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...

Key workflow interruptions in emergency departments identified

Interruptions in workflow, such as a phone call while working on another task, or when a colleague stops by for a chat, can lead to inefficiencies...

Epilepsy linked to increased death from accidents, suicide

People with epilepsy are twice as likely to die by suicide and three times more likely to die accidentally compared with the general population,...

New method lets doctors quickly assess severity of brain injuries

A new way to rapidly assess levels of consciousness in people with head injuries could improve patient care. The new score - based on the Glasgow...

High-intensity exercise harmful in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

High-intensity exercise is an independent marker for ventricular arrhythmia (VA) in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC), Øyvind H. Lie, M.D., from Oslo University Hospital in Norway,...

Severe stroke detected in seconds with 92% accuracy with portable device

A new device worn like a visor can detect emergent large-vessel occlusion in patients with suspected stroke with 92% percent accuracy report clinical investigators at the...

Longer stored blood could be unsafe for patients with massive loss,...

For severely injured patients who have massive bleeding and receive many transfusion units, older blood was associated with dysfunction in blood flow, increased injury...

Bystander defibrillation improves outcome for public cardiac arrest

Bystander automated external defibrillator use in shockable observed public out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated with improved survival and functional outcomes, a study published...

Common use of peripherally inserted central catheters could be risky

Many hospital patients get medicine or nutrition delivered straight into their bloodstream through a tiny device called a PICC. In just a decade, it's become the...

23-26 August: Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA)

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Perfusion imaging of stroke victims improves emergency treatment

A new study suggests that advanced brain imaging can identify stroke patients that could benefit from restoring blood flow in an extended treatment window. Researchers...

Standard medical tests miss nearly two-thirds of heart attack diagnoses

Unrecognised heart attacks, or myocardial infarction (MI), refer to sub-clinical events that are missed in routine medical care but are picked up by electrocardiogram...

Simple test helps EMS identification of posterior stroke

Teaching emergency medical services (EMS) to use the finger-to-nose (FTN) test in patients with neurological symptoms can contribute to early detection of posterior circulation...

Brain-scan guided emergency stroke treatment can save more lives

Advances in brain imaging can identify a greater number of stroke patients who can receive therapy later than previously believed, according to a new study presented...

Emergency department programme for older adults cuts hospitalisations by 33%

An emergency department programme focused on geriatric transitional care has reduced the risk of unnecessary admission of older patients by 33%. The programme was introduced at...

Standard protocols may improve communication of incidental radiological findings

Incidental findings can lead to negative consequences for patients, but establishing a standardized method of communicating these discoveries between emergency and radiology departments can...

Nurses’ experience of compassion impacts delivery of care

Critical care nurses' experiences of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue influence their ability to deliver patient-centred care, according to a study published online in the Journal of...

Study looks at ultrasound use to determine cardiac standstill

A recent study in Annals of Emergency Medicine assessed physicians' ability to determine when cardiac standstill was present on ultrasound. (2017. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.07.476.) They selected 127...