As a nurse there is no avoiding the inevitable night shift. Working nights has been linked to increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer in women, and prostate cancer in men.
The world’s largest international drug trial aimed at delaying the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages is underway at the University of Melbourne.
A new nasal mask for non-invasive ventilation of children with obstructive sleep apnoea and neuromuscular disorders is being released by Philips Respironics. Its design hints at a giraffe’s neck, though one would think that an elephant’s trunk would have been the thing to mimic. As such, it comes with Jacky Giraffe, Sami the Seal, and Tucker the Turtle, three animated toys that interact with the child and each other to take the worry away from the mask.
Registered Nurse Naomi Hawkins says the best response she’s gotten so far was “Hurry up and get out so I can play”.
The yuck factor may be an effective tool for boosting hand hygiene compliance among health care workers, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
University of Michigan engineers have been working on developing tiny electronic devices that are small enough to be injectable using a standard size syringe. Their latest development is a miniature antenna that can transmit and receive data in vivo at distances up to one foot. It uses magnetism instead of electromagnetic radiation because the body attenuates the latter very strongly.
For care professionals, they need tools that help them do their job quickly, efficiently and reliably. Just as you wouldn’t consider an MRI or X-Ray machine that didn’t perform flawlessly, the same level of quality must also be demanded from your administrative equipment as well. This is the primary design goal of the latest series of scalable, modular monochrome laser printers. The range is built from the ground up with flexibility in mind allowing you to create the type of system you want. In essence, it is one machine to all people.
Not all fatigue is the same. Fast fatigue builds up quickly and is predictable. Creeping fatigue builds up slowly, it is easy to overlook and it can reach extreme levels. Creeping fatigue may be one of the bigger fatigue risks in healthcare.
Outside, from far across the fields, a strange blue light beckons in the dark. Where horse-drawn buggies clatter along dusty country roads and many families shun electricity, blue light cuts harshly through the night.
Twenty years ago, Australian federal, state and territory governments united to reform our firearm laws which had allowed easy access in some states to the military-style weapons of the sort used by the gunman in Orlando, Florida. Simon Chapman, from the University of Sydney reports the main provisions of the new laws included: