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News bulletin 15 Aprilon 15 April
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 490 Wednesday 15 April 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Within four hours of getting to Matamata - the site of an emerging coronavirus cluster - Debra Larsen and her team were welcoming the first car into the testing centre.
The New Zealand Nurse Of The Year Award by Geneva Staffing are accepting nominations until 5 pm Tuesday 12 May 2020 to mark Florence ...
So far, the NZ Nursing Council has issued 750 interim practising certificates to nurses seeking to assist in the pandemic, chief executive Catherine ...
Covid 19 coronavirus: Kiwi nurse Jenny McGee 'overwhelmed' after British PM Boris Johnson credited her skills for saving his life
The Invercargill-born nurse credited by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for saving his life after he was struck down with Covid-19 is "overwhelmed" by the international response.
Smith recorded a tearful video after saying goodbye to his daughter, urging people to take the lockdown seriously
These concerns are not isolated to just one hospital; a nurse at Burwood Hospital, for instance - where six of New Zealand's nine COVID-19 deaths ...
It was a surgical ward until the level 4 lockdown restrictions came into play and elective surgeries were cancelled. Now, Ward GG at Christchurch's Burwood Hospital is an upsetting place for anyone to be, including its experienced nursing staff.
Covid 19 coronavirus: Eight healthcare workers in Auckland's DHBs have Covid- ... Two Waikato Hospital nurses test positive for virus, in self-isolation
Junior doctors and nurses had been on strike before the coronavirus pandemic reached New Zealand, claiming the sector was under-valued.
District health boards accused of "rationing" masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) insist they are working hard to get it to those who need it.
AGING AND AGED CARE
Rest homes will be reminded about the importance of maintaining the strictest standards to prevent the spread of Covid-19, after the second death linked to a facility in Christchurch.
Health boards have been ordered to assess every rest home in New Zealand after deficiencies were found at facilities with coronavirus outbreaks.
How rest homes hit by coronavirus responded will be reviewed after deaths at one facility reached six - with "safe practice issues" identified, including how protective equipment was used.
Robert Brooks slowly pushes Joseph Snook through the rose gardens of Waikato's Atawhai Assisi rest home and hospital.
Rest homes are now looking at buying their own Covid-19 testing kits after the Ministry of Health refused to test new admissions
Social media misinformation about Covid-19 is putting Pacific communities in New Zealand at particular risk, government advisors say.
With four deaths associated with Covid-19, New Zealand's mortality rate is just 0.3 percent. That's a stark contrast to Italy and the US, which have both recorded almost 20,000 deaths.
There could have been hundreds more cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand already if a lockdown had not gone ahead, new modelling shows.
New modelling has revealed the bullet that New Zealand dodged by going into lockdown, with data suggesting officials would've otherwise been reporting several hundred new cases today.
A new report Quantifying the wellbeing costs of Covid-19 by the New Zealand Initiative shows how an economic hit of about 6.1% of GDP would be justified if it meant saving 33,600 lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
New Zealand may be "close" to eliminating Covid-19 transmission but more detailed information is needed to be sure, epidemiologist Michael Baker says.
People with diabetes can be more susceptible to—and can become sicker if infected with—any virus, including the new coronavirus. During this outbreak of COVID-19, it is important to be calm and make smart choices; that includes being well-prepared and watchful.
A new website dedicated to providing information on Covid-19 for Pacific communities across New Zealand has launched this week.
Autoclaving, ionized hydrogen peroxide fogging, ethylene oxide gassing and vaporized hydrogen peroxide treatment yielded high efficacy in sterilizing contaminated N95 masks, and the autoclave treatment allowed the reuse of masks for at least 10 cycles, researchers in Canada reported in a prereview analysis. The findings also showed no filter function loss after several cleanings with two of the sterilization techniques.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND SERVICES
Doctors are concerned that a huge drop in emergency and acute patients at hospitals could be just the beginning of a healthcare "mess" that will need cleaning up in the aftermath of Covid-19. The number of patients at emergency departments around the country has halved since the lockdown began and other hospital departments are reporting similar drops. The Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, John Bonning, told reporter Kate Newton that the cancellation of elective surgery and many hospital clinics could have longer-term repercussions.
END OF LIFE CARE
... prevent the transmission of Covid-19. Taking extra steps to protect doctors and nurses, and other hospital patients, seems sensible and necessary.
The Government is extending the time that certain priority groups are able to get their flu vaccine before it's made available to the wider public.
They'll now have until April 27 to get the jab
FOOD, DIET AND NUTRITION
Consumer NZ supports putting folic acid in non-organic bread-making flour - saying it "balances consumer choice" with reducing devastating birth defects.
New Zealand Maori Council rolls out suicide prevention and mental health resources, for whanau, small business and more
All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan is stepping up to support all Kiwis during the COVID-19 pandemic with a leading-edge mental wellbeing app which will be available for free for the duration of the crisis.
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
New Zealanders are getting sicker because great numbers of people have stopped calling their GPs during the lockdown, despite clinics being open and safe.
TOBACCO, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
A new study recently published in the Journal of Cannabis Research examines the potential “acute adverse reactions” associated with cannabis use.
There are just under 28 million nurses worldwide, about 5.9 million short of what the world needs to adequately care for the growing population.
Echoing that call, Baroness Mary Watkins, Alternate-Chair of Nursing Now and co-chair of the report, underscored that nurses have also been attacked “not only with COVID care, but with Ebola, with AIDS, with HIV”.
Long-time nurse educator Mary Koithan, who is to take over as the dean of the Washington State University nursing college this summer, said the novel coronavirus pandemic is the right time to teach a new generation of nurses the skills they need for the current public health emergency and future emergencies. Koithan said it is challenging for nursing schools to teach exclusively online, but simulation allows educators to teach skills and clinical decision-making they may not be able to present in a real-world setting.
Nurses at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus are at risk of experiencing moral distress, said Cynda Rushton, of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Berman Institute of Bioethics, who pointed to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics' guidance that nurses need to take care of themselves as well as their patients. "Part of being able to find integrity here is accepting the reality of our current situation and living with uncertainty -- acknowledging we're making decisions under constrained and difficult circumstances," Rushton said.
Trusts are using innovative methods to humanise care during the pandemic
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
These are trying times for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article we discuss two critical areas of concern. First, we articulate the ethical challenges EMS personnel face in the absence of having proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and offer some guidance on how to frame their decisions.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Parts 1 and 5 of this guideline are still to come.
Part 2: Information for New Zealand Manufacturers and Packers
Part 3: Guidance for a New Medicinal Cannabis Product Application
This document outlines how to make an application for a new medicinal cannabis product.
Part 4: Guidance for Applicants for a Medicinal Cannabis Licence
This document provides guidance on applying for a Medicinal Cannabis Licence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 (the Act) and the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations).
While we have made every effort here to explain the scope of the information that you need to provide in your application, it is your responsibility to understand your obligations under the Act and Regulations and provide true and accurate information in your application.
The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis. It is current as at Tuesday 14 April 2020
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