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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.

Hosting a White Ribbon Night on Friday 29 July


To: info@rebeccawardconsulting.com
Subject: It's cold outside
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 04:12:00 -0400
From: events@whiteribbon.org.au

Dear Rebecca, 

Many homeless women have fled domestic violence. For them, sleeping on the cold streets tonight is the better option. Domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children. This must stop.  You can help by hosting a White Ribbon Night on Friday 29 July. 

If you are looking for ideas, why not cook up a feast, have a movie marathon, or watch the footy, all in the comfort of your own home?

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.

Queensland health budget puts patients first

MEDIA RELEASE 
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Queensland health budget puts patients first 

Queensland’s multi-billion dollar health budget will jump 7.7 per cent to meet growing demands for health services across the state. Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the health budget would increase to $15.274 billion in 2016-17, ensuring world-class health services for Queenslanders.

Mr Dick said the bulk of the new budget, totalling $12.

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds

Falling, Serious Injury in Elderly Tied to Changes in BP-Lowering Meds
Veronica Hackethal, MD
May 13, 2016

DALLAS, TX — The risk of falls that cause serious injuries goes up over 2 weeks after changes in antihypertensive therapy in the elderly, whether starting or adding an agent or intensifying the current medication, suggests an analysis of Medicare beneficiaries published May 10, 2016 inCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

"If I'm initiating or intensifying meds, I may want to be careful in the short term, but after patients have been on the medications for a while, the risk has probably disappeared," lead author Dr Daichi Shimbo (Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY) told

Five Point Plan for Flu Season

Media Release 
Minister for Health and 
Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Five Point Plan for Flu Season

The Palaszczuk Government is preparing Queensland’s public hospitals for a tough flu season with a five point plan to drive efficiencies, keep emergency departments moving and get ambulances back on the road.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today unveiled the government’s five point plan to prepare the health system for the challenges of the flu season.

Workplace Violence Rampant in Healthcare

Workplace Violence Rampant in Healthcare

Workplace violence against healthcare workers is rampant, but solutions remain unclear, largely as a result of underrecognition and underreporting of the problem and poor-quality research, according to a review article published in the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article stems from the tragic death of a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2015. The surgeon was shot and killed by the son of one of his patients, who had died.

A Further Nine Workplaces Accredited by White Ribbon Australia for Taking Action to Prevent Men's Violence Against Women


MEDIA RELEASE - 31 March 2016

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of nine organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces, bringing the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 45. 

A further 120 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation.The program is rigorous. Over an 18 month period, participating workplaces must satisfy 15 assessment criteria under three separate standards. They submit evidence of extensive staff consultation, staff engagement, staff training as well as new and improved HR policies and procedures.

Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: Another Problem Antibiotics Can't Fix?

Maternal and Neonatal Consequences of Treated and Untreated Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: A Prospective Cohort Study With an Embedded Randomised Controlled Trial

Kazemier BM, Koningstein FN, Schneeberger C, et al
Lancet Infect Dis. 2015;15:1324-1333
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy

Antibiotics are frequently prescribed even when they are not indicated. A common area of antibiotic misuse is the treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB). ASB is typically harmless, but treating ASB can increase rates of antibiotic resistance.

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 

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.

Ebola Death Toll Rises to at Least 2,296 - WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the worstEbolaoutbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The WHO said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five West African countries as of Sept. 6, a day after its previous update. But it still did not have new figures for Liberia, the worst-affected country, suggesting the true toll is already much higher.

The WHO has said it expects thousands of new cases in Liberia in the next three weeks.

New campaign says GP not ED


Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

 
New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presentations to Queensland hospitals every year.
“We have a strong commitment to improving frontline health services and ensuring that Queenslanders get the very best of care,” Mr Springborg said.

100,000 avoidable deaths - Ian Bushfield

From: Ian Bushfield
Subject: 100,000 avoidable deaths
To: Rebecca Ward Consulting
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:52:06 +0000

Dear friends,

Watch and share our 3 short new videos that show why we urgently need all clinical trials registered and results reported.Withholding results costs lives - The results of a 1980s clinical trial on heart drug Lorcainide were never published. Doctors didn’t know that more people died in the trial who were given Lorcainide than who were taking the placebo. It has been estimated that over 100,000 people died avoidably because they were prescribed drugs in the same class.

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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Fatality Free Friday

The Seven Dwarfs of Safety

The Seven Dwarfs of Safety...
Recently I was asked to speak at a safety conference where we discussed risk carried by an organisation and the impact this could have on the bottom line. Essentially, looking at risk is akin to peering into a crystal ball and gives you the ability to assess and meet current needs while addressing the future requirements of the business. This is a distinct competitive advantage.
 
I wanted to take a very serious and complex issue and present it in a simple yet memorable way to help organisations identify potential threats.
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