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PHL Annual Symposium at Islamabad
from 27th February to March 1st, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Eighteenth Annual symposium of Pakistan Hypertension League 2015 and Pakistan Live 2015 will be held at Islamabad from 27th February to March 1st, 2015.  It is being jointly organized by PHL, International Society of Hypertension, Pakistan Cardiac Society and Pakistan Society of Interventional Cardiology. Prof. Shahbaz A Qureshi and Dr. Inamul Haq Khan are the Convener and Secretary of the symposium respectively.

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CPSP organizes BLS training
course for nursing instructors

LAHORE: College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan, Regional Center, Lahore conducted one day Basic Life Supports (BLS) training course for nursing instructors. The course was attended by fourteen experienced nursing instructors. Khawaja Salman Rafique, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab for Health was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony.

Professor Khalid Masood Gondal, DGIR, gave briefing on the national and international achievements of CPSP. Addressing the gathering, Professor Rakhshanda Rehman, Dean of Medical Education said that the objective of this course is to train the nursing staff to handle the cases in emergency. She said these courses are helpful in the treatment of patients. Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President, CPSP, said that the demand of ATLS, ACLS & BLS trained doctors has increased. These courses are helpful to save the lives of patients in the shortest possible time. He further said that these courses are mandatory for paramedical staff in the developed countries to save lives of patients in emergency. Khawaja Salman Rafique opined that  CPSP was an exemplary medical institution which is making tremendous progress in the field of medical education. The CPSP he further stated has provided experts in the medical profession who uplifted the country at national and international level. Later on, he distributed certificates amongst the participants of the course.(PR)

 Frailty increases kidney transplant
recipients’ risk of dying prematurely

Regardless of age, frailty is a strong risk factor for dying prematurely after a kidney transplant. The finding, which comes from a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, suggests that patients should be screened for frailty prior to kidney transplantation, and that those who are identified as frail should be closely monitored after the procedure.

It’s very difficult for physicians to identify which patients with kidney disease will not do well after receiving a kidney transplant. Even the best models are able to correctly discriminate patients who died soon after the procedure from those who survived only slightly better than chance.

Because studies in patients undergoing various surgeries have found that frailty is linked with postoperative complications and other negative outcomes, Mara McAdams-DeMarco, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine, and her colleagues looked to see if frailty might also impact patients’ survival after receiving a kidney transplant.

The researchers measured frailty in 537 kidney transplant recipients at the time of transplantation. At 5 years, the survival rates were 91.5 percent, 86.0 percent, and 77.5 percent for non-frail, intermediately frail, and frail kidney transplant recipients, respectively.

“Our results suggest that frail kidney transplant recipients are at twice the risk of mortality even after accounting for important recipient, transplant, and donor characteristics,” said Dr. McAdams-DeMarco. “Our findings are important because frailty represents a unique domain of mortality risk that is not captured by recipient, transplant, or donor factors like recipient age, recipient co-morbidity, or donor type, for example.” She noted that frailty can easily be measured prior to transplantation to identify patients who may benefit from closer monitoring. (PR)

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