Why one doctor's eye turned from blue to green because of Ebola
American doctor Ian Crozier was treated for Ebola in Atlanta last year and declared free of the virus in his blood. A few months later, however, he discovered that the disease had made its way to his eye.
Crozier was infected while helping fight Ebola in Sierra Leone and spent six weeks recovering at Emory University Hospital. Crozier, 43, had multiple organ failures, spent 12 days on a ventilator and had to undergo more than three weeks of dialysis.
Upon being found clear of Ebola, Crozier returned to Emory to be treated for an eye infection. When steroids didn't help, doctors carefully took some fluid from inside the eyeball and sent it for testing.
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Sure enough, the Ebola virus was deep inside Crozier's eye, affecting his vision and causing pain. His vision deteriorated from perfect to 20/400, reported NBC.
The infection eventually resolved with more treatment, but the case is one more illustration that Ebola can leave even its lucky few survivors with long-lasting effects.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a report that while the Ebola virus disease can stay in the eye for weeks, it doesn’t seem to be in the tears or tissues that could infect others.
“This case highlights an important complication of Ebola virus disease with major implications for both individual and public health that are immediately relevant to the ongoing West African outbreak," Dr. Jay Varkey of Emory University Hospital and colleagues wrote in their report, which was also presented to a medical meeting in Denver, Colorado.
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“Although the pathogenesis of Ebola-associated uveitis is unknown, we believe that the severe, acute panuveitis that developed in our patient [Crozier] was a direct cytopathic effect of active replication of Ebola persisting in an immune-privileged organ,” the researchers wrote. “The acute onset of symptoms, unilateral location, and extreme elevation of intraocular pressure that were seen in our patient are clinical findings similar to infectious uveitis syndromes caused by herpesviruses, in which the pathogenesis is known to be a direct consequence of active viral replication.”
Further studies are needed to assess the persistence of Ebola during convalescence, to elucidate the mechanisms underlying this persistence in ocular and other immune-privileged tissue sites, and to develop strategies for the clinical management of Ebola complications.
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.”