Professional Nursing Today - Volume 15, Issue 4, 2011
Volume 15, Issue 4, 2011
Author Aaron MotsoalediSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 4 –6 (2011)More Less
Record keeping : self-reported attitudes, knowledge and practice behaviours of nurses in selected Cape Town hospitals : original researchSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 8 –9 (2011)More Less
South African law holds nurses accountable for their acts and omissions and all documentation pertaining to patient care may serve as evidence in a court of law or at South African Nursing Council (SANC) hearings. Documentation can confirm or refute negligence and therefore should be an accurate and current reflection of what happened to the patient, particularly as litigation often arises long after care was rendered.
The use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in clinical practice : series on nursing pharmacology and medicine management part 2Author G. SchellackSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 11 –17 (2011)More Less
In this, the second in a series of articles on practice-related aspects of pharmacology, drug therapy and applied nursing pharmacology, an overview is given of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a group, and some perspectives offered on their usefulness in clinical practice. NSAIDs constitute a diverse range of analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory agents, including aspirin, paracetamol and other traditional anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as the selective COX-2 inhibitors. This series uses excerpts and diagrams with permission from the second edition of Pharmacology in Clinical Practice: Application Made Easy for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, and is compiled and expanded upon by the author.
Author Bronwyn GreenSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 20 –26 (2011)More Less
In South Africa almost half of the population reside in informal settlements and make use of paraffin stoves for cooking, heating and lighting. Because of the high number of informal settlements in South Africa, approximately 40 000 households are affected by burns every year (National Injury Mortality Statistics, 2002).
Author J. ZuccaroliSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 29 –30 (2011)More Less
Source: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 31 –36 (2011)More Less
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality globally. A recent study suggests a global prevalence of approximately 10%. Interestingly, Cape Town had the highest global prevalence of 22.2% in men and 8.5% in women. COPD was thought to develop in only 15% of smokers. However, we now realise that this is an underestimation because COPD is both under-recognised and undiagnosed, as many patients accept the limitations associated with disease progression as natural for a person who has smoked. The incidence of COPD in non-smokers is estimated at 5% or less. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) estimates that COPD will be the third most common cause of death worldwide by 2020.
Author A.J. TerblancheSource: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 37 –39 (2011)More Less
Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is one of the most common and frequently occurring phenomena in humans, in both normal children and adults. It may affect up to 50% of infants from birth to three months of age. It is usually self-limiting and the majority of infants outgrow their reflux by 12 months of age. In this article the difference between GOR and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), the clinical presentation, special investigations required, complications and treatment will be discussed.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 15, pp 51 –52 (2011)More Less
Transfusion may be a life-saving therapeutic intervention. However, many preventable errors make this a hazardous procedure. The current Postgraduate Diploma in Transfusion Medicine presented at the University of the Free State, South Africa, provides an excellent opportunity for medical doctors to improve their clinical transfusion practice.