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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the practical patient care editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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The path to recovery
25 November, 2020
With the lung-protective ventilation used to treat severe cases of...
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Sharp relief 25 November, 2020 Needlestick accidents are a common cause of injury and can lead to psychological distress for healthcare workers. Natalie Healey explores the measures some hospitals are taking to...

Skin in the game 25 November, 2020 Burns have traditionally been treated with skin grafts, but some burns are so extensive that it can be hard to find enough healthy skin for the procedure. At the University of...

Heroes cleaned these 25 November, 2020 Before Covid-19, life down in the world’s sterile processing departments (SPDs) felt like a lot of pressure for little reward. Could the pandemic change that? Tim Gunn asks SPD...

In with both feet 25 November, 2020 Until recently, research into chronic wound care was small scale, localised and largely uncoordinated. The Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) is looking to change that. With an initial...

Double jeopardy 25 November, 2020 Like they do every winter, health services across the northern hemisphere are gearing up for flu season – though this year, of course, they have to cope with rather more. With cases...

Put the world to the test 25 November, 2020 In a bleak milestone, the global death toll for Covid-19 has passed one million people. It’s impossible to say how many of these deaths could have been prevented, but it is clear...

Web-side manner 25 November, 2020 US Medicare claims for telemedicine jumped from ten thousand a week in March to well over a million a week in April. Most doctors weren’t trained for this. Tim Gunn asks Kevin Curtis...

More than meets the eye 13 April, 2020 A simple blood test could soon become the latest monitoring tool for the early detection of melanoma in the eye. University of Queensland scientists have discovered markers in the...

Surgeon simulator 13 April, 2020 Artificial intelligence using machine-learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help surgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to...

Breathe easy 13 April, 2020 A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found broad variation in the way non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is delivered in hospitals across the US. Laura C Myers...

Skin in the game 13 April, 2020 Scientists have designed a new method for post-operative wound closing and healing that is fast and effective. It revolves around engineered ‘cell sheets’, layers of skin-based cells....

Knowledge gap 13 April, 2020 Whole exome sequencing is designed to evaluate all of the protein-producing genes in a patient to inform both diagnosis and treatment. However, researchers from UT Southwestern,...

A piece of the puzzle 13 April, 2020 Alzheimer’s disease afflicts roughly 10% of people aged 65 and older, and after decades of research and millions of dollars spent the quest for a cure continues. Recent advancements...

A helping hand 13 April, 2020 Scarring can leave a hand unusable after trauma – but what if it could move during healing? Eleanor Wilson speaks to Christopher Allan, co-lead of the team behind the ReHeal glove,...

It's all on the web 13 April, 2020 Inspired by the way spiders exude ‘glue’ to catch their prey in the rain, a double-sided tape designed to stick body tissue together after surgery was developed by scientists...

Wash your hands of infection 13 April, 2020 The flu kills thousands of people every winter, and this year has seen the emergence of another deadly virus, COVID-19. Hand washing can provide valuable protection against viruses,...

Life in your hands 21 January, 2020 Considerable effort has been put into boosting adherence to hand-hygiene practices among healthcare staff, but there’s a blind spot when it comes to patients. Isabel Ellis asks Lona...

Nudge in the right direction 21 January, 2020 Hand hygiene is, of course, paramount to prevent infections but boosting compliance remains challenging. Nudging, a gentle push to encourage a desirable behaviour, could provide an...

The triangular treatment 21 January, 2020 Globally, the demand for healthcare resources continues to grow as the demographics of the population change, long-term conditions become more prevalent, patient expectations rise...


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