Change Management - Out with the old – in with the new
With several leading international hospitals being brought in to manage hospitals in the region, a number of issues typical of the change management process have arisen. Dr Abrar Khan, MD, MS, MPhil, FACS, looks at these issues and discusses how positive change can be implemented in the Middle East by foreign hospital systems.  
PACS – the way forward
In an exclusive interview with Callan Emery, Professor Osman Ratib, the president of the EuroPACS scientific society and one of the key initiators of the innovative and globally successful OsiriX open source PACS project, discusses PACS technology, the future of PACS and the OsiriX initiative.
News Features

Clean hands save lives – a WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety campaign
Hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world are being invited to participate in a global awareness exercise focused on reducing healthcare-associated infection by promoting hand hygiene at the point of care. Middle East Health reports.  
Safe in bed
Patient safety is the key element in the design of hospital beds. Middle East Health looks at US FDA guidelines to avoid patient entrapment in hospital beds.
Woundcare - Healing chronic wounds stalled in proliferaton phase
3M has recently released Tegaderm Matrix, a new woundcare product in their Tegaderm range. Middle East Health spoke to Caroline Bilen, a technical specialist at 3M about the product.
Qatar - Futuristic, state-of-the-art Science & Technology Park opens
Qatar’s state-of-the-art Science & Technology Park (QSTP), was officially inaugurated by His Highness the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation. 
  World No Tobacco Day - Warnings with images most effective –WHO
World No Tobacco Day – part of the WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative – will be marked on 31 May this year with the theme “Tobacco Health Warnings” to highlight the effect that health warnings – especially those with images – have on motivating users to quit and reducing the appeal of tobacco for those who are not yet addicted.  
Regional Features

Kuwait Report - German medical university plans new hospital complex in Kuwait
Over the past 15 years Hamburg’s renowned University Medical Center (UKE) has become increasingly popular with Arab patients seeking specialist treatment abroad.
Iraq Report - HIV-positive people face social isolation
Wife and now widow Hana’a Khalil fainted when a doctor at one of Baghdad’s hospitals told her in the late 1990s she had contracted HIV. When she came to she could not take in what the doctor was telling her.   
Egypt Report - WHO to probe possible symptomless carriers of H5N1
The World Health Organisation was due to send a team of doctors to investigate the recent resurgence of bird flu – H5N1 – in Egypt, particularly as nearly all of the recent cases have occurred in young children and almost none have died...

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