Eastern Courier : July 13th 2011
3 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 13, 2011 NEWS North Memorials www.northmemorials.co.nz Ph: 570 7905 89-91 Queens Road, Panmure Guitar $3995 SAVE $1465 From From • Free Lettering • Free Artwork • Free 8x10 Oval Photo • Free Shipping to Islands or GST • Free installation between Hamilton and Cape Reinga • Conditions apply • While Stocks Last Recumbent Desk $2595 SAVE $420 WINTER SPECIALS Eastern suburbs'only Headstone Specialist Labels a sticking point By PIP BOURKE STICKY labels used to ident- ify patients at Middlemore Hospital have been described as outdated and dangerous. The hospital's Quality Improvement Unit director Mary Seddon says current methods for identifying patients leave room for improvement. Misidentification is one of a list of 20 events the National Health Board calls a never event','' she says. This means they should never happen.'' Middlemore uses two methods to identify patients, face-to-face identification and identification using patient ID labels on a sticker. Dr Seddon says both methods have their difficult- ies. She says face-to-face identification, when a nurse asks a patient who they are, is a very easy way to confuse a patient's identity. If a nurse were to go up to a patient and say are you Mrs Smith and that patient agreed it's not good enough,'' she says. That person might not be telling the truth. If that patient then received Mrs Smith's blood transplant and it was the wrong blood type the effects could be catastrophic.'' Dr Seddon says patient ID labels are stored in different ways, leaving room for error. Some are stored on the wall in alphabetical order or by room numbers, some are in folders and some were in the individual patient's folder,'' she says. We need to look at ways to standardise the storage.'' Dr Seddon says when a patient is referred to another specialist a new sticky label is printed and it is faxed on. When you have a lot of referrals there are a lot of labels and a lot of faxing and that's when a mistake could be made,'' she says. Dr Seddon says an obvious solution would be to move to an electronic patient identifi- cation system. That way all our referrals could be done electronically -- eliminating the need for paper,'' she says. It would have the added advantage of decreasing our reliance on fax machines which are an outdated and unreliable technology.'' The hospital has estab- lished a patient identification group to work on ways to ensure they never get the wrong patient. IN BRIEF Board forum Local events and how they are funded fill the agenda for tomorrow's Howick Local Board discussion forum. It's open to all event organisers and will focus on how the board can help community groups and organisations work together. Chairman Michael Williams says events play a key role in promoting pride and a sense of place in the Howick ward. A key focus of the board is supporting events that bring communities and neighbourhoods together, he says. ''This forum is to find out from event organisers what they think a programme of events for Howick might look like, how we can help community groups and organisations work together to run top-class events and what funds might be needed. We will also be covering how the contestable funding process works and how event organisers can apply for money.'' The forum will take place tomorrow from 6pm in Pakuranga Library. Email events@auckland council.govt.nz or phone 262-5793 to book a spot. Red Nose Day Red noses and buckets will adorn Botany East Tamaki Rotary Club members this Friday to raise money for Cure Kids. They will be collecting for Red Nose Day from 10am to 6pm near the entrance to Farmers at Botany Town Centre. Macleans College pupils will take over from 6pm to 9pm. Go to www.botany towncentre.co.nz for information. Motat special Motat has something for everyone these school holidays. Visitors can take off with the Fantastic Flying Brothers, see a blacksmith in action or tunnel their way through a labyrinth of obstacles in a purpose built tunnel. Entry cost for adults is $14, children under 16 and students $8 or senior citizens $7. Family passes are $35 and children under five are free. Paper scheme boosting morale at home Paper station: Jean Hogan sorts paper to be recycled at Ambridge Rose Manor Rest Home. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Old stationery is bringing new life to elderly folks in Pakuranga. Unitec language studies lecturer Dave Griffiths and his wife Merilyn have been boosting resident morale at Ambridge Rose Manor Rest Home with a creative recycling scheme. Mr Griffiths brings box after box of used stationery to residents who sort it into groups to be recycled. We came up with the idea one day when I was pulling my own papers apart in my lounge,'' Mr Griffiths says. The residents do things like sorting everything out into piles of paper, folders and clear pockets and collect all the paper clips together.'' The used Unitec stationery is recycled in a variety of ways. Coloured paper is sent to a decile one school in Mangere where classes use it for arts and crafts. White paper is shredded and given to the Unitec's ani- mal unit and folders are kept and reused -- many are given to students struggling to pay for stationery. As an activity co-ordinator at Ambridge Rose Manor Rest Home Mrs Griffiths has seen an improvement in the overall wellbeing of the residents since they started helping out. What we do is called diver- sional therapy and it's all about doing activities that promote the wellbeing of the person,'' she says. A lot of these residents have dementia and there's a wide range of abilities here from high functioning people to those who are lower functioning.'' But in this case everyone can be involved, she says. It's something that's a bit of a challenge at times but it's still achievable and it makes the residents feel they're con- tributing to something -- that they're doing something worthwhile.'' Fellow activities co- ordinator Suzanne Keir says activities such as sorting stationery have a wide range of benefits. Fine motor skills are often lost as we age so an activity like this really helps retain those abilities and it keeps them mentally stimulated as well as helping with hand-eye co-ordination.'' Research has shown that keeping the brain active can help curb changes in the brain associated with dementia. It's really good to keep the residents mentally stimulated,'' Mr Griffiths says. It's good for the brain and they love to do this sort of work. It helps them feel valued and I think we all need to feel valued from time to time.''
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