Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Cpap Treatment For Respiratory Ailments

June 7, 2015

CPAP treatment stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The most common indication for it is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a type of breathing disorder that occurs during sleep. It occurs when the soft tissues in the human airway around the throat collapse as a result of relaxation during sleep. Left untreated, it can contribute to daytime sleepiness at least and at worst, it can cause hypertension, heart failure, stroke, diabetes and, ultimately, death.

The device consists of a Positive Airway Pressure machine (PAP) to provide airflow, a hose to connect the airflow generator to the interface and the interface itself. This can be a mask, nasal pillows or a special mouthpiece. Sometimes an in-line humidifier is added to the apparatus. Positive pressure created by the airflow is adjusted to maintain the airway in the open position. It is important for the user and the technician to work together as a team to obtain the optimum system for the individual and encourage compliance.

Treatment does have some side effects. Occasionally it causes skin irritation. It may also cause a stuffy nose or headache. If not properly adjusted, the apparatus can cause stomach bloating and discomfort. If the mask is not adjusted properly, it is not unknown for the user to slip it off unconsciously during sleep.

Various optional features can be added to make the system more comfortable for the patient and improve compliance. For instance, heated water can be added via a humidifier to eliminate the effects of dryness caused by compressed air. A passive humidifier is another option. It is less effective than the heated version but it does relieve dryness. Cloth-based mask covers may be used to improve the seal and reduce skin problems. A rheostat to control the pressure may be used to gradually increase air pressure as the user goes to sleep.

Exhalation pressure relief makes it easier to breathe out against the airflow. Flexible chin straps may be attached to help the user keep from breathing through their mouth, another source of dryness and irritation. Data logging may be added to measure patient compliance.

PAP ventilation may also be used in intensive care units for people with who are extremely ill with respiratory failure. It is also sometimes used on neonatal units to help premature infants with their breathing. Patients with neuromuscular disease may also benefit from treatment. In some patients, it can eliminate the need for tracheal intubation, a risky procedure requiring a high level of special training.

The treatment was invented at the University of California in San Francisco by a team of neonatologists. A modification of the system was developed by a group of physicians in Australia.

There are other indications for positive airway pressure. These include heart failure and chronic lung diseases. It is sometimes used in people with certain types of pneumonia or reduced oxygen saturation. It may also be used in people who have a serious asthma attack. It is contraindicated for those with a compromised airway or with impaired consciousness.

Healthcare Softwares For Every Hospitals

December 16, 2014

Lot of companies are providing the application software in healthcare management and information system, both of which are integral and critical parts of a smart healthcare system project. The idea is to bring the functions of all departments onto a unified platform from a reporting, data collation and data analysis perspective. If healthcare system is integrated and managed through a proper information and management system, then anybody can get access of it starting from primary healthcare unit to specialty centre, both from patient care and administrative perspective. In the process , it becomes much easier for the government to provide much better healthcare services. The need was already there, but only a few states have actually come up for adopting best of IT systems for healthcare.In general terms what basically these software are based on open source software with proprietary database at the backend. The software provides most flexible options in terms of reduced total cost of ownership, maintainability , vendor independency and in addition, it runs on a variety of operating systems. From an architecture perspective , it is extremely scalable and can be easily modified.
Areas like drug and material distribution, inventorying, purchasing and facility management have largely benefited through use of IT. The application also helps to standardize and define different protocols in the system as and when required. All these synchronies towards a significant enhanced quality healthcare service. Equity issues are taken care of by the public sector for those who cannot afford. Private sector is more or less differentiator. Sixty to seventy percent of work is left on the public sector. We need to increase the spending from current 4% to at least double by that. While healthcare IT spending in most emerging Asian economies has increased appreciably, yet certain developed and emerging nations are still lagging behind. Considering the global aspect, judging by the percentage of healthcare IT spending as part of overall national IT spending, Australia tops the chart , followed by China, Malaysia, New zealand, Philippines and Vietnam. The trends and spending patterns of Australia have been found to be most typical in the region, resulting in sustained growth of the market, at a pace that is even higher than many of the currently emerging economies. Public Sector institutions continue to slog or rather decay on account of lack of monitoring mechanisms, lack of management controls system and lack of accountability. In India, public health sector sees highest absentees. Still their incentives are very high. We need to have very strong management controls and IT enabled mechanism to monitor the output. Just Deploying thousands of doctors in the rural areas such as Gujarat is not enough

Allay Fears Of Comparing Health Insurance

November 23, 2014

Experts keep telling us compare different health insurance policies if you are interested in getting cheap health insurance in Australia. But at the first look all of them seem the same so what exactly do you need to compare, how to filter and sort so that you choose the right health insurance policy. Today we shall try to allay a few of these questions and few other fears you may have that prevent you from comparing health insurances.

Marketing tactics

Most of us feel that this so-called comparison is just a marketing tactic for data mining. Essentially the company wants to collect your contact details so that they can have their sales team call you and pester you into taking one of their policies. Well this isnt entirely true; most comparison sites wont even ask you for any contact details. But yes they will ask for some important information like your age and type of cover you need amongst a few other questions. This will help them show you the relevant policies available and the premium payable for the same. You can then filter it and sort it anyway you like.

User-friendly application

Most of the sites do the filtering and sorting for you. Once you have keyed in the information it will take you to the results page where most or almost all of the policies suitable for you are listed. You can then eliminate or filter them according to your specific needs.

For instance select the level of cover based on your personal requirements, if you are looking for comprehensive then choose comprehensive as your level of cover
Similarly if you are looking for health funds, choose that option and you will get a list of health funds to compare
The monthly budget slider will help you indicate the amount of premium you can afford or are willing to pay
If you are looking to cover specific treatments, tick those you want to cover in the hospital cover and extra cover menu

Each time you adjust the filter options results will get updated automatically till you have selected all options that you think are relevant. With this filter application it is easier to compare policies.
Making comparisons

Check for the Canstar rating (your best bet to get cheap health insurance in Australia that provides best value for the money). Check pricing information if it covers treatments you were searching cover for, also remember to check exclusions.