Occupational health and safety (OHS) are rules and regulations that a worker, as well as the workplace, should follow and adhere to for a safe working environment. Ensuring that all staff members are aware of and fully understand these regulations is of utmost importance.
The 10th of March is World Kidney Day and the theme for this year is “Kidney Health for all”. This theme links with the proper education of kidney health for people across the globe. Chronic kidney disease is a common disease, 1 out of 10 adults worldwide suffer from CKD. If left untreated it can be deadly. It is therefore crucial that people are educated on kidney health.
Recent studies done in different countries have shown a decrease in the number of medical students furthering their studies in nephrology. In South Africa, studies have shown that by the year 2030 a shortage of nephrologists will be imminent. To ensure that we have enough nephrologists in the future something needs to be done soon.
It has now been two years since the world became aware of the coronavirus and got bombarded with health protocols. In this blog we look at how kidney patients are still affected and what they should do to protect themselves from Covid-19.
Working in a hospital is hard work. It is therefore important to have different procedures and systems in place that will make the work for nurses easier. One such system is the Central Concentrate Supply system.
Fürst Solutions did installations in Senegal, Cameroon and Benin in the past few months. We had a quick chat with Marco Fuerstenberg to find out more about these installations, what it is like and the difficulties sometimes faced during installations.
We are beyond proud and excited to announce that we have a Fürst Solutions App. We have been working on this for months and cannot wait for you to share in the excitement.
For many patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, getting treatment is the next obvious step. In some countries, the costs involved in getting the dialysis treatment prove to be problematic due to patients not having medical insurance or enough money to pay for the treatment out of their own pockets.
The appearance of Mobile Dialysis Units has made the accessibility of dialysis treatments for patients in different areas simpler. Having these mobile dialysis units could also be of great benefit to hospitals and clinics where renovations are taking place, for rural healthcare where facilities are not equipped well enough, or even to help with capacity correction.
The Medical Device Regulation was introduced in the European Union in order to monitor whether companies medical devices do not have possible faults and dangers that could cause injuries or death. Nowadays compliance technology is used to make compliance easier, safer and faster by using different types of software, for example, artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, etc.
Nowadays, companies are dealing with much more complex rules and regulations when it comes to compliance. And the goal of Regtech is to make this easier for companies as well as to avoid that companies get fined for not being compliant according to regulations.
The main function of the kidneys is to filter out substances from a person’s blood that could be dangerous for their health and body. The kidneys are particularly affected by the abuse of alcohol. When a lot of alcohol is consumed, this causes damage to the kidneys which enables it to filter the blood as it should.
Since the patient’s kidneys cannot eliminate enough waste and fluids from their body, they need special treatment which includes a good diet as well as limiting fluid intake. A renal dietitian is the best person to discuss a diet with as well as to ask for advice on a diet for people on dialysis.
In this blog, we interview a South African dialysis nurse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also a rise in dialysis treatment for these patients. Being a frontline worker is a privilege as this is a passion and a calling to assist people, however working in this environment can be tough especially during a pandemic.
Children with chronic kidney disease have to deal with many factors that influence their school situation. Due to dialysis treatment, these children cannot attend school every day at all hours like other children. Because the kidneys are not functioning like it should by removing toxins in the body, this can cause weak brain and nerve function which also affects the learning ability and motor skills.
Many dialysis patients are often concerned about whether they can keep their jobs and have a career like before. Having a job makes a person feel like they are accomplishing something good in life and financially contributing to society and their personal life. With the development of home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, dialysis patients can still do a lot of things even though they are receiving constant dialysis treatment, for example working and having a successful career.
For patients with diabetic kidney disease, it is very important to have good control of their diabetes and kidneys in order to live a healthy life. Since every patient is different and has a different health situation, it is very important that each patient follow the individual health instructions given by their doctor. In order for the patient to control their sugar levels, there are daily steps to be followed given by their doctor.
For a patient to get a kidney transplant there are many measures to be taken. Each patient needs to go through an evaluation stage which will determine whether the patient is ready for a kidney transplant. Once this is clear, assisted by the transplant team, the patient would need to find a kidney match. Additionally to this, financing the transplant also needs to be discussed.
Patients with kidney disease have a weak immune system which gives them a bigger risk for serious complications for COVID-19 and thus also a high risk of death. Dialysis patients often suffer from other diseases which are already considered risk factors on their own.
Due to the high risk of kidney patients contracting the COVID-19 virus, National Kidney Foundation finds it highly important to prioritise all these patients as well as their medical staff for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Skilled medical device consultants are those who have successfully completed training in a medical, science or technical profession and who have been trained in the use of the respective medical devices or who have gained experience in providing information on the respective medical devices.
Anyone who provides expert information to healthcare professionals or provides them with instruction in the proper handling of medical devices may only perform this activity if they have the knowledge and experience required for the respective medical devices.
A public-private partnership is a partnership between the government and a privately owned business. PPP’s can be used to finance, build and manage projects like building a hospital, new roads, bridges, etc. A partnership like this is useful for the development of large projects which requires a lot of funding and highly skilled workers.1 It is a good method for the government to make use of PPP in order to gain good quality infrastructure services to clients.
The term “startup ecosystem” and many other startup terms are used more often in the last few years as the startup scene grows more and more. But many people do not really know the real meaning of all these terms used by entrepreneurs. We decided to discuss the term “startup ecosystem” in this blog for those who wish to freshen up their startup lingo.
Worldwide at least two million tons of medical waste is produced yearly. 1 Medical waste can be produced by hospitals, veterinary clinics, private homes and any other medical institutes. Approximately 85% of this waste is a non-hazardous waste whereas 15% of it is a hazardous waste which could be infectious, toxic or radioactive. 2 This means that the way this waste gets recycled and what is done with the recycled materials afterwards is very important for the safety of the environment and human lives.
Finding environmentally friendly alternatives to produce energy nowadays is growing on a big scale. All over the world, wind turbines and solar farms are developing with the goal to create an environmentally friendly energy production. But the problem is that often the environment has to be adapted in order for these type of solutions to be built. For example, big amounts of land to build solar or wind turbine farms.
Aurar Dialysis Unit is a health care facility in La Réunion established in 1980. Their main goal is to support patients with end-stage chronic kidney failure through dialysis. Aurar makes use of several solutions from B Braun for example, Aquaboss water system, hot rinse warm disinfection on ring line without any chemicals. In addition to medical care and dialysis, Aurar also provides transplant preparation and the prevention of kidney diseases, especially diabetes and metabolic diseases
Starting your own business is a lot of work and could be a stressful situation for many. There are a lot of things to keep in mind and to consider when organising things for your business, having your marketing field on point, coordinating meetings and internal administration, etc.
Fortunately, today’s technology enables people to use different tools and programs to support them with all these above-mentioned points.
Education technology, also known as edtech, is a field of technology used to enhance education in different parts of the world. This type of education is still at early ages but has already proved a positive result due to the unique learning pace and support of each individual learner.
Financial technology (Fintech) is a term which describes the form of technology used to operate and offer services in the financial sector. This form of technology supports businesses, business owners, buyers, etc. to control their financial practices easier and faster by using their private computers or smartphones. Fintech development is increasing fast, especially in Africa and this development holds many benefits for the African continent.
Due to the lack of healthcare workers and infrastructure in many parts of Africa, the continent experiences around 24% of the worldwide disease burden. Many people have to travel for hours in very poor health conditions in order to get medical treatment. This leads to many costs and takes up lots of time. For this reason, there is an urgent need for health technology all over Africa. Which could help resolve some of the hurdles people struggle with daily in order to receive medical care.
Green technology or “green tech” is a technology that is less harmful to the environment when it comes to production. This means that it uses alternative resources to produce energy, etc. With this type of production comes many developments such as less waste, less energy costs, effective energy sources, fewer carbon emissions and toxic gasses in the environment, better water quality, more recycling which means a healthier environment.
The ambition for entrepreneurs to start their own business has never been so widely spread all over the world than it is at the moment. To get into the startup scene, one of the first things you need to do is to build up your network. For this, it is extremely important to know what you are talking about and to understand what other entrepreneurs are saying.
Our management consultancy service offers leadership and management development, organisation management and project management. Our main operations are in Africa with focus on connecting African and European start-ups preferably in the medical field. We are working on an online platform called “AfriEu” with the aim to connect African and European start-ups and for this reason we decided to draw up an infogram which emphasise why networking in African countries is lacking. We made use of Briter Bridges statistics to support our view.
I am a Renal Dialysis Unit Manager in Pretoria, South Africa. I have been working in renal dialysis since 2009, where I started as a student Clinical Technologist, then a Diploma Clinical Technologist and later became a Graduate Clinical Technologist.
I am a Nephrology Nurse Specialist, currently working as the Unit Manager at a dialysis center in Mossel bay, South Africa. I have been working in dialysis for six years now. I qualified as a registered nurse in 2001. I completed the Advance Diploma in Nephrology Nursing in 2017 at NMU, Post Gradate Diploma in Nursing Education in 2018 at Stellenbosch University and I am currently busy with my Masters of Nursing at Stellenbosch University.
In this article we will interview one of three dialysis nurses working in Africa. Our goal is to find out what it is like to be a dialysis nurse and which challenges they have to deal with.
When a child’s kidneys do not work like it is supposed to, they need to receive dialysis which is a blood filtering treatment. Dialysis helps the body to filter waste and extra fluid since the kidneys cannot do this properly or not at all. There are specialised children dialysis centres all over the world to provide treatment to children of all ages. Often most children with a kidney disease will have a kidney transplant once they are big enough, so until then they will need to get dialysis treatment.
Have you ever wondered how patients receiving dialysis treatment can travel for work and go on holiday like every other person when they need treatment a few days a week? Holiday dialysis allows people to visit other dialysis centres for treatment if they want to travel for work or holiday.
Medical devices could either be used to prevent a health issue or to treat an already existing health problem. In order for these kinds of devices to be used on humans and to function like it should, it is strictly advices to have medical device reporting done in order to avoid injury or death through fault devices. Which includes both the patient and the medical experts using the device.
In the last three years Sub-Saharan Africa covered around 14.59% of the world population. Until now there is approximately one doctor per 1,000 population in Sub-Saharan Africa. And even though there are not so many doctors available, the infrastructure like the national roads are in such a bad state that people cannot reach out for medical help when they live in rural areas where doctors are not available. Previously and still in some areas today, people have no form of communication available to get in touch with medical professionals for advice.
I am a technician for medical equipment and recently got the opportunity to work in Ivory Coast. I received my visa, flight tickets and a mission. I am on my way to Ivory coast (Côte d’Ivoire) for work. I was asked to go and help at a dialysis center. We had no idea what the setup was like at the center and what the technical issues were.
There are different types of healthcare systems all over the world. In this article we focus on different African countries that we have worked in and how their healthcare systems differ from one another or whether they even offer any form of healthcare at all. People often think of Africa as one place, but forget that all the countries in Africa have different traditions, religion, political views, healthcare systems, diverse use of medicine, etc.
Offering different types of medical device training in Spanish and French can be challenging as an English speaker and once it comes to language hurdles like this, body language is a big advantage. Of course, the best method is to try and solve the language hurdles by doing the training in the student’s mother tongue because we want to make learning opportunities possible without any language difficulties.
Envision being in need of medical treatment but not having access to needed medical care or the necessary equipment. Chronic kidney disease is at least 3-4 times more frequent in Africa than in developed countries which means dialysis treatment and counselling is needed for these patients. The fact that this kind of treatment is not available in many parts of the world and particularly in Africa is a sad reality. This is different in Sierra Leone since the Shifaa Dialysis Center opened their doors for all in need.
Technical support starts with one expert, whether it’s online, in person or on paper. When maintaining medical equipment, technical support is very crucial, especially when a problem is detected. Often the only and easiest way for them to communicate and give technical support is through a simple app – WhatsApp.