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Midlands maternity triage system goes digital

A maternity triage system developed by clinicians and researchers from the West Midlands has launched training online for the first time, becoming readily available to maternity teams across the UK. Midwives, obstetricians, and doctors across the NHS can now access the Birmingham Symptom-specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) programme and training materials online for free via the Meridian Health Innovation Exchange. There is no standardised triage system in maternity care. The Birmingham Symptom-specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) assesses women presenting themselves with unexpected

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Early birth linked to greater risk of hospital visits during childhood

Being born early (before 37 weeks’ gestation) is associated with a higher risk of hospital admission throughout childhood than being born at full term (40 weeks’ gestation), finds a study published by The BMJ recently. Although the risk declined as the children grew up, particularly after age 2, an excess risk remained up to age 10, even for children born at 38 and 39 weeks’ gestation, representing many potentially vulnerable children, say the researchers. Preterm birth is a major contributor to

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No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers

Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should consider avoiding caffeine, researchers say Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be advised to avoid caffeine because the evidence suggests that maternal caffeine consumption is associated with negative pregnancy outcomes and that there is no safe level of consumption, finds an analysis of observational studies published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. Caffeine is probably the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in history, and many people, including pregnant

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Treat smarter with Sonata

Promotional feature The ever-present COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on hospital services in the UK and around the world. As the number of coronavirus cases rose, and hospitals became inundated, available space and resources were refocused. Elective procedures were deferred to allow the NHS to focus its efforts on coping with the needs of COVID patients. As the initial wave recedes, infection control is uppermost in everyone’s mind. The hospital teams’ focus is now on dealing with the

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NMC sets out plans to move towards a ‘new normal’

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has proposed a series of changes to help support nursing and midwifery students and professionals as the UK cautiously transitions to a new phase in the Covid-19 pandemic. The NMC is embarking on a gradual introduction of changes to help the nursing and midwifery workforce and wider health and care systems during this time of transition. These changes, to be reviewed by the NMC’s Governing Council next week, focus on enabling a more stable

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Rapid coronavirus test speeds up access to urgent care and will free up beds ahead of winter

The first analysis of a new point-of-care “nucleic acid test” for SARS-CoV-2 in a UK hospital setting shows these machines dramatically reduce time spent on COVID-19 ‘holding’ wards – allowing patients to be treated or discharged far quicker than with current lab testing set-ups. The rapid diagnostic capability of SAMBA II devices – an average of 2.6 hours compared with 26.4 hours for standard lab tests – led to an increased availability of ‘isolation rooms’ needed for infected patients, as

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Sands launches new support package for NHS workers during COVID19

A UK baby loss charity has launched a campaign to help hard-pressed NHS workers provide the best possible care to families affected by baby loss during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity) has launched Finding the words: supporting the NHS to support families to ensure all NHS workers have the confidence and skills to care for families when the worst happens.  Thousands of bereaved families across the UK who are already struggling with the death of their baby are facing added social isolation and anxiety. Supporting bereaved families can be challenging for

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Record numbers of registered nursing and midwifery professionals but potential stormy waters ahead, warns NMC

Around 18,000 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates – the largest ever annual increase – are now on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) permanent register to work in the UK compared to a year ago. But concerns around the long term impact of Covid-19 on international recruitment, retention and supporting the workforce mean stormy waters may lie ahead. Out on Thursday 9 July, ‘The NMC Register’ – the professional regulator’s most comprehensive annual registration data report to-date – shows the number

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RCOG publishes new standards for antenatal and postnatal care amid coronavirus crisis

The Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published new standards for UK NHS trusts and boards on how to safely manage antenatal and postnatal care services during the coronavirus pandemic. Maternity care has been shown repeatedly to be essential. Studies in the UK and internationally have shown that if women do not attend antenatal services they are at increased risk of maternal death, stillbirth, and other adverse perinatal outcomes. Many elements of antenatal care

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17,000 doctors and nurses training during COVID-19 using virtual simulation technology

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals worldwide have an urgent need for doctors and nurses. Huge numbers of retired doctors and nurses have been called up – 20,000 in the UK’s NHS alone. Medical and nursing students are also being called up to the front lines early. Both groups need rapid up-skilling. At a time of immense pressures on the system, and at a time of social distancing, in-person training is challenging. In response, Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) – a