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Hong Kong Medical Journal

Hong Kong Medical Journal is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Hong Kong Medical Association. It is indexed in Medline/Index Medicus and Embase/Excerpta Medica, and is published bimonthly by the

Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press

The Journal is currently circulated to all Fellows of the Academy, members of the Association and other medical institutions. It is also available to non-members on subscription.

 For more information, please visit the Journal website: http://www.hkmj.org   

 


Hong Kong Medical Journal
Hong Kong Medical Journal


Latest articles available at www.hkmj.org:

Original Article  
Ambulance use affects timely emergency treatment of acute ischaemic stroke
It is essential for acute ischaemic stroke patients to be treated within a 4.5-hour therapeutic window. Patients who call an ambulance are more likely to receive a consultation in the emergency department within this window than those who use other forms of transport, report KK Lau et al. The authors recommend that the public are educated to promptly call the emergency services after suffering a stroke.
Hong Kong Med J 2018 Aug;24(4):335–9 | Epub 30 Jul 2018
Ambulance use affects timely emergency treatment of acute ischaemic stroke
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Original Article  
Multidrug-resistant organism carriage among residents from residential care homes for the elderly in Hong Kong: a prevalence survey with stratified cluster sampling
Multidrug-resistant organisms are a global emerging health threat. A survey by H Chen et al revealed a high prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, among residents of care homes for the elderly. Enhancements to infection control, such as early isolation or cohorting, and improved hygiene practices, such as hand washing and disinfection of frequented areas are recommended.
Hong Kong Med J 2018 Aug;24(4):350–60 | Epub 30 Jul 2018
Multidrug-resistant organism carriage among residents from residential care homes for the elderly in Hong Kong: a prevalence survey with stratified cluster sampling
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Review Article  
Palliative care: the need of the modern era
Despite advances in modern medicine, many patients with terminal illnesses suffer significantly. The purpose of palliative care is to relieve suffering in these patients. In this review, KS Chan explores the paradigm shift that palliative care brings about, from biomedical to biopsychospiritual care, and urges improvements to palliative care policy in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Med J 2018 Aug;24(4):391–9 | Epub 30 Jul 2018
Palliative care: the need of the modern era
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CME?? Medical Practice  

Guidance on the management of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Hong Kong: an expert panel consensus viewpoint
Familial hypercholesterolaemia is characterised by elevated plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. This common inherited disorder carries an increased risk of premature development of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease; however, it remains underdiagnosed in Hong Kong. Brian Tomlinson et al present a consensus statement to improve awareness, early identification, and treatment of familial hypercholesterolaemia.
Hong Kong Med J 2018 Aug;24(4):408–15

Guidance on the management of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Hong Kong: an expert panel consensus viewpoint
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CME?? Medical Practice  

Joint recommendations on management of anaemia in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding in Hong Kong
Demand in Hong Kong for blood products is growing unsustainably, increasing by 34% between 2006 and 2016. The ageing population is exacerbating the problem, and the donation rate is not keeping up with demand. Anaemia associated with gastrointestinal bleeding is the leading indication for transfusion. This joint position statement from the Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology, the Hong Kong Society of Digestive Endoscopy, the Hong Kong IBD Society, and the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service outlines recommendations for transfusions for management of anaemia in patients with acute or chronic gastrointestinal bleeding.
Hong Kong Med J 2018 Aug;24(4):416–22

Joint recommendations on management of anaemia in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding in Hong Kong
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