Using digital technology to enhance ‘exergames’

A medical device is changing the way physical therapy is delivered, using a new approach to turn traditional physical and cognitive exercises into clinically-built interactive ‘exergames’. The Clinical Services Journal spoke to co-founder and CEO of MIRA Rehab, Cosmin Mihaiu, to find out more.

Novel POCT transforms decision-making

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Stago UK have collaborated in a joint interventional study to reduce blood transfusion costs while ensuring patient safety for those undergoing cardiac surgery.

Patient Safety Learning: A call for action

Patient Safety Learning used its second annual conference to launch ‘The Hub’ and to issue a call for action on patient safety; with inspiring and practical presentations on strategies to tackle some of the most pressing issues.

Establishing material compatibility

When reprocessing surgical instruments, material compatibility is important, and so is cleaning efficacy.

Why diabetes education isn’t one-size-fits-all

Nadine Miles, director of market development at Spirit Health explores how to increase the uptake of structured diabetes education programmes among Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) patients.

A growing market for safety syringes

Almost a decade since sharps legislation was passed in Europe and the US, compliance still has a way to go to reach mandatory legal requirements in hospitals - and even more so in non-hospital locations.

Completing a Trust-wide installation

The Clinical Services Journalexamines how Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is completing the Trust-wide installation of endoscope washer-disinfectors.

Sustainability: a concentrated effort

For more than 100 years Chemische Fabrik Dr Weigert has been atthe forefront of innovation in the cleaning and disinfection market, setting high standards in hygiene in the medical, laboratory, food and pharmaceutical industries. The CSJ discovers how the organisation is addressing environmental issues.

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

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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.