Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Jul-Aug 2015 Contents Sudocrem Healing Cream is complemented by Ocean® Brand
Disposable Wipes and the Nourish Naturals® Skin Care Range.
A triple acton emollient which aids
and assists in the management
of excoriated skin.
SOOTHES HEALS PROTECTS
Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.
Why Sudocrem should be part of your
Skin Integrity & IAD Protocols
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References include: JBI Topical skin care in aged care facilities Best Practice 11(3) 2007:
Sudocrem® is 'not just' a zinc cream and 'not just' a protectve barrier but a
TGA Listed HEALING CREAM with indicatons covering incontnence dermatts,
pressure area care and much more.
Sudocrem® applies transparently and does not clog incontnence pads or briefs.
Additonally no secondary product is required for removal.
Importantly Sudocrem® contains NO steroids, nuts or arachis oil traces and is
suitable for use from infant - elderly.
Sudocrem® is available in a variety of single patent sizes, oﬀering cost
eﬀectveness and versatlity.
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Did you know?
A UNIQUE & SUCCESSFUL FORMULATION
Supported by educatonal in-service.
how they can maximise benefit from their medication regimen,
prevent medication-related problems and ensure therapeutic
alternatives are considered. All nurses are responsible for
ensuring that they, and all people with whom they interact,
use medicines safely and effectively.
For QUM to be an everyday reality, nurses must ensure
that all aged care staff involved in administering medicines
(prescribed or over the counter) know their specific
responsibilities, for example, in relation to:
• monitoring for adverse outcomes
• nurse-initiated medicines
• alteration of oral formulations
• dose administration aids
• storage of medicines
• disposal of medicines
• standing orders
• emergency supplies of medications
• how to avoid misadventures and errors
• when it is best not to use PRN drugs (when required)
especially in relation to bowel, pain and sleep management.
Did you know that there is a requirement in the Therapeutic
Goods Administration regulation that each prescription
medicine must have what is called consumer medicine
information (CMI)? CMIs are designed to inform consumers
about prescription and pharmacist-only medicines. The CMI
gives important facts to know before, during and after taking
a medicine. How many staff provide older people with the
relevant CMI when a new medicine has been prescribed for
them? This is one step in providing consumers access and
understanding of the medications, safety and use.
Other imperative elements for fostering effective health
literacy and medicines management are outlined by the Lucian
Leape Institute for National Patient Safety Foundation in the US.
In 2015, this foundation suggested a vision for consumer safety
and quality use of medications that includes:
• a culture that is open, transparent, supportive and
committed to learning
• QUM information that is communicated well and easily
• respectful treatment of consumers; where their interests
• an integrated platform; multidisciplinary systems that
enhance quality and safety
• evidence-based practice, appropriate and responsive
according to consumer needs
• consumer engagement/partnership approach: consumers
share in decision making, are guided on how to self-manage
and in a way they can understand and are empowered to
be in control
Ultimately, aged care nurses have a responsibility to ensure
that older people have the skills, knowledge, motivation and
capacity to access, understand, appraise and apply information
to make effective decisions about health and healthcare and take
appropriate action. As a critical first step, aged care staff must
ensure they themselves have the required level of knowledge,
motivation and capacity to access, appraise and apply information
to make effective decisions and take appropriate action. Aged
care staff need to also ensure that the infrastructure, policies,
processes, materials, people and relationships that make up the
environment in which they work impacts in positive ways on
how older people access, understand, appraise and apply health
related information and services. n
Kay Price is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and
Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Jo Boylan is director
of operations with Southern Cross Care.
• Free education about medicines and medical tests is
available at NPS MedicinesWise. Go to: nps.org.au
• The National Statement on Health Literacy is at:
• To learn more about CMIs go to: nps.org.au/topics/how-to-
• DSS has advised that the guiding principles for medication
management in residential aged care is available at: dss.gov.
• Information on the National Residential Medication Chart,
which was developed for use in the residential aged care,
can be found at: safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/
• When employing nursing staff, determining their current
qualifications and registration can be checked at the AHPRA
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