RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES
There is increasing recognition of the need to tackle disruptive behaviours in the perioperative setting, including ‘incivility’. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the issue of bullying in theatres and the impact that this has on patient safety and the retention of staff.
Stefan Hogendoorn, chief technical officer at Cloud Technology Solutions, explains how machine learning is being used to improve medical diagnoses and healthcare provision, highlighting the potential to reshape the future of clinical services in the UK.
Could smartphones democratise healthcare and relieve the pressure on healthcare facilities? Louise Frampton discusses how the combination of mobile devices with diagnostic tools could offer new possibilities to test, track and treat conditions – from rapid diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and HIV, to the tracking of Ebola outbreaks.
The NHS is treating more patients but has not yet achieved the fundamental transformation in services and finance regime needed to meet rising demand. Short-term fixes have made some parts of the NHS seriously financially unstable, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Urgent action is needed to transform ophthalmic services to prevent devastating and avoidable sight loss for patients. Lack of timely follow-up for glaucoma patients is a recognised issue across the NHS and research suggests that around 22 patients a month suffer severe or permanent sight loss as a result of delays.
The consequences of ‘efficiency savings’ are being felt within the urology and continence care sector, according to Chris Whitehouse, chairman of the Urology Trade Association. He warns that cutting costs for urology devices risks causing avoidable urinary tract infections, and reducing the quality of life of patients.
The mortality rate for breast cancer has fallen dramatically, with the development of new tests and treatments. The latest research offers hope for further improvements, not least through the development of artificial intelligence to aid diagnosis. The Clinical Services Journal reports on the latest advances.
Trevor Dale, an expert in human factors training, believes that the NHS still has a long way to go in creating a ‘just culture’, where organisations learn from mistakes, human factors are understood, and hierarchy is flexible. So, what exactly does a ‘just culture’ look like?
Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies in the UK. Despite a risk-based prevention strategy being in place since 2003, to tackle early-onset infection, rates have significantly increased. Jane Plumb and Kate F Walker discuss the current UK approach and what needs to change.
The NHS is currently in a ‘technological meltdown’ as a result of decades of under-investment in technology, according Dr. John Sandham, chairman of the EBME Expo. EBME and IT departments are also on a ‘collision course’ and there is a need to address the knowledge gap between the two disciplines, if the NHS is to succeed in its vision for a digital future. Louise Frampton reports.
A National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death recently found delays in the processing of care in over a third of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). With over 10% of deaths in hospital related to PE, how can the NHS further improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this potentially deadly condition?
At Arab Health, an alternative approach to treating faulty mitral valves was highlighted at the ABHI demonstration stand. Dr. Robert Smith, consultant interventional cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care, London, reports.
On Thursday 13th February 2020, NHS England’s annual infection-prevention and control conference will take place at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. High on the agenda will be the latest strategies to tackle the burden of healthcare-associated infection, against a backdrop of rising antimicrobial resistance.