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Is the Future of Robotic Healthcare Upon Us?https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Is-the-Future-of-Robotic-Healthcare-Upon-Us.aspxIs the Future of Robotic Healthcare Upon Us? ​​ The healthcare industry is continuously trying to improve its methods in order to make them more effective, accurate and reliable for those it is treating. So, in our increasingly technological world, it only makes sense that truly revolutionary innovations will find their way into our surgical rooms. For many years, the concept of robotic surgery tools has been discussed within the healthcare industry, however it has recently grown from a seemingly distant concept to an exciting reality. Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has launched the country’s first robotic surgery training centre, where it plans to train an estimated 400 surgeons per year using top of the range technology. The goal of their Surgery and Robotics Training Institute is to teach surgical professionals how to perform less invasive procedures using remote-controlled robotic arms. This technology can perform a range of complex procedures with unparalleled accuracy, reducing the risks that naturally come along with surgery. While the use of these machines in Australia is not new – they have been used for mitral valve surgeries and prostatectomies for many years ­ until now surgeons were forced to travel to the U.S to undergo training and develop the required skills. Naturally, this hindered the development of implementing such a beneficial technology throughout the country. Since hospitals were forced to spend so much money and resources training their staff, the cost of undergoing a robotic surgery was very high. Now, with the opening of the new RPA centre, the cost is predicted to be driven down as the training will be more accessible to medical professionals throughout the country. As with most innovative technology, it’s difficult to predict when robotic surgery will become the norm in hospitals throughout Australia. The robot used to train surgeons in the RPA institute is estimated to cost around $4 million, however there will be a symposium in late June to discuss further details about this innovative use of technology. Regardless of when robotic arms become the norm in surgical rooms, one thing is for sure; when technological innovation and healthcare intersect, it produces truly amazing results. ​ News & Media2018-07-19T14:00:00ZFalse
What Is An Advanced First Aid Course?https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/What-Is-An-Advanced-First-Aid-Course.aspxWhat Is An Advanced First Aid Course? ​ Not all first aid courses are created the same. Just as your general practitioner has a different set of skills and a different educational background from a diagnostician at a hospital, many different first aid courses have been developed to meet different needs. Whether suitable for different industries and environments or different injuries and illnesses, first aid courses come in all shapes and sizes. One key area where the public needs greater education is in the difference between basic and advanced first aid. Where basic first aid might only include cardiopulmonary resuscitation with mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths, advanced emergency first aid courses branch out into more complex and serious issues. In this blog, we'll take a look at what these courses offer students over a basic one, helping you decide if it's for you. Read on and determine for yourself if you need to take the extra step. Introducing more complex equipment One of the key differences between a basic and an advanced first aid course is the introduction of additional pieces of equipment. Often an occupational requirement for first aid officers at certain workplaces, advanced courses teach usage of more sophisticated techniques and tools. Advanced courses may also involve introducing first aiders to tools such as bag valve masks. While not in use at every workplace, these tools and others like them are extremely common, and proper usage in an emergency situation prior to an ambulance arriving could mean the difference between life and death. For when help isn't immediately available Advanced first aid courses are often sought by workplaces or organisations working in remote areas where medical assistance may take significant time to arrive. Advanced first aiders may be relied upon to coordinate and manage the response to the incident until professionals arrive. It may also cover a broader range of cases such as major trauma, sudden cardiac arrest, management of large incidents and treatment of emotionally disturbed and drug affected casualties. Additionally, the course may also put a greater theoretical focus on human anatomy to help students understand not just what to do but why they do it. Talk to the people in your organisation and think carefully about the kind of threats that exist in your environment before deciding whether you need to take an advanced first aid course. If you're interested in taking a course, or have any other questions contact us here. Training & Experience2018-05-24T14:00:00ZFalse
What First Aid Course Do I Need?https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/What-First-Aid-Course-Do-I-Need.aspxWhat First Aid Course Do I Need? If you're looking to truly make a difference, you may like to consider a first aid course. But what's involved in that? First aid is a broad term referring to any initial intervention for a person suffering from illness or injury, usually by a layperson. There are numerous lines of thought as to what is the most effective form of first aid, but fundamentally different techniques are going to suit different people and what's the best first aid course for you will depend on a lot of factors. In this blog, we'll take a look at the different forms of first aid available and try to determine which course is going to be most useful for your unique circumstances. Read on to learn more. Different for home and work Accidents can happen anywhere, but depending on whether you're in the home, at your workplace or out with friends, a first responder will need to have different skills. Determining what kind of training you need will largely depend on the range of threats in your space, so consider what the most common risks in each space are. For example, the most likely threats a person could face at home including choking, falls, burns, poisoning and knife cuts. Equally, a workplace such as a construction site or a factory is going to have a lower chance of choking and a higher chance of crushing injuries, chemical burns and overexertion. Taking a close look at your surroundings will help inform what kind of first aid course you sign up for. Depending on your environment From there we can get even more specific. As different environments are going to call for different responses, it may even be valuable for you to specialise in your first aid training. A general CPR course is always useful, but if you play a lot of sports or work in a gym or other athletic environment, you may want to consider a course that focuses on common strain injuries and teaches you how to tape joints and provide emergency response to athletes. Teachers and people working with minors frequently may want to look at a course tailored around providing emergency life support and first aid for teenagers and young children who may have different healthcare needs. It all depends on what kind of good you want to do. What happens next is up to you. Sign up for a first aid course in your area and be a local hero. If you're interested in taking a course, or have any other questions contact us here. Training & Experience2018-05-09T14:00:00ZFalse
Why World Immunisation Week Mattershttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Why-World-Immunisation-Week-Matters.aspxWhy World Immunisation Week Matters The last week of April – this year the 24th to 30th – is World Immunisation Week. The week serves as a way to remind people around the world of the importance of immunisation to public health, encouraging them to support immunisation campaigns in their own communities and to ensure that they're up to date on their own immunisations. While previously marked in different months by different countries, the first modern World Immunisation Week was held in 2012 after the occasion was endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Since then, the popularity of the event has exploded, with more than 180 countries and territories participating. But why has World Immunisation Day proven so popular, and why is it so necessary? In this blog, Wilson Medic One explains this event needs your support and your awareness. We've accomplished so much One of the key goals of World Immunisation Week is to draw attention to all the good work that immunisation as a practice has achieved in the world. The World Health Organisation states that in the 16 years between 2000 and 2016, measles deaths fell by 84%, meaning that millions of lives across the world were saved as a direct result of vaccination. Equally important is the fall in polio cases. Once responsible for the deaths of thousands of people a year and causing lifelong debilitating muscle weakness in thousands more, the disease has been all but eradicated after an aggressive multi-decade immunisation program that saw wild cases sink from 350,000 in 1988 to just 37 in 2016. Previously a global killer, polio is only naturally spreading in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and many organisations believe total eradication within our lifetime is possible. Much more to do While the victories of vaccination are many, there's still so many battles to be fought. World Immunisation Week also seeks to draw attention to where our previous efforts have fallen short. Currently, one in seven children do not receive the full benefits of vaccines, and at current levels of vaccine coverage, as many as 24 million people could fall into poverty due to health expenses by 2030. How you can get involved Vaccination works, and it works well, but in order for everyone to benefit, we have to work even harder. This World Vaccination Week, help ensure a better future for people around the world by donating to local and multinational organisations supporting vaccination. Looking to do more? Don't just preach vaccination, practice it. With winter just around the corner, World Immunisation Week is the perfect time for businesses and organisations to offer their employees free flu shots, helping to protect them from sickness and keep them happy, productive and active. News & Media2018-04-24T14:00:00ZFalse
The Importance Of World Parkinson's Dayhttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/The-Importance-Of-World-Parkinsons-Day.aspxThe Importance Of World Parkinson's Day Recently, people across Australia and around the world took a day to remember the people affected by Parkinson's disease – a disorder of the central nervous system affecting people's abilities to control their body movements. World Parkinson's Day is an annual event on April 11 aimed at raising awareness of the condition and money to help find a cure. This debilitating disorder affects tens of thousands of Australians and is close to the hearts of many people across the country. This year, as part of World Parkinson's Day, Wilson Medic One is giving you a brief overview of the condition, how it affects people, and what you can do to help. A tragically common condition While not as prominent as cancer, stroke or heart disease, Parkinson's disease is a significant feature in the lives of people across Australia. Recent research cited by Parkinson's Australia indicates that as many as 110,000 people in the country may be living with Parkinson's disease, or one in every 340 people. As of 2014, the prevalence of Parkinson's was higher in the population than many cancers, including breast, colorectal, stomach, cervical and lung cancer, as well as lymphoma and leukaemia. The nature of Parkinson's as a slow, debilitating condition that attacks the ability to control the body, with dementia a common complication in advanced stages of the disease, means that management of the disease is extremely expensive, with lifetime financial costs exceeding the average financial cost of cancer. With prevalence tripling after the age of 65, demographers and medical experts are concerned about a soaring number of cases as Australia's population ages. Searching for the cure Fortunately, more and more people and organisations are looking to contribute to the fight against Parkinson's, many rallying around World Parkinson's Day. Launched by the Shake It Up Australia Foundation in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), interested businesses and individuals were encourage to host events to raise awareness and funds for the organisation. It's okay if you can't manage April 11 – Shake It Up Australia encourages events to be held throughout the month to ensure that people hear the message loud and clear. If you'd like to host your own event, visit the Pause 4 Parkinson's page on the Shake It Up website and make a difference with your friends and co-workers this year. Treatment & Prevention2018-04-18T14:00:00ZFalse
Why People Get Sick When the Seasons Change (and How to Avoid It!) https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Why-People-Get-Sick-When-the-Seasons-Change.aspxWhy People Get Sick When the Seasons Change (and How to Avoid It!) With the warmer parts of autumn finally giving way to chilly mornings and earlier sunsets, you might begin to notice a few people in your office starting to sneeze and sniffle. While the coldest parts of winter – the peak of cold and flu season – are still a few months away, that doesn't mean you should be complacent about your health. A surprisingly high number of people fall sick during that little sliver of the year where summer becomes autumn, but why? And what can you do about it? A more welcoming environment The month-long period that straddles the end of summer and the beginning of autumn is a time of big environmental changes, and it's precisely that shift that causes people to be so susceptible to illness. But despite the name, it's not the drop in temperature that directly causes colds. The shift in temperature allows a different variety of viruses the chance to flourish. The rhinovirus and coronavirus – the two most common causes of the common cold – as well as the influenza virus all flourish is cooler, drier weather. While winter is definitely colder, in many parts of the world it's also a lot wetter, making those 17°C, clear sky days perfect weather for catching something. The perfect storm On top of the most common causes of the common cold coming out to play, the beginning of autumn is also the beginning of allergy season for many unlucky Australians. While spring is normally seen as the peak season for allergies, it's not just pollen that's the trigger for hayfever. While not as common as grass pollen allergies, as many as one in five people experience hayfever symptoms from weed pollen, triggered by exposure to pollen from plants such as ragweed, parthenium weed, pellitory weed and Patterson's curse. The end result? Viruses are flourishing just at the time that much of the population is starting to sneeze and experience runny noses, turning many people in your office into potential cold and flu carriers. What can you do? Unfortunately, there's no silver bullet for keeping cold and flu away during the season transition. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently and always before touching your mouth, eyes or nose, stay hydrated to drying out your nose and throat and making them attractive to bugs, and keep eating, sleeping and exercising well. With a little bit of work and some luck, you'll be the last person standing in your office when the change of season colds hit. To speak to someone at Wilson Medic One, please contact us here. Treatment & Prevention2018-04-09T14:00:00ZFalse