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The Dangerous Game of Telephone in Hospitals

Christopher Johnson, MD, highlights the communication problem in the age of EHRs

Sometimes an interesting thing happens on patient rounds. Rounds are a traditional exercise in hospitals going back at least a century. In the old days, this meant the physician going from patient to patient. He (it was nearly always he back then) went over the patient's progress with the bedside nurse, examined the patient, reviewed pertinent test results, made an assessment, decided on a plan for the day, and gave orders to implement the plan.

Broken to Brilliant - Audio Book Launch

Guns and Health: 5 Pressing Questions for Healthcare Professionals

Guns and Health: 5 Pressing Questions for Healthcare Professionals
John Watson

The recent attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people lost their lives and dozens more sustained serious injuries, was greeted with shock, but also with an unsettling familiarity. Gun violence has inarguably become firmly entrenched in all corners of this country. Towns like Aurora, Newtown, and Columbine are now shorthand for the collective anguish that follows mass shootings, while large cities like Chicago deal with an equally insidious but less media-attended epidemic of daily firearm violence.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has officially started in Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE 
Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has officially started in Queensland today, signalling the beginning of a new era in disability services and huge opportunity for new workers to join the sector.

“I am excited to welcome the start of the NDIS rollout in Queensland today, following the early launch of the scheme in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island in January this year,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

Joyful Events Can Lead to 'Broken Heart Syndrome,' Says Study

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND 

Althoughtakotsubo cardiomyopathyis often referred to as "broken heart syndrome" because of its occurrence in response to strongly negative emotions, such as grief or intense anger, new research suggests that positive emotions can also sometimes act as a trigger.

Not surprisingly, most of the 485 patients assessed from the International Takotsubo (InterTAK) Registry experienced a preceding negative emotional event (96%). However, the other 4% of these patients had had a pleasant occurrence.

Digoxin for Heart Failure Fell Sharply in a Decade, May Be Given More Selectively














White Ribbon Day 2015

White Ribbon Day: tell the world it matters
 
Here are our top 3 tips for getting involved this 25 November:
 
1. Remember why it is important
 
Domestic violence is the gravest human rights abuse in Australia. 
 
 
2. Take the new oath
 
Be a part of the solution: take the oath

WHO Clarifies Processed Meat/Cancer Link After 'Bacon-gate'

WHO Clarifies Processed Meat/Cancer Link After 'Bacon-gate'
Zosia Chustecka:   November 02, 2015

After days of headlines proclaiming that bacon and hot dogs cause cancer following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) classifying processed meat as a human carcinogen ― in the same category as tobacco and asbestos ― the WHO released a statement in clarification. It pointed out that the latest report from the International Agency of Cancer Research (IACR), issued last week, "does not ask people to stop eating processed meats"; rather, it indicated "that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Grants available for 2016 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month activities

                                    MEDIA RELEASE

Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Grants available for 2016 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month activities
Community organisations across Queensland are being urged to apply for grants to run activities and events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May next year.

Not Now, Not Ever - Brisbane


Future of Nambour General Hospital secure

MEDIA RELEASE
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Future of Nambour General Hospital secure


Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick visited Nambour General Hospital today with the Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington to meet staff at the hospital and receive detailed briefings on the construction and importantly the preparations for the commissioning of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital.

Mr Dick said Nambour General Hospital will continue to service its immediate catchment area and also continue to play an important role in the overall provision of health care on the Sunshine Coast.

Physician Who Gave Unneeded Chemo Gets 45 Years in Prison


Farid Fata, MD, the oncologist who got rich administering excessive or unnecessary chemotherapy to hundreds of patients, including some who DID NOT HAVE CANCER, was sentenced to 45 years in prison today by a federal judge in Detroit, Michigan.
The sentence came after the 50-year-old Dr Fata heard the judgement of patients and family members who testified earlier this week to the excruciating physical and psychological harm he caused.

One of them was Laura Stedtefelt, who said the oncologist had overtreated her late father for lung cancer to the point of killing him, according to an account in the 

Queensland Government celebrates opening of new Townsville Hospital facilities

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Too Many Patients With Migraine Receiving Opioids, Barbiturates

Washington, DC — Inappropriate prescribing of opioids and barbiturates for the treatment of migraine is common, a new study suggests. The study is the first to examine recent statistics on opioid and barbiturate-containing medication use in patients presenting to a headache center, said Mina T. Minen, MD, MPH, director of Headache Services and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
"We found it surprising that despite guidelines stating that these medications are not recommended as first-line treatments for primary headache disorders, [they] are still in use by a substantial number of patients," Dr Minen told 

How Much Grog Is Too Much?

How Much Grog Is Too Much... or How Much Does Alcohol Cost Your Organisation? 

We work with a number of mining, construction, manufacturing and professional services companies and one question keeps coming up “how much grog is too much?” Our reply is always the same, “well… it depends.” It depends on what other drugs (medically prescribed) you are taking, how much you weigh, how long is it going to be before you operate heavy machinery, how sleep deprived you are, what are your co-morbidities, whether you are male or female etc.

Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

Predictions for the Field of Infectious Diseases for 2015

John G. Bartlett, MD January 29, 2015
Predictions in this field are particularly dangerous, on the basis of a history that is dense with surprises in nearly all facets of the discipline. For example, Ebola was most everyone's choice for medical story of the year for 2014, but this infection was barely on the radar screen 1 year ago.
The influenza vaccine recommended for the current epidemic was created for the anticipated H1N1 strain, but the influenza now causing widespread disease is largely the H3N2 strain.

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

"Laparoscopic appendectomy carries lower costs per quality of life-year in unselected patient populations," said Vincent Chong, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Chong presented the finding here at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress.
Although appendectomy remains the gold standard for treating acute appendicitis, antibiotics have been used since 1945, Dr Chong said. Antibiotics can be used successfully when surgery is not possible, such as in remote locations or when the patient is frail.

Paramedics, nurses keep watch at QLD watch-houses

Media Release:
Minister for Health - The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

Paramedics, nurses keep watch at QLD watch-houses

Detainees in watch-houses will be monitored and treated by a paramedics or a nurse in a trial designed to blunt the dangers of alcohol, drugs and street violence.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said 17 watch-houses were included in the trial, which was part of the Government’s Queensland-wide ‘Safe Night Out’ Strategy.

Dedicated paramedic officers and registered nurses will begin staffing watch-houses on New Year’s Eve and on Friday and Saturday nights from January 2, 2015.

Eye surgery vision in sight (Media Release)


JOINT STATEMENT
Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman & Minister for Health The Honourable Lawrence Springborg
Eye surgery vision in sight


The wait for important eye surgery will soon be over for almost 8,000 Queensland patients with a $23.4 million blitz bringing them much-needed relief.

Premier Campbell Newman said the new state-wide campaign to slash the ophthalmology (eye surgery) long wait list would improve the quality of life for patients who had been queuing for treatment for too long, with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions.

Queensland Immunisation rates now online

Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

Immunisation rates now online

Data on current rates of immunisation for regions across Queensland will be published on the Government’s health performance website from today.

The measure – a further bid to strengthen public support for vaccination - follows the launch of the Government’s multi-million dollar Queensland Immunisation Strategy last month.Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said adding immunisation rates to the Queensland Health performance website put the issue on public view, beside emergency department and elective surgery wait times.
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