Robo Suit, Cut for US Vet Suicide Prevention, Epilepsy Awareness, Toyota Inspired Hospitals

March 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in disability, Medical | Leave a comment
  • Israeli company develops a robo suit for paraplegics to walk again:
  • Successful Suicide Prevention Program for U.S. Vets Facing Cuts:
  • Wear Purple on Thursday to Raise Awareness about Epilepsy:

    Founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.

    Why? Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. That’s more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined.

    Thanks for the tip-off Best Health Blog

  • Vancouver Mobile Van Helps Prostitutes:

    Driving through the night along the seamy streets of Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside, three women in the large van dispense coffee, juice and conversation, along with condoms and clean needles, to sex-trade workers.

    But funding for the Mobile Access Project, which began in 2003 with a converted ambulance, depends on the provincial government and there’s been no promise to renew the money when it runs out at the end of April.

    The Van program is operated by the WISH Drop-in Centre Society.

  • Toyota Efficiency Model Introduced at BC Hospitals:
    Vroom Vroom! Jack me up and don’t forget to check my dipstick!

    At B.C. Women’s Hospital, a Toyota-based five-day workshop was able to reduce by 90 per cent the time from when a new mother is ready to be discharged from the hospital to when she exits the building and heads home. Before the program, the discharge process took an average of 10 hours. Now, it takes about one hour.

    Court-ordered psychiatric patients used to have to wait 10 days to be admitted to a bed. Since the workshop, it’s down to an average of 3 1/2 days.

    At the BC Cancer Agency, staff were able to reduce by 83 per cent the time from when a doctor made a referral to when the patient got in to see a specialist. Before the workshop, the average wait was 42 days. Now, it’s seven.

    The changes cost the system next to nothing.

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