Editorial

Heinz Kölking Vice-President EAHMWith the evolution of the European Union, we are witnessing a parallel, multidimensional process of structural change which has impeded the creation of a shared Europe. The failure of efforts to establish a European constitution and mounting scepticism among citizens about the direction in which the Union is moving are symptomatic of this trend. Structural changes...

News

Meeting of the Board of the EAHM in Krakow(Poland) The first meeting of the year of the EAHM Board took place at the beginning of June in Krakow, in Poland.   The delegates were happy, not only to be able admire this magnificent town in fine weather, but also to participate in the festivities of its 750th anniversary. On 5 June 1257, Krakow’s Act of Location was declared. The foundation of the town...

Book Review: “Trends in EU Healthcare Systems” Interview with the author Prof. Win De Gooijer (E-)Hospital interviewed Prof. De Gooijer on the main findings of his book:   What are the implications of the changing social context for healthcare systems in the EU?   The neo-liberal course that the international political economy has taken since the beginning of the 1980s has negatively influenc

Compare Your Establishment with the European Competition! Dear Hospital Managers, Would you like to compare your establishment with others, in your country or elsewhere in Europe? Would you like to know what decision- making structures are like in neighbouring hospitals, how the purchasing procedure is organised, what information systems are already in place, in which area investment is taking place...

Public Health Threats Today The first epidemiological report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) identifies antimicrobial resistance as the most serious public health threat facing Europe.   The Stockholm-based agency warns that “if the present rapid negative development is not halted, mankind will soon lose one of its most important weapons against infectious dis...

Germany Hospitals Compare Therapeutic Results The latest edition of the report on the quality of German hospitals reveals profound changes: the latest edition shows for the first time the data resulting from the guarantee of external quality for every hospital. In future, hospitals will present the quality of specific treatments in relation to other establishments and will deliver important information...

Safety

Contact Address:Dr. Norbert RoseDirector of the Department of Quality ManagementSpecialist in General Medicine, Medical Quality Manager, EOQCantonal Hospital St. Gallen, CH - 9007 SwitzerlandEmail:[email protected] references, please contact:[email protected] St. Gallen CIRS in the Meldeportal®: A Successful Error-Reporting System in HealthcareCritical incidents and adverse

Author:Dr.-Ing. Andreas WittmannUniversity of Wuppertal Fachbereich D – SicherheitstechnikOccupational Safety and Health(Head of Department: Director: Prof. F. Hofmann)Wuppertal, GermanyE-mail: [email protected] references, please contact: [email protected] European rules are in place to regulate the key elements of occupational health and safety, with Article 118a of the European...

Author:Dr. Thomas Ulmer,Member of the European ParliamentEmail:[email protected]: www.thomasulmer.euIn 2005 the European Commission introduced a proposal to amend the medical devices directive andthereby signalled its intention to boost competitiveness in the European medical devices sector. The purpose of the proposed changes was to simplify and clarify the existing legal framework. Th

Author:Anjali Joseph, Ph.D.Director of Research, The Center for Health DesignEmail:[email protected] references, please contact:[email protected] visit to a hospital can be risky, even dangerous for your health. Hospital-acquired infections or nosocomial infections affect 1 in 10 patients admitted to UK hospitals. Every year this results in more than 5,000 deaths in the co

Study

Authors:Kristof Eeckloo, LLM, (corresponding author)Doctoral researcherLuc Delesie, CE, MS, PhD, ProfessorArthur Vleugels, MD, PhD, DirectorCentre for Health Services and Nursing ResearchFaculty of Medicine, K.U.Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 35B-3000 Leuven, BelgiumPh: 0032/16/33.70.21Fax: 0032/16/33.69.70Email:[email protected] second part of the results

Personnel Management

Authors:H. M. Hasselhorn, MDUniversity of Wuppertal, FB D – Department of Safety Technology Wuppertal, GermanyEmail:[email protected]: www.next-study.net Peter Tackenberg, MSc N DBfK-Bundesverband Berlin, GermanyThe work carried out in hospitals is characterised by a considerable amount of social interaction. Contact with colleagues, supervisors, other staff an

Mental Health

Authors:George WitteCEO/Medical Director, RivierduinenThe Netherlands, and Alan YatesChief Executive Mersey Care. EnglandFor references, please contact:[email protected] its recent consultation the European Union stated in its Green Paper on Mental Health that a model of service which integrates mental health services into a general hospital is preferable.   Issues There is very good

Author:Inger Kari NerheimManaging Director,Division of PsychiatryStavanger University Hospital,NorwayEmail: neik@sus.no- ‘Are you feeling sad?’ – ‘Do you know anybody who has these symptoms: withdraws from friends and family, is turning careless about personal appearance, lies awake at night, or stays in bed all day.’ - ‘Are you worried about a friend?’ -‘Is anyone you know hearing voices?’ &nbsp

Author :R.C.Jenssen,Devereux Architects LtdAward-Winning General Hospital with Integrated Mental Health FacilitiesThe award-winning Queen Mary’s Hospital at Roehampton breaks new ground in the design of adult, mental health, in-patient facilities in the UK. Uniquely, it provides mental health facilities that are integrated within a community hospital setting. A decision based initially on economics...

Med Tech

Author:Karl DaltonEnvironmental ManagerConnolly Hospital Blanchardstown,Dublin,IrelandEmail:[email protected] references, please contact:[email protected] management is one of the biggest challenges for our society now and in the future. Since one of the main factors in economic growth is consumption it follows that waste volumes generally increase along with this growth. The healthcare

Country Focus:Portugal

The state of Portuguese hospitals at the beginning of the decade made significant gaps apparent: quality control was absent, and there was no standardised information system to facilitate the control of the performance of managers and healthcare establishments. These managers did not have any effective incentives, or the autonomy necessary, especially in the area of managing human resources, to improve...

The Structure of Public Hospitals After significant reform carried out in 2002, public hospitals are divided into three categories: • Hospitals S.A.: public corporations with the state as the exclusive shareholder (under corporate law). They were created through the transformation of 34 public hospitals, chosen as mediumsized ones with a debt below 35% of total expenditure and having previously...


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