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  1. News Article
    It was "regrettable" that the government said there was "no conclusive proof" AIDS could be transmitted by blood products in 1983, a public inquiry has heard. Giving evidence, former secretary of state Lord Fowler said it would have been better to add that it was likely NHS treatment could be contaminated. But he said he didn't think the change would have made a crucial difference. Survivors have accused ministers of playing down the risks at the time. It's thought around 3,000 haemophiliacs died of AIDS and hepatitis C after being treated with a blood-clotting product called Fa
  2. News Article
    Doctors have warned GPs are having to make difficult choices about which patients get blood tests because of the ongoing shortage of test tubes, describing it as a "perilous" situation. Due to the shortages, the NHS in England and Wales have told surgeries and hospitals to temporarily stop some blood testing, which includes tests for fertility, allergies and pre-diabetes. One woman, Alison Webb, has said she cannot have her yearly thyroid and cholesterol checked due to the shortages - and her tests are already overdue by four months. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson sai
  3. News Article
    GP surgery staff are facing abuse from patients who are “angry and upset” that their blood test has been cancelled because of the NHS-wide chronic shortage of sample bottles. “Patients are angry when we ring them up and say, ‘Sorry we can’t do your blood test after all’. A lot of people are quite angry and concerned about their own health,” Dr David Wrigley, the deputy chair of council at the British Medical Association, said. “Patients are quite rightly upset and some get quite aggressive as well. They are worried because they don’t know what the implications of their cancelled test
  4. News Article
    Becton Dickinson (BD), which manufactures most of the blood tubes used by the NHS, has alerted NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) to a global shortage of some of its products, including two types of blood tubes: those with a yellow or purple top. BD says that the COVID-19 pandemic created the most unpredictable demand it has seen in the past 70 years. The company says that it has also been difficult for customers to predict the types and quantities of blood tubes they will be using from month to month, which affects manufacturers’ abilities to meet demand. “Adding to the issue are g
  5. News Article
    Local NHS organisations are increasing their efforts to conserve ubiquitous blood collection products amid concerns current measures are not working and stocks may run even lower. There is also a concern in east London that the message to reduce routine tests is not being heeded, with GPs not cutting back enough. However, this week the British Medical Association raised concerns over suspending routine tests, including “NHS Health Checks, monitoring of quality of care, and medication reviews”. The union said: “It would also be unreasonable to ask healthcare staff to simply delay the
  6. News Article
    On 10 August NHS England issued guidance for healthcare workers, including medical directors and GPs, in the light of global shortages of blood tube products, now, doctors have raised concerns about the effects that a shortage of blood tubes in England will have on patient care and the NHS, which already faces backlogs. Read full story (paywalled). Source: BMJ, 24 August 2021
  7. News Article
    Plasma from blood donations in England will be used to make a life-saving drug whilst also helping to secure NHS plasma stocks to make the antibody-based medicines, called immunoglobulins. The service will begin roll-out in the coming months, with other parts of the UK potentially following suit. Gerry Gogarty, from NHS Blood and Transplant, welcomed the decision, calling it a huge step forward. "By recovering plasma from blood donations, we can improve long-term supplies of immunoglobulin medicine, and each generous blood donation will go even further in helping to save the lives."
  8. News Article
    According to reports, Barts Health Trust and most other providers in the north east London health system may run out of blood tube collection products by the end of August. Though, according to notes seen by HSJ, a “mitigation plan with demand management in place this may extend into September”. After warning colleagues in north east London that the shortage of blood collection tubes made by Becton Dickinson affects “all NEL areas” except acute trust Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, Diane Jones, chief nurse of the NEL integrated care system has said “NHSE are lo
  9. News Article
    According to NHSE guidance today, non-essential blood tests should be stopped and GPs should prioritise genomic tests over others. Vitamin D testing should also be stopped in all, but "exceptional circumstances" amid shortages in the blood collection tube stocks. The guidance, issued by the NHSE has advised genomics for testing of unwell neonates, prenatal screening and cancer diagnoses are “a high priority". NHSE have also said changes to testing “should be made in consultation with individual patients” and that “it is important to make clear that routine tests will be deferred only whe
  10. News Article
    A national shortage in blood collection tubes has meant trusts are having to limit blood tests, with some trusts advising doctors to only order blood tests if they deem it absolutely necessary or using the same tubes for different tests rather than using a different tube of blood for each test. It has also been reported that the global disruption to the supply chain may mean shortages could continue before the supply lines recover. The NHS Supply Chain, has said there was “some improvement in the supply position in September” but that controls on the products "are likely to continue to be
  11. News Article
    A public inquiry into the infected blood scandal has heard that the government was right to say there was "no conclusive proof" that Aids could be transmitted by blood products in 1983. According to Lord Clarke, the phrase was entirely accurate at the time it was said. However, evidence in documents reveal senior health officials believed HIV could be carried through blood. "Somebody, somewhere, decided that that was the best most accurate line to take. It was repeatedly used by every minister. We kept repeating that because that was the scientific advice we had until it was perfectl
  12. Content Article
    Needlestick injuries account for 17% of accidents to NHS staff and are the second most common cause of injury, behind moving and handling (nhsemployers.org). The major risk of needlestick injuries is that they can transmit infectious diseases to healthcare workers, especially blood-borne viruses. Many occupational exposure incidents could have been avoided by adopting precautions and by disposing of clinical waste appropriately (nhsemployers.org). Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin (ccohs.ca). When penetrating the skin, this is called a p
  13. News Article
    From 1974 to 1987, children from Treloar's College, a boarding school for children with physical disabilities, were offered treatment for haemophilia. However, more than 120 children were given contaminated drug which infected many with HIV and viral hepatitis, with at least 72 having died as a result. Treloar's College had a specialist NHS haemophilia centre on site, however, the blood plasma used to make the drug had been imported from overseas. Only 32 out of the 122 children with haemophilia are still alive today. It is hoped that the public inquiry may shed some lig
  14. News Article
    More gay and bisexual men will now be allowed to donate blood after rule change. The new rules which came into effect on World Blood Day mean that men who have sex with other men will now be able to donate blood without being asked about their sexual behaviours. Under the new rules, anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the past three months will be eligible to donate blood, but it will also be based on an individual case by case basis. However, the rules state that anyone who has had anal sex or multiple partners, been exposed to an STI, used pre-exposure prophylaxis
  15. News Article
    Oxford writer Wayne Brown describes how he tried donating blood in the middle of the pandemic last year but was turned away due to his same-sex marriage of 14 years. However, since the ban has been lifted, he has already booked his appointment to donate. Wayne Brown discusses how since the ban has been lifted, it may now mean more progress and positive changes are happening for gay men. Read full story. Source: BBC News, 13 June 2021
  16. Content Article
    7,571 members responded to the survey (approximately 1.7% of RCN members). Results found: Exposure rates – 96% of members have a BBFE risk; 63% had SI in their career; 15% had SI and 21% had MCE in last year. Incidence of SI and MCE were 20.3 and 56.9/100 FTE respectively. Last SI – 29% before procedure; 26% during procedure; 21% during disposal; 11% improper disposal; 8% after device activation; 5% during device activation. 49% were with sterile needle. 97% encouraged bleeding, rinsed under running water; 35% were using a safer sharp. Reporting SI – 71% officially reported S
  17. News Article
    Matt Hancock has said compensation will be paid to people people infected by contaminated blood products and their relatives if is recommended by the public inquiry into the scandal. Appearing at the inquiry on Friday, the health secretary agreed the government had a “moral responsibility” to address what had happened. As many as 30,000 people became severely ill after being given factor VIII blood products contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C imported from the US in the 1970s and 80s. Others were exposed to tainted blood through transfusions or after childbirth. On average one pers
  18. News Article
    The health secretary will face questions about compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal on Friday afternoon. Matt Hancock will give evidence at a public inquiry into what's been called the worst NHS treatment disaster. Around 3,000 people have died after being given blood containing HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. Ministers announced a public inquiry into the scandal in 2017 after decades of campaigning by victims and their families. Nearly 5,000 people with the blood disorder haemophilia were infected with potentially fatal viruses after being given a c
  19. News Article
    Blood cancer patients are one of the most vulnerable groups of people at risk of COVID-19, according to research, being 57% more likely to suffer severe disease compared to other cancer patients. Despite the high risk these patients face, charities such as Anthony Nolan, which assist blood cancer patients with finding a stem cell match, were left out of the allocated government budget that was announced in March. The cancellation of face-to-face fundraising and events, despite the increase in demand for services, have led their gross income to be down by an estimated £5.5m for 2021.
  20. Event
    Since the emergence of the disease, severe Covid infections have been associated with a risk of severe and dangerous coagulopathy. And in recent weeks two vaccines have been linked to a rare increased risk of clotting, in particular cerebral sinus venous thrombosis (CSVT) which requires urgent and specific treatment. This Royal Society of Medicine webinar will tell the story of our understanding of these coagulation disorders, looking at the causes, risks, diagnosis, and treatments. Register
  21. News Article
    Younger adults are particularly affected by the rare blood clotting disorder linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the UK's medicines regulator has said. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there were 209 cases in the UK of the rare combination of blood clots with low platelet counts following being vaccinated the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, with 41 deaths, up to 21 April. This is up from 168 cases and 32 deaths the previous week. The new data also shows 24 cases of clots in people aged 18 to 29, 28 in those in their thirties, 30 in people in thei
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