February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)
Is what's good for your heart also good for your brain
Does taking statins reduce the risk of dementia as well as cardiovascular disease? This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at the evidence.
October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)
‘Chilling out’ the pain
This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) asks whether a cold spray helps to ‘chill out’ the pain of inserting IV cannula.
August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)
Heart failure: getting the dose right
Can nurse-led titration of heart failure medicine make a difference? Check out this edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT).
June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)
Brain food: does omega-3 each day keep dementia at bay?
Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at whether taking extra omega-3 makes a difference in slowing the progression of dementia.
April 2016 Vol 16 (2)
Does stepping-up exercise step down risk for heart patients?
This Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at whether getting on a bike or lacing up walking shoes improves the life, and life span, of people with coronary heart disease.
February 2016 Vol 16 (1)
Does minding the moment matter?
Is mindfulness clinically effective? Check out this edition’s Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)
October 2015 Vol 15 (5)
Raising legs helps heart return to a steady rhythm
This edition's critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at research into a new addition to an established technique to restore a steady rhythm to a rapidly beating heart.
August 2015 Vol 15 (4)
Does zinc help ‘sink’ cold symptoms?
It’s cold season; your nose is running and your throat is sore. CYNTHIA WENSLEY looks at the evidence for zinc as a cold remedy.
June 2015 Vol 15 (3)
Early smoke signals mixed about e-cigarettes
This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at whether reaching for an e-cigarette has been proven to be more helpful to quitters than slapping on a nicotine patch.
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.
Teamwork to reduce risk of delirium
This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at how best to reduce the risk of delirium in elderly patients without turning to drugs.
February 2015 Vol 15 (1)
Keeping leakage at bay
Is one-off advice on pelvic floor exercises enough to keep urinary incontinence at bay? This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at whether pelvic floor muscle training makes a difference.
December 2014 Vol 14 (6)
Smart steps – no selfie required
Is a smartphone app more successful in increasing physical activity than setting goals? Step up and check out this edition's critically appraised topic (CAT).
October 2014 Vol 14 (5)
Do daily 'vitamins' make a difference to the tube-fed?
CYNTHIA WENSLEY in this Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) looks at whether or not enriching tube feeding with immune-boosting nutrients reduces infection.
August 2014 Vol 14 (4)
Successful returns from hospital to home
Can we do more to prevent readmissions after hospital discharge?
June 2014 Vol 14 (3)
Cut it out sooner than later
Heading into surgery, does it make much difference if you delay quitting smoking just another week…
March 2014 Vol 14 (1)
The rise (of exercise) and fall (of injuries)
Do community exercise programmes for the elderly reduce injuries as well as falls?
January 2014 Vol 13 (8)
The battle of the bugs
*Does taking good *bugs* (probiotics) keep bad bugs at bay in hospital? *
November 2013 Vol 13 (7)
Maggots mixed munching
Does using maggots on sloughy ulcers make a positive difference?
September 2013 Vol 13 (6)
Baby hopes and vitamins
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Does taking vitamin supplements help women with fertility problems?
July 2013 Vol 13 (5)
Influenza Vaccine and Health Professionals
Last year 46 per cent of district health board nurses got vaccinated against the flu – less than the 48 per cent average for all DHB heath workers. This article explores the debate around the value, ethics, and efficacy of health professionals getting the annual flu vaccination and looks at some of the statistics, research, and prevailing attitudes around the sometimes contentious topic.
Keeping kids safer
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): What nursing-led intervention has been proven to help protect vulnerable Kiwi children?
April 2013 Vol 13 (4)
Wake up and smell the coffee
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Is ‘prescribing’ a post-surgery long black good for the bowels as well as morale?
Bed baths to beat bacteria
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Does bathing patients with antiseptic cloths reduce bloodstream infections?
Peripheral cannula: using that old line…
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): How do you decide when you need to replace a peripheral IV line?
Prompts improve flu jab uptake
Can use of reminder prompts to both the patient and the provider increase influenza vaccination rates amongst the elderly?
Pressure injuries: showing a clean pair of heels...
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Can elevating the heels help prevent pressure injuries?
Atrial fibrillation: nursing’s steadying influence
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): How does nurse-led care compare with cardiologist care of stable AF patients?
Nurse's role in making research count in everyday practice
RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE: There’s a rather wonderful and instructive irony in the celebration of International Nurses Day – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – with the theme for 2012 of ‘Closing the gap: From evidence to action(1). Nightingale represents anything but a gap between evidence and action. Described by her first biographer as a ‘passionate statistician' (2), she was not only a researcher and research user but also a designer of research graphics (3). Her successes in reforming military health services and standardising hospital statistics (3) are exemplars of how to use evidence to drive improvements in practice. In this learning activity, we’ll explore our contemporary responsibilities and opportunities for bringing evidence to everyday nursing decision-making and actions.
Hip surgery: to transfuse or not to transfuse?
CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): What impact does restricting access to blood transfusions have on post-hip surgery patients?
A ‘spoonful of sugar’helps the needle go in
Do sweet solutions help relieve pain for children having immunisations?
November 2010 Vol 11 Issue 7
Does popping vitamins help men’s heart health?
Does taking common antioxidants like vitamin E and C reduce the risk of heart disease is the question explored by this month’s clinically-appraised topic.
October 2010 Vol 11 issue 6
Oxygen no relief for breathlessness?
This month’s clinically-appraised topic asks the question does prescribing oxygen offer relief to palliative care patients experiencing breathlessness?
The effectiveness of a medication to help quit smoking is examined in this edition’s clinically-appraised topic.
Vaccination prevents HPV infection long term
This month’s clinically appraised topic looks at a major study’s findings into the long-term effectiveness of the HPV vaccine
Silver dressings increase costs but not healing
This month’s critically-appraised topic anlyses the value of silver dressing for wound healing