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Men’s health behaviours - Clinical opal

Gender influences individuals’ health behaviours and their use of health services. This translates into a high burden of disease in males due to the contribution of modifiable risk factors. Helping men understand how their behaviour influences their health, and what they can do to change it, may help them to live longer, healthier lives.

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Duc presents complaining of slurred speech, should you do an ABCD²?
Duc presents complaining of slurred speech, should you do an ABCD²?
Dr Simon Morgan

Duc, a 57 year old accountant, presents to you one afternoon with a recent episode of slurred speech...

What is causing the high airway pressure alarms on the ventilator?
What is causing the high airway pressure alarms on the ventilator?

Discover the reasons behind high airway pressure alarms in ventilators, from circuit issues to patient factors like bronchospasm. Learn how to troubleshoot and optimise ventilation modes like SIMV and PCV for patients like Carl in the ICU.

Understanding Drowning: Insights for Healthcare Professionals
Understanding Drowning: Insights for Healthcare Professionals
Grace Larson

In this article we explore the stages of drowning, CPR's role in a patient's rescue and innovative resuscitation techniques for improved patient outcomes.

Anthony is having frequent exacerbations of his COPD….why is his physician considering a GLP1 agonist?
Anthony is having frequent exacerbations of his COPD….why is his physician considering a GLP1 agonist?
A/Prof Stephen Barnett

Anthony is a retired engineer, who is compliant with his COPD and diabetes management but has been struggling with frequent exacerbations of his COPD.

Facial eczema in an infant - Clinical Opal
Facial eczema in an infant - Clinical Opal
Quality Use of Medicines Alliance

Some parents and health professionals are hesitant to use topical corticosteroid on sensitive skin regions such as the face. Moreover, in young children there can be a tendency by parents (often influenced by friends/family/social media) to assume food as a cause of eczema, which may give rise to unnecessary restrictions of diet.

Tracheostomy Emergencies - Clinical Opal
Tracheostomy Emergencies - Clinical Opal

You are caring for two non-ventilated patients in ICU when your patient Sylvia’s monitor starts alarming as her SpO2 is 89%. Her monitor shows that she is also tachycardic with a heart rate of 130/ min, and her respiratory rate has increased to 30/ min. What actions should you take?

Beth presents with sudden onset chest discomfort - Clinical Opal
Beth presents with sudden onset chest discomfort - Clinical Opal
Ken Hambrecht

Beth reports sudden chest discomfort radiating to her left arm, along with nausea and sweating. Examining her additional symptoms, should a 12 lead ECG be prioritised?

‘When in ROME’ ABG interpretation - Clinical OPAL
‘When in ROME’ ABG interpretation - Clinical OPAL
Grace Larson

Jane is drowsy following her appendectomy. In this case study, interpret her ABG to determine the cause.

Physical Assessment Techniques for ICU Nurses: Identifying and managing patient deterioration - Clinical Opal
Physical Assessment Techniques for ICU Nurses: Identifying and managing patient deterioration - Clinical Opal
Susan Helmrich

Carl has been in ICU for 2 weeks, over the last 24 hours his condition has deteriorated. What priority assessment needs to be done to get to the bottom of Carl’s deterioration and optimise his plan of care?