Professional Nursing Today - Volume 11, Issue 4, 2007
Volume 11, Issue 4, 2007
Author E. FarrellSource: Professional Nursing Today 11, pp 13 –14 (2007)More Less
Too many babies and children in South Africa are dying unnecessarily, despite the fact that our health care system is one of the more advanced on the African continent. It is clear from the avoidable factors identified when reviewing these cases of deaths, that there is a lot we can do to reduce the number of infant deaths, and the midwife, as a key role player, can impact greatly if the right measures are taken to improve care and caring for these patients. The most important change that will have to be made, is to improve the clinical skills required to manage pregnancy and labour and identify risk factors, but then also to act appropriately to these risk factors.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 11, pp 22 –24 (2007)More Less
Bacterial meningitis is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the mem-branes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by several different types of bacteria; in children outside the newborn period, the three most common are Haemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Bacterial meningitis can result in hearing loss, intellectual deficits, balance disturbances and paralysis, and is a significant cause of illness and death in children.