Test identifies patients in ICU at risk of life-threatening infections

Patients in intensive care units are at significant risk of potentially life-threatening secondary infections, including from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and C. difficile. Now, a new test could identify...

Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed

Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combating drug addiction relapse

Substance use increases CKD progression, mortality risks

Using tobacco and illicit drugs, particularly heroin and cocaine, increases the risks of progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or mortality, according to a...

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...

Drug resistance genes shared among bacteria in hospitals can be deadly

A hospital outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) became more worrisome when researchers found resistance genes being shared among unrelated bacteria via plasmids and other mobile genetic elements.

Including family in ICU rounds could improve communication

Hospitals that allow family members of critically ill patients to attend doctors’ rounds in the intensive care unit (ICU) may improve healthcare quality by...

NHI Bill passed by Cabinet

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be holding a media conference this week to provide details on the NHI Bill after is passing by Cabinet to be gazetted for public comment

UPTOSPAED 6: Intensive update on child health

The Wits Paediatric Fund plays a dual role at Wits University – it hosts annual educational symposia, and it raises funds for essential equipment in the...

Understanding how drug reduces postoperative delirium may lead to better care

A drug that reduces delirium in postoperative patients may work by preventing the overactivity of certain receptors in brain cells, according to a new study published...

Doctors’ attire really does matter to patients

Physicians may want to dig a little deeper into their closets, or grab their white coats on the way out of the operating room, if they...

President Ramaphosa, it’s time to turn a disease system back into...

Dear President Ramaphosa, Thank you for what you are doing to try to restore good governance to our country and root out corruption. I am sorry...

Becoming the ‘second victim’: Most anaesthesiologists feel personally responsible for medical...

New research presented at this month's Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, shows the frequent but little-known problem of healthcare workers being seriously emotionally and professionally affected after...

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,...