Infection Control

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    Call for no 'bullying' tactics with 'vaccinate or mask' policy

    30 June 2017

    Nursing union NZNO is calling for no 'bullying tactics' by Waikato District Health Board as the board's 'vaccinate or mask' policy comes into effect with the declaring of the flu season.

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    Flu and mask season underway at Waikato

    29 June 2017

    Unvaccinated nurses – and hospital visitors – will be expected to mask up when with patients from Monday onwards at Waikato hospitals after the 'flu season was declared.

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    'Self-vaccination' a possibility after flu patch trial

    28 June 2017

    A flu 'patch' that doesn't need a nurse to administer or 'cold chain' storage has been successfully trialled as an alternative to the traditional flu shot, says a study published in the Lancet today.

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    Typhoid outbreak 'shortcomings' created undue public concern

    27 June 2017

    Communication and cultural 'shortcomings' are highlighted in a review of the Auckland typhoid outbreak that hit a Pacific church congregation earlier this year.

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    Most Kiwi flu virus carriers unaware

    21 April 2017

    Nurses are being urged to get their flu jab this season to protect vulnerable patients as New Zealand research indicates up to 80 per cent of people infected with the flu are unaware.

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    Nurse flu vaccine uptake rates vary widely

    21 April 2017

    The top region for nurse flu vaccination rates last year was once again Tairawhiti – topping Waikato and Northland, which both have 'vaccinate or mask' (VOM) policies.

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    Rural NP says urgent need for safe water

    23 February 2017

    There is an urgent public health need to have confidence in our fresh water systems much sooner than 2040, says Rural GP Network chair and NP Sharon Hansen 

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    Nurses cleaning hands more often

    5 May 2016

    Kiwi nurses have upped their game, with the latest national statistics showing that nurses are cleaning their hands nearly 85 per cent of the required times.

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    Ministry wary on flu mask policy endorsement

    14 April 2016

    Requiring unimmunised nurses to wear masks in high 'flu season is backed in a Ministry of Health letter to district health board chief executives.  The letter also hints that voluntary immunisation may not work.

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    Hard-line 'vaccinate or mask' 'flu policy still in place

    12 April 2016

    The district health board that suspended two unvaccinated nurses last 'flu season for refusing to wear a mask is currently sticking to its controversial policy.

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    First do no harm…role-modeling of hand hygiene

    8 December 2014

    Hand hygiene nurse champion LOUISE DAWSON recently reminded a clinician to carry out hand hygiene before cannulating her. The clinician's response was a cursory hand rub and a comment that the evidence didn't stack up for hand hygiene in most cases anyway.  Dawson wonders whether it will take more superbugs and increasing antibiotic resistance before some finally get the hand hygiene message.

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    Two more Kiwi nurses helping Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

    24 October 2014

    *Two Red Cross nurses – one a veteran and the other on her first mission – are the second Kiwi contingent to head to Sierra Leone to help try and stem the Ebola outbreak.*

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    Ebola nursing: how to safely get out of PPE

    10 October 2014

    Safely returned Red Cross nurse Donna Collins describes the meticulous and life-saving methods of getting out of personal protection equipment (PPE) used in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

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    Ebola nursing: "one hell of a mission to cut your teeth on"

    10 October 2014

    Returning Red Cross nurse Donna Collins says the true heroes of fighting Ebola are the national nurses who have lost colleagues, faced eviction by landlords, and have been ostracised by their villages, but they keep turning up for work each day. Back safely from Sierra Leone, Donna talks to FIONA CASSSIE about the testing, sometimes fearful, but ultimately very satisfying mission to help the Ebola-stricken nation.

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    Ebola: how ready would New Zealand nurses be?

    5 October 2014

    Would ED nurses here send away an unwell man recently arrived from Liberia? Though the chance of an Ebola victim arriving in New Zealand is very unlikely, both the Ministry of Health and the Infection Control Nurses’ College believe the devastating West African epidemic is a good wake-up call to be ready for what could walk through the door some day…

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    What deadly viruses could come on a direct flight to New Zealand?

    4 October 2014

    While the lack of direct flights from West Africa makes the chances of person infected with Ebola flying into New Zealand very unlikely – the risk is always there that another infectious and deadly viruses may one day arrive at an ED or general practice near you. 

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    First steps to Rheumatic Fever vaccine

    16 September 2014

    Trans-Tasman researchers hope to fast-track developing a vaccine to combat the ‘sore throat that breaks hearts' in New Zealand.

October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)

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    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.

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    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.

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    HPV vaccinations: Don't forget the boys

    From January 2017 both boys and girls will be offered free vaccine protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes genital warts, cervical and some other cancers.

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    Chickenpox joins Kiwi child immunisation schedule

    Chickenpox, the last of the common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, is to be added to the free childhood immunisation schedule from 1 July next year. NURSING REVIEW finds out more.

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    History of NZ's Childhood Immunisation Schedule

    With New Zealand just about to add another vaccine to its childhood immunisation schedule Nursing Review looks back at other major milestones in the 75 years or so since the first routine vaccinations were offered to Kiwi children.

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    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.

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    Something in the water

    Hawke’s Bay nurses were recently tested when Havelock North was hit by what’s believed to be the country’s worst ever waterborne disease outbreak – more than 5,000 people brought down with gastric illness. FIONA CASSIE shares the stories of some of the nurses involved and some of the lessons they learned.

October 2015 Vol 15 (5)

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    Childhood immunisation: don’t forget the dads

    Nursing Review talks to paediatrician Cameron Grant about some of the take-home messages around childhood immunisation in the longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand study.

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    Hand hygiene: to glove or not to glove?

    To glove or not to glove? Is it ‘nobler’ and safer for nurses to increasingly wear gloves when caring for patients? Fiona Cassie finds out the answer from British infection control researcher Dr Jennie Wilson.

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    Flu shot: masking the issue?

    Three Waikato DHB frontline staff were suspended this winter for refusing to wear a mask after declining the flu vaccine. FIONA CASSIE looks at the sometimes fraught issue of infection control campaigns that aim to reduce the risk of influenza by increasing the vaccination levels of nurses and other healthcare workers.

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

December 2014 Vol 14 (6)

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    Day in the life of a … nursing veteran

    Thelma Glasgow started training at Rotorua Hospital with her twin sister back in 1964 and 50 years later the theatre clinical nurse educator is still nursing fulltime. Find out about her nursing day now and nursing days in decades past.

October 2014 Vol 14 (5)

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    “One hell of a mission to cut your teeth on.”

    Returning Red Cross nurse Donna Collins says the true heroes of fighting Ebola are the national nurses who have lost colleagues, faced eviction by landlords, and have been ostracised by their villages, yet they keep turning up for work each day. Back safely from Sierra Leone, Donna talks to FIONA CASSSIE about the testing, sometimes fearful, but ultimately very satisfying mission to help the Ebola-stricken nation.

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    Ebola: how prepared is New Zealand?

    As Nursing Review went to press, three nurses in Western hospitals had acquired Ebola after caring for patients originally infected in West Africa. Though the chance of an Ebola victim arriving in New Zealand still remains very slim, both the Ministry of Health and the Infection Control Nurses’ College believe the devastating West African epidemic is a good wake-up call.

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    Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

    MARGARETH BROODKORN takes a look at the chequered history of hand washing and asks whether today's health professionals have progressed that much?

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    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.

January 2014 Vol 13 (8)

November 2013 Vol 13 (7)

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    Letter from the Editor

    Vulnerability is a common thread through many articles in Nursing Review this edition.

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    Campaign aims to reduce surgical infections

    Surgery can be traumatic enough for a patient without an infection setting them back weeks, months, or even disabling them for a lifetime. LINLEY BONIFACE* of the Health Quality & Safety Commission backgrounds the national campaign to prevent surgical site infections and the role that nursing plays.

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    Vaccinated against whooping cough yet?

    More than 150 children have been hospitalised this year with pertussis (whooping cough) and three babies in all have died since the outbreak began in August 2011. TRISH WELLS-MORRIS, education facilitator for the Immunisation Advisory Centre* puts the argument for all those caring for infants – be it as nurses, parents, or grandparents ­­– to be immunised against the disease.

July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    Ed's Letter

    Winter ‘flu season looms

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    A day in the life... of a Community Hepatitis Nurse

    Kerry Kennedy's day starts with her dog demanding a walk. Her working day starts at her home desk inputting yesterday's notes before hitting the road to visiting hepatitis patients needing regular blood tests because of the risk of liver disease.

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    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.

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    Letter to Editor

    Green nail polish?

February 2013

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    Bed baths to beat bacteria

    CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Does bathing patients with antiseptic cloths reduce bloodstream infections?

November 2012

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    Prompts improve flu jab uptake

    Can use of reminder prompts to both the patient and the provider increase influenza vaccination rates amongst the elderly?

September 2012

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