Vaccination safety

Posted on November 2, 2019 by admin
In Medical
In Australia all vaccines are safety tested firstly on animals, then in  3  human phase trials . Phase 1 healthy human adult volunteers to establish they cause no harm Phase 2 on a larger  group of hundreds  to establish that  adequate immunity is  generated. Phase 3 on thousands to ascertain effective  community immunity is established without  late side effects The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration  monitors  the process as it does  for  all medical  devices and medication.

Bereavement roles for grandparents in miscarriage , stillbirth and newborn deaths.

Posted on October 5, 2019 by admin
In Medical
Give yourself time to deal with  feelings of shock , denial confusion disappointment  anger, guilt sadness and frustration that may manifest as exhaustion , disturbed sleep , changed eating patterns. Help the  parents by visiting , phone calls , sms , cards consider memorial mementoes. Be an active listener to reduce pent up stress and grief , be an active support to everyday living and routine chores where possible. After respectfully seeking the parents  permission – do not  usurp parent’s roles they sometime need to busy themselves. Allow parents to plan the grieving and funeral processes.  

Sleep apnoea

Posted on September 17, 2019 by admin
In Medical
  Found  in  6-17% of the  adult population and associated with symptoms of fatigue and sleep that is not refreshing, poor  concentration  low  or depressive mood. Other  presentations may be altered driving  behaviour , cognitive  deterioration ,  and  non breathing periods  during sleep. Often associated factor  are airway obstruction , obesity  difficult  to  control hypertension, fatigue,   poor  motivation or depression.   Investigation includes clinical history , screening  questionnaire, appropriate  physical  examination,   and sleep studies by polysomnogram which may  be done  in certain case  by home  telemetry or formal laboratory  hospital based sleeps studies. Treatment is by correction of underlying   physical ...read more

Patient Health Summaries

Posted on August 6, 2019 by admin
In Medical
The patient  health summary is the  most  useful information you can present to a doctor you are seeing  for the first time or when attending Accident  & Emergency or being admitted to   hospital.  Patient  health  summaries are  readily printed by your GP and  ususally  are  1-2 A 4 pages that are easily carried and read by a health professional. They also faciltate any practitioner  contacting your regular doctor and assist  in providing  the  address for communicating results , correspondence  and discharge summaries to.   We encourage you to ask  your doctor to print you a copy to carry

Children and inhaled foreign bodies

Posted on July 5, 2019 by admin
In Medical
Approximately 1000 children  die from inhaled foreign bodies  per year  and around the age of   3 yo. Mostly between  1 –2  yo. The  most  common  inhaled  objects are  food and nuts but  potentially any  small item. A history of choking /coughing with associated respiratory distress like  wheeze noisy whistling  breathing ,  “ turning blue “ with coughing or wheeze., a subsequent  quiescent  asymptomatic phase may prevail  then be  followed  by  respiratory complications  like bronchitis  or pneumonia  with symptoms  of  cough , fever  and being generally unwell. Metal and glass objects  may show  on  xray but plastic and food  or other...read more