27. September 2012 17:25
NHS Wales has proposed focusing critical care services for several patient categories in South Wales into five specialist centres.
The proposals address concerns that critical care services are “spread too thinly” across the region, as well as the need to reduce costs.
Centres for obstetric, neonatal, in-patient paediatric and trauma care would be created to serve patients along the ‘M4 corridor’.
Specialist services for these vulnerable patients are currently divided between seven hospitals in South Wales.
Dr Bruce Ferguson, Medical Director of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said that sometimes patients were being passed from hospital to hospital in search of a suitable doctor.
The current critical care facilities were “spread too thinly over too many hospital sites,” he argued.
Two of the specialist centres would be based at Cardiff and Swansea hospitals, with a third developed in Llanfrechfa near Cwmbran and a fourth based in Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend or Llantrisant.
Treatment for major trauma, currently provided in Cardiff and Swansea, would be provided by a fifth specialist centre.
Following a 12-week public consultation with 300 clinicians, the changes could be introduced in spring 2013.
8. November 2011 16:26
Medtronic has launched its T2 Altitude expandable corpectomy device for spinal stabilisation and correction worldwide.
The expandable vertebral body replacement cage features a self-locking mechanism that removes the need for placing a set screw during surgery, using bone graft to create contact to encourage fusion with the device.
Doug King, Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic Spinal, said that the new product demonstrates the company’s “long-term commitment to therapies for complex spine disorders for spinal tumour, trauma and deformity patients”.
Cancer patients can also benefit from the product. If the cancer has spread to the spine, the surgeon may replace the affected vertebrae with the T2 Altitude device.
More than 150,000 spinal fractures occur in North America every year, of which approximately 11,000 are spinal cord injuries.
Based in Memphis, Medtronic Spinal provides advanced treatment through the collaboration with surgeons and researchers to offer affordable, minimally-invasive products and medical technologies for neurological, orthopaedic and spinal conditions.