Improving performance at Imperial College

Since moving to iM-Med there are no worries over equipment and performance in the endoscope reprocessing units at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Cleaning complex surgical instruments

Cleaning is critical for sterilisation to be effective; this has been well proven and does not require further evidencing. However, warns Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski, founder and managing director at decontamination specialist Aseptium, the complexity of the cleaning process itself, measuring the effectiveness and the quality of cleaning is quite another matter.

Chemistries: A call for a national register

While hospital Trusts want to save money on chemistries, this must be balanced with ensuring efficacy and patient safety at all times. With cheap chemistries entering the market, is it time for a national register to ensure clarity around performance? Moreover, how could new technologies help optimise decontamination chemistries and provide a tool for improvement? Matthew Peskett, from Ruhof, speaks to CSJabout recent trends and controversies.

Helping to reduce protein adsorption

Jim Brown, sales manager, Westfield Medical, Hospital UK sector, examines the requirement to inhibit hydrophobic proteins from adhering to surgical instruments and to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.

ISO 15883-4: Effective processing

Richard Bancroft, B.Sc (Hons), science and technical director at Steris Corporation explores ISO 15883-4 and its implications for endoscope washer-disinfectors.

Alternative test methods for washer disinfectors

Managing a testing schedule for a busy endoscopy or sterile-services department can be a challenging task for hospital staff.

Cracking down on fake devices and medicines

A Europe-wide initiative to protect patients and public health from falsified or fake medical devices and medicines went live on Saturday 9 February 2019, making the medicines supply chain across Europe safer than ever before.

Alcohol gels: Causing more harm than good?

Dr Andrew Kemp JP PhD, reader in biology, head of Scientific Advisory Group BICSc, discusses new evidence that suggests alcohol gels could be causing more harm than we thought.

Ultrasound: Decontamination advice

Decontamination of reusable medical devices including ultrasound probes is important to prevent infection transmission. The number of ultrasound procedures is rapidly increasing and, according to Jon Burdach, PhD, head of clinical affairs at Nanosonics, the need to keep up-to-date on decontamination requirements may be challenging for some ultrasound users.

Accessing IV ports: improving efficiency

Dennis Fitzpatrick, University of West London; Andrew Barton, Frimley Park Hospital, and Keith Pamment, City University, London, discuss a port location device that has been designed to improve first attempt port access, and to minimise the risk of subcutaneous infection andpain that a patient experiences with subsequent needle insertion attempts.

Taking on the quest for ‘zero hair loss’

Hair loss is a well-known side effect of many chemotherapy regimens, with many patients claiming it is the most traumatic aspect of their treatment. Now, the world’s first scalp cooling research centre is committed to achieving its vision of ‘zero hair loss’ during chemotherapy.

The Topol Review: The digital future

The Topol Review, an independent report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, was released on 11 February 2019, outlining the usage of digital technology within Trusts across the UK. CSJ examines what this means for the future of healthcare and NHS staff.

Improving care through collaboration

The Theatres & Decontamination Conference 2019 provided delegates with expert insight into helping healthcare professionals work towards a better patient experience and improved quality of care.

Joined up care – joined up systems

Hicom’s business development manager, Jon Elburn, outlines why integrating diverse data sets is key to effective pathway design. But in the rush fora‘single version of the truth’, Trusts must not overlook the value of niche clinical systems.

Building capacity in perioperative Africa

Kate Woodhead, RGN, DMA describes the work of Friends of African Nursing –a small UK based charity she works with, which delivers training to nurses in a variety of African countries.

Constructing a theatre for training purposes

A new purpose-built operating theatre has been completed, offering a world-class training and demonstration base for customers to experience Bender UK technology first-hand. The Clinical Services Journalpaid a visit to this remarkable operating theatre demonstration room.

Reprocessing flexible endoscopes

Wolfgang Merkens, Schülke & Mayr GmbH, was invited to address the annual Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) conference in November 2018. Here, The Clinical Services Journal provides highlights from his presentation.

Highlighting healthcare technology

The Electronic and biomedical engineering (EBME) Expo is an independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals that are responsible for the management of medical equipment. EBME’s chairman< Dr John Sandham, discusses what to expect at the 2019 EBME Expo.

Improving clinical communication

With more than 50 community healthcare clinics across the UK, these organisations are an essential part of the healthcare system. Tom Downes, CEO, Quail Digital, outlines why communication should be implemented across the entire clinical environment to keep up with demand and improve operational efficiencies.

Decontamination How clean is clean?

Much attention is concentrated on the requirements placed on processing services from whom their customers expect any equipment that is delivered back to be clean.