New triple antiviral drug combination potential for treating COVID-19

A two-week course of antiviral therapy with interferon beta-1b plus lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin, started within seven days of showing COVID-19 symptoms has shown potential for treating COVID-19.

Fear of COVID-19 keeping more than half of heart attack patients away

​The number of heart attack patients seeking urgent hospital care has dropped by more than 50% during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an extensive worldwide survey by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

POC analysis helps keep vulnerable patients safer in Cornwall

Horiba Medical has announced that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) in partnership with the Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust have recently purchased and installed five new Microsemi CRP point-of-care (POC) haematology analysers.

AfPP seeks further understanding of bullying in operating theatres

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) has launched their second nationwide survey in a bid to better understand the challenges faced by those working within the operating theatre and associated areas.

Research centre on health inequalities launched

NHS England and the NHS Confederation have announced the creation of a new centre to investigate the impact of race and ethnicity on people’s health.

New App Launched For Clinicians And Biomedical Scientists

Step Communications has launched a free App to download digital copies of the Clinical Services Journal and Pathology in Practice.

NHS England welcome publication of updated risk assessment guidance

NHS England has today welcomed the publication of updated risk assessment guidance which provides practical measures to advance the way risk assessments are carried out for BAME, at risk and other vulnerable staff groups working across the NHS.

Managed Service partnership sees Peterborough’s newest hospital receive major radiology equipment investment

Althea – a managed service and maintenance provider – has delivered a major radiology equipment investment at Peterborough City Hospital.

Digital platform developed to reduce risk of infection during surgeries

Getinge has partnered with Semcon to develop a new digital platform that will easily identify where the greatest risks for infections are during surgeries.

Study highlights failures to test patients prior to macrolide treatment despite lung disease risk

A study published today in BMJ Open Respiratory Research has revealed that, contrary to guideline recommendations, 68% of clinicians managing bronchiectasis patients do not test them for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection prior to starting macrolide treatment.

Health Enterprise East launches Innovation Grant

MedTech Navigator, the development programme from leading NHS medical technology hub Health Enterprise East (HEE), has launched its Innovation Grants as the latest offering to support SMEs.

Possible vaccine for virus linked to type 1 diabetes

According to many observations, certain virus infections may play a part in the autoimmune attack that leads to type 1 diabetes. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and at the universities of Jyväskylä and Tampere have now produced a vaccine for these viruses in the hope that it could provide protection against the disease.

iM Med to supply Steelco EWDs via NHS Supply Chain

iM Med has announced it has been selected to supply the cutting-edge Steelco Endoscopy Capital Equipment range directly through the NHS Supply Chain Endoscopy Capital Equipment framework.

Acute Phase Coronavirus rapid antigen test may play a triage role.

Now available from BioConnections, COVID-19 Ag Respi-Strip detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antigens in a nasopharyngeal swab in 15 minutes in more than seven out of 10 patients with the high viral load (Cycle threshold [Ct] <25; an inverse measure of the target [virus] concentration) found in the acute phase of COVID-19.

NICE issues series of rapid COVID-19 guidelines

NICE has developed a series of rapid guidelines with NHS England/ Improvement on the active management of patients in a number of clinical areas.

Variability in blood pressure readings between anatomical sites

Researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center, in the US, have found that blood pressure readings show marked differences between opposite sides of the body and different anatomical sites in patients, highlighting the significant and sometimes extreme variability of this measure even in the same person, depending on where it is taken. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, could impact how blood pressure information is collected.

Virus remains stable for hours on surfaces

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Calls for daily reporting on deaths in care sector

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation is calling for better data on the scale of the impact of COVID-19 on the care sector, including daily reporting of deaths in the sector:

Clinical trial to treat patients with coronavirus

A new clinical trial led by the University of Warwick and Queen’s University Belfast seeks to find alternatives to ventilators to treat patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. Researchers will deliver a clinical trial that aims to recruit approximately 4,000 patients in order to find effective alternative solutions for patients with COVID-19 to reduce the need for treatment with a ventilator and improve patient outcomes.

NHS warning to seek help for cancer symptoms

England’s top cancer doctor has urged people not to hesitate to get checked as new research revealed that nearly half of the public have concerns about seeking help during the coronavirus pandemic.