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Issue 39 - 28 Nov 2016

Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion Through the Chaos
A pocket book of wisdom from over 100 recovery leaders who share the messages they wish they’d had.

Articles – Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016

1. 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. This article discusses the sources and routes of PVC-associated infection and outlines known effective prevention and intervention strategies.

2. Economic impact of Tegaderm chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) dressing in critically ill patients
Praveen Thokala, Martin Arrowsmith, Edith Poku, Marissa Martyn-St James, Jeff Anderson, Steve Foster, Tom Elliott, and Tony Whitehouse
Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2016 17: 216-223, first published on July 13, 2016 doi:10.1177/1757177416657162
: To estimate the economic impact of a TegadermTM chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) gel dressing compared with a standard intravenous (i.v.) dressing (defined as non-antimicrobial transparent film dressing), used for insertion site care of short-term central venous and arterial catheters (intravascular catheters) in adult critical care patients using a cost-consequence model populated with data from published sources

3. Characterisation of occupational blood and body fluid exposures beyond the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
Judith Green-McKenzie, Ronda B McCarthy, and 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.

4. Needleless connectors: the vascular access catheter’s microbial gatekeeper
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. There are various different designs which make it difficult for purchasers to identify the features which present the least risk and greatest safety. 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.

5. Outbreak column 19: needleless connectors (NCs) tales from nine outbreaks
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.

Articles – Public Speaking Techniques

6. What's on your mind?
By Saltz, Gail.
Health. May 2016, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p84-86. 2p
: The article focuses on panic attack, acute and disabling anxiety related to fear of public speaking which leads to rapid heartbeat, nausea and sweating. Topics discussed include cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety disorder, anxiety medication to control social anxiety disorder, and beta-blocker medication to control low blood pressure.

7. Delivering an effective presentation
By Medina, Melissa S.; Avant, Nicole D.
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 7/1/2015, Vol. 72 Issue 13, p1091-1094. 4p
: The article discusses the issues and challenges associated with delivering a lecture or presentation before an audience of clinical pharmacists and students. Topics covered include the importance of an effective presentation, how to deliver the introduction, and what the presentation should consist of. Use of active learning strategies and how to create a slide presentation are also mentioned.

8. Getting the message across: Delivering a quality conference presentation
By Rossiter, Rachel Cathrine; Stone, Teresa Elizabeth.
Nursing & Health Sciences. Jun 2015, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p145-147. 3p
: The article presents suggestions on delivering an inspiring, instructive and accurate quality presentation. It is advised to know about the conference guidelines for oral presentations and read them carefully determine the length of time allotted to prepare accordingly. It is recommended to prepare and practice the presentation in advance during spare time.

9. Stand and deliver
By Illman, John.
Nursing Standard. 12/15/2010, Vol. 25 Issue 15-17, p1-2. 2p
: The article offers advice from John Illman, the author of the book "Beat Panic and Anxiety: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Tackling Anxiety Disorders," that nursing students can use to have less fear and anxiety when speaking in public. A discussion of the ways that feeling a certain amount of anxiety prior to public speaking can be beneficial to a speech giver is presented.

Journal - Table of Contents

From Australian Nursing & Midwifery journal, Volume 24, No.5, November 2016

10A. Editorial [Lee Thomas, ANMF Federal Secretary]
. News: National voluntary euthanasia campaign launched; Australia’s refuges health nurses come together; Nurses and midwives contemplate leaving the profession
10C. News: Health system unprepared for impacts of climate change; Multi-layered approach to tackle gender equality
10D. Challenges to remote health workforce; Engage nursing leadership white paper informs; Remote health workers urged to build culture of safety
10E. Anti-vaccination and social media warning; Aged care complaints on the rise
10F. World: Tackling global issues for a better world
10G. Working life: Renowned nursing ethicist bows out – Megan-Jane Johnstone
10H. Professional: Nurses Practitioners-The answer for aged care
10I. Nurse Practitioners: The road less travelled; Nurse practitioners taking urgent care of Perth
10J. Education: Understanding ebola virus
10K. Legal: The importance of a specific consent
10L. Clinical update: Falls and fall injury in mental health inpatient units for older people
10M. Research: Cardio-vascular disease killing Australian women; Midwives prone to post-traumatic stress disorder; Young adults most at risk of alcohol abuse
10N. Mens health (pages 32 - 42: Includes Challenging assumptions about men: propositions for mental health nursing; Men’s perinatal mental health; The man with prostate cancer; Screening Dads for depression in Australian early Parenting Centres
10O. Letters to the editor
10P. Calendar of events/conferences
10Q. Walking together [Sally-Anne Jones, ANMF Federal President]


11. OT Conference: Committing to social change/Nga tahitanga o te Tangata
: 13-15 September 2017
Venue: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
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12. Inaugural Improving Patient Experience Conference
Future challenges and opportunities involved in ensuring patients experience high quality care and choice.
Date: 27 - 28 April 2017
Venue: Swissotel Sydney
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News National

13. Woman celebrating 100th birthday receives 50 double-ups on cards
Stuff - November 24 2016

Evelyn Lumsden was thrilled to be celebrating her 100th birthday, receiving cards from around New Zealand and Australia. But one by one, the same card - with pink writing, pink flowers and pink butterflies - was pulled out of the envelopes. And by the 30th same card, the joke was getting old.

News – International

14. Australian nurses and midwives contemplate leaving profession as workloads bite: survey
Australia’s nurses and midwives are overworked, undervalued and in danger of burning out, with 32 percent considering leaving the profession, according to the bleak findings of a Monash Business School survey of nurses and midwives’ wellbeing.The survey (pdf), which has been undertaken every three years since 2007 by Monash Business School’s Australian Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (ACREW), found already high workloads had increased and many nurses felt silenced by management.
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15. Teenagers' brain connections 'make them learn differently'
6 October, 2016
Teenagers are often portrayed as thrill-seekers, but research suggests their brains are wired to learn from their experiences, which makes them better prepared for adulthood. In a small study, they performed better than adults at a picture-based game and brain scans showed a higher level of brain activity.

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