RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Safe management of plus size patients

n the UK, there were approximately 900,000 obesity related hospital admissions from 2018 to 2019. Mary Muir provides a comprehensive guide to the safe management and transportation of plus sized patients throughout their care pathway

Progressing safety in scope decontamination

UK hospitals have come a long way in improving endoscope reprocessing over the past 20 years, but could AIdrive further improvements in the future? Ronald and Arno Wassenburg believe that data will be the key to improving patient safety.

Timing cardiac surgery in patients with COVID

Surgery in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 infection carries significant mortality and morbidity but the appropriate waiting period before surgical intervention after recovering from COVID-19 is not known.

GSTT reduces infections with SSI protocol

Good, progressive SSI pathways have helped protect patients and reduce the risk of SSIs. Rachel Harding offers an insight into the implementation of an effective protocol for skin preparation, which has helped improve patient outcomes.

Tackling ED overcrowding with point of care testing

Clare Bailey, from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) describes how the use of point of care testing for a range of indications has led to faster diagnoses and improved patient experience at Queen’s hospital

Optimising lighting for surgical specialties

Lindsay Keeley, patient safety and quality lead, for the Association for Perioperative Practice, provides an insight into the importance of surgical lighting and the demands surgical specialties have on theatre lighting.

First Do No Harm: key recommendations

It is clear that the voice of the patient needs to be louder and must be heard, to ensure lessons are learned, says Kate Woodhead RGN DMS.

Improving outcomes in TOE probe reprocessing

Although procedures involving transesophageal (TOE) ultrasound probes are associated with a low rate of patient infection, they can be a potential source of infection from contaminated equipment.

Moving from a blame culture to a just culture

As highlighted by NHS England with the NHS People Plan1 , healthcare organisations that prioritise workforce wellbeing will be better placed to put lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic into practice.

Identifying deterioration using AI technology

The pandemic is accelerating adoption of AI-technology capable of automating the capture of vital signs and proactively identifying patients at risk of deterioration

The process challenge: it looks clean, but is it?

Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski MSc, BSc, MBA presents a case study which demonstrates the value of using process challenge devices designed to simulate cleaning of heavily soiled instruments in automated washers.

Tackling COVID-19 risk via hospital beds

Silver Türk PhD discusses how hospital pillows can pose a potential risk of COVID-19 transmission and how to mitigate the risk.

Four lessons of the pandemic

The pandemic has motivated incredible change across clinical services, accelerating innovation in some areas and disrupting it in others. Tautvydas Karitonas considers the four infection and prevention control lessons we have learnt from the pandemic

The case for better OR communication

Technology-led procedures have an important role to play in improving patient outcomes. However, they also present challenges in terms of the quality and timing of essential team communication. Tom Downes reports.

Blood clot prevention in COVID patients

Bernard Ross explains how a medical device has been providing life threatening blood clot prevention for hospitalised patients with COVID-19 and discusses the emerging data that now suggests the virus is an endothelial disease.

Mobilisation of patients recovering from COVID

An insight into best practice and the technologies that can assist early mobilisation and rehabilitation.

Detecting deterioration: technology is key

Dr Ron Daniels BEM, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, provides his thoughts on the importance of standardising the national track and trigger systems across primary and secondary care to improve early detection in the deterioration of patients.

Urgent need to prevent aspiration risks

Elaine Waggott highlights the importance of reducing airborne pathogenic aerosol in the wake of COVID-19 and considers the potential infection risks in hospital facilities.

What have we learnt from the pandemic?

The NHS has had to adapt its practices to meet the challenges of the pandemic – the rapid change of use of clinical areas, new ways of working using video conferencing, ramping up of medical device supplies and the setting up of Nightingale hospitals

First Do No Harm: a hard-hitting review

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the harrowing findings of a review by Baroness Cumberlege into the harm caused to patients and lessons that must be learnt. She highlights the important patient safety findings that the NHS must now address.