72016Nov
Robots: The future of our hospitals

Robots: The future of our hospitals

A recent TV programme on Channel 4 called How to Build a Human focused on the development of Artificial Intelligence and showed how robots are becoming ever more advanced. In the future, it is highly likely that robots, particularly intelligent ones, will feature more and more in our daily lives. In the same way that…

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32016Oct
A practical guide to attending Medica

A practical guide to attending Medica

Next month, over 130,000 people will descend on Düsseldorf, Germany to attend the largest health and laboratory related trade show in the world: Medica. Although other similar trade shows such as Arab Lab and Arab Health are indeed catching up, Medica remains the foremost exhibition for anyone interested in laboratory technology. Medica, at a glance…

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262016Aug
Buying British made laboratory equipment

Buying British made laboratory equipment

The 23rd June 2016 was a historic day for everyone in Britain. The result of the EU referendum meant that Britain was leaving the European Union at some point in the future- just nobody could tell when exactly! Over two months have since passed and as the dust settles, politicians are frantically working behind the…

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152016Jul
How RFID technology is revolutionising our hospitals

How RFID technology is revolutionising our hospitals

One of the biggest problems that large hospitals across the UK face is being able to track mobile devices across their site. Unlike equipment such as safety cabinets, laboratory freezers and autoclaves, which tend to be located in a fixed position in a certain department, there are a variety of instruments, which, by their very…

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42016Jul
Testing methods for the quality of a heat sealed pouch

Testing methods for the quality of a heat sealed pouch

In Sterile Service Departments (SSDs), it is vital that heat sealed pouches are properly sealed to minimise the risk of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). Any medical device that has the integrity of its sterility compromised can prove to be fatal to a patient being operated on in theatre. It is for this reason that many…

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162016Jun
Blood produced in factories is closer than you think

Blood produced in factories is closer than you think

It is the stuff of science fiction. Imagine never having to worry about low blood stocks and instead being able to manufacture red blood cells as and when you need it? It might sound a bit unbelievable now, but in fact scientists are edging closer to actually transfusing small quantities of manufactured red blood cells…

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12016Jun
Wrapping surgical instruments in Sterile Services

Wrapping surgical instruments in Sterile Services

Clinical Sterile Service Departments (CSSDs) often use a combination of pouches and wrapping depending on the type of surgical instrument they are protecting from contamination. In last month’s blog, we looked at self-seal pouches and how their sterility is questionable in comparison to heat sealed pouches. Pouches of any type are generally used for smaller…

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42016May
How secure are self-seal sterilisation bags?

How secure are self-seal sterilisation bags?

Many Clinical Sterile Service Departments (CSSDs) use heat sealed pouches to protect surgical instruments such as scalpels, hemostats and forceps from contamination. These heat sealed pouches are usually clear on one side, allowing the user to see what is inside and paper on the other side to allow the steam from an autoclave to penetrate…

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