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  1. Content Article
    Key recommendations This list summarises key recommendations for healthcare professionals. Adherence to these recommendations would improve patient outcomes, reduce the spread of AMR and save public healthcare budgets millions of euros per year. Proper use of the urinary catheter: Urethral catheters should be used only when indicated, with a closed-circuit system and a port for taking samples. Catheters should be removed when they are unnecessary and their indication should be assessed daily. Proper insertion of the urinary catheter: Hand hygiene should be
  2. News Article
    NHS staff have warned that needles supplied with a Covid vaccine which targets the omicron strain are “not fit for purpose” and could place vaccinators and members of the public at risk. Dozens of messages shared on an NHS staff forum reveal widespread concerns about the needles supplied with the Moderna SpikeVax vaccine, which are said to bend when vaccinators pierce the top of the vial containing the Covid-19 vaccine doses. The SpikeVax bivalent vaccine was the first to target both the original and the omicron strain of the virus. It is due to play a key role in the NHS’s autumn Co
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    Pelvic mesh implant manufacturer Johnson & Johnson group has reached a $300m settlement in two class actions, after thousands of women worldwide reported complications from the mesh products including chronic pain, painful sexual intercourse and incontinence. It marks the largest settlement in a product liability class action in Australian history, and is subject to federal court approval. Shine Lawyers led the Australian class actions and alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to properly test the devices and played down their risk to both surgeons and patients. Women have suffere
  4. News Article
    The NHS accused vaginal mesh victims fighting for compensation of lying about pain, it has been claimed. Women suing hospitals over harm they suffered following mesh operations are being subjected to “devastating” treatment, according to Robert Rose, the head of clinical negligence at law firm Lime Solicitors. Campaign group Sling the Mesh, which represents thousands of patients, said it had received reports of those injured claiming they have been told their symptoms are psychosomatic, that their evidence is not convincing because of their mental state, or that they are lying about
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    Human factors for the pharmaceutical and device sectors needs to be a more important topic. Human performance impacts how all forms of medical products are manufactured, how hospital and community services work effectively, and how patients use medicines and drug-device combination products. Human factors can be used to improve the quality of products, efficiencies in processes, reduce errors, understand critical incidents and promote the well-being of staff and patients. However, like other areas of healthcare, human factors is generally not well established. The good news is that there is gr
  6. Content Article
    What is an Early Day Motion? Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed, and as such very few are debated. They are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. By attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. Early Day Motion 349: Financial redress for victims of surgical mesh, sodium valproate and hormone pregnancy tests This Early Day Motion has been signed
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    Surgical mesh is a medical device implanted to support organs in various procedures. Thousands of women in the UK had mesh surgically implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, until its use was suspended due to safety concerns in 2018.[1] Surgical mesh has been linked to a wide range of serious health issues including chronic pain, incontinence, painful sex, recurrent infections, loss of mobility and autoimmune diseases. Prior to the suspension, women injured by mesh had been raising concerns about the safety of the procedure for years and campaigning for change
  8. News Article
    At 34 years old, Dawn Jaxson had two young daughters. Since going through childbirth she had been experiencing a prolapsed bladder and urinary incontinence. Her doctors recommended she have a vaginal mesh fitted to treat the problem, and she didn’t question their advice. But more than 15 years later, she wishes she had. “As soon as I’d actually had it fitted, I felt discomfort,” says Jaxson, now 50. “Then the pain just didn’t go.” After years of almost constant pelvic pain and “countless” medical appointments, Jaxson says: “This little tiny piece of tape is still ruining my life.” “I
  9. News Article
    Lamborghinis and ski trips to the Swiss Alps were among the incentives a pharmaceutical giant developed to market a surgical device that has ruined the lives of hundreds of Australian women. Documents obtained by the ABC show the extent to which Johnson and Johnson oversold its surgical mesh products, which are used to treat incontinence and prolapse after childbirth. They paint a picture of a company that tried to sell surgeons a jet-setting lifestyle where they could insert four devices "before lunch" and notch up $10,000 in surgeries in a single morning. The mesh devices have
  10. 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
  11. News Article
    Pelvic mesh campaigner Kath Sansom has met with the health secretary Steve Barclay to discuss financial redress for those suffering complications from the procedure. The UK government decided last year not to provide compensation to women whose lives had been affected by vaginal mesh implants. But Kath Sansom, a Cambridgeshire mum and former journalist for this news outlet, has continued campaigning and says she will put pressure on the health secretary to revisit the issue. It also comes as the government revealed victims of the 1970s and 1980s blood scandal will receive compen
  12. News Article
    A leading colorectal surgeon whose former employer, North Bristol NHS Trust, faces negligence claims from dozens of his ex-patients has failed in his bid to keep legal action he is taking against the trust a secret. A review by the trust found that 203 women on whom the surgeon Tony Dixon performed pelvic mesh procedures between 2007 and 2017 came to harm. The trust faces legal claims from many of them. Trust board members were told in May that the trust had notified the 203 women that “although their laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy operation was carried out satisfactorily, they
  13. News Article
    Medicines and medical devices valued at over £850,000, totalling more than 285,000 items, have been seized by officers from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as part of a global operation to tackle the illegal sale of medical products, with UK seizures estimated to be worth around 9% of the global total. In the UK, 48 social media accounts unlawfully offering to supply medicines were also shut down. Officers from the MHRA Criminal Enforcement Unit searched five premises in the West Midlands and London, with two suspects arrested. During the global we
  14. News Article
    A pilot scheme to reduce infections following catheter insertions has shown a 100% fall within a hospital trust. NHS Supply Chain is now encouraging acute trusts in England to take advantage of the scheme which has shown to not only reduce infection rates but shorten patient length of stay and save clinicians’ time. Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are not uncommon and can cause patients significant pain, discomfort, confusion and anxiety for family and friends. They further impact healthcare with increased antibiotic use, prolonged hospital stays, increased clin
  15. Content Article
    Asked to share the worst things doctors have said to them, members of the 9,600-strong Sling The Mesh support group responded by sharing a huge number of outrageous comments; comments that are belittling, misogynistic and demonstrate the scale of mass institutional denial. These accounts are not limited to one doctor, specialty or area, they concern surgeons, consultants and GPs from across the UK. There will be many doctors shocked and horrified by the comments shared by mesh-injured women, but there are clearly those whose attitudes and behaviours are completely unacceptable. Comme
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