... Hos­pi­tal ad­vance­ments based on need

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

UNIVER­SITY HOS­PI­TAL of the West Indies (UHWI) Chief of Staff, Dr Carl Bruce, has in­di­cated that the de­vel­op­ments cur­rently un­der­way at the fa­cil­ity are tak­ing place in light of the need for a more mod­ern and ef­fi­cient hos­pi­tal.

“We are in­tro­duc­ing a more min­i­mal in­va­sive in­ter­ven­tional depart­ment, where, in­stead of do­ing open surg­eries, we use other im­proved meth­ods of health care. So if there is liq­uid set­tling in the body, we can drain it with­out cut­ting the pa­tient open,” he ex­plained.

En­thu­si­as­ti­cally, Bruce stated that mo­bile com­put­ers, wire­less tech­nolo­gies, elec­tronic health records, mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing (MRI) CT (com­puted to­mog­ra­phy) scans are among the tech­no­log­i­cal im­prove­ments.

“Re­mem­ber in the old days, you used to hold up an X-ray into the light and have a look? We want this and other doc­u­ments to be avail­able on com­put­ers.”

NEW PRO­FES­SIONS

He said these im­prove­ments will pave the way for new pro­fes­sions.

“Rather than be­ing a gen­eral sur­geon, you will be­come a min­i­mal-in­va­sion sur­geon or min­i­mal-in­va­sive em­pathic sur­geon for liver, so there will be new pro­fes­sions and spe­cial­i­ties that one can pur­sue,” he noted.

“It’s a very ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially for those who are grad­u­at­ing and com­ing through the sys­tem now. It’s the com­puter age. The tech­nol­ogy is cre­at­ing new pro­fes­sions and new ways of treat­ing pa­tients.”

Bruce said this would not pose a threat to doc­tors trained be­fore the tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments at the UHWI.

“Even though we are go­ing to go up to 30 per cent min­i­ma­l­in­va­sive surgery, we still need to have open sur­geons as there are mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and trau­mas and open wounds and frac­tures that we still have to take care of.”

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