NZNO Library

NZNO Library Current Awareness Newsletter

Current NZNO members can:

  • Subscribe to get regular nursing, health and employment current awareness content from the NZNO Library.
  • Request copies of articles. There may be a limit on the number of articles that can be provided from any given journal, in order to adhere to copyright.

To Search, start typing in the Search box below and either:

  1. Choose from the entries that appear, or
  2. Click the magnifying glass to see all entries that match your search
  3. Scroll down to browse.

Or you can browse the newsletter archives.

Issue 9 - 30 June 2021

Check it Out - Kai Tiaki is now online

Books held by the NZNO Library:

  1. Critical thinking and everyday argument [HF 5548 VER]
  2. The ethics of health care rationing: An introduction [WA 525 BOG]
  3. A handbook for the interpretation of laboratory tests [WB 141 HAN]
  4. Six frames for thinking about information [HF 5548 DEB]
  5. The six value medals: the essential tool for success in the 21st century [HF 5387 DEB]

Articles: Journal of Infection Prevention:

  1. Antibiotic usage and stewardship in patients with COVID-19: too much antibiotic in uncharted waters?
  2. Covering surgical instruments with single- or double-layer drape pending surgery: an experimental study in a perioperative setting
  3. Reasons behind flu vaccine acceptance and suggested interventions to promote flu vaccination acceptance among healthcare workers
  4. Using a nurse-initiated bedside tool to decrease inappropriate testing for Clostridioides difficile in hospital settings

Articles: Stroke Prevention:

  1. The role of diet in secondary stroke prevention
  2. Patient Perspectives on Factors Affecting Direct Oral Anticoagulant Use for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
  3. Efficacy of aspirin, clopidogrel, and ticlopidine in stroke prevention: A population-based case-cohort study in Taiwan
  4. Lifestyle counselling as secondary prevention in patients with minor stroke and transient ischemic attack: study protocol for a randomized controlled pilot study

Events:

  1. Trans Health Symposium

National news:

  1. Ransomware attack: Waikato DHB documents appear to have been released online
  2. Lockdowns harmed children’s writing achievement, Education Ministry report says

International news

  1. Managing your mental health when facing a new COVID-19 lockdown
  2. Children who eat more ultra-processed food gain weight more quickly, study suggests

Back to top

Books held by the NZNO Library

The following books can be borrowed by current NZNO members, for a period of 4 weeks. Please provide a street address so that the books can be couriered to you.

1. Critical thinking and everyday argument [HF 5548 VER]

Jay Verlinden

Argumentation isn’t just for members of the debate team. It’s for you and the situation you’ll encounter every day in your life. With this book you will learn how to present your ideas and respond to arguments made by others with confidence.

2. The ethics of health care rationing: An introduction [WA 525 BOG]

Greg Bognar and Iwao Hirose

This book considers and assesses the major ethical problems and dilemmas about the allocation, scarcity and rationing of health care. What is the value of health? How can it be measured? What does it mean that a treatment is "good value for money"?

3. A handbook for the interpretation of laboratory tests [WB 141 HAN]

Edited by Michael Gill

A useful resource for practitioners in primary health care. One of the roles of laboratory medicine is to look at the possibility of early disease and provide evidence for an against, before the classical picture has time to develop.

4. Six frames for thinking about information [HF 5548 DEB]

Edward de Bono

How much attention do we pay to the usual? So, what can we do about it? Well, instead of waiting for attention to be pulled towards something unusual, we can set out frameworks for 'directing' our attention in a conscious manner. Just as we can decide to look north, west or even south-east, so we can set up a framework for directing our attention, and that's where Edward de Bono's 'six frames' come into it.

5. The six value medals: the essential tool for success in the 21st century [HF 5387 DEB]

Edward de Bono

Conflicts in the business world often arise because of a clash of values, and it is therefore essential that companies, managers, and employees all have a full understanding of the values at play. This pioneering study provides a basis for values assessment and explains how values come into all areas of business thinking, behavior, and decision-making, whether human values, organizational values, cultural values, or perceptual values. 

Back to top

Articles – Journal of Infection Prevention

6. Antibiotic usage and stewardship in patients with COVID-19: too much antibiotic in uncharted waters?

Terry John Evans., Harriet Claire Davidson., Jen Mae Low., Marina Basarab & Amber Arnold

Journal of Infection Prevention 2021), 22(3), 119–125. 

Antimicrobial usage and stewardship programmes during COVID-19 have been poorly studied. Prescribing practice varies despite national guidelines, and there is concern that stewardship principles have suffered.

7. Covering surgical instruments with single- or double-layer drape pending surgery: an experimental study in a perioperative setting

Maria Qvistgaard., Sofia Almerud-Österberg & Jenny Lovebo

Journal of Infection Prevention 2021, 22(3), 126–131.

Surgical site infections (SSI) constitute a severe threat to surgery patients. The surgical environment must be as free of contaminating microorganisms as possible. Using sterile surgical instruments while performing surgery is an absolute necessity for ensuring quality of care in perioperative settings. 

Aim: To compare bacterial contamination of agar plates after 15h on set surgical instrument tables covered with a single- or double-layer drape. 

8. Reasons behind flu vaccine acceptance and suggested interventions to promote flu vaccination acceptance among healthcare workers

Omar Enzo Santangelo., Fabrizio Cedrone., Leandro Gentile., Sandro Provenzano., Giulia Dallagiacoma., Francesco Armetta & Vincenza Gianfredi

Journal of Infection Prevention 2021, 22(3), 132-135.

The flu vaccination rate is still too low, both among healthcare providers (HCPs) and among health sciences university students. This study aims to assess the reasons of past and future flu vaccination acceptance among health sciences university students, and second, to identify what interventions would be helpful to foster acceptance of the flu vaccination among HCPs

9. Using a nurse-initiated bedside tool to decrease inappropriate testing for Clostridioides difficile in hospital settings

Amy Lenz., Genevieve Davis., Hoda Asmar., Arby Nahapetian., John Dingilian & Ramesh V Nathan

Journal of Infection Prevention 2021, 22(3), 136–139.

Overdiagnosis of Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is associated with increased hospital length of stay, antibiotic overuse, unnecessary infection prevention efforts and excess costs. This study evaluated a paper-based bedside C. difficile screening tool on the number of C. difficile laboratory tests performed and number of C. difficile infection (CDI) diagnoses. Nurses used the tool to determine whether stool should be sent for C. difficile testing.

Back to top

Articles – Stroke Prevention

10. The role of diet in secondary stroke prevention

English, Coralie., MacDonald-Wicks, Lesley., Patterson, Amanda., Attia, John., & Hankey, Graeme J.

The Lancet Neurology, Feb 2021. 20(2), 150-160.

The association between diet quality and the risk of recurrent stroke is less certain and there is no reliable evidence that improving diet quality or dietary supplementation reduces recurrent stroke risk. In the absence of reliable evidence from randomised clinical trials, the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) approach can be used to assess the potential causal role of diet quality and interventions in reducing recurrent stroke, and to provide guidance for clinical practice and directions for future research.

11. Patient Perspectives on Factors Affecting Direct Oral Anticoagulant Use for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

Medlinskiene, Kristina., Richardson, Susan., Fylan, Beth., Stirling, Katherine., Rattray, Marcus; et al.

Patient Preference and Adherence, 2021. Vol. 15, 953-966.

Oral anticoagulant therapy choices for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) expanded in the last decade with the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC). However, the implementation of DOACs was slow and varied across different health economies in England. There is limited evidence on the patient role in the uptake of new medicines, including DOACs, apart from considering their demographic and clinical characteristics. Hence, this study aimed to address the gap by exploring the view of patients with AF on factors affecting DOAC use.

12. Efficacy of aspirin, clopidogrel, and ticlopidine in stroke prevention: A population-based case-cohort study in Taiwan

Yi-Sin, Wong., Ching-Fang, Tsai., Yueh-Han Hsu & Cheung-Ter Ong.

PLoS One, Dec 2020. 15 (12), e0242466.

In real-world practice settings, there is insufficient evidence on the efficacy of antiplatelet drugs, including clopidogrel, aspirin, and ticlopidine, in stroke prevention. 

Purpose: To compare the efficacies between aspirin and clopidogrel and aspirin and ticlopidine in stroke prevention.

13. Lifestyle counselling as secondary prevention in patients with minor stroke and transient ischemic attack: study protocol for a randomized controlled pilot study

Liljehult, Jacob., Molsted, Stig., Møller, Tom., Overgaard, Dorthe., Adamsen, Lis; et al.

Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2020. Vol. 6, 1-11.

Most patients with minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are discharged with little or no specialised follow-up. Nonetheless, these patients have a high prevalence of cognitive impairments and a considerable risk of recurrent stroke. Smoking cessation, physical activity, and adherence to antihypertensive and antithrombotic medication are highly recommended in patients with minor stroke and TIA. Evidence suggests that simple encouragement to change lifestyle is ineffective. Behavioural interventions might therefore be needed to support patients in managing their own health post-discharge.

Back to top

Events

14. Trans Health Symposium

The Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA) is an interdisciplinary professional organisation working to promote the health, wellbeing, and rights of transgender people.

Date: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021

Venue: Tautoru TSB Space, Tūranga Central Library, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Back to top

National news

15. Ransomware attack: Waikato DHB documents appear to have been released online

Stuff – 29 June 2021

Documents from Waikato District Health Board appear to have been released online in the wake of the devastating ransomware attack on the DHB in May. The list of documents suggests it includes folders housing patient information as well information about employees and the DHB’s financial affairs.

16. Lockdowns harmed children's writing achievement, Education Ministry report says

Radio New Zealand – 29 June 2021

Test results indicate last year's lockdowns damaged children's achievement in writing, but had little effect on their reading and maths.

Back to top

International news

17. Managing your mental health when facing a new COVID-19 lockdown

ABC Everyday – June 2021

As we prepare to retreat to our homes, it's important to be mindful of the impacts of uncertainty and isolation. Here are some strategies from psychologists to help you manage your mental health in lockdown.

18. Children who eat more ultra-processed food gain weight more quickly, study suggests

By Katie Hunt, CNN – June 2021

Children who eat more ultra-processed food are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, a new 17-year study of more than 9,000 British children born in the 1990s suggests. The researchers also found that ultra-processed foods -- including frozen pizzas, fizzy drinks, mass-produced bread and some ready-to-eat meals -- accounted for a very high proportion of children's diets -- more than 60% of calories on average.

Back to top

 

NZNO Library Current Awareness enquiry

Loading
  • Note: You must be a current financial member of NZNO to request copies of articles.

  • Please send me items from the following e-Newsletter(s):

Archives, by date