May 17, 2020

E.Coli could last months but cucumbers are not to blame

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E.Coli not linked to cucumbers
The outbreak of E.Coli which has infected over 1,500 people could last for months, the German public health body is saying as they admit they are no cl...

The outbreak of E.Coli which has infected over 1,500 people could last for months, the German public health body is saying as they admit they are no closer to finding the source of the epidemic.

Spanish cucumbers were initially thought to be responsible for the outbreak; however the European Commission has retracted these claims after tests failed to link the vegetables to E.Coli.

The president of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, Reinhard Burger, said “we may never know” the source of the outbreak.

He said “it could be weeks, months” before the number of cases start to come down and that depends on how long the infected food was in circulation.


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So far 17 people have died from E.Coli; 16 in Germany and one in Sweden and approximately 1,500 people are thought to have been infected with enterohaemorrhagic E.coli (EHEC).

A serious complication of EHEC is HUS (haemolytic-uraemic syndrome), incidences of which are also increasing.

A quarter of the 365 new cases of E.Coli reported yesterday were HUS, symptoms of which include bloody diarrhoea.

Many countries are now taking action to avoid or minimise the spread of E.Coli in their part of the world.

Russia has banned the import of fresh European vegetables, Austria has implemented a ban on cucumbers and France and the Czech Republic have reportedly removed Spanish cucumbers from sale.

Meanwhile two cases of E.Coli have been reported in the US in travellers who had recently visited Hamburg.

Burger expressed empathy for farmers in Spain whose businesses have been affected by the false claim their cucumbers were carrying the potentially lethal food-borne bacteria.   

Spain has threatened to file a lawsuit against German authorities as the loss of earnings for Spanish farmers is estimated to be around €200m a week.

Although the E.Coli outbreak has been most prevalent in Germany, there have also been cases in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain. 

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Mar 30, 2021

LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals

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Leila Hawkins
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG's new smart TVs have been designed to safely improve the patient experience...

LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.

One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.

 It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.

Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more. 

Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.

“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.

“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”

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