Improving patient transfer from ICU to ward: vital factors identified

A new study has identified important factors that can improve the transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a general hospital ward, a...

SASA to hold roadshows to explain new fee model

 The Private Practice Business Unit of SASA will be holding roadshows to introduce and explain the SASA Event Based Contract as well as the Societal Peer...

Paediatric intensive care ambulance now operational in SA

A new Netcare 911 paediatric intensive care ambulance has been specially designed and equipped to safely transport critically ill children who need to be transferred between...

Seminar to unpack recently approved Medical Schemes Amendment Bill

The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill, the subject of considerable debate mainly in terms of its proposed alignment to National Health Insurance (NHI) and the associated role,...

60-day mortality not significantly lower with ECMO in ARDS

For patients with very severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), 60-day mortality is not significantly lower with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) than with continued conventional treatment,...

Paediatric and law experts define abusive head trauma

Abusive head trauma (AHT), a medical diagnosis of infants and young children who suffer from inflicted intracranial and associated spinal injuries, is often misrepresented in legal...

Majority of premature infants still exposed to early antibiotics

Most premature infants, who are at risk for sepsis but who may not have a culture confirmation of infection, continue to receive early antibiotics in the first...

Nurse-led ICU intervention improves family communication

A nurse-led intervention designed to reduce anxiety and depression among the surrogates of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) failed to show an effect on these...

CCSSA Congress 23-26 Augustus 2018 – Call for abstracts

The organising Committee of the Critical Care Society of South Africa (CCSSA) invites you to participate in the programme by submitting an abstract for...

International anaesthesia standards updated in global effort to improve surgical care

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has launched an update of the International Standards For a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, co-published with World Health...

International anaesthesia standards updated in global effort to improve surgical care

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has launched an update of the International Standards For a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, co-published with World Health...

Blood type determines severity of E.coli diarrhoea

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with "travellers' diarrhoea" as well as children in underdeveloped areas of the world, causes...

SA Heart Congress deadline for abstract submissions extended

In a final call for abstract submissions, the organising committee of this year’s  SA Heart Congress at Sun City from 4 to 7 October...

Why “sorry” is the hardest word for doctors to say

When things go wrong, appropriate communication by medical practitioners with a patient and their relatives is a skill perfected over time. When, how and in what...

New sepsis treatment guidelines focus on critical first hour

For patients with sepsis, a serious infection causing widespread inflammation, immediate treatment is essential to improve the chances of survival. An updated "Hour-1 Bundle" of the international, evidence-based...

Artificial Intelligence improves stroke and dementia diagnosis in brain scans

New software, created by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh, has been able to identify and measure the severity of small vessel...

The clinical benefits of hope

“All people with serious medical problems have one thing in common – they are searching for hope.” This is the experience of Drs Jerome Groopman and...