The Why, What & How of Endoscope Decontamination
Friday, 21 April 2017 11:53
Wednesday 31st May 2017
The Postgraduate Center, QE Hospital Birmingham
Attendance is FREE of charge
The study day is aimed at staff who undertake the day to day practice of endoscope decontamination.
The expert speakers on the day include:
Dr Helen Griffiths, Ms Tina Bradley & Mr Wayne Spencer
Further details for the day will be provided following your booking confirmation
DID YOU KNOW
Friday, 21 April 2017 09:22
that individuals are unable to donate blood for 4 to 6 months after any natural orifice flexible endoscopy and until they have informed the blood service of the diagnosis?
The reason is twofold, firstly there are certain diagnoses that would either prevent them from donating blood ever again, one being IBD, or prevent them from donating until all investigations and treatment have been completed, and secondly because there are case reports of patient to patient transmission of viruses such as HBV and HCV linked to GI endoscopy and poor decontamination of endoscopes. These viruses can be successfully inactivated with high level disinfection but there is always the ‘risk’ that decontamination has not been carried out successfully and we do not on a day to day basis measure the success of each decontamination cycle. There are four Blood Services that take donations and supply blood in the UK. All are required to comply with the Blood Safety & Quality Regulations (BSQR) 2005 which incorporates EU legislation in respect to flexible endoscopy. The Blood Services implement deferrals regarding this depending on their use of discretionary Hepatitis B testing.
In England NHS Blood & Transplant defer donors for 4 months and then test for Hepatitis B core antibody between 4 and 6 months after flexible endoscopy. After 6 months no extra testing is required. NAT testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is carried out on all donations. The Welsh Blood Service use discretionary testing in a similar way from 120 days after a flexible endoscopy. Currently the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service defer for 6 months and do not use discretionary testing to reduce this deferral.
The Safety of Blood, Tissues & Organs (SaBTO) Committee advises the Department of Health on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion and transplantation. A SABTO working party is currently reviewing the guidelines regarding flexible endoscopy. However a recommendation for change would still have to be approved by the EU for a change to be made to the BSQR so a change is unlikely in the near future.
Detailed information on how health and travel may affect their eligibility to donate is available for donors
- in England at https://my.blood.co.uk/knowledgebase/
- in Wales at https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/giving-blood/can-i-donate/
- in Scotland at https://www.scotblood.co.uk/giving-blood/can-i-give-blood/
- in Northern Ireland at http://www.nibts.org/canidonate.html
21st ESGENA Conference
Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:13
28-30 October 2017
In conjunction with the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week
Following past meetings in 2010 and 2015, this is the third time that the medical and nursing community of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy will meet in Barcelona.
After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, ESGENA will continue its established structures while also initiating new formats of interactive learning. Recent successes have already connected countries and have laid the foundation for new future projects.
The three day ESGENA conference is not only an opportunity to meet colleagues from throughout Europe, but also from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The exchange with nurses from all over the world combined with the opportunity to attend the medical programme of the UEG Week ensures that the ESGENA conference will be an exceptional educational event.
In 2017 the UEG will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Barcelona, offering interesting and interactive learning formats which emphasise the multidisciplinary approach.
Clinical Research Nurse nominations invited for 2017 Nursing Times Award
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:51
The Nursing Times has announced the categories and opened the award nominations process for this year's prestigious ceremony, to be held in November. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is sponsoring this year's Clinical Research Nurse category. The Nursing Times wants to hear from you - apply now!
Are you implementing projects to help give hard-to-reach groups access to the services they need to keep physically and mentally well; thinking of ways to help keep staff healthier and fitter; or devising complex technology solutions to make sure patients are kept safer or their needs are addressed more comprehensively? Now is your chance to share your story. By entering the award nominations, this is your opportunity to
- Promote and share your work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your service to healthcare providers across the UK
- Inform and educate the wider profession about your initiatives to improve patient care
- Be recognised by your peers for being at the sharp-end of patient care and at the cutting edge of service improvement
- Highlight your organisation's commitment to achieving excellence
Clinical Research Nurses can find out more and apply here. The deadline to apply is 2 June 2017.
Leeds Course in Clinical Nutrition, 13-15 September 2017
Monday, 27 March 2017 12:07
This 3 day course, which has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee, is aimed at all professions with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and will appeal to clinicians, dietitians, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff and others with an interest in patient nutrition. The course is particularly suitable for SpRs (Specialist Registrars) as it is now a mandatory requirement to attend a clinical nutrition course. BSG members will be offered a reduced registration fee; further information is available from www.clinical-nutrition.co.uk. Early registration is recommended.
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