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Life in the time of Ebola - clean your hands

Written by Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson.

New Lancet's The Ebola Resouce Centre free access to journal articles.

Unchanged message for South Africans for now
CLEAN YOUR HANDS
Hand hygiene resources to download
Outpatient or home based care guide click here.

And for safety sake, when body fluids are involved - protect yourself and others with the same precautions you would as if there was potential contamination from the viruses that cause HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B.

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Person-centred care - review on ways to measure

Written by Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson.

Patient-centred care is what most patients want. Often we can't really articulate it or the health system doesnt allow it.

The Health Foundation, a UK NGO, has just published a rapid review on ways to measusre patient-centred care.

I highlight research about commonly used approaches and tools to help measure person-centred care. It aims to showcase the many tools available for those working in policy and practice.

If you are wondering about the terminology here.... then this definition will help.

"A person-centred health system is one that supports people to make informed decisions about, and to successfully manage, their own health and care, able to make informed decisions and choose when to invite others to act on their behalf. This requires healthcare services to work in partnership to deliver care responsive to people’s individual abilities, preferences, lifestyles and goals."
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Helping measure person-centred care : A review of the evidence about commonly used approaches and tools used to measure person centred-care approached.
March2014

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Fake medication hurts patients

Written by David Pinkney-Atkinson.

Globally there is a massive rise in the number of fake medication being sold to consumers. Legitimate drugs conform to rigorous safety standards during testing, manufacturing, storage, and sale. Fake medications do not follow these same stringent guidelines, and more often than not they are made in garages warehouses and shacks. South Africa is very fortunate to be the continental leader in medicine safety led by the statuary Medicines Control Council (MCCZA) Fake medications can harm, in many cases build up resistance to the real drugs effects. Legitimate drugs contain active ingredient at precise doses that help them work for you. Fake drugs often contain no active ingredients, and in some cases extremely dangerous substances like; rat poison, anti-freeze, and boric acid.

It is possible to trace real medication right back to their source. With fake medication it is impossible to trace their origins. The fake medication might look attractive to you the consumer, but his is a false sense of well-being. Sure you do not need to go through the hassle of getting a prescription or the embarrassment, and not to mention the cost saving benefits. Nearly 50% of all medication bought over the internet is fake in the cases where no physical address is given. These fake medications are sold from street vendors, websites, and even pharmacies to both rich and poor.

Only buy your medication from licensed and legitimate places. Spread the word to your family and friends about the dangers of fake medications. Report any suspected fake medication or sellers to your nearest authorities in South Africa The Medicines Control Council immediately.

Watch the video share it with other people: Fake Friends

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Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) news

Written by David Pinkney-Atkinson.

Dramatic breakthrough on open disclosure in England.

A breakthrough in patient rights in the UK is the statutory duty of candour. This rule will legally oblige every registered healthcare provider in England to ensure that there is full and honest disclosure about incidents which cause serious harm. This UK government has brought this into being with much resistance from certain sectors after the abuse scandal at Stafford Hospital where 1,200 deaths between 2005 and 2008. The inquiry report published in 2013 recommended that there was a fundamental change in the NHS culture where patients are put first.

Perhaps South Africa will take some notes from this inquiry.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 2013 – Patient participation!

The May 5th  Clean Your Hands campaign was a great success with an increased number of hospital registrations and WHO Member States  pledging to combat healthcare associated infections (HAI). PFPS collaborated extensively to encourage greater patient participation for hand washing leading up to the campaign. This year’s campaign called for healthcare facilities to work with their patients, patient organizations and local communities to promote hand hygiene in the prevention of HAI.

To read the full newsletter: icon PFPS JUNE (1.25 MB)

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Fake Medical Products

Written by Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson.

Not all drugs are what they seem – some are fakes or to put it more technically counterfeit. This means that you are not getting what you pay for, and more seriously the medical product may actually be harmful. The identity, nature and/ or source are fraudulently misrepresented, including on the label. This is clearly not in the best interests as the products may vary from those sold over the counter to specialist medications. The definition of counterfeiting as used by the Council of Europe’s MEDICRIME Convention does not include the intellectual property rights.

http://www.safemedicines.org/counterfeit-drug-conference-2011.html

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