Welsh scheme to cut hospital admissions could go global
A scheme to cut violence related hospital admissions in the Welsh city of Cardiff has been so successful the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for a similar model to be utilised in cities across the world.
The four year study saw Accident and Emergency departments share information with police about casualty admissions and how, where and when they sustained their injuries.
The police were then able to use the information, which often goes unreported, to target violence hotspots in the city centre.
This has seen a 42 percent decrease in woundings and violence related hospital admissions in Cardiff compared to 14 other cities across England and Wales.
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The WHO now believes that a similar practice could also be beneficial in reducing violence and the subsequent need for hospital treatments in cities all over the world.
The research was led by Professor Jonathon Shepherd from Cardiff University after he discovered that only 23 percent of violence related A&E cases were not reported to police.
“Violence prevention can be increased if intelligence from the local A&E department is used in collaboration with the police intelligence,” he said.
This method of data and intelligence sharing is now being rolled out across part of the UK because it has been so successful.
Information collected in Kent has led to a new advisory service after it was able to highlight high levels of domestic violence.
Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, such information has led to the restriction of the opening times of certain bars and clubs after it was shared with the Licensed Premises Management system.
The WHO's prevention of violence co-ordinator, Alexander Butchart, said: “If subsequent studies also find the significant reductions found in Cardiff, it would increase confidence in the value of this new tool to prevent violence.”
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
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.”