“Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear” is something we’ve been wisely cautioned against at some stage or another. But more of us are ignoring this advice, according to Dominic Peter Power, from the University of Melbourne.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
The letters A, B and O are disappearing from signs, landmarks and company logos as part of the #MissingType campaign by the Australian Red Cross blood service. #MissingType, a global initiative to encourage people to donate blood, is being supported by well known Australian brands - including Qantas, Coles, NAB, the Sydney Opera House, the TV show Neighbours and Lifesaving New South Wales.
Laser pointers bought legally for less than $30 are a threat to eyesight – with one pointer found to be 127 times over the legal limit.
Workers from Victoria's Thomas Embling psychiatric hospital are calling for more staff to deal with an increase in the number of assaults at the facility.
Southampton University scientists have found evidence that awareness continues for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible.
Hospitals and health workers are being targeted in war, with attacks in Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan. In Syria alone Médecins Sans Frontières supported health structures have been attacked over 60 times since January 2015. We refuse to accept that this is the new normal. Even war has rules.
Only a few years ago flying drones were associated with dropping bombs. Now thanks to a company called Vayu, a drone designed to help bring medical care to remote places was successfully used to deliver clinical blood and stool samples from rural villages in Madagascar to a central laboratory for testing. There were numerous flights conducted to prove the viability of using the technology on a regular basis over hilly terrain.
Storage and disposal of refuse is a necessary process in the hospital and healthcare workplace. In an environment that is notoriously busy, staff shouldn’t have to worry about where waste must be stored, or about the safety risk of tripping over a large bulky bin. It is important that the process of storage and removal is streamlined to ensure a clean and efficient workplace.
For medical and healthcare practices, one of the biggest and most important challenges is record keeping - not only of patient data but also of other documents deemed important to running the day-to-day business. It is naturally crucial that all medical records be readily available to share among GPs, specialist doctors, medical assistants, nurses and more. Given the ever-increasing computerisation of the industry, that means that all documents need to be available in digital form. However, even in practices where many internal systems have moved over to digital, in any given day it is common to produce a great number of physical documents as well. This is where technology from Brother is instrumental, especially in the conversion of physical records into the digital medium. The operations of most healthcare facilities produces many physical documents including referrals, clinical notes, test results, patient correspondence and the like so it is important that a digital counterpart exist to allow records to be stored and, where required, shared.