You never know when an unexpected medical problem will interrupt your trip with a hospital visit. Here is a list of useful items to take with you. Even better, if you (or a family member) are about to go to hospital, or you frequently require admission, why not make an admit kit. A small pre-packed bag with your name & contact number clearly attached to … Continue reading Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling
Many parts of Australia are expecting temperatures consistently approaching or above 40 C (105 F) this week. Some areas will top 45 C (113 F). It’s hard enough trying to get our day to day activities done in these conditions, but imagine for a moment if you were trying to sleep through them overnight. For many shift workers this is a reality. Nurses, doctors, police, … Continue reading How do you sleep when it’s 43 degrees Celsius?
William is a 68 year old man who has just died in hospital.He could be your friend. He could be your spouse. He could be a close family member.This is the story of what will happen to William next. Immediately after William has died. William’s death might be expected: he has been receiving palliative care, nurses ensuring he has been comfortable and experiencing as little … Continue reading What happens to William after he dies in hospital?
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 2017-18 there were more than 8 million presentations to public … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?
How come I have been waiting to be seen in the Emergency Department for 2 hours, and that lady walks in and goes straight through? That is just not fair. Everybody understands what a queue is. And it seems like a fair and reasonable way to be seen. After all, it works for banks, and GP surgeries, and football games. But the problem in an … Continue reading What the heck is going on in this Emergency Department?
Before I retired I was a nurse. I wrote this story sometime back around 2014. I suspect little has changed since then. An article in our local paper today described the anguish of a family of a patient who alleged they were left in a urine soaked bed for several hours.I make no comment on this particular incident as I do not know the details around … Continue reading The day I left a person in a urine soaked bed.
it was the best of times. it was the worst of times. Continue reading Why I don’t write about my life as a nurse.
Let’s take a sobering break from my usual sorts of posts. This picture was taken during the week in Ariha, a rural area of Idlib province in Syria. Airstrikes by the Syrian government and Russian forces have intensified this week resulting in many civilian deaths. The number of children killed in Idlib in the last four weeks has exceeded the total for 2018 according to … Continue reading Horror in Idlib
There is a popular kids travel game where you call out “SPOTTO!” every time you see a yellow car. A while back I spent some time with my nephew and niece who were right into it, and it amazed me how good they were at spotting yellow cars that I did not even see. I would like to introduce a new game.Called FIBBO!You call it … Continue reading FIBBO! and maybe save a life.