Delivering increased throughput for Queen’s

The first UK installation of Ken washer-disinfector technology has achieved faster cycle times, reduced utility consumption and is using 50% less detergent, at Queen’s Hospital in Burton-on-Trent.

Harnessing technology to do ‘more for less’

The Secretary of State says that technology will be the key to increasing healthy life expectancy, reducing costs and personalising treatments in the future. However, clinicians will be required to help develop the technology and the Government is now consulting on its ‘tech plan’.

Rise of the robot in the wake of coronavirus

Steve Eames provides an insight into the role of robotic technologies in preventing infection during outbreaks, such as COVID-19, from disinfection of contaminated areas, to medical support and triage of patients. China has led the way, in terms harnessing innovation and artificial intelligence, but there is increasing potential for medical support automation in the NHS, as the technology arrives in the UK.

Disinfectants and the ‘entourage effect’

In the wake of COVID-19, the role of surface and skin disinfectants are under close scrutiny. Dr. Andrew Kemp considers the resistance challenge and discusses the efficacy of 5th generation SiQuat compounds, compared to other chemistries.

Cleaning complex surgical instruments

The cleaning of complex reusable surgical instruments requires different considerations and processes, compared to conventional reusable instruments. Samuel Morais BScEng (Hons), from STERIS, offers some advice on tackling some of the key challenges around decontamination of complex surgical instruments – from cleaning and transport, through to reprocessing.