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OPAT Reaches Milestone, 100,000 bed days saved!

During February 2017 the national Out-Patient Antimicrobial Programme (OPAT) reached a significant milestone; the service, which had been expanded in January 2013, reached the figure of “100,000 bed days saved”.  For patients requiring IV antibiotics and for hard-pressed healthcare resources there are clear advantages to home management of patients.  At any one time in Irish hospitals […]

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Oncology Shared-care Programme at Galway University Hospitals

Clinical Lead for Medical Oncology in the Saolta University Health Care Group, Dr Paul Donnellan, speaks with Pat Kelly about an initiative that is streamlining care and improving quality of life for cancer patients in the West. To see the full interview click here

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Modern Community Healthcare Conference – 18th Sept RCPI

TCP Group are co-hosting a Modern Community Healthcare Conference in RCPI on Friday 18th September from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm with our IT partners Valentia Technologies, for staff of the HSE, Pharmaceutical Companies, and others interested in hearing how patient community care is rapidly evolving in Ireland.     Modern Community Healthcare Conference Agenda Chaired by Maureen Gaffney, […]

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2 years on The National OPAT Programme continues to free up acute beds

Background: The National OPAT Service (since Jan 2013) allows patients in hospitals on IV antibiotics to be treated at home. TCP Homecare, 2 years on, continue to provide the nurse visits, drug dispensing, cold chain delivery, waste management and patient care reports needed for the service to be a success. Success to date: From January […]

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Queen’s University team develops breakthrough anti-superbug gel

A TEAM OF scientists based at Queen’s University Belfast has made a significant breakthrough in the fight against resistant hospital superbugs in their development of a antibacterial gel. Lead researcher Dr Garry Laverty explained that the antibacterial gel works by breaking down the protective ‘biofilm’ layer surrounding superbugs which is “almost impossible for current antibiotics […]

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76 year old woman diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis

A 76-YEAR-old woman diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, has become the oldest ever first presentation case in Ireland. The majority of patients with CF are detected in infancy, however due to the increased recognition of milder phenotypes of the condition, more patients are being diagnosed in adulthood. In a study published in the Irish Medical Journal […]

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Could magnets be the answer to fighting infection without antibiotics??

SCIENTISTS SAID they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections. The external gadget – tested so far in rats but not yet humans – could be adapted one day for stripping Ebola and other viruses […]

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Summary Report from 2014 National Homecare Ireland Conference

Ireland’s first national homecare conference took place on Friday 28th March with the aim to provide policy makers, care professionals, service providers, patients, carers and other stakeholders with a clear picture of the current state of homecare in Ireland and offer an opportunity to examine the issues that will influence the sector into the future. […]

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First year’s success of the National OPAT service

The National OPAT Service began in Jan 2013. TCP Homecare along with our compounding partner are the provider of OPAT for the HSE in Ireland. OPAT allows suitable patients on IV antibiotics be treated at home. In 2013: 1680+ patients requiring IV antibiotics to treat a range of different infections were able to spend 18221 […]

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First review of OPAT in Paediatrics in Ireland

A New Study from The Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street examined for the first time the outcomes of OPAT in a paediatric population in Ireland. The authors concluded that OPAT “appears safe and effective and reduces the need for inpatient beds” This retrospective analysis, of 3 years experience (January […]

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