The application of three-dimensional printing technology in anaesthesia

Chao, I. et al. Anesthesia. Published online: 27 January 2017 

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Three-dimensional printing has rapidly become an easily accessible, innovative and versatile technology, with a vast range of applications across a wide range of industries. There has been a recent emergence in the scientific literature relating to its potential application across a multitude of fields within medicine and surgery; however, its use within anaesthesia has yet to be formally explored. We undertook a systematic review using MEDLINE and EMBASE databases of three-dimensional printing in anaesthesia. We identified eight relevant articles. Due to the paucity of studies, we also completed a narrative review of the applications of three-dimensional printing pertinent to anaesthetic practice that our department are currently exploring, and suggest potential future uses for this technology relevant to our speciality.

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Quality improvement: learning from innovations in the vanguards

The King’s Fund Blog | By Don Berwick

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I have recently returned from an exciting, whirlwind tour of another set of new care models sites. This was my fourth such tour. My goal for these visits, which I make as an International Visiting Fellow for The King’s Fund, is to attempt to understand what the vanguard organisations are trying to do, how well they are faring, and how they might progress even better and faster. On this trip, the additional question was: ‘How can these lessons and models be spread more widely across the NHS?’

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UK lung cancer survival rates are improving

7% rise in one-year survival for lung cancer patients | Royal College of Physicians.

The National Lung Cancer Audit annual report 2016, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), shows an encouraging rise in survival as more patients receive life-prolonging treatments.

The report covers patients with lung cancer first diagnosed in 2015. It says there was a 7% increase in the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer surviving for longer than one year – rising from 31% to 38% in the five-year period from 2010 to 2015.

In addition, 60% of lung cancer patients received anti-cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, meeting the target set out in the 2015 annual audit report.

Full report: National Lung Cancer Audit annual report 2016

Learning to improve performance

The Health Foundation has published Fast discovery: the imperative for high velocity learning by everyone, about everything, all of the time

This paper explores the gaps between the ‘theoretical limit’ (ie what could be achieved) and what organisations actually achieve in terms of taking the innate potential of the people they employ and the technology they use.  The paper suggests that much time is used unproductively and examines how this can be addressed.

Related video: ‘Learning health care systems’ looks at the potential impact a learning health care system could have:

Patient experience headlines tool

A tool to enable NHS staff to access a range of patient experience measures so they can benchmark their organisation’s performance | NHS Improvement

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The tool was developed in partnership with trusts to enable staff to access key sources of published patient experience measures all in one place.

You can get a sense of how your organisation is doing compared to others with similar characteristics. You can move the data around and generate simple graphs which show your progress.

Read the full overview here

Find the tool here

Redesigning a Memory Service the Devon way

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and a Devon-based consultant psychiatrist review impressive changes to dementia diagnosis and care in the West Country | NHS England

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A pan-Devon partnership project group was established in October 2012 with a number of local partners of whom Devon Partnership NHS Trust was the lead.

Following a review, including patient and carer experiences, four objectives were formed. First, there should be a fully integrated person-centred care pathway. Second, that early diagnosis should be made by a specialist memory clinic, with a clear referral pathway and a person-centred, ‘One Stop’ approach. Third, all GPs should be made able to make a diagnosis in the moderate to later stages of the illness. Fourth, that all patients should have consistent access to evidenced-based interventions wherever they were diagnosed

The redesign process was at all times in consultation with patients and carers, GPs, the voluntary sector and with reference to best practice. Project groups of clinicians from each organisation and locality were set up to design and deliver the new integrated service which was implemented across Devon nine months later.

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Community Pharmacy Forward View

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published Community Pharmacy forward view: Part 2 making it happen

 

This  is an outline implementation framework for the Community Pharmacy Forward View which sets out pathways for the policy change and examines the professional development and partnership working required to enable community pharmacy to play its full role within an integrated health and care system.

More information at The Community Pharmacy Forward View