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  1. Content Article
    Report chapters Air pollution and health. This covers the effects of air pollution on health, including inequalities Outdoor air pollution emissions and recent trends How air pollution is changing Outdoor and indoor air pollution solutions Air pollution chemistry, monitoring, forecasting and information City examples – work to reduce air pollution in Birmingham, Bradford and London Air pollution research and innovation
  2. News Article
    The parents of a 25-year-old man left to die in a cell by a negligent prison nurse given responsibility for 800 inmates have told how the conditions in which their son died will haunt them for ever. The case – the 27th death in just five years at HMP Nottingham – was said to illustrate the desperate state of Britain’s understaffed and increasingly dangerous prison system. Alex Braund was being held on remand awaiting trial when he fell ill in his cell with the first signs of pneumonia on 6 March 2020. Four days later, on the morning of 10 March, after a series of ill-fated attempts by Braund’s cellmate to get prison staff to take the situation seriously, the young man collapsed. Prison staff responded to an emergency bell rung by Braund’s cellmate at 6.55am, but they initially only looked through the cell hatch, taking five minutes to enter the cell in order to give CPR. Braund was subsequently taken to Queen’s medical centre in Nottingham, where he was pronounced dead at 11.44am of cardiac arrest caused by pneumonia. The jury at an inquest at Nottinghamshire coroner’s court found there had been a “continuous failure to provide adequate healthcare”, with a prison officer told by a nurse a few hours before Braund’s death that there was “nothing to be done at this time of night”. Questioning during the hearing revealed that the nurse, who has since lost her job and been reported to the nursing and midwifery council, had amended her records on the morning of Braund’s death. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 6 December 2022
  3. News Article
    The most common reasons why people with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are admitted to hospital with greater frequency than the general population are changing, with hospitalisation for traditional diabetes complications now being accompanied by admissions for a diverse range of lesser-known complications including infections (i.e., pneumonia, sepsis), mental health disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions, according to an analysis of national data from Australia spanning seven years. The findings, being presented at this year's European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden (19-23 Sept), reveal that just four traditional diabetes complications (cellulitis, heart failure, urinary tract infections, and skin abscesses) were ranked in the top ten leading causes of hospitalisation in men and women with T2DM. "Although traditional complications such as heart failure and cellulitis remain a substantial burden for people with T2DM, infections less commonly linked with diabetes and mental health disorders are emerging as leading causes of hospital admissions, and have substantial burdens that sometimes exceed the top-ranked well-known complications," says lead author Dr. Dee Tomic from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia. She adds, "The emergence of non-traditional diabetes complications reflects improvements in diabetes management and people with diabetes living longer, making them susceptible to a broader range of complications. Increasing hospitalizations for mental health disorders as well as infections like sepsis and pneumonia will place extra burden on healthcare systems and may need to be reflected in changes to diabetes management to better prevent and treat these conditions." Read full story Source: MedicalXpress, 1 September 2022
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    This webinar, moderated by Dr Charlotte Tai, will discuss the lessons learnt and advances in practice in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Ventilator-associated Pneumonia. Speakers: The role of the oral cavity and the endotracheal tube in the aetiology of VAP Dr Matt Wise, Consultant Adult Critical Care, University Hospital of Wales Relationship between VAP and mortality Professor Saad Nseir, Professor of Critical Care at the Medical School of Lille, France Ventilator-associated pneumonia in critically ill patients with COVID-19 Dr Andrew Conway Morris, Honorary Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Panellists: Dr Mark Blunt, Lead Critical Care Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn Helen Hughes, Chief Executive, Patient Safety Learning Register
  5. Content Article
    ECRI's top 10 list of patient safety concerns: Staffing shortages. COVID-19 effects on healthcare workers’ mental health. Bias and racism in addressing patient safety. Vaccine coverage gaps and errors. Cognitive biases and diagnostic error. Nonventilator healthcare-associated pneumonia. Human factors in operationalizing telehealth. International supply chain disruptions. Products subject to emergency use authorisation. Telemetry monitoring.
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    In this report, the Coroner states that she had been informed that the risk of mortality in the elderly who have suffered significant trauma is high, because they are at greater risk of developing pneumonia. She notes that it is therefore essential that they receive emergency medical care as soon as possible. She highlighted that in this case it took three hours for an ambulance to arrive, and whilst she had no evidence that this delay contributed to Mrs Young's death, she could not confirm that it did not. She stated that future lives could be at risk due to delays in providing a timely emergency response. She acknowledged the problems faced by the ambulance service over the last two years, problems that have been compounded by the effects of the pandemic and delays in transferring patients into hospital emergency departments. She said she had also been informed that there have been plans in place to improve the responsiveness of the service, however from the evidence provided at this inquest it appears that problems still exist. She asked to be provided with the following information: Confirmation of the action that will be taken to improve the response times of emergency ambulances. Confirmation of whether there are any plans to review the categorisation of elderly patients who suffer falls and are more likely to be affected by the risks associated with lengthy periods of immobility. This report was sent to the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Health Inspectorate Wales.
  7. News Article
    GP surgeries are waiting up to a month for supplies of this winter’s flu vaccine amid unprecedented numbers of patients seeking jabs ahead of the second wave of COVID-19, family doctors have said. The Royal College of GPs (RCPG) has written to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, seeking assurances that they will have enough doses of the vaccine to cope with demand. The struggle to get jabs has prompted fears that vulnerable groups, including elderly people and those with underlying conditions, will go unprotected. “We have heard anecdotally that some surgeries are waiting up to a month for replenished supplies of vaccine, which raises concerns that there are significant distribution problems,” Prof Martin Marshall, the RCGP’s chair and a family doctor in London, said in the letter. One GP in Nottingham said there had been “a huge uptake compared to previous years, well over what we anticipated” at their surgery among groups eligible for the free jab, “so supplies ran out quickly”. “The next delivery is several weeks away and there are patients in at-risk groups who are having to wait. We have a patient aged 70 with heart disease who wants the vaccine but we currently have none to give her until the next delivery in mid to late October,” the GP said. Shortages mean that people aged 50 to 64, who are being offered a jab for the first time on the NHS, may have to wait until those with a greater medical need have been immunised first. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 4 October 2020