NEWS Blackpool Victoria Hospital introduces

portable chest drainage Blackpool Victoria Hospital has introduced Medela Healthcare’s portable Thopaz+ chest drainage system into three of its respiratory wards, minimising the risk of COVID-19 cross contamination. The department has purchased 10 portable units, which will be used for chest drainage in cases for pneumothorax (collapsed lung) to monitor air leaks. The devices are already being used in the hospital’s cardiothoracic unit and, following positive feedback from surgeons, are now being rolled out across respiratory. Traditionally, they would have used wall suction connected to a drainage system, but have chosen a portable solution to remove any risk of disconnection and air contamination due to COVID-19. Compact and lightweight, Thopaz+ allows clinicians to make informed decisions based on precise drainage data. Dr. Amrithraj Bhatta, said: “I believe it will help us manage air leak effectively and give us greater confidence in managing these patients. It also has many patient benefits such as enabling early removal of chest drains, reducing their stay in hospital and helping patients with their mobility.” NICE guidance states that Thopaz+

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can reduce drainage time, length of stay in hospital and also improves safety for people with chest drains.

It may also improve clinical decision making through continuous, objective monitoring of air leaks and fluid loss and staff may find it more convenient and easier to use than conventional chest drains. In addition, the NICE resource impact assessment shows that, at a national level, adopting Thopaz+ is expected to save around £8.5 million per year in England. Focusing specifically on respiratory, the guidelines suggest a saving of £550.90 per patient can be achieved with Thopaz+ compared to conventional chest drains.

Eastwood Park releases new training calendar

Eastwood Park’s new training calendar for April 2021-March 2022 has just been published, with details of its specialist engineering and estates and facilities management courses. New for 2021/22 is a ‘verification and validation’ ventilation and air-conditioning course for those who require an appreciation of how to deliver and manage these systems in a healthcare environment, as in HTM 03-01 and other NHS Guidance.

A new ‘medical gas warning alarms’ course has been added to the portfolio,

covering the installation, commissioning, repair and fault finding on commonly used medical gas systems. This will be of particular value to Trusts who, after attending, will be able to carry out a full range of activities without resorting to specialist contractors. Alongside these new courses, Eastwood Park will also be welcoming the next intakes onto three healthcare engineering degree programmes in April and October 2021. Potential students are encouraged to apply now in order to secure their place in good time.

2021 will also see the return of the popular hospital engineering apprentice summer school, which provides apprentices with a greater appreciation of the HTMs and compliance through practical, technical sessions with expert trainers. With essential training in everything from core hospital engineering disciplines, to estates and facilities management and decontamination, Eastwood Park delivers courses to meet the latest safety regulations and HTM guidelines. For further details visit:

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disease control Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have created flightless mosquitoes by editing a specific gene that is required for females to fly. This could provide a more controlled and targeted way of reducing mosquito populations in select areas where mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika and dengue, are rife. Without flight, females are unable to mate and find a human and feed on their blood. This would prevent females that inherit the edited Act4 gene from feeding on humans and transmitting diseases, as well as stopping them from producing offspring. This would reduce the population if enough females inherit the gene.

The research was carried out by the

Pirbright Institute, which is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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