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Issue 39 - 30 October 2015

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Articles  - Painkillers/Analgesics

1. High-frequency use of over-the-counter analgesics among adolescents: reflections of an emerging difficult life, a cross-sectional study.
By: Skarstein, Siv; Rosvold, Elin O.; Helseth, Sølvi; Kvarme, Lisbeth G.; Holager, Tanja; Småstuen, Milada C.; Lagerløv, Per.
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Mar 2014, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p49-56. 8p
: Aims To examine characteristics of 15- to 16-year-old adolescents who used over-the-counter analgesics daily to weekly (high-frequency users) as compared to those who used less or no analgesics (low-frequency users). Further to analyse the differences in pain experience, lifestyle, self-esteem, school attendance and educational ambition

2. Predictors of Painkiller Dependence among People with Pain in the General Population.
By Elander, James; Duarte, Joana; Maratos, Frances A.; Gilbert, Paul.
Pain Medicine. Apr 2014, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p613-624. 12p
: Objectives Self-medication with painkillers is widespread and increasing, and evidence about influences on painkiller dependence is needed to inform efforts to prevent and treat problem painkiller use

3. The Price of Relief.  
By Calabresi, Massimo.
Time. 6/15/2015, Vol. 185 Issue 22, p26-33. 8p
: The article discusses several aspects of a painkiller addiction crisis in the U.S. as of June 2015, and it mentions the impacts that physician-authorized drug prescriptions for relief from pain and suffering are having on the American society. According to the article, opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine contain chemical structures which are similar to the narcotic heroin. An HIV infection outbreak in Scott County, Indiana is examined, along with needle exchange programs

4. Opioid painkillers: Take the strong stuff only when you need it.
Harvard Men's Health Watch. Apr 2015, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p4-5. 2p
: The article focuses on opioid painkillers and their safe and health benefits. Topics discussed include the use of opioids for acute pain and chronic pain, opioid alternatives, and the significance of specialized psychological counseling and alternative treatments. Information on the medication and formulation of common opioid pain relievers is also provided.

Articles  - Pressure Injuries

5. Recognizing Pressure Injury in the Darkly Pigmented Skin Type
By: Steven, Mary.
MEDSURG Nursing. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p342-348. 7p
: The article describes the case of a 66-year-old African-American woman who had inadequate skin assessment in a darkly pigmented patient. She underwent adrenal-sparing laparoscopic nephrectomy and was asked to have computed tomography of the abdomen and pelvis. The article also discussed the patient's transfer to the medical intensive care unit (MICU).

6. Repositioning to prevent pressure injuries: evidence for practice.
By Miles, Sandra J.; Nowicki, Tracy; Fulbrook, Paul.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Dec 2013/Jan 2014, 21(6), p32-35. 4p.
: The article reports on an increased focus which the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health care has placed on the prevention of pressure ulcers and discusses the commission's views on the role that ulcer prevention plays in care quality. A discussion of the role that frequent patient repositioning plays in the prevention of pressure ulcers, and of research which has investigated the most optimal frequencies of repositioning, is presented. Repositioning techniques are discussed.

7. Pediatric pressure injuries: does modifying a tool alter the risk assessment outcome?
By: Leonard, Paul; Hill, Astrid; Moon, Kylie; Lima, Sally.
Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. Dec 2013, 36(4), p279-290. 12p.
: The aim of this study was to determine whether assessing patient risk of developing pressure injuries in Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) and Neonatal Units (NNU) using a modification of the Glamorgan Scale (mGS) would alter the risk identification when compared to the Glamorgan Scale (GS

8. CLINICAL UPDATE. Pressure injury prevention: continence, skin hygiene and nutrition management.
By Roosen, Kerri; Fulbrook, Paul; Nowicki, Tracy.
Australian Nursing Journal. Aug 2010, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p31-34. 4p
: The article focuses on a nurse-led pressure injury prevention program at Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. Nurses performed research In order to determine evidence-based practice. A focus on continence, skin hygiene and nutrition were determined to be the three key areas of practice

Selected Articles – Nursing Economic$ [Journal]

9. Staffing That Is Evidence Based: A Consensus Model.
By: Ellerbe, Suellyn.
Nursing Economic$. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p245-270. 2p.
: The authors reflect on the staffing of nurses in different hospitals in the U.S. They stressed out that staffing that is evidence-based is essential in providing care to patients and satisfaction to nurses. An overview of the innovative approach in staffing which includes the use of acuity system and the collaboration of different staff nurses in providing quality service is offered.

10. Strategic Planning and Doctor Of Nursing Practice Education: Developing Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders.
By: Falk, Nancy L.
Nursing Economic$. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p246-254. 9p
: The article discusses the significance of strategic planning and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) education in making nurses to be effective in the U.S. Topics covered include the benefits provided by the DNP program, how strategic planning develops intellectual growth, and using the Internet as a new room for learning. The vital role of a professor to the students' progress is also mentioned.

11. Improving Congestive Heart Failure Care with a Clinical Decision Unit.
By Carpenter, Jo Ellen.
Nursing Economic$. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p255-262. 8p
: The article discusses the implementation of Clinical Decision Units (CDUs) for patients with congestive heart failure in the U.S. Topics covered include the impact of CDU on clinical care, its financial benefits, and the opportunities it provide for the nurse leaders. The advantages and limitations of CDU are also mentioned.

12. Joint Statement: The Role of the Nurse Leader in Care Coordination and Transition Management Across the Health Care Continuum.
By Shulman, Kitty M.
Nursing Economic$. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p281-282. 2p
: The article discusses the care coordination and transition management roles of a nurse leader. It provides six principles on how nurse leaders could achieve their roles which include knowing the whole care process, assessing the staff's capability to provide quality services, and the ability to work with technology

13. High Reliability and Excellence in Staffing.
By Mensik, Jennifer.
Nursing Economic$. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p283-284. 2p.
: The article focuses on the function of high reliability organization (HRO) in nurse staffing. Topics covered include the objectives of HRO in providing high safety and reliable operations, the system's contribution to the company's productivity, and the contrast between the principles of HRO and Lean. The essence of the flexibility of a company to adopt new staffing principles is also mentioned.

Journal – Table of Contents

From OT Insight: Magazine of Occupational Therapy New Zealand, October 2015

14A. Occupation-focused documentation: 10 years on
14B. Trauma-informed occupational therapy: an emerging role
14C. APOTC 2015: Creative partnerships with consumers and colleagues
14D. APOTC 2015: The Frances Rutherford lecture: Possibilities – doing well together as change agents
14E. Presenting my way to congress [Margaret Goodall]
14F. Get up and move [ Concern about “text neck”]
14G. Book review: Health behaviour change in populations
14H. OT Insight CPE [Education and training]


15. Turning the Tide of Non-communicable Diseases, the “Pacific Way”.
How Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and cancer impact the wellbeing of the Pacific community. Medical, social and cultural aspects of Non-communicable diseases will be explored
Date:               Friday 20 November, 2015
Time:               9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue:            Education Centre, Breakout 1 (Room 14 next to Emergency Dept on Canning Road), Hastings Hospital
To Register:

Statistics New Zealand Report

16. Women at work: 1991–2013   (PDF, 38 pages, 889kB)
Women at work: 1991–2013 uses census data from the 20 years to 2013 to look at trends in  occupational segregation between women and men. The report identifies the most common, and most segregated, occupations for each sex, and takes a close look at women in management, the professions, and the skilled trades. The report will be useful to readers, researchers, and policy-makers who have an interest in gender pay gap and labour market issues. Women in work: 1991–2013 was developed with the Ministry for Women.

News – National

17. Queen's Birthday Honours 
Nominations for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 are due to the Honours Unit, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet by 24 December 2015.
Anyone can nominate a person they think is worthy of a New Zealand Royal Honour at any time
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18. Strengthening New Zealand's standards system
Update October 2015

The Standards and Accreditation Bill 2015 passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 14 October. It received Royal Assent on 20 October and it is now the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith issued a press release on the third reading. Our Acting Chief Executive Stu Ng sent an email to our stakeholders on 15 October. The next step is recruitment of the Standards Approval Board which will approve standards and standards development committees in the new arrangements. 
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19. Healthcare trends promise revenue boost
11:30 AM Friday Oct 23, 2015

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's sales could be nudging the $2 billion mark within a decade if the company's bullish growth projections become a reality. The Auckland-based firm, whose products include respiratory humidifiers used in hospital intensive care units and devices for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), has forecast operating revenue in the current financial year of around $800 million. It is expecting a profit of $135 million to $140 million.

News – International

20. Private health insurance sector review to ask public about 'value for money'
The Age – 29/10/2015
Private health insurance customers have been invited by Health Minister Sussan Ley to weigh in on reforms to the industry following complaints insurers are not providing "value for money". Ms Ley said on Wednesday the public would be able to submit their views about their insurance schemes to the government in the coming weeks to inform future policies on the sector.


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