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Issue 39 - 29 November 2013

Articles - Wound Care

1. Skin and wound care programs.
By Krasner, Diane L. Long-Term Living: For the Continuing Care Professional. Jun/Jul2013, Vol. 62 Issue 5, p10-12. 2p
: The article focuses on skin and wound care programs in long-term care (LTC). It cites the need to train nurse aides (NAs) and practical nurses (PNs) in skin and wound care annually. LTC facilities are advised to have annual documentation of skin and wound assessment and care. The questions that should be asked by facilities to their local education programs are outlined. It also notes the opportunity for LTC facilities to impact NA and PN education programs..

2. Relationships between preventive activities, psychosocial factors and recurrence of venous leg ulcers: a prospective study.
By Finlayson, Kathleen; Edwards, Helen; Courtney, Mary. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Oct 2011, Vol. 67 Issue 10, p2180-2190. 11p
: The aim of this study was to identify relationships between preventive activities, psychosocial factors and leg ulcer recurrence in patients with chronic venous leg ulcers.
Background. Chronic venous leg ulcers are slow to heal and frequently recur, resulting in years of suffering and intensive use of healthcare resources.
Methods. A prospective longitudinal study was undertaken with a sample of 80 patients with a venous leg ulcer recruited when their ulcer healed.

3. Skin injuries caused by medical adhesive tape in older people and associated factors.
By Konya, Chizuko; Sanada, Hiromi; Sugama, Junko; Okuwa, Mayumi; Kamatani, Yuki; Nakagami, Gojiro; Sakaki, Kozue. Journal of Clinical Nursing. May 2010, Vol. 19 Issue 9/10, p1236-1242. 7p.
: This study was designed to investigate the status of skin injuries in older individuals caused by adhesive tape and the associated factors for skin injury.
Background. Older individuals are susceptible to skin injuries caused by medical adhesive tape. However, the current status of such skin injuries and the associated factors involved has not been clearly elucidated. The highest incidence rate was observed in the buttock area of patients with pressure ulcers. The incidence rate of contact dermatitis was the highest.

4. Maintaining standards for pressure ulcer management in care homes.
By O'Hare, Joyce. Nursing Standard. 7/16/2008, Vol. 22 Issue 45, p62-68. 5p.
: This article is based on a review carried out by the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (Care Commission) in 2007, which examined pressure ulcer prevention, care and treatment for older eople living in care homes in Scotland. Inspection, complaints and enforcement activity from 2002 to 2006 revealed many aspects of poor practice, as residents were either at risk of developing a pressure ulcer, or existing pressure ulcers were not being managed appropriately. The review highlighted six key areas where care homes were consistently not meeting best practice and recommendations were made to improve care. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] .

5. Older patients’ experience of dressing changes on venous leg ulcers: more than just a docile patient.
By Ebbeskog, Britt; Emami, Azita. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Nov 2005, Vol. 14 Issue 10,
p1223-1231. 9p.
: The aim of this paper was to describe the lived experiences of older patients with venous leg ulcers, during dressing changes as out patients with a focus of their concerns about care interventions. Research on wound care management has focused on treatment of venous leg ulcer, wound assessments and the choice of dressing material. Few studies have focused on the patients’ experience of dressing chan

Articles - Shiftwork

6. Rethinking shiftwork: mid-life nurses making it work!
By West, Sandra; Mapedzahama, Virginia; Ahern, Maureen; Rudge, Trudy. Nursing Inquiry. Jun 2012, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p177-187. 11p
Many current analyses of shiftwork neglect nurses' own voices when describing the disadvantages of a shiftworking lifestyle. This paper reports the findings of a critical re-analysis of two studies conducted with female mid-life Australian nurses to explore the contention that the 'problem-centred' focus of current shiftwork research does not effectively address the 'real' issue for mid-life nurses, that is, how to develop and maintain shiftwork tolerance. Participants used shiftwork to: (i) manage, navigate and negotiate various aspects of their nursing work and the workplace itself; (ii) facilitate more manageable work/life negotiations; and (iii) self-identify opportunities to engage in their own self-care (body work and mind work).

7. Insecurity and shiftwork as characteristics of negative work environment: psychosocial and behavioural mediators.
By Elovainio, Marko; Kuusio, Hannamaria; Aalto, Anna-Mari; Sinervo, Timo; Heponiemi, Tarja.
Journal of Advanced Nursing. May 2010, Vol. 66 Issue 5, p1080-1091. 12p
: This paper is a report of an investigation into whether insecure work contract and shiftwork are associated with reduced wellbeing indicators, such as psychological distress, low job involvement and low work ability.
Background. Insecure work contracts and shiftwork have repeatedly been found to contribute to the development and continuation of negative outcomes among healthcare professionals. In particular, nurses are generally considered as being at high risk of work-related stress and reduced wellbeing.

8. Work-life imbalance and the pressures that are making nurses sick.
By Sprinks, Jennifer. Nursing Standard. 10/9/2013, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p14-15. 2p
Jennifer Sprinks reports on why it is essential that employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce.[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] .

9. Clock watching: do longer nursing shifts jeopardise patient care?
By Kendall-Raynor, Petra. Nursing Standard. 1/30/2013, Vol. 27 Issue 22, p12-13. 2p
: A Nursing Standard survey of healthcare organisations across the UK reveals that nurses work a wide range of shift types. Petra Kendall-Raynor reports.[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] .

10. Bedside Shift-to-Shift Nursing Report: Implementation and Outcomes.
By Evans, Deby; Grunawait, Julie; McClish, Donna; Wood, Winnie; Friese, Christopher R.
MEDSURG Nursing. Sep/Oct 2012, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p281-292. 5p
One unit's staff developed and evaluated an intervention to relocate shift-to-shift nursing report to the patient's bedside. Despite challenges related to privacy, distractions, and integration of nursing technicians to the change, bedside shift report reduced shift report times and improved nursing satisfaction.[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] .

Journal - Table of Contents

11. From Journal of Infection Prevention, November 2013; 14 (6)
European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Peer reviewed articles
Surgical site infection: the principles and practice of surveillance: Part 2: analysing and interpreting data
11C. A Career and Development Framework for Infection Prevention and Control nurses
11D. Patients’ perceptions of hemodialysis catheter care practices at home before and after eliminating a protective dressing and implementing a showering protocol
11E. Healthcare workers’ hand hygiene and infection control compliance: should patients and relatives be involved?
11F. Outbreak Column 11: Consequences of outbreaks; lessons for healthcare workers and infection prevention and control teams


12. Smokefree Sector seminars - 2014
These seminars will provide national and regional perspectives on emerging issues and innovative ideas as we continue our work towards Smokefree 2025.
Auckland - Tuesday 11th February, 2014
Rotorua - Wednesday 12th February, 2014
Wellington - Wednesday 19th February, 2014
Christchurch - Thursday 20th February, 2014
More information:

Latest News - Health Promotion Agency & Ministry of Health

13.  Health Promotion Agency
27 Nov 2013
- In New Zealand, a third of people who have ever tried alcohol report having had their first drink when they were 14-years-old or younger. It is, therefore, important to understand more about the use of alcohol among this age group. The Health Promotion Agency’s Youth Insights Survey (YIS) monitors Year 10 students’ behaviours, attitudes, and knowledge on a range of health-related topics, including their use of alcohol among-year-10-students-in-fact.
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14. Stop sore throats hurting hearts
HPA and the Ministry of Health have developed health education resources to increase awareness of the importance of sore throats and the link to rheumatic fever. There is a new rheumatic fever brand with an updated strapline – ‘stop sore throats hurting hearts’. This aims to build a stronger connection between how rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat and the serious effect it can have on a heart

15. Health Ed - Online Resources
A catalogue of free health resources brought to you by the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health. The public health resources on this website support healthier New Zealand communities

News - National

16. Cancer warning for shift workers
The Press - 29/11/2013

Burning the midnight oil increases the risk of cancer - and bosses should consider the dangers of shift work alongside other on-the-job health hazards, experts say. Working the late shift overnight is a cancer risk on a par with exposure to diesel exhaust fumes and insecticides in the workplace, a Cancer Society and Massey University public health conference has been told

17. Jo Goodhew - 25 November, 2013
New funding and a new framework for dementia

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced details of how an additional $3.2 million will be used to support early diagnosis of dementia, and a framework that will guide DHBs on how best to support people with dementia

News - International

18. The Francis report - Government response
HSJ Live 19.11.13: Government response to Francis is published

The government’s full response to the Francis inquiry rejects statutory duty of candour for individual NHS employees. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced how the government will tackle the 290 recommendations put forward by Robert Francis following his public inquiry into care failings at Stafford Hospital.

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