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Kiwi nurse-led trial finds aspirin doesn’t speed leg ulcer healing

A major nurse-led trial to see whether aspirin could aid the healing of the often painful and disabling venous leg ulcers has found it made no impact.

NZNO concerned report shows increase in ‘nurse sensitive’ adverse events

The increase in 'nurse sensitive' indicators like pressure injuries and hospital acquired infections in today's latest adverse events report were 'concerning', says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Childhood obesity back on the rise – according to latest NZ Health Survey stats

The percentage of obese pre-schoolers has jumped three per cent in a year – reversing a downward trend, according to statistics released from the annual New Zealand Health Survey.

Pharmac announces supplier of controversial blood sugar meter now sole provider

From August next year people with diabetes will only have access to the CareSens range of glucose meters, despite some users still expressing a lack of trust in the meters’ accuracy.

Antibiotic Awareness Week: new guidance for clinicians on when not to prescribe

Clinicians are being encouraged during Antibiotic Awareness Week to consider 'Choosing Wisely' recommendations on antibiotic use before prescribing unnecessarily. World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017 (November 13 to 19) is a World Health Organization global event...

Shingles vaccine free for older Kiwis from next year

A vaccine to prevent the often painful and debilitating shingles vaccine will be offered free for over-65s to 80-year-olds next year at the same time as their annual 'flu jab.

Medications: take time to talk to patients to prevent the ‘triple whammy’

Taking time to talk and listen to patients to help prevent medication harm – like the medicine “triple whammy” putting thousands of Kiwis at risk of kidney damage – is the focus of Patient Safety Week.

All nurses are empathetic … aren’t they?

Although empathy is in decline, it matters profoundly in nursing and can be taught, believes Australian nursing professor Tracy Levett-Jones. NURSING REVIEW reports.

Code of Conduct refresher

The Code of Conduct guides nurses – and the people they care for – on the behaviour expected from the nursing profession. This article provides a refresher on the 2012 Code and its supporting documents. By Liz Manning.

How to be a dab hand at hand hygiene

This edition's clinically appraised topic (CAT) asks how do you improve hand hygiene compliance?
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