Standardising medication systems

Paul O’Hanlon, managing director, Omnicell UK & Ireland,warns that a standardised medication system is urgently required in hospitals in order to improve patient safety.

A game changer for personalised medicine?

Daniel Streetman PharmD, MS of Wolters Kluwer, Health, discusses the potential for pharmacogenomics to transform the efficacy of prescribed drugs and reduce instances of adverse drug reactions. He also explores the professional, ethical and logistical challenges that still need to be overcome for genomics to achieve widespread traction in the UK.

Innovating to meet demand

In 2018, mobile medical unit provider EMS Healthcare launched Quest+ Decontamination – the UK’s first mobile endoscope decontamination unit. To date, the unit has saved NHS Trusts in the region of £5.375 million1 through responding directly to the challenges they are facing.

Choosing a high performance detergent

Richard Bancroft, BSc(Hons), science and technical director at STERIS Corporation,discusses the importance of high performance detergents for cleaning reusable medical devices.

Engaging with industry as an academic

Driven by budget pressures, an ageing population and the emergence of a new technophilic generation, demand for innovation in healthcare has never been higher. However, Chloe Moss, analyst at Health Enterprise East, warns that, while opportunities undoubtedly exist for the scientist or clinician-turned entrepreneur, many sadly fail to bring their technologies to life.

Key regulations: Disinfection by the rules

When examining the regulations and directives governing the manufacture and sale of disinfectants and cleaners, Clare Clark - BSc (Hons)Microbiology, ACIST, MRB, technical support manager, schülke UK, explains why it is necessary to consider what constitutes a medical device (MD), and why this is significant.

Joining the dots to improve care

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which employs more than 5600 staff and has a 570-bed capacity, has been using electronic patient records since 2015. Having built on these firm foundations, the Global Digital Exemplar ‘Fast Follower’ Trust is starting to realise the multiple clinical and efficiency benefits that come with digital transformation.

Making the case for clinical system validation

Amongst the pressures of delivering digital transformation at scale, clinical teams need more support and investment to ensure IT systems are safe to use and fit-for-purpose, says Stephen Seagreen-Bell, managing director of Transforming Healthcare Consultancy.

The new heart of connected monitoring

When Royal Papworth Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art hospital, it required a flexible patient monitoring solution capable of ensuring the highest levels of patient safety. Working collaboratively with Mindray, the prestigious hospital developed a bespoke, connected solution that ensures seamless monitoring throughout the entire patient journey.

The best theatre size for different surgeries

In this article, Hiroshi Yasuhara MD, OR medical director at The Surgical Center at the University of Tokyo Hospital, presents what he dubs ‘a universal model for estimating the appropriate size for new operating theatres’.

Primary care and the Long Term Plan

Associate professor Philip Evans from the National Institute for Health Research (NHR) discusses NHS England’s five year framework for the GP services contract1 in support of the NHS Long Term Plan - with the aim of expanding GP services through billions of pounds of extra investment.

Bringing together professionals

The Infection Prevention Society plays host to the 12th annual Infection Prevention 2019 conference at the ACC in Liverpool. The educational event provides insight for all those working in infection prevention and control environments.

The increase in clinical research participation

Clinical research in England is growing at a record pace - with the number of participants involved in clinical trials the highest since records began, and record numbers of studies open for recruitment over the last financial year.

Interim workforces: The challenges

In January 2019 the NHS Long Term Plan was published with some aspirational ideas about how healthcare needs to evolve over the next 10 years to deliver the needs of the population. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS believes a key unanswered element of the plan was, “Where are the people coming from to deliver this grand scheme for the future?”

Shortening the 17-year gap

This year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) celebrated its 20th anniversary. Dr Anne Blackwood, CEO at Health Enterprise East explains how collaboration can help health and care systems adopt new medical technologies faster.

Secondary care leads the way for safety

If IT changes that have a potential clinical effect are being implemented within the NHS, then clinical safety is important. Dr Ian Jackson, medical director and clinical safety officer at Refero, believes the CSO role in a primary care setting is no longer optional -but necessary.

Hand hygiene: More than skin-deep

Each year on 5 May,the World Health Organization’s World Hand Hygiene Day takes place. The Clinical Services Journal finds out how this year’s global campaign has continued the effort to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.

A systematic approach to hygiene in healthcare

Gina Sloan PhD, director of innovations at Microban International, discusses hygiene considerations for healthcare environments, and how the inclusion of antimicrobial surfaces can enhance existing protocols and hygiene practices.

Connected NEWS2 e-vital signs save lives

One of the UK’s first fully integrated digital National Early Warning Score 2 (NEWS2) e-vital signs installations has been successfully rolled out, using Mindray’s technology, helping speedupdetection of patient deterioration in the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - ultimately saving lives.

Endoscope reprocessing: Why cleaning is vital

Within the healthcare system, an ever increasing number of minimally invasive techniques are now possible. Wolfgang Merkens, Schülke & Mayr GmbH warns that without effective and thorough cleaning, it is not possible to adequately disinfect the endoscope, as disinfection cannot remove gross contamination.