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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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Out on a limb

As more nurses are exposed to peripherally inserted lines, Neville Hearse looks at ways to improve the management of vascular access devices. Over the last decade, nurses have been exposed to the increasing trend toward vascular access devices (VAD’s) for ...

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Health is in your hands

Sometimes the most important things are also the simplest. It is said that cleanliness is next to godliness, which is very much the case for health professionals. An estimated 12,000 blood stream infections associated with health care occur in Australia ...

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Breech babies

What is the best available evidence regarding the management of breech presentation? By Alexa McArthur RN RM MPHC Clinical bottom line Breech presentation occurs in 4 per cent of all singleton pregnancies, and as gestation increases, the proportion of breech ...

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The value of good nutrition

The importance of good nutrition in the healing of wounds is widely accepted, but still remains of low priority in health care. Dubbed a “hidden epidemic” by healthcare professionals, chronic wounds affect around 200,000 people in Australia at any one ...

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Sweet relief

Honey can help speed up healing in some burns. A cream commonly used to treat burns may actually delay healing, with some health professionals looking at more natural remedies. Increased understanding of the wound healing process means that there are ...

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