Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Benefit of ‘little things’ to mental health highlighted

A new mental health initiative highlights the “little things” people can do in their daily life to maintain their mental equilibrium.
The #littlethings campaign from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention was created in partnership with more than 20 organisations active in the mental health area. It includes television and radio advertising as well as a strong online presence

Emergency department doctors concerned over Ebola readiness

Emergency department doctors have expressed concern over the Government’s preparedness for any Ebola cases given the chronic overcrowding in many hospitals
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Monday, October 20, 2014

AIT Library offers trial to registered library users for additional databases by Medicines Complete

AIT Library currently offer access via login to the databases; British National Formulary – (Guidance on the actions and uses of drugs prescribed in the UK.) ; Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference ( Information and background on conventional and complementary drugs and associated compounds, international proprietary names, and disease treatments); and Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy – (The definitive reference on all aspects of the science and practice of pharmacy) all though the  Medicines Complete database which is available on the library databases web page at https://libmain.ait.ie/screens/databases.html

There is now a trial to additional titles by Medicines Complete including AHFS Drug Information, BNF for Children, Clarkes Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, Stockley's Drug Interactions & Stockley's Interaction Alerts. All these resources are now available on the trials database page at http://libmain.ait.ie/screens/trialdb.html  or just click on the Medicines Complete link on the databases page Trial ends November 16th 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nurses who fear Ebola have few options: complaining, sick days or walking out

Healthcare workers worried about Ebola can do little. They’re asking for better equipment and training, but beyond that, workplace laws offer them few protections 
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More than 2,100 waiting for place in nursing home

There are 2,114 mostly elderly people who are waiting for a nursing home place - more than double the number predicted last year.
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They have been cleared for funding support under the Fair Deal scheme but the slow down in release of funding is causing delays.

Dental Council says refusal to remove braces is unethical

The refusal of any orthodontist to remove braces from a child on the basis that they had not been paid is unethical, a spokesman for the Dental Council of Ireland has said. The regulatory body for dentists commented following a report in The Irish Times yesterday on the case of a girl in the care of the Child and Family Agency who had not had her braces removed because the orthodontist treating her had not been paid.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mental Health Reform disappointed in funding shortfall for mental health

The national coalition Mental Health Reform has expressed disappointment that the Government has missed the opportunity in Budget 2015 to make up for the €15 million shortfall in this year’s allocation for mental health.
Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform, commented: “When the 2014 budget was announced, Minister Lynch made a commitment that the €15m shortfall would be made up in 2015. We are disappointed that her objective has not been fulfilled by Government. While the €35 million allocated for 2015 can make a difference, mental health services continue to be under pressure to meet the demand from people in severe mental distress. People who use mental health services and their families want to see good quality crisis intervention support available in their local area so that they don’t end up in A&E. They also want holistic support from a multidisciplinary team. We want to see how the HSE will deliver these services in 2015.”
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘Animals feel pain’: why a farmer’s son turned vegan

At the age of nine Declan Bowens became vegetarian, and later vegan. ‘Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should,’ he says of meat-eating – not a popular position in rural Ireland

Controversy over home births continues to centre on dispute between midwife and HSE

After more than three decades of a professional life delivering children in their mothers’ homes, midwife Philomena Canning can no longer practise and is at the centre of a highly charged controversy.
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Ten things we have learned during Ebola epidemic

Virus is deadly but mortality rate in current outbreak (50%) is not as high as previous outbreaks

My Health Experience: ‘The pain was like a hand moving around inside my stomach, clenching my organs’

June 11th, 2012, is a date I will probably never forget. Not because I was waking up in a campervan in some part of Poland, hungover after losing to Croatia in the first round of the Euros with the rest of Ireland around me holding “Angela Merkel thinks we’re working” flags. No, it lives in my memory because that was the day the pain started.

An Irish welcome: how Australia recruits doctors and nurses

A cartoon in the West Australian newspaper depicting Irish nurses and a leprechaun doing a jig at the bedside of two hospital patients caused a bit of a stir last August, when the Facebook group Irish People Living in Australia, which has more than 30,000 members, made a complaint to the Australian Press Council for the “ill-mannered and offensive” stereotyping of Irish nurses
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Ebola infection in Dallas nurse underscores critical need for proper training

A nurse in Dallas who was treating the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States has become infected with the virus herself even though she was wearing protective gear. “At some point, there was a breach in protocol,” Tom Frieden, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a press conference this morning
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Friday, October 10, 2014

100 Best Blogs for Nursing Students

No doubt about it, getting through nursing school can be a challenge, especially if you're trying to balance work, school and family life all at once. However, nursing students can find support in their fellow students, graduates of nursing programs and a myriad of professional and medical blogs. Check out this list we've put together of sites that are meant to inspire, motivate and educate nursing students in school and beyond.
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A one third drop in occupational injuries to nurses following mandated staffing ratios in California

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to UC Davis research published online in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. The study is believed to be the first to evaluate the effect of the law on occupational health
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Today is World Mental Health day, so it’s a good time for a plan to protect yourself

Mental Health Ireland’s campaign, “Plan to Protect your mental health and wellbeing” celebrates World Mental Health Day by outlining five steps everybody can take to protect their mental health and wellbeing. These are: Connect  /Be active / Take notice / Keep learning / Give
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