first_imgThe need for the funding of Buncrana Leisure Centre will be raised once again today at the monthly sitting of Donegal County Council.Cllr Jack Murray has confirmed that he will be raising the need for the development of leisure centre facilities in Donegal. The call for a swimming pool in his constituency of Inishowen is expected to be a top priority.Speaking in advance of the meeting, Cllr Murray said; “For far, far too long, the people of Inishowen have been without a leisure centre in the peninsula. “A generation is growing up without learning to swim. We are deprived of a vital community facility and patience has long worn out.“During my term as Mayor of Inishowen, I organised a meeting of all nine Inishowen county councillors and the leisure centre committee, where it was agreed – on a cross-party basis – that we would support the necessary funding being made up by the council.“Similarly, I proposed in Lifford that this funding be released. This was also unanimously supported.“Despite these positive agreements at a political level though, the wait has continued. “So, I will move a motion at our council meeting, once again seek support from my council colleagues, demand that all obstacles are overcome and a funding package agreed.“The 40,000 people of Inishowen deserve, and are entitled to; a leisure centre facility like those in other parts of Ireland would take for granted.”Funding for Buncrana Leisure to be discussed in council was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranaCllr Jack Murraycouncilswimming poollast_img read more

first_imgMitchell Smith won the English super-featherweight title with a commanding points victory against the previously unbeaten Peter Cope at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The 21-year-old prospect from Harrow Weald largely dominated the 10-round bout with his hand speed to extend his unblemished professional record to 9-0.He floored Cope in the sixth round – just as the Hartlepool man was having his best spell of the fight.Cope landed with body shots and a straight left to the head before being tagged by a left to the temple which disorientated him and meant a follow-up right was enough to send him to the canvas.To his credit, Cope battled on, had some moments of success and absorbed a number of powerful shots from the former ABA champion.After being caught by a left uppercut in round nine, Smith responded with a thunderous right and underlined his class by continuing to pick Cope off with crisp shots.Smith was a clear winner on all three scorecards, with the judges scoring it 99-90, 100-89 and 100-90 in his favour.Earlier in the evening, Wembley’s Gary Corcoran maintained his unbeaten record with a third-round stoppage of Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson.See also:Corcoran maintains his unbeaten record Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img9 May 2011Two of South Africa’s top road cycling professionals, Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of Team Bonitas, made an impressive entry into the mountain bike racing category when they won six stages and the overall title at the 2011 Fairbairn Capital Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike stage race, which ended on Saturday.The nine-day, 910 kilometre race, which started just south of Johannesburg and finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in Scottburgh, was the first mountain bike race for Team RE:CM, the sister outfit to Team Bonitas, both owned by South African cycling legend, Malcolm Lange.Woolcock and MacDonald, both experienced road cycling stage race specialists, went into the event as underdogs and an unknown factor. But they didn’t waste any time showing their potential when they won the first racing stage on day two and in the process claimed the overall lead.Lost the leadBut two days later they lost their lead to FedGroup Berg & Bush’s pair of Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill, who won the 125km fourth stage, putting just over a minute into Team RE:CM.Stewart, one of South Africa’s most experienced mountain bike stage racers and Lill, the current South African road champion, appeared to be in control and spent the next few days defending their lead and forcing Woolcock and MacDonald to be the aggressors.For newcomers to mountain bike stage racing, Team RE:CM certainly rode with a combination of determination and maturity, attacking the race leaders at every opportunity and out-sprinting them consistently to collect a string of stage wins.ResignedOn Thursday, after having won their fifth stage out of a possible six and with just two days remaining, Woolcock and MacDonald were all but resigned to the fact that any chance of overall victory was extremely slim. But on Friday’s penultimate stage they discovered one of mountain bike racing’s ubiquitous companions, Lady Luck.After having been dropped by Stewart and Lill early on the 99 kilometre stage through the Umkomaas Valley, Woolcock and MacDonald passed the FedGroup Berg & Bush pair just before halfway after they’d been halted by a cut tyre.The tyre continued to be problem once they got going again and ultimately cost Stewart and Lill over 25 minutes and the possibility of overall victory as the Team RE:CM pair powered away to win their sixth stage and opened up a substantial overall lead with one stage remaining.Victory processionThe final 85 kilometre stage, which finished on the beach in Scottburgh, was as close to a victory procession as one can get for the Team RE:CM pair, who finished in the front pack and watched Lill and Stewart claim a consolation stage win and secure second place overall.“We decided at the start to race conservatively, both from an energy expenditure perspective and a racing strategy perspective and it paid off,” smiled Woolcock, whose longest mountain bike race previously was the 100 kilometre Crater Cruise, largely a dirt-road race.“Even our equipment was on the conservative side. We chose more robust tyres, which were maybe half a kilogram heavier in total than those of some of our rivals, but we never had one puncture. And in the end, the final race result was decided by a tyre problem.‘A bit unexpected’“Winning the race was a bit unexpected,” admitted MacDonald. “But we certainly showed with all the stage wins that we were worthy contenders for a final podium place.“It’s not ideal for Brandon and Darren to have lost the race the way they did and I do feel sorry for them. But as I’ve come to learn quite quickly, that’s one of the things that define a mountain bike race – nothing is certain until the very end.”Team owner Malcolm Lange was understandably thrilled at Team RE:CM’s success. “I’m very chuffed,” he smiled.“I’ve been racing alongside Neil for many years on the road and he was always so effective over cobbled roads in Europe, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s taken so well to mountain bike racing. For Waylon it was obviously a whole new experience, but he really adapted quickly.“I’m very proud of what they achieved. A dream start for Team RE:CM!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgMeet the Skyscrapers, a Cape Town trio of pre-teen musicians taking South Africa by storm with their catchy pop music.The Skyscrapers are an up-and-coming band from Cape Town that write their own music and play their own instruments. (Image: Bandcamp)CD AndersonFormed two years ago, the Skyscrapers is a gifted band that make catchy but intelligent pop music with touches of jazz and African rhythms. The group comprises vocalist Mila Smith, aged 12, drummer Dan Buchalter and keyboard player Leo Letschert, who are both 11.Based in Cape Town, the band released their first seven-song album in September 2016 on the music purchasing website Bandcamp, to modest but increasing success. Popular songs on the album include original songs Confusion and Megaphone, as well as a knockout version of the jazz standard Summertime, made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and Janis Joplin.Listen to Summertime and purchase the Skyscrapers’ début album on Bandcamp here:<ahref=””>Possibility by Skyscrapers</a>The song highlights the incredible vocal skills of Mila, ably backed by Dan and Leo. Mila has been singing and writing songs since she was seven and is also a burgeoning musical theatre performer. The boys in the band are both currently studying classical and jazz music theory.As the Skyscrapers, the band, with back-up support from friends and family members who are all involved in the Cape Town music scene, perform regularly at local festivals and outdoor markets around the city.The Skyscrapers’ song Megaphone was used as the theme song for a DStv kids pop-up channel in December 2016. Watch the video below:  Georgia Black, the band’s manager and Leo’s mother, makes sure the band keeps grounded in the often tumultuous culture of the music business. Speaking to the Superbalist website about the band, Black, who is also a full time music promoter in her own right, said “I make sure they’re not spoilt. What they earn must go towards [keeping the band going]. It’s come relatively easily to them and it’s important that they understand that they still need to work for it.”In between doing normal things kids do, like school and sport, the band manages to rehearse twice a week, jamming new ideas into workable songs and developing their performance skills.Musician Nathan Woodman, who has worked with South African artists such as Jeremy Loops and Good Luck, is part of the band’s support team, and vocal coach Sadé Ross. Part of their role in nurturing the band is keeping their love of music fresh and varied, introducing the kids to a wide scope of different styles of music: “We try and show them [music] that sounds cool, [but also to] bring it back to where it came from,” Woodman told Superbalist. Ross focuses on developing Mila’s voice, while also trying to maintain its uniqueness as it changes with age, saying “people often discard the natural voice and adopt [a] pop star’s habits. They try emulating others. But I’ve made Mila aware that there’s no longevity in that.”Despite the support, the sound and the success of the band comes down the three performers themselves, who, unlike most pop music performers their age, write their own music and play real instruments.The Skyscrapers are an up-and-coming band from Cape Town that write their own music and play their own instruments. (Image: Bandcamp)Mila writes the lyrics, while the composition of songs is a team effort. Usually Mila and Leo will create the melody together, with Dan adding the song’s backbone with drums. The whole team, including manager, producers and coaches, polish up the final song that fans will eventually hear on the album.Ultimately, the Skyscrapers want to create good music, music that is both catchy and that will endure. As the Superbalist website aptly concludes, “the Skyscrapers have towering talent and multiple stories to tell, so you’d better look up, because they may be small now but are surely destined for big things.”Watch the music video for the Skyscrapers’ song Confusion below:  Brand South Africa reporterSource: The Superbalist Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch has tagged 13 companies against the ropes. But this week we’re trying something new, taking a close look at technologies on their way out. First up, the QR Code, a concept that was always more flash than bang. The BasicsIn 1994, Denso Corporation created the Quick Response (QR) Code, a 2-dimensional square barcode. It was more easily readable than traditional Universal Product Code (UPC) barcodes, was capable of storing a great deal more information, and its design was durable enough to be read through severe damage to a tag.For 15 years, the QR code lived a quiet life in factories and warehouses, but when camera-loaded, apps-enabled smartphones burst on the scene, advertisers saw an opportunity. Businesses began embedding URLs in QR codes (and other 2-dimensional tags) so users could simply snap a picture of a tag and visit a website without having to type in the address. Clever marketers exploited the QR Code’s extended data storage, filling extra space with custom colored images and text. Microsoft even launched a competing product, which is usually a sign that a technology has arrived.The Problems Missing Data Used properly, QR codes make it very easy to segment customers and campaigns. For example, a real estate agent might use different QR Codes in her print campaigns and yard signs, so clicks on different tags would show her which medium is driving interest. Unfortunately, since QR Codes usually launch a Web browser, the agent won’t get access to the most critical piece of information – the prospect’s phone number.This is a shame, since by definition, everyone who snaps a QR Code is holding a live, connected cell phone and interested enough to engage. A simple, low-tech “Text this code to this number for more information” message would be accessible to a far greater number of prospects and create a workable lead with valid contact info.To be fair, a QR code can also be configured to send a text message on scan, but manual text messaging has several advantages. Many users find auto-launch texting jarring and intrusive, and only a subset of phone users have compatible handsets. Better Technologies: Perhaps the flashiest replacement for QR Codes is Augmented Reality (AR), which overlays artificial reality on a backdrop of the real world. As I have pointed out, AR holds more promise than QR codes because it can provide immersive environments in a current context, takes up no space in print media and can be applied retroactively to existing assets.Near Field Communications (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) are two very different but functionally similar technologies with strong futures. Unlike QR Codes, NFC and RFID do not require line-of-sight, and they have massive industry backing. RFID chips are already showing up in everything from US passports to tennis shoes, and the list of NFC-enabled cell phones continues to grow.The Retro Voice Option: Led by the iPhone’s Siri, faster processors are putting a new twist on the old pastime of talking into your phone. Speaking the name of a company or person into your phone is a lot easier than typing in a URL. Plus, a voice-activated search can provide lots more information than a directed click of a link or tag.The PrognosisSo, if not all users have smartphones, not all smartphones can process QR codes and not all users of capable smartphones bother to scan the codes, what do QR codes really bring to the party?Over the next few years, marketers will begin to target QR codes more effectively, but without simpler client tools and much better awareness, it’s likely that texting, speech-based searches and alternative scanning technologies will win out. It won’t be long until QR Codes return to their industrial roots where their comparatively low cost make them more appealing than RFID chips.Can This Technology Be Saved?Probably not. It isn’t worth the effort. Without a major corporate backer, who has a real stake in the survival of the standard in commercial advertising?Company Deathwatch HistoryFor an update on our baker’s dozen of company Deathwatches, check out ReadWriteWeb DeathWath Update: The Unlucky 13.Puzzle image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#advertising#Deathwatch#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair cormac foster User Error: For most users, scanning QR codes isn’t all that easy. Many smartphones still require users to download a custom code reading app. The odds that the average user will do so when presented with a code to scan are pretty minimal. The chances the same user will go back home and download the app later? Even for users with an integrated QR code reader, the process still isn’t sufficiently automated. On my Android phone, the process involves five steps, the fourth of which is completely unintuitive.Open the Camera app.Take a picture of the code.Open the picture.Click “Share”Click “Decode QR Code”Code processing will be easy enough for mass consumption the day every phone’s camera auto-senses a code and prompts the user to autoload a link, and not a moment before.Programming Error: Like most technologies looking for a reason to exist, QR codes are completely misunderstood by marketers trying to shoehorn the “next big thing” into places it shouldn’t go. I’ve seen QR codes on roadside billboards (dangerous), athletes’ butts (tricky and awkward), and – my favorite – in email signatures or on Web pages in which the user could just click on a text link. For every sensible use of a QR code (for example, subway advertisements or bus shelters), there’s a really dumb one that just makes marketers look silly.last_img read more

first_imgMonetization, it’s a funny word– filled with a lot of meaning and adopted as a jargon term of late, especially when applied to the tech world. This is particularly true for the Internet of Things (IoT) and, jargon or not, it won’t become a reality unless innovators find ways to make money with it. Most IoT initiatives are new ideas. The very concept is immature. If asked, different people will likely provide you a different definition of what the IoT is – from fitness trackers, to smartphone interactions at your favorite store, to industrial process monitoring. It’s a lot, and it can make us a little more susceptible to chasing hype. It’s understandable, but folks making IoT devices, systems, and applications must look past the nifty things and focus on the pieces that can practically revolutionize how we interact with the world; things like industrial production and supply chain management.That just leaves the question, “How does one make money in this new world of smart, connected devices?”Let’s take a look at some realities of the IoT landscape and see what each means for those looking to capitalize on the potential. It’s a new world for us all, sortaThe common theme for the different facets of IoT is the addition of smart, connected devices. This doesn’t mean the additions are limited to the most novel of new product ideas. There’s a lot of success to be found in adapting existing products for the IoT. This is especially an advantage with proven product lines perfected over years of use. Here, the customer base and their market problems are well understood. Sales channels both exist and are probably pointed in the right direction. The foundation is already present; it’s just a matter of adding the right IoT functionality. As an example, Schindler Elevator found great value in simply adding connected sensors to their elevators. The Schindler Digital program provides real-time data for field maintenance teams reducing repair costs and downtime. As an added benefit, it gives customers visibility to the status of their elevators. This was all accomplished without altering strategies like target customer or sales channel.  (Reference: )In a nutshell:  Existing product lines have existing customers and sales channels. Don’t overlook using a smart-connected approach to make something good, better. One word of caution: make sure the new add-on or refresh doesn’t alter the product or service so much that you must completely overhaul sales channels, support staffs, and infrastructure unless you are ready for these changes. That brings us to our next point…New worlds can bring new challenges (and opportunities)Fresh product scopes and game-changing new ideas often bring associated tasks, services, and add-ons that were not relevant or needed before. It can be daunting as these require new worker skills and infrastructure pieces to succeed. However, this transition also presents a great opportunity to take in new customers and generate new revenue streams from existing customers. These new opportunities might include:Installation and/or commissioning servicesSystem integration consultingMaintenance contracts – physical assets and software systems Monitoring servicesService or data subscriptionsAutomated secondary services Most end customers don’t want to deal with the challenges of these new necessities but will find value in the insight and new functionality that connected products provide. They’re happy to pay product manufacturers to fulfill their needs from start to finish. Vendors can provide their customer additional items of real value by providing more than just the physical product.For example, adding a wireless supply-chain monitoring system to a manufacturing facility provides the opportunity to sell the product along with installation and/or commissioning plus ongoing system maintenance services.  This can be in addition to a subscription model for access to the data, or advanced amenities such as offering the automated delivery of key supplies before they run out. In a nutshell:  Don’t overlook the need for new infrastructure to execute your plan as a product vendor. Missing pieces can kill an otherwise great product or, when filled, enable revenue. These new pieces can be something you either DIY or you partner up to provide. Jonathan Heath, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Synapse WirelessIt takes a village… of many different platforms to develop applicationsIoT adoption has been slower than many initially thought. One cause is the number of new elements that product makers have to add to their systems to create truly useful, end-to-end products. It’s not easy, and it’s dealing with things they’ve had little experience doing before – cloud apps, data aggregation schemes, remote device management, and graphical interfaces. IoT applications are complex enough that few can, or should, endeavor to create everything – from the thing to the cloud. Many developers are avoiding these challenges by using an ecosystem of partnerships that leverages expertise in specific pieces of the IoT value chain.For example, a leader in rodent control recently released an automated, wireless system. During development, they realized their expertise did not lie in understanding the complexities involved in an entire solution ; instead, they utilized tools and solutions from 3rd party vendors. The SNAP® Things Platform by Synapse was used as a means to network and program custom edge functionality while the Exosite Cloud Platform formed the tools for data aggregation, background admin, and user interfaces. If you’d like to learn more about this application, you can do so here: ( a nutshell:  Don’t get stuck trying to do what someone else might already do much better. Focus on what makes your offering unique and differentiated. This gets you to market faster and allows you to evolve quicker. You have the joint innovation of all your partners – keenly focused on their core competencies.Dream on! (But look for true value)It’s ok to dream big with new technologies. That’s how we’ve gotten revolutionary jumps in innovation. (Cheers to you Philo Farnsworth, and not just for the hair.) New tech gives the ability to do wild and crazy things once unimaginable. Many choose to jump at creating something truly unique in an attempt to make the next iPod or Nest thermostat. However, for each of these successful innovations there are hundreds, if not thousands, that fail. In many cases, the idea rocked – I’m looking at you, Apple Newton.  Successful products don’t have to be the glitziest, they just have to solve a customer’s real problems. When we start talking about the IoT, it usually comes down to the power of the data. But, what data? Just because you can monitor something doesn’t mean you should, or that monitoring it constantly is best. You have to look for what provides valuable data for your customers. Let’s quickly look at ways solutions can provide real value beyond the most common goals of reducing costs, enabling a new task or lowering energy consumption:Reduce RiskSafety costs: IoT devices can provide a lot of help in not only collecting data about usage and movement of people, but wireless systems can actively participate in preventing dangerous situations.Reduce downtime of key equipment: Ensure the right people know when a problem occurs, or when it might occur, and then assist in making the repair process go smoothly (diagnostics, automated parts replenishment, etc.).Adherence to governmental or industry regulations: New policies and standards are pushing technology into new markets. IoT devices can form practical, cost saving means of adhering to regulations. New Revenue StreamsMonitoring services: Either those that make the product or those that sell the product can offer services to provide context and actions.Maintenance and Network management services: Offer services to watch over the network and fix issues as they occur or provide peace of mind that equipment will always be in working orderAdd-on products and accessories: Even without direct integration, companies can offer additional solutions to start monitoring existing, deployed products.   Build partner ecosystemJust like Voltron, combining powers can lead to awesomeness. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Utilizing the data to expand existing business modelsFor you as the product maker:Know thine customer! It gives a great advantage to know how to access markets and how to provide impactful marketing.The data can give insight into developing the next generation along with accessory/complementary products and services. ReadWrite Sponsors The offerings of two companies can be united to create one valuable offering in the eyes of the customer. Example — Smart Cities: As streetlights and infrastructure pieces are installed, other vendors will be able to add their point-solutions to the mix. However, it goes without saying (even if its printed here), the key to success is both parties receiving a portion of the earnings or the final combo boosting each other’s sales accordingly. Sticky products and brand loyaltyYou can deepen a customer relationship by adding the ability to access or control unconnected things customers deal with every day.Provide a compelling reason to use your standard product more frequently.Example: Selling an equipment monitoring device and service when you own the repair company (this can be a big scale too). Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Synapse How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… For partners:3rd party partners might find a different use for the data you collect. Follow the Puck In a nutshell:  Just ‘cause you can, doesn’t mean you should. Take care to implement the things that bring real value to you and the customer. And don’t just think about monitoring things; the value might be in what that data allows you to control (for example, feedback from one sensor to shut down another machine). Bottom line, the initiative (product and/or service) doesn’t have to be revolutionary to make a big difference and thus make money.What about security?While it might initially seem like it doesn’t mesh with the other topics we’ve discussed, security is one very big reason the IoT has not been as quickly adopted as first expected. Even large corporations are trying to figure out what connecting their “things” to the internet can mean with regards to exposing both data and their devices to malicious intent.  IoT solution providers cannot ignore this. Products and services must have a great security story if they are going to be successful, and this story must be baked-in, not just an afterthought. It can be used as a selling point as customers are using this more and more as an upfront decision maker. In a nutshell: Do not forget to factor security as an integrated piece of an offering as this can really impact adoption rates. Use a strong story as a selling point, but ignore it and risk getting passed over.The IoT has certainly added complexity to the process of creating useful and successful solutions in a newly forming marketspace. But, the new capabilities it provides have excited the innovation imagination of product makers. Through some helpful collaboration and a focus on providing valuable things, there will be a number of revolutionary changes to how we interact with the day-to-day world around us.The author Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Synapse Wireless. He has over 15 years’ experience in the design and production of networking equipment, with the last seven being concentrated solely on the Internet of Things. Starting out as a hardware and software design engineer for the telecom industry, Jonathan joined Synapse Wireless in 2008 and contributed to the development of the first generation of what would later become the SNAP IoT platform for Things.  Currently, he serves as a Senior Product Marketing Manager, driving customer innovation by communicating the value of the SNAP Things Platform to the market and shaping its direction moving forward. Jonathan is the inventor of a patented networking software related to traffic prioritization and graduated first in his class from Mississippi State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Don’t overlook controlling things, tooIoT is not just about data collection. There can be a lot of value in having IoT devices take actions as well. This can happen in node-to-node, GW-to-node or Cloud-to-node.  The concept of distributed intelligence in action. Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

first_imgDefinitionAn ileostomy is an opening in your belly wall that is made during surgery.An ileostomy is used to move waste out of the body when the colon or rectum is not working properly.The word “ileostomy” comes from the words “ileum” and “stoma.” Your ileum is the lowest part of your small intestine. “Stoma” means “opening.” Your ileum will pass through a stoma after your surgery.Alternative NamesEnterostomyDescriptionBefore you have surgery to create an ileostomy, you may have surgery to remove all of your colon and rectum, or just part of your small intestine.These surgeries include:Small bowel resectionTotal abdominal colectomyTotal proctolectomy with ileostomyAn ileostomy may be used for a short or long time.When your ileostomy is short-term, it usually means all of your large intestine was removed but you still have at least part of your rectum. f you have surgery on part of your large intestine, your doctor may want the rest of your intestine to rest for a while. You will use the ileostomy while you recover from this surgery. When you do not need it anymore, you will have another surgery to reattach the ends of the small intestine, and you will no longer need the ileostomy.You will need to use it long-term ifall of your large intestine and rectum have been removed.To create the ileostomy, the surgeon makes a small surgical cut in the wall of your belly. Part of your small intestine that is farthest from your stomach is brought up and used to make an opening, called a stoma. When you look at your stoma, you are actually looking at the lining of your intestine. It looks a lot like the inside of your cheek.advertisementSometimes, an ileostomy is done as the first step in forming an ileal anal reservoir (called a J-pouch).Why the Procedure Is PerformedIleostomy is done when problems with your large intestine cannot be treated without surgery.Many different problems may lead to the need for this surgery. Some are:Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease), the most common reasonColon or rectal cancerA condition called familial polyposisBirth defects that involve your intestinesAn accident that damages your intestines or another intestinal emergencyRisksTalk with your doctor about these possible risks and complications.Risks for any surgery are:Wound infectionBlood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsHeart attack or strokeRisks for this surgery are:Bleeding inside your bellyDamage to nearby organsDehydration (not having enough fluid in your body) if there is a lot of watery drainage from your ileostomyDifficulty absorbing needed nutrients from foodInfection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, or bellyPoor healing of the wound in your perineum (if your rectum was removed)Scar tissue in your belly that causes a blockage in your intestinesWound breaks openBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.Before your surgery, talk with your doctor or nurse about the following things:Intimacy and sexualityPregnancySportsWorkDuring the 2 weeks before your surgery:Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naprosyn (Aleve, Naproxen), and others.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.Eat high fiber foods and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.The day before your surgery:Eat a light breakfast and lunch.You may be asked to drink only clear liquids such as broth, clear juice, and water after noon.Do NOT drink anything after midnight, including water. Sometimes you will not be able to drink anything for up to 12 hours before surgery.Your doctor or nurse may ask you to use enemas or laxatives to clear out your intestines. They will give you instructions.On the day of your surgery:Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will be in the hospital for 3 to 7 days. You may have to stay longer if your ileostomy was an emergency operation.You may be able to suck on ice chips on the same day as your surgery to ease your thirst. By the next day, you will probably be allowed to drink clear liquids. Your doctor or nurse will slowly add thicker fluids and then soft foods as your bowels begin to work again. You may be eating again 2 days after your surgery.advertisementOutlook (Prognosis)Most people who have an ileostomy are able to do most of the activities they were doing before their surgery. This includes most sports, travel, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and most types of work.If you have a chronic condition, such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis, you may need ongoing medical treatment.ReferencesCima RR, Pemberton JH. Ileostomy, colostomy, and pouches. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 113.Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Ross HM, Rombeau J. Colon and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 52.Review Date:12/10/2012Reviewed By:George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell launched a ‘Back to School/ Road Safety’ initiative on the first day of school, Monday, September 4, 2017.    Minister Campbell visited Gerald Cash and Garvin Tynes Primary schools where he interacted with students and parents, and encouraged parents to safely navigate the streets both as motorists and pedestrians.Pictured: Principal of Garvin Tynes Primary School, Mrs. Carolyn Wright-Mitchell; Minister Campbell; and Member of Parliament for Tall Pines, Mr. Don Saunders.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img