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Volume 16, Issue 11, 2016
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 10 –15 (2016)More Less
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most important sustained arrhythmia seen in clinical practice. AFib increases the risk for stroke five-fold, but this risk can be significantly reduced by the use of oral anticoagulants. Warfarin reduces the stroke risk relatively by 64% and the new oral non-vitamin-K antagonists reduce the stroke risk by a further 19% better. The problem is that oral anticoagulants are underused for stroke reduction worldwide, said Prof James Ker, Senior Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pretoria.
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 28 –28 (2016)More Less
Author Roxann van RuggeSource: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 30 –32 (2016)More Less
In SA, the regulation and registration of medicines and medical devices is regulated by the Medicines Control Council (MCC). The MCC ensures that all new medicines comply with the necessary requirements for safety, quality and efficacy by reviewing the scientific, medical and ethical issues related to any application for the registration of a new medicine.
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 33 –40 (2016)More Less
The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists’ mission is to lead the science and practice of anaesthesia in the interests of enhanced patient safety. Considerable effort was expended in the review and update of the Acute Pain Guidelines as we bring all the expertise of the profession to bear in facilitating skilled, educated and improved patient care, said Prof Christina Lundgren, Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology, University of the Witwatersrand.
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 41 –42 (2016)More Less
More than 230 million surgical procedures are done worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. More than 80% of patients who undergo surgical procedures experience acute postoperative pain and approximately 75% of those with postoperative pain report the severity as moderate, severe, or extreme.
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 44 –47 (2016)More Less
It is extremely important that physicians acknowledge the impact of culture and cultural differences on physical and mental health. A person’s cultural and personal experiences influence his/her beliefs and therefore attitudes and preferences towards currently available evidence-based interventions and adherence.
Source: The Specialist Forum 16, pp 48 –51 (2016)More Less