Tuesday, 28 January 2014

China medical news headlines for Tuesday 28 January

Hospital care declines after switch to contract nurses
China's hospitals are no longer employing career nurses but opting for cheaper contract nurses, resulting in inferior levels of care, researchers from the School of Nursing, Sun Yat-sen University,  Guangzhou have shown.  Their study found that hospitals are moving away from the 'bianzhi' system of state-guaranteed lifetime employment to a contract-based nurse employment system with limited job security and reduced benefits. This may adversely affect both nurse and patient satisfaction in hospitals, the study found.

Tamiflu call for H7N9 flu
The increasing threat of H7N9 avian influenza has prompted Shanghai to shut down bird markets after 12 deaths in surrounding areas.  Live poultry trading has been banned in nearby Zhejiang cities, after 49 human H7N9 infections and 12 deaths were reported this month, says the Shanghai Daily.  Meanwhile Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases has suggested early and longer use of antiviral drug Tamiflu for H7N9 patients.

Death sentence for hospital attack
The man who killed a doctor at a Zhejiang hospital in a medical dispute has been sentenced to death by a Taizhou court.  The 33-year old man stabbed a doctor to death at Wenling hospital and wounded two other doctors because he was unhappy with surgery to cure a nose problem which he said was causing extreme pain, according to the Global Times.

Boy died after drip infusion
Shanghai authorities are investigating how an allergy-prone boy died after having an IV drip infusion treatment for a cold at a local hospital.  The boys parents allege that the hospital has covered up the incident and switched the infusion packaging to prevent analysis of the fluid used, according to ECNS.

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