Life Support

Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?

Every day, all over Australia patients that have been treated in Emergency Departments (ED’s) and need admitting to hospital are moved out into ED corridors because there are no ward beds available.  Nationally, emergency department waiting times are steadily rising. A recent report (pdf) released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that for […]

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Life Support

Advance care planning for travellers.

  One of the most important pieces of paper you should carry with you when travelling is an Advance Care Document, yet very few of us do.   Having worked for the last 35 years as an emergency department nurse, one frustrating situation we experience over and over again is when a person becomes seriously […]

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Life Support, Movement

Snakebite first aid.

Yesterday we took a short afternoon amble down ‘Canyon Walk’ along the banks of the Ovens river. We had been advised by locals to take care as snakes were fairly active right now and walkers had reported seeing several warming themselves on the paths in recent days. Sure enough, 10 minutes into our walk Kelly […]

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Life Support

Responding to cardiac arrest!

Q. Do you have what it takes to respond to a cardiac arrest? A. Yes you do. Even if you have never done a life support course (or done it so long ago you dont feel confident you can remember what to do). You are at a shopping centre, or backing your caravan into a […]

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Life Support

Baby won’t settle? Check for this potential emergency.

This quick check only takes a couple of seconds and may prevent a medical emergency in your child. Let’s say your baby has become increasingly irritable and unsettled over the last hour. They are now crying constantly. You try all the things that usually get them to settle without success. It’s strange, they were perfectly […]

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Life Support

Giving paracetamol to your kids for fevers. The facts.

  So you are away travelling and your child develops a fever. They seem otherwise OK and are still running around like crazy. But you are concerned that they might be getting sick. Should you give them a dose of paracetamol?   Fever is one of the most common symptoms of illness in children. And […]

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Life Support

Carbon Monoxide danger.

Sad story in the news today of an experienced sailor who died after accidental exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) from a gas stove on board his boat. CO is colourless and odourless and is produced during the incomplete combustion of organic matter. CO can rapidly accumulate in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas. Essentially CO has […]

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