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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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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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Ending the embarrassment

An award winning UK invention that brought women back out of hiding has now arrived in Australia. At 50 years young, Britain’s Carole Kendall felt, for the first time, free to enjoy life. However, this turned out to be fleeting ...

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Making surgery less scary for kids

Surgery can be traumatic for children – and their parents. Surgery can be traumatic for children – and their parents. But it doesn’t have to be, with research released on how hospitals and the perioperative team can minimise the anxiety ...

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Staff of the future?

Aged care could see its first robots within the next few years. The same robot technology that guides massive machines around Australian mine sites could be delivering cups of tea in aged-care homes within a decade, a robotics expert says. ...

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