2 November, 2021
Surgical techniques are constantly evolving in order to improve the results while minimising the consequences caused by the intervention. One of the routes that is followed to achieve this last step is by reducing, where possible, the incisions employed in order to carry out the intervention. In this regard the approaches that take advantage of the natural orifices of the patient are being used more and more. Transanal total mesorectal excision or TaTME is one of these techniques, developed by the team lead by Dr. Antonio de Lacy, head of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Service at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and oncology surgeon at barnaclínic+, it is currently considered one of the best treatment options for patients with colon and rectal cancer. Read more…
14 September, 2021
The Hospital Clínic group has just put into motion a new project: the Clínic Eye Training Center (CETC). As part of the new Ophthalmological Surgery area, in the Maternity facility, the CETC was made with the aim of creating a model of excellence in ophthalmological training and developing innovation projects at the same time. It’s state-of-the-art training in surgery and it’s the first practical-training project in ophthalmology in a public center in Europe.
13 September, 2021
Researches at Hospital Clínic group develop a new tool for diagnosing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Researchers at the GRIE (Infancy and Environment Research Group) at Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, collaborators with the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Unit at barnaclínic+, have developed VisualTEAF, an app that, thanks to artificial intelligence, is able to help in the diagnosis of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It’s the first diagnostic tool for FASD in which machine learning is used, a branch of artificial intelligence that allows machines to learn without being expressly programmed to do so.
30 August, 2021
The Hospital Clínic group incorporates disposable duodenoscopes in order to reduce the risk of in-hospital infections
One of the main concerns in a hospital environment is avoiding nosocomial infections, ones which are contracted during a stay in a hospital and are usually caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. During the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing infections of this type gained even more importance to, somehow, slow the spread of the disease. One of the possible sources of infection is when instruments that are difficult to disinfect are used on multiple patients.
“The endoscopes are made up of complex mechanisms that are difficult to disinfect 100%, this means that the complete sterilisation of these instruments is not always achieved”, explains Dr. Andrés Cárdenas, consultant at the Instituto Clínico de Enfermedades Digestivas y Metabólicas del Hospital Clínic (Clinical Institute of Digestive and Metabolic Disease of Hospital Clínic) and specialist at barnaclínic+. This is why, at Hospital Clínic group we’ve started using disposable duodenoscopes, a type of endoscope that’s longer in length and, due to its special characteristics, particularly complicated to effectively sterilise.
23 July, 2021
At barnaclínic+, the health and safety of our patients and staff is the most important thing. To protect both you and ourselves, and thanks to the experience acquired by the centre in the management of the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, we have clearly defined hygiene and protection protocols based on the scientific evidence available. In accordance with these, we have put in place the corresponding safety measures for COVID-19.
13 July, 2021
In recent years, minimally invasive surgery has found its way into many operating rooms, and gynaecologic cancer surgery is no exception. With robotic surgery, surgical complications are reduced and a better recovery of the patient is achieved. However, there are different possible approaches to perform these interventions. Now, for the first time, a study explores the differences between all of them in performing para-aortic lymph node dissection. This is a common procedure for gynaecological cancers to see if the cancer cells have spread.
15 June, 2021
In the study of disease, imaging tests are of great value. Both in the diagnosis and later when planning interventions, knowing exactly what the morphology of an organ or its functionality is like is key. For this reason, in recent years there has been a great technological effort to achieve greater precision in these tests. One of the latest technologies is the digital gamma camera, a device that has just been incorporated into the services of the Hospital Clínic Group, a pioneer in the use of this type of technology throughout Spain.
31 May, 2021
The Hospital Clínic is yet again this year among the three public centres with the best reputation in Spain
After a very complicated year, in which the Covid-19 pandemic put a large part of the hospital centres around the world on the ropes, there was interest in knowing the results of the ranking that Merco, the Health Reputation Monitor has been preparing for seven years. The Hospital Clínic has once again become one of the leading centres in this classification, achieving for another year to be in the top three of the public centres with the best reputation in Spain, only surpassed by the Hospital Universitario La Paz de Madrid and ahead of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón. It is the seventh consecutive year that Hospital Clínic has achieved the second position in the ranking.
25 May, 2021
Refractive laser surgery is one of the best known and most commonly performed options for correcting vision problems and can be an alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses. Now, the barnaclínic+ Ophthalmology service that carries out this type of surgery, has incorporated into its facilities a new system that utilises two types of laser: the femtosecond laser to make a precise cut in the form of a window in the cornea (the transparent dome-shaped part at the front of the eye) and the excimer laser to modify its curvature.
Thanks to the new equipment it will be possible to carry out two surgical procedures. On is the technique known as FEMTO-LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and the other is PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). “Thanks to these techniques we will be able to correct both myopia and hyperopia or astigmatism. They are all about pathologies in which there is a malformation in the length of the eyeball or in the shape of the curve that can be corrected with the laser”, explains Dr Jorge Peraza, an expert ophthalmologist in refractive surgery of barnaclínic+.
21 May, 2021
On May 12, as usual, the Hospital Clínic held an act to commemorate International Nurses Day. On this occasion, and due to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was broadcasted via streaming through its YouTube channel. This act served to publicise the different projects that have received an Intensification Grant, which are financed by barnaclínic+.
It is an initiative of the Directorate of Nursing of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, which aims to improve the care activity of the centre by training and promoting the research of nursing professionals. It lasts between 3 and 6 months and it is awarded to a group of professionals who are selected following a series of criteria. These scholarships were launched in 2016 and since then they have been a success, which is why barnaclínc+ continues to bet on them.