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An electric solution to shocking errors

Supporters of EMM systems promise safer, more efficient handling of medications.  It won’t surprise anyone who has had to take regular prescribed medication that errors in this task are the second most common type of medical incident reported in hospitals. ...

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A buzz in time

Alert system promises to cut workload for nurses whilst improving patient safety.  A program designed to allow nurses to communicate with patients more efficiently could be implemented in hospitals this year. When the computer program, called patient focused care, completes ...

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Bits, bytes, beds and wi-fi

Digital hospital promises benefits in efficiency, safety and care.  Plans are under way for the first fully integrated digital hospital. UnitingCare Health will expand the St Stephen’s day hospital at Hervey Bay, which will house 96 beds. It will be ...

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The benefits of going paperless

Australians present electronic medication management study to the world.  Australian researchers presented their findings on electronic medication management systems at the International Society for Quality in Health Care’s (ISQua) 30th International Conference in Edinburgh in October. The conference features delegates ...

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Skill up, any time

Nurses for Nurses webinars provide round-the-clock access to materials for professional development.  Since June 2010, nurses in Australia have been required to meet the refined legislated requirements set out in a national registration and accreditation scheme. Nurses for Nurses Network ...

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Think before you tweet

Social media makes guarding privacy critical for patients and you.  Patient privacy is essential in healthcare. However, we are seeing increasing breaches on social media. From status updates containing patient information to photos of patients, x-rays or wounds, private data ...

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Curtin joins virtual classroom movement

Video-conferencing is part of new model aimed at increasing remote students’ access.  Nursing students in the Pilbara region now have the opportunity to attend classes through high-end video technology in a first for Curtin University. Students who once could participate ...

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New online OCD treatment previewed

Researchers from Curtin University in Perth are developing an online program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) thanks to a $460,000 grant from the Department of Health and Ageing. Called OCD? Not Me! the program is aimed at young people aged 12 ...

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New iPhone device could help prevent strokes

A special iPhone case and app has been developed that can quickly and cheaply detect heart rhythm problems and prevent strokes. That’s according to University of Sydney research presented to the recent Australia and New Zealand Cardiac Society conference on ...

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