Great article from the ABC regarding male nurses. They work hard, struggle for their patients, are dedicated… yet are discriminated against.
Calvary has started work on the largest private hospital in South Australia. The hospital should be ready in the next few years. Massive investment. Good job.
Good article in the ABC by Ranjana and Ginger about people living with cancer. We do tend to label people with cancer as heroes or as people who “deserve it”.
A cancer diagnosis is sad. Full stop.
BBC article about organ donors and cancer patients. I have had several people with cancer who have pledged to donate their corneas after death. In a way they keep seeing through someone else’s eyes.
Are you an Organ Donor? Worth thinking about.
Register to become an Organ Donor in Australia. Each country would have their own donor registry.
A mum has been hit with a $1000 car parking fine at a hospital in Perth. She brought her son (who has a congenital heart condition) to the hospital Emergency Dept and left after 2 hours. Then got a fine of a $1000.
Who decides on these rates and fines? Just amazing!
This article in The Guardian by Dr Ranjana Srivastava is very confrontational. It delves into the possible disconnect that we as health professionals have from our patients, their families and friends.
Life is important. Dying is a part of life. Both should be taken care of.
Powerful, perspective-shifting Ted Talks on what it means to live courageously. What an amazing perspective!!
An insight into people picking up the pieces of their lives and not just moving on…. just racing on.
Good collection of talks from the Ted playlist. Talks from researchers who’ve dedicated their lives and careers to understanding cancer and someday ending it.
The New York Times has put together a very comprehensive article discussing immunotherapy for people with cancer. Great read.
I have used these class of medication extensively and am very impressed with the results. The problem is finding the group of patients who would respond well. The quest continues.
A good overview of the history in treatment, punishment and diagnosis of mental illness by the ABC Health unit.
I have met a few odd people over the years. My emotions after encounters with these people can range from laughter, anger, frustration, despair, “face palm” and on and on and on.
The people who drive me up the wall the most are the ones who refuse to take responsibility for themselves. Everything is always everyone else’s fault. “Everyone is against me”. “No one helps me….. blah blah blah”.
Not sure if the flaw was not enough “discipline’ as a kid or too much “discipline”.
Doctors and nurses are there to help and support. All the time. Each time.
But people need to take responsibility. Find transport. Get your medications and take them. Attend appointments…. on time. Take care of your family members. Parents have taken care of us through our life… come with them for their important appointments and discussions. Support your children regarding difficult decisions.
The only one I can truly change is myself. Let me start with me.
Macquarie University undertook research and found a link between some infected implants and Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma. This is a rare condition and they found a total of 40 cases in Australia and New Zealand. Interesting read in the ABC site.
We are watching people live longer and longer after being diagnosed with cancer. It is either due to early detection of cancer and treatment or due to better treatment options available now. It is super news for each one of us who are working with people with cancer.
There is a good article in the BBC which illustrates this well.
We are increasing using InfusaPORTs for chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biological agents. Treatments are used long terms and trying to find an intravenous access is a pain for the patient and the nurse. PICC lines or InfusaPORTs are the way forward.
The issues with an InfusaPORT is that a surgical procedure is required to insert as well as remove it. The advantages are numerous – no need of a dressing or lines sticking out of your arm. Easy to maintain. Needs a flush every 4 – 6 weeks. Cosmetically much better. Chances of infection are much lower.
I have attached a video of an InfusaPORT insertion for your interest.