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

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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Recent articles

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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Resuscitation trolley checking: Making it a priority
Resuscitation trolley checking: Making it a priority
Crystal Smith

Who checks the resuscitation or emergency trolley in your workplace? It’s easy to find guidelines about what items to include on the trolley, depending on your clinical environment. What’s not as easy is how to ensure that staff prioritise completing the checks, especially when you consider the ever-expanding lists of tasks that must be performed.

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Australia: Why are we the allergy capital of the world?
Australia: Why are we the allergy capital of the world?
Crystal Smith

The increasing rates of food allergies has been alarming over the past 30 years in Western countries. So, is there a genuine rise in allergies, or just better awareness?

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Changes to Medication Naming in Australia
Changes to Medication Naming in Australia
Ken Hambrecht

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that Australia will be implementing changes to medication names by 2020, to align with the international standardised medication names.

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What is Mammalian Meat Allergy?
What is Mammalian Meat Allergy?
Ken Hambrecht

While there are many triggers of anaphylaxis, one of the more unusual is mammalian meat allergy.

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