Hand hygiene protocols for ICU patients may reduce infection risks

Hand hygiene practices for patients in the intensive care unit may be just as important for preventing infections as clinician hand hygiene, according to...

Doctors average 16 minutes on computer for every patient

For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study1 finds. Researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability. The Health Market...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

ICU babies better protected from parental bacteria

A Johns Hopkins Medicine research team has reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that it has developed and tested a relatively...

Use of antipsychotic meds in hospitalised older adults ups risk for...

Delirium affects 15 to 26% of hospitalised older adults and can be particularly problematic because those experiencing the condition may interfere with medical care...

Payment-in-kind ruling hailed as groundbreaking for future medical negligence cases

The recent ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg that the future medical needs of victims of medical negligence can be covered by payment...

South African Thoracic Society (SATS) Congress

13-16 August

Hospital Association of SA (HASA) Conference

14-16 September

SAMA states position on criminal charges against doctors

SAMA has issued a position statement on the criminal charging of medical personnel, following the charges of culpable homicide against paediatric surgeon, Dr Peter Beale and...

Healthcare must proceed with caution in adopting AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform and disrupt healthcare. However, the industry must beware of unintended consequences and not give in to marketing...

SAMA, SASA respond to warrants of arrest for doctors

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) have expressed their concern about the issuing of warrants of...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current...

Choosing the right Synalar® product for your patient

Topical corticosteroids are among the most commonly prescribed medication for inflammatory and hyperproliferative skin diseases.1 The mechanism of action of corticosteroids can be specific or...