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Issue 33 - 7 September 2015

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Subscribe to Kai Tiaki Nursing Research: an annual journal showcasing New Zealand nursing research. 2015 issue, Vol. 6 No. 1  – OUT NOW
Research topics range from the fun and games which built nursing comradeship in yesteryear, through to the new online revising tool used by undergraduates to study for state finals.
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Articles - Hepatitis C

1. An update on diagnostics for hepatitis C.
By Klausner, Jeffrey D. & Baghdadi, Jonathan.
MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer. Apr 2015, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p34-36. 2p
: The article offers information on the current status on diagnostics for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Topics include HCV screening via the enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA), point-of-care tests (POCTs) for HCV infection, and recombinant immunoblot assays (RIBAs). It also discusses nucleic acid testing (NAT) and direct antigen testing (DAT).

2. Simeprevir: A Review of Its Use in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection
By Sanford, Mark. Drugs. Feb 2015, Vol. 75 Issue 2, p183-196. 14p
: Simeprevir (Olysio™; Galexos™; Sovriad) is an orally-administered NS3/4A protease inhibitor for use in combined drug regimens against chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This article reviews studies relevant to the EU simeprevir label. In proof-of-concept studies, simeprevir had potent antiviral activity against all HCV genotypes, except genotype 3.

3. Development of a Measure of Hepatitis C-alcohol Knowledge
By Proeschold-Bell, Rae Jean; Yao, Jia; Gorthala, Sisira & Muir, Andrew.
Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education. Dec 2014, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p7-18. 12p.
: The article examines the development of the HCV-alcohol Knowledge Scale, a measure of knowledge of the link between hepatitis C virus (HCV) and alcohol use. Topics discussed include assessment of the measure's ability to identify changes in HCV-alcohol knowledge after being exposed to HCV-alcohol education and the determination of demographic characteristics linked to HCV-alcohol knowledge to inform targeting HCV-alcohol knowledge interventions to certain sub-groups

4. Hepatitis C Virus Treatment and Injection Drug Users: It Is Time to Separate Fact From Fiction
By McCance-Katz, Elinore F.; Valdiserri, Ronald O.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 8/4/2015, Vol. 163 Issue 3, p224-225. 3p
The authors discuss advances in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in injection drug users. Topics discussed include development of oral medications, successful implementation of treatment of HCV in the opioid treatment programs, and the highest rates of HCV infection in the U.S. in persons with substance use disorders.

Articles – Nursing Older People [RCN Journal]

5. How are we going to pay for the care of older people?
By Nick Triggle. Nursing Older People, Vol. 27, Issue 7, 27 August 2015, p8-9. 2p.

Abstract: Nick Triggle asks if the delay in capping care costs should prompt a rethink in how services are funded. After years of debate it had been decided that, from 2016, the amount of money people would need to pay for long-term care in older age would be capped for the first time.

6. Reshaping health and social care
By Sophie Blakemore. Nursing Older People, Vol. 27, Issue 7, 27 August 2015, p9-9. 1p.

Abstract: New care model piloted at six ‘vanguard’ sites acknowledges role of care home professionals. THE GOVERNMENT’S radical plans to re-structure the way in which health and social care are delivered in England saw the formation of 29 pilot sites earlier this year.

7. Take some time out to reflect
By Stella Gay.
Nursing Older People, Vol. 27, Issue 7, 27 August 2015, p11-11. 1p.
: Engaging in the online revalidation process gave Stella Gay a sense of achievement and pride, and was surprisingly straightforward.

8. Try to see the bigger picture
By Joanne M Fitzpatrick & Yan-Shing Chang.
Nursing Older People, Vol. 27, Issue 7, 27 August 2015, p12-12. 1p.
: Care home professionals must develop a deep understanding of their residents and the workings of their organisation

9. Practice question: Comforting distressed patients with dementia
By Debbie Cheeseman. Nursing Older People. Vol. 27, Issue 7, p16-16. 1p
I have recently heard the term ‘twiddlemuffs’ used in connection with dementia care and wondered what they are and why they have become so popular?

10. Understanding the needs of people with dementia and family carers
By Jennifer Bray , Simon Evans , Rachel Thompson , Mary Bruce , Christine Carter , Dawn Brooker , Sarah Milosevic , Helen Coleman & Wilf McSherry
Nursing Older People. Vol. 27, Issue 7, p18-23. 6p
: In the first article of this series, Jennifer Bray and colleagues present three case studies that show what adjustments trusts are making to improve the hospital experience for patients, relatives and staff

11. Nursing management of urinary tract infections
By Sara Ribeir. Nursing Older People. Vol. 27, Issue 7, p24-24. 1p
: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in older people and can lead to serious complications. Infections can worsen underlying medical conditions, adversely affect recovery and be alarming to patients, their families and caregivers. UTIs have a complex pathophysiology but the most common cause is the ascent of bacteria from the periurethral area, which explains their prevalence in older women.

12. Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation
By Bob Price. Nursing Older People. Vol. 27, Issue 7, p31-39. 9p
: Social isolation and loneliness are significant threats for older people and may be associated with mental and physical health problems. This article revisits what is meant by social isolation and loneliness and explores the way in which social change can trigger both problems

Articles - ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia

13. Staff safety first - a priority in the operating room
By Sinnott, Michael J; Eley, Robert M.
ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia. Vol. 28, Issue 2(Winter 2015)
: This article is a conceptual piece based on many years of observation in the clinical setting in three countries. The risks of sharps injuries from hollow bore needles, scalpel blades and suture needles, with subsequent risk of infection, physical trauma and psychological trauma are well known. To improve staff safety, new ideas such as the introduction of a safety score audit as part of hospital accreditation need to be considered and researched.

14. Whilst in our care: Introducing the surgical liaison nurse
By Stubbs, Michelle; Muir, Jennifer.
ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia. Vol. 28, Issue 2(Winter 2015)
Abstract: All patients and family members experience some level of anxiety upon entry into the operating suite for any type of surgical procedure. This level of anxiety initiates the implementation of a surgical liaison nurse (SLN). The SLN networks with families, surgeons and associated hospital units to provide not only information but also support in the most anxious times endured in a hospital stay.

15. Rising with accurate documentation to shine in the justice system: a nurse’s experience
By Penny Arnold
. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia. Vol. 28, Issue 2(Winter 2015)
Abstract: Penny was a witness in a medical court case in Sydney since 2008 involving a surgeon. The alleged incident occurred in 2002. How good is anyone's memory six years later? Accurate documentation by Penny was her strength to support her evidence in court and it is a sobering message to all health professionals. My intention is for you to have even more accurate documentation after hearing my personal experience, providing you with information to protect you from an adverse personal outcome.

Journal – Table of Contents

16. From Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, Vol. 18, No. 2, July 2015

16A. Editorial: Nursing with a bold vision: an essential for any paediatric nurse [by Pam Hubley]
. Breastfeeding outcomes at 12 months following neonatal surgery
16C. Content validity of the Western Australian Community Health Acuity Tool: an instrument for classifying client complexity and nursing intensity
16D. The role of Ottawa Ankle Rules and expansion of nurse-initiated x-ray of lower limbs in a paediatric emergency department
16E. Recognising and responding to deterioration in paediatric nursing practice: broadening our perspective.

Members of the Neonatal Nurses College Aotearoa and the College of Child and Youth Nurses can access this journal electronically via these two webpages You must be a current member of one of these colleges and logged into the NZNO website.


17. Climbing to the Summit: Bridging Research and Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing
The Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association
Date: 11 - 13 November 2015
Venue: Sydney, Hilton Hotel
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News – National

18. Measles elimination in New Zealand - target set for 2020
Stuff - September 6 2015

New Zealand is well on its way to achieving "measles elimination" status according to a Manila-based Kiwi doctor. World Health Organisation (WHO) communicable diseases director Mark Jacobs said seven countries and areas in the Western Pacific region have already eliminated measles and New Zealand has an important part to play. Jacobs said the key to eliminating measles is making sure there is a good coverage of primary care and that includes immunisation.

19. Doctor ordered to pay more than $140,000 over professional breaches
NZ Herald - Monday Sep 7, 2015

A prominent men's health doctor who committed multiple professional breaches by unjustifiably using human growth hormone and powerful anabolic steroids to treat patients has been suspended for nine months, and ordered to pay more than $140,000. Dr Glenn Twentyman, 56, was found to have inadequately monitored patients and failed to keep comprehensive records by a four-day Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in June.

News – International

20. Indigenous health: 32,000 could have eyesight saved with $23m in funding: report
The Age: September 2, 2015

The eyesight of 32,000 Indigenous Australians could be saved if the federal government committed more than $20 million, a report has suggested.  Blindness among Indigenous Australians is six times more likely than among non-indigenous Australians, and 94 per cent of these cases are preventable, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, produced in conjunction with Meblourne University and released on Tuesday.

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