ISO 9001 Certification

April, 2016. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Doctors Hospital celebrates its 5th Anniversary with the achievement of the ISO 9001 Certification by TÜV de Mexico in all of its services and departments – an evidence of the soundness of our medical-hospital excellence and quality system. The ISO 9001 Certification guarantees the effectiveness of our technological infrastructure and the timely and personalized care provided by a team of world class doctors, nurses and technicians in close cross-functional collaboration. All the departments, clinics and services comprising our institution exceeded the requirements of the assessing entity exhibiting high performance throughout the audit process.

Doctors Hospital continues to foster quality in hospital services, and this achievement underpins its relentless commitment to offer its patients timely, professional and technological service on a par with the best hospitals in the world.

LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY. Since its opening, five years ago, Doctors Hospital has invested consistently in medical technology.

In our Imaging department, the SIEMENS’ 256-slice Flash Definition Somatom TAC (the first one in Latin America) allows – thanks to its high technology and speed – to perform an adult’s full-body scan in less than 5 seconds with robotic technology quality; and SIEMENS’ Artis Zeego Equipment (also the first one in Latin America) provides greater positional flexibility and wider coverage than any other piece of equipment to allow for optimum diagnosis quality in interventional radiology and cardiology studies.

The 3 Tesla Magneton Verio Magnetic Resonance (the first one in Mexico) offers important competitive advantages such as the ease of obtaining high-precision 3D images of any body part in a very short time period. Doctors Hospital celebrates five years of working for Nuevo Leon community strengthening its commitment to pursue excellence in service and medical care with highly qualified personnel and the support from the best medical specialists. All this is supported by the best technology worldwide.


DH Company Wellness Program

The emergence of wellness programs in the workplace have a new meaning, due to the intense pressure on preventing great increases in annual health costs, which continue to be a serious threat to the economic life of companies. Bad consumer habits, along with unhealthy lifestyles, as well as considerable deterioration of employee health, result in important company expenses for each employee.

Through its Check-Up department, Doctors Hospital offers a highly professional medical evaluation in which an in-depth analysis of the patient’s state of health may be made.

Web Results. In addition, Doctors Hospital offers a technological platform where the results of check-ups can be followed as well as other types of studies from the comfort of your computer. This greatly benefits any wellness program, since company follow-up on its employees will be more rapid and efficient.

Follow-Up Program. It is important to understand worker risk factors with a medical evaluation and to later improve the results with continuous follow-up. To achieve this, Doctors Hospital has developed a complete wellness program that provides tools to substantially improve quality of life of employees. In spite of the existence of many forms of combatting this problem, we have specifically focused on nutrition, since the majority of today’s problems begin due to failures in our modern diets.

The program consists of:
1. One-week course that presents the topic of a clean diet.
2. Periodical measurements of weight, body fat, muscular mass and BMI.
3. Weekly support meetings.
4. Cooking workshops.
5. Preventive talks on relevant health topics.
6. Weekly articles.
7. Nutritional consultations.
8. Daily Tips.

An optimum state of health is necessary for an improvement in productivity. The DH Company Wellness Program is the best option to reduce medical costs and to provide employees with a better quality of life. For more information on this program, contact us at (81) 5515-5060.

Medicine in Mexico

For varicose veins, patients should lose weight and do physical activity
• It is common for varicose veins to develop in the legs; however, this is not the only zone.
• When complications arise, venous insufficiency can evolve into thrombosis, warns the IMSS. 

Simply losing weight and doing physical activity in a periodical manner, with even a simple daily walk to combat a sedentary lifestyle can decrease the risk of developing venous insufficiency. These factors reduce risks by 50%, indicated Rubén Santoyo Ayala, the Assistant Medical Director of the night shift at the Specialty Hospital of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Jalisco. 

He also indicated that in addition to genetic factors, the appearance of varicose veins is also associated with factors such as obesity and being overweight, and with illnesses such as diabetes and hypercholesterolemia and, of course, pregnancy, due to the extra body weight gained by women during this period, informed the IMSS in a press release. It was even stated that the use of some birth control pills may cause venous insufficiency, which is produced when the veins become deformed and hinder the flow of blood. 

Although he indicated that varicose veins most frequently affect women, up to 30% of men also have them. Generally patients with this venous alteration are over 40 years of age; however, there are cases of occurences at earlier ages, even for those who are 20 years old. It is common for varicose veins to develop in the legs but they can also appear in other areas of the body such as arms, and even internally in the esophagus and anus, where they are called hemorrhoids. 

The doctor in internal medicine indicated that some symptoms that can alert us to the appearance of varicose veins and they include burning, itching or stinging. In addition to the esthetic question, venous insufficiency can evolve into venous thrombosis, due to the fact that poor blood circulation favors the formation of clots. 

“There is an important risk, which is that these clots or one of them can lodge themselves in zones such as the lung, causing pulmonary embolisms which is a great risk to a patient’s life”, explained the Social Security doctor. When varicose veins evolve into venous thrombosis, acute pain can appear in one leg or there can be an increase in the temperature of that zone; however, in up to 50% of cases, the formation of clots can be asymptomatic, which is an even greater risk. 

In these cases, emergency management is offered the patient by stabilizing him with anti-coagulants; however, phlebitis and rheumatoid arthritis can later result as a consequence. As far as treatment of varicose veins is concerned, he indicated that conservative methods are normally used, such as management with medications, the use of compressive stockings and some measures such as avoiding too much time standing or sitting, taking daily walks, ingesting abundant liquids and keeping down body weight.

1 out of every 4 disabilities in Mexico is visual

Occular diseases can cause visual disability if not attended immediately. 

In Mexico there are 4 million disabled, of which one million 292 thousand 201 are of the visual type. 

According to data from the Mexican Association of Faculties, Schools, Colleges and Boards of Optometry, the AMFECCO, refraction errors that are not corrected such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia are the most important causes of visual disability, making it the second disability in Mexico, after motor disabilities. Visual disabilities include the total loss of vision in one or in both eyes, visual weakness and those who cannot see well even with glasses because of the advanced stage of their visual problems. 

This disability causes alterations in visual acuity, causing deficiencies of up to 85 per cent in the ability to carry out ocular movements, alteration in the vision of colors or depth, mentions Dr. Rafael Bueno García, member of the Mexican Retina Association. 

There are congenital disabilities, such as retinitis pigmentosa (progressive death of pigmented cells of the retina) and acquired disabilities that occur due to poorly treated ocular infections, diseases such as diabetes, accidents, alcoholic beverages or from coming into contact with inhalants, adds the specialist. These diseases can be detected when sufficient information is not received in an optimal manner with both eyes in order for patients to be successful at work or in academic environments or when a medical diagnosis has been carried out indicating that there is no treatment to improve vision. 

According to the World Health Organization, the main diseases causing visual disability are: uncorrected errors in refraction (myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism), 43%; cataracts, 33%; glaucoma, 2%. This type of disability affects the population in general; however, it is important to attend people over the age of 60, the group that is most affected and which makes up 48.7%, followed by those from 30 to 50 years of age, at 33%; those from 15 to 29 years of age, at 9.8 percent and those under 15 years of age, at 9.8 percent. Experts indicate that 80 percent of cases of visual disability can be avoided. 

If there are refraction errors or some symptom of alert, it is indispensible to see a specialist in visual health. 

World Medicine

Poor sleep can worsen cardiac problems in women. But the lack of sleep does not appear to have the same effect on inflammation levels in men. 

Poor sleep appears to contribute to advancing cardiac disease in women upon increasing inflammation levels, but this effect is not observed in men, affirm researchers. 

“Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular health”, assured Arick Prather, clinical psychologist of health and assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of California, the main author of a press release from the same university in San Francisco. 

“We now have evidence that poor sleep has a greater affect than we thought on the promotion of long-term increases in the levels of inflammation and it could contribute to negative consequences that are frequently associated with the lack of sleep”, added Prather. 

Previous research has shown that sleeping less than six hours per night could increase the risk for chronic health problems, among which are found heart disease, and it is associated with higher levels of inflammation. This new study included almost 700 men (with an average age of 66 years) and women (with an average age of 64 years) who suffered coronary cardiac disease. Among women, poor quality of sleep was significantly associated with increases in inflammation markers over five years. But the same was not observed in men. 

The majority of women in the study were post-menopausal, and their low levels of estrogen could help to explain the link between poor sleep and higher levels of inflammation, suggested the authors of the study. “It is possible that testosterone, which is found in higher levels in men, serves as protection against the effects of a subjective poor level of sleep”, wrote Prather’s team in the study, which appears in the on-line edition dated June 5 of the Journal of Psychiatric Research magazine. Researchers indicated that their findings reveal potentially important sexual differences and provide evidence that greater inflammation could be an important channel through which poor sleep contributes to advancing heart disease in women. 

Although the study found an association between the poor quality of sleep reported by the participants themselves and greater signs of inflammation among older women with cardiac disease, it did nor prove causality. 

An article in HealthDay, translated by Hispanicare SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, June 5, 2013, HealthDay.