CORONAVIRUS NEWS

Advice issued on how to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in response to PHE face mask re-use guidance

Surgical associations whose members work close to the face have issued further advice for their members in response to Public Health England (PHE) guidance changes that allow re-use of surgical masks.

Possible coronavirus drug identified

A collaborative study led by the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) with the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, has shown that an anti-parasitic drug already available around the world kills the virus within 48 hours.

Drive-through testing opens at Edinburgh Airport

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Edinburgh Airport as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

Antibody test ready for COVID-19 testing

Abbott has announced the launch of its third COVID-19 test, a lab-based serology blood test for the detection of the antibody, IgG, that identifies if a person has had the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

New COVID-19 guidelines on severe asthma, pneumonia and rheumatological disorders

NICE has published new guidelines on the management of patients with severe asthma, pneumonia, rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders and the management of COVID-19 symptoms in the community.

Calls to build British diagnostics industry at scale

The Government is calling on pharmaceutical giants and diagnostic companies to join forces on plans to roll out millions of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Biomed engineers play vital role at Nightingale NHS Hospital

Twenty of Althea’s specialist biomed engineers are playing a vital role at the newly built Nightingale NHS Hospital in London to build, test and commission thousands of lifesaving medical equipment ready for the first patients to be treated.

Antibody test under development for coronavirus

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, ​Beckman Coulter​ has announced that it is developing assays to identify IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

Harrogate Nightingale to implement Silverlink PAS to support staff and patients amid Coronavirus pandemic

The new Nightingale Hospital set to open at Harrogate Convention Centre to support the increasing number of patients with Covid-19, will be underpinned a leading Patient Administration Systems (PAS), designed specifically for the NHS.

IBM staff create protective face visors at home for NHS

As the UK faces a shortage of protective equipment in hospitals due to the ongoing crisis surrounding COVID-19, IBM staff with 3D printers are turning their devices and skills to helping alleviate the shortage by producing them themselves after an internal rallying call for expertise and supplies.

Researchers identify method of ventilating two patients simultaneously

Amid the potential acute shortages of ventilators at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have shown in a new simulation study the potential for ventilators to be manipulated to ventilate two patients independently.

Call to action for UK Trusts with broken or disused ventilators

​Managed service and maintenance provider Althea is urging UK hospitals who have disused ventilation equipment to contact them immediately.

Could robotics help combat coronavirus?

The use of robotics and artificial intelligence has been a key feature in the fight against Coronavirus in China, where the technology has been used for infection control, logistical tasks and support in the treatment of patients. Now a British-based organisation, MedAssyst, is bringing the technology to the UK.

UK leads world's largest trial of coronavirus treatments

The world’s largest randomised clinical trial of potential coronavirus treatments is underway in the UK as part of the race to find a treatment.

Survey finds only one third of physicians can access COVID-19 testing despite symptoms

A survey of over 2,513 members of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has revealed that only 31% of its members are able to access COVID-19 testing for themselves if they have symptoms.

NICE publishes second set of rapid COVID-19 guidelines

The new NICE guidelines cover the provision of radiotherapy services and bone marrow transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Formula 1 'Project Pitlane' to support manufacture of medical devices

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is working closely with Formula 1 and a collective of UK-based teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms as part of Project Pitlane to co-ordinate work in scaling up ventilator production for patients with coronavirus.

Professor calls for engineers to help solve NHS and healthcare issues amid pandemic

A new project has been launched to unite engineers from across the world to help solve challenges deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic.

UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

The Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have backed UK clinicians and scientists to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.

Southampton team develops prototype PPE to protect frontline staff from COVID-19

Engineers and medical staff from the University of Southampton are testing a prototype of a personal respirator they have developed for frontline healthcare staff tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. If the tests are successful, they hope it will solve the limitations of existing protective equipment doctors and nurses are wearing on the wards.

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Upcoming Events

Managing Deteriorating Conditions 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
19th April

Infection Prevention & Control Conference 2021

National Conference Centre Birmingham
20th - 21st April

BSG Annual Meeting 2021

SEC Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 8YW
19th - 21st May

EBME Expo 2021

Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes Stadium Way West Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
30th June - 1st July

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April