People undergoing total hip replacement are at higher risk of stroke
International study involving the University of Southampton has shown that people who undergo a total hip replacement are at higher risk of a stroke in the first two weeks after the surgery.
The study assessed about 66,000 people in Netherlands who had total hip replacements and compared them to people who shared their age and sex but did not have the procedure.
The results showed that the new patients were five times as likely to have an ischaemic stroke within the first two weeks after the total hip replacement and were four times as likely to have a haemorrhagic stroke post the same procedure.
Post the first two weeks, the risk dropped steadily and remained elevated during the first six weeks for ischaemic stroke and the first 12 weeks for haemorrhagic stroke.
The haemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain and an ischemic stroke is caused by artery blockage.
Professor Cyrus Cooper Director of the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Edpidemiology Unit University of Southampton, was lead Rheumatologist of the study and co-author of the study’s paper.
Professor Cyrus said, “This research has demonstrated that there is a high risk of stroke to patients soon after having a total hip replacement and suggests that the use of soluble aspirin might be beneficial in reducing this risk. Normally we would have reservations about people taking aspirin everyday but our results suggest aspirin is a benefit and worthwhile to give to the patient before the surgery. The data is of huge clinical importance and shows the benefits of large cohort epidemiology studies”. Professor Cyrus also said, “The number of hip replacement procedures will rise as we live longer. On average, the rate of hip replacement has already increased by over 25% between 2000 and 2009. These results will hopefully help healthcare professionals to provide improved services and help people who have hip replacements manage the risk of stroke after the procedure.”
There are number of factors that contribute to the risk of stroke after the surgery. The blood to the brain can be dilated during surgery, blood clots can also form in the blood vessels in the brain and there can be disorder to heart rhythms which increases risk of stroke. The effects of the anaesthetic can also contribute to the risk of stroke.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."