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Central Capillary Refill Time in Paediatrics

One of the most important assessment tools in rapid paediatric assessment is the central capillary refill time (CRT). It is quick, easy to perform and does not require any special equipment.

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The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
Dr Jan Orman

A taxi driver asked me recently if I was still working. I hurriedly assured him that I was indeed “still working” as I was not yet old enough to retire – that, I’m afraid, was a lie!. What surprised me was the rush of emotion the question provoked and the amazing need to tell that lie. What is the matter with me?

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Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Crystal Smith

The opportunity to reduce time to thrombolysis or EVT has significantly reduced the risk of disability for patients who were were able to access the MSU, and improved transfer times to appropriate EVT hospital centres.

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Boundaries
Boundaries
Dr Jan Orman

We are all familiar with the notion of boundaries in clinical practice – in fact, most of us have spent a lot of time thinking about the subject and trying to work out where our professional boundaries lie.

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Navigating the Unfamiliar World
Navigating the Unfamiliar World
Dr Guy Gordon

So much has been written about fear, anxiety and stress in the COVID era. And I certainly can identify with much of it. For me, however, it’s a lot more complex than just these emotions. I find I don’t recognise the world today. Looking around, on the surface, it seems that not much has changed.

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Piano lessons, and 5 ways to Wellbeing with Hot Topics delegates
Piano lessons, and 5 ways to Wellbeing with Hot Topics delegates
Dr Simon Curtis

One of the highlights of my week is my piano lesson, now by Zoom of course, with my teacher John. I took up piano at the age of 55, never having had a music lesson in my life...

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Tip your HAT to Sepsis
Tip your HAT to Sepsis
Susan Helmrich

Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection. Did you know that more than 18 000 Australians suffer from sepsis every year with more than 5000 deaths a year; this is twice the number of deaths due to traffic accidents.

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Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence
Contemporary challenges in responding to domestic violence
Victoria Rasmussen

The complexity of the intersection between mental health, trauma and domestic violence poses significant challenges for health professionals. Increasing recognition of the limitations of mainstream healthcare systems’ response to domestic violence victims underlies the growing demand for trauma and violence-informed care.

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Food Allergies and Current Infant Feeding Guidelines in Australia
Food Allergies and Current Infant Feeding Guidelines in Australia
Crystal Smith

Australia saw a five fold increase in hospitalisation with anaphylaxis between 1995 and 2005, which sadly also saw an increase in the number of fatalities from anaphylaxis. The new infant feeding guidelines have had very positive results, with many parents and healthcare professionals embracing the change.

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Surviving Another Stressful Year
Surviving Another Stressful Year
Dr Jan Orman

Because COVID is not over yet it’s probably worth our thinking again about how we can optimise the benefits of our downtime, as well as manage the stressors at work.

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