A biohazard in every ward?

Nick Hill, FIHEEM describes the microorganisms which inhabit the drains serving washbasins in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and considers some of the alternative approaches to managing the risk they present.

Advancing healthcare with smart technologies

The increasing digitisation of healthcare was evident at MEDICA – with robotics, artificial intelligence and connected health taking centre stage, at Germany’s annual trade fair.

Cleaning complex surgical instruments

The cleaning of complex reusable surgical instruments requires different considerations and processes, compared to conventional reusable instruments.

Enhancing patient safety in endoscopy

Rainer Burkard, Managing Director of Pentax Europe, discusses the latest hygiene approaches in endoscopy, aimed at improving patient safety and improving efficiency

Highlighting regenerative medicine potential

With exciting plans for expanding their new clinic in the UAE, The Regenerative Clinic will be attending Arab Health 2020, on the Harley Street stand.

Harley Street clinics unite at Arab Health

World-leading clinics from Harley Street Medical Area are uniting at Arab Health 2020 to showcase London’s medical excellence. Simon Baynham reveals that there has been an influx of impressive hospitals moving to the area.

Showcasing operating theatre innovation

As the Middle East’s leading healthcare platform, Arab Health attracts a high level of UK clinicians, clinics and healthcare technology companies every year. Over 4,000 companies will exhibit at the flagship event in January 2020, from 64 different countries across the world.

Potential for AI to alleviate stress and burnout

Artificial intelligence-powered cardiovascular diagnostic systems are currently entering the market, with promises to improve both patient outcomes and the wellbeing of clinicians. Ross Upton, the founder of Ultromics, provides an insight into how AI could alleviate stress and burnout for clinicians operating within cardiology.

The advantages of enzymatic detergents

Contaminated flexible endoscopes are medical devices which may be associated with outbreaks of healthcare-associated infection.1 To minimise this risk, effective cleaning and disinfection of flexible endoscopes must be undertaken. Dr Tim Sandle explains why, for this process to be effective, several steps need to be followed in a controlled manner.

Making the LEAP to transfusion safety

SHOT laboratory incident specialist Victoria Tuckley summarises the 2018 Annual Report, and highlights how to create safer transfusion practices, a more satisfactory working environment and improved patient safety

Nutrition: a forgotten aspect of surgical care

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS provides an insight into the importance of optimal nutritional management of patients undergoing surgery and how this can lead to improved outcomes.

Landmark sterile services department

With the build enabled by business development funds from the city council and fitted out with leased equipment, the new and impressive sterile services department at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an exemplar of best practice and marks both a career high and a swansong for one of its creators.

The state of health and social care

The Clinical Services Journal provides an overview of the latest insights into the state of care in the UK – from performance in emergency medicine and cancer care, to inpatient mental health and learning disability services. According to the CQC, pressures are being felt across all health and care settings…

UK lags behind on healthcare spending

Economic analysts for the Health Foundation have demonstrated just how far behind the UK has fallen in terms of healthcare spending. With this in mind, will promises of extra funding be enough to put the NHS back on track?

Decontamination: First, do no harm

The Central Sterilising Club annual study day took place on 16 September at the Nottingham Belfry. In the first of two reviews, The Clinical Services Journal reviews the highlights from a day that explored the essentials of medical device decontamination.

Introducing a total sepsis solution

A campaign to raise awareness of sepsis in Scotland, combined with the introduction of the latest technology in microbiology, has had a positive impact on the speed of clinical intervention and potential outcomes, as Janet Young, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains.

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.