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Closing gaps in emergency surgical care

Dr Lynette Scherer In conversation with Mike Lesner talks about trauma being the leading cause of death for under 40 year olds in the US, giving rise to the need to deliver trauma care earlier and more efficiently.

As a trauma surgeon and CEO of Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc (or known as SAMGI), Dr Scherer’s organisation addresses variations and gaps in emergency surgical care. The work has led to improvements in care, financial performance of hospitals and clinician satisfaction levels.

Australia’s digital health push into new national markets

Infection rates following surgical procedure vary across countries, however the causes and the ranges of variation are not well understood.

The causes of the infections are not as high as would be assumed on the surgical procedure, but co-morbidity and lifestyle choices including alcohol consumption may exacerbate risk. As Dr Edmiston states, there are a myriad of causes, and funding is limited in many countries. However there are some solutions, where goals, performance tracking against the goals and better communication is needed.

Equitable learning opportunities for new nurses

With over 130,000 students at Western Governors University (WGU) delivering online courses from the US, Dr Jan Jones-Schenk is the Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions. The College that Dr Jones-Schenk is Dean of, has approximately 30,000 students following healthcare curricula.

In January 2022, the University marks 25 years as a non-profit academic institution, focused on competency based education delivered through expanded access to rural areas and in an equitable manner to others in the United States. The focus for WGU has been in delivering education regardless of time or place especially in rural communities to locals.

Transformative AI in a COVID World

urrently working back in the clinic as a pediatric cardiologist after a year in telehealth, Dr Anthony Chang is investigating the short and medium impacts of COVID-19. Another area of focus is using AI, “Swarm Learning” and other technologies to share pediatric cardiology information, such as electronic records or images across health systems in the US and across other countries.
The International Council of Nurses represents the 27 millions nurses across 130 national nursing associations right around the world.

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