Professional Nursing Today (PNT) is the official journal for a number of influential nursing organisations:
the Forum for Professional Nurse Leaders (FPNL), the Neonatal Nurses Association of Southern Africa (NNASA), the South African Gastrointestinal Nurses Society (SAGINS), the Society for Private Nursing Practitioners (SPNP), the Nursing Education Association (NEA) and the South African Urology Nursing Association (SAUNA). PNT is also distributed to clinic nurses at all DisChem, Clicks, and Netcare Stork Nests.

Nursing practitioners rely on PNT to provide them with clinically applicable and academic content covering a wide range of topics such as mother and child health, vaccinology, primary healthcare, critical care, and wound care. Nurses do more than care for individuals, they innovate, influence, and drive therapeutic decisions at the most basic levels through direct interaction with their patients.

Nurse celebrates 50th year in the profession

While the nursing profession around the world is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, for one nurse 2020 is especially important as it marks her 50th year as a nurse. Sheron Stephenson is Ophthalmology Nursing Manager at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre in Somerset, UK. and she began her nursing career in South Africa in 1970.

Positive results in Phase III study for Allegra®/Telfast® in patients with allergic rhinitis

The results of the Phase III, single-centre, sequential and parallel-group, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled FEXPOLSAR study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Allegra®/Telfast® in adults with allergic rhinitis (AR) symptoms aggravated by a common component of air pollution were announced at the World Allergy Congress (WAC) in Lyon, France. The study demonstrated that Allegra®/Telfast® 180 mg significantly decreased pollution-exacerbated AR symptoms by 21%in adult allergic rhinitis patients. 

Obesity in patients – the importance of broaching the topic and the benefits of pharmacotherapy as an adjunct

The World Health Organization has found that more than 28% of adults in South Africa are obese, the highest obesity rate amongst sub-Saharan African countries. Obesity is widely acknowledged to be associated with many health risks and diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, joint pain and certain cancers. Dr Daksha Jivan, an endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, says that healthcare practitioners need to introduce the topic of obesity with their patients and make them aware of their BMI, tell them about the potential risks and problems associated with obesity, screen them for complications early and make them aware that there is medication available to assist them. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for HCPs to broach the topic with their patients,” she says.3

Liquid replacement in a lolly

We’ve all been there – when we have a sick child with a fever, diarrhoea or vomiting and as parents, one of our main concerns is how best to replace all those lost fluids. What makes it worse is that often the last thing a sick child feels like is drinking anything. Fortunately, Créche Guard, South Africa’s number 1 children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement, has launched a new product to assist with fluid and nutrient replenishment in children, in a lolly format.

What makes the Norflex range different

With the myriad of muscle relaxants and gels on the market, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for your patient. Muscle strains and spasms are common. When a patient presents with everyday muscle strains or spasms caused by injury, sport or work-related accidents, the Norflex® range should be your first choice. Not only is Norflex® South Africa’s most prescribed muscle relaxant brand, it also has proven efficacy, with generally tolerable side effects and can assist in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions with associated muscle spasm.

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