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Joseph Addison


End-of-life care – ANZICS framework

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) statement is designed to "provide a framework for best practice in respect of the care of critically ill patients at the end of life in Australia and New Zealand and provide strong support to intensive care staff involved in the care of these patients and their families."

Source: ANZICS Statement on care and decision-making at the end of life for the critically ill, 2014


Hand hygiene – what does it cost?

Recent research to estimate the annual health services cost of running the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) found public hospitals carried the majority of intervention costs (65%). The authors note "the costs of implementing infection control programmes are rarely estimated in sufficient detail for confident decisions about resource allocation to emerge." Most of the intervention costs related to the time required for auditing hand hygiene compliance and the delivery of education and training.

Source: Journal of hospital infection, 2014; 88(3)


Surgical safety checklist

Safety checklists in medicine are designed to identify a potential error before it results in harm to a patient. The World Health Organization (WHO) safety checklist has been widely implemented in surgical practice since 2008 but it is not routinely used for invasive medical procedures in endoscopy, bronchoscopy suites or catheterisation laboratories. The authors implemented a modified WHO checklist for a cardiac catheterisation laboratory resulting in a significant increase in staff use of the safety tool and demonstrated improvement in patient safety.

Source: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians, 2014; 14(6)


Eating disorders: new practice guidelines

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has released evidence-based guidelines which are the first to incorporate DSM-5 and the new disorder of ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). The Guidelines present a special focus on Anorexia Nervosa across the lifespan with a section on severe and enduring cases.

Source: Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, 2014; 48(11)


Bowel cancer outcomes: AIHW report

"This report presents a comparison of the mortality outcomes and cancer characteristics for two populations: those invited to screen in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in 2006-2008, and those of a similar age who had not been invited to screen in that time period. Of the 2006-2008 bowel cancer diagnoses in these two groups, non-invitees were found to have a 15% higher risk of dying from bowel cancer than NBCSP invitees, and bowel cancers diagnosed in non-invitees were more likely to be at a more-advanced stage. These outcomes demonstrate that the NBCSP is contributing to reducing morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer in Australia. The report findings also suggest that the screening test has a high degree of accuracy."

Source: AIHW, December 2014

Further reading: Updated NICE guideline [CG131] - Colorectal cancer: The diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer, December 2014


Intrapartum care - NICE guidelines update

Providing evidence-based advice on the care of healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, this guideline makes new recommendations regarding choosing place of birth, care during the latent first stage of labour, transfer of care, fetal assessment and monitoring during labour and management of the third stage of labour.

Source: Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth, 2014; NICE guidelines [CG190]


Christmas hours in the Library

Between now and Friday 9th January the Library will not be staffed between 5pm-6pm.
Staff will be available 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Over Christmas and New Year the Library will not be staffed from Wednesday 24th December - Friday 3rd January inclusive.

The Library team wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.


Summer reading list

Interested in reading something different over your summer break?

We have prepared a reading list highlighting some books of interest from our collection.

All books can be borrowed for an extended period over the New Year.

Austin Library Summer Reading List


Journals - Austin's top 10

These links provide access to the the current issue.

American journal of roentgenology




Diabetes care

European respiratory journal

Journal of clinical oncology


Lancet oncology


Looking for the latest journal issues?
All our journal titles with electronic access are available via the A-Z Journal List
(outside the Austin Health network use your Library barcode no. & PIN for access)

If you require an article from a journal that is not on the A-Z Journal List, please use our online document delivery form.

Journals received in print-only format this week:

ACTA Obstetricia et gynecologica, Vol. 93, no. 12, December 2014.

Bioethics outlook, Vol. 25, no. 4 December 2014.

Breastfeeding review, Vol. 22, no. 3, November 2014.

Clinical governance, Vol. 19, no. 4, November 2014.

Infant, Vol. 10, no. 6, November 2014.

Journal of sexual medicine, Vol. 11, no. 10; Vol. 11, no. 11, November 2014.

Nature, Vol. 515, no. 7527; Vol. 515, no. 7528; Vol. 515,no. 7529, December 2014.

Nature medicine, Vol. 20, no. 11, November 2014.

Nursing Times, Vol. 110, no. 46; Vol. 110, no. 49, December 2014.

Sexual medicine reviews, Vol. 2, no. 3-4, October 2014.


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