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Intraoperative Laser Safety: Patient & Personal Protection

Laser safety in operating theatres is crucial for staff and patient protection. Implementing training, protective eyewear, safety protocols, and controlled access ensures effective surgical procedures and minimises risks like tissue damage. Prioritising these measures enhances overall procedural safety and effectiveness.

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The Issue of Sexual Violence in Australian University Students
The Issue of Sexual Violence in Australian University Students
Dr Reena Sarkar

Recognising and responding appropriately to student disclosure of sexual violence at educational institutes is urgently needed to mitigate the significant adverse mental and behavioural outcomes of such conduct. 

My patients are concerned about the safety of topical corticosteroids – should they be?
My patients are concerned about the safety of topical corticosteroids – should they be?
Dr Kate Annear

Stories about topical steroid withdrawal are difficult to put into context for both consumers and health professionals. The outcome is that many consumers are avoiding using topical corticosteroids, which in many cases, makes it harder to manage conditions such as eczema.

Obstetric Emergencies, can you help Lauren?
Obstetric Emergencies, can you help Lauren?
Jenny Browne

You are working in ED and have received a call from Pathology regarding blood results that you took earlier on Lauren, who is 18 years old and 30 weeks pregnant with her first child. Discover the diagnosis behind Lauren's abnormal blood results and learn the symptoms, risks, and management of this life-threatening obstetric emergency.

Navigating the Eczema Journey
Navigating the Eczema Journey
Dr Kate Annear

Jaime has suffered from severe eczema for most of his life. This podcast delves into the interactions that take place between consumers and health professionals in the eczema journey. 

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

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.

How Graded Assertiveness Can Improve Patient Safety and Team Dynamics
How Graded Assertiveness Can Improve Patient Safety and Team Dynamics
Grace Larson

Explore the critical role of graded assertiveness in healthcare communication, empowering teams to improve patient safety. Assertive communication fosters collaboration and accountability, navigating complexities within hospital settings effectively to create a culture of safety.

Training with cognitive aids - what have we learnt from the airline industry
Training with cognitive aids - what have we learnt from the airline industry
Susan Helmrich

CRM principles grew from the airline industry's crew/cockpit resource management. A key aspect of these principles is using all available information and knowing your resources. Checklists have been a key feature for the airline industry and anaesthesia, but checklists are only as good as the training of the people using them.

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.

Intraoperative temperature monitoring: Safeguarding against perioperative hypothermia & Malignant hyperthermia
Intraoperative temperature monitoring: Safeguarding against perioperative hypothermia & Malignant hyperthermia
Deb Evans

Perioperative nurses play a crucial role in ensuring patient safety during surgery. Monitoring intraoperative temperatures is essential for identifying and managing perioperative hypothermia and malignant hyperthermia, safeguarding patient well-being.