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RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

A new frontier for positive post-surgical outcomes

Bernard Ross discusses the value of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and the role of MedTech in improving outcomes.

Advancing training in decontamination

Beverley Mitton discusses the importance of providing training in decontamination to ensure competency. Ensuring staff understand both how and why tasks are undertaken is vital to ensuring sustainable best practice and patient safety.

Making a plastic-free future achievable

Is there a more environmentally acceptable alternative to using single-use surface disinfection wipes that contain plastic? Esther Jansen believes there is a better solution that could help hospitals reduce their impact on the environment.

EBME: improving efficiency and outcomes

The EBME Expo took place 28-29th June and proved to be a well-attended and informative event – providing a showcase for thought-provoking insights into biomedical engineering and operating theatre technology. Louise Frampton reports.

The workforce crisis in the NHS continues to bite

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the findings of a Health and Social Care Select Committee report which has highlighted a crisis in the workforce. She calls on the Government to act on the findings, but also calls for more work to be done to ensure the NHS is a good employer.

The digital surgery revolution

Digital technologies have the potential to transform surgery and medical device manufacturers are now evolving to advance this technology-driven revolution. So, how could ‘digital surgery’ lead to reduced variation, improved outcomes, and increased efficiency? Louise Frampton reports.

COVER STORY: Releasing time to care

Few would disagree that busy nurses and clinical staff should be allowed to focus on patient care rather than spending time searching for stock. Materials management specialist Medstor has made it its mission to facilitate this and, with a thirty-year history of working with the NHS and private healthcare providers, has played an important part in streamlining processes in hospitals across the UK and beyond.

The emerging role of photodynamic disinfection

Against a backdrop of increasing antimicrobial resistance, Jo Shorthouse discusses the efficacy and application of photodisinfection in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

Fears for wound care patients after pandemic

A new report finds that many nurses fear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the outcomes of those living with a wound. Experts warn that “going back to business as usual” is not an option.

Advancing the adoption of day case surgery

There is a need to tackle variation across Trusts in the adoption of day case surgery. The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has made day case surgery its default approach and is on a mission to expand it further.

Achieving a sustained reduction in SSIs

Mr Simon R Dodds, a consultant general surgeon, at University Hospitals Birmingham, provides an insight into how a successful improvement initiative achieved a sustained 80% reduction in surgical site infection using a care bundle.

Proactive surveillance of surgical site infection

Proactive surgical site infection surveillance is crucial to driving improvement, as well as to identifying patients who may be in need of rapid intervention. The development of a remote monitoring platform could have the potential to transform the way hospitals tackle this challenging issue.

Incident investigation in blood transfusion

In this article, Serious Hazards of Transfusion laboratory incident specialist Nicola Swarbrick and Dr. Jeni Davies focus on a specific area of transfusion science haemovigilance practice – incident investigation – that was the topic of a SHOT webinar held last year.

Diagnostic imaging insights accelerated by AI

Mark Hitchman, managing director of Canon Medical Systems UK, highlights the exciting AI innovations in diagnostic imaging and discusses the need for home-grown data to power advancements in the future.

The impact of robot assisted surgery

CMR Surgical (CMR) and Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) have announced results from their Versius Robotic Assisted Surgery (RAS) programme, with major impacts reported on recovery timelines, patient outcomes and surgical staff wellbeing. The robotics team behind the programme spoke to CSJ about their findings.

Top ten considerations for surgical lighting

Dr. Kevin Koh offers some valuable guidance on ensuring optimum surgical lighting in operating theatres. He warns that lighting choices can have an impact on patient outcomes and highlights the potential role of in vivo lighting.

Superficial parotidectomy: the surgical requirements

A parotidectomy is a major surgical procedure to treat cancer of the parotid gland. Using a case study approach, Emily Humphrey provides an enhanced understanding that will help the scrub practitioner anticipate surgical needs, provide instruments in a timely manner, and improve intraoperative communication between the scrub and the surgical team.

New report reveals risks of surgical plume

A new report shows that over half of perioperative practitioners have not received any education on the hazards of exposure to surgical smoke plume, while 72% of perioperative practitioners have experienced symptoms associated with exposure to surgical smoke plume. The AfPP are among those calling for action.

Improving vision during laparoscopic surgery

Andrew Ready discusses the challenges of reduced laparoscopic vision and provides an insight into a solution that allows rapid and effective cleaning of condensation, tissue debris, blood and other particulate matter from the distal laparoscope lens without scope removal.

Targeting global threats of sepsis and AMR

Sepsis improvement programmes have received criticism, in recent years, with some claiming that they have ‘resulted in increased hospital antimicrobial consumption’. But should we be targeting sepsis management as ‘the low hanging fruit’ or should we be looking elsewhere for solutions – including better integration of diagnostics? Louise Frampton reports.

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Upcoming Events

Advancing Ultrasound Probe Decontamination Study Day

Horizon Leeds, 2 Kendall Street #3rd Floor Leeds LS10 1JR
12th March 2024

Webinar: How to be Compliant and Sustainable In Healthcare

ONLINE
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POCT Innovators: The Power to Disrupt Series

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20 March, 2024

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Crowne Plaza at Gerrard’s Cross
15th April 2024 – 16th April 2024

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National Conference Centre, Birmingham
17th April 2024

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