RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

New hub enhances clinical trial capability

NHS Digital is working with the University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM to develop a hub that aims to revolutionise the way in which clinical trials are delivered – providing foundation services to determine whether a clinical trial is feasible, and to support better planning and delivery of clinical trials in the UK

How ‘smart’are electronic skin patches?How ‘smart’are electronic skin patches?

James Hayward, principal analyst at IDTechEx, highlights the dangers of a closed market driven by regulation and reimbursement strategies which favour devices for simplicity and cost rather than effectiveness; deterring new entrants.

Transforming early diagnoses

Equipping radiologists with software developed using machine-learning algorithms has led to significantly more cancerous structures or nodules being detected than via human-only readings in clinical studies. Daniel Drieling MeVis Medical Solutions examines the increasingly important support role of artificial intelligence

Flexibility in endoscopy integration

When an NHS hospital urgently needed a new endoscopic decontamination facility to help regain its JAG accreditation, there were a number of obstacles to overcome. Thankfully, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch – part of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - is now well on the way to achieving its goal. The Clinical Services Journal met endoscopy unit manager, Marek Waliszewski, to find out more.

The MDR and incident reporting

Richard Radford, managing director at BPR Medical considers the implications of the new Medical Device Regulation for the home oxygen industry and questions whether – given the growing body of evidence – smoking while using home oxygen should be considered foreseeable misuse and reported under medical device vigilance requirements.

Parametric release and independent monitoring

Richard Bancroft, BSc (Hons), science and technical director at STERIS Corporation explores alternatives to parametric release when disinfecting or sterilising medical devices.

The medical impact of misinformation

Amy Hodgetts, copywriter at digital marketing agency, Mediaworks, details the effect of so-called ‘fake news’, sharing misinformation on social media, and the impact it has on the medical industry.

The advantages of enzymatic detergents

Contaminated flexible endoscopes are medical devices which may be associated with outbreaks of healthcare-associated infection.1

Training,advancements and experiences

On 24 September 2019, the National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG) delivered its 15th Clinical Engineering Conference at the Wolverhampton Racecourse. The Clinical Services Journal shares some of the highlights from the fascinating day.

Medication without harm: Is it possible?

The Clinical Services Journal’s technical editor, Kate Woodhead RGN DMS, examines how the World Health Organization’s GlobalPatient Safety Challenge aims to reduce medication errors.

Unblocking the beds – more than just wait times

Neil Griffiths, managing director at TeleTracking UK asks how can a modern health service justify the continued reliance on teams of nurses roaming wards in the hunt for an empty bed?

Spreading innovation and improving health

Dr Neville Young, director of enterprise and innovation at Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), explains why innovation is vital to the future of the NHS, how the AHSN Network is working with NHS organisations and industry innovators to develop and spread new solutions, and how being at Medica 2019 with the ABHI will help drive these objectives forwards.

EMR providers and the Long Term Plan

Hicom’s product manager, Jon Elburn, outlines how Electronic Medical Records providers are working together to help the NHS achieve its Long Term Plan.

Reading the NEWS2 on sepsis management

The UK Sepsis Trust has been running a campaign for several years to encourage first responders and other healthcare staff to ‘Think Sepsis’ when they are assessing a patient initially. Technical editor, Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses how effective the campaign has been in England and the current level of awareness.

Putting the spotlight on preventative healthcare

Withmore than150 years of combined experience in delivering high-quality healthcare, Mayo Clinic and Oxford University Clinic are joining forces to open a new preventative healthcare facility in London’s renowned Harley Street Medical Area.

Tradeshows – are they worth the investment?

Healthcare exhibition season is here again – Healthcare Estates in Manchester, Medica in Düsseldorf and in early 2020, Arab Health in Dubai - as well as a myriad of other trade fairs, trade shows and conferences. Allison Seabourneof Medstor considers whether, in an age where so much in the healthcare world is preceded by the word ‘virtual’ or ‘digital’, there is still a role for the human interaction offered by these events, and asks the question, in 2019, are trade shows still relevant?

Regulatory frameworks: A balancing act?

Dr Andrew Kemp JP PhD, reader in biology, head of Scientific Advisory Group BICSc, asks if current medical device and biocides regulatory frameworks are fit for purpose, or are they impeding progress?

Protecting key areas against HCAIs

An increased emphasis to protect patients from healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) means that healthcare specifiers are demanding the best protection against bacteria. Phil Barsby, business development manager at Intastop, explains how key areas can be easily protected, and how long lasting benefits can be achieved.

IPS Conference 2019: What to expect

This year, the Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference celebrates 60 years of infection control nursing. The Clinical Services Journal explores what’s taking place at the ACC, Liverpool from 22 – 24 September 2019.

Preventing infection with cleaning and hygiene

Cleaning and hygiene continue to play a central role in the fight against healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Although effective cleaning and disinfection can decrease environmental pathogens, reducing the risk of infections, Tinaz Ranina, product manager, infection prevention & personal care at Diversey UK & Ireland, warns that, due to the complexity of hospital environments, this can often result in cleaning that is inadequate.