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Will we have cured all diseases? Will hospital staff all be robots? It’s easy to come up with wild theories as to what the future of healthcare may look like. Whilst we cannot predict everything, recent social and scientific research alongside the latest technologies may be able to give us an idea of hospitals could look like in 50 years’ time. Here are a few speculations currently being made by today’s healthcare experts.

More ageing patients

The number of centenarians (people aged over 100 years) has risen dramatically in the last twenty years. This is largely down to our growing ability to treat acute conditions before they become chronic. 1 in 12 people are thought to be aged over 80 by the year 2039. This is a huge concern for the medical sector, as although we are managing to fight diseases at a quicker rate, the human body has not yet evolved to work effectively over the age of 80. And so, as a result, a large percentage of the population will need full time care. Will this be the job of hospitals and will new wards have to be opened specifically for the elderly? Or will this aging population require a new hospital of their own.

Different kinds of hospital

Not only will the aging population rise – the entire population is going to continue to boom. Hospital infrastructure will not only have trouble coping – hospitals in urban areas may physically reach a point where they can no longer expand. One theory is that there will become a greater number of different types of hospital. Specific hospitals will specialise in A&E, whilst ‘community hospitals’ will provide longer planned care. There may also be ‘local hospitals’ for short-stay treatments – the natural step up from GP referral. This could keep hospitals more organised and more efficient.

Digital changes

The digital transformation of healthcare is thought to be huge. One area that has been suggested is the incorporation of the Internet of Things onto (or into) our bodies. Initially those that are sick and eventually all of us may have monitors attached to our bodies that tell us when we are ill or require medical assistance. We will all be able to monitor out stats on our smartphones and then take action when required. This could help us to catch illnesses earlier in the bud, although it has also raised a number of dangers including causing health paranoia and potentially being a security threat (a hacker might be able to access your body monitors and your private health details could be held under ransom, with threats to release them online if you don’t pay).

Such technology will also give patients more power, which may have positives and negatives. Both doctors and patients will be able to prove their illness through raw data available to both of them. After treatments, patients may then be presented with the option for doctors to continue monitoring their stats afterwards. This could reduce the time patients are spent in hospital, as patients may no longer need to be kept in a bed to be monitored. It’s a moot point as to whether eventually we will all give our private health details over hospitals so that we are monitored 24/7. Instead of us deciding whether we need medical care, we could be prompted by the healthcare system before we even know ourselves. Would this be too intrusive? Or would we be willing to give up the responsibility of our own health to others?

Turning wards into pods

Modern hospitals are largely designed around the staff. Open wards allow doctors and nurses to monitor all the beds around them. However, such wards can have their weaknesses. They can be loud, they can spread illness quicker and they can make privacy of the patient more difficult. One solution may be to start giving every patient their own pod. This would create more of a sense of calm for the patient. Monitors in each room could allow staff to see who is most in need of help at all times – this could be viewed on a tablet carried by every doctor and nurse. Already some newer wards have started incorporating this design and it is thought that more will follow suit in the future.

AI surgery

Already, virtual reality is being used to practice complex operations. Previously, the only way surgeons could have ever got hands-on practice was through models or by scrubbing in for real. VR has allowed a realistic but safe way of surgeons to practice such procedures. Mistakes do not have real-life repercussions, allowing surgeons to keep practicing these complex operations so that when they do them for real, the success rate is higher.

VR is being greatly researched into in the medical field in order to replicate more complex and more realistic procedures. Meanwhile, some surgery is being entirely carried out by AI. It is thought that it will be a long time before robots will ever be able to complete all forms of surgery – with so many individual factors at play, some operations may always need some form of human interaction, if only to make complex decisions involving risks.

More superbugs

We may be on the cusp of defeating heart disease and cancer, but scientists believe it is unlikely we will ever cure all diseases. Superbugs such as MRSA have already proved resistant to antibiotics and a growing number of these are expected to develop. Defeating these will involve ongoing medical research – which will in turn require extra funds. Such medication will have to be privately paid for and could only be available to a rich few unless funds are able to be found from elsewhere that make this medication less expensive to supply.

Hospitals meanwhile will have to better designed to control infections. By this token, the idea of less open wards and more individual pods could prove a must.

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Putting your health on the best hands

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Our background can affect our priorities in life. For example, some people want to travel while others prefer to stay at home with their love ones. But if there is something that everybody should always be a priority no matter what, it is our health. Our health should always be the most important aspect in our lives, therefore, we always need to prioritize having access to the best health services to look after it. 

Having access to the best health services

Health is one of the most important things in life. Becoming sick can have a detrimental effect on our lives, and, in severe cases, receiving the proper treatment as soon as possible can mark the difference between life and death. Therefore, when we sign for a health service, we need to make sure that we will have access to the best professionals in the sector and the best facilities. 

This also extends to health services when we travel abroad. Over the last decades, Marbella has become a popular holiday destination and a trendy place for expats to start a new life. This southern Spanish town seems to have everything you could wish for, including which is probably the best private clinic in the country. 

Spanish public health system may seem flawless sometimes, especially if we expect a quick response to our health problems. Therefore, checking out for a Marbella private clinic during your stay is, by far, the smarter option.

A private clinic that has become renown, not only in Marbella  but on the entire country, for the excellent quality of the services they provide is Excelan. 

Excelan was especially designed keeping the needs of foreign patients in mind. Their team will provide you with multilingual assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

But the services Excelan provides to their patients go way beyond the language. Excelan has its own fleet of private ambulances. Excelan has the latest models of ambulances to ensure safe, fast and comfortable transfers, all fully equipped with the latest technology to take care of the patient. A good example of Excelan being the smarter choice is that their ambulances are equipped with a hydro-pneumatic bench system (a system that absorbs the vibrations or sudden movements that could affect the vehicle while transferring the patient)  which can not be found in the public health service ambulances in the area. 

Excelan also incorporates the latest medical innovations. Their team of professional always keep up with the latest findings on the medical field. For example, Excelan’s doctors were pioneers in Spain on the Dr Hangover treatment.

And best of all, Excelan comes at a very affordable price. Excelan experts believe everybody should have access to the best medical services, so they provide the best treatments at a low price, all while keeping the higher quality standards.

Seeing a doctor at your own home

Visiting a doctor can be unpleasant sometimes. We need to travel to the doctor’s offices while being sick, and we often end up exposing ourselves to the illnesses of other patients. But Excelan Clinic offer their patients the services of the best GP doctor in Marbella.

Excelan offers the services of a GP doctor that will offer you whichever health services you need, wherever you need them. With a simple phone call, e-mail or whatsapp message, your doctor will visit you at your hotel, home, restaurant… The doctors are available 24/7, because your comfort and health should always comes first.

This option is especially recommended for tourists, since the staff is multilingual and this will help solving the possible language barriers. 

The professional team at Excelan has a lot of  experience and will make sure to give you a health service tailored to your needs. Because each patient is different and has different needs, opting out for a personalized service like the one provided by Excelan will always be the most intelligent option. 

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Key Methods for Identifying Hospital Staff

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In hospitals and other healthcare organisations, it’s vital that patients are able to identify members of staff. It’s also necessary for staff members to be able to identify each other and their roles. Different methods can be used to identify staff so that the people who need to know who they are can easily recognize them. Employees can use lots of visual cues that tell people about their role, their name, and which hospital they work for. These are some of the ways you can make sure your staff members are easily recognizable to anyone who needs to know who they are.

Uniforms

Uniforms are a great way to identify the staff in a hospital and to distinguish between people working in different roles. They are essential in hospitals for hygiene purposes, but they also serve an important purpose when it comes to making employees recognizable and trustworthy. Different uniforms help your staff to see who works in what role, and this can also be useful for patients, especially those who are staying long-term. Using different colors, patterns, and designs for different roles is helpful. You might also have logos or extra information printed or embroidered onto uniforms to provide further help.

Name Badges

It’s not just roles that are important for patients and staff members to know. People should also be able to identify employees at a hospital by name. Name badges are an easy way to do this, putting names and roles in a visible place. Name badges should be easy to clean so that they can be wiped clean regularly. They might not always be appropriate to wear, but it depends on the environment and the duties of the person. Although name badges can be a quick way to identify someone, they shouldn’t replace employees introducing themselves.

Official ID for Security

Security is another reason staff members may need to identify themselves. They will need to show identification when they enter the hospital and will likely need to use it to access certain areas of the hospital. When you provide ID for hospital staff, you also need to offer solutions for carrying and displaying it. A lanyard can make it easy for a member of staff to have their ID visible at all times. Some people might prefer to pin or clip their IDs to their clothing instead, especially if they don’t want to have something hanging around their neck.

Identifying Information

It can also be useful to provide information that helps patients to identify staff members. This could include providing materials that tell them how to identify people in different roles. You can provide them with a guide to what doctors, nurses, and other members of staff wear. It’s also helpful to explain what different roles mean. It’s not very useful for a patient to know which uniform a phlebotomist wears if they don’t know what a phlebotomist does.

Help your patients to identify hospital staff and your employees to identify each other by providing visual cues and useful information.

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How to Stay Healthy During Lockdown

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For most people, having to social distance and self-isolate because of a virus like COVID-19 is entirely new. Coronavirus has completely changed everyday life, and while everyone gets used to this new normal for however long it will last, it is important to ensure that you are looking after both your physical and mental health. Below are some tips for how you can stay healthy this difficult time:

Wash your hands

Hygiene is critical during this time. If you need to leave the house for any essential reasons, you must wash your hands frequently, especially if you are coming into contact with objects that other people have been in contact with. If you cannot wash your hands, try to use hand sanitizer. There are many hand sanitizer suppliers that are ensuring people have what they need.

Keep a routine

When you are suddenly unable to do the things that you would usually do during your day or week, it can be hard to stay in a healthy routine. It is very easy to mess up your sleeping pattern and get out of the habit of eating and drinking the right amounts of healthy food and drink. If you can, you should try to keep up with a routine that allows you to look after yourself properly. Try to wake up and go to bed at a similar time each day, shower or wash your face, and stay hydrated. You should also try to add something to your day that will help you relax and unwind, as it will make a big difference in how you feel.

Exercise when possible

Exercise is important for both your physical and mental health. This is a time where many people will be feeling more anxious and low than usual, so exercise can help to boost your mood. Staying at home will also mean that many people will be less active than usual. If you can go outside, try to go for walks or runs while maintaining social distance from others. If you are unable to go out, there are many workouts that you can find online that will ensure you stay active.

Stay in contact with friends

In many places, people shouldn’t meet up with friends and family outside of their household to stop the spread of coronavirus and to make the lives of healthcare workers easier. However, just because you have to stay away from people physically, doesn’t mean that you can’t keep in touch. We live in a time where technology can help you spend time with people you love without being physically present. You can talk to people other the telephone, stay up to date with your friend’s lives over social media, and facetime individuals or groups of people. You could organize a quiz once a week, start a book club, or watch films together. 

While it is crucial to keep in touch with people, it is also vital that you don’t believe everything that you read on social media. Ensure any news you read is from a reputable source.

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