IPA Chairman Stephen McMahon reports from a pivotal symposium at the Health Ageing Workshop, presented by the Global Coalition on Ageing, at the International Federation on Ageing Conference in Prague.
Every now and again you leave a symposium or a meeting where you know something important has happened: a light has been thrown on a problem that some people had not really noticed before and they are in a position to do something about it, and this illumination is in the best interests of patients — everywhere.
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Briefing for Joint Cabinet Committee on Health & Children. 19th July 2012.
Voluntary recall of DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced on 24th August 2010 that it had commenced a voluntary worldwide recall process for two specific hip replacement implant products. Approximately 3,317 patients had received these implants in Ireland, across 16 public and 14 private hospital sites. The HSE became aware of the recall on 26th August. Worldwide approximately 93,000 components were implanted, affecting 54,000 patients. 36,000 of those devices were sold in the USA, 14,000 in the UK and 4,756 in Ireland
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IRISH SET dancing has emerged as an effective rehabilitative source for Parkinson’s patients, international research to be published at an upcoming conference attended by up to 1,000 patients will show.
The research by Dr Daniele Volpe, medical director at the St John of God Hospital Parkinson’s Centre in Venice, will reveal that regular participation in Irish set dancing classes can improve mobility and balance, reduce the number of falls, and, generally, enhance quality of life.
Dr Volpe will be one of a number of keynote speakers at the National Patients’ Conference, which takes place this Sunday, June 17th, at the National Convention Centre.
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Seriously ill patients sometimes have to be treated on the floor of the overcrowded emergency department at Dublin’s Mater Hospital, a consultant has revealed.
Mr John McInerney, consultant in emergency medicine at the Mater, told irishhealth.com that the Mater’s emergency department as well as a number of other EDs were currently under severe pressure.
“We can have up to eight patients at a time on ambulance trolleys in our ED while the ambulances that took them there wait outside for the trolleys to be returned so that they can go back into service.”
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There is a need for more empathy and better communication, agrees patient advocate Stephen McMahon, who says he can identify with some of what Hafford says. As CEO at the Irish Patients Association who has spent 15 years listening to the complaints of patients, he reports that people often feel they’re not being properly heard.
“You hear from patients that they feel they’re going back to the GP with recurring problems. They say the doctor’s not listening to them.”
On many occasions, McMahon says, he’s advised patients to clearly request that their doctors look at them as if they were seeing them for the first time. This is to encourage doctors to actually listen to what the patient has to say.
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