Original Papers

The Prevalence of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection Over a Ten-Year Period in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Al Shidhani, R. O’Reilly, S. Javadpour, N. O’Sullivan, P. McNally, D.W. Cox

Shidhani et al found that the overall Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) prevalence was 28.1% in ’04 and 21.3% in ’14.  In 2014, 49% of CF children were never infected with PA.  PA infection is declining.

Awareness and Preventative Behaviours Regarding Toxoplasma, Listeria and Cytomegalovirus Among Pregnant Women

I. Basit, D. Crowley, M. Geary, C. Kirkham, R. Mc Dermott, M. Cafferkey, G. Sayers

Key Performance Indicators in Paediatric Anaesthesia

Doody, D. Barry, C. Holmes

Doody et al studied the post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and post-operative pain rates in children after anaesthesia.  12% had a pain score greater than 4/10.  1.2% had PONV.

Hip Fracture and the Weekend Effect in an Irish Trauma Hospital

C. Downey , S. Flannery , A. Izydorczyk, J.F. Quinlan

Downey et al report that among 646 hip fractures, 178 (27.5%) were admitted at weekends.  183 (28.4%) underwent surgery at the week-end.  93 (14.4%) were admitted during the NCHD changeover months in Jan and July.  There was no difference in outcomes.

Caring for Caregivers: An Evaluation of Schwartz Rounds in a Paediatric Setting

A. Silke, H. Rushe, K. Keating, R. Thurstan E. Barrett

Schwartz rounds (SR) are a multi-disciplinary intervention to support healthcare professionals in their work.  Participants share their experience around a pre-selected theme.  In a survey of 189 staff, the majority (95%) found the SRs beneficial.

Impact of Introduction of a Clinical Pathway for the Management of Pyelonephritis on Obstetric Patients: a Quality Improvement Project

L. Clooney, A. Ronayne, K. Glennon, M. Brennan, N. Hickey, C. Magee, S. Cooley, M. Eogan, R.J. Drew

Clooney et al studied 23 patients pre-intervention and 19 patients post-introduction of a clinical pathway.  The proportion receiving antibiotics for 10 or more days reduced from 48% to 21%.  The proportion who received Gentamicin increased from 13% to 52.6%.  The proportion who had a renal ultrasound increased from 17.3% to 47.3%.