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"Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything."
C.S. Lewis 

In memory of our library colleague Joanna Rumpff (23 Nov 1969 – 22 Dec 2017)


Precision medicine in Australia

Precision medicine leverages knowledge of a person's genetic and biochemical makeup to provide for disease prevention and tailored treatment plans. The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has released a horizon scanning report indicating that precision medicine has the potential to transform Australia's health care system by optimising public policy for individual care. The report highlights the current trends in precision medicine technologies and considers the social, cultural, legal and regulatory implications of these technologies. The role of big data is discussed in relation to both data integrity and security and ethical issues.

Source: Australian Council of Learned Academies 2018


Mobile technology – enhancing nursing practice

The use of mobile technology is becoming mainstream in hospitals globally, however little research has been done to investigate nurses' experience and satisfaction with the use of portable devices at the point of care. This study shows that nurses find benefits in using portable devices to assist with nursing documentation and administering medical orders, along with some areas of frustration such as the need for a stable wireless network!

Source: International Journal of Nursing Practice 2018; online first: 21 January


Diabetes & cognitive decline – longitudinal study

"The aim of the study was to evaluate longitudinal associations between HbA1c levels, diabetes status and subsequent cognitive decline over a 10 year follow-up period". The study identified significant longitudinal associations and suggests further research is needed to determine the effects of maintaining optimal glucose control.

Source: Diabetologia 2018; online first: 25 January


Geriatric assessment for surgical services

Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a coordinated, multidisciplinary collaboration that assesses the medical, psychosocial and functional capabilities and limitations of an older person, with the goal of establishing a treatment plan and long-term follow-up. This review examines whether CGA interventions can improve postoperative outcomes for older people. The authors conclude that for older people with hip fracture, CGA probably reduces mortality and the person is more likely to be discharged to home.

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018 Jan 31;1:CD012485


Predicting risk of gestational diabetes

A study of 1,512 pregnant women in China has concluded that higher serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) levels during early-middle pregnancy may indicate an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) later. The authors state "after adjusting for age, family history of diabetes, weight and BMI at pre-pregnancy, parity, fasting plasma glucose and the gestational weight gain, pregnant women with higher GGT levels (>26.9U/L) had a 5.40 fold risk of developing GDM".

Source: Clinical Endocrinology 2018; online first: 31 January


Mental health simulation for student nurses

The need for attitudinal change towards mental illness is considered to be "at the forefront of issues in recruiting mental health nursing graduates and improving patient outcomes". This Australian study, the final of three in a mixed-methods design, explored the attitudes of undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students following a mental health simulation and the educational benefits of simulation. The authors conclude that simulation can be beneficial in reducing student anxiety during mental health placements, and assists with challenging stereotypes and stigmatisation of those with mental health issues.

Source: Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2018; 14: 8-14


Did you know? World Cancer Day

New research released for World Cancer Day, 4 February 2018:

Number of Australians living with or beyond cancer to surge 72% by 2040
This report from the Cancer Council highlights how many Australians will be living with a personal history of cancer by 2040. Experts say this rise "can be attributed to the country's growing and ageing population, as well as increasing cancer survival rates thanks to better prevention, early detection and research". 
Source: Cancer Council 2018

Global surveillance of trends in cancer survival 2000-14 (CONCORD-3)
The CONCORD programme, now in its second cycle, analyses individual records for patients diagnosed with one of 18 cancers from 322 population-based registries in 71 countries to enable global comparisons of the effectiveness of health systems in providing cancer care. The authors urge governments to recognise the value of these population-based cancer registries as key policy tools. 
Source: The Lancet 2018; online first: 30 January


Austin Health Research Online - recent submissions

Three dimensional models in uro-oncology: a future built with additive fabrication
Manning TG, O'Brien JS, Christidis D, et al. World journal of urology 2018; online first: 25 January

Intracranial vessel wall imaging with MRI: current techniques and applications
Tan HW, Chen X, Maingard J, et al. World neurosurgery 2018; online first: 19 January

Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for perinatal anxiety and depression versus treatment as usual: study protocol for two randomised controlled trials
Loughnan SA, Newby JM, Haskelberg H, et al. Trials 2018; 19(1): 56

Fluid bolus therapy for the ward treatment of oliguria after major abdominal surgery
Kubicki, M A,Eastwood, Glenn M,Bellomo, Rinaldo et al. Anaesthesia and intensive care 2018; 46(1): 137-138
Full text available in print in the Library only

Personalized chemosensitivity assays for mesothelioma- is it worth the effort?
John T, Chia PL. Clinical Cancer Research 2018; online first: 19 January
Full text available for Austin & MHW Heidelberg staff via document delivery

See more at AHRO, Austin Health Research Online


eBooks Spotlight

Atlas of pelvic anatomy and gynecologic surgery / Michael S. Baggish, MM Karram – 4th ed. Elsevier, 2016.
Covers all major gynaecologic operations and procedures including laparotomy, laparoscopic, robotic, hysteroscopic, vaginal, vulvar and cystoscopic operations. Well-illustrated with colour photographs, drawings and videos, this text is suitable for students and clinicians working in the field.

Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management / edited by Carin A Hagberg, Carlos A Artime & Michael A Aziz – 4th ed. Elsevier, 2018.
Provides guidance on pre and post-intubation techniques and protocols from selection of equipment to management of complications. Includes six new chapters and access to more than 25 online videos.

New books on display

Fast facts for managing patients with a psychiatric disorder : what RNs, NPs, and new psych nurses need to know / Brenda Marshall – Springer Publishing, 2018.
Covers the diagnosis of common psychiatric disorders addressing the symptom alliance between various medical diagnoses and mental illness. Ideal for non-psychiatric nurses caring for patients with comorbid diagnoses in a variety of clinical settings.


Journals Spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

Annals of Pharmacotherapy


British Journal of Anaesthesia


Evidence-Based Mental Health

European Respiratory Journal


Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Journal of Rheumatology

Sexually Transmitted Infections

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