Catherine Brumby

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OBJECTIVES Traditionally, patients have to wait until assessed by a physician for opioid analgesia to be administered, which contributes to delays to analgesia. Western Hospital developed a protocol enabling nurses to initiate opioid analgesia prior to medical assessment for selected conditions. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of this(More)
In a prospective, randomized study, the use of the Aircast pneumatic air stirrup was compared with a standard below-knee walking cast in the management of Lauge-Hansen supination-eversion, stage II ankle fractures. Forty patients were randomly allocated to the two treatment groups. The use of the air stirrup led to a significant improvement in early patient(More)
♦ BACKGROUND: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is challenging for patients with functional limitations, and assisted PD can support these patients, but previous reports of assisted PD have not examined the role of temporary assisted PD and had difficulty identifying adequate comparator cohorts. ♦ METHODS: Peritoneal Dialysis Assist (PDA), a 12-month pilot of(More)
AIM Fetuin-A (Fet-A) is an important regulator of extracellular matrix mineralization. Fet-A plays a critical role in the formation and stabilization of high molecular weight colloidal protein-mineral complexes known as calciprotein particles (CPP). The aim of this study was to examine the effects of inflammation, renal function and dialysis modality on(More)
A patient with known steroid-dependent rheumatoid arthritis (RA) developed an acute symmetrical polyarthropathy of small and medium-sized joints associated with markedly elevated inflammatory markers suggestive of RA flare, on day 4 after deceased-donor renal transplantation. The patient received standard induction immunosuppression with methylprednisolone(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise during haemodialysis improves strength and physical function. However, both patients and clinicians are time poor, and current exercise recommendations add an excessive time burden making exercise a rare addition to standard care. Hypothetically, blood flow restriction exercise performed during haemodialysis can provide greater value for(More)
Calciprotein particles (CPP) are a novel marker of mineral stress. High levels of CPP are found in patients with calciphylaxis, a condition associated with marked vascular calcification and a poor prognosis. We report substantial reductions in CPP levels in a dialysis patient having combined haemodialysis (HD) and plasma exchange (PEx) prior to an(More)
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