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Issue 21 - 8 November 2021

Read Kai Tiaki online

Articles: Long COVID

  1. Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19
  2. Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID
  3. Severe Fatigue in Long COVID: Web-Based Quantitative Follow-up Study in Members of Online Long COVID Support Groups
  4. Long-COVID and how to promote patients’ recovery: Nurses can bring hope to those who remain debilitated months after onset of illness
  5. Coping with long-COVID: how to support patients: The wide range of symptoms and potential long-term implications, and the services being established to offer help
  6. Unpacking “long COVID”

Articles: AlterNative Journal, 2021

  1. Urban mobility of Indigenous women: literature review and possible research routes
  2. Pathways for sexual health promotion among Indigenous boys and men: stakeholder perspectives
  3. Forming strong cultural identities in an intersecting space of indigeneity and autism in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand
  4. Indigenous resilience and the COVID-19 response: a situation report on the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia

Articles: Medical/Health Care Errors

  1. Poor Physician-Patient Communication and Medical Error
  2. The never-ending story of Never Events in the NHS
  3. Apologies restore trust when physicians make errors, erode patient experience
  4. Do No Harm: A Case Study on the Importance of Listening
  5. Enabling difficult conversations in the Australian health sector
  6. Reflecting on why surgical swabs are being left behind and exploring how this could be prevented
  7. Considerations When Evaluating COVID-related Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases
  8. Best Practices for Handling Adverse Events
  9. Do Nurses Make More Nursing Errors Working 12 Hour Shifts Without Getting a 30-minute Uninterrupted Break?
  10. Medical errors in the pediatric emergency department: Don’t make these mistakes!

Events

  1. eHTV Webinar: Uncertainty is the new certainty: coping in a changing health environment
  2. eHTV Webinar: 2021 Year in Review - lessons on digital transformation
  3. Using restorative approaches to heal and learn: Humanising harm

National news

  1. Covid-19 and lockdowns: How to avoid burnout in the last quarter of 2021

International news

  1. Does exercise hold the key to a therapy for the ageing brain?
  2. Over a third of COVID-19 patients diagnosed with at least one long-COVID symptom

 

Articles: Long COVID

1. Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19

Maxime Taquet., Quentin Dercon., Sierra Luciano., John R. Geddes., Masud Husain., & Paul J. Harrison.
PLOS Medicine. (2021, Sept)

Long-COVID refers to a variety of symptoms affecting different organs reported by people following Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. We conducted a retrospective cohort study based on linked electronic health records (EHRs) data from 81 million patients including 273,618 COVID-19 survivors.

2. Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID

Glasper, A.
British Journal of Nursing. (2021, Sept)

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a plan that seeks to address the healthcare issues that may follow COVID-19 infection. Long COVID can be a complex, multi-system disease requiring multiprofessional joined up care linked to patients’ clinical needs.

3. Severe Fatigue in Long COVID: Web-Based Quantitative Follow-up Study in Members of Online Long COVID Support Groups

Maarten Van Herck., Goërtz, Yvonne M. J., Houben-Wilke, Sarah., Machado, Felipe V C., Meys, Roy., et al.
Journal of Medical Internet Research. (2021, Sep)

Fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom in patients with persistent complaints following COVID-19 (ie, long COVID). Longitudinal studies examining the intensity of fatigue and differentiating between physical and mental fatigue are lacking. The objectives of this study were to (1) assess the severity of fatigue over time in members of online long COVID peer support groups, and (2) assess whether members of these groups experienced mental fatigue, physical fatigue, or both.

4. Long-COVID and how to promote patients’ recovery: Nurses can bring hope to those who remain debilitated months after onset of illness

Nursing Standard. (2020, Sep)

Initially it was thought most people would recover from COVID-19 within a fortnight. But it is now clear many people who have had the virus have experienced symptoms that can last months. And so, the name ‘long-COVID’ has been coined.

5. Coping with long-COVID: how to support patients: The wide range of symptoms and potential long-term implications, and the services being established to offer help

Nursing Standard. (2021, Mar)

COVID-19 has left devastation in its wake, not only in terms of the number of people who have died, but also those who have survived and are experiencing its lasting effects. Millions have been infected and, while most have recovered, significant numbers are living with long-COVID

6. Unpacking "long COVID"

Canadian Medical Association. Journal: CMAJ. (2021, Mar)

Experts at a recent World Health Organization meeting warned that the long-term complications of COVID-19, known as "long COVID" or post- COVID-19 condition, may become a crisis within a crisis for health systems already stretched thin by the pandemic. If 10%-20% of people with COVID-19 experience long-term symptoms, as a growing body of evidence suggests, "we've got 10-20 million cases out there to manage," said Dr. Daniel Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London.

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Articles: AlterNative Journal, 2021

7. Urban mobility of Indigenous women: literature review and possible research routes

Paola Marcela Romero Gutiérrez, Adriana Inés Olivares González
AlterNative. (2021). 17(3), 378–386. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801211038653

Indigenous women in Mexico constitute one of the most vulnerable social groups in cities; however, gender and mobility studies have mainly been focused on sexual violence. Some Latin American documents suggest the importance of intersectionality, but they do not bring empirical diagnostics.

8. Pathways for sexual health promotion among Indigenous boys and men: stakeholder perspectives

Maya Biderman., Nicole Doria., Jad Sinno., Jenny Rebekah Rand., Lisa Hackett., Arthur Dave Miller., Jane McMillan., Scott Lekas., & Matthew Numer.
AlterNative. (2021). 17(3), 387–396. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801211023207

The sexual health of Indigenous Peoples in Canada has been identified as an important community and public health concern; however, there is a lack of research on the sexual health needs of Indigenous boys and men. This article shares results from interviews conducted with six stakeholders to explore pathways for sexual health promotion and considers the impacts of colonialism and other socio-political contextual factors on Indigenous boys’ and men’s sexual health.

9. Forming strong cultural identities in an intersecting space of indigeneity and autism in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand

Heather A Simpson
AlterNative. (2021). 17(3), 416–424. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801211039274

This article discusses culturally responsive interventions aimed at supporting strong cultural identity formation and safeguard Indigenous and autistic people from stigmatization, misrepresentation, and erasure of identity.

10. Indigenous resilience and the COVID-19 response: a situation report on the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia

Rusaslina Idrus., Zanisah Man., Anthony Williams-Hunt., Tijah Yok Chopil
AlterNative. (2021). 17(3), 439–443. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801211038723

In this situation report, we discuss the response of the Orang Asli, the aboriginal people of Peninsular Malaysia, to COVID-19, focusing specifically on the community’s actions to protect themselves from the coronavirus during the government-imposed lockdown.

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Articles: Medical/Health Care Errors

11. Poor Physician-Patient Communication and Medical Error

Lazris, Andy., Roth, Alan R., Haskell, Helen., & James, John.
American Family Physician (2021, Jun). 103(12), 757-759.

Good communication between physicians and patients is essential to enable good outcomes and avoid medical errors. Sometimes patients cannot express their concerns and needs clearly. Conversely, physicians often overestimate their communication skills, and such skills have been shown to decline during a physician’s career.

12. The never-ending story of Never Events in the NHS

Tingle, J.
British Journal of Nursing. (2021). 30(13), 826-827. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.13.826

One major patient safety metric that helps us judge the safety of a hospital or other healthcare facility is the number of Never Events that occur. 'Never Events are serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if healthcare providers have implemented existing national guidance or safety recommendations.

13. Apologies restore trust when physicians make errors, erode patient experience

Cheney, C.
Healthcare Leadership Review. (2021, Jul.) 40(7), 3-4.

Trust is an essential component in the relationship between physicians and patients. When a medical error occurs or a physician creates a negative patient experience such as being significantly late for an appointment, an apology can repair damage to the trust in a relationship.

14. Do No Harm: A Case Study on the Importance of Listening

Garcia, C.
Journal of the American Herbalists Guild. (2021, Summer). 19(1), 47-49.

For many herbalists, harm reduction has become synonymous with preventing or reducing the self-harm done by those addicted to certain drugs or alcohol. That view of harm reduction is fundamental. However, it is only one aspect of a much larger issue that permeates all facets of the healthcare community.

15. Enabling difficult conversations in the Australian health sector

King, C., & Williams, B.
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. (2021, Jun-Aug). 38(3), 5-13.

Enabling difficult conversations between healthcare professionals is a complicated endeavour involving individual, team, profession, and organisational changes. This implies making a significant effort in presenting training and educational opportunities for all health professionals. What is already known about the topic? Poor communication is a key contributor to medical errors.

16. Reflecting on why surgical swabs are being left behind and exploring how this could be prevented

Spranzi, F.
British Journal of Midwifery. (2021, Jun). 29(6), 310-315. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.6.310

Surgical swabs are routinely used by obstetricians and midwives to absorb blood during caesarean sections or perineal repairs following a vaginal birth. On rare occasions, a surgical swab can be left behind by mistake inside the patient's body. When an incident involving a retained swab occurs, this is declared a 'never event'.

17. Considerations When Evaluating COVID-related Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases

Dickinson, J.
Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, (2021, Summer). 32(2), 6-11.

The analysis of medical malpractice and personal injury claims involving the coronavirus pandemic will be exceptionally nuanced given the dynamic medical, advisory, regulatory, and legal factors surrounding this global emergency. While these claims are just starting to be fled and thus state case law is still being established, the considerations discussed in this article may serve as a starting point and a guide for the legal nurse consultant when evaluating medical malpractice and personal injury claims involving incidents arising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

18. Best Practices for Handling Adverse Events

Ahc Media
Same-Day Surgery, (2021, Jun.) 45(6), 1-3.

Mistakes and near-miss errors occur in every healthcare setting. With proper planning, surgery professionals can minimize adverse events and react appropriately if they do occur to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.

19. Do Nurses Make More Nursing Errors Working 12 Hour Shifts Without Getting a 30-minute Uninterrupted Break?

Martin, C.
Iowa Nurse Reporter. (2021, Apr-Jun). 4(3), 6-7.

The research or evidence is not well defined in the literature involving the correlation between nurses taking breaks and number of nursing errors made. A few resources provide information about compassion fatigue and burnout in relation to errors. Compassion fatigue can lead to high levels of stress at work, errors in judgment as well as physical and emotional exhaustion (Henson, 2020).

20. Medical errors in the pediatric emergency department: Don't make these mistakes!

Selbst, S. M., Krill, K.
Contemporary Pediatrics. (2020, Dec). 37(12), 24-26.

The article discusses the common causes of medical error in pediatric emergency medicine and office practice. Topics mentioned include the reason why the emergency department (ED) is a high-risk area where medical errors are likely, errors in pediatric emergency medicine that relate to physician fatigue, and the need for ED providers to communicate well with patients and families to obtain an accurate history and develop a management plan together.

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Events

21. eHTV Webinar: Uncertainty is the new certainty: coping in a changing health environment

Date: Wednesday 17th November 2021
Time: 12.30-1.30 pm
Venue: Online

22. eHTV Webinar: 2021 Year in Review - lessons on digital transformation

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2021
Time:  12.30-2.00 pm
Venue: Online

23. Using restorative approaches to heal and learn: Humanising harm

Date: 24 Mar 2022 9:00am to 4.00pm
Venue: Pipitea Marae & Function Centre, 55–59 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this in-person hui has been postponed to 24 March 2022. All existing registrations will automatically be transferred to the new date.

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National news

24. Covid-19 and lockdowns: How to avoid burnout in the last quarter of 2021

Bay of Plenty Times - 7 Oct, 2021 

2020 was a pretty rough year. Covid-19 hit and everything changed. Unfortunately, 2021 has not been much better as the pandemic continues to control the way we live our lives. So how do we get through the final quarter of the year unscathed by the added pressures and stresses of life as we know it?

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International news

25. Does exercise hold the key to a therapy for the ageing brain?

ABC Health & Wellbeing - 23 Oct 2021

We all know exercise is good for us — it's why we keep persevering when it starts to feel really hard. Moving your body is important for heart health, wellbeing, and maintaining a healthy weight.

26. Over a third of COVID-19 patients diagnosed with at least one long-COVID symptom

University of Oxford - 29/9/2021

37% of people had at least one long-COVID symptom diagnosed in the 3-6 month period after COVID-19 infection. The most common symptoms were breathing problems, abdominal symptoms, fatigue, pain and anxiety/depression. This new study from the University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) investigated long-COVID in over 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 infection, using data from the US-based TriNetX electronic health record network.

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