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One in ten Victorian hospital beds not in use!

This independent Travis review was commissioned to identify the number of beds in the State and recommend strategies to improve capacity.  Dr Travis reported that bed numbers "were no longer a good measure of a hospital's ability to treat increasing numbers of patients . . .  due to changes in technology and practice and the ability to deliver care at home or in an alternative community setting."

Source: Travis review: interim report, released 2 April 2015


Transparency in communication - when things go wrong

This US based study sought to examine the relationship between attitudes of physicians towards open and transparent communication with patients and peers following adverse events. Specifically physician attitudes about reporting medical errors to patients, peers and institutions were the principle focus.

Source: Journal of patient safety, 2015 Online first

Full text available for Austin staff via document delivery.


Unfinished nursing care

This paper reports on a literature review of 'unfinished care' which includes missed care, implicitly rationed care and care left undone. The authors report that from their review:

  • "Predictors of unfinished care included perceived team interactions, adequacy of resources, safety climate, and nurse staffing.
  • Unfinished care is a predictor of decreased nurse-reported care quality, decreased patient satisfaction; increased adverse events; increased turnover; decreased job and occupational satisfaction; and increased intent to leave."

Source: International journal of nursing studies, 2015: Online first.

Full text available for Austin staff via document delivery.


Height & coronary artery disease – it’s genetic!

By looking at height-increasing genetic variants, researchers have shown an association between shorter height and higher risk of coronary heart disease is a primary relationship and is not due to confounding factors.

Source: NEJM, online 8 April 2015


Routine calcium in pregnancy?

Australian researchers conclude that calcium appears effective at reducing the incidence of preeclampsia. Its effect is of particular use in women at high risk of developing preeclampsia and women with low-baseline calcium intake. Its utility in the general pregnant population remains less clear, given that the largest randomised trials do not show clear evidence of benefit, and meta-analysis suggests likely small-trial publication bias.

Source: Hypertension in pregnancy, May 2015: 34(2) 181-203


Imaging for low-back pain – costs v effectiveness

Authors report on a systematic review examining the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the use of imaging for low-back pain. Imaging for low-back pain is performed at a relatively high rate and there are concerns that it is unnecessary, inappropriate and can expose patients to harm.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, April 2015: 187(6) 401-408


eBooks spotlight

American Psychiatric publishing textbook of substance abuse and treatment / edited by Marc Galanter, Herbert D. Kleber and Kathleen T. Brady. Fifth edition, 2015.
This book has been updated to present current information on a wide range of substance use disorders, from tobacco and alcohol to methamphetamine and club drug abuse.

DeLee & Drez's orthopaedic sports medicine : principles and practice / edited by Mark D Miller, Stephen R. Thompson. Elsevier Saunders, Fourth edition, 2015.
This revised and updated reference explores the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries and medical disorders. It provides clinically focused and comprehensive guidance with contributions from respected authorities in the field.


New books on display

The body keeps the score : brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma / Bessel A. van der Kolk. Viking, 2014.

Wound management for the advanced practitioner / edited by Terry Swanson, Margo Asimus, and Bill McGuiness. IP Communications, 2014.


Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the the current issue.

Australian social work




Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation & prevention

Journal of neurosurgery

Journal of nuclear medicine

Journal of parenteral & enteral nutrition

Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery

Neuropsychological rehabilitation

Seminars in oncology nursing

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:

Infant, Vol. 11, no. 2, March 2015

Nature, Vol. 519, no. 7544, 26 March 2015

The practising midwife, Vol. 18, no. 4, April 2015


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