Vedasa Medical Exhibition 2018
December 04 – 08 at BMICH
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About Vedasa 2018
Vedasa Medical Exhibition 2018 is proudly organized by the Faculty of Medical Sciences of University of Sri Jayewardenapura for the second consecutive time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of establishing the faculty.
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. An allergy is the response of the body's immune system to normally harmless substances, such as pollen, food, and house dust mite. Whilst in most people these substances pose no problem, in an allergic individual his/her
immune system identifies them as a’ threat’ and produces an inappropriate response. The symptoms of allergy range from making one miserable to putting him/her at risk for life- threatening reactions. The World Allergy Organization (WAO) approximates the prevalence of allergy in the total population of a nation ranges
between 10-40%, and this as well as their implications are on the rise in relation to environmental and lifestyle changes associated with the constant progression of urbanization and globalization. It is essential to appreciate the debilitating nature of allergic diseases on the quality of life of patients and their families, impacting their individual development, career plans and lifestyle choices.
Our Allergy Centre offers expertise care for patients with or suspected of allergies and research opportunities. Our stall aims at educating people on different aspects of allergies and especially anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is “a serious, life-threatening generalized or systemic hypersensitivity reaction” and “a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and might lead to death. National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research (NCPCAR) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura established a registry for those who have experienced anaphylaxis in Sri Lanka. This was established as an extension of the Allergy service provided by the Clinical Immunologists.
Save A Life project
Save A life project aims at investigating an individual who has experienced anaphylaxis and providing lifesaving medication free of charge. In accordance to our mission to provide better healthcare to the community and become the focal point of allergy care in Sri Lanka, NCPCAR will be distributing the adrenalin auto injectors free of charge any Sri Lankan patient. Thus, the availability of this drug will give life to a person who is experiencing anaphylaxis. This project aims at having zero deaths due to anaphylaxis by 2025 in Sri lanka.
You may find more information on http://www.ncpcar.lk Allergy-Sri-Lanka
We invite you to visit our allergy cube and learn different facets of allergy.
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Heart & Health
Welcome to the Cardiovascular stall
“Heart and health “
We will guide you through a journey : a journey which will take you through the basics of a healthy heart and an abnormal heart. It will give you a glimpse of the common problems encountered by any individual with relation to the heart.
We also hope to illustrate the newest technological advances in the field of therapeutic and interventional cardiology.
Dengue viral infections is one of the most important emerging mosquito borne viral infections and is thought to infect 390 million individually annually all over the world. Dengue epidemics resulting in dengue haemorrhagic fever first occurred in Sri Lanka in 1989. Since then Sri Lanka has been experiencing regular epidemics of dengue, with a marked increase in the number of cases. However, not all infections with the dengue virus result in severe dengue. The majority of those who are actually infected by the virus develop asymptomatic disease. Although these is currently a licensed dengue vaccine for the prevention of dengue, it has a potential to cause severe dengue in those who have not been infected with the dengue virus before and gives sub-optimum protection against some dengue serotypes.
This stall which is done in collaboration with the National Dengue Control Program in Sri Lanka aims to inform the public regarding the current status of dengue in Sri Lanka, prevention strategies, when to seek medical advise and to get admitted to hospital, the type of investigations available for diagnosis of dengue, what happens in hospital and some of the current research activities of the Centre for Dengue Research of the University.
Keep your diabetes under control
Heart Brain Eyes Kidneys Feet
Visit the diabetes stall and understand diabetes better
You may be eligible for a free blood sugar test!
The haematology stall will be a centre for dissemination of knowledge on common haematological disorders. The general public will have the opportunity to learn about nutritional anemias ,thalassemias and hameatological malignancies. They will be made aware of the clinical features, screening tests, preventive measures and treatment options available for these conditions.
We will also be offering screening for thalassemia carriers status foryoung adults. The birth of a baby with thalassemia major can be prevented by preventing intermarriage between two thalassemia carriers. The objective of screening the pre marital age group is based on this fact. However, we hope that exposure to this knowledge will lead an increase of screening in people of all age groups in their own health set ups. Possible carriers will be directed for confirmatory diagnosis.
Through this encounter we hope to reach out to a large number of people of varied ages and backgrounds and impress on them simple yet effective messages pertaining to haematology.
Main Attraction : Screening for thalassemia carriers in the pre marital age group.
Nursing & First Aid
First aid is the emergency care or treatment given to a person who falls sick suddenly or is injured until proper medical care is available. Timely assistance is most critical to these victims and is often life saving. Victims can vary from small children to old people.“Vedesa” stall of B.Sc.Nursing programme will show how to act if such a situation arises in your day to day life.
We focus on both emergency first aid and non-emergency first aid. It extends from Basic principles, such as knowing how to use an adhesive bandage or applying direct pressure on a bleed to life saving first aid interventions such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (basic life support).
The areas covered by the B.Sc.Nursing first aid stall are as follows.
Bandaging and splinting
Control of bleeding
First aid for fracture, head or back injury
Transportation of accidentally amputated body parts
Seizure management and febrile convulsion management at home
Severe allergic reaction , Managing shock, electric shock
Bites and stings
Chemicals in the eye
Drowning prevention and first aid in drowning
Basic Life support
Basic training of first aid skills should be learnt by all. Thus, our first aid stall will serve as a comprehensive platform for collaborating, promoting, networking and sharing best practices and knowledge for people who visit the stall. How to assess an injured person , delivering chest compressions and rescue breaths (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will be practically demonstrated. The participants can also practise this first aid with skilled professionals. A professional life saving team will help you to learn how to prevent a person from drowning and provide first aid for a drowned person. Fire management is an essential part that we do not usually address under first aid. But it is a timely need for the general public to learn correct fire management techniques. We have made arrangements to provide the knowledge and practical guidance on “fire safety” with expertise guidance. In addition, basic techniques of bandaging and splinting, how to control bleeding from a cut injury, pre-hospital care for fractures and dislocations, management of allergic reaction, poisoning or burn injury before go to the hospital are demonstrated by Nursing undergraduates in a very comprehensive manner. Thus we invite you to visit our stall to gain knowledge ,both theory and practical and develop skills that will help you if a necessary situation arises.
Primary Care & Allergy
Primary care forms the backbone of successful healthcare systems in the world. This concept encompasses a generalist (General Practitioner/ Family Physician) and his/her team who takes care of individuals, families as well as communities in the locality of their residence. As opposed to the hospital-based care which is more or less disease-oriented, family physicians are healthcare professionals with specific competences in exploring the whole person who is afflicted with the illness or condition not only in the physical but also in psychosocial and spiritual dimensions. A GP, while treating patients aiming at cure or control of existing diseases acts to prevent diseases or complications proactively. Family Physicians are able to help people living in a community over a broad range of physical and psychosocial issues thus providing care to persons from ‘womb to tomb’, sometimes over a few generations.
Unfortunately, Sri Lanka does not have a system of government appointed GPs as of today for patients to avail themselves of this holistic care that they claim a right for as per Universal Health Coverage goals stipulated by World Health Organization (WHO). Therefore, an individual catchment population does not have designated primary care health personnel accountable for their health needs and community resource coordination. While major global health systems train and employ the produce of 50%-70% of the medical graduates within a year to qualify as Primary Care physicians, Sri Lanka still does not have encouraging means for this. In fact, after qualifying from the medical school and completing an internship of one year the doctor is licensed to practice as a generalist for the rest of his life which is still an out-of-hours service in most of the instances. Adding to the misery, majority of Sri Lankan undergraduate medical curricula does not teach Family Medicine as a clinical discipline.
Our health-wise progressive island boasts for the best health-indices in South Asian region based on quantitative figures such as morbidity and mortality statistics. However, qualitative studies are yet to explore the degree of patient-satisfaction regarding the healthcare that the public healthcare institutions have to offer currently. Hence, it would be worthwhile to integrate primary care (where the patient will be able to voice all concerns with the clinician and receive personalized care) into the pre-existing health system and evaluate any quality difference thereafter.
Our stall aims at educating the patients on the concepts such as the uniqueness in the care approach of a Family Physician as opposed to hospital specialists, palliative approach to care, digital health record systems and especially allergy and anaphylaxis. We also intend to offer basic health screening (e.g. blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index etc.) for at-risk groups of stall attendees as appropriate.
In keeping with the ‘Astana Declaration’ on Primary Health Care (Kazakhstan, October 2018) upon which all nations falling within the Family of WHO vowed, “we envision Primary health care and health services that are high quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable for everyone and everywhere, provided with compassion, respect and dignity by health professionals who are well-trained, skilled, motivated and committed”.
We hope to see you at the Primary Care and Allergy Stalls in December 2018!
How can I donate a kidney?
The procedure will be explained at the organ donation desk and you will have the opportunity to register yourself as an organ donor.
What do you know about dialysis and kidney transplantation?
Kidney transplantation is the ultimate goal for patients with kidney failure. Dialysis can replace the kidney function until the patient is prepared for the kidney transplantation The patients who are not suitable candidates for KT will be treated with long term dialysis to keep them alive.
For kidney transplant, a healthy person should donate a kidney. In Sri Lanka, most of the kidneys are coming from living kidney donors but the organs can be donated from a brain dead person as well.
In this part of the stall, we would help you to understand the mechanism dialysis, and tell you more about kidney transplantation. Improved awareness and attitudes towards KT among general public would help to save lives of many people.
Why should you know about kidney diseases?
Kidney diseases can be broadly categorized in to three main entities, glomerular diseases, acute and chronic kidney disease.
Out of which, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major burden on the healthcare system of Sri Lanka. Poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, toxins and cystic renal diseases are well recognized causes for CKD. Over the last two decades, chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) has emerged as a significant contributor to the burden of CKD in rural Sri Lanka.
Early detection and treatment is paramount to prevent progression of kidney diseases. Therefore, gaining knowledge of features of common kidney problems would help early presentation of patients to seek medical advice.
Within this stall, you will be able to, gather information on common types of kidney diseases and observe pathological specimens of a wide range of renal diseases.
Why are the kidneys so important?
The critical regulation of the body's fluid, salt, potassium and acid content is performed by the kidneys. Further, kidneys produce hormones that regulate the function of other organs.
In this stall, you can explore details about the structure and functions of the kidneys, and the vital role it plays in keeping your body in good health.
This basic knowledge will help you to understand the mechanism and clinical features of kidney diseases.
All about kidney stones
Kidney stones are very common. They may cause severe pain in your back and abdomen. For those who have experienced this knows that it is a frightening situation. We would explain the causes, prevention and latest treatment options with regard to renal stones.