Articles - Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
1. The Association between 5HT2A T102C and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis.
Tang, Liang; Wang, Yan; Chen, Yiwei; Chen, Lianghui; Zheng, Shui; Bao, Meihua; Xiang, Ju; Luo, Huaiqing; Li, Jianming & Li, Yungui
BioMed Research International, 11/16/2017; 2017 1-14. 14p
Abstract: The serotonin receptor gene (5-HT2A) has been reported to be a susceptible factor in behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, previous results were conflicting. We aim to investigate the association of 5-HT2A T102C with BPSD in AD using a meta-analysis
2. Antipsychotic use for behaviours by persons with dementia in residential aged care: the relatives' perspectives.
De Bellis, Anita; Bradley, Sandra L.
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, Sep-Nov 2017; 35(1): 23-32. 10p
Abstract: To explore relatives' experience, knowledge and perceptions of challenging behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and association with antipsychotic use for persons with dementia in residential aged care.
3. Organizational factors related to the confidence of workers in working with residents with dementia or depression in aged care facilities.
McCabe, Marita P.; Mellor, David; Karantzas, Gery; Von Treuer, Kathryn; Davison, Tanya E.; O'Connor, Daniel
Aging & Mental Health, May 2017; 21(5): 487-493. 7p
Abstract: There has been limited research examining how organizational factors are associated with the level of confidence of residential aged care staff in managing both residents' depression and the behavioural and psychological symptoms of residents with dementia (BPSD). This study investigated this issue.
Articles – Animal assisted therapies
4. A 4-Legged Approach to Clinical Education and Research: In Southeastern Louisiana University's Pet Project, therapy dogs bolster traditional clinic services.
ASHA Leader, May 2018; 23(5): 32-33. 2p
Abstract: The author focuses on the animal-assisted therapy program, The Pet Project, that she initiated in 2011 at the Southeastern Louisiana University to improve the clinical education and research in communication sciences and disorders. The steps in developing an AAT program including the need to build a relationship with a therapy animal team, are presented. Also discussed is the positive outcomes of using the program to a boy with receptive and expressive language disorder.
5. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Lessons from "Case Reports" in Media Stories.
Altschuler, Eric L.
Military Medicine, Jan/Feb 2018; 183(1/2): 11-13. 3p
Abstract: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can follow war trauma, sexual abuse, other traumas, and even be experienced by commanders for the PTSD of their subordinates. Medications and counseling are sometimes not effective, so new treatments are needed. Some years ago, I suggested that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) (pet therapy) might be beneficial for PTSD.
6. Qualitative Perspectives of an Animal-Assisted Therapy Program.
Firmin, Michael W.; Brink, Jennifer E.; Firmin, Ruth L.; Grigsby, Megan E. & Trudel, Janna Foster
Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Oct 2016; 22(5): 204-213. 10p
Abstract: Recent literature suggests that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has shown significant results for a variety of clinical populations. However, little is known about how clinicians involved in using AAT frame their practices, understand their roles among other human-service providers, and perceive success when providing AAT services.
7. Effectiveness of Animal Assisted Therapy after brain injury: A bridge to improved outcomes in CRT
NeuroRehabilitation, 2016; 39(1): 135-140. 6p
Abstract: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been widely used as a complementary therapy in mental health treatment especially to remediate social skill deficits. The goal of AAT is to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to draw upon the literature on AAT and explore specific applications to cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) and social skills training.
Articles – Nursing Management [RCN], 30 November 2018
8. Keeping support and clinical supervision on your agenda.
Colthart I., Duffy K & Blair V et al
Nursing Management [RCN], 30 November 2018, Vol 25 issue 5.
Abstract: The Winterbourne review (DH 2012) states that supervision should be viewed as a core element of care that helps ensure staff demonstrate their organisations’ values, while McCutcheon et al (2018) highlight that clinical supervision has an internationally recognised potential to improve patient care and safety
9. Nurses’ role ‘more significant than doctors’ when spreading good practice, study confirms
Nursing Management [RCN], 30 November 2018, Vol 25 issue 5, 13-13.
Abstract: Researchers call for peer-to-peer support to enable nurses to take on ‘hybrid’ leadership positions. A study from Warwick Business School has confirmed the importance of shared leadership involving clinicians and managers and the value of nurses in ‘hybrid’ leadership roles.
10. Too few primary care nurses with leadership roles involved in service delivery decisions Stephanie Jones-Berry, Health writer
Nursing Management [RCN], 30 November 2018, Vol 25 issue 5, 10-11.
Abstract: Nurses’ Voice network seeks to help primary care nurses develop their careers. Too little ‘clear, visible’ nursing leadership is threatening nurses’ future in primary care, argues one nurse working to improve nursing provision in the community.
Articles – Nursing Management [RCN]. 30 May 2018, Vol. 25, Issue 2
11. Critical preparation and readiness to support future change
Curtis E, Duffy E, O’Rourke F et al
Nursing Management.[RCN] 30 May 2018; 25(2):31-38. doi 10.7748/nm.2018.e1749
Abstract: The challenging nature of change is well documented and adequate preparation before implementing a change initiative is critical to reducing resistance and increasing its chances of success. This article describes a service review conducted in preparation for possible change and improvement at an internationally ranked school of nursing and midwifery in an Irish tertiary education institution.
12. The role and experiences of advanced nurse practitioners working in out of hours urgent care services in a primary care setting.
Nursing Management [RCN] 30 May 2018; 25(2):18-23. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1745
Abstract: This article evaluates the role and experiences of ANPs working in an OOH urgent primary care service and identifies important factors that affect their roles. Positive factors enable job satisfaction, but challenges associated with knowledge base, perceptions, role definitions and isolation must be considered for quality and governance purposes.
13. Non-technical skills required to recognise and escalate patient deterioration in acute hospital settings
Large C & Aldridge M
Nursing Management [RCN] 30 May 2018; 25(2): 24-30. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1707.
Abstract: This article examines the non-technical skills nurses require to recognise and escalate patient deterioration. It explores and analyses the literature on this topic and suggests there is a need for greater focus on situational awareness in nurse training and in healthcare in general, as this is linked to improved patient safety.
Journal - Table of Contents
Australasian Emergency Care, November 2018 Vol. 21, Issue 4
Formerly Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
14A. Implementation of guidelines for sepsis management in emergency departments: A systematic review
14B. Nurse-performed focused ultrasound in the emergency department: A systematic review
14C. Pragmatic evaluation of an observational pain assessment scale in the emergency department: The Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia (PAINAD) scale
14D. ‘It's turned our world upside down’: Support needs of parents of critically injured children during Emergency Department admission – A qualitative inquiry
14E. Enhancing the training of trauma resuscitation flash teams: A mixed methods study
14F. Development and preliminary testing of an online software system to facilitate assessment of accuracy and consistency in applying the Australasian Triage scale
14G. Incidence and factors associated with substance abuse and patient-related violence in the emergency department: A literature review.
15. Goodfellow Symposium
Date: 22- 24 March 2019
Programme: 80 presentations over two days. The programme includes: what's new in joint replacement with Kevin Karpik, early detection of skin cancer with Chris Boberg, exploring new paradigms for depression with Giresh Kanji, as well as everything you need to know about ear infections with Melanie Collins
More information and to register: www.goodfellowunit.org/symposium.
News – National
16. Doctors and DHBs to discuss rosters and pay again
The public-hospital doctors and district health boards will meet in Auckland on Thursday in a second round of mediation in the dispute over rosters and pay. The doctors went on a for 48-hour strike last week, and another 48-hour strike is planned for next Monday and Tuesday
17. Baby's blister burns blamed on Cancer Society sunscreen
ODT 17 January 2019
A 4-month-old baby is suffering "horrific" blister burns after 50 SPF Cancer Society sunscreen failed to protect the wee tot from New Zealand's harsh rays, his mother says. The Cancer Society have confirmed an investigation into the sunscreen is underway following five "serious" complaints over this summer season.
18. 'Hidden pain' in aged care: delayed and missed care commonplace - survey
Stuff – 17 Jan 2019
Aged care residents are missing out on basic care, including regular showering and toileting, as staff struggle with overwhelming workloads, new research suggests. A survey of nearly 1200 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation (NZNO) and E tū members found about 83 per cent of respondents thought care was delayed or missed either every shift or most shifts.
19. Scammers searching for medication target Waikato retirement village residents
Waikato Times – 16 Jan 2019
Retirement village residents are being warned of a scam in which strangers knock on doors requesting to check the resident's medication. The door-knockers claim to be from the local DHB, and ask to inspect all medication stored in the resident's unit.
News – International
20. Sydney Legionnaires' disease warning: four people infected
The Age - 23 January 2019
Sydney building owners have been warned to guard against legionnaires disease outbreaks by checking their water cooling towers, after four people contracted the condition. The four individuals contracted the legionnaires strain Legionella pneumophilia, which is commonly found in contaminated water cooling towers in large buildings, NSW Health reported on Wednesday
21. The microbiome inside our bodies dictates many aspects of our health – and is as individual as we are.
BBC – 22 January 2019
Inside your gastrointestinal (GI) tract are trillions of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. You have roughly the same number of micro-organisms in there, mostly in the large intestine, as you do human cells in your entire body