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THE CLINICAL SERVICES JOURNAL FEATURES 15 Care and compassion: primary needs for staff

Following recent discussion of The Courage of Compassion report, Kate Woodhead RGN DMS further considers the importance of ensuring ‘autonomy, belonging and contribution’ in order to retain and safeguard the wellbeing of those working in health and social care.

19 Lessons learned from the ‘first wave’

As we enter a second phase of the pandemic, the lessons learned from managing the challenges of the ‘first wave’ will be crucial. Experts speaking at the Central Sterilising Club’s virtual study day shared their insights into strategies to manage shortages of PPE and important lessons learned on the building of field hospitals, to meet demand in a crisis.

26 Fighting AMR in the era of COVID-19

The threat posed by antimicrobial resistance was high on the agenda at the FIS/HIS online conference. Evelina Tacconelli – a professor of infectious diseases and consultant for the World Health Organization – called for action.

31 Rehabilitation challenges for long COVID sufferers

Speaking at Connect Health’s Change webinar, a panel of experts raised concerns around the rehabilitation of patients recovering from COVID-19. Sufferers of ‘Long Covid’ are being “dismissed and not listened to” and there is “no culture of rehabilitation in the UK”, they warned.

35 Clinical guide for low temperature sterilisation

Healthcare facilities are increasingly using vaporised hydrogen peroxide as part of their decontamination strategies. Dr. Georgia Alevizopoulou provides an insight into the optimisation of VHP low temperature sterilisation processes to ensure safe and effective reprocessing of medical devices.

41 Advancing proton beam therapy treatment

Proton beam therapy is enhancing patient care, quality of life and longevity thanks to a high level of precision. Hitachi’s Ken Umei discusses how the technology has developed and the ways the treatment is improving patient outcomes.

JANUARY 2021 45 Higher hygiene standards for infection control

As the pandemic established its foothold within the UK, hospitals faced new challenges and uncertainties – from concerns around the precautions staff should take and the availability of PPE, to questions around transmission. Ellie Wishart and George Olden reflect on the challenges and lessons learned.

50 Tackling infection risks: advanced ultrasonics

David Jones offers an insight into the development of advanced ultrasonic technology to ensure effective cleaning of surgical instruments. After years of R&D, the result is a solution that is claimed to render instruments and lumens completely protein free, while meeting the demands of HTM guidance.

55 Managing cultural change in a crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified a myriad of challenges in the healthcare sector. A change in culture can deliver significant benefits including reducing the effects of staff burnout, delivering a higher quality of care and increasing productivity. Leaders can use their power to influence workplace culture and drive positive change from within, argues Phil Taylor.

59 Time to act on surgical site infections

Nick Rothwell warns that we do not yet have a true picture of SSI prevalence in the UK and, without this, we will never fully understand the scale of the problem with which we are dealing. He highlights a new report, Time to Act, which aims to raise awareness of the key issues and calls for action on preventable infections.

65 Minimising airflow turbulence in the OR

Surgical site infections constitute a huge healthcare burden worldwide and prevention requires an integrated approach. This article considers the role of surgical light design in optimising air quality and minimising airflow turbulence in theatres, through aerodynamic research.

71 Tackling the risk of airborne infection

Prevention of infection transmission of airborne pathogens is high on the agenda and, in the wake of COVID-19, has prompted hospitals to scrutinise their current protocols and approaches. Andrew Carnegie discusses the importance of effective elimination of airborne pathogens in the healthcare setting and provides advice on key considerations for supplemental air cleaning.

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