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  1. News Article
    An £8m prize for a breakthrough in the fight against superbugs has been awarded, after a decade-long search for a winner, to a test that can identify how to treat a urinary tract infection in 45 minutes. The test could herald a “sea change” in antibiotic use, the judges said as they announced the winner of the Longitude prize on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR, where the drugs used to treat infections no longer work, is a growing concern. It leads to the deaths of nearly 1.3 million people worldwide annually and is predicted to cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050. Between 50% and 60% of women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime, and up to half of the bacteria that cause the infections are resistant to at least one antibiotic. The infections can cause potentially fatal sepsis. However, a lack of good, quick tests means doctors often have to diagnose an infection based on symptoms and guess which antibiotic will work. The inappropriate use of antibiotics drives resistance by giving bacteria opportunities to adapt to evade them. The winning Sysmex Astrego’s PA-100 AST system is based on technology from Uppsala University in Sweden. A 400-microlitre sample of urine is placed on a phone-sized cartridge and then into a shoebox-sized analyser unit. It can spot bacterial infection within 15 minutes, and identify the antibiotic to treat it within 45 minutes. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 12 June 2024
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    In this blog, Laura Green, Consultant Haematologist at NHS Blood and Transplant and Barts Health NHS Trust, describes how a new electronic process to improve the safety of blood transfusions was implemented across all four Barts Health sites. She explains why the new system was needed, outlines the benefits for staff and patients and highlights the role of project governance and staff training in successful implementation.
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    The NHS is the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It is also the world’s largest repository of healthcare data, but these data are fragmented and underutilised. Making them accessible in one place would improve health and deliver wealth for the nation. This report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change proposes the creation of a National Data Trust (NDT)—an organisation which would be majority-owned and controlled by the government and the NHS, together with investment from industry partners. It would aim to connect NHS data, attract private investment in new medical discoveries and bring the economic benefits of health innovation to citizens. The authors believe the NDT would accelerate the NHS’s development of cutting-edge innovations, provide quicker access to these advancements at reduced costs and generate a new funding source for the healthcare system. 
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    Medtech companies are continually developing new medical devices and products for use in healthcare, and ensuring that each one is safe to use should be the top priority of every company. In this anonymous blog, a nurse shares their experience of being employed by a start-up producing a new piece of equipment for use in cardiac surgery. They soon discovered their values did not match up, as the company prioritised getting their new product to market above patient safety. The writer talks about the personal cost of repeatedly speaking up for safety and describes the importance of working for an employer that sees patient safety as the top priority and recognises that it goes hand in hand with commercial success.
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    FebriDx® is a single-use, analyser-free, point-of-care test with markers for bacterial and viral infection, measured on a finger-prick blood sample. As part of a larger feasibility study, this study explored the views of healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients on the use of FebriDx® to safely reduce antibiotic prescriptions for lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) in primary care. The authors concluded that the tool was perceived as a useful in guiding antibiotic prescribing and supporting shared decision making. Initial practical problems with testing and communicating results are potential barriers to use. Training and practice on using the test and effective communication are likely to be important elements in ensuring patient understanding and satisfaction and successful adoption.
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    Worldwide, more than 99% of the burden of measles infections and deaths affects populations in low-income and middle-income countries. Measles accounts for 3% of the global mortality of children younger than five years, constituting 90% of deaths from measles, and rubella is the main vaccine-preventable cause of birth defects. Vaccine coverage, both through routine immunisation and supplementary immunisation activities, remains below targets for measles elimination, with considerable heterogeneity between and within countries. This Lancet article looks at how microneedle patches (MNPs) could potentially improve coverage of childhood vaccinations by providing a more thermostable, individual-dose, injection-free vaccine delivery device suitable for administration by local, non-medical personnel. MNPs could also reduce wasted vaccine doses, needle-stick injuries and breaks in the cold chain, as well as making waste management easier.
  7. Content Article
    Breast cancer related lymphoedema (BRCL) is an under-recognised health condition that occurs in 20% of women after receiving breast cancer treatment. BRCL can affect a patient's physical and mental health and is costly to the NHS. In this blog, James Moore, a biomedical engineering researcher at Imperial College, talks about how he has involved patients in designing an innovative solution to this issue.  
  8. News Article
    Investigators have applied artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to gait analyses and medical records data to provide insights about individuals with leg fractures and aspects of their recovery. The study, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, uncovered a significant association between the rates of hospital readmission after fracture surgery and the presence of underlying medical conditions. Correlations were also found between underlying medical conditions and orthopedic complications, although these links were not significant. It was also apparent that gait analyses in the early postinjury phase offer valuable insights into the injury’s impact on locomotion and recovery. For clinical professionals, these patterns were key to optimizing rehabilitation strategies. "Our findings demonstrate the profound impact that integrating machine learning and gait analysis into orthopaedic practice can have, not only in improving the accuracy of post-injury complication predictions but also in tailoring rehabilitation strategies to individual patient needs," said corresponding author Mostafa Rezapour, PhD, of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "This approach represents a pivotal shift towards more personalised, predictive, and ultimately more effective orthopaedic care." Read full story Source: Digital Health News, 12 April 2024
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    Social innovation labs are innovative spaces that encourage creative thinking and experimentation. A recent evidence review undertaken by the Innovation Unit explores how labs can achieve greater impact. This session, jointly delivered by Q and Innovation, is an opportunity to hear more about the evidence review, hear from leading practitioners in the field and connect with others with an interest in social innovation. Register for the webinar
  10. News Article
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health applied artificial intelligence (AI) to a technique that produces high-resolution images of cells in the eye. They report that with AI, imaging is 100 times faster and improves image contrast 3.5-fold. The advance, they say, will provide researchers with a better tool to evaluate age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other retinal diseases. "Artificial intelligence helps overcome a key limitation of imaging cells in the retina, which is time," said Johnny Tam, Ph.D., who leads the Clinical and Translational Imaging Section at NIH's National Eye Institute. Tam is developing a technology called adaptive optics (AO) to improve imaging devices based on optical coherence tomography (OCT). Like ultrasound, OCT is noninvasive, quick, painless, and standard equipment in most eye clinics. "Our results suggest that AI can fundamentally change how images are captured," said Tam. "Our P-GAN artificial intelligence will make AO imaging more accessible for routine clinical applications and for studies aimed at understanding the structure, function, and pathophysiology of blinding retinal diseases. Thinking about AI as a part of the overall imaging system, as opposed to a tool that is only applied after images have been captured, is a paradigm shift for the field of AI." Read full story Source: Digital Health News, 11 April 2024
  11. News Article
    Some people having a lung transplant on the NHS will receive a skin patch graft from their donor too as a way of spotting organ rejection sooner. Rejection could show as a rash on the donated skin patch, say experts, allowing early treatment to stop problems escalating. The trial, by University of Oxford and NHS Blood and Transplant, will enrol 152 patients in England. It follows earlier success with some other transplant patients, including Adam Alderson, 44, who received a donor skin graft on his abdomen in 2015 when he had eight organs replaced – including a pancreas, stomach and spleen – after treatment for a rare cancer. He says the graft has already helped guide his treatment a few times to prevent his body rejecting his many new organs. He said: "It's a really comforting thing to have - I feel safer knowing that I have a tool available to tell if something is going wrong before it becomes too serious. It's almost like an oil warning light on your car. Plus, having that visible reminder of how lucky I am is really special." Read full story Source: BBC News, 16 April 2024
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    In February 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published the government’s Medical Technology Strategy. This set out how, over the next 5 to 10 years, the DHSC will ensure the health and social care system can reliably access safe, effective and innovative technologies. These technologies will enable the delivery of high-quality care, outstanding patient safety and excellent health outcomes, while making the best use of taxpayer money.  One year into delivery of the medtech strategy, the DHSC present an update on their achievements towards establishing an innovation pathway, to realise our vision of right product, right price, right place. 
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    This global webinar is organised to promote and mark the launch of "My 5 Moments: The Game," an innovative digital game developed through a collaboration between the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Unit and Hub, WHO Academy, game designer, learning game expert, and end users. Aimed at revolutionising hand hygiene education, this game-based learning programme integrates the concept of "My Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" into an engaging, compassionate, and scientifically-backed gaming experience. Set in the futuristic International Alien Hospital, the game challenges players to maintain optimal hand hygiene practices to ensure the safety of both alien patients and the Earth. This session aims to introduce healthcare professionals, educators, and other relevant stakeholders to the game's unique approach to infection prevention and control through gamification, design insights, and the importance of empathy in healthcare. Objectives: To introduce "My 5 Moments: The Game" to healthcare professionals, IPC practitioners, educators, and stakeholders, highlighting its innovative approach to hand hygiene education through gamification, and demonstrating how it can transform traditional learning methodologies in IPC. To provide insights into the game's design and development process, emphasizing the integration of compassion, care, and empathy into its gameplay, and illustrating the importance of these elements in creating a more effective and engaging learning experience for healthcare workers. To encourage the adoption of "My 5 Moments: The Game" within healthcare training and education programmes, to bring behavior change among healthcare workers, and offering guidance on integrating this innovative tool into existing IPC efforts. Register
  14. News Article
    Tens of thousands of people with type 1 diabetes in England are to be offered a new technology, dubbed an artificial pancreas, to help manage the condition. The system uses a glucose sensor under the skin to automatically calculate how much insulin is delivered via a pump. Later this month, the NHS will start contacting adults and children who could benefit from the system. But NHS bosses warned it could take five years before everyone eligible had the opportunity to have one. This is because of challenges sourcing enough of the devices, plus the need to train more staff in how to use them. In trials, the technology - known as a hybrid closed loop system - improved quality of life and reduced the risk of long-term health complications. And at the end of last year, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said the NHS should start using it. Prof Partha Kar, NHS national speciality advisor for diabetes, said the move was "great news for everyone with type 1 diabetes". "This futuristic technology not only improves medical care but also enhances the quality of life for those affected," he added. Read full story Source: BBC News, 2 April 2024 Related reading on the hub: How safe are closed loop artificial pancreas systems?
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    The NHS is set to roll out artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the number of missed appointments and free up staff time to help bring down the waiting list for elective care. The expansion to ten more NHS Trusts follows a successful pilot in Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which has seen the number of did not attends (DNAs) slashed by almost a third in six months. Created by Deep Medical and co-designed by a frontline worker and NHS clinical fellow, the software predicts likely missed appointments through algorithms and anonymised data, breaking down the reasons why someone may not attend an appointment using a range of external insights including the weather, traffic, and jobs, and offers back-up bookings. The appointments are then arranged for the most convenient time for patients – for example, it will give evening and weekend slots to those less able to take time off during the day. The system also implements intelligent back-up bookings to ensure no clinical time is lost while maximising efficiency. It has been piloted for six months at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, leading to a 30% fall in non-attendances. A total of 377 DNAs were prevented during the pilot period and an additional 1,910 patients were seen. It is estimated the trust, which supports a population of 1.2 million people, could save £27.5 million a year by continuing with the programme. The AI software is now being rolled out to ten more trusts across England in the coming months. Read full story Source: NHS England, 14 March 2024
  16. Content Article
    SafetyNet brings together the collective efforts of the six NIHR Patient Safety Research Collaborations (NIHR PSRCs).across England in addressing patient safety challenges of strategic importance. The quarterly SafetyNet newsletter offers you the opportunity to find out about the exciting research and collaborations that are happening across the safety centres and wider organisations.
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    The Patient Safety Management Network (PSMN), created in June 2021, is an innovative voluntary network for patient safety managers and everyone working in patient safety. Claire Cox, Quality Patient Safety Lead, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, looks at how the Network has evolved over the last two years, its achievements and its aims going forward. 
  18. Content Article
    An action-oriented and radically hopeful field guide to the underground, patient-led revolution for better health and healthcare. Anyone who has fallen off the conveyer belt of mainstream health care and into the shadowy corners of illness knows what a dark place it is to land. Where is the infrastructure, the information, the guidance? What should you do next? In Rebel Health, Susannah Fox draws on twenty years of tracking the expert networks of patients, survivors, and caregivers who have come of age between the cracks of the health care system to offer a way forward. Covering everything from diabetes to ALS to Moebius Syndrome to chronic disease management, Fox taps into the wisdom of these individuals, learns their ways, and fuels the rebel alliance that is building up our collective capacity for better health. Rebel Health shows how the next wave of health innovation will come from the front lines of this patient-led revolution. Fox identifies and describes four archetypes of this revolution: seekers, networkers, solvers, and champions. Each chapter includes tips, such as picking a proxy to help you navigate the relevant online communities, or learning how to pitch new ideas to investors and partners or new treatments to the FDA. On a personal level, anyone who wants to navigate the health care maze faster will want to become a health rebel or recruit some to their team. On a systemic level, it is a competitive advantage for businesses, governments, and organizations to understand and leverage the power of connection among patients, survivors, and caregivers.
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    The Patient Advocacy Leadership Collective (PALC) is an innovative hub that provides connectivity, community resources, and tools focused on sustainable capacity building for patient advocates globally. The PALC is an excellent platform with a focus on supporting the growth, development, and leadership of patient advocacy organizations and offers a NextGen Leadership, Mentorship, and Global Health Fellows programme.
  20. News Article
    A test that can detect oesophageal cancer at an earlier stage than current methods should be made more widely available to prevent deaths, charities have said. The capsule sponge test, previously known as Cytosponge, involves a patient swallowing a dissolvable pill on a string. The pill then releases a sponge which collects cells from the oesophagus as it is retrieved. The test can detect abnormalities that form as part of a condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus, which makes a person more likely to develop oesophageal cancer. In the UK 9,300 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer a year, according to Cancer Research. The disease is difficult to detect because the symptoms for the cancer are not easily recognisable – and can be mistaken for indigestion – until a it is at an advanced stage. The capsule sponge test can detect the cancer at an earlier stage than the current methods, such as an endoscopy, used to diagnose oesophageal cancer. However, it is only currently available to higher-risk patients as an alternative to endoscopy as part of NHS pilot schemes. Cancer Research UK is working with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) on a trial that will recruit 120,000 people to see if the capsule sponge test can reduce deaths from oesophageal cancer. If successful, the test could be rolled out more widely. Mimi McCord, the founder of Heartburn Cancer UK, who lost her husband, Mike, to oesophageal cancer in 2002, said: “Cancer of the oesophagus is a killer that can hide in plain sight. People don’t always realise it, but not all heartburn is harmless. While they keep on treating the symptoms, the underlying cause might be killing them.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 5 February 2024
  21. Content Article
    A series of LinkedIn articles on systems thinking from Phil Evans, Independent HealthTech Consultant.
  22. Content Article
    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published a roadmap which outlines the intended timelines for delivering the future regulatory framework for medical devices.
  23. Content Article
    A new guide to innovation implementation, readiness and resourcing has been published sharing practical learning from the Health Innovation Network’s successful adoption and spread of the national Focus ADHD programme. 
  24. Content Article
    This is part of our series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people working for patient safety about their role and what motivates them. Sonia talks to us about how her role at NHS Confederation helps her understand the issues facing NHS staff and why she decided to start drawing graphics to communicate important information to patients and staff.
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    Apollo Hospitals Group proudly announces the upcoming 11th International Patient Safety Conference, a key initiative that aligns with their mission. This conference will serve as a platform for experts, practitioners, and enthusiasts to come together, share insights, and explore innovative solutions. International Patient Safety Conference (IPSC), now in its 11th edition, is an annual event to learn from the patient safety experts across the world. It has become a powerful platform where best practices and innovations in patient safety are shared. There are many informative presentations, panel discussions, debates, paper presentations and other well-knit sessions during the conference. Register
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