Hand Hygiene – The Cornerstone of Combatting Infections

Hand Hygiene – The Cornerstone of Combatting Infections

Medical advances have brought lifesaving care to patients in need, yet many of these advances come with a risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
These unanticipated infections that develop during the course of medical or surgical treatment may result in significant patient morbidity and mortality, prolong the duration of hospital stays and necessitate additional diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, which generate added costs.

Modern Medicine – Issue 4 2019

Appropriate Burn Care Crucial for Optimal Healing

Appropriate Burn Care Crucial for Optimal Healing

Burn injuries are indeed among the most challenging wounds to manage. Following a burn injury, the wound healing process, as well as the time required for healing, will basically depend on the thickness of the injured dermis layer. Prompt and appropriate burn care is crucial for optimal healing and final appearance of the scar, since burn depth might dangerously increase if the wound dries or become infected resulting in delayed wound closure.

Modern Medicine – Issue 4 2019

Allergic Rhinitis An update on management

Allergic Rhinitis An update on management

Allergic rhinitis is a common manifestation of atopy that significantly reduces quality of life. A careful history and examination, along with appropriate investigations, are needed to determine the most likely allergens and to direct treatment. Recent advances in allergen immunotherapy show promise and the ‘thunderstorm asthma’ phenomenon emphasises the need for action plans for patients with comorbid asthma. Intranasal corticosteroids and
oral antihistamines are considered first-line therapies.

Modern Medicine – Issue 4 2019

Comprehensive Contraception Advice Helps Patients Make Better Choices

Comprehensive Contraception Advice Helps Patients Make Better Choices

Today, there is a broad range of effective contraceptive methods available. Women need access to accurate information about these different methods to choose an option that matches their individual needs regarding lifestyle, family planning, risk factors and non-contraceptive benefits. By counselling women, healthcare professionals (HCPs) may gain a better understanding of women’s lifestyle preferences and concerns, which may enable HCPs to prescribe the most appropriate contraceptive method.

Modern Medicine – Issue 4 2019

April/May 2019 Edition

We welcome you to come and read through our latest, April/May, edition of Modern Medicine.

This month we have a jam packed edition for you. Our features this month include;Dermatology, Contraception, Pain, Paediatrics and many more.

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Safely Managing Chronic Noncancer Pain in General Practice

Safely Managing Chronic Noncancer Pain in General Practice

Pain is ubiquitous, experienced by every person at some time. Acute pain is a symptom, and treatment is usually short term and medically focused. Acute pain may progress in some cases to chronic persistent pain. Chronic pain has many possible causes, including cancer, congenital and degenerative diseases, trauma and surgery. Cancer pain differs clinically from chronic noncancer pain and is not further discussed here.

Modern Medicine – April/May 2019

Bacterial Conjunctivitis – Making the Call

Bacterial Conjunctivitis – Making the Call

Eye infections are a common presenting problem in primary care. Bacterial conjunctivitis, although a less frequent cause of conjunctivitis, is more common in children. The most common bacteria are Haemophilus influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. To ensure a good visual outcome for the patient, the practitioner should make a prompt diagnosis and start appropriate treatment. Compared to placebo, the use of antibiotic eye drops is associated with improved rates of clinical and microbiological remission.

Modern Medicine – April/May 2019

Emollients…the Mainstay of Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

Emollients…the Mainstay of Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a multifactorial chronic inflammatory skin disease characterised by a decreased skin barrier function that is caused by multiple factors.1 Restoration of the skin barrier promotes optimal hydration and prevents the penetration of external agents that cause worsening of atopy symptoms. Emollients are the main treatment for all grades of AD.

Modern Medicine – April/May 2019