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Women, Blacks, Medicare Recipients Less Likely To Be Evaluated For Liver Transplantation

Patient race, gender and insurance status influence decisions about who will go on to receive liver transplants, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study. Available online and published in the September issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, the study indicates that women, blacks and patients with Medicare who are in end-stage liver disease are less likely to be referred and evaluated for liver transplantation. "There currently is no comprehensive oversight of liver disease patients as they go through evaluation, referral and are put on a waitlist for transplantation, " said Cindy L. Bryce, Ph.D., study lead author and associate professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh.

Do Your Homework On School Tie 'ban', Watchdog Urges, UK

Britain's safety watchdog has hit back at claims of a ban on traditional school ties and urged people to do their homework on the subject. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said edicts ordering parents to replace their children's school ties for clip-on alternatives have no basis in law and 'elf and safety' cannot be blamed. If schools or colleges are choosing to ban traditional ties it is not because they have been outlawed - something that could revealed by a little basic research. HSE is exposing a series of 'elf n safety' myths, which are undermining the legitimate work to protect workers from death and serious injury. David Bryant, head of HSE's education directorate, said: "We notice it time and again that ridiculous myths about what you can't do for health and safety reasons find their way into the public consciousness.

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Improvement Is About High Clinical Standards Married To Basic Care

Responding to a report from the Patients' Association detailing poor care, deputy policy director Jo Webber said good care combines high clinical standards with basics such as hygiene and nutrition. Commenting on the Patients' Association report into poor NHS care Jo Webber, deputy policy director at the NHS Confederation, which represents over 95% of NHS organisations said: "This report offers a snapshot of some unacceptable treatment in the NHS. "Nobody should have to experience some of the care provided in the examples provided and if patients or relatives are concerned about their treatment they must report their worries to the trust involved or even to the relevant professional regulator.

The King's Fund Statement In Response To The Patients Association Report 'Patients Not Numbers, People Not Statistics', UK

Commenting on the report published by The Patients Association documenting examples of poor hospital care, Jocelyn Cornwell, Director of The Point of Care programme at The King's Fund, said: 'From our own research we know that there are incidences of poor quality care where staff do not show compassion for patients. Patients' stories and complaints, and those of their relatives, are important evidence and should be taken seriously by hospitals. Together with surveys and other measurements, they can help hospitals create an accurate picture of patients' experiences and ensure that failures in care are not repeated and wherever possible prevented.

Effectiveness Of Surveillance Systems In Monitoring Swine Flu

Research recently published on bmj.com reports that concerns about the effectiveness of flu surveillance systems during the early phase of the swine flu pandemic were unfounded. An investigation reviewed the samples from members of the public who called NHS Direct with cold or flu-like symptoms during June 2009. Results strongly matched local transmission rates in six regions of England. In May 2009, laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza A ( H1N1 ) gradually increased in England. There was there was rising concern that existing surveillance systems were failing to recognize 'sustained community transmission.' As a result, a system of self-sampling which had been piloted during the winter of 2003-2004, was resumed to improve the monitoring of local virus transmission.

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HSE Reiterates Warnings About Working At Height After Company Fined For Fatal Fall, UK

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging companies to re-examine their working from height practices after a firm was fined for the death of an employee. This warning comes after the HSE's successful prosecution today (27 August 2009) of EDF Energy Contracting Ltd at Chichester Crown Court. The company pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 4b and 4c of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined 160, 000 and ordered to pay full costs of 24, 594.98. It relates to an incident on 2 August 2007 when employee James Gordon was dismantling a mobile tower scaffold in the sports hall of Worthing High School in West Sussex. The scaffolding had been used to carry out high-level maintenance to lighting and heating appliances within the sports hall.

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