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Nurses – helping those who help us

Today marks International Nurses Day, celebrated each day on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

This years theme, Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health is clearly a reflection on the extreme challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the nursing fraternity over the past couple of years.

Whilst the demands placed on nurses are arguably greater for most in living memory, technology is playing its role in improving the way nurses go about their daily duties.

The introduction of Patient Lift Pendants in OR’s, ICU’s, ED’s and even patient rooms has the potential for a significant reduction in manual handling injuries, as we have seen at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

Continuous visible light disinfection, Indigo-Clean is being introduced into hospitals, such as the ACTs Canberra Hospital, to provide a safer work environment. Indigo-Clean is effective at killing SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing Covid 19), influenza A, MRSA and a list of pathogens that negatively impact health and wellness.

And as we seek to end the decades old practice of interventionalists wearing lead aprons with the introduction of radiation protection technology Rampart at facilities like Brisbane’s The Prince Charles Hospital, not only are the operators benefiting, so too is the assistant, the scrub nurse, the radiographer and anyone else who remains behind the Rampart shield.

Whilst the conversation on investment in nursing often centres on topics like remuneration and workforce, it’s pleasing to see that technology is playing its part in delivering a safer, more productive working environment for these most valued members of our community.