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  1. News Article
    A scheme handing payments to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal will be announced this week, as ministers scramble to help those harmed by the “historic wrong”. Whitehall sources confirmed that a programme handing interim payments will be confirmed in the coming days, once officials have ironed out issues to ensure that victims are not taxed on the payments or have their benefits affected by them. It is thought that ministers accept recent recommendations that infected people and bereaved partners should get “payments of no less than £100,000”. More than 4,000 people ar
  2. News Article
    Three former health secretaries have called on the government to urgently pay compensation to victims of the contaminated blood scandal. The chairman of the public inquiry into the scandal, Sir Brian Langstaff, has recommended that each victim should receive a provisional sum of £100,000. One woman who developed hepatitis C from infected blood told the BBC the news was "incredibly significant". The government has said it will urgently consider any recommendations. Former health secretaries Andy Burnham, Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock told the BBC it was important to act quick
  3. News Article
    Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told a public inquiry institutions and the state can sometimes "close ranks around a lie". Giving evidence at the infected-blood inquiry, he said it could be seen as a "huge failing of democracy" that victims had waited so long for justice. At least 5,000 people contracted HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s, after being given contaminated blood products and transfusions on the NHS. More than 2,400 have died as a result. Jenni Richards QC asked whether a 2012 briefing for new ministers in the health department - "almost certainly" not
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    Recommendations The white paper makes the following recommendations: NHS England to implement standardised vascular access provision across the whole NHS with ringfenced funding. NHS England to conduct their own national survey to understand fully the vascular access provision within all Trusts. This survey needs to provide complete information on current practice and impact on patients, staff, the Trust, and the wider integrated care system (ICS). NHS England to support NIVAS in creating a national standardised training programme for vascular access. NHS England
  5. News Article
    NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) which supplies blood to hospitals is reporting severe supply shortages for the first time since 2018, HSJ has learned. Well-placed senior sources said it is close to issuing a formal “amber alert”, which would mean it could not guarantee blood supplies to hospitals, they said. NHSBT acknowledged to HSJ that it was “expecting a difficult few months”. NHS trusts would have to start cancelling elective operations if they cannot ensure that necessary bloods are available. NHSBT has already written to trusts asking them not to over-order supplies, and to e
  6. News Article
    Trust boards should start scrutinising performance against new indicators set out by NHS England this month as part of a national push to iron out unwarranted variation in performance on key sepsis blood tests, according to an NHSE report. Blood cultures are the primary test for detecting blood stream infections, determining what causes them, and directing the best antimicrobial treatment to deal with them. However, it is too often seen as part of a box-ticking exercise, according to a report published by NHSE yesterday. Improving performance on this important pathway should be integ
  7. Content Article
    NHS England and NHS Improvement make the following four recommendations for improving the blood culture pathway: Build upon existing national guidance and best practice. Implement local monitoring to identify areas for improvement. AMR to be a core part of clinical leadership and trust governance. Improve regulation and accreditation.
  8. News Article
    Former prime minister Sir John Major has described the contaminated blood scandal as "incredibly bad luck", drawing gasps from families watching him give evidence under oath to the public inquiry into the disaster. Up to 30,000 people contracted HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s after being given blood treatments or transfusions on the NHS. Thousands have since died. Sir John later apologised for his choice of language. He said: "I obviously caused offence inadvertently this morning when I referred to the fact that it was awful that people had been fed infected blood and
  9. News Article
    A possible link between blood clots and ongoing symptoms of Covid is under scrutiny by researchers in the UK. While Covid can cause a period of acute illness, it can also lead to longer-term problems. Research has suggested fewer than a third of patients who have ongoing Covid symptoms after being hospitalised with the disease feel fully recovered a year later. Now researchers are due to begin a number of trials to explore whether blood thinners may help those who have had the disease. Prof Ami Banerjee, of University College London, who is leading a study called Stimulate-ICP,
  10. News Article
    A fifth patient has been given the wrong blood at a major teaching hospital’s haematology department where patient safety concerns were raised by clinicians last year. The incident, at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, is the fifth never event involving patients being transfused with the wrong blood at the trust since April 2020. Only 15 such never events have been recorded in England in the last two financial years, which means UHB accounted for a third of the total in 2020-21 and 2021-22. HSJ revealed last year that several clinicians had raised safety concerns
  11. News Article
    A compensation scheme for thousands of people affected by the infected blood scandal, described as the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, will reportedly be announced within weeks. Ministers will set up an arm’s-length body to administer the funds, which could run into hundreds of millions of pounds, and recognise culpability for the scandal for the first time, according to the Sunday Times. As many as 30,000 people became severely ill after being given factor VIII blood products that were contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C imported from the US in the 1970s and
  12. News Article
    THE majority of blood tests taken at Basildon Hospital to identify life-threatening illnesses have been contaminated in a “major failure”. An investigation has been launched by health bosses, with staff shortages allegedly causing the issue with “blood cultures”. Blood cultures, which look for germs or fungi in the blood and more deadly bacteria are routinely carried out ahead of operations. However, latest figures show that 70% of tests taken in the year up to January 2022 were found to be contaminated, leading to treatment being delayed as patients are re-tested. The norm
  13. News Article
    A number of London GP practices are training their receptionists to do blood tests, Pulse has learned. Professor Sir Sam Everington, a GP and chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, told Pulse that ‘lots of practices’ in the area have taken the step, including his own. Training a receptionist to carry out blood tests – which can be done in just six weeks – provides much-needed support to pressured practices, he said. Dr Everington told Pulse: ‘A lot of our receptionists have signed up to be phlebotomists and they love it because actually, phlebotomy is not just about taking blood. "Yo
  14. Content Article
    Thirty-seven employees described sixty-six adaptations in their transfusion practices, showing clear differences between what has been characterised as work-as-imagined (WAI) and work-as-done (WAD). An analysis of the adaptations using the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety 2.0 (SEIPS 2.0) shows that triggers for adaptations were mostly staff-related or driven by poor information technology systems, but the resultant adaptations were usually amendments to tasks and processes. The majority of adaptations (83%) were forced – ideal solutions are not possible, so workarounds an
  15. Content Article
    Sharps injuries pose a significant global risk to staff and patient safety, and many of these injuries are caused by incorrect disposal. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) estimates that there are 100,000 sharps injuries in healthcare in the UK every year,[1] and research by both the RCN and The European Biosafety Network highlights that the situation has worsened under the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic.[2][3] There is also evidence that sharps injuries are underreported, meaning the number of incidents could be much higher.[2] The Safer Healthcare and Biosafety Network recently launched a
  16. Content Article
    Findings Findings of this investigation included: The administration of a blood transfusion as part of resuscitation requires a number of preparatory steps, including collecting the blood and undertaking various checks before using it. Inclusion in resuscitation training of a prompt for clinicians to consider the need for a transfusion, and to prepare for it if appropriate, may help reduce any delay. Involving members of neonatal teams (staff who specialise in the care of newborn babies) in multidisciplinary training in maternity units is not routine. Standardising their incl
  17. Content Article
    The SHBN is supporting the establishment of a new annual UK national database of blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in healthcare workers. Together with Professor Terry Grimmond and Dr Kevin Hambridge, the SHBN is asking for your support to reach occupational health managers in healthcare to get the best data set for a new survey related to this issue. The 2021 Royal College of Nursing Report on BBFE revealed an alarmingly high incidence of both sharps injuries and mucocutaneous exposures, however the UK has no national BBFE database from which to draw conclusions regarding trends and
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