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Infection control and handheld devices

The use of handheld devices, including tablets and smartphones, has transformed clinical practice and has led to improved consumer outcomes. However, normal use of handheld devices leads to a large amount of microbial surface contamination.

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Psychotropic medication recording

The Aged Care and Quality Safety Commission has released new information regarding administration of PRN psychotropic medications.

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Managing and documenting infection outbreaks

Aged care providers must maintain rigorous infection prevention and control policies. Policies should allow staff to implement the necessary precautions quickly once an outbreak is confirmed.

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Infection Control

Residents live and eat in close quarters, producing abundant opportunities for infection outbreaks to occur. The spread of infection in aged care is particularly dangerous.

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Antimicrobial stewardship

Taking preventative action is critical to ensuring that antimicrobials can continue to be used well into the future.

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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process that supports people at any stage of their health journey. It is a means of helping people to think about and plan their future and to document their wishes.

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A nurses take on the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released its interim report at the end of October 2019. The report provides an alarming account of the state of aged care across Australia.

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IDDSI Update – Level 7 split into two categories

IDDSI Update – Regular and Easy To Chew  The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) has made an update to Regular… View Article

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IDDSI Framework for Dysphagia

IDDSI have developed an international standardised framework for people with dysphagia who require texture modified food and thickened fluids. The… View Article

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Type Two Diabetes: A Growing Health Risk

According to the organisation Diabetes Australia, more people than ever are at risk of Type Two Diabetes. Currently, numbers stand… View Article

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First Person Care Planning – A Terminology Shift

As the push for more person centred care continues, our in-house RN Eileen Ross explores the impact this may have… View Article

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Wound Assessment and Skin Health in Residential Care

The largest organ in the body… Skin accounts for 15% of a person’s overall body weight. The skin’s three layers,… View Article

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Nutrition & Hydration in Residential Care

Malnutrition and dehydration in care settings is not a new issue. Back in 1859 (way, way back), Florence Nightingale claimed “Every careful observer… View Article

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Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care

  Infection Prevention and Control Infections have the capacity to spread rapidly within environments where many people are living and… View Article

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Delirium in Older People: Identification & Management

Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the individual’s environment…. View Article

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