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Middle East’s leading event focused on improving patient care is back in action

One of the Middle East’s leading health events, the Patient Safety Congress, returns to its pre-pandemic format this year, bringing together top thought leaders in healthcare from September 29 to October 1 at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. With the aim of changing the face of patient care, the conference is back with a robust list of products and exhibitors that will bring exceptional innovations to the table at the 2022 edition of Patient Safety.

Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Facilities in the Post-Pandemic World

An exclusive report on infection prevention and control in response to the post-pandemic challenges poised by COVID-19.

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Advanced Analytics and Next-Generation Solutions Improve Patient Safety

An exclusive report on how did COVID-19 impact patient safety and what are the future opportunites for the industry.

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Combatting cancer through equitable access and innovation

AstraZeneca addresses the barriers to cancer diagnosis and treatment in the MEA region. e live in a truly exciting time for the field of oncology. From artificial intelligence to gene editing, technological innovations have led to breakthroughs in the ways we detect, visualise, understand,...

Antimicrobial resistance is an evolving concern as COVID-19 returns

The growing incidence is the result of excessive use of antimicrobial drugs that renders them ineffective while increasing patients' risk of severe illness.

New insight in patient response to surgical disruption in life-saving hormones

Researchers discovered that the different patterns of HPA axis response could reflect different underlying physiological changes in adrenal sensitivity, cortisol production and turnover.

How virtual reality and the metaverse can improve patient safety

The pending metaverse is poised to make healthcare interactions more fun and engaging, according to Dylon O’Leary, UK founder of virtual reality (VR) company Myhealthcare and recipient of Innovate UK funding, all while underpinned by powerful blockchain encryption.

Interconnected solutions can boost personalised healthcare systems

The Middle East is putting force behind its mission to lead in the arena of healthcare – and we have never been closer to achieving it. However, there is one glaring obstacle in the way of realising the vision of world-leading care that we aspire to: the inequalities that exist throughout the region.

AI to predict antidepressant outcomes in youth

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have made the first step toward applying artificial intelligence (AI) to predict early outcomes with antidepressants in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder. They discovered variations in six depression symptoms: trouble having fun, social withdrawal, excess fatigue, irritability, low self-esteem, and depressed sentiments. The study is published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Demand for clinical nutrition increases with rising number of chronic diseases

Clinical nutrition in medicine has a pivotal role, helping physicians diagnose and treat disorders that affect dietary constituent intake, absorption, and metabolism. As clinical nutrition is a part of a multidisciplinary approach in treatment, it also promotes good health via the prevention of diet- related diseases such as obesity, with its co-morbidities of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidaemias, increased risks of cardiovascular disease, some cancers and pulmonary failure. In addition, intestinal disorders related to inadequate nutrient absorption; eating disorders; and malnutrition associated with chronic illness and surgical trauma are among the most common causes of mortality.

Highlighting effective elimination of pathogens

Jason Kang — CEO and Co-Founder, Katherine Jin — Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, and Kevin Tyan — Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, founded Kinnos based on the need to make a difference during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Their flagship product Highlight® was created to address the urgency of improving disinfection applications for both epidemic response and everyday use.

Health IT impact on patient safety

Like all marketers, those in the healthcare industry faced a host of challenges in 2020. No one wants to bring the term “unprecedented” back, but it’s an accurate description for the situation marketing teams across the globe found themselves in as a business slowed and budgets were cut. Take physical events as an example. Traditionally, marketing teams have set aside at least a quarter of their entire budget for exhibitions. As borders closed and travel ground to a halt, new tactics were needed as this major marketing strategy could no longer come into play.

Keeping the patient safety community connected

Patient Safety, organised by Informa Markets, is the only congress in the region that integrates multiple disciplines relating to patient safety, healthcare epidemiology, public health, risk management and infection control and prevention. Running virtually, the theme of the event is ‘Embracing the new normal – repositioning patient safety in the era of COVID-19’. The event aims to connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide while sharing best practice and driving patient safety in the new normal.

Key messages for the post-pandemic world

Interview with Prof. David Nash, founding dean emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) of Thomas Jefferson University and the Dr Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Philadelphia, U.S.

The role of HIEs in improving Patient Safety – bridging the information gap

Keeping patients safe is intrinsic to the work of healthcare professionals. It is at the core of all we strive to achieve, but unfortunately, modern medicine still sometimes falls short. There are identified gaps in the way patient information is recorded, with fragmented and “siloed” information. But thankfully, as technology plays an ever-increasing role in healthcare, it is helping to keep our patients safe.

Advocating the habit of quality in the CSSD

At the upcoming virtual Patient Safety event, Geraldine McNulty MSc, Decontamination Lead/Medical Device & ISO 13485:2016 Hospital Representative, Kings College Hospital, Dubai Hills, Dubai, will be presenting a step-by-step guide that will give a better insight into how to achieve ISO 13485:2016 in a Clinical Sterile Services Department (CSSD) hospital setting.

Saving lives behind-the-scenes

At Patient Safety, Damien Berg, Past President, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM); Regional Manager Sterile Processing, UCHealth, Colorado, U.S. will discuss his unconventional sterile processing journey – from a sterile processing tech in the military in the early 2000s, to a past president of IAHCSMM, a member of ISO, and an international speaker and traveller, who continues to be an operational manager.

Quality, patient safety, and accreditation in our changed world

While we continue to manage through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to reflect on the lessons learned. The response to COVID-19 has shown us that organisations with a commitment to- and competence in- quality, patient safety and accreditation are better prepared to effectively manage through a crisis. Published reports from around the globe continue to demonstrate the value of quality, safety and accreditation, providing a framework to guide healthcare facilities as they recover and rebuild. This pandemic should be a catalyst for innovation, to move into the next generation of quality and safety.

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