Patient safety is a political, not physician’s problem in Pakistan and you need to create a culture of professionalism-Paul Barach

KARACHI: Patient safety is a political problem and not a physician’s problem in Pakistan and you need to create a culture of professionalism. This was stated by Dr. Paul Barach from Wayne State University United States of America. If Road Traffic Accidents are prevented, it will reduce workload on healthcare facilities to a great extent.  He was delivering a Thematic Keynote address at the 2nd International Conference on Patient Safety jointly organized by Riphah International University Islamabad and Aga Khan University at AKU Campus from October 28-29th 2017.

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Pakistan is faced with Triple burden of Infectious, Chronic and NCDs-Dr. Adnan Hyder

KARACHI: Pakistan is currently facing a triple burden of infectious, chronic and Non-communicable diseases. A vast majority of the patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes mellitus remain un-diagnosed which is an un-treated burden. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have increased as compared to infectious diseases and almost 61% mortality is due to Ischemic Heart Diseases. This was stated by Dr. Adnan Ali Hyder an eminent researcher from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

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Research is useless if it is not available for policy making-Dr. Najib Al Shorbaji

KARACHI: Any research is useless if it is not available for policy making. Doctors should do research to solve health problems and not for paper to get promotion which should be a by-product. This was stated by Dr. Najib Al Shorbaji former Director of Knowledge Management, Research and Ethics in World Health Organization. He was speaking at the Second International Medical Research Conference organized by Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) here on October 29th 2017.

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Patient Safety means Doing Right Things on Right Patients-Dr. Ole Tjomsland

KARACHI: The first scientific session of the Second International Conference on Patient Safety held at Aga Khan University was chaired by Prof. Shabbir Ahmed Lehri President of PM&DC along with Lt. Gen. Azhar Rashid Principal IIMC while Mr. Haroon Qasim moderated the session. Prof. Ole Tjomsland from Norway was the first speaker who spoke about “Unwarranted variations in healthcare-present and future challenges”.  He was of the view that we spend almost 34% in healthcare which is just waste because of over use of facilities or due to lack of collaboration. He emphasized the importance of improving the quality and reducing unacceptable practices.  

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ICU Patient Care and Infection Control by Dr. Moazzam Baig Mirza

LAHORE: Dr. Moazzam Baig Mirza FRCP a noted Consultant Physician with special interests in Diabetes and Cardiology has published the Second Revised Edition of his book “ICU Patient Care and Infection Control” recently. This book was first published in 2007 which was very well received. This encouraged the author to revise, update and publish the second edition. This book provides very useful information to manage and improve patient care in Intensive Care Units as well as control infections.

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Professor Syed Zafar Haider

Professor Syed Zafar Haider was born in Pakpattan in 1927. He received his early education in Pakpattan. He joined Forman Christian College Lahore from where he did F.Sc. He graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore in 1950 & moved to United Kingdom in 1952 for his post-graduation.

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Balance out Research with Patients’ Rights-Dr. Aslam Afghani

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals should balance out Research with Patient Rights and formation of Health Research Advisory Board was a good initiative for clinical research in Pakistan. This was stated by Dr. M. Aslam Afghani Chief Operating Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). He was speaking at the second international medical research conference organized by Health RAB here on October 29th where he was the chief guest. He further stated that it has been noticed that private hospitals are not taking serious patients to reduce their mortality figures.

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The Brain-gut-axis determines the basis of Neuro-gastroenterology-Prof. Qasim Aziz

RAWALPINDI: Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterology and Director Wingate Institute of Neuro-Gastroenterology, Bart’s and the London, Queen Mary University, London, UK; Dr. Qasim Aziz, PhD, FRCP visited National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi at Professional Development Center to deliver an enlightening talk on Neuro-Gastroenterology as well as developing Research modalities on the topic on October 24,2017.

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Health RAB Workshop on How to write, prepare, present Poster at LUMHS

HYDERABAD: Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) organized a workshop on “How to Write, Prepare and Present Poster which has an Impact” for the postgraduates of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences on October 31, 2017 at its campus. Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences who is also Secretary of EMAME was the facilitator.

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Drop in digestive cancer incidence linked to long-term aspirin intake

Use of aspirin in the long term is associated with a reduction in digestive cancer incidence, according to research presented at the 25th UEG Week in Barcelona, Spain from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2017.

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Migraine with aura increases risk of stroke

Only people with migraine with aura have a higher risk of stroke, shows a twin study with 12-year follow-up, from Karolinska Institute published in the journal Brain. The study also found that the risk is lower than previously demonstrated and possibly related to familial factors.

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Thoracic injuries are best managed by initial intubation, observation and supportive treatment-Amir Bilal

KARACHI: Thoracic injuries are best managed by initial intubation, observation and supportive treatment while emergency thoracotomy was indicated in unstable patients. This was stated by Prof. Amir Bilal a noted Cardiothoracic Surgeon Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. He was speaking on management of thoracic war injuries at the recently held Health Sciences Research Symposium of Aga Khan University, Karachi.

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Excerpt from Silent Musings of a Senile Physician

Sperm Banks storing donor sperms are already a multi-billion dollar business.The Guardian(London, 16 April 2016) reported the case of one donor whose sperms were sold to many infertile couples by a sperm bank (Zytec) with the assurance that the donor had an IQ higher than Einstein’s, and was endowed with superhuman faculties in sciences and humanities. Many couples discovered the identity, horrifying medical background, psychiatric history and criminal record of the donor through prolonged Internet searches. Surrogate mothers (hired wombs) are no longer science fictions.

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Convince doctors to prescribe less number of drugs which will reduce medication errors-Jacqueline Surugue

KARACHI: Ms. Jacqueline Surugue Chief of Pharmacy Department Centre Hospital from France has suggested that the doctors should be convinced to prescribe less number of drugs which will reduce the medication errors. She also laid emphasis on safe procurement procedures, adequate labeling which is clear, easy to read, bar coding and appropriate inner as well as outer packaging of drugs. She was delivering a keynote address at the recently held International conference organized by Pakistan Society of Health-System Pharmacists here on October 14, 2017.

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Diagnosis & Management of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Depression, Paediatric Anxiety Disorders, role of music therapy discussed by various speakers

FAISALABAD: Diagnosis & Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Paediatric Anxiety Disorders, ADHD. Role of clinical psychologists and Teachers besides efficacy of music therapy were discussed in detail by various speakers at the Child Psychiatry Seminar organized by Dept.of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Faisalabad Medical University held here on October 21, 2017.

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Pakistan needs to redesign its healthcare delivery system-Paul Barach

KARACHI: Patient Safety is not so simple, it is complex and needs all round compliance. To ensure that Pakistan needs to redesign its healthcare delivery system. If the patient has to see four different doctors and visit three different places for various procedures, it will definitely increase the healthcare cost but if you provide all this at one place, it will be not only cost effective but also welcomed by the patients. 

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