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Getting it right the first time

By Paul Hayes, August 4 2016 Posted in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Paul Hayes, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, United Kingdom. My hands are my livelihood - my patients put their trust in them every day. How I ensure my ...

Getting it right the first time

Staying ahead of perioperative hypothermia

August 4 2016, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

"Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia can adversely affect the outcome of surgery and the patient’s postoperative course. It should be actively prevented.1" The potentially adverse effects of even mild perioperative hypothermia are well-documented2. ...

All hands on deck – The patient role in infection control

January 15 2016, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Ample evidence exists to support the assertion that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety. Hospitals and hospital staffs introduce programs and initiatives that cover virtually every aspect of infection control to stem the ...

Pressure ulcer prevention protocols into practice: Pressure ulcers are a patient safety issue

December 16 2015, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Jacqui Fletcher, Clinical Strategy Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, United Kingdom We know, as healthcare professionals, that pressure ulcers are a real issue facing both patients and the healthcare facilities in which we work. At the heart of ...

Proven pressure ulcer prevention in practice

November 18 2015, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Professor Nick Santamaria, University of Melbourne & Royal Melbourne Hospital. The clinical and scientific evidence about pressure ulcer prevention continues to show that the risk of developing pressure ulcers can be mitigated using prophylactic interface ...

Pressure ulcer prevention: Pressure alone is not a sufficient measure of possible tissue damage

November 13 2015, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Professor Amit Gefen, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel Pressure ulcers are a common but preventable hospital-acquired injury. In understanding how to prevent pressure ulcers, both clinical and scientific evidence ...

Building awareness: Epidermolysis bullosa

October 16 2015, The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

By Prof Ncoza. C. Dlova, Chief Specialist/ HOD, Dermatology Department, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) For the general public, epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is not a well-known condition. If recognized at all, some ...

Would you do everything in your power to help prevent a surgical site infection?

October 13 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Ulrika Kanth is a former surgery nurse who is now a clinical specialist/account manager with Mölnlycke Health Care. I want to and do believe that everyone working in healthcare would do anything within their power to do what is best for their patients. ...

Clean air in the O.R.: How to measure CFU?

October 6 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Glenn Lundberg is a former surgery nurse who is now a clinical specialist with Mölnlycke Health Care. There is a lot of discussion about clean air and CFU (colony forming unit) levels in operating theatres. Evidence points to the importance of reducing ...

The realities of life with epidermolysis bullosa

September 23 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

The rare, inherited, genetic skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa (EB), does not usually make headlines. In fact, unless you have been affected by it in one way or another, chances are, you have never heard of it. Awareness is one important piece of ...

Managing the real challenges of high viscosity wounds

May 13 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Wound exudate, essential as it is to wound healing, is one aspect of wound care that influences a patient’s quality of life1. While different types of exudate play a role in the healing journey, one of the biggest challenges a patient faces is with highly ...

Holistic approaches to wound care: Dressed for success

May 8 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

In recent interviews with wound care nurses in several hospitals in Germany, we learned that traditional wound care approaches consider the wound as it is when the patient visits the clinic. More modern approaches are holistic and take lifestyle factors, ...

Is 'belt and braces' the best approach for preventing surgical site infections? – Part two

March 11 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Surgical site infections (SSIs) have a significant impact on patient morbidity and healthcare costs. This two-part article reviews recent research into risk factors for infection and appropriate preventive measures with particular focus on surgical gloves, ...

Is 'belt and braces' the best approach for preventing surgical site infections? – Part one

February 27 2015, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Surgical site infections (SSIs) have a significant impact on patient morbidity and healthcare costs. This two-part article reviews recent research into risk factors for infection and appropriate preventive measures with particular focus on surgical gloves, ...

Under pressure

November 19 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Professor Nick Santamaria, University of Melbourne & Royal Melbourne Hospital Everyone who delivers clinical care is under pressure to prevent pressure ulcers, and everyone in the healthcare sector is equally under pressure to reduce costs. Pressure comes ...

Prevention is protection – stopping pressure ulcers before they start

October 24 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Professor Amit Gefen, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel Many factors contribute to the formation of pressure ulcers, and looking for potential preventive measures involves looking at all these factors together. As ...

Watching the detectives: Innovation as afterthought

October 6 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Mölnlycke Health Care Innovation and Concept Director, Tove Weigel, contends that innovation is less huge, explosive change and more detective work. What company in any industry does not push the idea of this elusive concept – “innovation”? By itself, ...

Scientific miscommunication: Selective reporting and hand hygiene

October 6 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

This is the third and final article in a series of posts about scientific miscommunication. This time we look at selective reporting. Case in point: media coverage of rising MRSA rates without equal coverage for the flip side of the issue. As was touched ...

Scientific miscommunication: Not painting the whole picture

September 10 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

The second in a three-part series on the need for media responsibility and clearer healthcare communication, as issues like antibiotic resistance and public health epidemics like Ebola make headlines. I attended an infection control conference a couple ...

Scientific (Mis)communication: Cleaning up the act

August 27 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

The first in a three-part series on the need for media responsibility and clearer healthcare communication, as issues like antibiotic resistance and public health epidemics like Ebola make headlines. In the UK, headline-grabbing scientific news stories, ...

Healthcare and the legacy of the 1920s car industry, part 3

July 2 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Dr Magnus Lord is one of Europe’s leading experts in modern healthcare management, including Lean healthcare. He holds three university degrees - medical doctor, master of science and a bachelor of business administration degree. A former strategy director ...

Healthcare and the legacy of the 1920s car industry, part 2

February 26 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Driving the focus to the patient journey In the first instalment of this series, I described the present production system in healthcare and its 1920s Detroit car-industry legacy. In this second part I will describe the new production philosophy, which ...

Patient temperature management: When cool is the difference between life and death

February 6 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

The importance of maintaining a patient’s body temperature to as near normal (normothermia) as possible is something that we have heard a fair bit about on this blog (Patient warming: Prevention is better than cure) and elsewhere (e-Learning: Learn about ...

Healthcare and the legacy of the 1920s car industry

January 8 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Dr Magnus Lord is one of Europe’s leading experts in modern healthcare management, including Lean healthcare. He holds three university degrees - medical doctor, master of science and a bachelor of business administration degree. A former strategy director ...

Grading the evidence: Research questions and the mitigation of risk

December 11 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

In this final post in a series on evidence-based medicine, Hayley Hughes, a member of the clinical research team at Mölnlycke Health Care, will look at how posing a different research question may provide a more positive outcome for your intervention ...

“But, money is not the central problem of health economics”

November 20 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

The title quote comes from the summary of a 1958 article by Selma J. Mushkin1, an economist who was a pioneer in defining health economics long before health economics was a discrete field. I could not agree more. All too often people believe that health ...

Drape Expectations – to drape or not to drape

November 5 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

I’m not really asking whether we should drape our patients prior to surgery, but I do want to make us think about why we do it and with what. As a theatre nurse, a global training manager and in the past an international product manager, I have been in ...

Customer needs – Is what the customer says important

October 17 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

We have all heard the saying, “The customer is always right.” We do, however, sometimes feel like asking the question, “Why should we bother with what the customer says?” The simple answer is because the customer knows what matters to and how things work ...

Grading the evidence - Practical tips on grading your own

September 3 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

In this third post in a series on evidence-based medicine, Hayley Hughes, a member of the clinical research team at Mölnlycke Health Care, will look at how she critically appraises the different types of evidence and grades them accordingly. In my role ...

Grading the evidence – Efficacy vs effectiveness

August 20 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

In this post in a series on evidence-based medicine, Hayley Hughes, a member of the clinical research team at Mölnlycke Health Care, will look more closely at alternative sources of evidence when RCTs are not available. All that glitters is not necessarily ...

The O.R.: Then and now – How much has really changed?

August 5 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

It is vacation time (in the northern hemisphere at least), which means that I start to get postcards from friends on their holidays. Some are of delightful views, some are comical and a good few are of steam engines This year, I received quite an unusual ...

Risk assessment of needlestick injuries

July 23 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

To avoid danger and to reduce risks, healthcare practitioners must be familiar with the kind of risks involved in needlestick and sharps injuries. Healthcare workers face a significant risk of serious infections as a result of injuries caused by medical ...

Needlestick injuries in Europe

July 9 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

by Professor Andreas Wittmann, University of Wuppertal, Germany The aim of Directive 3020/32/EU (also known as the EU Sharps Directive) is to achieve standard protection against needlestick injuries throughout Europe for workers in the healthcare industry. ...

A rendezvous with Ms Carbapenem resistance

June 27 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

I once had a midwife tell me that an expectant mother in the labour ward wanted to name her newborn daughter “Chlamydia” because she thought it was a nice name! Amused, I asked, “Why?” The midwife replied, “The lady had heard the term often among teenagers, ...

Allergies: A Reason to Overreact!

June 11 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

It is that time of year again – the time of year when I have to check my pockets and bags to be sure I have an epipen handy and that it is in date. The time of year when I need to be sure I have a letter from my doctor explaining that I need to carry ...

Invisible innovation: Sometimes something you cannot see makes the world better

May 21 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Looking into the future of healthcare there are a number of challenges to be addressed – things that will affect us all regardless of whether we work within healthcare or not. These challenges include a shortage of nurses, an aging population, more people ...

The Human Face of the EU Sharps Directive - part two

May 2 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Often lost in the bureaucracy and layers of text that come with the implementation of directives are the personal experiences of healthcare workers who have been injured by needlestick and sharps. As someone who has experienced firsthand the kind of worry ...

The Human Face of the EU Sharps Directive

April 16 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Compliance with the EU Sharps Directive has ignited a lot of discussion in the past three years about the cost of undertaking the work needed to ensure implementation – and excuses have been made for waiting until the very last minute to initiate change. ...

Grading the evidence

April 4 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

In a series of posts, Hayley Hughes, a member of the clinical research team at Mölnlycke Health Care, will examine the use and growing importance of evidence-based medicine and the critical evaluation of guidelines that are used in everyday medical practice. Common ...

Patient warming: Prevention is better than cure

February 19 2013, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Four reasons patient warming is low priority and how to warm it up Do you keep your patients sufficiently warm during surgery? If so, you are dramatically improving their chances of avoiding post-operative complications.  Nevertheless, while anaesthesiologists ...

Scrubs – should we wash or replace them?

November 9 2012, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Imagine surgeons wearing just an apron to protect their everyday clothes during surgery. It isn’t that long ago, yet the situation seems almost surreal to most OR staff.  Besides identifying the team, surgical clothing today plays an essential role in ...

Are surgical gloves the weakest link in the O.R.?

May 29 2012, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

There is no question that intact surgical gloves provide effective protection against cross infection and contamination for both the patient and the medical team during surgical procedures. However, as surgical gloves are the most intensively exposed ...

How you can change O.R. processes and improve productivity

April 25 2012, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

  “You can’t impose anything on anyone and expect them to be committed to it”, said guru of organisational culture Edgar Schein. Operating rooms can be seen as the ‘heart’ or “engine” of a hospital. They are complex, high-risk and multi-professional. ...

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The surgical and wound care environment is always changing. The Mölnlycke Health Care blog addresses topics and trends in surgery and wound care. Among these topics are efficiency, health economy, infection control and patient safety. Read more about this blog and how to comment

 

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