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A risky distraction

Study finds interrupting nurses while they are tending to patients’ medication needs increases the chances of error. Nurses could soon be seen walking the wards wearing “do not disturb” signs to cut down on the number of interruptions while trying ...

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The frontline of child protection

New standards have been developed to better prepare nurses and midwives on child protection, reports Annie May. A nurse for more than eight years, Kate* would struggle to put a number to the lives she has helped save or make ...

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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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Seeking a way forward

There is an urgent need to reduce the burden of mental illness in Australia’s indigenous communities, reports Annie May. Mental disorders are the second leading cause of disease burden among Australia’s indigenous people after cardiovascular disease. Yet indigenous people do ...

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Seclusion to inclusion

Isolating extremely unwell psychiatric patients remains a common practice despite being seen as a measure of last resort. Genevieve Costigan reports on a project that has seen it significantly reduced. A pilot project in an inner city Melbourne hospital has seen ...

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