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Dear diary, I survived…

A diary kept by hospital staff, family and friends could help intensive-care patients prevent psychological complications. “Being admitted to ICU can be a time of significant psychological and physical stress for patients and their families,” said Bev Ewens, a PhD ...

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Meal breaks: On call but unpaid in brief

Three nurses from Wynnum Hospital, Brisbane, are the subject of a dispute over interrupted meal breaks. Currently before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, the matter was lodged on behalf of the nurses by the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU). “They get ...

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New drug to stop progression of eye disease

Researchers from Flinders University, in partnership with collaborators in Melbourne, believe they have developed a new drug that may stop or even reverse the progression of eye disease. Led by Professor Keryn Williams of Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and ...

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Antipsychotics best for quick ED sedation

Severely agitated emergency department patients are best sedated with a combination of antipsychotic drugs, a study has found. Droperidol or olanzapine in combination with midazolam is fast and effective in sedating aggressive patients and they are less likely to require ...

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Benign brain tumours may cause greater stress

A new study has revealed that patients with benign brain tumours can experience greater distress than those with malignant tumours before radiation therapy. Dr Maria Kangas, lead researcher, said that many people assume that a benign tumour would cause less ...

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Call to consolidate rare surgeries

Complex surgery for rare cancers should be consolidated into specialised units to improve survival rates, says the NSW peak cancer control agency. Data from the Cancer Institute NSW has demonstrated an association between hospitals conducting very small numbers of procedures ...

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Drip replacement ‘unnecessary’

The routine replacement of IV drips every three days in hospital wards is costly and clinically unnecessary, new data has found. Research published in The Lancet last month has the potential to save the Australian economy millions of dollars each year ...

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Use of ketamine questioned

A commonly used cancer drug may do more harm than good, researchers at Flinders University have found. The team in the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) discovered that the drug, which has been used for decades to treat cancer-related ...

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