first_imgThe National Office for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Report for 2016 has shown that the rate of suicide in Donegal is increasing slightly.Last year there were 399 deaths by suicide, 318 of which were men.Although this was a decrease from the 451 deaths in 2015, and the 486 deaths in 2014 – the figures for Donegal show a slight increase. Men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women, and in Donegal men were also more likely to self-harm.The highest suicide rate is among those aged 45-54. This trend is the case since 2010. In 2016, the self-harm rate remains 10% higher than the pre-recession rate in 2007.DonegalPieta House North West officially opens today, having helped over 100 people since its establishment in May. They have also announced longer opening hours. Currently they are open Monday-Friday, from 9am to 5pm, however from October 2nd the centre will be open until 9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.Moreover, Connecting for Life Donegal are hosting their second annual conference next week, which will specifically address the way in which men can be helped.The conference, next Friday, will include a speech from Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer HSE, and a presentation of research on engaging with young men in Donegal by Oona McCardell, NUI, Maynooth.AwarenessThe report also outlined the benefits of increasing suicide awareness.An evaluation of the #littlethings campaign found that after viewing the ads: 35% of respondents did something to look after their mental health, and 17% talked to a G.P. about how they were feeling.More than 6,500 individuals completed safeTALK training and 2,500 completed the ASIST training. Suicide prevention training continues to be part of the programme for trainee Gardaí in the Garda College, Templemore. By 2021 it is anticipated that one-third of the force will have completed safeTALK and ASIST training.If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in this article please do not hesitate to reach out to the following: • Contact your local GP. If it’s late in the evening or night-time, contact NowDOC at 1850 400 911• Go to the Emergency Department, Letterkenny General Hospital• Contact emergency services by calling 999 or 112• Call the Samaritans, the FREE 24-hour listening service, to talk to someone now about what’s on your mind. Call 116 123.• Contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247.Figures show slight increase in suicide rate in Donegal last year was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:connecting for life donegaldonegalPIeta HousestatisticsSUICIDElast_img read more

first_imgJul 9 2018Yet owing to its low cost and absence of adverse reactions and complications, the research group at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country recommends that these mouthwashes be usedA large number of bacteria are present in human mouths and may pass into the blood when procedures such as the removal of a tooth are carried out. Chlorhexidine mouthwashes have a powerful antimicrobial effect, but there are opposing positions on its use in these cases. The research by the UPV/EHU shows that its use would prevent 12% of cases of bacteremia.The human oral cavity is colonized by a huge variety of bacteria. When surgical procedures such as a tooth extraction are carried out, the bacteria can pass into the bloodstream causing bacteremia that is generally transient. What is not yet clear is how significant this presence of bacteria in the blood is in terms of the origin and evolution of infectious processes such as endocarditis of the heart valves, prosthetic valves, hip and knee joint replacements generally, and in local infection.Numerous studies have shown that a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine has a powerful antimicrobial effect on saliva microflora and bacterial plaque. “On the basis of this hypothesis we can assume that antimicrobial mouthwashes used before the dental procedure should reduce the number of micro-organisms that pass into the patient’s bloodstream, yet this is a hotly debated issue,” said the members of the UPV/EHU’s research group.In 1997 the American Heart Association (AHA) suggested that patients at risk of infectious endocarditis should use an antimicrobial mouthwash before a dental procedure. In 2006, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) recommended a single mouthwash with 0.2% chlorhexidine (CHX) (10 ml for 1 minute) before the carrying out of dental procedures associated with bacteremia in patients at risk. Yet in 2007 the AHA recommended against adopting any antiseptic prophylaxis protocol.Related StoriesStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustIn an effort to shed scientific light on this issue, the UPV/EHU research group comprising Iciar Arteagoitia, Carlos Rodriguez-Andrés and Eva Ramos decided to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of random controlled trials (RCT), following the PRISMA Statement. The aim was to assess the effectiveness of chlorhexidine in preventing bacteremia following a tooth extraction. The research was conducted in collaboration with the UPV/EHU’s Department of Epidemiology and was published in Plos One, the leading, open-access, global scientific journal which accepts rigorous, innovative papers on scientific research.In the study that included 8 clinical trials with 523 patients there were 267 in the group treated with chlorhexidine, in which 145 cases of bacteremia were recorded, and 256 in the control group, in which there were 156 cases of bacteremia. The results of the research therefore indicate that the percentage of cases of bacteremia that can be prevented if a population undergoes chlorhexidine-based prevention is 12%. The NNT, the number of patients that need to be treated to prevent bacteremia, is 16.The results point to the relative and not particularly significant effectiveness of the use of chlorhexidine when it comes to preventing the bacteria present in the mouth from passing into the bloodstream when dental extraction is carried out. “Yet, given its low cost and the absence of adverse reactions and complications, we would recommend a mouthwash with chlorhexidine before a procedure of this type is carried out,” concluded the UPV/EHU’s research group.Source: read more