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  1. Event
    This event will: Define polypharmacy and the risk factors related to it. Illustrate the importance of Medication Reconciliation process and its implementation strategies. Recognise physicians, pharmacists and nurses’ role in this process. Speaker: Dr. Thamir M Alshammari Associate Professor of Health Outcomes, Senior Researcher, Medication Safety Research Chair, KSU Register
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    Objectives: Describe the steps involved in conducting RCA of an error. List the tools that can be used during the RCA process. Identify who should be included on a debriefing team and what the ground rules are that will allow a debriefing meeting to be most effective. Register
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    During the Covid-19 pandemic, schools around the world were closed as part of infection control measures to try and stop the spread of the virus. Many schools and education systems adapted by moving to e-learning using distance learning platforms. The secondary impact of school closures on school healthcare But school closures had other effects, including disrupting school healthcare services. Around the world, lockdown measures disrupted preschool check-ups, vaccinations, screening programmes and health education activities in schools. This new mode of education also had a significant impact on the psychological and social health of students and their parents. For children with learning disabilities, the impact was even greater as they could not access specialist health and therapeutic services they would normally receive in school. The challenges of in-person education during the pandemic As countries made progress in controlling Covid-19, there was a gradual return to normal life activities in many countries. But challenges arose for students as they returned to their schools, some of which were caused by the infection prevention and control measures needed to ensure a safe return to the classroom. Schools needed to strictly monitor the epidemiological situation and carry out risk assessments, and were under a large amount of scrutiny. Alongside education activities, school health services gradually started to function again, but they also had to make adjustments to ensure they were adhering to infection control measures. Although technology can be used to replace some manual systems, some services still need direct human interaction, especially those related to medical procedures. Schools are well placed to deliver healthcare services and public health measures School healthcare services remain vital for public health as they benefit the physical and mental health of students and have an impact on their educational performance. These services therefore have an impact on the future health of societies and influence future generations' views of healthcare quality and patient safety. I think we need to give more support and attention to school healthcare issues - schools have a unique opportunity to be encouraging and supportive places for students, and a setting for social health interventions and community participation programs. They are well placed to identify and meet the needs of their students, parents and communities.
  4. Content Article
    I have worked as a general practitioner in a family clinic for 11 years and have noticed a number of changes in patient presentation since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, I have seen a significant increase in the number of seasonal flu cases compared to the previous three years, despite good coverage from the seasonal flu vaccine. I reviewed about 2,500 to 4,000 cases associated with seasonal flu and upper respiratory tract infections. These numbers would have been remarkable, before Covid-19. The Covid-19 outbreak was reported in Wuhan, Central China in December 2019 and in March 2020 was classified by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic. Most countries began emergency infection control procedures to prevent the virus from spreading, which significantly restricted and changed daily life for much of the world’s population. These emergency measures were accompanied by extensive media coverage about the virus, with different and sometimes conflicting information about the disease being shared through multiple different media channels. There was little scientific knowledge about the nature of the disease, how it affects patients and the epidemic trajectory. We also lacked specific treatments for Covid-19, did not understand the efficacy of preventative measures and at that point did not have vaccinations. Numbers of deaths were being shared around the world on a continuous basis. However, in our community we did not have a high death rate, so this information did not provide a helpful local picture for my patients. Many misunderstood the statistics and definitions. All of these factors have produced a state of anxiety in society, which has had a direct effect on the cases I see in my clinic. I have already reviewed multiple cases of Covid-phobia, delusion about having Covid and Covid-related anxiety. These psychological symptoms are sometimes accompanied by behaviours that disrupt people’s lives such as obsessive disinfection and social divergence. These behaviours have grown from the infection-control culture that has developed during the crisis of the pandemic. Medical systems have become a more significant power in decision making during the pandemic. We now need to use this influence to reassure people in the community and help them adjust to life on the other side of the pandemic. We need to offer psychological support to those who have suffered as a result of lockdown restrictions. The question that preoccupies me is “What will life be like after the end of this pandemic?” Will people return to how they lived before Covid-19, or have there been fundamental changes that have occurred to their lifestyle? Have we moved further towards a life that is more virtual than real, with e-health, online education, online shopping and banking, and communication via social media? What will the psychological and behavioural changes be for people? How do we treat the issues that will arise as a result? How will clinics look in the future, and what knowledge do we need to support this change? How will our health systems will need to change to accommodate this new way of living?