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Ellison-Cliffe lecture – Medicine for Mars-

Miércoles, 10 de octubre de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

Due to the large amount of interest in this lecture and the popularity of the event, we’re delighted to now offer RSM Members ¬†the chance to see the Ellison-Cliffe lecture via a webinar from your PC or laptop.¬† Dr Kevin Fong will give the Ellison-Cliffe lecture entitled ‘Medicine for Mars’. Dr Kevin Fong is a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow and Consultant in Anaesthesia at UCL. He holds degrees in astrophysics, medicine and engineering, and has worked with NASA’s Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office. He is associate Director and Founder of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme (CASE) environment at UCL


There is no charge for the webinar – but registration is required so that login details can be sent to you the day before the event-

The Royal Society of Medicine / 16th October-2012/ 18.30 h

Recommends Against Routine Electrocardiogram Screening

Miércoles, 5 de septiembre de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

The leading cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease (CHD). In 2004,  the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against electrocardiogram  (ECG) in asymptomatic adults. Besides, ECG is not recommended as part of periodic health examinations, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. This report from the USPSTF updates the 2004 recommendations on ECG screening for asymptomatic adults at low, intermediate, or high risk for CHD events.


You can see herein below the whole article published by MedScape / August 2012

News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Penny Murata, MD

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Breaking the Mishap Chain

Lunes, 11 de junio de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

This book that we recommend is about “Human Factors Lessons Learned from Aerospace ¬†Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight¬†Test, and Development” .It contains a collection of case studies of mishaps involving experimental aircraft, aerospace vehicles, and spacecraft in which human factors played a significant role. It is offered as a learning tool so that future organizations, programs, and projects may not be destined to repeat the mistakes of the past and is highly advisable for someone devoted to aeromedical field.


** Breaking the mishap chain

      By Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland

Malaria – A hidden threat-

Lunes, 30 de abril de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

In 2010, about 3.3 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655.000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable, but aside from this, Malaria is also a threat to expatriates and travelers, posing a risk that should never ¬†be overstated. World Malaria Day – which was instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 – is a day for recognizing the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. It was celebrated 25th April and we remind you the importance of protecting all the employees at risk


** World Malaria Day / WHO

** Protecting your employees from Malaria / International SOS MAlaria Brochure

Mapa Mundial SOS de Riesgo Sanitario para viajeros

Miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

Aqu√≠ pod√©is ver¬† en pdf la versi√≥n de 2012 del Mapa Mundial del Riesgo Sanitario para viajeros y expatriados de International SOS. Asigna una escala de menor a mayor riesgo por colores facilmente reconocible, atendiendo a factores tales como riesgo enfermedad infecciosa, asistencia m√©dica y farmaceutica disponible; as√≠ como, otras posibles barreras de tipo cultural, ling√ľistica o administrativas. Este mapa puede ser de ayuda a la hora de planificar la gesti√≥n de la salud de los viajeros o de trabajadores desplazados.¬†


NOTA: Veréis  que algunos países como Japón, no aparecen en verde cuando tienen buenos sistemas sanitarios. La razón es que las barreras culturales son tan importantes para los occidentales, que suponen un riesgo real para su acceso a los cuidados sanitarios.


** Mapa SOS Riesgos Sanitarios para Viajeros 2012

      International SOS

Pilots flying with Diabetes and Insulin

Viernes, 17 de febrero de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

“Pilots With Diabetes” (PWD) is a group of former commercial and military pilots, aspiring commercial pilots and current private pilots, all with insulin-dependent diabetes. Currently only five countries worldwide allow private flying with insulin dependent diabetes (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Israel) and one country allows multi-crew commercial flying (Canada). This could be interesting for any AME’s around the world.


** Canadian Guidelines for Pilots, Flight Engineers and ATC with Diabetes Mellitus

** Flying with Diabetes

ICAO Safety Management Manual

Lunes, 23 de enero de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

The manual initially presents basic safety concepts, as the foundation upon which to understand the need for both an Safety System (SMS) and an Safety Programme (SSP). The manual then discusses how these safety concepts are embodied in the ICAO Standards contained in Annexes 1, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14. The manual thereafter outlines a principled approach to the implementation of an SMS by service providers and the progressive implementation and maintenance of an SSP, with emphasis on the role civil aviation authorities play in supporting SMS implementation by service providers. If you -as AME-want to know the meanings of safety concepts like LOFT, LOSA, CRM, and many more , this is the place. Do not miss it ¡


** ICAO ¬†Safety Management Manual¬† -2nd Ed- 2009¬† —264 pag—

      Doc 9859, Safety Management Manual (SMM)  Order Number: 9859

      ISBN 978-92-9231-295-4. Quebec/ Montreal/ CANADA

Compa√Ī√≠a a√©rea demandada tras morir un hombre por la comida del avi√≥n

Miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2011 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

Seg√ļn informa Europa Press desde Miami , los familiares de un pasajero que viajaba en un vuelo operado por American ¬†Airlines (AA) han demandado a la aerol√≠nea por servir una comida en mal estado que le caus√≥ la muerte y, adem√°s, por no atenderle adecuadamente cuando presentaba s√≠ntomas de malestar durante el trayecto.¬†El hecho tuvo lugar el pasado 28 de mayo despu√©s de que¬†el¬†afectado¬†consumiera un plato que ‘supuestamente‘ conten√≠a pollo en mal estado durante el vuelo Barcelona-Nueva York a bordo de un avi√≥n de AA. La familia apunta a que se cometi√≥ alg√ļn tipo de negligencia al almacenar o conservar la comida ya que estaba contaminada con la bacteria ‘Clostridium Perfringens’.


** American Airlines demandada tras morir un hombre por la comida del avión

       El Mundo / 2-12-2011

Spotlight on Prevention for travelers and expatriates

Lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2011 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

In the coming weeks International SOS and Control Risks have organized a free-access Web Seminars on prevention management in the areas of health and safety for expatriates and travelers, which may be of interest. In the attached link you can sign if you wish to attend or  can ask for a recording of the event.


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NTSB Safety Report : Medical Implications about DHC-3T Collision into terrain

Miércoles, 8 de junio de 2011 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

Once again Dougal Watson, Aeromed-List editor puts us on track on this interesting report ¬†from the NTSB : ¬†”An accident involving a single-engine, turbine-powered, amphibious float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3T airplane,¬†which impacted mountainous, tree-covered terrain about 10 nautical miles northeast of Aleknagik, Alaska.¬†Among the safety issues discussed¬† inadequate FAA guidance related to the medical certification of pilots who have had a cerebrovascular event, and the lack of passenger briefings related to survival and communications equipment.


      Highly advisable to read whole report and specially pdf-pages #19-23, 55-56, 65-68 and 73-75 as well as conclusions

** NTSB Accident Report DHC-37 Alaska 2010