The Most Common Hospital Presentations Over Christmas

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The Christmas holidays should be a happy opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, there is the potential for the ‘silly season’ to result in hospitalisations for many Australians.

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The Christmas holidays should be a happy opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, there is the potential for the 'silly season' to result in hospitalisations for many Australians. As a nurse, you may wonder what the most common hospital presentations are over the Christmas holidays in Australia.


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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Anne Clement
17 Dec 2020
Short but comprehensive.
Nicola Fiore
03 Jan 2021
Clear, concise and interesting to see the most common presentations in the holiday period.
Uday Gupta
19 Dec 2020
Well made summary list
12 Dec 2020
Very informative resource and I recommend it to all medical staff.
Donna Wright
14 Aug 2021
Nicely done.
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Marimel Deanon
17 Dec 2020
Good read and informational
Patricia Dean
18 Dec 2020
Interesting to read about the increase in hospital presentations over the holiday season and the role alcohol plays in that.
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Jacqui Simao
30 Apr 2021
Good refresher. Basic A&P, typical and atypical presentation and standard interventions.
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Rachel Kendon
29 Dec 2019
A good overview of what we are likely to see over the Christmas and summer holiday period, with regard to emergency presentations!
Emma Hopkins
09 Dec 2020
Interesting statistics that make you think.
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