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  1. News Article
    Performance failings at NHS Supply Chain are impacting patient care, staff wellbeing and retention, and local procurement teams are struggling to mitigate their impact, local procurement chiefs have claimed. The group of senior NHS buyers have raised their concerns in a highly critical letter to NHS Supply Chain chief executive Andrew New and NHS England’s chief commercial officer Jacqui Rock. The letter, seen by HSJ, was signed by 22 heads of procurement at trusts and integrated care systems. It raises concerns about the NHSSC’s core functions, like delivering products on time and i
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    Research led by Trinity College in Ireland has found that a regulation which came into effect in May 2021 with the aim of improving the oversight of medical devices in Ireland is leading to unintended consequences which may put some surgeries for children, and the treatment of rare diseases, at risk. The study has been published in the journal Pediatric Cardiology. Medical devices include a great diversity of technologies, which are evaluated and approved in the European Union (EU) according to a revised law that came into effect on 26 May 2021, known as the Medical Device Regulation or M
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    During a cardiac ablation procedure, the catheter irrigation fluid bag emptied and was replaced by staff. While priming the tubing, air was noted in the tube, and the catheter was immediately removed from the patient. The patient experienced a decrease of heart rate and blood pressure requiring a code response. Radiofrequency cardiac ablation requires the use of heparinised irrigation fluid to cool and anticoagulate the ablation site. If the procedure requires more fluid than originally hung, it requires the bag to be replaced. This introduces an opportunity for air to enter the irrigatio
  4. News Article
    Rolling power cuts enforced this winter if gas supplies run extremely low could endanger thousands of people who use life-saving machines at home, health leaders have warned. They spoke out after National Grid warned on Thursday that households could experience a series of three-hour electricity outages this winter to manage extreme gas shortages, for example if Vladimir Putin shuts off supplies from Russia and cold weather sends demand soaring. Such an event would mean consumers in different parts of the country being notified a day in advance of three-hour blocks of time during whi
  5. Content Article
    Ian Lindsley, Secretary of the SHBN, began by welcoming those on the call and talking through the speakers and the presentations. The first presentation was given by Martin McMahon of the Health and Safety Executive on the Post Implementation Review (PIR) of the Sharps Regulations 2013 by the HSE. The PIR will assess post implementation effectiveness of these legislative regulations against the objectives as laid out in the original impact assessment and must be concluded, submitted and agreed by Minister by 10 May 2023. The HSE are currently engaged in the evidence and analysis process to inf
  6. Content Article
    The objectives of this study protocol is to establish baseline data related to the types and frequency of infusion pump alarms from the B. Braun Outlook 400ES Safety Infusion System with the accompanying DoseTrac Infusion Management Software. This exploratory study will analyse the aggregate alarm data for each hospital by care area, drug infused, time of day, and day of week, including overall infusion pump alarm frequency (number of alarms per active infusion), duration of alarms (average, range, median), and type and frequency of alarms distributed by care area. Infusion pump alar
  7. Content Article
    Issue 10: Unsafe management of sepsis Issue 9: Medicines management - assessment Issue 8: Hypothermia Issue 7: Falls from windows Issue 6: Caring for people at risk of choking Issue 5: Safe management of medicines - treatment Issue 4: Burns from hot water or surfaces Issue 3: Fire risk from use of emollient creams Issue 2: Unsafe use of bed rails Issue 1: Falls from improper use of equipment
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    On Tuesday, the FBI issued a report offering recommendations to address a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in active medical devices stemming from outdated software, as well as the lack of security features in older hardware. Once exploited, the vulnerabilities could impact healthcare facility operations, patient safety, data confidentiality and data integrity. If a cyberattacker takes control, they can direct devices to give inaccurate readings, administer drug overdoses or otherwise endanger patient health. The FBI noted in its briefing that a mid-year healthcare cybersecuri
  9. News Article
    The NHS is trialling a fleet of electric vehicles to help relieve pressure on ambulance services while also helping the NHS cut its carbon footprint. The vehicles are part of a £2.1m investment as the NHS becomes the first health service in the world to commit to reaching net zero by 2040, said NHS England, with eight ambulance trusts trialling 21 zero-emission vehicles of various types. Six of these new green vehicles are "dedicated to mental health response in the community", NHS England said. It emphasised that it hoped this development will "cut emergency response times for peopl
  10. Content Article
    Key findings Knowledge of the Directive requirements decreased significantly between 2017 and 2021, with <60% of participants answering correctly in 2021, Nurses’ attendance in specific courses dropped to 25% in 2021 compared to 54% in 2017. Over 75% of hospitals introduced multiple safety-engineered devices (SED), though total replacement occurred in <50% of cases; routine SED availability increased for blood collection (89%) and venous access devices (83%). Incorrect behaviours in handling sharps decreased significantly over time. Nurses’ HBV vaccination covera
  11. News Article
    A grieving family has welcomed new guidance to try to prevent a common surgical procedure from going wrong and causing deaths. Oesophageal intubation occurs when a breathing tube is placed into the oesophagus, the tube leading to the stomach, instead of the trachea, the tube leading to the windpipe. It can lead to brain damage or death if not spotted promptly. Glenda Logsdail died at Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2020 after a breathing tube was accidentally inserted into her oesophagus. The 60-year-old radiographer was being prepared for an appendicitis operation when the
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    Key recommendations Exhaled carbon dioxide monitoring and pulse oximetry should be available and used for all episodes of airway management. Routine use of a videolaryngoscope is recommended whenever feasible. At each attempt at laryngoscopy, the airway operator is encouraged to verbalise the view obtained. The airway operator and assistant should each verbalise whether ‘sustained exhaled carbon dioxide’ and adequate oxygen saturation are present. Inability to detect sustained exhaled carbon dioxide requires oesophageal intubation to be actively excluded. T
  13. News Article
    As the risk of cyberattacks on medical devices continues to mount, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t doing enough to ensure device makers include adequate security in their products, experts say. They charge that part of the problem is that the agency lacks the funds and the trained personnel to evaluate the cyber risk the devices carry and enforce the rules it does have on the books for approving devices. “I’ve spoken to device manufacturers, specifically product security people at device manufacturers, saying that they’ve been telling their organizations for the last year or
  14. Content Article
    The review panel welcomes any data and evidence, including preliminary evidence but also information on ongoing data collection and research or evaluation projects, regarding existing equity concerns or biases with respect to ethnicity or other socio-demographic characteristics, and any mitigating solutions. This could include: data and evidence related to ethnic and other unfair biases in relation to the development and use of medical devices examples of effective, successful or evidence-based approaches currently in use to mitigate these types of unfair biases and risks
  15. News Article
    The NHS has been hit by a shortage of epidural kits to give mothers-to-be, a key form of pain relief during childbirth, as well as the drug that women are offered as an alternative. Supplies of epidural kits and the painkiller Remifentanil are now under such pressure that some hospitals cannot offer pregnant women their usual right to choose which one they want to reduce labour pains. Anaesthetists have told the Guardian that the simultaneous shortage of both forms of pain management has led to “difficult discussions” with women who had been told during their antenatal care that they
  16. News Article
    NHS England patients with Type 1 diabetes will now be eligible for life-changing continuous glucose monitors after the health service secured a new cut-price deal. The wearable arm gadget sends information to a mobile app and allows diabetes patients to keep track of their glucose levels at all times without having to scan or take a finger prick test. Traditionally, continuous glucose monitors are more expensive than their flash monitor counterparts – which record glucose levels by scanning a sensor – but thanks to the NHS agreeing on a new cost-effective deal with manufacturers DEXC
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