ED overflow sent to private clinic as Waikato Hospital remains full

Waikato Hospital has sent 180 patients from its emergency department to a private Hamilton clinic in the past two-and-a-half weeks in an attempt to manage overcrowding.

The dangers of polypharmacy

CAROLINE BARTLE and HELEN BEHRENS discuss the risks associated with inappropriate polypharmacy, particularly for older people with dementia.

How busy is your ward?

SAFE STAFFING/ HEALTHY WORKPLACE: We report on a new electronic ‘tick-box’ tool that instantly signals hospital wide if your busy ward needs nursing help.

Claims for three intellectually disabled patients quashed by high court

A judge has dismissed claims that three intellectually disabled men were subject to inhumane treatment while in care, instead giving a glowing review of the workers who cared for them.

Māori and Pacific nurses: is burnout inevitable?

Nursing Review looks at the extra expectations that are often placed on Māori and Pacific nurses and shares some advice for nurses and workplaces on how to avoid the risk of burnout.

National Bowel Screening Programme to be reviewed

A patient who moved house missed out on receiving an invitation to get bowel cancer screening - and later died of bowel cancer.

Waikato health board to now see executives’ travel spending

Travel expenses for Waikato District Health Board's executive managers will now be reported to the board each month after the scandal involving unauthorised spending by former chief executive Dr Nigel Murray.

New pressure injury guide launched

New guiding principles for preventing pressure injuries launched last week are part of a wider project including developing a national approach to reporting pressure injuries.

ED: starting the day with a culture-changing huddle

Nurse manager PETER WOOD believes that a new move to start the day with an ED huddle – instead of a negative meeting focusing on breaches of the ‘shorter stay’ ED target* – has been a positive culture change for Whangarei Hospital.

Australia bans codeine

Codeine medication will no longer be sold over the counter from pharmacies or shops and patients need to go to a GP for a prescription.
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