Pain and Anaesthesia

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers on intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection...

Superbugs: Have you checked your patient’s hands?

While the focus on the prevention of multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been on getting doctors, nurses and other staff working with patients to follow strict handwashing...

First dedicated haematology unit opened in Johannesburg

The first dedicated private haematology unit in greater Johannesburg for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of acute and chronic blood cancers and other...

Transkei Outreach: urgent need for first aid kits

An outreach initiative in the Transkei which has had a considerable impact particularly on the educational front, is now requiring assistance to bolster the...

Hospital staff errors with gowns, gloves spread bacteria

Healthcare workers caring for infectious patients sometimes make mistakes when removing personal protective garments, resulting in contamination of clothes or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria,...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

SIU to investigate ‘cash for qualifications’ allegations at HPCSA

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president’s go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

CMS “irritated, concerned” about Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has rejected the new Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill (COFI), saying it will encroach on the regulatory framework for medical...

SAHRC to sign agreement with Gauteng Health on fixing problems in...

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it hopes to sign an agreement with the Gauteng Health Department after the elections on solutions to address the...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

Cannabis products used differ for cancer, non-cancer patients

The forms of medical cannabis used vary for patients with and without cancer, a study published online in the Journal of Palliative Medicine has noted Arum...

Patients with worse RA symptoms more likely to cut alcohol intake

Higher disease activity, disability, comorbidity, and poor quality of life contribute to reductions in alcohol use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to...

Paracetamol may increase stroke risk for older adults with diabetes

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is one of the most widely used pain relievers. Almost 60 years of widespread use have made it a household product. It’s distributed over...

Biometrics could improve patient care, reduce medical fraud

The idea of using biometrics in the healthcare sector is not new, but it is one that hasn’t been explored or exploited to its full potential. A...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

SA medical schemes in good health: Alexander Forbes

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims, according to Alexander...

Staff movement, door openings during surgery linked to higher SSI risk

A study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology has established a possible link between an increased risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) and the movement of...

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