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Preventing and managing blood clots in pregnancy

Every year in New Zealand around 4,000 people develop a blood clot in a vein. This article looks at venous thromboembolism – in particular why pregnancy puts women at increased risk – and how...

Does oxygen help post-stroke?

CLINICAL BOTTOM LINE Low-dose oxygen for patients who have had an acute stroke – but haven’t got severe hypoxia – is safe. But it doesn’t reduce disability or other stroke-related outcomes, indicating that routine oxygen...

Tips for good respiratory care this winter

Winter is fast approaching and with it the annual rise in respiratory hospitalisations. Respiratory nurse specialist SUE JONES shares advice on preventing or managing respiratory illness this winter – both inpatient and in the community.

From caring curiosity to leading diabetes researcher

A question with no answer prompted Lindsay McTavish to start researching how to help the children he cared for. More than a decade later, the Capital & Coast DHB diabetes clinical nurse specialist has been...

Treasuring every drop of blood

Some call them “the bloodhounds”. It’s a nickname the nurses of Waikato Hospital’s Patient Blood Management (PBM) team can laugh about as one part of their job is to ‘sniff out’ and reduce blood product...

Heart failure research could benefit all Kiwis

REBEKAH FRASER talks to heart failure clinical nurse specialist Dr Simone Inkrot, who hopes to validate years of nursing intuition when she presents her research findings at an international conference in June.

Long stay ICU patients emerge emotionally fragile, finds nurse researcher

A nurse researcher who followed six patients spending a fortnight to 66 days in intensive care found they emerged not only physically debilitated but also psychologically fragile.

Southern’s nurse endoscopist in the making

More nurses are being encouraged to follow in her footsteps by gastroenterology charge nurse and nurse endoscopy trainee Karen Kempin.

Hand hygiene with glove use improving – but still an issue

Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals improved markedly in the past eight years – including when wearing gloves – but inappropriate glove use still remains an issue. May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day with...

The benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds

Why more nurses aren’t active participants in ward rounds raised questions for a group of nursing students. Here they share their literature review findings into the benefits and barriers to nurses attending ward rounds.
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It’s not often you get to screen a patient for diabetes then have a heart-to-heart about why at, the age of 20, they are in prison… But that’s just a run-of-the-mill appointment for a Corrections nurse, says Sarah Nabizada, the clinical team leader at Mt Eden Corrections Facility (MECF).
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