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Hospitals go under online microscope

The MyHospitals website will be online in December with information about public hospitals in all states and territories– including Western Australia. Patients will be able to jump online to compare the performance of hospitals via a website to be launched ...

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Preparing students for practice

New program aims to meet the needs of contemporary nursing. The University of Ballarat will introduce a master of nursing program to provide specialist training to graduates. The updated program will meet the needs of educating nurses for contemporary nursing ...

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New innovation reduces spread of disease

Developments in safety needles are an important infection control measure, writes Annie May. Each year in Australia at least 18,000 nurses and healthcare employees are injured by syringes and sharps. Each year in the US, more than 1000 healthcare workers ...

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Wellbeing thermometer to save lives

Preventing adverse outcomes in psychiatric patients could be a touch away. More than 600 lives could be saved a year under a new tool that “measures” mental health. With the aim of lowering rates of self-harm and suicide in mental ...

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iPads infiltrate hospitals

From January next year, Victorian nurses and doctors will be given iPads to use when treating patients in hospital. Victorian doctors and nurses could be equipped with iPads while undertaking their hospital rounds in future, if a trial of wireless ...

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Hospitals website launched

For the first time all Australians will soon be able to view data about their public hospitals. Health Minister Nicola Roxon has announced the MyHospitals website will start next month - but cannot give a date. And she conceded it ...

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Identifiers to improve delivery of healthcare

Patient safety and care is set to improve when nurses have access to electronic health records, according to the profession. From last month, every Australian was given an individual healthcare identification after the federal parliament passed legislation giving the scheme ...

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A matter of convenience

As time becomes increasingly precious, hospitals are going online to educate their staff, writes Annie May. Chest drains remain a common intervention for patients with cardiothoracic or respiratory problems. Management of the clinical risks associated with adverse outcomes is an ...

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