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# patients - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

CDI is more common than MRSA and kills one in three Irish patients infected

Unlike MRSA, alcohol wipes do not stop the spread of CDI.

# patients - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Patients more likely to die when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

In Ireland, the average patient-to-nurse ratio is 6·9, which is mid-range in comparison to other European countries.

# patients - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

New 'phenomenal' treatment uses patient's immune system to kill leukaemia

The treatment was found to work in 88 percent of patients, say the New York scientists undertaking the project.

# patients - Monday 10 February, 2014

Final part of Mater's €284m redevelopment move underway

The hospital will soon be a fully world class experience for patients, the hospital’s CEO has said.

# patients - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Updating your friends - while in a coma

For one Kerry-born woman, it was just a case of having the right friend.

# patients - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Concern over high level of undetected PTSD among Irish psychiatric clients

A new study also looked at trauma rates, and found that traumatic incidents were under-reported in some cases.

# patients - Monday 16 December, 2013

618 kept in hospital over Christmas - despite being cleared by docs

The lack of alternatives for elderly patients means that many are having to stay in hospital, which is costing the HSE money.

# patients - Monday 9 December, 2013

Chemotherapy rooms for patients at new Mater Hospital building 'overcrowded'

The hospital said this is a temporary set-up until a purpose built day unit is completed next year.

# patients - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions

Yesterday’s conference on medical negligence was told the health service could save millions if the traditional deny and defend policy was replaced.

# patients - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge Children's hospital performs moving Katy Perry lip dub Hear Me Roar

Children's hospital performs moving Katy Perry lip dub

There’s just… something in our eye. Or several things. There are several things in our eyes.

# patients - Monday 21 October, 2013

Patient group launched for people with severe respiratory disease

COPD is a lung condition that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe due to obstruction of the airways.

# patients - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Talks between the IMO and HSE resume today

Last week, the IMO said progress had been made in the talks.

# patients - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Consultants' association: HSE being driven by Troika demands, not patient welfare

The president of the IHCA also said that the HSE’s “unsympathetic” traits have led to action like the junior doctors’ strike which has created tensions among the ranks.

# patients - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

One third of people are not taking enough of their prescriptions to cure them

This figure gets worse for people with long-term illnesses as a report found they are often struggling with the cost of their treatment regime.

# patients - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Patients at infection risk due to poor hand-hygiene

HIQA has found that a number of hospitals, including St. James in Dublin, are falling below required hand-hygiene standards.

# patients - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Psychiatric unit placed CCTV in patients' bedrooms

An inspection report also found that one care unit provided an “institutionalised and socially impoverished” environment for residents.

# patients - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

2,446 children on eye clinic waiting lists at Crumlin Hospital

Around 1,444 are still waiting for an appointment at the Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

# patients - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Major clean-up underway at flooded Letterkenny hospital

The Emergency Department remains closed and patients are being diverted to two other hospitals.

# patients - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Doctors warn patients: Expect long waiting times to see your GP

Doctors say government cuts will lead to the ‘normalisation’ of long waiting times. “This move is not only mean-spirited, it is stupid,” said one GP.

# patients - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

2,500 patients a year are denied access to hospice services

There should be 450 hospice beds in the country. Today, there are only 155 hospice beds available.

# patients - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

105 people every day aren’t turning up for appointments at Galway hospitals

The HSE estimates that it cost more than €3 million to prepare for appointments for people who never showed up.

# patients - Friday 24 May, 2013

€1.5 million research investment into healthcare quality and patient safety

The research project aims to identify the most immediate and important safety and quality issues in the health service and improve care by developing changes in policy and practice.

# patients - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

University of Limerick scientists invent new metal to 'significantly reduce patient trauma'

Scientists in Limerick have invented a new metal that will make medical devices inside the body more visible under x-ray, resulting in “significantly” reducing patient trauma and hospitalisation time.

# patients - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Cutting edge technologies in healthcare will increase efficiency

Tablet devices for nurses and electronic medical records – just some of the ideas showcased at a digital healthcare gathering in Dublin yesterday.

# patients - Monday 13 May, 2013

40 psychiatric patients escape from Kenya hospital after overpowering guards

Ten of the patients have now returned to the hospital and police said the breakout must have been well planned.

# patients - Monday 15 April, 2013

Reilly urged to help make Lung Fibrosis drug available

The HSE is currently in negotiations with the manufacturers of Pirfenidone, which has life-extending benefits for Lung Fibrosis patients.

# patients - Tuesday 26 March, 2013

Column: Competition in our health system – it’s time for that debate

There are many reasons why competition in the healthcare sector will not work in the same way as it does in markets for other goods and services, says Brian Turner – who asks if more competition would mean better value.

# patients - Thursday 14 March, 2013

French patients keep HIV at bay despite stopping drugs HIV

French patients keep HIV at bay despite stopping drugs

A new study reveals that 14 HIV patients have remained healthy for years after stopping drug treatment offers fresh evidence that early medical intervention may lead to a “functional cure” for AIDS.

# patients - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Column: Ireland has the worst managed healthcare system in the developed world

While Ireland does not have the worst quality of healthcare, it is run by technically deficient, medically illiterate bureaucrats, says Professor John Crown. What healthcare model should we be looking to?

# patients - Thursday 14 February, 2013

Mater Hospital's emergency department to close for 18 hours

Patients that are seriously ill or injured should dial 999 or go directly to another Emergency Department.

# patients - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

HIQA: Poor hand-washing in Irish hospitals potentially putting patients at risk

The HIQA hygiene reports also found wide variations in hospital cleanliness.

# patients - Saturday 5 January, 2013

From The42 Pic of the Day: Ruud van Nistelrooy goes to bizarre lengths to cheer patients Wise Move?

Pic of the Day: Ruud van Nistelrooy goes to bizarre lengths to cheer patients

We wonder what Rio Ferdinand makes of this?

# patients - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Committee seek clarification on St Vincent's Cystic Fibrosis unit

The committee chair Jerry Buttimer said that they will be keen to establish if the facility meets the necessary requirements.

# patients - Friday 30 November, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# patients - Friday 23 November, 2012

Irish start-up company develops 'groundbreaking' cancer treatment

MitaMed has begun a clinical trial in Cork and Dublin hospitals for its treatment for colorectal cancers.

# patients - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Narcolepsy sufferers question Health Minister's commitment to supports

The Department of Health said the matter of a proposal for supports package “continues to be a priority” and that it is considering all other possible supports in addition to what it currently offers.

# patients - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

General health check-ups may be a waste of time Check-ups This post contains a poll

General health check-ups may be a waste of time

New research shows that health check-ups do not reduce rates of disease or death.

# patients - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Tallaght Hospital secures overdraft

The HSE wrote a letter of support to the bank to help enable the hospital to secure the overdraft of around €12 million.

# patients - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Delayed patient discharges costing €550,000 per night

680 patients are occupying hospital beds around the country at a cost of €800-900 per night each, according to figures put before the Public Accounts Committee.

# patients - Monday 17 September, 2012

James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut

Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.