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GOSFORD TRAUMA EVENING WEBCAST June 2015

Great trauma meeting webcast from Gosford Hospital, NSW, Australia! Check out the last session on cervical spine immobilisation controversies , especially on soft neck collars!  
prehospitalmed.com
almost 7 years ago
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Start of cheaper technique for breast cancer is delayed in UK despite adoption elsewhere

A new technique that substantially reduces the burden of radiotherapy in women with early breast cancer and could save the NHS millions of pounds a year has been approved in Australia by the Medical Services Advisory Committee—the Australian equivalent of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)—ahead of its UK counterpart. Not only has it been recommended for selected patients but it is also an item in the committee’s 2015-16 budget.  
feeds.bmj.com
almost 7 years ago
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Australian doctors face two years in jail for reporting asylum seekers’ health

Doctors in Australia have vowed to fight a new law that threatens them with two years in jail if they speak out about abuse and poor conditions in detention centres for asylum seekers.  
feeds.bmj.com
almost 7 years ago
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MRSA In Practice

Aimed at junior hospital doctors and general practitioners, the In Practice Series has been devised by RSM Press to present cutting-edge and clear-cut opinion leader advice and summary acts related to every day clinical practice.MRSA is an all too familiar acronym in use in most UK hospitals. MRSA was discovered in the 1960s however has not been a public cause for concern until the current pandemic started in the 1990s. It shows no signs of abating and the UK now has about the highest prevalence in Europe. It has captured the attention of the public and politicians but how important is it in clinical practice? How did it evolve, will it go away or get worse - will it really develop into the untreatable superbug? Is it more virulent than Staphylococcus aureus, what are its common clinical presentation and the best treatments? What are the best ways to control it if indeed we should bother? How much does it cost the NHS? Do we have any new strategies up our sleeves? These are just some of the intriguing questions that a distinguished panel of authors from around the world have tried to answer in this monograph.Some of the topics covered include:Historical perspectives - Ian Phillips (London)Immunology and pathogenesis of MRSA - Von Belkum (Rotterdam) Antibiotic resistance in MRSA - Giles Edwards (Glasgow)Evolution of MRSA - Mark Enright (London University)Epidemiology of MRSA - Vuopia-Varkila (Finland) Control of MRSA - Barry Cookson (London) Georgia Duckworth (London) & Hans Kolmos (Denmark) Treatment of MRSA - Ian Gould (Aberdeen)Decolonisation of MRSA patient - A Seaton (Glasgow)Laboratory aspects- developments in detection and AST - Donald Morrison (Glasgow) Alternative treatments - Tom Riley (Perth, Australia)MRSA in the home and on the farm - Vos + Vos (Nijmegen/Rotterdam)Mopping up MRSA - Stephanie Dancer (Glasgow)Guidance to control MRSA from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - D Baird (Glasgow)With its easily accessible approach, broken down into easy-to read chapters, the tips and useful advice of this text makes this a key text for all hospital practitioners. MRSA In Practice is a book that no health care professional can afford to be without.  
books.google.co.uk
almost 7 years ago
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SGEM#38: TheSGEM Down Under

This week I had the pleasure of giving a keynote address on social media and rural medicine. The cool thing about it was giving it virtually. I was in Goderich, Canada and the presentation was streamed live to Adelaide, Australia. Social Medial is shrinking the world. Viva FOAMed.  
thesgem.com
about 7 years ago
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CERVICAL COLLARS SLASHED FROM GUIDELINES

There’s been a big discussion on cervical collars in trauma the recent years. We’ve covered the controversy here. Guidelines are usually slow to adapt, but now both national guidelines from the Netherlands and state guidelines from Queensland in Australia seems to be removing the hard collar from their guidelines, as we have in Bergen, Norway. And recently ILCOR has released a preliminary guideline on spinal stabilisation. They conclude that with current evidence, cervical collars can’t be recommended for routine application in trauma(!)  
scancrit.com
about 7 years ago
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STI podcast: Australia’s HPV vaccination programme and disappearing genital warts

Stream STI podcast: Australia’s HPV vaccination programme and disappearing genital warts by BMJ talk medicine from desktop or your mobile device  
feeds.bmj.com
about 7 years ago
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Prof Stuart Biddle – Mythbusting Sports Medicine Australia Keynote Presenter: Physical Activity

Stream Prof Stuart Biddle – Mythbusting Sports Medicine Australia Keynote Presenter: Physical Activity by BMJ talk medicine from desktop or your mobile device  
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about 7 years ago
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the short coat: Breadth and Length - Antibiotics in Uncomplicated Cellulitis

Interesting and very useful post, Lauren. In Australia we generally use flucloxacillin or dicloxacillin as first line in cellulitis, as per our Antibiotic Guidelines, although it is recommended for 7-10 days. Do you use it in North America? It's got good strep and non-MRSA staph coverage and narrower spectrum than cephalexin, although the kids don't like the taste as much. We would typically use cephalexin as an alternative, and clindamycin if penicillin allergic or for MRSA. After reading your post I'll be encouraged to use shorter duration. Admittedly, I quite often use a 5 day course anyway due to the pack size of flucloxacillin, but at least now I've got some useful references to back me up!  
shortcoatsinem.blogspot.com
about 7 years ago
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The World Medical Association supports growing moves for plain tobacco packaging

The World Medical Association has supported the increasing number of countries planning to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products, including Australia and France.  
medicalnewstoday.com
about 7 years ago
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Trauma program recoups investment by transforming lives, Australia

Enhanced surgery to reactivate the muscles in tetraplegics' hands and housing that allows people with disabilities to live independently are just two of the transformative benefits to come out...  
medicalnewstoday.com
about 7 years ago