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Ways to Prevent Infection During Chemotherapy Treatments

Chemotherapy can lower a patient’s white blood cell count.…

The Link Between Adult Social Care and Hospital Discharges

The NHS is currently facing a significant backlog that shows…

Operating Theatre Staff Roles and Responsibilities

It takes a lot of people to run a successful operating theatre.…

Ambulance Cleaning and Decontamination Checklist

Regularly and thoroughly cleaning and decontaminating ambulances…

Why Are Ambulance Waiting Times Getting Longer?

UK ambulance waiting times are bad, and they show every sign…

Is Pollution Worse in Winter? How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

A recent report found that over 2,000 UK health centres are located…

The Patient Safety and Infection Prevention Show 2023

The Patient Safety and Infection Prevention Show will run at…

What’s The Difference Between Electrosurgery and Electrocautery?

Electrosurgery and electrocautery seem like broadly similar processes,…

Key Responsibilities for Operating Theatre Managers

Operating theatre managers are responsible for ensuring the successful…

What is PM10 in Air Quality?

Particulate matter (PM) is a class of air pollution covering…

Flu Strains in 2022 – How Many and Which Are Most Common?

Global influenza levels have been low since 2020, but the UK…

Common Infections in Care Homes & Effects on Bed Shortage

Many types of viral and bacterial infection are common in care…

The Importance of Fluid Management in Burns Patients

Severe fluid loss following injuries is a major issue for burns…

Surgical Smoke Hazards: Causes and Exposure

Surgical smoke has a very unpleasant smell, and it can produce…

Diathermy Smoke Plume Management & Guidance

What is a Diathermy Smoke Plume? A diathermy smoke plume –…

How to Clean & Prevent Infection in GP Waiting Rooms

Every year, the UK is hit by multiple viruses. Some of these…

How to Choose the Right Hospital-Grade Air Purifier

For an air purifier to be hospital-grade, it must meet any relevant…

How Many Dentists Have Left the NHS?

In the past few years, thousands of dentists have left the NHS. How…

Smoking Outside Hospitals: Bans, Laws & Guidelines

In March 2022, Scotland banned smoking outside hospital buildings. Smoking…

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5: Transmissibility & Symptoms

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are two of the most recent subvariants…

Clearing the NHS Backlog in 2023: Plans and Estimates

The NHS is facing an unprecedented backlog. This is the care…

UVC vs. HEPA Air Filters and Purifiers

An intelligent air filtration system plays an integral part of…

Future Surgery: 15-16 November 2022

The 2022 Future Surgery Show takes place at ExCeL London on 15-16…

Smart Estates Summit: 8 December 2022

The 2022 Smart Estates Summit takes place on 8 December at the…

Air Purifier and Filter Buying Guide – A-Z

If you’re looking to buy an air purifier, this short A-Z glossary…

What is PM2.5 And Why is it a Risk to Hospital Patients?

Air pollution and quality is a key concern for everyone, particularly…

University & Healthcare Estates & Innovation Birmingham 2022

University & Healthcare Estates & Innovation takes place…

What Does Sevoflurane Smell Like & How to Monitor Long-Term Exposure

Though sevoflurane has a good safety record, like all anaesthetic…

Isoflurane Side Effects & Long-Term Exposure

Isoflurane is a general inhalation aesthetic. In healthcare settings,…

How to Perform Knee & Other Arthroscopies More Efficiently

Arthroscopy keyhole surgery procedures are highly effective at…

Preventing Infections in Burns Patients

All patients are at risk from infection in hospitals and healthcare…

How UK Hospitals Can Stop the Spread of Covid to Inpatients

A recent report found that more than 40,600 people were likely…

25% of Hospitals in Dangerously High Levels of Air Pollution Areas

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises a maximum concentration…

Healthcare Estates Conference & Exhibition: 4 to 5 October 2022

The 2022 Healthcare Estates Conference and Exhibition takes place…

Air Quality & Pollution in GP Surgeries – The Effects

Asthma and Lung UK recently tested air quality levels at GP surgeries…

How Long is the Short Term Workplace Exposure Limit?

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) is a UK law…

Air Purifier vs Dehumidifier vs Air Conditioner – What’s The Difference?

Air purifiers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners all help you…

Penthrox vs. Entonox for Long Term Exposure

Penthrox and Entonox are both used for pain management in healthcare…

Long-Term Effects of Chlorine Exposure

The chemical element chlorine has been used for years in sanitation,…

How Air Pollution Harms Children in Healthcare Settings

A 2018 report revealed that thousands of UK health centres are…

Air Purifier Guide: What You Need to Know

If you’ve never used an air purifier before, you might be wondering…

Operating Theatre Temperature & Humidity Guidelines For Patient Safety and Infection Control

Good air ventilation is an integral part of effective infection…

Why Is PPE So Important in Healthcare?

Personal protection equipment (PPE) is vital for effective infection…

When & What Type of PPE Should Be Used: NHS & Healthcare

The NHS introduced new guidelines for personal protective equipment…

Health & Safety in Operating Theatres – Hazards & Precautions

Just like any other working environment, working in an operating…

Do I Need an Asbestos Air Quality Test? A Complete Guide

According to a recent BBC enquiry, over 90% of NHS trusts report…

Best & Worst Air Quality in the UK: Towns and Cities

What are the most and least polluted towns and cities in the…

How to Remove PPE in the Correct Order

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is an integral part of effective…

How Often Should You Change the HEPA Filter in Air Purifiers?

A High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can catch harmful…

Come see us at the NHS Estates and Facilities Conference 2022

The NHS Estates and Facilities Conference 2022 is just a matter…

Improve Quality & Efficiency in Operating Theatres

Improving quality and efficiency in operating theatres brings…

What is an Air Quality Consultant?

An air quality consultant assesses the air quality in hospitals,…

Current Issues in Operating Theatres

Operating theatre teams around the world face fresh challenges…

What is ISO 9001 Certified? Meaning & Regulations

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first…

What is a Hazardous and Toxic Air Pollutant?

All employers in all industries have a legal requirement to reduce…

Speed Limit for Air Quality: How Does It Work?

You may have heard about how some areas of the UK are trialling…

What Key Factors Should Be Considered When Selecting PPE?

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) can make a huge difference…

What is the Clean Air Hospital Framework?

First launched in 2019 by Global Action Plan and Great Ormond…

What Air Filtration Systems are used in Hospitals?

The 2020 pandemic highlighted the critical importance of good…

Come see us at BADS Conference 2022 – 16 and 17 June

If you are planning to attend the British Association of Day…

Introduction to the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist – 5 Steps

The World Health Organisation (WHO) first published their Surgical…

What is Surgical Steel & What’s The Difference From Stainless Steel?

You have to be able to rely on your surgical instruments. The…

How Do You Test Indoor Air Quality in Hospitals, Schools and the Workplace?

The air inside can be even more polluted than the air outside.…

Cleaning for Infection Prevention and Control in Operating Theatres

Studies show that surgical site infections (SSIs) constitute…

Decon UK 2022: Decontamination Conference for Healthcare

Presented by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and University…

Isoflurane – Safety, Disposal and Monitoring in Hospitals

Isoflurane is one of the World Health Organization’s Essential…

How to Measure Air Quality

When we talk about air quality, we’re talking about how clean…

Types of Surgical Instruments – Names and Instrument Selection

If we classify them according to their function, there are three…

How Many Standard Infection Control Precautions Are There?

The Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) are a series…

Tips for Surgical Instrument Care & Handling

Tips for Surgical Instrument Care Use as intended Misuse…

Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2022: Cairn offers hospitals breath of fresh air

State-of-the-art air purification technology will be taking centre…

Absorbent mats for urology theatres and wards

Whether you want to absorb blood, urine or irrigation fluid during…

Rising concerns over air pollution in city hospitals

If you are concerned about unsafe pollutions levels in your hospital…

8 useful tips for surgical instrument care

High quality surgical instruments can be an amazing…

Choosing absorbent mats for your labour ward

From amniotic fluid release to mild blood loss…

Poor quality instruments put patients at risk

Fears that contaminated surgical instruments are causing unnecessary…

Poor Air Quality in the Workplace: Is it Safe?

This week, Transport for London announced that it will be introducing…

Clean Air: The Smartest Addition To Your Business

Air pollution isn’t new, it’s something that most people…

Will Workplaces Change Forever Post-Covid-19 Pandemic?

As businesses begin to reopen and people return to work, the…

Face Masks & Beards: Will Corona Kill The Beard?

Facial hair has become a fashion staple in recent years. From…

Return To Work After Covid: Duty of Care & Sanitation

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been a range of different…

Why PPE Must Really Protect

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic there is much being reported…

Air purifiers and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

High quality air purifiers can trap and remove a variety of airborne…

Micro Surgery Instruments: Micro Scissors, Forceps & Needle Holder Technology

When it comes to selecting micro instruments for your next instrument…

Are Stille SuperCut Scissors Really a Cut Above the Rest?

If you are a surgeon with an eye for excellent surgical instruments,…

5 UK Medical Museums Packed with History

If you are a medical professional with a fascination…

A Day in the Life of… an Area Account Manager

Ever wondered what a typical workday is like for a Cairn Technology…

The Best Metals and Materials for Surgical Instruments

Today’s high quality surgical instruments employ a wide range…

Surgical Instrument Discolouration Guide

What is Causing your Instrument Discolouration? Light/Dark Typical…

N20 exposure risks to liver & kidneys

Hospital employees working in areas where nitrous oxide is used…

Why Buying the Best Surgical Instruments Can Save You Money

It might sound counterintuitive: How can an instrument that costs…

Titanium micro instruments benefits

Titanium micro instruments offer several clear benefits for the…

Surgical instrument care and protection

At first, it might seem strange that instruments made from stainless…

Controlling the Spread of the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

As the number of deaths caused by the Wuhan novel coronavirus…