Medical Equipment

Letters to the Editor, May 19, 2013

The pink dolphin's days are numbered. Photo: AFP

The future belongs to our children, and every loving parent should want that future to include the biodiversity that we take for granted.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 3:55am 1 comment

Priced out of life: the patients who chose to die

Raymond Lau Wai-ming. Photo: Nora Tam

At least five patients who needed breathing equipment at home to keep them alive have opted to die in the past year to spare their families the financial burden of renting or buying the apparatus, says a group that campaigns for the rights of the disabled.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Patient counts the cost of just staying alive

Samuel Lo and his family's domestic helper Nanik. Photo: May Tse

Samuel Lo Siu-fung, who has a muscle-degenerative disease, is already using a machine to help him breathe, and tries not to think about what might happen were his condition to worsen.

13 May 2013 - 8:42am

Prioritising rare 'orphan diseases' of the medical world

Christina Hellmann. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mitochondrial disease is one of the orphan diseases - an ailment that has been ignored by the medical and pharmaceutical industries because of its rarity. There is no money to be made from finding a cure for it.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

The fight to diagnose mitochondrial disease in Hong Kong

Christina Hellmann of the Joshua Hellmann Foundation helping Cheng Kwan-yee and her mother Manda. Photo: Dickson Lee

After years of appeals for donations, equipment to diagnose mitochondrial disease was brought to Hong Kong a few months ago and will be operational at the Queen Mary Hospital next year, after a trial.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Subsidy to help severely handicapped in Hong Kong

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

People who have a severe physical handicap and need to rent medical equipment will receive a year-long subsidy of HK$2,000 to HK$2,500 a month from a trust fund, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

The subsidy, which will draw HK$12 million from the Community Care Fund, is expected to benefit 400 people.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

TCL Healthcare to take on global giants

A doctor treats patients at a village clinic in Heilongjiang. TCL aims to make more affordable diagnostic imaging machines. Photo: Reuters

A battle over market share in China often pits home-grown companies making affordable, low-end products against foreign rivals enjoying bumper sales with established brands.

But Hu Hai, chief executive of TCL Healthcare, said that while mainland companies usually played the underdog role, they were gaining more muscle.

6 Sep 2012 - 2:45am

Death at HK's Queen Mary Hospital 'caused by disconnected oxygen tube'

A patient with severe heart problems died in Queen Mary Hospital after a tube delivering oxygen to his blood became detached, it was revealed yesterday.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

Ambulance workers manhandled patient

The Fire Services Department will investigate three ambulance workers for roughly dragging a patient into and out of a lift as he lay on the floor, without using a stretcher or wheelchair.

The incident was caught on closed-circuit television at a residential building in a location that has not been specified.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fresh perspective

Given Hong Kong's pollution, air purifiers can be a godsend, especially on those particularly muggy days. And the home-proud no longer need to contemplate something clunky and clinical-looking. Designers are making the appliances, some of which boast hi-tech or green touches, look like integral parts of a modern living space.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Man of steel' aims for quick return

Brett Prebble is hoping to be back riding by early March, despite the fractured left collarbone he suffered falling in the opening race last Saturday at Sha Tin.

To many observers, the top Australian jockey looked to have escaped the incident from Telecom Top Star without harm after he was seen walking to the ambulance from the scene of the crash.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Vet denies beating and threatening girlfriend

A veterinarian yesterday denied allegations that he had beaten his girlfriend and had threatened to inject her with a chemical used to euthanise animals.

Tsoi Sheung-ki, 37, was giving evidence in the District Court after Judge Anthea Pang Po-kam ruled on the third day of the trial that there was a case to answer.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beauty regime may be deadly

A beauty treatment that uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin has no scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness and could be dangerous, the Consumer Council says.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Survival kits for miners

The 33 miners trapped underground in northern Chile will get survival kits developed for United States and British troops in Iraq. The kits will include tourniquets and bone injection guns. A tourniquet is a rope or bandage to stop bleeding through pressure.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mindray aims to increase overseas turnover by 60pc

Medical device maker sees fastest growth in US market

Mindray Medical International, one of the mainland's largest medical equipment makers, said it would boost overseas sales 60 per cent annually in the next few years, even as international concern grows over the quality of mainland-made products.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am