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Patients To Be Monitored Remotely

Friday, 10 July 2015 11:47:15 Europe/London

NHS patients diagnosed with long-term illnesses could monitor their symptoms and conditions remotely, if proposals announced last week get the go ahead. This would be made possible through wearable technology, smartphone apps and digital clothing that would be linked to the wearer´s medical records, it was reported in The Telegraph.

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Better value in the NHS -The role of changes in clinical practice

Friday, 10 July 2015 11:26:41 Europe/London

In a time of severe financial constraint, the NHS is being asked to make productivity savings of £22 billion by 2020/21. However, this report argues that, rather than looking at efficiency and costs, the NHS should be focusing on getting better value from its budget.

The report looks at trends in NHS productivity in three areas – generic prescribing, length of stay and day case surgery – in which the NHS has made significant and sustained gains in productivity over a number of years, allowing more (and often better) care to be delivered within the same budget. It then outlines a number of areas where the NHS has opportunities to improve value in the future, focusing in particular on changes in clinical practice.

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Fall Prevention

Thursday, 9 July 2015 12:56:48 Europe/London

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Hip Fractures Among Older Adults

Thursday, 9 July 2015 12:38:30 Europe/London

Hip fractures are serious fall injuries that often result in long-term functional impairment, nursing home admission and increased mortality.1,2 As our population ages, the number of hip fractures is likely to increase.

How big is the problem?

  • Annually, there are at least 258,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures among people aged 65 and older.3
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling4, most often by falling sideways onto the hip.5
  • From 1996 to 2010, hip fracture rates declined significantly for men and women.6 It is not known what factors are contributing to this trend.
  • By 2030, the number of hip fractures is projected to reach 289,000, an increase of 12%.6
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Approach Medical Working with DeRoyal

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:28:00 Europe/London

Approach Medical’s Managing Director Christian Symonds talks with DeRoyal’s European Sales Manager Rob MacNeill on the challenges that lie ahead for the healthcare industry and working as a distributor in the UK market.

 

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Can Technology Prevent Patient Falls?

Saturday, 23 May 2015 12:16:00 Europe/London

There is considerable evidence that preventing patient falls can reduce cost and shorten length of stay (LOS).

So, in a cash constrained NHS, can technology interventions really assist in preventing falls and are technology solutions affordable?

Why do patients fall?

There are multiple reasons;

  • Mental health/confused patients
  • Post-surgery complications & rehabilitation
  • Dehydration (a whole debate on its own)
  • Toileting/hygiene issues (just how far away is the bathroom from at-risk patients?)
  • Environmental issues such as ward design, lighting, heating, ventilation and flooring
  • Incorrect equipment available (the right bed, chair, support ...
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