Antipsychotic Drugs Harm Older People, Let's Reduce Their Use

by Juanita Westbury
Juanita Westbury
Juanita’s background is as a community pharmacist. She became accredited to perform medication reviews in aged care homes in 1997. From 2001, Juanita worked as a pharmacist in England where she provided pharmaceutical advice to GPs, developed programs promoting optimum medication use and completed a Master of Science degree at Keele University investigating medication adherence in older people. Juanita returned to Australia in 2006 and completed her doctorate in 2011 with her thesis entitled: “Roles for pharmacists in improving the quality use of psychotropic medicines in residential care facilities.” As part of the PhD an intervention project, ‘RedUSe’ (Redusing Use of Sedatives), was developed and trialled; for which Juanita was awarded an International Psychogeriatric Association Junior Research award in 2009. In 2009, Juanita commenced her current position as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University Of Tasmania. She continues to research old age mental health conditions in aged care homes. Juanita was awarded a NHMRC translating Research into practice (TRIP) fellowship in 2014.
on Apr 24, 2014
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Psychotropic drugs are often used to control the behaviour of people with dementia in aged care. Shutterstock

Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use.

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Understanding Oxygen Saturation Levels

by Rob Timmings
Rob Timmings
Rob is an experienced Rural and Remote nurse educator based in Toowoomba (west of Brisbane Qld). He has a passion for physiology, pharmacology and nursing assessment skills. He holds a Master degree in Emergency Nursing and industry certification in rural and remote practice, trauma, mental health and hyperbarics. After recent academic appointments at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Rob joins Ausmed to do what he loves best: teaching nurses. Rob has taught trauma, ALS and clinical skills nationally and internationally for 13 years. His philosophy of bringing the science into the art of nursing is brought to life in his teaching style, which is dynamic, exciting and refreshing.
on Apr 23, 2014
A diagram explaining the transfer of oxygen to the haemoglobin molecule.

What do oxygen saturation levels measure? In a nutshell, oxygen saturations look at the haemoglobin in the red blood cells (erythrocyte), and measure how saturated or the extent to which the haemoglobin molecule is bound to oxygen. The value is reported as a percentage, with 94-99% being considered normal.

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Discrimination in Nursing

by Lynda Lampert
Lynda Lampert
on Apr 22, 2014
A greyscale photo of a beautiful lady who is emotionally overwhelmed.

Discrimination is alive and well in today's society, and nursing is not immune to its effects. For instance, the Australian Human Rights Commission received 550 complaints under the Racial Discrimination Act, 532 complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act and 1,057 complaints under the Disability Discrimination Act for the years 2009 and 2010.

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Should you be worried about getting enough vitamin D?

by Robyn Lucas
Robyn Lucas
Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Australian National University
on Apr 22, 2014

A beautiful woman catching some rays at the beach.
Many people struggle to balance the facts that too much sun exposure results in skin cancer and too little causes vitamin D deficiency. Shutterstock

With daylight saving ending recently across most of the country and winter approaching, Australians are moving from fears of too much sun exposure resulting in skin cancer to too little sun exposure and vitamin D deficiency. While the former concern may be justified, the evidence of the importance of vitamin D is less compelling.

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Professional Boundaries in Nursing

by Sarah Vogel
Sarah Vogel
Sarah specialises in well researched articles in the field of health and medicine and has a BHlthSci (MRT).
on Apr 21, 2014
A young nurse listening to her elderly patient.

As health professionals we all work under a set of ethical guidelines laid down for us through our professional body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and through the unstated expectations of the public. While boundaries are in place to protect both health professionals and patients, they are not always as clear-cut as they may first seem.

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Communicating With Doctors

by Lynda Lampert
Lynda Lampert
on Apr 18, 2014
A nurse making a call to a doctor to provide an update on one of her patients.

Your patients condition is deteriorating, and you need to tell the doctor. You have your vitals, your chart, and a full head of information that you want to blurt out as soon as his voice crackles across the line. Chances are, this strategy of communicating with doctors is not going to get you far.

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