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 … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?
There are two types of face masks that you may be asked to wear whilst you are in hospital (or visiting someone who is unwell). Standard face mask. N95 face mask. These are both disposable, single use masks. It is very important that they are fitted properly in order to be effective. Standard face mask. … Continue reading How to wear a hospital mask like a BOSS.
Making a triple zero (000) call for an ambulance is usually going to be a stressful and difficult experience. Taking a little time now to read about what happens when you make the call might make a big difference if you actually need to do it. I'm not sure if I should call an ambulance … Continue reading How to call an ambulance!
You have been asked to provide a mid stream urine specimen and want to know how to do this (and why it needs to be mid stream).Mid steam urine collection is used to diagnose a bladder or urinary tract infection. Urine does not normally contain any significant numbers of micro-organisms. However, it can become contaminated … Continue reading What is a MID STREAM URINE collection?
A pulse oximeter probe is a small peg-like or adhesive device that is used to measure the oxygen saturation of your blood (an indication of how effectively you are breathing) in hospitals and other clinical settings. It is usually attached to a finger, but in some situations it will be attached to an ear or … Continue reading Safety alert: pulse oximeter probes.