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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

Counting the cost of major infection and sepsis in New Zealand: an exploratory study using the National Minimum Data Set

Sepsis is a major health challenge globally, with incidence stratified by geography and national income.

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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

Interviews with health professionals about the National Child Protection Alert System

New Zealand has a publicly funded healthcare system with services provided through 20 semi-autonomous district health boards (DHBs).

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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

Clinician knowledge of driving restrictions following a stroke event

When a person experiences a medical event or condition that affects their ability to drive safely, they pose a risk to themselves or to others.

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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

Prognostic significance of mid-range ejection fraction following acute coronary syndrome (ANZACS-QI 23)

Reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is associated with adverse clinical outcomes after acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and clinical trials have established the role of beta-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) and aldosterone antagonists in patients with LVEF<40% post-ACS.

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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

Radiological imaging of melanoma: a review to guide clinical practice in New Zealand

The aim of this review is to propose guidelines for initial radiological staging and the follow-up imaging regime for melanoma.

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Vol 134 No 1528: 15 January 2021

A retrospective analysis of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre regarding Pacific patients

Poisons information centres (PICs) offer advice on chemical safety, perform risk assessments over the phone in cases where a person has been exposed to a substance and provide clinical advice about management of the exposure.

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Vol 133 No 1572: 18 December 2020

Change in health profile of refugees resettling in New Zealand, 1980–2014

New Zealand’s refugee resettlement programme started officially in 1944 with the arrival of 800 Polish people. Following that, different groups of varying size and nationality arrived each year.

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Vol 133 No 1572: 18 December 2020

Improved foot management of people with diabetes by primary healthcare nurses in Auckland, New Zealand

Foot disease is a common complication of diabetes with a lifetime risk of up to 15% to 25%, and it is the leading cause of lower-limb amputation.

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Vol 133 No 1572: 18 December 2020

Unplanned admissions to the Wellington Hospital intensive care unit before, during and after New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown | OPEN ACCESS

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has placed unprecedented demand on healthcare services around the world. In some countries, surges in infection rates have overwhelmed the capacity of hospitals. Reported rates of intensive care unit (ICU) admission among patients with COVID-19 disease have varied widely from 3% to 100%.

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Vol 133 No 1572: 18 December 2020

Drug-induced ocular inflammation

Drug-induced ocular inflammation is relatively rare. The most common cause is bisphosphonates, but a wide number of drugs have been implicated, including, most recently, new forms of cancer drugs such as immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPI), B-raf (BRAF) inhibitors and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors.