New method to increase utilization of donor lungs
There is a limited number of donor lungs and every third does not qualify for transplantation.
Two Gothenburg based researchers have evaluated the possibility to use donor lungs that would have been rejected according to current rules. Presently only lungs from brain dead organ donor patients with a functioning heart are allowed to be used for transplantation. The new method would enable the donation of lungs also from brain dead patients who suffered cardiac death. This could increase the availability of donor organs and thus create new opportunities for patients waiting for lung transplantation.
To learn more about the clinical study, click here.
Mind-controlled prosthesis breakthrough
Over a year ago a Swedish arm amputee got the opportunity to try the world’s first nerve and mind controlled arm prosthesis. Today results by far exceed the expectations.
The prosthesis has had a significant impact on the patient’s everyday life. Before he felt limited by his socket prosthesis. Unreliable as it was, the electrodes connected to it could suddenly stop working if the temperature was either too high or too low. The new solution has enabled him to perform all sorts of daily activities, ranging from securing the truck load at work to tying his kid’s shoelaces. The prosthesis now feels like an integrated part of the body.
First baby born after uterus transplantation
In early September, the ongoing research project on uterus transplantation at University of Gothenburg reached a groundbreaking step. One of the women gave birth to a baby boy, making her the first in the world to deliver a child from a transplanted uterus. Her uterus was donated by a 61-year-old unrelated woman.
Dagens Medicin on Sahlgrenska I.C. and international aid
Since 2010 the hospitals in Region Västra Götaland have donated 923 hospital beds, 303 wheelchairs, 137 stools of consumables, 18 anesthesia machines and 11 incubators. The will to help keeps on increasing.
– Our company’s assignment is crystal clear. We contribute to a more responsible usage of resources in the region while creating better healthcare conditions in the recipient countries, says Andres Lygdman, international aid coordinator at Sahlgrenska I.C. in September 3rd issue of Dagens Medicin.
Sahlgrenska - a possible new home for the method MRgFUS
On September 3rd , Dr Olle Corneliusson and Dr Magnus Tisell from the Department of Neurosurgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital held a lecture about Transcranial Magnetic Resonance guided Focused Ultrasound Therapy (MRgFUS).
So, what exactly does this mean ? Ultrasound energy from a certain amount of transducers is used in a controlled and focused way to penetrate the skull. The process is monitorized with a MRI. Possible treatment areas are motor skills disorders such as parkinsons, tremor, dystonia or brain tumours, stroke, epilepsy and hydrocephalus.
Since complications during invasive surgeries can lead to devastating consequences for the patient, the search for minimally invasive or non-invasive methods within neuro surgery has continued. Today MRgFUS is only available in ten centres worldwide, out of which two are located in Europe.
Almedalen wrap up: Ranking high on the healthcare agenda
Over the years, healthcare has been the most common subject featured in Almedalen. This year was no exception with over 200 seminars covering the area from different angles. After attending quite a few we noticed that the following ranks high on the agenda:
News from Almedalen: Sweden on the life science cluster map
Life science is one of the five main clusters in West Sweden. The region has to thrive in this field in order to be competitive in the future. Cross boundary collaborations are key to make this happen. Forum for Health Policy, a project seeking to strengthen health policy analysis in Sweden, recently published a report on the competitiveness of Swedish life science clusters. Judging by the figures shown it is going in the opposite direction of what we actually want. Why is that? And what needs to be done to reverse the path direction? This was discussed on a seminar in Almedalen.
Roundtable follow-up of Equip´Aid
The progress of the first edition of Equip’aid – Sharing for better healthcare conference in Chamonix in November 2013 has been followed-up by a roundtable meeting in Paris on the 16th and 17th of June 2014. Anders Lygdman, International Aid Coordinator at Sahlgrenska I.C., attended the meeting.
News from Almedalen: mHealth – is Sweden doing enough?
Sahlgrenska I.C. is participating in this year’s Almedalen week. It takes place in Visby, Sweden, and has become a venue where politicians and representatives from different kinds of organizations interested in political and social issues meet in an informal setting.
Visit at the first clinic for proton treatment in Scandinavia
On June 26th, Sahlgrenska I.C. together with care organizations from other regions in Sweden, visited the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala. It is a unique collaboration between the seven Swedish counties with university hospitals who have jointly invested in a national centre for cancer treatment. It is expected to open in June 2015 and the aim is to make the treatment offered, advanced proton therapy, more accessible to Swedish as well as international patients.
Although the building and facilities are still under construction, you could see that the end result will be nothing less than spectacular. Every corner has been carefully planned, all with the patient’s experience in mind.