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Library e-newsletter Issue 29 - 6 Sept 2016

Articles – Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing

1. Indigenous cancer care in Queensland, Australia: Health professionals' framing of "difference"
Meiklejohn, Judith A; Adams, Jon; Valery, Patricia C; Walpole, Euan T; Martin, Jenny H; Williams, Hayley M; Garvey, Gail
Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, Volume 16 Issue 1 (Jun 2015)
: This paper reports on interviews with tertiary health professionals to elicit their perspectives of Indigenous cancer patients and report on factors influencing clinical decisions, particularly concerning co-morbidities, Indigeneity, and access and use of cancer services.

2. Improving the patient journey through better mental health care: Core business for all nurses
Ryan, Kim; Marks, Peta; Butterfield, Clare
Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, Volume 16 Issue 1 (Jun 2015)
: The evidence is clear that the mental and physical health of people is closely linked and has a reciprocal relationship. People with cancer are likely to experience psychological distress at various times throughout their illness, and a significant proportion will develop a mental health problem. There are many contributors to psychiatric morbidity in people who have cancer, including physical and biological issues, as well as psychological and social issues.

3. Exploring the preferences, perceptions and satisfaction of people seeking cancer information and support: Implications for the cancer council helpline
Boltong, Anna; Byrnes, Monica; McKiernan, Sandy; Quin, Nicola
& Chapman, Kathy
Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, Volume 16 Issue 1 (Jun 2015)
: Helpline services have existed in Cancer Councils for more than 20 years as an information and support service and gateway to a myriad of practical, informational and emotional support programs for people affected by cancer.  This article aims to explore public awareness and perceptions of the Cancer Council Helpline, including barriers and facilitators to calling this telephone service and user satisfaction.

4. Management of toxicities related to intravenous administration of epidermal growth factor inhibitors
Condon, Marie; Ross-Adjie, Gail & Monterosso, Leanne
Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, Volume 16 Issue 1 (Jun 2015)
: The use of newer targeted cancer therapies, including tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) and epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors (EGFRI) in the solid tumour groups can often result in a complex suite of cutaneous side effects. Whilst not systemically as toxic as some traditional chemotherapy agents, their cutaneous side effect profiles may have a considerable impact on the patient and their health-related quality of life.

Articles – Pain Management

5. Medication review: Pain management - too many opioids
Brown, Helen
Australian Pharmacist, Vol. 35, No. 6, Jun 2016: 60-63
: Mrs PM (56 years old) is a new patient to Dr IO, who decides to request a Home Medicines Review (HMR).

6. Pain management: Collaborate to manage pain
Haggan, Megan
AJP: The Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Vol. 97, No. 1148,
Mar 2016: 54-56
: Collaboration and communication with patients is key to helping legitimate pain patients, with real-time monitoring useful for catching misusers of codeine only.

7. At the frontline of pain management
Hodson, Fiona
Australian Ageing Agenda, Nov/Dec 2015, Dec 2015: 40-41

Abstract: Fiona Hodson outlines approaches for timely recognition and management of pain in residents and the important role that personal care workers can play.

8. Pain management in residential aged care facilities
Savvas, Steven & Gibson, Stephen
Australian Family Physician, 44(4), Apr 2015: 198-203
: Persistent pain is prevalent in aged care facilities and there are a number of barriers that make effective pain management more difficult to achieve in this setting. The aim of this article is to provide an evidence-based approach to assessment and management of pain experienced by residents of aged care facilities.

Articles – Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016

9. Editorial: Infection Control Nurses Association’ to Infection Prevention Society: 10 years on
by Judy Potter
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 203-204 doi:10.1177/1757177416657829
: Ten years ago, the Infection Control Nurses’ Association (ICNA) voted to expand its membership to include any health professional involved in the field of infection prevention and control in practice, research or education

10. Review Article: Infection risks associated with peripheral vascular catheters
Li Zhang, Siyu Cao, Nicole Marsh, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Julie Flynn, Emily Larsen, and Claire M Rickard
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 207-213, first published on July 6, 2016 doi:10.1177/1757177416655472
: Peripheral vascular catheters (PVC) are the most frequently used invasive medical devices in hospitals, with 330 million sold each year in the USA alone. One in three UK inpatients at any one time has at least one PVC in situ according to the Scottish National Prevalence survey

11. Characterisation of occupational blood and body fluid exposures beyond the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
Judith Green-McKenzie, Ronda B McCarthy, Frances S Shofer
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 226-232, first published on April 27, 2016 doi:10.1177/1757177416645339
: To describe the use of mandated safety engineered sharps devices (SESDs) and personal protective equipment in healthcare workers (HCWs) with occupational body fluid exposures (BFE) since the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.

12.  Needleless connectors: the vascular access catheter’s microbial gatekeeper
Evonne Curran
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 234-240, first published on July 25, 2016 doi:10.1177/1757177416657164
: Needleless connectors (NCs) are essential devices which connect to the end of vascular catheters and enable catheter access for infusion and aspiration. This paper will consider these design variations and how differences in antiseptic testing methods have made it difficult to determine the best antiseptic practice pre access.

13.  Outbreak column 19: needleless connectors (NCs) tales from nine outbreaks
Evonne Curran
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 241-247, first published on June 30, 2016 doi:10.1177/1757177416650202
: A critical review of historical outbreak reports that are still influencing practice today is presented.  These outbreak reports were used as evidence in support of guideline recommendations and of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) advisory notice requiring post-product surveillance for needleless connectors (NC) which have a positive displacement.

14. Commentary: Journal Watch
Neil Wigglesworth & Deborah Xuereb
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 248-250, doi:10.1177/1757177416659535
: The journal watch feature is provided as a service to our readers. The intention is to highlight new research and other developments in infection prevention and control and related fields, published elsewhere. A brief description of each article and its main findings is given here; readers are encouraged to refer to the full published article for the details of the work.

Journal Table of Contents

New Zealand Medical Journal,Vol 129(1440) 19 August 2016

15A. Editorial: A change in focus in colorectal cancer in New Zealand: not should we screen, but who and how should we screen?
15B. Opioid rain: opioid prescribing is growing and practice is diverging
15C. Follow-up of cancer in New Zealand: time to review the model of care
15D. Pharmaceutical funding decisions must balance therapeutic innovation, opportunity costs and patient equity
15E. Methods of a national colorectal cancer cohort study: the PIPER Project
15F. Subsidised access to new melanoma drugs: in need of further innovation?
15G. Continuity of cancer patient care in New Zealand: the general practitioner perspective
15H. The incidence of Orofacial Cleft in live births in New Zealand
15I. Productivity losses associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand
. Lack of housing, hospital treatment and premature mortality: a cohort study of people in Counties Manukau district
15K. In-hospital morbidity and brain metrics of preterm neonates born 1998–2009


16. Massey University inaugural Public Health Symposium
Building capacity for public health gain
Date: 30 September 2016
Venue: Te Wharewaka o Poneke | Wellington Waterfront | 10am-5pm
This event will be a forum for dialogue, debate, and sharing of research and practice that focuses on building capacity for public health gain in New Zealand.
Includes presentations such as:

  • Sleep as a Public Health Issue [Professor Philippa Gander]
  • Pae Ora: Māori Health Horizons and the Public Health Workforce

To access the programme:
Registration is free but please RSVP to Vicki McNaught  

17. MoH E-Cigarettes Consultation
This is a recording of a recent live expert video panel discussion hosted by Hāpai and the Cancer Society on the MoH E-Cigarettes Consultation document
Expert Panel: Richard Edwards (Otago University), Chris Bullen and Natalie Walker (Auckland University). Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins E-cig technical stop smoking expert.
The live panel occurred on Tuesday 30th of August between 2:30pm - 4:00pm.
Submissions on the consultation document close: 12th of September 2016
Further questions: or

News National

18. Restoring wellbeing
ODT - Monday, 5 September 2016
By Bruce Munro
Young people are experiencing mental distress in record numbers, as politicians and health  providers scramble to improve young people's wellbeing, writes Bruce Munro. The solution, however, may be as simple as it is demanding.

News International

19. Untangling controversies around prostate cancer screenings


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