SMTL presented it's inaugural Science Award at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s 2nd All Wales Medical Student Research Symposium on Monday 10th October 2011 in Cowbridge.

The Award was presented for the best scientific oral or poster presentation during the day.

The 2011 winner was Nicholas Bullock for his paper on "Monitoring of tissue ischaemia during renal transplantation using rapid-sampling microdialysis: a comparison of organ preservation techniques."


Photo above: Pete Phillips (Director SMTL) presenting the Science Award to Nick Bullock (on the right).

SMTL have updated their provisional test programme for neuraxial devices intended to comply with the NPSA alert.

See our neuraxial testing page for further information.

Latex Medical Gloves: Time for a Reappraisal

A paper on Latex gloves has just been published where SMTL are one of the co-authors.:

The review was a collaborative effort between a number of European authors. The collaboration was aided by IMC Healthcare Communication, who were funded by Ansell Healthcare, Brussels.

Safer Sharps papers published

Dr Joanna Ford and Pete Phillips have now had all three safer sharps evaluation papers published in the Nursing Standard:

The papers cover the user evaluations of a range of medical devices designed to prevent needle-stick injury by Welsh NHS staff.

Also of interest is the H&SL systematic review into the literature for sharps injury prevention devices (see An evaluation of the efficacy·of safer sharps devices. ·Systematic review.·Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory·for the Health and Safety Executive 2012.)

SMTL have launched a new web site - Medidex (the Medical Device Index) - which can be found at

The site acts as a repository of information on medical devices. The information may have been generated as:

  • Work undertaken for Welsh NHS procurement processes in conjunction with Procurement Services (formally Welsh Health Supplies). This would typically include test reports of medical devices or our medical device datacards;
  • Work undertaken for the Welsh NHS as part of SMTL's R&D remit. Examples of this would include work on single use screws and plates;
  • Work undertaken on a commercial basis for medical device manufacturers and suppliers. This includes test reports for products tested at SMTL.

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