Campylobacter – A food and water-borne disease
Campylobacter (pronounced cam-pile-oh-bacter) infection is caused by bacteria which are found in the gut of birds especially poultry, and animals such as cattle, sheep, cats and dogs. It is passed on in the faeces (poo, tūtae) of infected birds, animals and humans.
How does a person become infected?
People become infected when they swallow the bacteria. This may be from contaminated water and food, or from contact with infected animals or humans.
More information: https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/campylobacter
Articles – Campylobacter
1. Estimated community costs of an outbreak of campylobacteriosis resulting from contamination of a public water supply in Darfield, New Zealand
New Zealand Medical Journal, 28th March 2014, 127(1391): 13-21
Ian Sheerin, Nadia Bartholomew, Cheryl Brunton
Abstract: In August 2012, there was an outbreak of gastrointestinal disease in Darfield, New Zealand (NZ) which evolved into one of the largest outbreaks of waterborne disease ever recorded in NZ. The majority of infections were confirmed or probable campylobacteriosis.
2. Campylobacteriosis in New Zealand: room for further improvement
New Zealand Medical Journal, 28th March 2014, 127 (1391): 6-9
Rebekah Lane, Simon Briggs
Abstract: Campylobacteriosis is the most common notified disease in New Zealand with the 7031 cases in 2012 comprising 35% of all notifiable diseases reported to Public Health Services nationwide.
3. Antibiotic resistance in thermotolerant Campylobacter isolated in 2000/01 and 2010 from patients with diarrhoea in Dunedin, New Zealand
Harrington, Michael G; Lopes, Rebecca M; Hughes, Kimberley A; Weaver, Julie E; Parslow, Gayleen; Roos, Rebekah F; Brooks, Heather JL
New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 68(1), Apr 2014: 15-18
Abstract: A pilot study to compare the antibiotic susceptibility of thermotolerant Campylobacter isolated in 2000/01 (n=60) and 2010 (n=60) from faecal samples from symptomatic patients and to subtype year-2010 isolates for epidemiological purposes.
4. Beating the bacteria
Food New Zealand, Vol. 12, No. 1, Feb 2012: 17-19
Abstract: Over the last 15 years, the poultry industry’s work in reducing the incidence of three major zoonotic pathogens – Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria – has had a significant impact on human health in this country in terms of reduced illness statistics and hospital admissions.
Articles - Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal, Winter 2016
5. A longitudinal study of asymptomatic rectocoele
Woodman, Jacqueline R; Cowan, Tim; Karantanis, Emmanuel; Moore, Kate H
Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal, 22(2), Winter 2016: 26-30
Abstract: The aim of this study was to reassess symptoms and signs of asymptomatic rectocoele in women five or more years post initial diagnosis and to determine any factors associated with a worsened condition
6. A scoping study of paediatric continence service provision in the Great Southern region of Western Australia
Goetze, Emma; McLean, Katherine; Thompson, Judith; Jacques, Angela; Briffa, Kathy
Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal, 22(2), Winter 2016: 32-39.
Abstract: The aim in conducting this cross-sectional study was to survey 100 parents of children in pre-primary and year one in the Great Southern region of Western Australia to determine the number of children with urinary incontinence and, of those, how many were receiving treatment. The severity and associated risk factors were also investigated.
7. Development of a long-form screening tool to identify clinically relevant co-morbidities of nocturia
Bower, Wendy F; Ervin, Claire F; Whishaw, DMichael; Khan, Fary
Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal, 22(2), Winter 2016: 40-47.
Abstract: There are significant interactions between voiding at night and metabolic, cardiovascular, hormonal, mental health, sleep and inflammatory changes that flag nocturia as a likely marker of co-morbid medical conditions.The aim of this study was to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment metric to identify potential and co-existing causes of nocturia.
Articles – Journal of Clinical Nursing, Aug 2015
8. Nurses' views regarding implementing advance care planning for older people: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies.
By Ke, Li-Shan; Huang, Xiaoyan; O'Connor, Margaret; Lee, Susan.
Journal of Clinical Nursing. Aug 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 15/16, p2057-2073. 17p
Abstract: To explore nurses' views regarding implementing advance care planning for older people. Advance care planning is recommended as a way for older people to discuss their future care with family members and health professionals. Nurses play key roles in the process of advance care planning, including ensuring that patients are informed of their rights and that decisions are known to, and respected by, the health care team.
9. Supporting staff to respond effectively to informal complaints: findings from an action research study
By Allan, Helen T; Odelius, Ann Christine; Hunter, Billie J; Bryan, Karen; Knibb, Wendy; Shawe, Jill & Gallagher, Ann.
Journal of Clinical Nursing. Aug 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 15/16, p2106-2114. 9p
Abstract: To understand how nurses and midwives manage informal complaints at ward level. The provision of high quality, compassionate clinical nursing and midwifery is a global priority. Complaints management systems have been established within the National Health Service in the UK to improve patient experience yet little is known about effective responses to informal complaints in clinical practice by nurses and midwives.
10. The impact of emotional intelligence on work engagement of registered nurses: the mediating role of organisational justice
By Zhu, Yun; Liu, Congcong; Guo, Bingmei; Zhao, Lin; Lou, Fenglan.
Journal of Clinical Nursing. Aug 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 15/16, p2115-2124. 10p
Abstract: Aims and objectives To explore the impact of emotional intelligence and organisational justice on work engagement in Chinese nurses and to examine the mediating role of organisational justice to provide implications for promoting clinical nurses' work engagement.
Journal Table of Contents
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, August 2016
11A. Editorial [Challenges facing the aged care workforce]
11B. News: Super to be paid during maternity leave; New tools aid health professionals delivering end of life care; Denton calls on nurses to join push for legally assisted dying
11C. News: Development begins on new midwifery standards for practice; Chronic disease adding unnecessary pressure to health system; Specialist children’s immunisation service launched in Queensland; Strategic push to boost indigenous nursing numbers; Medicinal cannabis trial to tackle skin cancer
11D. National Heart Foundation of Australia appoints new CEO-Professor John Kelly; Acceptance holds the key to dealing with dementia; Intervention overdue in tackling STIs in young indigenous; Children and girls top Australia’s poisoned list
11E. QLD ratios legislation to help prove link between staffing and better patient outcomes; Matildas fight for pay; Cultural change program to tackle occupational violence
11F. Young nurse speaks out against discrimination; Backlash over GP co-payments; Commissioner for rural health
11G. NZ project set to tackle nursing fatigue; Canadian nurses urge caution ahead of marijuana green light; Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation welcomes funding; UK-Nursing voice cuts
11H. Advanced practice nursing: A level in its own right
11I. Eating disorders strike young Australian women; Alzheimer’s genetics points to new research direction; WA hospitals using arts to boost health outcomes
11J. Member only collective agreements: Why not?
11K. The moral significance of anti-microbial resistance
11L. Developing a culture of research in community nursing
11M. FOCUS Primary/community healthcare: Includes articles on – Trauma informed care; Gay men and type 2 diabetes study; Importance of preventative hand hygiene practices in community nursing; Role of a community stomal therapist
11N. Ethically questionable situations
12. Toward a Sugary Drink Free Aotearoa
This symposium will look at the science as to why high sugar and sugary drink intake is detrimental to health. It will also showcase a number of initiatives that have been developed to restrict sugar and promote health
Date: 11 October 2016
Venue: Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago
More information: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/oct/toward-a-sugary-drink-free-aotearoa
13. Everyone has a story: What is yours?
Ever wished you’d told someone something but never did? Perhaps there’s something you’d really like your whānau to know – your own taonga tuku iho.
Dates: Wednesday 17 August 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 21 September 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 19 October 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Mary Potter, Porirua Community Hospice, 1a Prosser Street, Porirua.
RSVP for catering purposes - Ph 04 237 7563.
News - National
14. Study: Healthcare must reflect gene differences between ethnicities
NZ Herald - Monday Aug 15, 2016
A 30-year study has found European and Polynesian gene pools are different and should be treated separately when matching tissues for transplants or prescribing medicines. The research, led by Victoria University molecular geneticist Dr Geoff Chambers and published in the New Zealand Science Review, found that differences between Maori and Pasifika gene pools and those of European ancestry could have big medical consequences
15. Animal faeces in water supply may be causing Havelock North gastro outbreak
Radio New Zealand – 15 August 2016
A gastro outbreak which has hit hundreds of people in Havelock North may have been caused by animal faeces entering the water supply, the district health board says. The gastric illness, caused by a waterborne campylobacter infection, has left two people in critical condition in hospital, and may be linked to the death of an elderly rest home resident.
16. Havelock North gets apology over gastro outbreak
Newshub – 15 August 2016
The Mayor of Hastings has apologised for taking seven-and-a-half hours to tell the public there could be a problem with the water in the city's satellite town of Havelock North. Hundreds have fallen sick since Wednesday last week, with bacteria campylobacter the prime suspect.
17. Hundreds of children being hospitalised with golden staph each year
The Telegraph – August 16, 2016
The first sign in your child might be a skin infection, fever or a wound that won't heal. Or maybe one of their joints or bones – a knee or elbow, perhaps – is persistently sore. If you observe any of these things, particularly in combination, your child might have a golden staph infection that has got into their blood.