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RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

First Do No Harm: a hard-hitting review

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the harrowing findings of a review by Baroness Cumberlege into the harm caused to patients and lessons that must be learnt. She highlights the important patient safety findings that the NHS must now address.

People plan: ensuring wellbeing and inclusion

The NHS must look after its staff and ensure retention by being ‘positive, compassionate and inclusive’. The People Plan sets out the future commitments for healthcare workers, but is it enough?

Flight simulator experience for surgeons

The latest advances in VR technology incorporate haptic technology for a full immersive experience, offering the ability for trainees to safely improve their surgical skills.

Inventory management and patient level costing

Nicola Hall believes technology is a powerful weapon in the fight to improve patient safety and argues that inventory management technology can have a real impact. She shares her top tips on implementing a solution.

Enhanced traceability through Scan4Safety

The Scan4Safety initiative for operating theatres promotes safer clinical practice. Glen Hodgson argues there is a growing need to improve transparency, traceability and access to accurate data, particularly when it comes to surgical procedures.

Increasing access to robotics in the NHS

A new robot aims to challenge the current status quo, offering wider access to robotic surgery.

Bullying remains a concern in theatres

A nationwide survey shows that bullying behaviour is still commonplace in operating theatres, creating an unsafe culture in UK hospitals.

Making checklists work in the ‘real world’

More than a decade after the WHO first launched its safe surgery checklist, compliance remains a challenge.

Maximising operating theatre utilisation

Dr. Thomas Ramolla describes how operating theatre management software has delivered increased efficiency, maximised utilisation and aligned communication, at one of the largest hospitals in Germany.

Improving outcomes through screening

Anaemia and MSSA continue to impact outcomes in patients undergoing hip and knee surgeries. A national initiative is currently underway to drive improvement through pre-screening and optimisation of patients. Louise Frampton reports.

Surgical staff safety: going up in smoke?

A survey has shown that over two-thirds of operating theatres staff are concerned about the effects of surgical smoke on their health.

Infection prevention in the era of COVID-19

How will theatre infection prevention strategies need to adapt to a new era, following the pandemic? Kate Woodhead, RGN DMS, considers best practice as elective surgery resumes.

Tackling variation in day case surgery

There are now around 200 procedures identified as being suitable for day case surgery. However there is still variation between Trusts in terms of day case rates & studies suggest that more patients could be sent home on the same day as their surgery

Surgical fires must become ‘Never Event'

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) along with a coalition of patient safety focused organisations are calling for more to be done to prevent surgical fires.

Anaemia and thrombosis in COVID patients

The global healthcare community recently came together to discuss the latest findings from the Coronavirus pandemic on COVID-19’s effect on haemoglobin and oxygen carrying capacity, as well as coagulation and thrombosis management.

Role of POC CRP during the pandemic

Being able to streamline local healthcare and reduce unnecessary A&E and hospital admissions for frail and vulnerable patients has never been more relevant in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobile unit boosts reprocessing capacity

In 2019, mobile medical unit provider EMS Healthcare announced the launch of the UK’s largest mobile decontamination unit, in partnership with Cantel (UK).

What COVID has taught us about theatre safety

With COVID-19 lockdown measures beginning to ease, Gemma Rower discusses how hospitals can maintain a safe operating theatre during the global pandemic – protecting the perioperative team and patients.

Basildon Trust cuts cardiac arrests by 75%

An NHS Trust has reduced cardiac arrests by more than three quarters since it went live with an early warning system. The Trust is now redesigning clinical pathways using the same solution to spot potentially fatal conditions including AKI and sepsis

Changing clinical practice in VTE prevention

Dr. Indira Natarajan, a consultant stroke physician, highlights the burden of VTE on stroke aftercare and offers an insight into a pilot study evaluating the use of neuromuscular electrostimulation on the hospital’s stroke unit.

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Future Surgery 2021

ExCel London
9th - 10th November 2021

Medica 2021

Dusseldorf Germany
15th - 18th November

Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

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Royal College of Physicians, London
11th May 2022

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Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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