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Issue 39 - 14 Nov 2014

Articles – Nursing Forum [Journal]

1. A Descriptive Analysis of the Impact of Moral Distress on the Evaluation of Unsatisfactory Nursing Students
By  Pratt, Maria; Martin, Lynn; Mohide, Ann; Black, Margaret.
Nursing Forum. Oct-Dec 2013, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p231-239. 9p
The article discusses research which investigated how the moral distress experienced by nurse educators affects their evaluation of clinical and classroom performance of unsatisfactory students. It acknowledges tendency for nurse educators to be faced with decisional dilemmas in assessing performance of concerned students

2.  Diabetes Knowledge and Self-Management Effects on Physiological Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes.
By Wang, Christina M. B.; Inouye, Jillian; Davis, James; Wang, Chen-Yen.
Nursing Forum. Oct-Dec 2013, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p240-247. 8p
: The article discusses research which investigated physiological outcomes of Asian Pacific Islanders (API) with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who have adequate diabetes knowledge and active self-management regimens. It describes prevalence of T2D among API based on a previous national health survey, noting importance of intervention programs that would enhance self-management of their health condition

3. Health Literacy Challenges in the Aging Population
By: Mullen, Ellen.
Nursing Forum. Oct-Dec 2013, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p248-255. 8p
The article discusses the necessity of intervention programs that would enhance health literacy in the elderly population. Due to high costs associated to low health literacy, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends development of initiatives that would improve understanding of basic health information. Factors that influence health literacy include age, reading skills and health beliefs.

Articles  - Wound Care Advisor [Journal]

4.  Guidelines for safe negative-pressure wound therapy: rule of thumb: assess twice, dress once. Ron Rock.
Wound Care Advisor. 3.5 (September-October 2014) p11. Word Count: 2248.
Since its introduction almost 20 years ago, negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has become a leading technology in the care and management of acute, chronic, dehisced, traumatic wounds; pressure ulcers; diabetic ulcers; orthopedic trauma; skin flaps; and grafts. NPWT applies controlled suction to a wound using a suction pump that delivers intermittent, continuous, or variable negative pressure evenly through a wound filler (foam or gauze).

5.  The DIME approach to peristomal skin care. Catherine R. Ratliff.
Wound Care Advisor. 3.5 (September-October 2014) p19. Word Count: 1236
: It's estimated that about 70% of the 1 million ostomates in the United States and Canada will experience or have experienced stomal or peristomal complications. Peristomal complications are more common, although stomal complications (for example, retraction, stenosis, and mucocutaneous separation) can often contribute to peristomal problems by making it difficult to obtain a secure pouch seal.

6.  It takes a village: leading a wound team. Jennifer Oakley.
Wound Care Advisor. 3.5 (September-October 2014) p23. Word Count: 971.
I used to think I could do it alone. I took the wound care certification course, passed the certification exam, and took all of my new knowledge--and my new WCC credential--back to the long-term care facility where I worked. I was ready to change the world.

7. Managing venous stasis ulcers: compression therapy, local wound care, dressings, antibiotics, surgery, and adjunctive methods play a role in management. Kulbir Dhillon. Wound Care Advisor. 3.5 (September-October 2014) p25. Word Count: 1840.
: Venous disease, which encompasses all conditions caused by or related to diseased or abnormal veins, affects about 15% of adults. When mild, it rarely poses a problem, but as it worsens, it can become crippling and chronic.

8. How dietary protein intake promotes wound healing: careful assessment and adequate intake ensure patients' protein needs are met. Nancy Collins.
Wound Care Advisor. 3.5 (September-October 2014) p36. Word Count: 1437.
: Nutrition is a critical factor in the wound healing process, with adequate protein intake essential to the successful healing of a wound. Patients with both chronic and acute wounds, such as postsurgical wounds or pressure ulcers, require an increased amount of protein to ensure complete and timely healing of their wounds.

Articles – Ear, Nose & Throat

9. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: Paradigms for Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment
By  Gooi, Zhen; Ishman, Stacey L.; Bock, Jonathan M.; Blumin, Joel H.; Akst, Lee M.
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Oct 2014, Vol. 123 Issue 10, p677-685. 9p
: This study aimed to describe current patterns for diagnosis and treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and analyze differences between laryngologists and non-laryngologists. Methods: American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and American Broncho-Esophagological Association members were invited to complete an online survey regarding evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of LPR.

10. The Effect of Insomnia on Tinnitus.
By  Miguel, George S.; Yaremchuk, Kathleen; Roth, Thomas; Peterson, Ed.
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Oct 2014, Vol. 123 Issue 10, p696-700. 5p
The objective is to see how chronic tinnitus sufferers who are unmanageable to maximized medical therapy can benefit by decreasing their subjective complaints from a sleep evaluation and treatment. However, the proper identification of these particular patients has not been described well in the literature when attempting to correlate these 2 diagnoses. Thus, tinnitus patients with and without insomnia, based on ICD-9 diagnosis, were evaluated using the Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire and Insomnia Severity Index to determine correlations between insomnia and tinnitus

11. Telephonic Analysis of the Snoring Sound Spectrum.
By Seren, Erdal; İlhanlı, İlker; Bayar Muluk, Nuray; Cingi, Cemal; Hanci, Deniz.
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Nov 2014, Vol. 123 Issue 11, p758-764. 7p.
: Snoring is a sound caused by vibration of collapsed and/or unsteady airway walls of the pharynx and soft palate. We compared stored spectra of snoring sounds recorded via cell phone (CP) and a microphone placed over the head (head phone [HP]).

12.  Gastroesophageal Reflux in Chronic Cough and Cough Syncope and the Effect of Antireflux Treatment: Case Report and Literature Review.
By: Hu, Zhi-Wei; Wang, Zhong-Gao; Zhang, Yu; Tian, Shu-Rui; Wu, Ji-Min; Zhu, Guang-Chang; Liang, Wei-Tao.
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Oct 2014, Vol. 123 Issue 10, p719-725. 7p
: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of antireflux treatment on gastroesophageal reflux (GER)-related cough syncope.The method used was a retrospective review of the outcomes of antireflux treatment with proton pump inhibitor (PPI), Stretta radiofrequency (SRF), or laparoscopic fundoplication (LF) of 8 patients with chronic cough and cough syncope that was clinically evaluated to be GER related over a period of 2 to 5 years

13. Frailty Measurements and Dysphagia in the Outpatient Setting
By  Hathaway, Bridget; Vaezi, Alec; Egloff, Ann Marie; Smith, Libby; Wasserman-Wincko, Tamara; Johnson, Jonas T.
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Sep 2014, Vol. 123 Issue 9, p629-635. 7p
: Deconditioning and frailty may contribute to dysphagia and aspiration. Early identification of patients at risk of aspiration is important. Aspiration prevention would lead to reduced morbidity and health care costs. We therefore wondered whether objective measurements of frailty could help identify patients at risk for dysphagia and aspiration

Journal  –  Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, October 2014

14A. Gender pay gap worse in healthcare
14B. Diabetes hits indigenous people the hardest; Website prepares older Australians to manage their futures
14C. Elder abuse goes unreported;  Aboriginals face discriminatory funding rules
14D. Modelling midwifery care
14E. Training to give hope to fistula patients in Mugu District, Nepal
14F. Poverty ethics and the nursing profession
Clinical Update/Education
14G. Narcolepsy
14H. Sandra Moore winds up a nursing career of 50 years
14I. How to create a calm and confident mindset
14J. Smart nurses thoughtless posts on social media
14K. Health workers lack safety awareness;  Holistic approach helps fight cancer; Stillbirth rules for care providers
Focus – Emergency Nursing
14L. The fast lane: Nursing in WA’s busiest emergency department
14M. Cultural competence in emergency department
14N. The lifespan of peripheral IVs inserted in the paediatric ED: do they go the distance?


15.  Food Safety and Processing Summit
With the Food Act coming into force in 2016, this will be a big year of preparing for changes and ensuring that your food safety practices are up to par
Date: 24 - 25 Mar, 2015
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Auckland
More information:

News – National

16. Course helps seniors banish risk of harmful falls
Bay of Plenty Times – 10 November 2014
Reporter Juliet Rowan finds out how prevalent falls are for the elderly and what to do to reduce the risk of having one.

17. How to survive exam season
The Press -  03/11/2014
Canterbury students getting ready for exam season should remember to eat well, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.  Christchurch public health dietitian Nicola Fraher said the high school and university students needed a reminder to keep themselves healthy during exams.  "The key things around study time [are] make sure you eat well, you eat regularly and get a good sleep."

18. The dangers from dust
The Press -  10/11/2014
As we reshape our city and demolish a large number of buildings in the process we are creating a gritty, dusty environment that is becoming our accepted norm. Professor IAN SHAW explores the impact this new environment might have on our health.

News – International

19.  Smoking hot emotions in Massachusetts town on front line of America's tobacco wars
Board of health in the small town of Westminster called a public meeting over planned first-in-nation ban on all tobacco products, but hearing abandoned after it descended into chaos

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