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CONTENTS VOLUME 18 ISSUE 5 CSJ THE CLINICAL SERVICES JOURNAL FEATURES


15 Reviewing patient safety challenges The NHS wants to be the safest healthcare system in the world - that is its stated aim. As we wait to hear the results of a public consultation with a strategy designed to sit alongside the NHS Long Term Plan, Kate Woodhead RGN DMS, analyses the challenges facing the patient safety movement.


18 EBME Expo 2019: The future of healthcare


Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the theme for this year’s EBME conference and exhibition was how the latest healthcare technology can improve patient outcomes. Over two days, a broad range of speakers shared fascinating insight into the future of healthcare.


24 Surgical equipment first for Ayr hospital


Following the installation of Olympus Medical Systems’ Endoalpha 4K integrated operating theatre, surgeons at University Hospital Ayr undertaking laparoscopic surgery can now operate with enhanced visibility, and stream live images of surgery for training - both within the hospital and to locations worldwide.


30 Easing the route to new diagnostic technology


Penny Pinnock, sales manager – healthcare & public sector, for Siemens Financial Services in the UK, examines how asset finance can support the upgrade of radiology and diagnostic technology in a growing private healthcare market.


34 Safeguarding healthcare against cyber threats


In healthcare, cyber security is critical. Ram Vaidhyanathan, IT security and cyber risk analyst, ManageEngine, explores the impact of cyber threats on the healthcare industry and shares his tips for better protection.


37 The evolving diagnostic service of endoscopy


One of the many benchmarks by which the NHS – and the public it serves – measures the effectiveness of the service is how long a patient has to wait in a queue. Kate Woodhead RGN DMS asserts that diagnostic services are a key element of this as, at this stage, the patient often doesn’t know if they are unwell or just has a collection of annoying or worrying symptoms.


MAY 2019 51 A clean bill of health for instant messaging


Dan Boddington, systems engineer at StarLeaf, discusses the dangers of using insecure messaging, and asks if the increase in its use is putting patients’ information at risk.


55 Spiralling PACS costs: Are there alternatives?


Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have been the go-to option for medical imaging, and many healthcare providers are engaged in upgrading their PACS system to a new generation. Phil Colbourne warns that this can involve significant investments and reduced systems flexibility, with costs set to spiral.


58 Positive results for catheter coating


In a bid to pave the way in the battle against superbugs, Cambridge based Camstent has created the world’s first ‘bacteria-phobic’ catheter. CSJ spoke to the company’s CTO, Dr David Hampton, to find out more.


63 Precision flow control: Accelerating efficiency


Wladyslaw Wygnanski and Charles Potter, explain how binary actuation valve technology could be the healthcare system’s answer to creating greater efficiencies in devices that demand precise, rapid and energy-efficient flow control.


67 Redesigning laundry for clinical services


The care sector has been tasked with managing a rapid increase of residents on a large scale due to our ageing population. As a result, the NHS has been urged to increase available care beds. Clare Long observes, coping with greater numbers of residents requires changes to be made at each stage of care.


WWW.CLINICALSERVICESJOURNAL.COM I 3 41 The future of sterilisation and decontamination


The Central Sterilising Club Annual Scientific Meeting provided an excellent learning opportunity for all those involved in decontamination. With a focus on extending knowledge and improving practice, this year’s event was yet another success.


47 Healthcare technology for the homeless


Homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings now have access to medical treatment and support, thanks to an innovative digital healthcare outreach project.


REGULARS 5 Comment: In demand and on demand


6 Cover Story: Improving safety for both staff and patients


9 News 70 Products


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