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Scientific miscommunication: Selective reporting and hand hygiene

By Hayley Hughes, September 23 2014 Posted 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: Selective reporting and hand hygiene

Scientific miscommunication: Not painting the whole picture

September 9 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 26 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, ...

Patient involvement in healthcare- Is self-treatment a possible future for healthcare?

August 7 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Looking at the buzz surrounding the idea of patient involvement in developing and targeting healthcare, with the aim of providing a better patient experience and better care, I wonder – as a designer – about the implications and future of some trends ...

Volunteering with Operation Smile in Bolivia - Part five

July 16 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

As part of Mölnlycke Health Care’s ongoing support for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe, Mölnlycke Health Care employees ...

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

June 30 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 ...

Brazil’s health at kick-off: A glance at the 2014 World Cup host country

June 23 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

Mölnlycke Health Care health economist Viktor Gergely looks at Brazil and its healthcare system as Brazil takes centre stage as host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The frenzy surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil reached fever pitch as the event ...

Volunteering with Operation Smile in Bolivia - Part four

June 5 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

As part of Mölnlycke Health Care’s ongoing support for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe, Mölnlycke Health Care employees ...

Volunteering with Operation Smile in Bolivia - Part three

May 12 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

As part of Mölnlycke Health Care’s ongoing support for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe, Mölnlycke Health Care employees ...

Volunteering with Operation Smile in Bolivia - Part two

April 22 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

As part of Mölnlycke Health Care’s ongoing support for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe, Mölnlycke Health Care employees ...

Volunteering with Operation Smile in Bolivia - Part one

April 15 2014, in The Mölnlycke O.R. blog

As part of Mölnlycke Health Care’s ongoing support for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe, Mölnlycke Health Care employees ...

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

February 26 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 ...

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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