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Never too old to clown around

Clown doctors show that sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. CAMERON TAYLOR, of Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust, reports.

A new global guideline for pressure injuries

As the Guideline Development Group representative for the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS), PAM MITCHELL was pleased to be involved in the creation of the 2014 International Guideline: Prevention and Treatment for Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

The rise and rise of multi-resistant organisms

Bug Control New Zealand Ltd Infection Control Advisory Service discusses CRE, the next big bug about to hit New Zealand, and what care facilities can expect.

Sweet as honey

As resistance to antibiotics strengthens, it is more important than ever to look for alternative treatments. When it comes to wound care and infection control, mānuka honey is proving to be a strong contender.

Fear of falling: friend or foe?

SHELLEY JONES looks at recent research on actual risk of falling and perceived risk, and the implications for older people.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a practice with huge potential

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses how becoming competent in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help practitioners achieve significantly improved outcomes for those in dementia care.

The nurse practitioner older adult

Research based on the appointment of a nurse practitioner (NP) older adult in the Horowhenua has found that this role is vital to effective care delivery in residential aged care. MARLENE DITCHFIELD speaks to Sylvia Meijer, New Zealand’s first NP older adult and the NP at the heart of the project about the importance of this role in aged care.

Flexibility welcomed in InterRAI training

While there has been some controversy around the introduction of interRAI in New Zealand residential aged care facilities, St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie, Auckland, has discovered that a flexible approach to interRAI training has made all the difference.

Compression therapy

DR KENNETH WONG looks at the causes and treatment of chronic venous disease and discusses the benefits and risks.

Spotlight on… C difficile

Epidemics of Clostridium difficile have had devastating effects in the northern hemisphere, and now this “hospital superbug” has made its way to New Zealand, with new, highly virulent strains wreaking havoc in hospitals and aged care facilities.
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