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Issue 34 - 3 June 2022

Articles – Occupational hazards

  1. Operating room nurses’ lived experiences of occupational hazards: A phenomenological study
  2. Effect of using an innovative tool for organizing surgical sutures on the self-efficacy of the scrub nurse during surgery
  3. Observance of preventive standards against COVID-19 transmission in operating rooms: A cross-sectional study
  4. Incidence of sharps injuries in surgical units, a meta-analysis and meta-regression
  5. Do nursing and pharmacy students practice what they preach on safe drug storage and disposal? A cross-sectional study

Articles – Triage

  1. Patients’ experiences of triage in an emergency department: A phenomenographic study
  2. Investigating the effectiveness of virtual treatment via telephone triage in a New Zealand general practice.
  3. Development and Validation of a Novel Triage Tool for Predicting Cardiac Arrest in the Emergency Department.
  4. Effect of problem-based learning on severity classification agreement by triage nurses.
  5. With ED Provider at Triage, Fewer Patients Leave Without Being Seen.
  6. Phone triage nurses’ assessment of respiratory tract infections - the tightrope walk between gatekeeping and service providing. A qualitative study.

Articles – Activism

  1. Saving the most lives - A comparison of European triage guidelines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Political Activism: Preparing Future Nurses to Impact Healthcare Policy.
  3. Last chance for aged care.
  4. Growing the impact of our collective voice
  5. Jocelyn and Maria speak truth to power.
  6. No room for complacency on speaking up, national guardian tells Nursing Times

Events

  1. Digital Health Week NZ Conference

National News

  1. Is being hooked on sugar a lifestyle choice or an addiction?

International News

  1. WA’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rules set to stay as experts see no reason to change
  2. COVID-19 reinfections on the rise across Australia as experts warn ‘Omicron  has tricks up its sleeve’
  3. As the pandemic ebbs, long-haul Covid still drains patients and confounds doctors
     

Articles – Occupational hazards

1.Operating room nurses' lived experiences of occupational hazards: A phenomenological study

Norouzi Nahid., Imani Behzad & Khorshidi Hamid Reza
Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management. (2021, Dec). Vol. 25, Article 100211.

Operating room nurses (ORNs) face various occupational hazards. The assessment of the hazards in the operating room (OR) is considered as essential due to the costs imposed by nurses' illness and disability on the society, and their importance and specialized skill.

2. Effect of using an innovative tool for organizing surgical sutures on the self-efficacy of the scrub nurse during surgery

Fatemeh Shahnazari., Ahmad Ghadami & Ali Hajihashemi
Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management. (2022, Sept). Vol. 28, Article 100256.

Applying workplace organization methods can improve staff self-efficacy which leads to the desirable outcome and proper performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of using an innovative tool for organizing surgical sutures on the self-efficacy of the surgical technologists during surgery in the operating room of Al-Zahra hospital in Isfahan.

3. Observance of preventive standards against COVID-19 transmission in operating rooms: A cross-sectional study

Mojgan Lotfi., Zahra Sheikhalipour., Vahid Zamanzadeh., Ahmadmirza Aghazadeh & Omid Zadi Akhuleh
Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management (2021). Vol. 25, Article 100212.

Due to the highly contagious innate of the novel coronavirus, the surgical team is exposed to the disease during surgical care of patient with confirmed covid-19. Therefore, the necessary measures should be taken to protect surgical caregivers. This study was conducted to determine the status of compliance with the preventive standards against covid-19 transmission in the operating room.

4. Incidence of sharps injuries in surgical units, a meta-analysis and meta-regression

Jos Verbeek & Prativa Basnet
AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. (2019). 47(4), 448-455.

Sharps injuries occur often among surgical staff, but they vary considerably. We searched PubMed and Embase for studies assessing the incidence of sharps injuries. We combined the incidence rates of similar studies in a random effects meta-analysis and explored heterogeneity with meta-regression.

5. Do nursing and pharmacy students practice what they preach on safe drug storage and disposal? A cross-sectional study

Tamara Al Rawwad., Patrici K. Schrader., Andrea Brooks., Lillian Duong & Douglas Thornton
Nurse Education Today. (2021, Dec). Vol. 107, Article 105143.

Research has confirmed a lack of knowledge regarding the risks of unused medications including diversion, misuse, or accidental overdose among health care professionals (Abdulmajeed, 2020). The study's objective is to explore safe drug storage and disposal knowledge, attitudes, and practices of professional pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and nursing students.

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Articles – Triage

6. Patients' experiences of triage in an emergency department: A phenomenographic study

Moitshepi Phiri., Tanya Heyns & Isabel Coetzee
Applied Nursing Research. (2020). Vol. 54, Article 151271.

Triage, predominantly done by nurses in the emergency department, is globally accepted as essential to prioritise the acuity of patient care. Patients with low acuity illness often express frustration and disgruntlement with the triage process and long waiting times. Consequently, some patients leave the emergency department unseen, which may negatively affect their health outcomes.

7. Investigating the effectiveness of virtual treatment via telephone triage in a New Zealand general practice.

Ure, Andrew
Journal of Primary Health Care. (2022, Apr). 14(1), 21-28.

Telemedicine, including telephone triage, is increasingly being used in New Zealand general practices. Telephone triage involves diverting requests for same-day healthcare to a phone system where presenting complaints are explored only sufficiently to identify the most appropriate management pathway.

8. Development and Validation of a Novel Triage Tool for Predicting Cardiac Arrest in the Emergency Department.

Chu-Lin Tsai., Tsung-Chien Lu., Cheng-Chung Fang., Chih-Hung Wang., Jia-You Lin., Wen-Jone Chen & Chien-Hua Huang
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health. (2022, Mar). 23(2), 258-267.

We sought to estimate the incidence of ED-based in-hospital cardiac arrest and to develop and validate a novel triage tool, the Emergency Department In-hospital Cardiac Arrest Score (EDICAS), for predicting ED-based IHCA.

9. Effect of problem-based learning on severity classification agreement by triage nurses.

Jang, Kyeongmin., Jo, Eunmi & Song, Kyoung Jun
BMC Nursing, 12/20/2021. 20(1), 1-9.

Differences in the classification results among triage nurses in the emergency room can be improved by training or applying an algorithm. This study aimed to confirm whether the agreement among triage nurses could be improved through learner-led problem-based learning.

10. With ED Provider at Triage, Fewer Patients Leave Without Being Seen.

ED Management, Dec 2021. 33(12), 1-3.

Leaders are trying to find effective ways to prevent high-risk patients from waiting too long for critical treatment — or from simply walking out the door forever.

11. Phone triage nurses' assessment of respiratory tract infections – the tightrope walk between gatekeeping and service providing. A qualitative study.

Lindberg, Bent Håkan., Rebnord, Ingrid Keilegavlen; Høye, Sigurd
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, Jun 2021. 39(2), 139-147.

12. Saving the most lives—A comparison of European triage guidelines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ehni, Hans-Jörg; Wiesing, Urban; Ranisch, Robert 
Bioethics. (2021, Feb). 35(2), 125-134.

In March 2020, the rapid increase in severe COVID-19 cases overwhelmed the healthcare systems in several European countries. Several professional associations published COVID?19 triage recommendations in an extremely short time: in 21 days between March 6 and March 27. In this article, we compare recommendations from five European countries, which combine medical and ethical reflections on this situation in some detail.

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Articles – Activism

13. Political Activism: Preparing Future Nurses to Impact Healthcare Policy.

Jaurigue, Lisa & Schmidt, Cheryl
Arizona Nurse. (2020, Jan). 73(1), 10-11.

Nursing programs need to address the topic of political activism and healthcare policy to prepare future nurses to impact the health of our nation. Political activism is a way for nurses to become active in creating, influencing, and advocating for healthcare policy that will impact the health of patients, families, and communities.

14. Last chance for aged care.

Lamp, Special issue 2022, 4-5.

In the article, the author discusses the 2022 federal election in Australia as an opportunity to address the basic weaknesses in the aged care sector as cited by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Topics include the key role played by New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) members in pressuring political parties in resolving the issues and the claim by Doctor Sarah Russell on the need for leadership to achieve real change.

15. Growing the impact of our collective voice

Woodson, Amanda
InMotion, Mar/Apr2022. 32(2), 16-17.

Every voice matters in policy no matter how old you are. In the words of Japanese philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, “History has always been shaped by the power of youth.”

16. Jocelyn and Maria speak truth to power.

Hofman, Jocelyn
Lamp (LAMP), Feb/Mar2022. 79(1), 22-23.

The article presents an interview with Jocelyn Hofman, a nurse in aged care and Maria O'Neill, a retired aged care nurse and honorary New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) member. Among the issues they discussed include their meeting with opposition leader Anthony Albanese, wherein they shared how the aged care sector is suffering, how they are encouraged by his support for reform in aged care, and their commitment to get more leaders sign up to their aged care campaign.

17. No room for complacency on speaking up, national guardian tells Nursing Times

By Gemma Mitchell
Nursing Times, 20 May, 2022  

Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark said it was “really concerning” to hear stories of nurses being silenced or facing negative repercussions for speaking up, including those revealed by Nursing Times in a special investigation last year.

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Events

18. Digital Health Week NZ Conference

Dates: 5 - 8 December 2022
Venue: Energy Events Centre in Rotorua

National News

19. Is being hooked on sugar a lifestyle choice or an addiction?

HRCNZ – 12 May 2022

It can be incredibly hard to resist the lure of lollies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, especially for those of us with a sweet tooth. But what if this craving for sugary foods wasn’t a lifestyle choice but a sign of a sugar addiction?

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International News

20. WA's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rules set to stay as experts see no reason to change

ABC News – 31 May 2022

Most WA workers need to have been triple-dose vaccinated from today.

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21. COVID-19 reinfections on the rise across Australia as experts warn Omicron 'has tricks up its sleeve'

By the Specialist Reporting Team's Sarah Sedghi and Penny Timms
ABC News – 29 May 2022

Experts warn Omicron is good at getting through pre-existing immunity, leading to reinfections. It is a problem in aged care facilities, with around 780 active outbreaks across the country.

22. As the pandemic ebbs, long-haul Covid still drains patients and confounds doctors

Researchers still don’t know precisely how many get long Covid, what causes it or how best to treat it.

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