July 2011

Parents Should Guide Children on Fasting During Ramadan, Doha, 31 July

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, medical experts have called on parents to guide their children on fasting. According to a leading Peadiatrics consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a healthy 10 year old child should be able to complete whole day of fasting. “A child can fast and it depends on the child’s level of understanding and willingness of the parents to follow and ensure a healthy fasting for their children,” said Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Director of Peadiatric Emergency Centers.

Dr. Khalid further recommended that it is better to train children on fasting gradually. Parents should have the child fast for around 4 hours a day for few days and increase gradually until the child is able to complete fasting as required.

“The trick is to initiative the habit gradually and encourage the children and recognize their achievement and provide a positive feedback about their fasting accomplishment,” Dr. Khalid added.

According to medical guidance provided by Dr. Khalid the parents should also ensure that in between fasting, children have enough balance diet in addition to them taking adequate fluids.

Parents have also been warned that the family should make sure that a child who is fasting does not play in the current outside temperature in order not to be dehydrated and their activities should be indoor in a regulated temperature.

Dr. Khalid also advised the parents that if their child complains of any chronic condition, they should seek guidance from their health provider if fasting is suitable for their child.

 “It is also very important to note that if a child suffers from any medical condition then he or she is not recommended to undergo fasting. Parents have to make sure that their children are in very healthy physical and psychological condition, before they are able to undergo fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan,” Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Director of Peadiatrics Emergency Centers said.

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Working Hours for Hamad General Hospital Morning and Evening Clinics During Ramadan, Doha, 28 July

Hamad General Hospital (HGH) has announced the opening hours for its morning and private evening Clinics for the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Effective 31 July, 2011, all morning clinics at HGH will operate from 8am to 1pm, Sunday to Thursday.
The working hours for private evening clinics will be from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Sunday to Wednesday.
Patients and their families are advised to take note of the new Ramadan opening hours at HGH and make appointments accordingly.

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Critical Care and Transplant Staff Participate in Organ Donation Course, Doha, 25 July

About 200 critical care staff and transplant coordinators at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently participated in the second session of the Brain Death and Organ Donation Course organized by HMC’s Organ Transplant Committee at Hajar Auditorium, HMC Education Center.

The course is implemented in line with the transplant committee’s efforts to develop the organ donation and transplantation programs in Qatar, and is part of the continuing education of medical staff working in critical care areas such as intensive care units and emergency areas, as well as transplant coordinators. Topics included brain death, existing policies regarding organ donation, and the role of healthcare providers in the organ donation process, particularly in evaluating and maintaining potential donors, and in helping increase the availability of organs for transplantation.

Speaking at the event, Dr Yousef Maslamani, Chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee at HMC, emphasized the importance of communication and teamwork in the organ donation and transplantation process.

“The constant growth in the demand for organs leads to an increased waiting time and waiting list mortality,” said Dr Hassan Al Malki, Senior Consultant Nephrologist at HMC and Vice Chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee, who spoke on the legislative, religious and medical aspects as well as the past and current situation of organ donation and transplantation in Qatar. Dr Al Malki highlighted the huge disparity between the growth in the number of organ donors and the increase in the number of patients on the waiting list for organ transplants.
Dr Al Malki pointed out that the organ donation and transplantation process is a lengthy and complex process which involves early recognition of possible donors, early referrals, donor maintenance, full coordination with the rest of the transplant team, and patient selections.

“Cooperation between different teams is the main part of the transplantation process, and we believe staff education and awareness is a very important step towards increasing the number of organ donors at our hospitals,” Dr Al Malki added. Current transplantation programs available at HMC include transplant of kidneys, liver and pancreas.

Other speakers included Dr Dirk Deleu, who lectured on the clinical aspects of brain death, Dr Husain Alawadhi, who discussed the management and care of donors, and Dr Hatem El Shoubaki, who explained the steps needed in evaluating potential deceased donors.

Organs for transplantation can be sourced from both living and deceased donors. By Emiri decree, a person with full legal capacity may donate or make a living will to donate one or more of his or her body organs by virtue of a written statement attested by two fully capacitated witnesses. In the case of deceased donors, the consent of their next of kin of full capacity, up to second degree relatives, must be obtained for the donation.

The 2008 Declaration of Istanbul, to which Qatar is a signatory, prohibits organ trafficking and transplant tourism, and urges countries to develop national self-sufficiency in regard to supplying organs for transplantation.

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Seven HMC Hospitals Implement World-Class Imaging Technology, Doha, 6 July

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has implemented a multi-site Radiology Information Systems (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) from GE Healthcare across its seven hospitals. The project, which was implemented in record time, enables clinicians to move from using traditional X-ray film to accessing their patients’ image records on their screens at the touch of a button. The new system will facilitate improved diagnosis and patient care capabilities.

The RIS/PACS solution provides an integrated view of the patients imaging records. Advanced image processing tools allow doctors and other health professionals to access and compare images in order to decide on the best treatments for their patients. Providing access to images at the desktop for referring physicians as soon as the patients examination has been completed, significantly enhances patient management, allows more timely diagnosis and clinical management to be initiated, and reduces the need to wait for or locate x-ray film bags.

Dr. Ahmed J Omar, Acting Chairman of Radiology at HMC, said the new system will facilitate improved diagnosis and patient care capabilities. Imaging is becoming increasingly integral to preventive and treatment management practices. The system allows for easy access of comprehensive diagnostic information by physicians and other care providers, which enables faster patient management decision making. We placed great emphasis on not only implementing the technology but ensuring relevant training for all clinicians.

The project was managed by HMCs Radiology and Health Information Systems departments, who received technical and project management assistance from Malomatia.

Mr. Abdullah Al Emadi, Executive Director of Health Information System (HIS) at HMC said: Key members from the Clinicians Group, Radiology and Health Information Systems departments worked closely together to ensure the successful completion of this very large and complex project. I am delighted that we were able to roll this system out throughout seven hospitals in less than a year and a half this is a record achievement in the global healthcare sector and reflects the achievement of a key milestone in HMCs strategic IT plan.
The new fully web based system enables images such as x-rays and scans to be stored electronically and viewed on any PC across HMC, irrespective of where the image has been captured, creating a near filmless process tailored for healthcare environments. The first of its kind in Qatar, this technology combines flexibility and interoperability between different imaging devices and a stable infrastructure that will help maximize efficiency and improve the quality of patient services within HMC.
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Statement: Al Khor Accident UPDATE, 4 July

This morning (July 4th) at approximately 6.30am a minibus carrying Hamad Medical Corporation staff to Al Khor Hospital, was involved in a serious accident.

It is with regret we now confirm that four HMC staff lost their lives in the accident. A further 10 other people were injured in the accident. All are receiving treatment at HMC hospitals. Their conditions range from critical to stable. We can further confirm that all families of those in the accident have been contacts.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the authorities.

Management and staff of Hamad Medical Corporation extend their heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of those involved in the accident.

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