Forte Medical joins ABHI UK Healthcare Pavilion

The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) recently launched the UK Healthcare Pavilion, a single platform to unite MedTech companies with the UK healthcare sectors, both NHS and private. Forte Medical is very happy to have joined such an august and respected portfolio of companies, providers and innovators.  Our entry features films about our technology featuring advocates, policy makers, healthcare professionals and the AHSN Network. Click here to view.

Antibiotics and urinary tract infections

Antibiotics, better tests, UTI: Guardian publishes Forte response

A rise in persistent UTIs could be linked to antibiotic crackdown appeared in The Guardian on Saturday 5th October. As usual, no-one mentioned accurate basic specimen collection, which can lead to unwarranted specimen quality variation, failed analysis and less-than-targeted prescribing. Giovanna Forte had something to say. Click here to read her published letter.

urine infection testing

New study concludes midstream urine optimises point of care accuracy

An interesting study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care which concludes: “MSU samples should be used in general practice for optimal accuracy of POC tests.”

Click here for more information Sampling of urine for diagnosing urinary tract infection in general practice – First-void or mid-stream urine?

Hoelmkjaer Pernille, Bjerrum Lars, Mäkelä Marjukka, Siersma Volkert & Holm Anne (2019): Sampling of urine for diagnosing urinary tract infection in general practice – First-void or mid-stream urine?, Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, DOI: 10.1080/02813432.2019.1568708
Giovanna Forte What is Peezy Midstream

Maximising our MedTech Might

The benefits of working with the NIHR are clearly demonstrated through past posts and this is the latest to come out of Forte Medical NIHR partnership…

“CEO of Forte Medical, describes how the NIHR supported her company to generate clinical evidence for the Peezy™ Mid-Stream Urine device – an easier, cleaner and more reliable urine sample collection. Watch the full video here: https://lnkd.in/gY-6MMx

Or get in touch: supportmystudy@nihr.ac.uk

Infection prevention and control

IPC 2019 – We’re Exhibiting!

The future of preventative care, infection control, antimicrobial resistance and patient safety are routinely undermined by lazy attitudes towards urine collection, the most common diagnostic process.    Despite mounting evidence to support the need for a respected protocol, incumbent methods are failing modern medicine, patient health and the work of diligent clinicians.

Want to know more about our mission – visit us on stand 23 – and see first hand our world-class diagnostic specimen collection technology; Peezy Midstream reduces false-positive dipped urines by almost 70% and specimen contamination to just 2%. Current contamination is 23.5%, leading to 1 in 4 failed urine specimens – that’s over 14m annually or 56,000 every day. The unique Peezy Midstream delivers diagnostic integrity leading to targeted treatment; it helps address growing problems of infection control, unnecessary broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing, AMR, and failed treatment of conditions that can become chronic.

Sheena Byrom Joins Our Advisory Panel

We are delighted to announce the appointment of consultant midwife and lifelong campaigner for positive childbirth, Sheena Byrom OBE to our Advisory Panel.

Sheena Byrom is a practising midwife of 40 years, having worked in the NHS for most of that time. One of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery, she successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. An international speaker, Sheena provides consultancy services to both NHS Trusts and to organisations globally; helping them to support normal, physiological childbirth. She is involved in several midwifery related charities, and is one of the project leads of the Midwifery Unit Network, which assists and promotes midwifery led units (birth centres) both online, and face-to-face. Sheena and her midwife daughter Anna Byrom are the proud new owners of The Practising Midwife, and an exciting online platform All4Materity.com – the go to place for maternity workers to learn, share and care.

Sheena’s midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her seminal book, The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care jointly edited with Soo Downe, is being used as a resource to improve maternity care throughout the world.  Sheena and Soo are currently editing a second book, ‘Squaring the Circle: researching normal childbirth in a technological world’, will be published in 2019.

Sheena was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to midwifery, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives in 2015. In 2016 and 2018, Sheena received Honorary Doctorates from Bournemouth University and the University of Central Lancashire, and in 2017 she was made a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. Her personal and midwifery related website is sheenabyrom.com.

Sheena is committed to the humanisation of childbirth, to maximising normal physiological birth processes, and for all women to experience a positive birth. The global onslaught of medical technology as a means to improve safety continues to influence childbearing women’s physiology and autonomy, and her work to reverse the trend is ongoing.

Commenting on her appointment, Giovanna Forte said: “With over 5 million urine samples provided every year by pregnant women and up to 1 in 4 of those being contaminated, it is incredibly important to us to have someone of Sheena’s expertise, knowledge and practical experience in the antenatal sector to help us.  We very much look forward to working with her to positively change attitudes towards urine specimen collection and further help improve right-first-time diagnosis and appropriate treatment for pregnant women as well as the well-being of mother and baby.”

 

Misdiagnosis of urine samples

Mr Ased Ali – Making Urine Samples Trustworthy

The latest issue of Urology News features an interesting and important conversation with Urological Consultant Mr Ased Ali about the importance of urine in diagnosis and subsequent treatment of UTIs.  He refers to the patient-led initiative – the MUST Campaign – that is demanding Government introduce a protocol for the collection of urine specimens.

The article supports the work being undertaken – the petition can be signed here – and the article itself is on page 35 of the November/December issue.

Clinical research using the Peezy Midstream shows a 70% reduction in false positive dipped urines and mixed growth/contamination reduced from the national average of 22.5% to just 2%.  Our contribution to making urine samples trustworthy

Urine infections

Knowledge of Men’s Health Dangerously Low

Amongst British adults, urology diseases such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer are not well understood and men are not looking out for the signs and symptoms of these deadly diseases.

This was the revealing and shocking research undertaken as part of Urology Awareness Month that was presented at our Forum last month by The Urology Foundation’s CEO, Louise de Winter.

  • 70% of British adults do not know the correct age from which men should be tested for prostate cancer
  • 2 in 3 British adults do not know what a prostate does
  • More than half of British adults do not know the age range when men are most likely to get testicular cancer
  • Half of British men have not checked their testicles for lumps in the last year (doctors recommend once a month)

 

Read here for more information from The Urology Foundation.

Peezy Usability Study Forte Medical

Peezy Midstream Case Study at NHS NIHR Conference 2018

Back in March of this year, the NHS National Institute for Health Research contacted Forte Medical, asking for a case study demonstrating how their research has assisted the launch of Peezy Midstream.

A few months earlier the NIHR in conjunction with the West Midlands AHSN conducted a valuable Usability Study on our diagnostic device. Results were excellent and have assisted us with adoption training and reassurance to HCPs and patients alike that using Peezy Midstream is far, far easier than trying to deliver this elusive urine specimen any other way …

The case study presented by Giovanna Forte on 10th October 2018 was very well received and has already led to enquiries from Primary Care clinicians who can see the benefit of right-first-time diagnoses for UTI and other common conditions that can take up so much GP time when left untreated.

2018 NIHR Peezy Presentation

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Contaminated urine samples

Is dementia or a UTI causing confusion? Accurate diagnosis of urine samples is a MUST!

We’ve been an advocate for the MUST Campaign since they launched in May and this article explains why it is so important.

Read about it in this article published today on AgeSpace.com