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  1. Content Article
    Falling asleep at the wheel causing a multiple car crash is considered such a serious offence in law that the driver could face up to 14 years in prison.[1] When it comes to falling asleep at the medical regulation wheel, however, causing major harm to patients, the result appears to be a review, knuckles rapped, a few negative media reports and then business as usual. Campaigners celebrated when Baroness Cumberlege called for urgent reform of the way healthcare treatments are regulated in her First Do No Harm Report.[2] But really, this is old news. As long ago as 2005, th
  2. News Article
    The system for introducing new medical technologies into the NHS remains complex, crowded, and difficult to manage, according to a new report by the Medical Technology Group (MTG). The paper also calls for innovative treatments with medical devices to be given the same support as new pharmaceutical medicines. Current NHS mechanisms to support the uptake and use of innovative technology are severely limited in scope and are focused on ‘picking winners’ rather than the broad system-wide adoption of new technology, the report states. It points to the Accelerated Access Pathway, for
  3. Content Article
    ECRI’s list of patient safety concerns for 2021 Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Emergency preparedness and response in aging services. Pandemic preparedness across the health system. Supply chain interruptions. Drug shortages. Telehealth workflow challenges. Improvised use of medical devices. Methotrexate therapy. Peripheral vascular harm. Infection risk from aerosol-generating procedures.
  4. News Article
    Devices which measure blood oxygen levels could be giving “seriously misleading” results for Black and minority ethnic people, possibly contributing to increased Covid-19 mortality, experts have warned. Pulse oximeters attach a clip-like device to a person’s finger, toe or earlobe and send a beam of infrared light to measure oxygen levels in the blood. The resulting reading can be used to monitor oxygen levels of people with a variety of conditions, including by people at home with coronavirus, and to assess patients in hospital. At the moment, coronavirus patients who call an a
  5. Content Article
    Design PPE The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on male bias in design within healthcare in relation to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It became clear that respiratory PPE was leaving female workers at greater risk of exposure to the virus, discomfort, and interference with their ability to work.[1] This is not a new discovery, with a 2016 survey highlighting that only 3/10 women in the UK had PPE that was designed for the female frame.[2] This seems particularly inexcusable in the NHS where three quarters of the workforce are female.[3] These design issues have seri
  6. Content Article
    The guidance supports doctors to be able to prescribe safely for their patients, whatever the setting. It sets out the GMC standards for good practice when prescribing face to-face or remotely, when prescribing unlicensed medicines and for when patient care is shared with another doctor Key updates include: new advice for doctors to stop prescribing controlled drugs without access to patient records, except in emergencies. stronger advice on information sharing, making it clear that if a patient refuses consent to share information with other health professionals it may be unsa
  7. Content Article
    The NHS will not pay to improve patient safety You may think that I am saying this to be contentious, but sadly I am not. As an independent business consultant who supports new businesses and entrepreneurs in the health and care sector, this is a conversation which I have on almost a weekly basis. The reason for this is that most innovations are in response to a perceived problem, and there is no problem more obvious than harm caused to patient during medical treatment. The British are by nature innovative (36,558 Patent Applications were made by UK citizens in 2019, ranking in the to
  8. Content Article
    Implementation challenges The investigation highlighted the main implementation challenges. This includes: National consistency in drug libraries – smart infusion pumps have an inbuilt dose error reduction system (DERS) which requires the use of a drug library. The investigation found that drug libraries were developed ‘locally’ and that there is no agreed national drug library for use in NHS. They also found that there is no national guidelines or standards on how to implement the libraries. Significant changes in processes – introducing the technology requires significant cha
  9. Content Article
    Written Questions are a parliamentary mechanism by which Members of the Senedd can table questions specifically for a written answer by the Welsh Government or the Senedd Commission. Laura Anne Jones MS asked what progress had been made in Wales in implementing the findings of the Cumberlege Review (The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Review). This review examined how the healthcare system in England responds to reports about the harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices and consider how it could respond to them more quickly and effectively in the future. Vaug
  10. News Article
    As part of wide-reaching work being carried out to review the methods and processes the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) uses to develop guidance, the organisation has launched a public consultation on proposals for changing how it selects the topics it will develop guidance on. Covering guidance on medicines, medical devices and diagnostics, the proposals clarify the criteria which would see a device or diagnostic selected for NICE guidance development. In particular, these include where costs and impacts are expected to be significantly cost-incurring or cos
  11. Community Post
    We should all strive to keep antibiotics working for our NHS surgeons and future generations, by decreasing antibiotic use in medicine. It is mums themselves who could dramatically decrease antibiotic use, in the only medical specialty where this is possible - in obstetrics - by keeping skin intact; by being informed of the 10cm diameter that 'Aniball' and 'Epi-no Delphine Plus' birth facilitating devices, the mechanical version of Antenatal Perineal Massage, achieve by skin expansion (much like by 'earlobe skin expanders') prior to birth, for back of baby's head. This enables a normal birth f
  12. Content Article
    During the debate there were contributions from a range of parliamentarians reflecting on the First Do No Harm report and the implementation of its recommendations in Scotland. Some points of interest from the debate included: Jeane Freeman MSP indicated the intention of the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations of the First Do No Harm report which fall within its remit and powers. Their discussion about the report's recommendation that specialist centres should be set up to provide comprehensive treatment, care and advice for those affected by implanted mesh. W
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