We have issued a National Patient Safety Alert around the risk of ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules. The granules reduce spillage on bedding and clothing when patients use urine bottles or vomit bowls, or staff move fluid-filled containers, but if put in the mouth, expand on contact with saliva and risk obstructing airways.
New guidance on polyp surveillance could reduce the demand for surveillance colonoscopy in symptomatic services by up to 70% and support service availability over winter.
Through Cancer Alliances we have asked symptomatic services in trusts with a colonoscopy service to nominate a consultant ‘trust surveillance lead’ with implementation of the guidance in their job plan by Thursday 19 December 2019. PHE has sent separate communications to screening services.
Last week we wrote to finance directors setting out the timetable for annual reports and accounts for 2019/20 and monthly monitoring for the rest of the year.