Pressure injuries: not just a nursing problem24 February 2016
Investing in a national prevention programme could save 30,000 New Zealanders suffering a pressure injury each year, recommends a major report. The KPMG report, The Case for investment in: A quality improvement programme to reduce pressure injuries in New Zealand, was released recently by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, ACC and the Ministry of Health.
October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)
Antibiotic resistance: how can nurses help?
Seventy-five years after the ‘wonder drug’ penicillin saved its first patients, we could be heading toward a post-antibiotic era in which common infections once again kill. Nurses have both a vested interest and a vital role in preventing this. FIONA CASSIE reports.
Antibiotic resistance: nursing stories of before & after antibiotics
NURSING REVIEW talked to nurse researchers and an infection control nurse specialist who share stories of fighting infection before antibiotics, the 'H-bug' epidemic of the 50s and today.
Diabetic foot ulcers: the importance of early detection
Checking the feet of diabetes patients may be some of the most effective wound care a nurse can provide. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about how to prevent and detect the early signs of foot ulcers that can see people losing toes, feet and even legs.
Diabetic foot case studies
From whitebaiters in gumboots to a women wearing their favourite boots: nurse REBECCA ABURN shares some case studies from the frontline of diabetes foot care.
April 2016 Vol 16 (2)
Nurse-led drug trial for 'orphan disease'
Venous leg ulcers (VLU) are an ‘orphan disease’ in which nurse researcher Dr Andrew Jull has a longstanding interest. He talks to Nursing Review about his team’s latest VLU research project – Asprin4VLU – his first, and one of New Zealand’s first ever nurse-led, randomised, controlled trials of a drug treatment.
October 2015 Vol 15 (5)
Debridement: sloughing away to aid healing
Debridement can be simple and slow or quick and complex. FIONA CASSIE finds out from wound care nurse specialist Emil Schmidt some of the ‘whys’ ‘wheres’ and ‘hows’ of simple debridement – and when to call in the experts.
Pressure injuries: reporting brings results
Attempts to have pressure injury data regularly collected and reported as a nationwide quality indicator have been unsuccessful to date. But four district health boards decided not to wait for the rest of the country. FIONA CASSIE finds out about the Northern Region’s successful campaign to reduce harm from pressure injuries.
April 2015 Vol 15 (2)
Nursing procedures - a one-stop online shop for half the country
Keeping nursing procedures up to date can be a tedious and neverending task. For the past three years, however, the five Midland region DHBs have been using a ‘Kiwified’ online nursing procedure service that is shortly to go live across the South Island. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.
October 2014 Vol 14 (5)
Ouch: crushed fingers and purply-black nails
Fingers may be small but wounds to them can be disproportionately painful and debilitating. FIONA CASSIE seeks first aid advice for nurses from emergency NP Margaret Colligan on crushed fingers and other common finger wounds.
Burn injuries: spills, flares, flames, and the wounding results
Every year, more than 20,000 claims are made to ACC for burn injuries. Burn clinical nurse specialists Deborah Murray and Jackie Beaumont see many of the worst of them. FIONA CASSIE gets advice from the pair about first aid and management of minor burns for nurses in the community and discovers there is no such thing as a ‘simple’ burn.
May 2014 Vol 14 (2)
Nurses want to shower their patient
Asking a hospital aide to shower a surgical patient with wound dressings, drains, drips and feeding tubes is no easy step for nurse or aide.
November 2013 Vol 13 (7)
Letter from the Editor
Vulnerability is a common thread through many articles in Nursing Review this edition.
Simple tear but complex wound
Skin tears affect our most vulnerable – the very old and very young. Wound care consultant Elizabeth Milner outlines a STAR approach to skin tears.
Helping prevent and heal faster debilitating and costly leg ulcers is the aim of the first trans-Tasman clinical guidelines for venous leg ulcers. Two years on from launching the Australasian guidelines, the push is on to get wider implementation. Some of Australasia’s experts in the field provide an update.
Taking action on Stop Pressure Injury Day
PAULA MCKINNEL of the New Zealand Wound Care Society sets the scene for November 21’s worldwide Stop Pressure Injury Day.
Maggots mixed munching
Does using maggots on sloughy ulcers make a positive difference?
July 2013 Vol 13 (5)
Push to reduce falls
In the last two years, 170 patients fell while in public hospital care and broke their hips, and 22 of those people died earlier than expected. FIONA CASSIE talks to Sandy Blake about the new national drive to reduce falls and her pilot of a bedside electronic falls risk assessment tool using TrendCare.
April 2013 Vol 13 (4)
Avoiding waiting room woes
No doctors’ appointments ‘til Friday. Why not see the nurse instead? MidCentral is upskilling practice nurses to assess and treat patients who front up to acute care walk-in clinics with minor ailments and illnesses. FIONA CASSIE finds out more
Pressure Injuries: an ugly sore on the health system
They rarely grab the headlines but thousands of New Zealanders each year get preventable pressure injuries – and some die. FIONA CASSIE looks at new guidelines, the new name, and new efforts to heal this health system scar.
Sensitivity over nurse sensitive indicators
Pressure injuries are one barometer for the quality of nursing care.
The wounds that time won’t heal
FIONA CASSIE talks to New Zealand Wound Care Society president Wayne Naylor about his wound care career, fungating wounds, and a palliative approach to wound care.
Wound care: something old and something new
FIONA CASSIE talks to Victoria’s doyenne of wound care, Jan Rice*, about new wound science, old-fashioned wound cleaning, and eating to heal.
Pressure injuries: showing a clean pair of heels...
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Can elevating the heels help prevent pressure injuries?
Pain not only skin deep
When managing malignant wounds a holistic approach is needed, reports Annie May in Australia’s Nursing Review
Knowing doesn't equal doing in preventing pressure ulcers
International guidelines aim to counter rise in pressure ulcers
Silver dressings increase costs but not healing
This month’s critically-appraised topic anlyses the value of silver dressing for wound healing