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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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Implant boost for diabetes patients

A new treatment provides the benefits of gastric bypass surgery without the associated surgical risks, trial shows. Surgeons at a British hospital have pioneered a new treatment that could remove the need for medication to treat type 2 diabetes while ...

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From rehab to Wiihab

Computer games in aged care have a more important role than merely recreational, writes Linda Belardi. Use of the Nintendo Wii as a therapeutic tool in aged care facilities can have positive effects on the physical and psychological symptoms of ...

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Electronic underpants skin friendly

New technology is making the lives of incontinence sufferers and carers easier. The effective and discreet management of continence is an important issue for many residents of aged care homes. Incontinence impacts on an individual’s health, independence and dignity with ...

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New evidence improves care

Blood glucose levels need to be more stringently controlled Blood glucose levels should be more stringently controlled and patient education should be accessible and delivered by a multidisciplinary team, according to new type 2 diabetes treatment guidelines. Rural and remote ...

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A little care goes a long way

Improving the quality of life for residents with catheters. By Andrea Lord. Mr Brown is a frail elderly 87 year old man, residing in your facility. He has a catheter in place to drain his bladder, because his enlarged prostate ...

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Taking a moment save lives

A new safety checklist similar to those used by pilots promises to cut surgery rates and complications in Australia’s operating theatres. Every operation performed at every hospital involves some risk. This is a fact of life. However many complications are ...

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