Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WorkSafe confirms Affco voluntary safety review of Whanganui plant after ammonia leak

WorkSafe New Zealand will not investigate a significant ammonia leak at Affco's Imlay plant — instead, the company has agreed to a voluntary review of the incident.

Spike in drug-resistant infections forces National Burns Centre at Middlemore to limit admissions

The National Burns Centre at Middlemore Hospital has had to limit patient admissions following several cases of drug-resistant infections.

Early warning system recommended to resist opioid epidemic in New Zealand

Pathologist Dr Paul Morrow warns the New Zealand medical community not to become complacent in the face of opioid drug use and recommends rapid reporting of drug abuse incidents to help create an “early warning system.”

Implementing PRIME emergency services review is underway

Implementing the findings of the year-long review of hard-pushed rural PRIME emergency services is underway including the inaugural meeting of the new National PRIME committee.

Equitable access to breakthrough medicines needed

New independent chair wants improved equitable access to breakthrough medicines

Measles warning after infected man visits hospital

A warning has been issued after a man with the measles went to Christchurch Hospital's emergency department.

Accessing nicotine for e-cigarettes is quitters’ biggest problem, finds vaping survey

Most Kiwi vapers started smoking e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking, according to a recent online survey with more than 200 participants.

‘Wrong CPR is better than none at all’: St John calls for public to...

Fewer than one in six people survived cardiac arrests that happened outside hospitals last year, the latest figures from St John show.

Kiwis making mark in health dominate New Zealander of Year Awards

All three finalists for this year’s New Zealand of the Year Award have health connections along with at least four finalists for other award categories due to be announced in February.

Wellington ED cuts back “just-in-case” IV use after research review

A nurse-led project has led to a major cut back in intravenous use in Wellington Regional Hospital’s emergency department after research showing half of patients receive IV treatment unnecessarily.


Midwifery in ‘crisis’ with pregnant women unable to find lead maternity...

Midwives have appealed to the Government to urgently deal with a "crisis" in their sector, as they say pregnant women are struggling to get maternity care.