Professional Nursing Today - Volume 9, Issue 3, 2005
Volume 9, Issue 3, 2005
Author K. Worrall-ClareSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 3 –4 (2005)More Less
PNT invited Advocate Kurt Worrall-Clare, CEO of the Hospital Association of South Africa, to comment on the implications of the new National Health Act and to address pertinent issues in Nursing Shortages and Training in South Africa. Adv Worrall-Clare was one of the speakers at the very successful and well-attended workshop, hosted by the Forum on the 20th of April 2005 at Gallagher Estates.
Author F. GuidozziSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 14 –16 (2005)More Less
The menopause will bring with it a number of health challenges that may significantly affect the quality of life of women. Not uncommonly, women feel overwhelmed and daunted by what they perceive, or are led to believe, will occur with the menopause. Yet, provided that women understand and their doctors individualise care, the menopause can be a time of positive change.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 18 –22 (2005)More Less
The surgical management of stress incontinence in women should encompass a combined approach by the family practitioner and the specialist. This review, in two parts, discusses the place of the family practitioner in this process. The continence mechanism, pre-operative counselling, appropriate surgical procedures, post-operative complications and aftercare are all discussed, to enable the family practitioner to provide adequate support to the patient.
Sanofi Aventi's third module in their short course on neuromuscular blocking agents : theatre nursingSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 24 –25 (2005)More Less
Author Douw GreeffSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 26 –29 (2005)More Less
Winter is that time of the year when colds and flu abound. Everybody has the sniffles and is feeling sick, and many people go to the pharmacy in search of symptomatic relief for these wintry woes. Many people, in particular, suffer from a nasty cough and may ask you, the professional nurse, for help in selecting an appropriate cough mixture. But, which one is the right one?
Author Liezl NaudeSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 30 –32 (2005)More Less
Pressure ulcers are still among the most costly, yet preventable injuries and they have a high prevalence and incidence in acute and long-term care. This age-old problem is commonly referred to as decubitus ulcers, bed sores or pressure ulcers. The aim of this article is to define what pressure ulcers are and to discuss the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Risk assessment plays an important role in the prevention of pressure ulcers. This article will also provide the professional nurse with tools for this assessment.
Source: Professional Nursing Today 9 (2005)More Less
The management and elimination of risk is perhaps one of the most challenging deliverables facing the Nursing Professional. This multi-faceted topic should be explored in its entirety. Careful consideration needs to be given to the legal and financial implications of patient risk management, waste management and infection control in order to create a healthcare environment that maintains the very highest standards of hygiene and professionalism.
Author Lynne BluffSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 37 –38 (2005)More Less
Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as nappy rash, is a term used to describe different skin rashes within the nappy area. Continuous occlusion, moisture and maceration of the nappy area may cause a non-physiological state, which skin cannot tolerate indefinitely. Fermentation of the secretions and liberation of ammonia play an important role. Nappy rash is one of the most common skin disorders, occurring in 50% of infants, with 5% having severe rashes. Breast fed infants have fewer nappy rashes than formula-fed infants. The frequency and severity of nappy rash are significantly lower when the number of nappy changes per day increases.
Author P.A. HenningSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 40 –41 (2005)More Less
Extensive research, especially in recent years, documents diverse and compelling advantages to infants, mothers, families, and society from breastfeeding (BF) and the use of breast milk (BM). These include health, nutritional, immunology, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. The HIV-exposed infant may, however, contract HIV through breastfeeding. This article provides the primary care nurse with a fact sheet on breast feeding for quick reference.
Author R.J. GreenSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 42 –46 (2005)More Less
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, affecting at least one in 10 people. It knows no prejudice, affecting people from all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, unlike tuberculosis, which one would expect to encounter in less privileged societies, and coronary artery disease, which is a disease of affluence. Therefore, no matter where the health care "giver" (i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist) practises, he or she will see patients with asthma every day. This interaction with asthmatics is often limited, even in a medical setting - limited to the medical or clinical effects and the treatment of the disease, which are very well known. Less well known, and certainly seldom discussed, are the many issues around asthma care that impact on the high morbidity and cost of this chronic illness.
Author Leanne ReesSource: Professional Nursing Today 9, pp 48 –50 (2005)More Less
The intestine is the largest organ in the immune system of the body, and as such is the location for the majority of lymphocytes and other immune effector cells. The intestine is exposed to vast quantities of dietary and microbial foreign bodies (pathogens), which, in some instances, are potentially lethal. The development of normal immune function of the intestine is therefore vital for survival, and is dependent on appropriate antigen exposure and processing, and an intact intestinal barrier.