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23
May

Revolutionary new blood test looks at the ‘colour of pain’ to identify chronic pain in babies and dementia patients

One in five people in Australia suffer chronic pain. For medical professionals it can often be hard to identify exactly how much pain a patient is in, especially if they aren’t able to clearly communicate it. But in a world-first breakthrough this challenge could be a thing of the past with a test that can now identify the extent of pain, using the colour of biomarkers in the blood.

23
May

Women with gestational diabetes may be at greater risk for chronic kidney disease

Gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-stage kidney damage, a precursor to chronic kidney disease, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The findings of the study, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Renal Function: A ProspectiveStudy With 9- to 16-Year Follow-up After Pregnancy are reported in Diabetes Care, available on CKN.

23
May

Nurses and social media: Protecting your career and reputation

Only in the US - A tired nurse earlier this year, just off duty from her shift at a flu-ridden emergency department, posted a Facebook video urging people to take precautions to avoid influenza. She told the public, in bold terms, how to protect themselves from exposure to influenza and avoid making the ED a cesspool of funky flu. “Here are some ideas how to treat the flu at home — wash your stinking hands,” she said in the video. Ironically the video went viral, and has since been viewed more than 5 million times.

22
May

Clinician Profile – Anna Nolan, Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Navigator

Living with a complex chronic disease can leave patients feeling alone and bewildered as they try to find their way through the healthcare system. For a very individual “boutique” condition like Parkinson’s disease, a patient’s journey can be made even harder because each person is forging their own unique way. There are broad paths of similarity as the disease progresses, but patients can’t predict which symptoms they will get, and when they will get them. 

18
May

Overworked nurse workload linked to increased risk of patient safety incidents and deaths, according to a ground-breaking study from Finland

When nurses' workload exceed "optimal" levels, the chances of a patient safety incident increased by up to roughly 30% and the chances of patient mortality spiked by around 40%, according to a study published in BMJ available on CKN.

16
May

FACT: Pregnancy can be detected by injecting a woman’s urine into a frog or toad

FACT: Mice droppings can be used as an ingredient in smelling salts.
Well, I never.

FACT: If a pregnant woman is scared by a wild dog, her child may be born with excess hair.
Hmmm that actually explains a few things.

FACT: Blowing tobacco smoke into the anus of a semi-conscious person will revive them.
Ah, not sure I want to know about that one to be honest.

11
May

Nurses and midwives are the superheroes of health care

Each year the healthcare community celebrates International Nurses on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale`s birthday. The day provides people working in the nursing profession, as well as those who have been cared for by nurses, the opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful work that nurses and midwives do.

Here at CKN we think Queensland’s 77,000+ nurses and midwives are truly the superheroes of healthcare. 

3
May

Clinician Profile – Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown: Wide Bay’s evidence warrior

Evidence-based practice is in the DNA of the Clinical Knowledge Network. Embracing this approach – the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best available evidence to deliver improved patient outcomes – is critical for every clinician in the state.

Today we speak with one of the champions of evidence-based practice, Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown (FRACP, FRCPA, FRSM), District Director of Clinical Training in the Wide Bay HHS.

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.

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