Impromptu responses to NHI Bill

Within 24 hours of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill being presented by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to parliament and later to the...

Healthcare Federation of SA to be launched in July

Deliberations on the launch of a South African Chapter of the African Health Federation, which commenced during the African Health Business symposium in Johannesburg...

QR bracelet helps patients receive better treatment

Bracelets imprinted with a quick response (QR) code may allow patients with rare diseases to receive improved treatment through immediate access to management protocols,...

Medical graduates fail competency test

Registrar of the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA), Cornelius Weyulu, this week confirmed that of the 99 graduates who underwent the evaluation in...

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits. The...

HPCSA telemedicine guideline ‘wrong and dangerous’: health bodies

Organisations representing medical doctors, medical schemes, and medical scheme administrators, have expressed deep concerns over a guideline by the Health Professions Council of South...

Telehealth: the game-changer for healthcare in Africa

Telehealth has the potential to overcome shortages of healthcare professionals by increasing access to specialists in bigger and more well-equipped medical centres, hospitals and...

Asymptomatic MI raises cerebral infarction risk

A new study published in JAMA Neurology reveals that asymptomatic (silent) heart attacks are associated with double the risk of cardiac embolism and stroke...

Ventilation Through the Ages 2019: First Announcement

The 11th international Ventilation Through the Ages (VTA) Symposium will be held from 22-24 February 2019 in Johannesburg

Supporting ICU patients and families to voice concerns could improve outcomes

Previous studies have shown that when all members of the clinical care team feel comfortable speaking up, team performance improves. With intimate knowledge of patients' wishes,...

Eye examination can help detect abuse in children

Health professionals have a responsibility to consider abuse in the differential diagnosis of paediatric eye trauma

Health professional numbers in SA up by more than 50% –...

But distribution of healthcare providers remains disproportionate in terms of geographical location and population needs

SA better prepared to deal with COVID: SAMA

SAMA says it is of the view that South Africa is now better prepared to deal with the COVID outbreak than before. Welcoming President...

HES-containing products

Dear Healthcare Professional,BackgroundThe European Medical Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorisations for hydroxyethyl-starch (HES) solutions...

Pre-hospital phase crucial for stroke care

Neurologic deterioration in acute stroke patients in the "ultra-early" time window, defined as 3 to 4 hours after symptom onset and including the pre-hospital...

Insurance company, co-operative bank join forces to fill private practice security...

Well-known global professional services organisation, Aon, and Medicoop, a co-operative bank dedicated to the exclusive needs of healthcare professionals, have entered into an agreement to jointly...

Changed breathing tube type saves more lives from sudden cardiac arrest

Study showed a change in use of breathing tube improves odds of survival