Always see the patient, take a history and examine them and record your findings in the patient record – More mistakes are made in medicine by not looking than by not knowing. Avoid phone orders without reviewing the patient. The clinical assessment of the patient should be the baseline against which all other information, including […]
The death of Florida nursing home residents whose air-conditioning failed last week during Hurricane Irma highlights the tragic consequences of some of our most vulnerable citizens during a natural disaster.
Head over to The Conversation where Professor Joseph Ibrahim has published an insightful article on the tragic dilemma of whether to evacuate a nursing home caught up in a natural disaster.
Following the discussion on patient-controlled-analgesia (PCA) in our June issue of the Clinical Communiqué, we present a supplementary expert commentary with pertinent clinical advice for our readers on the use of oral opioids with PCAs.
A reader has provided feedback about paediatric vital signs in our September 2016 issue, and has highlighted the importance of knowing age-based physiological variables for hospitalised children. Please refer to the following article for more information: Bonafide CP, Brady PW, Keren R, Conway PH, Marsolo K, Daymont C. (2013). Development of heart and respiratory rate […]
A reader has highlighted an important point about a reference made to a ‘re-breather’ oxygen mask in Case #2 (2005/33 QLD) in our December 2014 edition. This type of mask has an attached reservoir bag and at low oxygen flows, allows re-inhalation (or re-breathing) of exhaled CO2. In comparison, a ‘non-rebreather’ maskis a high concentration reservoir […]