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28th March, 2018
High bed occupancy rates in hospitals denote inferior quality of care

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

When patients choose a hospital for treatment, they usually judge a hospital by its location, the infrastructure, the amenities and services it provides, quality of care and cost of care.

Bed occupancy rate is an indicator of hospital utilization. It is a measurement of efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital. Bed occupancy rate of a hospital varies at any given point of time. While a ‘full house’ would perhaps appear to be most satisfying, it is not actually so, especially for a hospital.

According to the Australian Medical Association, Irish Medical Organisation, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and NHS England, a bed occupancy rate above 85% or ‘overcrowding’ is considered to have an adverse effect on patient safety and the operational efficiency of the hospital...... read more

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Top News

ACP ethical guidance for individuals volunteering for medical trips

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published a position paper on ethical decision making surrounding participation in short-term global health clinical care experiences or volunteer medical trips. Besides improving health care of the communities they will serve, participants also face several ethical challenges especially pertaining to local culture besides increased awareness of global health issues,.... read more

Breaking News

Govt asks pharma companies to highlight generic name

The government has directed that pharmaceutical companies should print generic names of drugs, and fixed dose combination of two drugs in the same font, but two font sizes larger than the companys brand name for the drug..... read more

Delhi doctor awarded Rs 25,000 after getting food poisoning from fungus in Coke

The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has awarded Rs 24,606 to a city doctor who was diagnosed with food poisoning after he drank Coca Cola from a bottle containing fungus in 2008..... read more

DNB equivalent to MD? Doctors divided

BENGALURU: Last week, the parliamentary standing committee on health recommended that the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) qualification awarded by the National Board of Examination (NBE) shall be equivalent to Doctor of Medicine (MD), except in teaching. The recommendations were aimed as part of changes to be made in the proposed National Medical Commission (NBC) Bill...... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 27th March 2018

1. PM in his Mann Ki Baat said that over 3000 'Jan Aushadhi' Kendras have been set up across the nation.
2. “TB mitigation in UP is extremely important if India was to end TB by 2025.” J P Nadda... read more

Practice Updates

Mono-unsaturated fats from plants reduce risk of death from heart disease and other causes

Diets rich in mono-unsaturated fats from plants were associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease and other causes compared to diets rich in mono-unsaturated fats from animals. The largest reductions in the risk of death were found when healthy fats from plant sources replaced saturated fats, trans fats and refined carbohydrates..... read more

Study finds atypical brain development in preschoolers with ADHD symptoms

Children as young as 4 years old with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have significant differences in brain structure, compared to children without such symptoms, according to a study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.... read more

Higher waist circumference before pregnancy increases risk of autism in offspring

A new study presented March 19, 2018 at ENDO 2018, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois has shown that children born to mothers who had a larger waist size before pregnancy were more likely to have autism than those whose mothers had a smaller pre-pregnancy waist..... read more

ICMR invites suggestions on draft consensus statement on pancreatic cancers

ICMR has invited suggestions/Comments on a draft consensus statement on pancreatic cancers by the 16th April 2018. Suggestions may be sent to Dr. Tanvir Kaur, Scientist 'F' at .... read more

High-flow oxygen therapy in infant bronchiolitis reduces chances of treatment failure

High-flow oxygen therapy given by nasal cannula to infants with bronchiolitis reduces chances of treatment failure and consequently significantly lower rates of escalation of care by nearly half compared to infants who were given standard oxygen therapy,.... read more

Kidney failure patients undergoing hemodialysis are at risk of infections

Patients with kidney failure undergoing hemodialysis are at a greater risk of life-threatening infections and may also spread to others in dialysis facilities. A series of articles have been published online March 22, 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Inspirational Story 2: The Waste in Worry
Need to educate healthcare providers on obesity
They should be kept abreast on the latest prevention and treatment methods
New Delhi, 27 March 2018: As per a recent study conducted by Washington University, most healthcare providers lack knowledge and understanding of recommended obesity treatments, such as behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy. They participants cited lack of time, reimbursement, and knowledge as major barriers to treating patients with obesity.

The study has identified the need for obesity education among primary health care providers that focuses on knowledge along with enhanced competencies in patient care management, communication, and behavior change. The prevalence of obesity in India is increasing and ranges from 8% to 38% in rural and 13% to 50% in urban areas.

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