Free Covid-19 testing support from Infonetica

Like everyone, we at Infonetica want to help assist in the current Covid-19 crisis. Tissue Auditor is already being used to help UK Covid-19 testing so we are making it more widely available.

Our tissue tracking software, Tissue Auditor is being used by two major testing sites in the UK to manage samples and we have decided to make it available for ANY organisation working on Covid-19 testing or research free of charge.

Our system offers these benefits –

• web-based – no time-consuming installation and can be used on virtually any device.
• single sign on – so staff can use their existing login credentials.
• works with RFID tags, or 1D/2D barcodes
• full audit history from sample creation to destruction.
• keeps all documents in one place for easy cross-referencing.

If your organisation might benefit from Tissue Auditor or if you could pass this message on to any of your contacts who may – that would be great.

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Posted by Ashley Smith on 23rd April 2020

Coroners Could Start Investigating Full-Term Stillbirths

Rates of full-term stillbirths in the UK are currently at their lowest levels on record, accounting for 1 in 225 births. While this figure has seen an almost constant decline since the 1980s, it is still higher than several comparable countries. This disparity suggests that there is still more to be done to reduce the rates in the UK even further.

Giving birth to a stillborn baby can be a traumatic experience. In many cases doctors are sadly unable to tell parents what caused their baby’s death. As a consequence, there have been many requests from bereaved parents and charities for a more transparent and independent process for determining the cause of full-term stillbirths. Knowing the cause of death could help to provide grieving parents with a sense of closure. It could also enable doctors to learn more from stillbirths and how they may be prevented.

Currently, coroners can only conduct inquests into the deaths of babies who showed signs of life following birth. When a pregnancy that appeared to be healthy ends in still birth, the investigation lies with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. This could soon change, as the government are undergoing a consultation on whether to grant coroners the power to investigate full-term stillbirths. If agreed upon, the changes would apply to all stillbirths that occur from 37 weeks of pregnancy in England and Wales.

What would coronial investigations do?

If passed, this consultation would provide coroners with the power to order a medical examination of the placenta and foetal tissues in order to attempt to determine the cause of death. These powers could bring greater independence to investigations of stillbirths. They could also increase the transparency of the process, enabling grieving parents to be involved at all stages of the investigations. As a result, parents would have a greater chance of receiving answers on what went wrong and why. These answers could enable hospital staff to ensure that any mistakes identified are mitigated to prevent future avoidable stillbirths.

Learning as much as possible from stillbirths is key to increasing our chances of preventing them.

This 12 week consultation will run until 18th June. Details of the response are scheduled to be published in September.

Infonetica are producers of Tissue Auditor – an intuitive web-based system that can accurately track all your tissue samples. To find out how the solution can help you manage your handling of human tissue samples please click here.

Posted by Kallie Price on 8th April 2019

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