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Preventing surgery related infections

Surgical site infections (SSI) is infection that occurs after surgery in a part of the body where the surgery took place. Surgical site infections are seen as the most common healthcare-associated infection, significantly impacting healthcare resources in the UK and across the World.

Professor Leaper speaks on needing ongoing good antibiotic stewardship to reduce the risk of antibiotic-resistant and emergent organisms. The pressures on administering antibiotics have led to tighter management and stewardship of antibiotics.

Transformative era for medical devices in Asia-Pacific region

APACMed has formed partnerships in the region, but also with MedTech Innovator based in the United States for screening startups in the Asia Pacific region. This reflects 40% of APACmed members being multinational MedTech companies. However 50% of APACMed members are startups from the region itself.

The Asia Pacific MedTech market is forecasted to become the 2nd largest in the world, yet has varying levels of maturity across a diverse number of countries. The region also has large numbers of the ageing population, but spends less than 5% on average in healthcare, for a region where the main disease states are in cardiovascular, orthpedics and diabetes.

Supporting nurses doing extraordinary things

In a far reaching Global Health talk with Michael Lesner, International Council of Nurses CEO Howard Catton, speaks about the changing image of nurses over recent years. He joined as CEO to debunk the myths.

The International Council of Nurses represents the 27 millions nurses across 130 national nursing associations right around the world.

Global effort to reduce postoperative infection risk

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.

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.

New global network into Pulmonary Research

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. The debilitating and fatal disease ended the life of an Australian man 8 years ago.

His son led philanthropic efforts to establish the connection between 2 Australian organisations; Lung Foundation Australia and Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis and the US based, Three Lakes Foundation. The three organisations recently announced a collaboration to create a global network for PF research.

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