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  1. 11 October, 2022

    Nine services of the Clínic are among the best in the world in the ‘World’s Best Specialised Hospitals’ of 2023

    Mejores hospitales del mundo por especialidad

    Newsweek magazine in collaboration with the statistical portal Statista Inc. publishes each year a ranking of the best hospitals in the world by speciality, the ‘World’s Best Specialised Hospitals 2023’. As usual, the Barcelona Clínic Group has stood out as one of the best hospitals in the world and our country, and has achieved outstanding positions in nine of the eleven categories that were analysed this year. The best-positioned department was Urology, led by Dr Antonio Alcaraz, who was also a novelty in this edition’s ranking. In this way, the Clinical Institute of Nephrology and Urology (ICNU) has achieved the 14th position in the ranking, also being the second-best service in Spain, only behind the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid.

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  2. 12 September, 2022

    An innovative new system guides staff during sample collection

    ProTube - sistema obtención de muestras

    To minimize possible errors in taking samples from patients and also guaranteeing their traceability, the Hospital Clínic Group has begun to use an innovative system: Protube. This system helps the nursing staff throughout the process of obtaining samples, from the unequivocal identification of the patient by reading a bar code to the selection of containers and the order of filling, in addition to allowing the traceability of samples in real-time.

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  3. 21 July, 2022

    The Hospital Clínic performs the second uterus transplant in Spain

    Trasplante de útero

    A year and a half after performing the first uterus transplant in Spain, the Hospital Clínic performed this operation again last April. A mother donated her uterus so that her daughter could become pregnant in an intervention led by Dr Francisco Carmona, head of the Hospital Clínic Gynaecology Service and barnaclínic+ gynaecological surgeon, and Dr Antonio Alcaraz, head of the Service of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at Hospital Clínic and urological and transplant surgeon at barnaclínic+.

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  4. 20 July, 2022

    Sabàtics, an initiative to help in the training of medical professionals

    Permisos Sabàtics - Formación Hospital Clínic

    Medical training is something that never stops. Continuous innovation and research make it necessary for medical professionals to dedicate part of their time to maintaining and improving their professional competence, to adapt to the new demands and requirements that are generated by the evolution of medicine, the health system and society in general. Precisely thinking of helping in this continuous medical training, the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona created grants in the 1980s to carry out this training in centres of excellence abroad, the ‘Sabàtics Permits’. Later, in 2015, barnaclínic+ joined this initiative allowing more training time to be financed.

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  5. 12 July, 2022

    A new surgical technique improves the extraction of kidney stones

    Piedras del riñon o litiasis renal

    Kidney stones are a disease that consist of the formation of calcium or stones in the kidneys or the urinary tracts. When this calcium is small, it’s possible for the patient to extract them naturally. But when they exceed a certain size, it’s suitable to carry out a medical-surgical treatment, as they can get stuck in the urinary tracts during their expulsion, blocking the flow of urine and causing great pain and complications. By betting on innovation, something that characterises the Hospital Clínic Group, the centre has incorporated into its services a novel technique for the treatment of kidney stones. This way, it has become the first hospital in Spain and the south of Europe to use and thereby improve the results of kidney stone extraction with the current Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy or NLP.

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  6. 28 June, 2022

    Femoroplasty, a pioneering innovation to settle problems with a hip-prosthetic

    Hospital Clínic is a pioneer in Spain in the use of femoroplasty, an innovative technique in which sanitary cement is injected around the hip-prosthetic, inside the femur, to recover stability and so achieve an improvement in pain and recover the patient’s mobility. Dr. Jenaro Fernández-Valencia, head of the Hip Section of the Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgery Service at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and professional at barnaclínic+, is one of the people in charge of the design of the protocol and introduction of this technique.

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  7. 29 April, 2022

    barnaclínic+ launches its Dermatological Diagnosis Unit

    Diagnóstico cáncer de piel y melanoma

    Skin cancer is the most frequent tumour and it is estimated that 20% of people will develop it throughout their lives. In Spain alone, this disease affects 300 people out of 100.000 each year. Malignant melanoma, on the other hand, is a tumour that is caused by an abnormal growth of some skin cells, whose incidence in recent years is possibly increasing in relation to sun exposure habits. Because these skin tumours appear externally, they are easier to detect and if they are diagnosed in the early stages, they have a high chance of cure. Due to this importance of early diagnosis, barnaclínic+ has launched its Dermatological Diagnosis Unit.

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  8. 22 March, 2022

    Hospital Clínic, one more year among the best hospitals in the world in the World’s Best Hospitals

    Mejores hospitales del mundo

    For another year, Newsweek magazine, in collaboration with Statista, has produced its ranking of the best hospitals in the world, the World’s Best Hospitals, thus being the fourth time that this classification has been awarded. And for yet another year, the Hospital Clínic has been among the best hospitals in the world and in Spain. On this occasion the centre has occupied the second position of the Spanish top 3, only behind the Hospital Universitario La Paz, while the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre completed the podium in third position. Regarding the world ranking, the Hospital Clínic has occupied the 63rd position. Read more…

  9. 18 March, 2022

    A pioneering surgical technique in Europe allows reversing male infertility

    Male infertility can be caused by multiple causes, among which there may be physical problems. In some cases, it is possible to solve these problems through surgery. The Urology Department of the Hospital Clínic Group, directed by Dr Antonio Alcaraz, is now a pioneer in Europe in carrying out a new surgical technique that allows for much more accurate procedures in these interventions and thus achieves a better recovery for the patient: the Micro Thesis or microsurgical retrieval of sperm assisted with the Olympus Orbeye exoscope.

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  10. 4 March, 2022

    The Clinic is a pioneer in Spain in the extraction of tumours from the base of the skull through the eye

    In recent years, surgery has developed enormously to achieve increasingly less invasive interventions. Achieving the same results as traditional open surgeries, these new approaches achieve a faster recovery for patients and minimize the risks of operations, which is why their use is becoming more and more widespread. Now, the Hospital Clínic Group has begun to perform surgeries through the eye to remove tumours from the base of the skull, becoming the first centre in Spain to perform transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery and one of the few in the rest of the world to use it.

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