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MRSA rates in the community a concern: study

Hospital infection rates of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are improving but with most cases now occurring in the community, a shift in focus is needed, a new study has found. The research team built on national data from previous studies ...

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Hospitals to trial sensor system to prevent falls

Health professionals will trial a new system that senses movements that increase a person’s risk of falling. The technology, called Ambient Intelligent Geriatric Management (AmbIGeM), then alerts health professionals of the risky behaviour. Led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan from the ...

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Pneumococcal disease: Give your most vulnerable patients a shot

Pneumococcal infections can cause serious diseases including bacteraemia, meningitis and pneumonia. Prevenar 13® (Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, 13-valent absorbed) is used regularly in infants as part of the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP),1 but it may not be common knowledge ...

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Freeman, Kennerley make no bones about fractures

Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman and television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley are urging politicians and their constituents to ‘Know Your Bones’ this World Osteoporosis Day. The ambassadors also staged a photo call with politicians at Parliament House, Canberra, following a bi-partisan ...

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Brushing up on aseptic technique in wound care

Health professionals hoping to learn more about aseptic technique in wound care now have access to a new consensus document by Wounds Australia. Chief executive Anne Buck said the publication will help clinicians provide evidence-based wound care and meet infection ...

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