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Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne

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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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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Preoperative Assessment and Mallampati Scores
Preoperative Assessment and Mallampati Scores
Crystal Smith

The Mallampati Score or Classification is a simple and easy to use tool that assists in predicting difficult endotracheal intubation.

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Adult Basic Life Support during COVID-19
Adult Basic Life Support during COVID-19
Crystal Smith

Many healthcare processes have been re-evaluated in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Paediatric Advanced Life Support Standards
Paediatric Advanced Life Support Standards
Crystal Smith

In order to achieve these standards, it is essential that medical and nursing staff who work with paediatric patients receive specialised education to manage a paediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.

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Recognising and responding to deteriorating patients: a matter of life or death
Recognising and responding to deteriorating patients: a matter of life or death
Ken Hambrecht

The most recent update of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) Deaths in Australia report shows that in 2017 there were a total of 160,909 recorded deaths in Australia. 50% of these were found to be potentially avoidable within the current healthcare system among people aged younger than 75.

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Stop Before You Block: A Block Time-Out
Stop Before You Block: A Block Time-Out
Crystal Smith

The Stop Before You Block (SB4YB) initiative is a patient safety campaign designed to help reduce the risk of inadvertent wrong-sided anaesthetic blocks.

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Standardising Emergency Numbers: The Push for 2222
Standardising Emergency Numbers: The Push for 2222
Crystal Smith

The move to standardise emergency numbers within hospitals, to make them similar to the standardised emergency numbers that are utilised in the community setting, is gaining momentum.

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Pre-hospital Management of Drowning Events
Pre-hospital Management of Drowning Events
Crystal Smith

As summer approaches, drowning events across Australia will be more prevalent. Healthcare professionals can assist in the community during these stressful emergencies, and use their skills to help manage drowning events.

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Analgesia Options in the Day Surgery Environment
Analgesia Options in the Day Surgery Environment
Crystal Smith

Selecting appropriate analgesia is an important aspect of patient centred care in the day surgery and recovery room environment.

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