New guidance issued to assist medical battery design

New guidance which tackles the issues facing battery design, development and use in the medical and healthcare sector has been made available this week by battery manufacturer Accutronics.

It is intended to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) better understand the possibilities and limitations of rechargeable battery technology in designing products for the sector.

The Accutronics guidance is free to download and aims to inform its readers on areas of recent battery design interest. These include a growing phenomenon dubbed the Apple expectation which explores the convergence of consumer and professional medical devices and how fitness and health monitoring apps designed by large consumer electronics companies, such as Apple and Samsung, are impacting on the professional medical industry.

“We have seen an increasing trend towards smaller, more portable battery solutions in all industries and especially in the medical field,” said Michele Windsor, marketing manager at Accutronics. “With this shift, there has been raised concern about reliable solutions for practitioners in hospitals and other areas where the need for reliable and long-lasting batteries is essential.

“We want to alleviate concerns about battery solutions and ensure that OEMs are informed about the choices they can make so they will not have to rely on inferior, consumer grade batteries.”

 
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New revalidation guidance for nurses and midwives now available

New guidance for nurses and midwives is now available ahead of the introduction of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) new rules on revalidation which come into force from April 2016.

The new rules will affect all nurses and midwives working in the UK.

Nurses and midwives can discover how the process is changing, and why, by downloading a set of FAQs from the NMC website.

The FAQs are designed to answer concerns you may have, such as: (i) why is the NMC introducing revalidation?; (ii) what sort of activities count as CPD?; (iii) what will I have to do to revalidate?; (iv) who will approve my revalidation?; and (v) how will the NMC check that revalidation requirements have been fulfilled?

Further guidance will be provided at a one-day conference on revalidation, hosted by the Nursing Times and the NMC, at the Montcalm Hotel in London on 13 November.

Scheduled attendees at the conference include Jackie Smith, chief executive of the NMC.

The revalidation FAQs, as well as more conference information, is available on the Nursing Times website.

 
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RCN produces new diabetic care guidance

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new guidance to assist nurses caring for people with diabetes.

The RCN’s guidance concerns the issues surrounding the use of pre-loading insulin syringes.

A small but significant number of people need to use pre-loaded syringes to help manage their diabetes”, explains Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK. “In these cases, it is vital that care is delivered safely and nurses are aware of the legal position surrounding this practice. We therefore welcome guidance that will help people with diabetes retain as much independence as possible in managing their condition, while also ensuring they receive the highest level of care available.”

Additionally, the RCN guidance seeks to ensure that nurses are aware of the legal position around undertaking such treatment.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “The dedication of the RCN members who have led on this vital piece of guidance has been inspiring. The NHS’s ability to manage diabetes will be crucial over the coming years, and specialist staff and those working in the community will be in a key position to refine best practice and give care of the highest quality.

“It is a testament to their dedication that we are now publishing such a clear and user-friendly piece of guidance for nurses in all settings.”

 
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NHS England sets out guidance on new mental health standards

Following the announcement (by NHS England and the Department of Health) in October 2014 of the need for measures  to improve access to mental health services, NHS England has produced guidance which sets out how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced.

Created for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the new NHS England guidance explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during 2015 and beyond.

NHS England says that the new guidance is a major step towards the Five Year Forward View commitment towards integrating physical and mental health care.

“It (the guidance) marks an important milestone for mental health services”, said Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England national clinical director for mental health. “This will change the lives of young adolescents and adults with psychosis and they will no longer face an almost inevitable future of 20 years premature mortality from poor physical and mental health.

“The guidance is the first step to working with commissioners and providers, community leaders and workforce education bodies to make this happen.

 “These services will support patients in mental health crisis who come to A&Es, patients on acute wards, and in long term conditions outpatient clinics.”

 
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