Last year, NWSSP commissioned Dr Steve Thomas to write a review of the use of compression wraps in lymphodema.

A paper based on this work has now been published in the Journal of Lymphoedema, 2017, Vol 12, No 1, pages 32–38​.

Dr Thomas concluded:

"Although the evidence is by no means overwhelming, the controlled extended use of compression wraps for the treatment of lymphoedema appears to be supported both on clinical and financial grounds and, therefore, should be given serious consideration."


Last year we announced that we had been working with Consultant ENT surgeon Mr Dave Owens and one of his ENT junior house officers (Yousef Ibrahim)  to undertake in vitro assessments of the hydrostatic head required to penetrate grommets. 

The paper has now been published in Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol (2017) 274:3613–3617.  The full citation is:

Ibrahim Y, Fram P, Hughes G, Phillips P, Owens D. Water penetration of
grommets: an in vitro study. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2017

Last month, SMTL hosted  UKAS, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, for their annual independent inspection of SMTL.

During 2 days of inspections our staff were observed and quizzed over the testing of various medical devices.  This year they brought along a specialist inspector to review our Environmental Testing service, and observed SMTL staff testing the environment in the Princess of Wales HSDU.

The inspectors also reviewed our detailed Quality Management System (QMS) .

The inspection went well, and once again UKAS have recommended that SMTL maintain their accreditation status.   

SMTL's latest UKAS accreditation schedule is available for download from  the UKAS website.

SMTL were invited to the 8th RCSEd All Wales Medical & Dental Student Surgical Research symposium at Margam Orangery in October 2017 to judge poster and oral presentations and to present the SMTL award for best science paper.  The winner was Gargi Pandey for her poster on "A systematic review and meta-analysis on  the effectiveness of Radiofrequency Ablation in patients with low-grade dysplastic Barrett's oesophagus.".  Gargi also won the best overall poster award. The photo shows Pete Phillips, Director of SMTL, handing Gargi her award trophy.


ISO have updated their guideline intended for all those involved with the changeover to ISO 80369 connectors. 

It covers planning and deployment of medical devices using the new non-Luer connectors (especially for Neuraxial and Enteral applications).

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