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23
Apr

New Australian study: High-flow oxygen therapy improves outcomes in infant bronchiolitis

High-flow oxygen therapy given by nasal cannula to infants with bronchiolitis - a treatment that adds heat, humidity and extra pressure to the oxygen - can cut odds of treatment failure by nearly half compared to standard-flow therapy, according to a new Australian study, A Randomized Trial of High-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Infants with Bronchiolitisavailable in CINAHL Complete on CKN

22
Apr

Featured article: Challenging the colonisation of birth: Koori women’s birthing knowledge and practice

The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination for social and cultural development. This fundamental right has been impeded worldwide through colonisation where many Indigenous peoples have had to adapt to ensure continuation of cultural knowledge and practice. Whilst loss of knowledge has occurred, the teaching of past stories and reviving of culture as a political statement has been implemented to address the imposition of colonial practices.

20
Apr

The most important button in a hospital room and why patients need to press it

Going to hospital for any reason can be daunting. It’s not a place most people want to spend a lot of time, and patients certainly don’t want to stay for longer than expected. Clinical Nurse Sarah Schnaak from The Prince Charles Hospital spoke about how patients can stay well in hospital, and being April No Falls month, the button she wants every patient to press to help them do so.

20
Apr

"Why did I miss the diagnosis? I just didn’t think of it." How to improve diagnosis decision making.

How using differential diagnosis tools like CKN’s Isabel can help reduce diagnostic errors.

In a classic paper, Dr. Georges Bordage asked a very simple question: “Why did I miss the diagnosis?” The answer is equally simple. “I just didn’t think of it.” 

18
Apr

Eating barbecued, high sugar and processed foods could harm a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant – new Australian study shows

Infertility is a growing global phenomenon, thought to affect about one in six people in developed countries. It is well known that obesity can lead to ovulation difficulties, and impede the chances of falling pregnant. Now researchers at Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Research have found that having a diet high in sugary, processed and charred, blackened foods may also have a greater impact on fertility and pregnancy than previously thought.

18
Apr

The interstitium is important and could impact future cancer treatments, but is it really a new organ?

The human body is incredibly complicated, and it’s no surprise that we haven’t discovered every mechanism that makes it run smoothly. Researchers are constantly finding new means by which our bodies work.

17
Apr

The genetic causes of stuttering are being investigated in a landmark international study

We all have times when we do not speak smoothly. We may add "um" or "you know" to what we say. Or, we may say a sound or word more than once. These disfluencies are normal if they happen every once in a while. When it happens a lot, it may be stuttering.

28
Mar

Three ways nurses can enhance patient safety

Since professional nursing began in the late 1800s the mission to provide the highest quality of care, focused on patient health and safety, has remained the same. Queensland Health has a strong commitment to a safe and patient-centred health care system. Our nursing staff are a vital component in ensuring the delivery of that high quality health care. Here are three ways nurses and nurse leaders can enhance hospital patient safety to support this goal.

27
Mar

Empowering nurses - Tips for implementing shared governance

Shared Governance is a professional practice model that promotes nursing empowerment and shared decision making by making staff nurses accountable for decisions that impact policies, procedures, and processes at the point of care.

23
Mar

New Codes of conduct for Australian nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives came into effect 1 March 2018 for all nurses and midwives in Australia. The codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives in all practice settings.

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