Emergency Medicine

State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 2 (Continued from Part 1: Med Brief Africa 8 October 2019) A Province would be vicariously liable for harm caused by the negligent conduct of...

State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 1* As a general rule an employer, such as a private hospital or, the Province, in the case of a state health facility, is liable...

Social media may distract nurses…

Nurses’ productivity takes a hit when they become ‘addicted’ to using social media at work, a habit that distracts them from tasks at hand,...

Smartphone-operated one-lead ECG detects a-fib, flutter

A smartphone-operated one-lead electrocardiography (1L-ECG) device with an integral algorithm can diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL), Dutch researchers have shown in a study published...

Claim against attorneys for prescribing a medical malpractice claim

The plaintiff sued a firm of attorneys for allowing his claim against the MEC for health to prescribe. His injuries arose out of him...

Fixing private sector incentives an NHI prerequisite: HMI panellists

Should the NHI Bill have been drafted and presented to Parliament before the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panellists had finished their work and released...

HMI outcomes monitoring proposal: standards office relationship considered?

When deciding on the establishment of an independent Outcomes Monitoring and Reporting Organisation (OMRO), the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel was asked at this...

CompCom, after 2004 banning, in full support of HMI bargaining proposal

By guiding the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) through all its moments and challenges to reach its comprehensive finality with the presentation of the report to government this...

HMI sticks to its findings and recommendations in final report

After almost six years of work and almost R200 million spent on its investigation, the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry into the private health...

Asthma, anxiety dangerous mix in children

Children and adolescents with anxiety and depression have higher rates of asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits, researchers have warned in a study published online this week in Pediatrics. They analyzed...

Shortcomings in UHC declaration, minister disappoints at UN: SECTION27

Reporting from the United Nations in New York to which it sent a team earlier in the week “to fight for changes to the...

Determining damages in medical malpractice claims

This is a useful judgment of M on behalf of L and Another (7202/2008) ZAGPPHC 128 (24 April 2019) at http://saflii.org/za/cases/ZAGPPHC/2019/128.html The patient brought a...

Circular banning RWOPS in Limpopo retracted

The Department of Health in Limpopo and SAMA have agreed that a circular issued last month that prohibits state doctors from performing Remunerative Work...

Health care investment needed to curb out-of-pocket spending: WHO

Governments must boost spending on primary health care by at least an additional 1 percent of their gross domestic product to widen coverage and...

Researchers identify improved CPR methodology

An international research consortium, which included faculty members from the University of Minnesota Medical School, was able to identify what is likely an optimal...

Typical MI symptoms more predictive in women

Typical symptoms of myocardial infarction are more common and have greater predictive value in women than in men, a study just published in the Journal...

Providers need strategy for disruptive digital health tech

If healthcare organizations want to succeed in an environment of digital transformation, they must bring about participatory health. That shift will require providers to be...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… Unreleased documents prompt Suzman Foundation call for...