I came across this TED Talk by Marc Koska ‘1.3 millions reasons to re-invent the syringe’ via Dr Shock’s blog. Dr Shock is Walter van den Broek, a Dutch psychiatrist working in a University Hospital specialising in the treatment of depression. He also has a very keen interest in medical education and blogs about this and psychiatry. If you have an interest in either of these areas it’s worth keeping an eye on his blog and subscribing to the RSS feed. You can also follow Dr Shock on Twitter.
Marc Koska’s TED Talk highlights the problem with the re-use of syringes and the role this plays in spreading infection such as HIV. Watching this reminded me of the stories I heard of cleaners gathering used syringes and selling them on, when I worked in Romania on a multi-disciplinary training programme run by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF back in the early 1990s. Koska’s new syringe has been developed to prevent re-use. This short video is perhaps one to add to the wiki developed by one of our students over the summer which is full of helpful resources and information to help prepare students for electives in resource poor countries. You can can acess this wiki in Blackboard.
In my presentation at last week’s ACT meeting I mentioned the TED talks videos which are freely available to view and share on the web. The TED talks are 15-18 minute presentations about ‘ideas worth sharing’ in science, technology, business, global issues, design and entertainment and well worth a look. There’s an example of a TED talk below by Hans Rosling, Professor of Global Health at the Karolinska Institute, on HIV where he uses Gapminder to show the latest stats on HIV infection. There are some others you can view in the vodpod widget in the sidebar of this page or you can go direct to ted.com
Next month in San Diego TED will be holding TEDMED 2009, the first TED dedicated entirely to talks on medicine and healthcare. The talks will cover topics such as ageing, cancer, surgery, open research in medicine and communicating medical information. The TEDMED website has the full list of speakers and the titles of their talks. As with other TED talks these will be available online after the event. It should be worth taking a look at the TEDMED talks for general interest and it may be that some of the talks could be used in teaching resources.