Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
15th May 2019
Delhi State Consumer Commission directed the hospital to pay 20 lakh to a man who lost his pregnant wife and unborn child due to medical negligence

Dr KK Aggarwal and Advocate Ira Gupta

Hospitals need to show a human touch, a duty ought to be followed and implemented- Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission said while granting compensation to a man, who had lost his pregnant wife and unborn child to medical negligence a decade ago.

The consumer body asked a city hospital to pay Rs 20 lakh fine for the grief, suffering and mental agony faced by the man, Yogesh Watwani, and his two children.

Commission member Anil Srivastava said the woman was left unattended given that emergency is an inevitable consequence in a labour room. “Patient… was virtually left unattended establishing prima facie negligence on the part of the treating doctor. Secondly, the hospital - considered to be well-equipped to meet any untoward situation - could not arrange an anaesthetist when required the most..,” he said.....read more

Building Consensus: Will shifting from desflurane to sevoflurane make anesthesia go Green?

Dr KK Aggarwal

Will shifting from desflurane to sevoflurane make anesthesia go Green? The answer appears to be yes as per Dr Brian Chesebro in Portland, Oregon in the US.

Dr Brian says that the amount of global warming each procedure contributes to the environment can be reduced by just using sevoflurane in most surgeries, instead of desflurane.

Sevoflurane is a very commonly used anesthesia gas in most surgeries. Other gases used as desflurane, nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas....read more

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Practice Updates

Mothers demand action on climate change in London march

Thousands of mothers and their families staged a march in central London to demand action on climate change. "The Mothers Rise Up" protest was led by eleven 11-year-olds to represent the deadline of 2030 for tackling global warming, set by the United Nations. The march began near Hyde Park Corner and ended at Parliament Square. It was held in support of youth strikes nationwide..... read more

India facing critical shortage of healthcare providers, says WHO

Despite the health sector employing five million workers in India, it continues to have low density of health professionals with figures being lower than those of Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, United Kingdom and Brazil, reported a World Health Organization database. This workforce statistic puts the country into the "critical shortage of healthcare providers" category. Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the worst hit while Delhi, Kerala,..... read more

Doctors' unusual prescription: Ride bicycles

LONDON: A new program in Wales will allow family doctors to offer patients an unusual prescription for better health - bicycles. The pilot program, the first such initiative in Britain, is an effort by medical professionals around the world to provide patients with alternatives to drugs, in a bid to avoid side effects and improve cost efficiency..... read more

Is Insulin Resistance The Missing Link in Fibromyalgia?

A small study found that insulin resistance measured with the surrogate marker HbA1c was strongly associated with fibromyalgia. This may hold implications for the treatment of this poorly understood pain syndrome. In a cohort of 23 patients with fibromyalgia, levels of HbA1c were significantly higher ....read more

Baroreflex Device Eases HF Symptoms

A novel implanted neuromodulation device substantially improved quality of life and functional capacity in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in the BeAT-AF study. Baroreflex stimulation with the Barostim Neo device also improved the key prognostic biomarker N-terminal pro–B-type natriuretic peptide ....read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

Medical Voice

Maha FDA asks DCGI to include balloon catheters and guiding catheters under NLEM

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration has reportedly urged the Drug Controller General of India and the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to include balloon catheters and guiding catheters under National List of Essential Medicines as was done for coronary stents. Balloon catheter and guiding catheters are accessories used during the stenting procedure to ease the pathway for flow of blood, as per a report in pharmabitz.

Capping the price of stents has obviously ended with increasing the prices of accessories to cover the margins. Earlier NPPA had also noted that “it had been found that after the price control of cardiac stents,.... read more

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Half of Indians unaware of their hypertension status and have not received a diagnosis
The condition is a silent killer and damages other organs over time

New Delhi, 14th May 2019: According to a recent study, only 3 out of 4 individuals in India with hypertension have ever had their blood pressure measured. Only about 45% had been diagnosed, and only 8% of those surveyed had their blood pressure under control. More than half the number of Indians aged 15 to 49 years with hypertension were not aware of their hypertension status. The awareness level was lowest in Chhattisgarh (22.1%) and highest in Puducherry (80.5%).

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in India. It is defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140/90 mmHg.

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