Archive for the ‘HOSPITALS CLINICS’ Category

Baby loses all his hands & feet after throat infection turns to sepsis

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019


A mum has shared the horrifying details of her baby losing all four of his limbs after a throat infection turned into deadly sepsis.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, that her 11-month-old son wasn’t going to pull through.

And even after he beat the infection, Abigail, from Cleethorpes, in the UK, had to endure the horror of Oliver’s leg self-amputating and coming away in her hand as she held him in his hospital bed.

It was a shocking ordeal considering just 48 hours earlier he’d been a happy, giggling little boy.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

“Oliver had seemed a bit under the weather. But that night, he got more ill and seemed lifeless,” Abigail said. “When I moved him, it was as though his bones were aching.”



Thursday, October 15th, 2015

For billionaire Manoj Bhargava (like many other people), the world is a place full of problems. Between poverty, pollution, food growth, and access to water, the list seems to be ever growing. That’s why he’s recently pledged to spearhead a group aimed at giving away all their billions to turning things around for mankind.

Here’s how he plans to do it…

It seems like a promotional video, but the message behind it is so important.

Regardless of whether he’s naive or not, there’s no question his motives are pure. It’s certainly something society — and the world — needs. Stereotypes and politics aside, there are many wealthy people that truly help the needy…and we hope the number of those people increases.



Henry Sapiecha

Cancer treatment centre to be fast tracked in Hervey Bay Qld Australia

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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HERVEY Bay will soon be home to one of Australia’s most advanced cancer care facilities which is expected to fast track cancer treatment.

A cutting-edge plan for cancer care services in the Wide Bay will accelerate cancer detection and treatment, and offer patients a clear pathway for the course of their illness.

The Cancer Care Strategic Plan 2015-2018 will deliver a rapid response to any high suspicion of cancer,  make use of 26 new cancer care chairs in two new facilities and employ more specialists, surgeons and nurses.

Two new cancer care facilities costing a total of $35 million – one at Hervey Bay Hospital and one in Bundaberg – will bring cancer care operations under one roof and enable better communication between treatment partners, including video links to some of Australia’s top specialists.

WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington has hailed the WBHHS Cancer Care Strategic Plan 2015-208 as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking in the nation.

“This is the most advanced cancer care strategic plan I’ve seen since coming to Australia,” Mr Pennington said.

Under the plan, in cases where there is a high suspicion of cancer, patients will have their first specialist appointment within 14 days under a “red referral” system.

The plan also aspires to deliver services where patients with a confirmed cancer diagnosis will have their first cancer treatment or other management within 30 days of the decision to treat.

Three urologists are expected to be appointed by the end of 2015, giving local access to further specialist services and offering earlier detection and treatment of prostate cancer and four medical oncologists have been recruited by WBHHS, with the last of these expected to have taken up the role by February 2016.

An interventional gastroenterologist is already in place in Maryborough, allowing rapid endoscopy, which increases the potential for early detection of cancers.

A prostate cancer support nurse has also been appointed, adding to the existing team of cancer care coordinators, including specialist breast cancer support.


Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Just a kind word to the great courteous talented staff of the Maryborough hospital Queensland Australia.

Yours truly went there today for a foot repair after getting stabbed by a dangerous stick

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Despite my earlier efforts over the last several days to do the Moucho thing & fix it myself

it became infected & I sought the hospitals help.

Not only did I get swift attention but the women medical staff surrounded me with kindness & care.

I should get damaged more often. They had gave me a local & cleaned up the wound, took my blood pressure

then put a antibiotic drip feed into me & gave me some painkillers to take away the shakes & pain that the infection was creating.

They said my temperature was over the top & I had a fever.

The outcome was great as the painkillers took away the edge of the pain with some relief for me

Perscribed me some anti b’s with pain killers & asked me to come back tomorrow for an ultrasound

to ensure other remnants of the offending stick were not lodged within the crevice of my foot

NOTE UPDATE..The ultrasound was done the next day & there was still a stick about 20mm long still imbedded deep in my heel.

That was removed the next day & I was deeply relieved it was all out finally.

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NOTE-If anybody ever complains about the service at Queenslands hospitals, they are mad.

I have nothing but praise for the facilities & staff.

I have had similar experiences over 4 times now in the last few years.

Words are not enough girls. Keep up the great work. We are proud of you & value your services.

Thank you

*[A special thanks to Leah who is an apprentice chef & was entertaining me in the waiting area]

Henry Sapiecha



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One out of every10 surgery deaths are due to flawed care or injury caused by treatment

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Dangerous: Surgery risks can outweigh benefits. Photo: Nic Walker

More than one in 10 deaths during or after surgery involved flawed care or serious injury caused by the treatment, a national audit has found.

The Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality shows delays in treatment or decisions by surgeons to perform futile surgeries are still the most common problems linked to surgical deaths.

But surgery also appears to be getting a little safer, with the audit, which covers almost every surgery death in Australia, finding fewer faults with the medical care provided to patients than it has in the past.

Audit chair Guy Maddern said of the deaths where there were concerns, about 5 per cent involved serious adverse events that were likely to have contributed to the person’s death.

In about 8 per cent of cases, the audit found some area of care could have been delivered better.

“These are the sorts of deaths where it was a difficult surgery, and instead of going straight to an operation, maybe additional X-rays and imaging should have been pursued, or maybe the skill set of the team that was operating could have been more appropriate,” he said.

“Sometimes, of course, the result would have been exactly the same.”

Surgical deaths: when things go wrong

Percentage of deaths with issues identified, by specialty

Professor Maddern said some surgeons, particularly in general surgery, orthopaedics, and, to a lesser extent, neurosurgery, still needed to work on deciding not to proceed with surgeries where the risks outweighed the benefits.

“People are thinking a little bit longer and harder about whether an operation is really going to alter the outcome,” he said. “These are the types of cases where you know before you begin that it is not going to end well.”

However, in some areas with many patients with complex conditions, things were just more likely to go wrong.

The report, which includes data from nearly 18,600 deaths over five years, found in 2013 the decision to operate was the most common reason a death was reviewed.

Overall, delays in treatment, linked to issues such as patients needing to be transferred or surgeons delaying the decision to operate, were still the most common problem, and in about 26 per cent of the deaths no surgery was performed.

Between 2009 and 2013, the report shows a decrease in the proportion of patients who died with serious infection causing sepsis from 12 per cent to 9 per cent, while significant post-operative bleeding decreased from 12 per cent to 11 per cent. Serious adverse events halved from 6 per cent of deaths in 2009 to 3 per cent in 2013.

Every public hospital now participates in the audit, along with all private hospitals in every state except NSW. However, Professor Maddern said he was pleased NSW private hospitals had agreed to participate in future.

Doctors are now provided with regular case studies from the audit, in which de-identified information about the death is provided, so they can learn from any mistakes.

“What we are seeing is an overall decrease in deaths associated with surgical care, which may be due to many things, and we think the audit is helping,” he said. “It’s making people think twice.”

Professor Guy Maddern’s tips on protecting yourself in surgery

1. If you are away from a major hospital, get yourself to one. A particular problem, Professor Maddern says, exists when rural patients resist transfers to major hospitals because they don’t want to leave their families.

2. Lose weight and don’t smoke.The proportion of deaths where obesity was a factor increased slightly this year. “An operation done on a thin person relative to a fat person can have a completely different outcome,” Professor Maddern says. This is particularly important for older people, who have the most operations.

3. Go to a hospital that performs a lot of the type of surgery you are going to have, particularly if it is complex. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Henry Sapiecha



Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Hospitals are death traps
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Many Australians and thousands of Americans are killed every month – and many more are badly hurt or sickened – by carelessness, stupidity, and neglect in the one place where they least expect it.

The hospital.

New government numbers prove that zoo animals get better care than our seniors – because one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients suffer from serious medical mistakes.

These are mistakes that require life-sustaining interventions, or cause permanent harm… and that’s not even the worst part of it. The same study showed that nearly 400 people die every month in Australian and 15,000 every month in the U.S. as a result of those mistakes.

That adds up to nearly 185,000 deaths a year, most of them seniors.

And while I think every one of them should be considered preventable, the government is a more generous critic than I. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which conducted the study, says 44 percent of those mistakes could have been caught and prevented.

Still, that adds up to at least 81,400 unnecessary deaths in a single year, and the biggest reason for them can be summed up in a single word: DRUGS. Medication errors – the wrong drug, or the right drug in the wrong amount – accounted for more than half the deaths in the new study.

Other patients suffered from preventable infections, falls, incorrect procedures, bleeding problems and more. Some suffered from more than one mistake – and one elderly patient hit the opposite of a jackpot: Six errors in one hospital stay.

The only encouraging stat here is the cost of all those mistakes – $4 billion a year. That’s practically pocket change in an era of trillion-dollar stimulus and bailout packages.

The Department of Health and Human Services says fixing the system will require new laws, specialized programs, help from patients, yada yada yada.

Give me a break! Just enforce some real safety standards – and axe any doc who screws up.

And since fatigue accounts for more of these errors than anyone will admit, how about this: Stop letting hospitals force residents to work 30-hour shifts and 80-hour weeks.

Give docs, nurses, surgeons, interns and everyone else the rest they need, and maybe they’ll actually be awake on the job most of the time.

Common sense avoids common mistakes

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Canine Bone Marrow Transplants

Now Being Offered

At NC State University USA.

Science (Sep. 3, 2008) — Dogs suffering from lymphoma will be able to receive the same type of medical treatment as their human counterparts, as North Carolina State University becomes the first university in the nation to offer canine bone marrow transplants in a clinical setting.

Dr. Steven Suter, assistant professor of oncology in NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received three leukophoresis machines donated by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Leukophoresis machines are designed to harvest healthy stem cells from cancer patients. The machines are used in conjunction with drug therapy to harvest stem cells that have left the patient’s bone marrow and entered the bloodstream.

The harvested cancer-free cells are then reintroduced into the patient after total body radiation is used to kill residual cancer cells left in the body. This treatment is called peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.

The machines, once used for human patients, are suitable for canine use without modification, as bone marrow therapy protocols for people were originally developed using dogs.

“It’s not a new technology, it’s just a new application of an existing technology,” Suter says. “Doctors have been treating human patients with bone marrow transplantation for many years, and there have been canine patient transplants performed in a research setting for about 20 years, but it’s never been feasible as a standard therapy until now.”

Canine lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in dogs, but the survival rate with current treatments is extremely low. Peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, in conjunction with chemotherapy, has raised human survival rates considerably, and it is hoped that dogs will see the same benefits.

“We know that dogs who have received bone marrow transplants have a cure rate of at least 30 percent versus about 0 to 2 percent for dogs who don’t receive the transplants,” Suter adds. “The process itself is painless for dogs – the only thing they lose is a bit of body heat while the cells are being harvested.”

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Unequal access drives fertility tourism, experts say

By Kate Kelland, Health
and Science CorrespondentPosted 2010/09/14 at 1:21 pm EDT

LONDON, Sep. 14, 2010 (Reuters) — Patients who cross borders in search of cheaper, more available fertility treatment can now choose from more than 100 countries but may be putting themselves and their babies at risk, experts said Tuesday.

Nurses display quadruplet baby girls born by caesarean section at Pringadi hospital in Medan, North Sumatra September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) said a survey of reproductive services showed wide disparities between laws and practice in many countries. As a result, patients returning home may face legal or medical problems.

“Although in principle the care of foreign and local patients should essentially be the same and fit the best possible standards, there is evidence that it is not always so,” ESHRE’s Francoise Shenfield told reporters at a briefing.

A survey of 105 countries by the IFFS found that cultural, religious and social differences in attitudes to fertility treatments such as using donated eggs, sperm or embryos mean there are wide variations in the number of clinics that offer treatment, and the services they provide.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and combining them with sperm in a lab. The strongest embryos are then implanted into a woman’s womb. In theory, the eggs, sperm and embryos can all be donated.

The IFFS survey found there are over 500 fertility clinics in India and about 615 in Japan, but only 66 in Britain, 120 in Germany, 200 in Spain and around 360 in Italy.

IFFS education director Ian Cooke said discrepancies in access prompted patients to travel abroad for treatment, but could leave them in medical, financial or legal difficulties.


One major problem is the rules on the maximum number of embryos that can be transferred to a woman’s womb after IVF.

In Britain and Scandinavia only one or two are allowed, but other countries have higher limits or none at all — a factor that can increase the number of multiple pregnancies that can pose risks for both mothers and babies.

Freezing embryos is banned in Germany, Italy and Croatia, but freezing eggs before they are fertilized is allowed. In Britain the removal of donors’ anonymity has led to a severe shortage in donated sperm.

Sperm and egg donation is banned completely in many Islamic countries, and in France lesbians are not allowed access to donated sperm. Turkey has recently banned anyone going abroad to receive donated sperm or eggs — a law which the experts said was almost completely unenforceable.

“If a woman goes on holiday and comes back pregnant, who is to tell exactly how or when she got pregnant?” said Shenfield.

Both IFFS and ESHRE support the rights of patients to travel to receive fertility treatment, but said in a joint statement that “ideally, this should take place in their home country.”

They urged national health authorities to try to harmonize standards to increase the safety of patients and offer equal treatment for all those who want it.

“The variation in international laws relating to infertility treatment is one of the reasons that cause couples to seek cross-border treatment,” said Cooke. “Whilst this is unavoidable we call for international standards to ensure these patients receive consistent advice and safe treatment.”

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Saturday, May 1st, 2010

How Silence Can Be Bad For Your Health

No doubt that loud noises are bad for you, wrecking your hearing and even driving up your blood pressure. But silence can hurt you, too — at least when it’s what you don’t say to your doctor. Don’t fall into these clam-up traps:

1. You think something “isn’t worth bothering anyone about.” We know a 50-something guy who kept hoping that the shortness of breath he had while walking up the hill to work was just going to go away. Fortunately, he got himself to the hospital … where he survived his heart attack. We know you don’t want to hear that something’s amiss, but it’s better to hear it when you’re standing than for others to hear it when you’re about to go 6 feet down.

2. You think your appointment is over when you leave. You don’t get to ask your doc questions only after you’ve forked over your co-pay. Too many people leave their appointment and then say, “I wish I’d asked … whether I can have wine/when can I have sex,” and other essentials. Don’t rely on Dr. Google! Smart patients call or e-mail and ask!

3. You think that if the doctor didn’t bring it up, it’s not important. We can do lots of things, but mind reading isn’t one of them. We don’t know that you’ve been having erectile dysfunction, chest pains or an overwhelming desire to speak in Klingon unless you tell us. We don’t know what that last one means, either, but if it’s bothering you, mention it. Speaking up may be the healthiest move you’ve made.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 1st May 2010


Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 27th April 2010