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Adventures in telephony

The transition from pagers to more modern devices is full of ups and downs.  Pagers are outdated and healthcare workers are turning to their own smartphones to communicate, opening up potential issues, industry experts say. Joanne Foster, lecturer in Queensland ...

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Image conscious

Organisation finds video offers more ways to connect than meet the eye.  Not-for-profit health and community care organisation Silver Chain is using Polycom video technology, together with tablets and a secure platform, to overcome distance. Nurses have access to media ...

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Quick, easy breaths

New asthma guide updates recommendations in concise format.  Primary care nurses, GPs and pharmacists now have access to new asthma management guidelines. The revised Australian Asthma Handbook was launched by minister for health Peter Dutton recently, who hopes the information ...

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Picking brains for mental health

Plan for online resources in mental health surveys practitioners.  An internet survey will help researchers evaluate how health professionals use online mental health resources. The survey is a part of the eMHPrac project, which is funded by the Australian Government ...

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She clicks because she cares

Nerdy Nurse blogger found a dream career in clinical informatics. She tells Dallas Bastian about selling her peers on the value of technology. A nerd at heart, Brittney Wilson is combining her love of technology and healthcare in her career ...

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A pain in the app

Developers are working on a way to assess the levels of distress for non-communicative patients using smartphones.  A new smartphone app developed by researchers at Curtin University could be the answer to detecting pain in dementia sufferers unable to communicate. ...

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Sharing isn’t always caring

Real-world examples can help workers understand when social media posts aren’t such a great idea.  Nurses are using social media in ever-growing numbers. So they need to be aware of behaviour and conduct that could breach their legal, professional and ...

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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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