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ICU Management

Implementing Early Mobilisation: Practical Tips

2016 04 Jul

While the evidence for the benefits of early mobilisation in the intensive care unit (ICU) is clear, practical guidance on tools and methods to translate evidence into practice is lacking.A recently published paper sets out a strategy for safe mobilisation by a multidisciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and support staff.... Read more

Health Management

Designing a Specialist Cardiologist Service for Rural Australia

2016 01 Jul

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. However, people living in rural and remote Australia are 44 percent more likely to die of heart disease than people living in urban areas. (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011). Brisbane cardiologist, Rolf Gomes, decided to do something about this disparity by equipping a mobile cardiac service to... Read more

Cardiology Management

2016 23 May

Cardiologist Dr. Rolf Gomes founded Heart of Australia with the vision of bringing specialist cardiology services that people in the city take for granted to the people living in rural and remote Queensland. Heart of Australia is an Australian first, a custom-made mobile medical clinic which is fully equipped with specialist diagnostic equipment. Dr.... Read more

ICU Management

Bone Fracture Risk for Critically Ill

2015 08 Dec

New research has found reduced bone mass in patients one year after being hospitalised in the intensive care unit (ICU). The loss of bone density, along with other clinical risk factors assessed by a World Health Organization algorithm, may increase their chances of suffering a fragility fracture, according to researchers.Neil R. Orford, MBBS, director... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Do Checklists Improve Care in the ICU?

2015 29 Sep

Use of an electronic "process-of-care" checklist during medical ward rounds was effective in improving daily care delivery in the intensive care unit, according to a study carried out in New South Wales (NSW). In addition to having clinical utility, researchers said the e-checklist also functioned effectively as an audit tool. The findings are published... Read more

ICU Management

True Blood: Blood Sampling in ICUs

2015 10 Aug

The negative impact of blood sampling in critical care patients is well known, and more recently the importance of blood conservation strategies to prevent iatrogenic anaemia has been validated. Resulting over-prescription of packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions is a significant cost to the healthcare system. Although evidence exists on blood conservation... Read more

IMAGING Management

Unread X-Ray Backlog Investigated in Australia

2014 22 Jul

A backlog of more than 40,000 unread x-rays has been uncovered at the Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland, Australia. It has further emerged that the health board responsible had been aware of the issue for more than five years. While the x-rays had been read by the referring doctor, none had been read and reported on by a radiologist.Lawrence Springborg,the... Read more

IMAGING Management

First Australian Installation for Philips AlluraClarity

2013 15 Apr

Philips has announced Australia’s first installation of its AlluraClarity intervention suite with new ClarityIQ technology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide. Philips AlluraClarity is a powerful interventional imaging system that enables clinicians to dramatically reduce the x-ray radiation dose required during interventional neuro-radiology... Read more

IMAGING Management

Radiology Down Under

2013 15 Mar

Australia and New Zealand are facing similar demographic challenges to many other countries, with an ageing population placing more strain on health resources. The health workforce in Australia is growing fast. Hospitals are struggling to find internships for what has been coined a ‘tsunami’ of medical graduates. Training programmes in all specialties... Read more


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