Ghost stories, particularly involving old and abandoned hospitals will really scare people, especially those who perceive ghost stories to be real. Kempton Park is just one of the many clinics around the world that are investigated by paranormal agents in order to determine if the ghost stories indeed are true. However, the investigation process yielded not only ghost stories and demonic recordings but secrets, involving doctors and patients as well.
After they shut their doors in 1997, when the management declared in 1996 that it was no longer accepting new patients due to severe shortage of medical staff, the local government entered into an agreement to revive it. Unfortunately, there was no legal process involved. In fact, many important people Medical Equipment Suppliers related to the process were not aware that such a thing existed, prompting some local medical board to insinuate that there are malicious practices involved. Since this incident was discovered, there were other alleged corruption practices uncovered.
The sad reality is that clinics in South Africa are crowded and rehabilitation of this haunted clinic would increase health services to more people. Yet, the government is bent on wasting money. According to estimates, the government is spending at least R1 million to protect idle equipment and facilities worth R10 million. One canimagine the number of patients it will serve should it be reopened.
Why did the Hospital Really Close down?
Until now, no one knows why it was shut down. According to the mayor at that time and Member of Executive Council of Johannesburg, it was closed due to limited use and inappropriate location as Kempton Park was zoned out as a residential area. However, their explanations were not believable as nearby hospitals around the area claimed that they were overloaded with patients; thus, it would have been helpful if this clinic wasn't shut down.
Nope, there were no ghosts yet, but the real ghosts are the misplaced opportunities. There could have been so many things to do when you look around seeing empty beds, idle machines and equipment, incubators and other items that could have been used and saved countless people's lives. These things are reminders of what this hospital was all about (offering basic health services).
Another story is that this infirmary was employing doctors who were not qualified to practice. A case in point for example was Dr. Andre Johannes Esterhuizen, who did not possess the right skills and qualifications yet was able to attend to thousands of patients. It took one brave woman to question his abilities and the resulting investigation afterwards concluded that Dr. Esterhuizen was not a qualified doctor.
Indeed, not only ghost stories pervade this place. It also has numerous secrets so one can conclude that ghost stories were probably concocted to avoid such secrets from being uncovered.
But as the rising power shifts towards advanced industry and away from traditional agriculture, donkeys are in decline. State statistics show the population has fallen from 11 million to six million over the last 20 years.
China is now increasingly looking to Africa to boost its stocks, and imports donkeys from countries across the continent. But flourishing trade has hit several roadblocks.
Niger recently became the latest African state to ban exports of donkeys, following a surge in sales to China.
Government officials reported that 80,000 animals had been sold in the first 9 months of 2016, compared with 27,000 in 2015, and warned that the donkey population would be "decimated" on current trends.
In August, Burkina Faso took the same step, after 45,000 donkeys were slaughtered in six months from a total population of 1.4 million.
In both cases, the value of donkeys soared and the fledgling industry delivered a valuable stream of foreign currency. But growth came at a cost.
Beyond the severe damage to donkey populations, the new industry caused environmental and economic problems.
The spread of abattoirs generated a backlash. In the Burkinabe village of Balole, local farmers reportedly attacked and closed a slaughterhouse in protest at blood and offal leaking into their water supplies.
The donkey boom also attracted farmers from other livestock trades, which suffered as a result, and were also affected by inflation.
"In Niger and Burkina Faso the rising value of donkey hide and meat created inflationary impact in other sectors," says Dr. Emmanuel Igbinoba. "The price of other animals rose because of the donkey, not because there was demand for this animal, which caused imbalance in the economy."
The exporting countries suffered from a lack of regulation, according to Eric Olander, co-founder of the China Africa Project and host of the China in Africa podcast.
"Just as with other livestock, raw materials and other natural resources, the scale of the demand from medical equipment South Africa China is often so large that it can rapidly overwhelm the supply of any single resource," he says. "Governments that trade with China...have an obligation to their people to regulate trade so it does not deplete any single resource to the point where it imposes burdens on their own people."
China's huge appetite for donkeys does create opportunities that exporters can benefit from with careful planning, says Igbinoba.
"There is steady demand for the gelatin," he says. "If African countries can regulate well, with high standard abattoirs, and train people how to rear these animals, the donkey can be an important source of income."
Burkina has announced plans to regulate donkey sales, but will face competition from continental rivals willing to pick up the slack.
Major economies such as Kenya and South Africa are scaling up their facilities to meet Chinese demand, and a black market is also flourishing across the continent.
Chinese demand is expected to increase with a growing consumer class willing to spend on luxury goods such as ejiao.
The challenge for suppliers is to ensure the trade is a blessing rather than a curse.
Work the World is an organization that provides international medical internships and volunteer positions overseas. The focus of this organization is to provide safe, high quality placements and top quality accommodations for students in their communities of choice. As part of the program, Work the World partners with carefully selected hospitals and clinics to provide the best possible experience to all of their student volunteers. They also offer many extra activities to keep participants busy during the times they are not working.
Students who intern with Work the World live together in privately rented apartment complexes in a variety of locations in Asia, Africa and South America. The organization has a full time staff to make sure that students get into the right internship and make a real difference during their volunteer placement.
Those who like the idea of volunteering in the medical field closer to home will want to check out opportunities to work with local hospitals, such as Massachusetts General Hospital. This hospital has an online application process for volunteers to follow, and the goal of the process is to determine the best match for the individual volunteer with the available positions at the hospital.
Hospital volunteers must be 18 years or older, but students who are 16 or 17 may qualify for some positions as part of a student volunteer program. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 hours each week for 3 months or more, and all volunteers must provide documentation of MMR vaccination and TB test in the past 3 months.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is another hospital which offers many opportunities for medical volunteers. At Cedars-Sinai, volunteers have the chance to make an important difference in the lives of patients. The hospital relies on their dedicated volunteers to provide assistance, comfort and hope every day. In return, volunteers benefit from giving to others in their community, making new friends and learning new skills.
Cedars-Sinai employs over 2,00 0 volunteers on a daily basis who work on a given assignment for an average of four years. Many volunteers continue to work for the hospital for much longer due to the deep personal satisfaction it brings them. Cedars-Sinai provides many benefits to the community, and the hospital is known for providing quality healthcare at no cost to kids whose families cannot afford it.
Medical volunteer opportunities are also available through large organizations like Project C.U.R.E in the US. This important medical charity project operates in local communities around the country by organizing teams of 25 volunteers who work to identify and collect medical equipment and supplies. These supplies are then distributed at no cost to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.
Last year, volunteers with Project C.U.R.E donated over 60,000 hours and collected almost $50 million worth of medical equipment and supplies for donation. The organization currently operates distribution centers in four states where they test, package and deliver the donated equipment to facilities around the world. They also operate local collection centers across the country where volunteers are always needed to collect and sort donations and transport the supplies to the distribution centers.
Mark Angelo is a writer for the Little Volunteer blog and website, which focuses on volunteer ideas. Mark is passionate about spreading volunteerism worldwide in order to change the world and make a positive difference. Having experience and familiarity with medical volunteer opportunities, Mark is keen to share his volunteer ideas and tips with other aspiring and veteran volunteers.
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An innovative new array of medical devices Medical Equipment Suppliers and "spare parts" is coming to the aid of an aging population. This equipment, as well as more standard supplies, calls for experienced sales people to do business with hospitals, physicians, and clinics, often around the world. "Hiring on the sales side has been incredibly strong," says Paula Rutledge, president of LegacyMedSearch, a medical recruitment firm "We've had more jobs filled in the past two weeks than we had in a year." The people who filled them? They came from Procter & Gamble, Pitney-Bowes, Schwinn, a copier company, nursing, and even professional sports.
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2. BloodPressure Unit (sphygmomanometer)
20. Clorox Wipes
3. Sharps Container/Bio Hazard Container
21.Fed Ex Lab Bags and Slips
4. Lab Kits - CRL (Clinical Reference Lab), LabOne, Heritage Lab
22. Ice Chest
5. EKG Machine and the type of paper for that particular machine
23. Dry Ice
6. Alcohol Preps
24. small Soap Pump
25. (Sewing) - Measure Tape
8. Sterile Gauze
26. (Handyman) - Metal Measure Tape
9. Non-Latex Gloves
27. Cell Phone
10. Carry-case with Wheels
28. Map of your city or state
11. Purell - Hand Sanitizer
29. Lancets (for finger punctures)
12. Box of Tourniquets (non-Latex)
30. An Appointment Book
31. Insurance Company Forms
14. Non-Digital Scale, (light weight)
15. Bandage Tape
33. Fax Machine - 4 in 1 features
16. Cotton Balls
34. Clip Board
17. a time Watch (with a seconds hand)
35. Several Ink Pens (black ink only)
18. Extra Blood Collection Tubes
37. Business Cards
38. Paper Clips, Stapler, and other stationary supplies
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in Medical Device Business by MDDI Staff on November 21, 2014
The top 40 medical device manufacturers worldwide ranked by total revenue as ofOctober 9, 2014.
There has been a lot of change on medtech's leaderboard over the past 12 months. For a more recent ranking of medical device companies, download our free Top 100 Medical Device Companies of 2016report.
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1The Alcon division is only included in this report.
2The medical devices segment is only included in this report.
3Medical Care comprises the businesses with blood glucose meters, contrast-enhanceddiagnostic imaging equipment, and mechanical systems for treating constricted or blocked bloodvessels.
4The medical devices segment is only included in this report.
5Separated Medical Technologies into Dental and Life Sciences & Diagnostics sgements. The Dental division is only included in this report.
6 The medical devices segment is only included in this report.
Penis pumps are one of the many methods developed by sexologists to increase blood flow to the penis, allowing a strong erections that ensure pleasure for both partners. A penis pump is a cylinder that the user places over the penis and activates. The pump may be manual or motorized.
When operating the penis pump has a suction, creating a vacuum around the penis. This has the net effect of drawing blood to the penis. As the flow of blood to the penis is what creates an erection, the benefits of this action are easy to understand. The penis becomes engorged and erect as a result. In the case of a penis pump, more is less because excessive pressure causes vascular damage rather than a harder penis.
Penis Pumps Are Not Just For Impotence
Initially these vacuum pumps were meant to aid in cases of impotence and they are still used to an extent for this purpose. There are levels of sophistication of these pumps, with the simplest being as described above. A more sophisticated penis pump is made to higher standards of safety and quality and costs a lot more. They are sometimes distributed by medical equipment suppliers.
Enhancements For A Penis Pump
Cock rings, also called flexible compression rings, can be used in conjunction with a penis pump. You can fit one to the open end of the cylinder. Once an erection has been created, the ring is pushed to the base of the erect penis. Finally the vacuum pressure is released. This enables the man to retain the erection even in cases of vascular or nervous problems that would normally lead to the erection subsiding. Using this combination method, an erection can normally can be retained for a considerable period of time. Usually the manufacturers suggest that the cock ring be removed after half an hour.
Be Careful When Using Vacuum Pumps
Pumping with penis pumps should be done very carefully so that there is no injury. In the excitement of the moment users have been known to conduct over enthusiastic pumping that bursts a blood vessel or forms blisters. Excessive use over time is also to be avoided as the rim of the cylinder can cut into the skin and over time cause damage to the ligaments surrounding the penis.
Benefits Of Penis Pumps
Obviously the main benefit of a penis pump is that it helps a man to get and maintain a firmer erection, with consequent pleasure to both partners. It is interesting to note that more than half the men who use these penis vacuum pumps are happy with the results. Although using a penis pump will not give long-lasting physiological results, such as curing impotence, using a penis pump over a few months can have a healthy psychological effect on the Medical Equipment Suppliers user. As a result, some men claim that these pumps become less effective for treating their sexual problems.
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