FEATURE ARTICLES

Keeping patients safe with wearable technologies

The NHS is seeking to advance the roll out of virtual wards and implement more efficient ways of working, in a bid to tackle the backlog and reduce pressures on UK hospitals. Advances in mobile patient monitoring are helping to keep patients safe and support new models of healthcare delivery. Louise Frampton reports

Reforming elective care pathways

Following the publication of Mölnlycke’s report on recovering elective care in the UK, James Hockley discusses some of the key areas where operating theatre efficiencies can be delivered. He highlights how new ways of working could help to relieve pressure on the system and its staff.

Implementing elective recovery plans

The Elective Recovery Taskforce has outlined a plan to “turbocharge” recovery of the backlog in elective care, while empowering patients to choose where they are treated. The independent sector will have a key role to play. CSJ provides a summary of the key plans and responses from the healthcare sector.

The challenges of the NHS productivity goal

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the productivity challenges facing the NHS, as it faces strike action, a decline in goodwill, staff burnout and a mounting backlog. The problem is far from simple and will need to be addressed by tackling multiple factors.

Medstor gives a round of applause for PPN 06/20

In this article, Allison Seabourne, Medstor Sales Director, praises the NHS PPN 06/20 for its positive impact throughout the supply chain.

Wound care in the wake of the pandemic

Bernard Ross reports on a survey of experts and patients which sought views on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of tissue viability care. The survey also looked at the causes of non-adherence to treatments, the role of telemedicine and innovation, the emotional impact of living with unhealed leg venous ulcers, and the current state of wound care resources

Improving detection rates in colposcopy

Amanda Caley provides an insight into the evidence to support the use of technology that could improve detection rates in colposcopy – including the results of an independent study, carried out at East Lancashire Hospitals. The technology uncovered 21 high grade Cervical Interepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) in patients that would have otherwise been missed.

Insulin administration: delivery device safety

Paul Lindsell, managing director, MindMetre Research looks at the latest evidence on the safety of delivery devices used for the administration of insulin. He highlights some concerning findings around insulin pooling and misdosage incidents, following the use of passive devices

Prevention best way to reduce NHS demand

Growing pressure on NHS services could be eased if the ‘new mindset and new skillset’ of health coaching was more widely adopted across patient care. This was the prevalent point debated by a panel of esteemed healthcare professionals during Connect Health’s latest Change event, ‘Can health coaching reduce primary care pressure and improve patient outcomes?

Addressing human factors in decontamination

Tim Sandle discusses how human factors approaches can assist with improving performance by lowering variability in the decontamination of medical devices – thereby reducing rates of contamination and improving patient safety

Exchanging knowledge on infection prevention

The Central Sterilisation Club’s Annual Scientific Meeting brought together leading experts to discuss how the decontamination sector can improve patient safety, increase efficiency, and meet the demand for additional capacity. But what can we learn from low resource settings and what can low resource settings learn from us? The Kelsey Lecture discussed key infection challenges and learning opportunities, across both settings.

Moving perioperative care towards a greener future

As operating theatres are responsible for three to six times more emissions than the rest of the hospital, tackling the issue must be made a top priority. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS looks at how perioperative teams can help to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute towards a greener future.

Rapid POC testing for virus management

Mr. Yusuf Gray, from the University Hospitals Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust, talks about Royal Derby Hospital’s robust point of care testing in its virus management programme, and how implementing year-round RSV testing last year resulted in the discovery of an unexpected summer surge in cases.

Upscaling sustainability: nurse leadership key

A new ‘Green Healthcare Leadership Programme’ is driving change across the independent healthcare sector and beyond, by helping nurses to build the skills and confidence they need to deliver sustainable transformation. Louise Frampton reports.

Racism in the NHS: how far have we come?

In this article, Joshua Correia interviews different generations of healthcare professionals to gain an insight into the experiences of racism and discrimination in the NHS. He considers: how far have we come in tackling the issues and what support is available today?

Regulation of advanced practice in nursing

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses advanced nursing practice and the possibilities around future regulation, in light of proposals by the NMC.

COVER STORY: Selecting the right sonic for your CSSD

Andreia Messias, international marketing manager at STERIS, provides an insight into ultrasonic cleaning and how to select the right sonic solution to ensure the optimum results.

Cutting waiting times for musculoskeletal conditions

Marie Loizides, associate director of performance analytics at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, explains how the North East London Musculoskeletal (MSK) Alliance has improved the quality of referrals and significantly slashed waiting times.

Advancing connected care in an evolving landscape

Approximately 30% of all the world’s data volume is now being generated by the healthcare industry. So, how can digital technologies advance connected care, improve patient outcomes, and increase efficiency in healthcare? Stephen Russell provides an insight.

Mastering blood cultures: the key to better outcomes

Although blood culture is arguably one of the most common and important diagnostic tests in the proper management of infectious diseases, it is frequently overlooked or underestimated. Yet blood cultures provide essential information for patient management. Failing to optimise their use, in particular through appropriate collection, processing and analysis, represents a missed opportunity for clinicians and ultimately for patients, warns Dr. Yoann Personne.

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