Professional Nursing Today - Volume 15, Issue 1, 2011
Volume 15, Issue 1, 2011
Author Vicki Pinkney-AtkinsonSource: Professional Nursing Today 15 (2011)More Less
Well, let's blame it on the Oscars held in the last while. The heading, I mean, and this piece. It happened something like this.... In the afterglow of the Oscars, a copy of a letter happened across my screen. Computer, not TV screen. I felt like making the "King's Speech." The letter had me frothing at the mouth and it wasn't even addressed to me. However, the topic has been with us for more than 35 years. What could it have been that got me so enraged and then distant and then..
Author L. BakerSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 6 –9 (2011)More Less
Prevention is better than cure, and vaccines play a vital role in the prevention of many infectious bacterial and viral diseases, especially infectious childhood diseases. Not only do vaccines protect the vaccinee, but in many instances, they also protect the community by reducing the overall prevalence of the disease (i.e. the so-called "herd immunity").
Source: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 13 –14 (2011)More Less
It is very hard to find a suitable digital thermometer to achieve an accurate temperature reading on our little people. Thermoregulation is a vital parameter in a neonate and the best suitable digital thermometer must be used under all conditions to ensure optimal settings to all our thermoregulatory equipment, e.g. Servocrib®, incubators, and warming devices.
Author C. WhittakerSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 16 –20 (2011)More Less
Globally, there is an increasing demand from patients for access to effective non-prescription medicine. As a result, the range of over-the-counter (OTC) products, including analgesics, is expanding. A wide variety of OTC analgesics are available to patients, enabling them to effectively self-manage many painful conditions. However, the inappropriate use of analgesics can pose a significant health risk. We need to educate our patients regarding the appropriate selection and use of these products. Pain management guidelines are a useful resource to assist us with analgesic selection. This article provides an overview of current pain management guidelines, reviews, the safety and efficacy of OTC analgesics, and some recommendations for patient counselling on analgesics use.
The practice and science of wound healing : wound bed preparation utilising the guidelines : wound careAuthor L. NaudeSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 22 –30 (2011)More Less
Evidence-based wound care knowledge comprises both the knowledge and skills gained from clinical experience, and the attitudes and values that individuals bring to the practice. This article focuses on the practical implementation of the Wound Bed Preparation Guideline that was launched at the Wounds International Conference in February 2011, Cape Town. This guideline is supported and endorsed by the Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa (WHASA), UBUNTU Wound Healing, the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care (WAWLC), Wounds International, and the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS).
Author R. Van Der MerweSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 32 –34 (2011)More Less
Vitamins are organic substances that cannot be produced by the human body. The only way of getting all of the vitamins that the body needs is to ingest them, in small quantities, through the diet. Vitamins are essential for normal cell function, growth and development. There are 13 essential vitamins which the body needs to function. They can be divided into two groups, fat-soluble or water-soluble vitamins.
Introductory perspectives on the role of the nursing practitioner in the management of drug preparations and treatment, including new drug development : nursing pharmacology and medicine management : part 1Author G. SchellackSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 35 –43 (2011)More Less
This is the first of a series of articles on practice-related aspects of pharmacology, drug therapy, and applied nursing pharmacology, in which a broad overview is given of the role of the nursing practitioner in the management of drug preparations and treatment. This high-level overview is presented against the backdrop of a proposed contextual framework, which explores the interaction between the various role players involved in prescribing, supplying, dispensing and administering medication to a patient, and subsequently monitoring the effects thereof. This series uses permitted excerpts and diagrams from the second edition of Pharmacology in clinical practice: application made easy for nurses and allied health professionals, published by Juta and Company Limited, and is compiled and expanded upon by the author.
Migraine Research Institute : South African police and nurses receive 50% discount : professional newsSource: Professional Nursing Today 15 (2011)More Less
Lift up your voice! The drumbeat of Africa at the 7th International Neonatal Nurses Conference : NNASASource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 45 –48 (2011)More Less
Each year, 21 300 babies die in the first month of life in South Africa and about the same number are still born. South Africa has committed itself to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which include the call for a two-thirds reduction in child mortality (MDG 4). South Africa is currently one of only 12 countries worldwide whose child mortality is climbing, while countries with a similar gross national income such as Brazil and Egypt have halved their under-five mortality. To achieve MDG 4, South Africa needs an average reduction in U5MR of 14% per year. As neonatal deaths account for 41% of child deaths, neonatal mortality must be reduced in order to reduce child deaths.