In this editorial, we argue for a vaccination programme for all New Zealand children to be rolled-out as soon as possible after regulatory approval, and that the design of the paediatric vaccine roll-out should be underpinned by equity to uphold the Crown’s obligations to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Variation in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implant rates by ethnic groups have been identified in the United States and the United Kingdom, with African American and South Asian patients being less likely to receive an ICD compared to White patients.
Choosing Wisely's aims are to improve clinical outcomes by reducing low-value and inappropriate clinical interventions and to promote well-informed conversations about treatment options between patients and health professionals to improve decision-making.
The aim of the study was to validate the UIUC RT-qPCR protocol for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in saliva in two independent New Zealand laboratories by comparing our results to those measured at the UIUC laboratory (USA).
The digitalisation of health services around the world has made patient health information more accessible for secondary uses.
Using standing order directives could be considered as elementary nurse prescribing. This topic has been under the spotlight in New Zealand since 2016, when the country’s nursing regulatory body announced changes that allow registered nurses (RN) to prescribe from a formulary of subsidised medications.
In developed countries, Campylobacter remains the leading cause of culture-confirmed bacterial gastroenteritis, and although campylobacteriosis is a self-limiting illness for most, serious complications, including haemorrhagic colitis and bacteraemia, are known to occur.
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) afflicts around one in four New Zealand women and is commonly attributed to endometriosis, despite around half of those women affected not having demonstrable lesions.
Cervical fractures can occur in patients of any age. However, in older adults the force required to cause these injuries may be much less than in younger patients.
Historically, patients undergoing coronary angiography and angioplasty have been required to fast in preparation for this procedure. However, scholars have questioned the evidence base for this practice, with some centres changing guidelines to remove fasting altogether.
For doctors, the matter of medically assisted dying may raise many conflicts: the duty to preserve life yet the duty to relieve suffering, the duty to respect patient autonomy yet the duty to do no harm.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn considerable attention to the survival journey and recovery of patients post critical illness.
This case series will hopefully raise awareness about CHS among clinicians who frequently assess patients with type 1 diabetes presenting with cyclical vomiting and DKA.
The Assisted Dying Service reflects the implementation last month of the End of Life Choice Act (EoLCA) 2019 and marks a turning point for medical practice in New Zealand.
With the exception of such vaccines, e.g., influenza vaccine and autogenous vaccines, as are manufactured by the various Government Bacteriologists and can be obtained therefrom, the Department of Health has arranged to undertake the agency for New Zealand of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, whose product it has been carrying and distributing through the Hospital Boards for some time past.