SAFE paediatric anaesthesia courses to be rolled out in rural SA

 The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) have partnered with the THET Africa Grants Programme to support...

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...

Decision support systems may improve quality of patient surgical care

Integrating the various sources of patient medical data, physician anaesthesiologists are faced with during surgery into a single dashboard view to help guide decisions during anaesthesia...

Simple breathing training with a physiotherapist pre-surgery prevents postop pneumonia

Pneumonia, and other serious lung complications, after major abdominal surgery were halved when patients were seen by a physiotherapist before surgery and taught breathing exercises that...

HealthMan publishes Costing Guide for 2018

               As part of its services, HealthMan publishes an annual review of...

Study ends debate over role of steroids in treating septic shock

The results from the largest ever study of septic shock could improve treatment for critically ill patients and save health systems worldwide hundreds of millions of...

Weight-loss procedures lead to higher pain thresholds

Weight loss following bariatric surgery was associated with improvements in pain sensitization among obese patients with chronic knee pain, a year-long study found. One year...

Closed NPWT speeds healing of contaminated surgical wounds

Healing of contaminated and dirty surgical wounds is significantly faster with closed negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) than with open-NPWT, researchers report. "I was surprised that there...

Migraine surgery claimed to reduce severity, improve functioning

The authors of a new study report have claimed that in addition to reducing headache frequency and severity, surgical treatment for migraine leads to...

SASA Congress 2018: Close of early registration

Healthcare professionals who want to attend this year’s congress of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists has until Saturday 20 January to make use of the...

Bariatric surgery prolongs lifespan in obese

Obese, middle-age men and women who had bariatric surgery have half the death rate of those who had traditional medical treatment over a 10-year period, reports...

Black children face higher risk of death post surgery

A recent study “Race, Preoperative Risk Factors, and Death After Surgery” has found that black children are more than twice as likely to die following surgery than white...

Sepsis survivors face significant impairments requiring long-term care strategies

A recently published review has found that despite improvements in sepsis survival rates, survivors often experience a host of physical and mental health problems. “Current...

Complete handover of anaesthesia care may up complications

Complete handover of intraoperative anaesthesia care is associated with an increased risk of adverse postoperative outcomes among adults undergoing major surgery, according to a study published...

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...

Surgical patients are twice as likely to die in Africa –...

When compared to the global average, one in five surgical patients in Africa, who are generally young and fit, will develop complications, and 2%...

Migraine surgery produces ‘dramatic improvements’ in functioning

In addition to reducing headache frequency and severity, surgical treatment for migraine leads to significant improvements in everyday functioning and coping ability, according to a study...

Doctors urged again to participate in practice cost studies

Doctors‘ reluctance to participate in the current practice cost study (PCS) surveys could cost them dearly, possibly leading to their fees being capped at a level...