Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgThe number of people on waiting lists for appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital at the end of July stands at 16,563. Figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that over 1,200 people have been waiting more than one year for outpatient and inpatient appointments at LUH.A total of 13985 people are currently on the waiting lists for Outpatient Treatments at LUH, as of 27th July 2017 when the numbers were compiled. In the same time period, there were 2578 people waiting on inpatient treatments of various specialities in Letterkenny.Nationally, the number of people on public hospital waiting lists increased by some 9,000 in July 2017.  More than 579,891 people are currently awaiting treatment across Ireland, according to the survey.There are 1257 people waiting for a first appointment at the consultant-led Outpatient clinic for Cardiology at LUH, while 57 of those have been waiting between 12 and 15 months.Over 200 have been waiting more than 18 months for outpatient appointments at the Orthopaedics  and Urology departments, with 364 waiting over a year and a half for General Medicine consultations. Across the Saolta University Health Care Group of Hospitals in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo there are more than 21900 waiting on inpatient appointments and 78561 waiting on Outpatient appointments in July.  Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny University Hospitalwaiting listslast_img read more

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This HighTech Wristband Can Detect Opioid Overdoses

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target Opioid overdoses are a major health issue in the U.S., yet a new high-tech wristband might help doctors detect the warning signs of fatal painkiller reactions.A group of Carnegie Mellon University students developed the HopeBand, a wearable wristband that can sound an alarm, flash repeatedly, and issue a text message alert with the wearer’s location if it senses really low blood oxygen levels, IEEE reported. With this high-tech wristband, a health care professional can administer a medication to reverse the overdose before it’s too late.“Imagine having a friend who is always watching for signs of overdose; someone who understands your usage pattern and knows when to contact [someone] for help and make sure you get help,” Rashmi Kalkunte, a software engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, told IEEE. “That’s what the HopeBand is designed to do.”AdChoices广告Unlike other medical devices, the Carnegie Mellon University students’ HopeBand is an inexpensive wearable device to track people’s health on the go. With a sponsorship from Pinney Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, the students moved forward with a watch-style solution that leverages pulse oximetry as an overdose detector.Pulse oximetry sensors track oxygen levels in the blood with a very high-tech process. They shine LED light through the skin and then detect light absorption changes. If oxygen levels are low due to a potential overdose, HopeBand evaluates the warning sign for 10 seconds before sounding an alarm.Even though the HopeBand could be promising for overdoses, the team still has to validate whether the device can detect warning signs on real people. Despite this challenge, the team has used simulated inputs to put HopeBand to the test, and the results have been positive.Following testing, the team plans to distribute free HopeBands to opioid users via local needle exchange programs. If this distribution step is successful, the team could begin selling a commercialized version of the HopeBand between $16 and $20 in the future.More on Geek.com:Instagram Accidentally Released a Horizontal Scrolling FeaturePhony Alexa ‘Setup’ App Is Topping Apple’s App Store ChartsTeen Charged For Selling Sock Disguised as iPhonelast_img read more

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