Reducing low value and unnecessary care

A national scale-up of an initiative to reduce low value care and reduce unnecessary treatment was the focus of a nationwide meeting recently. The Choosing Wisely Australia national meeting was held in Melbourne in late May and showcased innovative projects both national and international. A nurse discontinuation protocol of telemetry implemented at Johns Hopkins Hospital, […]

Nurse-to-patient ratios have saved lives in Qld

A world-first evaluation of Queensland’s legislated nurse-to-patient ratios has confirmed they have resulted in a significant reduction in avoidable deaths, hospital re-admissions and reduced bed days. The findings were presented at the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Annual Conference in Brisbane last Friday. The extensive international research was undertaken by Qld Health, the Queensland […]

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: a poorly recognised skin condition

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic autoinflammatory skin condition characterised by recurrent deep and painful nodules and abscesses (Vekic et al. 2018). These lesions are predominantly located in the skin folds, such as the axillae, groin and intergluteal regions. It is also characterised by the presence of characteristic multi-headed comedomes, the development of sinus tracts […]