Delegates from Hilton Hawaii rolled into Australia

first_imgDelegates from Hilton Hawaii rolled into Australia this week on their new sales mission, meeting with trade partners and media while in Sydney. Attending this year’s event was the Vice President and Commercial Director of Hilton’s Hawaii portfolio, Duke Ah Moo.Ah Moo said that the number of Australian visitors to Hawaii continue to track upwards, a trend that’s been the case for at least the past 10 years. Moo also mentioned that that Australians still remain one of the leading markets in terms of length of stay, with an average of nine nights.In Hawaii, Hilton-branded properties span four islands, Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai – the most luxurious of which is Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui. Set on 16 beachfront hectares, the resort boasts the world-class spa Grande, a US$30 million art collection, a labyrinth of pools, fine cuisine and a kids’ camp.The Napua Tower at Grand Wailea is a hotel-within-a-hotel concept and offers a higher level of luxury, with more centrally located rooms and elevated amenities for guests.On Oahu, at the premium end of the market, the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Ali’i Tower is another hotel-within-a-hotel concept, offering a dedicated check-in area, concierge, pool deck area, bar, restaurant and gym.“It’s a boutique hotel within the resort concept where you can escape from the masses. Rooms have upgraded amenities, upgraded coffee facilities. The Ali’i tower is a little bit special,” Ah Moo said.On the luxury front in Oahu, Ah Moo could not share details of any other Hilton-branded projects, instead saying, “We’re constantly trying to develop and bring new hotel concepts and brands and bring them to Hawaii.”Ko Olina on Oahu’s west coast has previously been flagged as a possible site for the Waldorf Astoria brand but Ah Moo said nothing has been confirmed.Last night an event was held for media at Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar featuring Grand Wailea’s Executive Chef, Ryan Ung, who was flown in to present 18 island-inspired dishes for guests.Lead image: At Hilton Sydney on Wednesday morning are Duke Ah Moo, Vice President and Commercial Director of Hilton’s Hawaii portfolio; Cynthia Rankin, Regional Director, Corporate Communications for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii; Chelsea Livit, Director of Public Relations at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Kainoa Horcaj, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador, Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.last_img read more

Researchers report challenges in reducing tetanus mortality

first_imgAug 31 2018The overall mortality in patients suffering non-neonatal tetanus is high. Efforts to reduce mortality in one sub-Saharan African intensive care unit (ICU) by implementing a standard tetanus protocol did little to change mortality rates, although they shifted causes of deaths, researchers have now reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyUltra-Processed foods delay satiety, increase food intake and weight gainCancer mortality at an all time low finds reportTetanus is a vaccine-preventable neglected disease that mostly occurs in regions where vaccination coverage is incomplete. The World Health Organization recommends treating tetanus with patient monitoring, antibody injections, sedation, pain relief, and general supportive care.In the new work, Jennifer Downs of Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, and colleagues looked at a tetanus patient care protocol implemented in the ICU of Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania in 2006. The stepwise protocol, which was modified in 2012, emphasized airway control, early administration of medications, and wound care. Patient care and outcomes were analyzed for tetanus patients in three groups—those admitted pre-protocol in 2001 to 2006, those in an Early group, admitted in 2006 to 2011, and a Late group admitted after the protocol was modified, in 2012 to 2016.The researchers saw a significant increase in utilized care between the Early and Late groups, with more mechanical ventilation, surgical wound care, and tracheostomies used in the Late group. Despite this increase in care, there was no significant change to overall mortality or 7-day mortality between the pre-protocol and post-protocol groups or Early and Late groups, with mortality rates ranging from 40.3% to 60.7% in all groups. There was, however, a decrease in deaths related to airway compromise and increase in deaths due to sepsis in the post-protocol groups.“Implementation of protocolized care in resource-limited settings is highly complex and requires in-depth monitoring and assessment of patients, staff, and procedures,” the researchers say. “We strongly call from an increase in vaccination coverage for at-risk men in sub-Saharan Africa… with the aim of eliminating this preventable, lethal disease,” they add. “This micrograph depicts a group of Clostridium tetani bacteria, responsible for causing tetanus in humans. Tetanus is an acute, often fatal, disease caused by an exotoxin produced by C. tetani. It is characterized by generalized rigidity and convulsive spasms of skeletal muscles, usually involving the jaw (lockjaw) and neck, then becoming generalized.” Credit: CDC Public Health Image Library (Public Domain, 1994)center_img Source:https://www.plos.orglast_img read more