Medication Management Musings – Practice Tips

Not only are Nurses expected to safely administer medication in the difficult circumstances like I described in my last Blog post, but we are required to do it alongside rapidly changing technology and pharmaceutical innovations. Technological changes are happening faster that we can keep up....

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

In all workplaces, Nurses are acutely aware of the importance of adhering to current guidelines for the prevention and control of infections. Did you know there are over 165,000 healthcare associated infections in Australian acute healthcare facilities every year? This makes healthcare associated...

Five-year outcomes for face transplant recipients

As Nurses, it is difficult to comprehend the need for a patient to have to undergo a partial or total face transplant.  Scientists have identified the long term outcomes for six face transplant recipients who had been followed for up to 5 years after surgery. The following information is provided...

Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels!

Nurses are well aware of the implications of the overuse of antibiotics.  You may be surprised to learn about this recent study which identified that  Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times.  It prompts you to think about how we...

Early Caffeine Use, Surgery and Preterm & Infant Outcomes!

The Paediatrics Research Review has published some interesting study outcomes in 2019 which will be of interest to those Nurses who work with neonates. "Early caffeine administration and neurodevelopmental outcomes in preterm infants Authors: Lodha A et al. Summary: This study examined the impact...

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

Nurses are very familiar with individuals who have Autism. As you know 'People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations -- found both in the brain and the gut -- could be the cause. The discovery confirms a...

Managing Self Harm Wounds

"Self-harm (SH) is the collective term for self-mutilation, self inflicted violence or self-injury behaviours. The act of SH is without conscious suicidal intent and is often followed by relaxation and relief. SH can be a coping mechanism, frequently born out of trauma, psychological illness,...

Painful Bladder Syndrome – Nursing Update

Painful bladder syndrome (PBS) is a severe and chronic pain syndrome affecting the bladder. It is also known as bladder pain syndrome or interstitial cystitis (IC). As PBS can be difficult to diagnose it is not known how many people are affected by the condition, but nine out of ten sufferers are...

Menopause – Alternatives to HRT Fact Sheet

Menopausal symptoms are essentially caused by the normal reduction in the levels of oestrogen produced by the body. They can include hot flushes, night sweats, pelvic floor issues, vaginal dryness, painful sex, urinary frequency, mood changes and libido changes. Most women who have symptoms will...

Burnout!

Burnout is not just having a bad day – it is work-related stress that may have a cumulative unwanted effect over time. Identifying the signs of burnout early is important – it can help you to put early reparative measures in place that may prevent burnout and its consequences. If you are feeling...

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