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Australasian Journal of Neuroscience
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 1032-335X - ISSN (Online) 2208-6781
Published by Exeley Inc Homepage  [11 journals]
  • Clinical and health economic benefits of out-patient lumbar
           microdiscectomies in Australia.

    • Abstract: Introduction: This study reports on the clinical, nursing and health outcomes on the out-patient lumbar microdiscectomy program at a single institution. A multi-disciplinary team approach to the pre- and post-operative planning and education is key to the success of this program. Methods: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data for two
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis: Cerebral spinal fluid tumours.

    • Abstract: Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis (LC) is the dissemination of cancer, commonly breast, lung, melanoma,acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma occurring through either direct extension from surrounding tumours or metastasis of a preexisting, parenchymal central nervous system tumour. A rise in the diagnosis of leptomeningeal disease has been seen with increased survival rates of cancer due
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Does duration and sampling of external ventricular drainage systems
           influence infection rate'

    • Abstract: External ventricular drainage systems are often necessary in neurological and neurosurgical patients. The purpose of this literature review is to review the problem of external ventricular drain related infections resulting from repeated cerebrospinal fluid sampling and manipulation of the drain systems. The aim is to provide an appropriate improved protocol for care of
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • A Neurological Integrated Care Pathway

    • Abstract: Objective: To assess the feasibility of service integration for neurological care. Design: Observation study Participants: A total of 104 admissions for 92 neurological patients treated in a major region hospital and suitable for discharge home were eligible for participation. Intervention: A neurological integrated care pathway (NICP) was trialled at a major
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • The Life and Trials of a Pseudomeningocoele.

    • Abstract: This case study introduces Ms Z. It discusses her story and the nursing care of her journey with a diagnosis of a pseudomeningocele. This case study was developed using direct interviews with the patient, discussions with the patient’s surgeon, research articles, viewing scans, photos and using the patient’s clinical notes. The
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • The EPIC (Excellent Practice in Communication) Project. Neurosurgical
           Nursing Clinical Handover Improvement Practices among acute inpatients: a
           Best Practice Implementation Project.

    • Abstract: The nursing handover normally occurs at the beginning of a nurse’s shift and is considered essential for continuity of care. Nursing handover has the potential to communicate accurate information about a patient’s condition, treatment and anticipated needs but also has the potential to be ineffective or even harmful if information is incomplete
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Top of the Charts: Detecting neurological deterioration more efficiently
           through improved documentation.

    • Abstract: The Glasgow Coma Scale is a practical tool, accepted and utilised worldwide, to assess a patient’s conscious level. Despite the introduction of other tools, the Glasgow Coma Scale still remains the most reliable and effective method of detecting neurological deterioration. Detecting neurological change in an individual requires skilled observation and must rely on
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Neuroscience Nursing in Indonesia: Striving for Recognition through
           Education and Regional Collaboration.

    • Abstract: As a speciality practice area, neuroscience nursing is internationally recognised. In 2014 the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association celebrated its 40th anniversary. For Indonesian neuroscience nurses, 2014 marked the inaguration of the Indonesian Neuroscience Nurses Association. The following paper provides an overview of health care in Indonesia and development of neuroscience nursing as a specialty
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Support My Spine ASAP. A Rural Tele-health care model for patients being
           managed with a Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthotic (TLSO).

    • Abstract: Question: Does a Telehealth model of care facilitating treatment in rural hospitals for patients requiring a TLSO eliminate the need for transfer to a tertiary referral hospital' Design: Quantitative pre and post intervention design. Participants: Physiotherapists, nursing and medical staff at rural hospital pilot sites. Intervention: Pre and post intervention data
      PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Editorial

    • PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Editorial

    • PubDate: 2018-01-25
  • Describing the role and function of Care Advisors in the Motor
           Neurone Disease Association of West Australia.

    • Abstract: Background: The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association of Western Australia provides information, education and advocacy for people living with MND. The role and function of the personnel who provide this service has not been described in the literature and is therefore poorly understood by both healthcare professionals and the public. Purpose: To
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Timely Anticoagulant Thromboprophylaxis is Safe and Effective in the Care
           of Patients Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury.

    • Abstract: Despite the high prevalence and associated morbidity of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) development, thromboprophylaxis in the neurosurgical setting remains a source of contention due to concerns of iatrogenic haemorrhage progression associated with anticoagulant thromboprophylaxis. Opinions of ideal time to initiate chemical prophylaxis for VTE within the neurosurgical community vary between clinicians. It is nevertheless
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • A Neurological Integrated Care Pathway

    • Abstract: Objective: To assess the feasibility of service integration for neurological care. Design: Observation study Participants: A total of 104 admissions for 92 neurological patients treated in a major region hospital and suitable for discharge home were eligible for participation. Intervention: A neurological integrated care pathway (NICP) was trialled at a major
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Enquiry into Practice: Management of Terminal Catastrophic Intracranial
           Haemorrhage in Palliative Care.

    • Abstract: The management of terminal catastrophic haemorrhage is a rare clinical palliative emergency for which the management is based largely on anecdotal and experiential guidelines, with no high grade evidence but rather robust contention and controversy. Whilst often rapid and deadly, inevitably dramatic and devastating for the treating health professionals and family, the key
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Adapting to Consequences

    • Abstract: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) affects more than 28,000 individuals annually in Thailand; however, little information about outcome after mTBI is known. This investigation aimed to explore consequences of mTBI among Thai adults who experienced mTBI in the previous 3-12 months. A sample of 135 adults was interviewed. Subjects were typically men,
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Best Practice for CSF Sampling of an EVD to
           Minimise Patient Risk

    • Abstract: Managing raised intracranial pressure (ICP) with the use of an external ventricular drain (EVD) is a common occurrence in a neurosurgical setting. A central role of the neuroscience nurse in managing that EVD is to monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of infection otherwise known as ventriculitis. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sampling from
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Editorial and Guest Editorial

    • PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • The lived experience of adults with myasthenia gravis:
           A phenomenological study

    • Abstract: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a disorder of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) that causes fatigue and fluctuating muscle weakness (Hickey, 2009). The physiology of this disease is well understood and there are numerous medically focused articles that outline historical data, randomized controlled trials of treatment options and unusual case studies. The nursing literature about
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Effectiveness of the Sitting Position Without Back Support

    • Abstract: Purpose: In the field of neuroscience nursing in Japan, the “sitting position without back support” (SB) has promoted earlier ambulation, improved level of consciousness, and prevented disuse syndrome in patients with disturbance of consciousness and impaired mobility. This research was conducted with the aim of examining if respiratory function improved using SB on
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Importance of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Optimizing
           Pituitary Surgery Outcomes

    • Abstract: Pituitary tumors including pituitary adenomas and related lesions such as craniopharyngiomas and Rathke’s cleft cysts present with a wide range of hormonal and neurological signs and symptoms resulting in a variety of referral pathways. A multidisciplinary approach to the diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan is essential to optimise outcomes. The patient
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Both Sides of the Counter

    • Abstract: Colin is a neuroscience Registered Nurse originally from the United Kingdom (UK). He had his first seizure in the UK. He and his family emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007. Whilst at work on the neuroscience unit, Colin had another seizure resulting in a significant head injury. He was in rehab when
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Central Pontine Myelinolysis

    • Abstract: Central Pontine Myelinolysis (CPM) commonly presents as a complication of treatment in patients with profound life threatening hyponatraemia. It occurs when the sodium level is corrected too rapidly. Hyponatraemia should never be corrected at a rate greater than 8-10mmol/L of sodium per day. Rapid correction causes extracellular tonicity and will continue to drive
      PubDate: 2018-01-10
  • Editorial and Guest Editorial

    • PubDate: 2018-01-03
  • Editorial and Guest Editorial

    • PubDate: 2017-12-14
  • WFNN 2017 Congress Report

    • PubDate: 2017-12-14
  • The complications of jejunostomy tubes for patients receiving Duodopa: New
           challenges for neuroscience nurses

    • Abstract: The use of Duodopa ® Levodopa-Carbidopa intestinal gel offers patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD) an effective alternative therapy for the treatment of severe motor fluctuations and dyskinesia. This therapy requires the use of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy/jejunostomy tube (PEG/J) to deliver gel directly into the jejunum which poses new challenges
      PubDate: 2017-11-30
  • Treatment of subarachnoid haemorrhage complicated by hyponatraemia

    • Abstract: Background statement:Developing hyponatraemia after a subarachnoid haemorrhage is common, however it is known to worsen patient outcomes. This paper aims to review the practice of managing hyponatraemia in acute subarachnoid haemorrhage patients with administration of 3% hypertonic saline solution.Aim:To enquire into the practice and policy of one of Melbourne’s large
      PubDate: 2017-11-30
  • Lubag Syndrome (X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism) Case Study of Mr G.

    • Abstract: Sex-linked dystonia parkinsonism (XDP) also known as Lubag Syndrome is a rare sex-linked genetic progressive movement disorder affecting almost exclusively males from the province of Capiz in the Philippines and their descendants. At the Mater Centre for Neurosciences we have recently treated two patients with XDP utilising Deep Brain Stimulation
      PubDate: 2017-11-23
  • Caring and Collaborating A case study on a complex patient under multiple

    • Abstract: This case study introduces Mr X, who was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) in early 2016. Although the TB originated in his lungs it spread causing Miliary TB in his brain. The case study focuses on the nursing issues identified during the collaboration of different specialities and disciplines, while ensuring the
      PubDate: 2017-11-23
  • Editorial

    • PubDate: 2017-11-13
  • Guest Editorial

    • PubDate: 2017-11-13
  • Improving oral hygiene for stroke patients

    • Abstract: In stroke nursing, oral hygiene is fundamental and should be a priority. Patients are more dependent on the nursing staff due to problems with cognition, arm weakness, a reduced conscious level, dysphagia or aphasia. Patients rely on nurses for oral care and are at a higher risk of xerostomia (dry
      PubDate: 2017-11-13
  • Drain tube removal in the presence of anticoagulation in Spinal Surgery

    • Abstract: Venous thromboembolism (VTE), the collective term for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE), remains a major cause of morbidity and a significant cause of mortality in hospitalised patients across Australia and internationally. It is important that adequate prophylaxis is provided for patients at risk. Measures including; anti-clotting medication,
      PubDate: 2017-11-13
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