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Breaking the cycle

New depression resource for healthcare workers. Talking about depression helps break the “fear factor” of seeing it as a weakness instead of an illness. People aren’t ashamed to talk about or seek help for diabetes or asthma, so why would ...

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Prevention from the start

What is the best available evidence regarding preoperative evaluation and preventive measures to control surgical site infection? Clinical bottom line Surgical site infection (SSI) is a serious complication of surgery and may be associated with increased length of hospital stay ...

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Keeping the slate clean

Preparing for another wave of H1N1 influenza is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of infection control, writes Judy Forest. As we move into flu season, those working within the residential care sector must be prepared for ...

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Healthcare workers to get their shot

Healthcare workers are more likely to become infected with influenza than members of the general population, yet vaccination rates among staff remains low. Annie May reports. Experts are calling for a mandatory signed declaration for all staff refusing the flu ...

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Keeping a close watch essential

What is the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of examining the umbilicus of an infant? Clinical bottom line The umbilicus represents a significant portal of infection into the body of an infant, especially within the healing period of the ...

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A preventative policy is in chronic need

Experts call for the government to fund a preventative approach to wound management. A preventative approach to wound management would reduce the massive cost burden on the Australian healthcare system. But first, money has to be spent. This is according ...

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Treating a hidden issue

The often hidden issue of incontinence can be treated, improved and often cured, writes Anne Ramus. A much-quoted statistic is “one in three women who ever had a baby wet themselves”. When it comes to bladder or bowel control problems, ...

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Unwrapping a big issue

Ann Rudowski outlines some simple strategies to reduce skin tears. Skin tears have in the past received little attention with the apparent view that they are necessarily a consequence of ageing; clearly this is not the case. While ageing is ...

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Pain not only skin deep

When managing malignant wounds a holistic approach is needed, reports Annie May. The physical pain can be indescribable. The emotional pain even worse. Malignant wounds are a devastating complication of cancer that usually signifies advanced and incurable disease with limited ...

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A cleansing solution

With so many wound care products available it’s important for health professionals to keep informed. Here, Gary Bain evaluates Prontosan on problematic leg ulcers. The Sydney Adventist Hospital’s Wound Clinic treats over 500 outpatients each year. The majority of these ...

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