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Therapeutic Guidelines updates for January 2019

Therapeutic Guidelines has released new eTG complete updates for January 2019, including the release of new Diabetes guidelines, as well as updated topics in the Ulcer and Wound Management guidelines. 

New Diabetes guidelines: The new Diabetes guidelines have information on hospital and community care, including the management of drug-induced hyperglycaemia, and a new comparative drug table designed to help with treatment selection in patients with type 2 diabetes. Suggested protocols for intravenous insulin infusions for patients undergoing a procedure or during labour are provided. Newer technology such as continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion pumps and interstitial fluid glucose monitors are discussed. For more information see the summary of changes.


BMJ Best Practice Updates

Content update notifications

BMJ Best Practice content is updated daily. To know which updates are the most relevant for your work, BMJ’s new Behavioural Driven Interactions notification will notify you when an Important Update has been made to a topic you have looked at in the last 6 months. This will give you the opportunity to quickly update your knowledge on important changes to a topic of interest to you.


New safety and quality standards have been released

The new National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards have been approved and come into effect from January 2019. This second edition of the national standards addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement, and reduces duplication.


Applications for the 5th intake of the CKN Clinical Champions program are now open

Most Queensland Health clinicians use CKN, but even the most frequent users will sometimes need help understanding CKN’s potential. We know that many people are barely scratching the surface. The CKN Clinical Champions Program is helping building awareness and capacity among clinical staff to make the best use of the information resources available to them. This is your chance to get involved.


The eTG Complete app is now available for CKN users

The much sought-after Therapeutic Guidelines app is now available for CKN users. You can now access the full collection of Therapeutic Guidelines and search for clear, concise, evidence-based recommendations for patient management all within the eTG complete app.


New-look LAM, coming 27 September 2018

Medication Services Queensland is enhancing the usability of the List of Approved Medicines (LAM), Queensland Health’s state-wide formulary. The new-look LAM will be available from 27 September 2018.


New resource: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Medicines Guide

It is not always possible to avoid taking medicines during pregnancy. Some women have conditions which need ongoing treatment, while others may develop or experience a new condition which may require medicine management. To help support clinical decision making CKN has now added one of the most highly requested resources in this field, the Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Medicines Guide (PBMG).


CKN now has access to more content through Clinical Key for Nursing

CKN has recently upgraded its ClinicalKey for Nursing subscription to give Queensland clinicians access to significantly more content, including 218 more books and four more journals, along with AMH Drug Monographs, Clinical Overviews, Procedures Consult and other helpful tools.


DynaMed Plus now includes the clinical practice KICA guideline for dementia amongst Indigenous Australians

The Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool has now been added as a guidelines in the CKN decision support tool, DynaMed Plus.

KICA was developed in response to the need for a cognitive screening tool for older Indigenous Australians (45 years plus) living in rural and remote areas. The needs of older adults with dementia are complex. An extra degree of complexity is added for remote or rurally located Indigenous people with dementia owing to their location and cultural context.


Updates to BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice has recently been updated to include drug content from Martindale, Micromedex and BNF for Children, and to integrate medical calculators from EBMcalc.