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Sunday 15 September 2019
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Topic: Respiratory

September 21, 2016
Survey revealed that physicians’ understanding of patients’ priorities align with patients’ actual priorities at diagnosis

Results of a new global survey supported by Boehringer Ingelheim of over 120 patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) show 9 out of 10 patients were happy with the way their doctor informed them of their diagnosis.1

However, a group of patients in the survey revealed there was additional information that would have been helpful to receive at that time. These include information about support, treatment and the realities of living with IPF.1

September 22, 2008
Doctors in England are to assess patients' risk of developing life-threatening blood clots

Every patient who is admitted to an English hospital is to have their risk of developing life-threatening blood clots assessed, the government has announced.

The new instruction to hospital staff is to be implemented next autumn in order to help doctors pinpoint which patients are most at risk of conditions such as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.

The Department of Health said that venous thromboembolism – the general medical term for blood clots in the veins – among patients in hospital accounts for around 25,000 deaths in England each year.

August 19, 2008
Hospital fined GBP 20,000 after employee is exposed to hazardous chemicals

A hospital has been fined almost GBP 20,000 after one of its employees was exposed to a hazardous chemical while cleaning an X-ray film processor.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust, based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, was fined GBP 18,500 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 3,500 after pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety Regulations at Boston Magistrates' Court.