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News bulletin 29 Aprilon 29 April
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 492 Wednesday 29 April 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Nursing staff at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology have been volunteering at health centres in Tauranga and Rotorua to help in the battle against COVID-19.
She's making grown men cry every day but a Covid-19 tester says the long shifts in sweltering PPE are making a difference.
"If the need arose, that is where I would want to be - supporting my nursing family to care for the people of Northland," she said.
Nurses warn conflicting approaches to dealing with Covid-19 between district health boards and even within hospitals are putting health workers' safety at risk.
Sandy Richardson from the College of Emergency Nurses and Steve Kirby from The College of Critical Care Nurses say health care workers and kai ...
Plunket nurse Carolyn Wood says the transition is taking some getting used to. “Nothing's quite the same as face-to-face but I think this is a really good ...
Nearly 9000 retired or out-of-work medical workers have registered to bolster staff numbers if the coronavirus pandemic worsens, 54 of which have been deployed.
Nursing students are being given a taste of practical learning while stuck at home, using online virtual reality.
He referred to an editorial published in the October edition of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, the organisation's monthly journal, which said the division ...
A Pasifika health boss in New Zealand is warning of the importance of keeping on top of the medical requirements of older family members.
Māori health services are concerned fewer patients suffering chronic health conditions are getting in contact with their GPs.
Some elective surgeries will be possible in alert level 3, but it may take months to catch up on the operations cancelled during the lockdown.
Patients referred to hospital with cancer and other potentially urgent conditions are being sent back to their GPs because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
... Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, called on WTO Members to stop trying to negotiate new agreements ...
AGING AND AGED CARE
Elderly patients eager to recover at rest homes across the country are spending unnecessary, extended spells in hospital because district health boards (DHBs) won't test them for Covid-19.
Frontline staff say it’s just luck there hasn’t been another catastrophe like at Rosewood rest home. David Williams reports
There have been nine deaths in New Zealand which went into lockdown on 25 March, but six of those deaths were residents of one rest home.
Screening for some cancers can resume under a level 3 lockdown, but others will remain on pause, the Cancer Control Agency said.
Pharmac has frozen plans to fund a lung cancer drug that would have helped at least 1400 patients a year, saying it can no longer afford to make the investment. Read more
CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH
All tamariki/children and rangatahi/young people with a sore throat should be checked right away by a health professional because sore throats may be caused by COVID-19 or Strep A. Read more
Teachers are preparing for the return of some students this week. Only students up to year 10 whose parents have to resume work in level 3 ot those that really need to be in school can attend. Others must continue distance learning.
After four weeks of some of the world's strictest lockdown conditions, New Zealand now records much higher numbers of people who have recovered from Covid-19 than new infections.
Pandemic plans at Waikato Hospital feature 20 extra intensive care spaces, but so far existing ICU beds haven't been full.
A new study of people in the New York City area who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 reveals that most of them have more than one underlying illness, some of which seem to increase their risk for bad outcomes. Read more
After four weeks of some of the world’s strictest lockdown conditions, New Zealand now records much higher numbers of people who have recovered from COVID-19 than new infections.
From today only approved point of care test kits for COVID-19 will be able to be imported and sold in New Zealand.
Medsafe is today banning the importation and sale of all point of care COVID-19 test kits, unless they gain approval. No point of care test for COVID-19 has so far been approved.
New Zealand could see a second wave of Covid-19 after Level 4, but another lock down is not the solution according to an Auckland Epidemiologist.
New Zealand researchers have designed a reusable face shield for medical staff to wear while treating Covid-19 positive patients.
SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, has infected almost 2.5 million people around the world and claimed 170,000 lives.
Under alert levels 4 and 3 for Covid-19 we should stay home in our bubbles as much as possible.
But there are exceptions - and they include emergency evacuation orders in a natural disaster such as a major quake, flooding or a tsunami.
Health officials in Britain are warning of a potential new coronavirus-related syndrome emerging in children, with a rise in cases prompting an urgent alert to doctors across the country.
Development of a COVID-19 vaccine is at best 12 to 18 months away, according to University of Otago infectious disease specialist Professor David Murdoch.
About a third of Waitematā DHB staff support Rongoā Māori being made available to patients, a survey has found.
Canterbury DHB has accelerated the roll-out of its Cortex care coordination platform and developed new Covid-19 digital workflows.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND SERVICES
Despite a significant drop in ED injury-related admissions during lockdown, medical experts say hospitals should continue to offer full services until resource restrictions become "unavoidable".
Over half a million Kiwis have had their flu jabs this year – while more than 700,000 doses remain around the country.
With a chronic illness, Lisa Childs frequently requires medical treatment. But her experiences in the hospital system have left her scarred: both physically and mentally.
Some of those on the health frontline say they are near breaking point as representatives laid bare their frustrations with the response to the Covid-19 crisis before the Epidemic Response Committee.
District health boards say that by using digital technology, they have processed thousands of outpatient appointments that would have been cancelled during the lockdown.
Thousands of outpatient appointments that would normally have been cancelled during the COVID-19 lockdown have been able to go ahead due to the use of digital technology.
HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
Nearly four in 10 (38.5 percent) of Pacific people are living in over crowded houses, according to data just released from the 2018 census by Stats NZ.
The government has announced an extra $107.6 million to help vulnerable people in need of housing.
Calls and texts to the government's free national mental health helpline have risen sharply since the start of alert level 4.
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
Community healthcare providers say they are being shortchanged during the Covid-19 crisis, and it'll be services that suffer.
People aged 13 to 29 who were immunised during the last meningococcal disease epidemic are entering a "high risk" age group and need to be re-vaccinated to maintain protection, a health expert says.
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network has brokered an agreement with the Ministry of Health to extend locum support to keep vulnerable rural general practices operating as they come under mounting pressure as a result of Covid-19.
The loss of income, housing and jobs as a result of Covid-19 will create a whole new "underclass of social need", according to a new report.
Social factors that may be putting Filipino nurses at greater risk from COVID-19
Leading during a crisis requires strength, perseverance and calm. The COVID-19 pandemic created a demand on healthcare professionals that led to nurse burnout, feelings of conflict, guilt and overwhelming stress and anxiety
Giving up is the most common form of failure.
Resilience is an amazing skill that helps us recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, you have an innate ability to keep getting up when life knocks you down. You have learned how to bounce back and keep going.
In this special podcast, RCNi senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett and guests Daniel Madigan, Caroline Barratt and Dan Martin, discuss burnout, mindfulness and how to stay fit
Now more than ever, leadership is critical for the nursing community. Listen to Jeff Doucette, SVP & CNO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals speak on leadership qualities for the future.
The details of Florence Nightingale’s work that earned her global veneration are well known. Her pioneering work in the Crimea War catapulted her to a demigod status. The most often heard eulogy is how her efforts led to legendary improvement in infection rates among the war wounded. Read more
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
On March 26, 2020, a group of major nursing organizations in the United States endorsed a policy brief to encourage academic-practice partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief noted that these models can be both innovative and valuable at this time in history and emphasized the need for safety and alignment of student and nurse skills and competencies.
Graham, R. and Masters‐Awatere, B. (2020),
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12971
Objective: This paper aims to synthesise the broader perspectives of Māori patients and their whānau (extended family, family group) of their treatment within the public health system. Our research question was ‘What are the experiences of Māori in the public health and/or hospital system in Aotearoa New Zealand?’
British Psychological Society Covid19 Staff Wellbeing Group
This guide is for leaders and managers of health care services who need to consider the wellbeing needs of all health care staff (clinical and non-clinical) as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. It offers practical recommendations for how to respond at individual, management and organisational level by using the expertise of practitioner psychologist and mental health professionals; anticipating the psychological reactions over time; and considering what people may need to recovery psychologically from this.
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 28 April 2020
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