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Article | 17-February-2021

An outcome-based review of an accredited Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) program: 25 years and counting

Introduction Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) programs provide comprehensive training in all phases of blood banking and are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). After successful completion of an accredited SBB program, graduates are eligible to take the SBB examination sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification to receive SBB certification.1 Accredited SBB programs must adhere to the Standards

K.M. Byrne, T.D. Paige, W.A. Flegel

Immunohematology, Volume 36 , ISSUE 1, 7–13

Article | 20-July-2021

The public perception of orthodontic treatment performed by general dentists and specialist orthodontists

Background: In Australia, orthodontic treatment may be performed by either a general dental practitioner (GDP) or a specialist orthodontist. However, the titles ‘specialist’ and ‘orthodontist’ are restricted to dentists who have undertaken an additional three years of full-time training in an accredited institution. Considering the increase in popularity of GDP orthodontic courses, an assessment was worthwhile of the public’s understanding of the difference between

Morgan Wishney, Oyku Dalci, Peter Petocz, M. Ali Darendeliler

Australasian Orthodontic Journal, Volume 34 , ISSUE 2, 232–238

Article | 20-July-2021

Facebook legal and regulatory advertising compliance by specialist orthodontic practices: a cross-sectional survey

Background: Healthcare providers are increasingly using social media websites such as Facebook to advertise their services. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency guidance on the advertising of healthcare is based on the National Law in Australia and prohibits advertising that is contrary to the patient’s best interests. Aim: To determine the legal and regulatory advertising compliance of the Facebook pages of specialist orthodontic practices in Australia. Methods: The

Maurice J. Meade, Craig W. Dreyer

Australasian Orthodontic Journal, Volume 36 , ISSUE 2, 168–174

Article | 20-July-2021

Evaluation of treatment risks and the quality of information contained within the websites of specialist orthodontists

Objective: To evaluate the treatment risks and the quality of information contained within the websites of specialist orthodontists in Australia. Methods: The term ‘specialist orthodontic practice’ was entered into three internet search engines. Websites satisfying inclusion and exclusion criteria were evaluated for orthodontic treatment risk information against nine common treatment risks. For website reliability and quality, the DISCERN instrument was used along with the HON

Maurice J. Meade, Craig W. Dreyer

Australasian Orthodontic Journal, Volume 35 , ISSUE 2, 143–151

Article | 15-August-2021

The socio-demographic and malocclusion characteristics of adolescents presenting for specialist orthodontic treatment in New Zealand practices

Background: There are few reports of the socio-demographic and malocclusion characteristics of those undergoing clinical orthodontic treatment in private specialist practice. Aim: To describe the pretreatment characteristics of individuals presenting for orthodontic treatment. Methods: Individuals (N = 174) presenting for orthodontic treatment in 19 private specialist orthodontic practices in New Zealand were randomly selected and examined (at the beginning of a three-year prospective study

David L. Healey, Robin D. Gauld, W. Murray Thomson

Australasian Orthodontic Journal, Volume 31 , ISSUE 1, 20–25

Review | 30-June-2017

Detailed EFSUM recommendations on the scope of ultrasound assessment in patients with portal hypertension considering the diagnostic reference level

medical entities. The first reference level: ultrasound assessments in a primary health care setting (performed by GPs, emergency physicians, non-specialist private practice physicians, non-specialist practice physicians); at least one mid-class ultrasound scanner with pulsed and color Doppler options, equipped with convex 3–5 MHz and linear 7–12 MHz transducers should be available at physician’s disposal. The second reference level: ultrasound assessments in the hospital setting and specialist

Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 17 , ISSUE 69, 113–115

Article | 16-April-2018

Orientation and Mobility Client Evaluation Tool (CET) Adult

the O&M specialist, measures the degree of vision impairment; client complexity, and the environmental complexity in which the training is being conducted. Part 2 includes the mobility specialist’s rating of the client’s skill and confidence level; and the client’s rating of their own skill and confidence as well as a rationale for their ratings. The tool appears effective in measuring client outcomes for all types of O&M program in any environment; is quick and easy to

Desirée Gallimore, Ph.D., MBA, Lisa Keay, Ph.D., MPH, Frances Tinsley, DipOT, DipBusiness, MSc (Rehab. Counselling)

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 8 , ISSUE 1, 37–61

case-report | 01-May-2021

2020 Annual Demographic Survey of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Nurse Specialists

Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association (ANNA) Movement Disorder Chapter (MDC) with no financial funding and/or conflict of interests. The ethics application was submitted to and approved by Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee 2019/ETH12872: Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Demographic Survey as a low or negligible risk project. Data was collected through an anonymous online multiple choice survey produced using the website https

Susan Williams, David Tsui, Dr Melanie Zeppel

Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, Volume 31 , ISSUE 1, 15–19

research-article | 31-July-2018

Virtual O&M: A far north queensland innovation

approximately 381 km2, which is slightly larger than the total area of Japan. There are approximately 60 SVI from birth to school leaving age in the Far North Queensland region, with most SVI educated at their local school. Many schools though, are several hours drive away from the base location of the O&M specialist with several regional schools accessible only by airplane travel. This often means long travel distances and short infrequent visits to schools by the sole advisory teacher O&M specialist and

Katrina Blake, Helen Kinnane, Melinda Whipp

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 9 , ISSUE 1, 1–4

Article | 16-April-2018

A study of personnel preparation of teachers of learners with vision impairment and O&M services

A review of the 50 US state education websites revealed wide variation among state O&M credentials. Less than half of the states designated a qualified provider as a credentialed O&M specialist and many identified a role for the Teachers of Learners with Vision Impairment (TVI) in providing Individualised Education Program (IEP)-driven O&M-related services. A survey of US Personnel Preparation programs preparing TVIs asked respondents to select the O&M curricular items they

Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Ed.D.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 8 , ISSUE 1, 62–83

Article | 16-April-2018

Feasibility of Orientation and Mobility Services for Young Children with Vision Impairment using Teleintervention

Hong Phangia Dewald, M.A., COMS, Catherine A. Smyth, M.S. (Ed.), TSVI, ECE Specialist

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 6 , ISSUE 1, 83–92

Article | 16-April-2018

The ROAM Project Part 1: Exploring new frontiers in video conferencing to expand the delivery of remote O&M services in regional Western Australia

. An office-based O&M specialist provided instruction, guidance, and training as required throughout the sessions. The trials appeared to demonstrate that a range of O&M services can be successfully delivered via video conferencing.    

Amy Barrett-Lennard, M.HSer. (O&M), B.Sc. (OT)

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 8 , ISSUE 1, 101–118

Article | 16-April-2018

Developing O&M Standards for Australasia

. A community model of O&M practice was devised, demonstrating the way that power is shared in relationships between the client, the O&M specialist and other stakeholders. The OMAA Quality Framework represents exemplary O&M practice in the Australasian region and is available on the OMAA website (        

Lil Deverell, M.Ed., Grad Dip O&M, B.Ed., COMS., Bronwen Scott, M.Ed., Grad Dip O&M, B. Psych. COMS, Mark Battista, M.Ed., (Special Ed/O&M), B.Ed., Jeremy Hill, Grad Dip O&M, B.Sc., BA(Hons)Psych.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 6 , ISSUE 1, 34–44

Article | 18-June-2020


Svetlana LYAPINA, Valentina TАRASOVA, Marina FEDOTOVA

Transport Problems, Volume 15 , ISSUE 2, 71–82

Article | 16-April-2018

Introducing Echolocation into O&M University Courses for Professionals

It is well known that echolocation makes it possible for a person who is blind to get to know their surroundings and that it strengthens an individual’s ability to move independently. In order to learn echolocation skills as a newly blind or vision impaired individual, the orientation and mobility (O&M) specialist needs to become well acquainted with these techniques. However, based on the authors’ own experiences as professionals and researcher in the field of vision

Inger C. Berndtsson, Ph.D., Leif Sunneson, B.A.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 5 , ISSUE 1, 34–39

research-article | 22-July-2019

Abstracts of the 2018 Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Association (SOMA) Conference

feet-in-the-street sessions); introducing new ideas (this year’s SOMA unveiled the establishment of the O&M Specialist Association); having a general session ‘Exhibitors’ Highlight’ to preview the vendor tables; offering each session twice so that participants have a greater selection; and welcoming and mentoring newbies doing their first presentation. The most recent SOMA conference, held December 8–11, in Tampa, Florida, USA, had 40 presentations done by 48 presenters – the following abstracts

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, Volume 10 , ISSUE 1, 1–8

research-article | 30-November-2020

Obstacles to diagnostic investigation of a child with comorbid psychiatric conditions

specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. Since that time in 2015, parents reported that about every four weeks the patient would become ‘difficult to manage’ or ‘out-of-control’ for about 5-7 days, with similar psychotic manifestations as the initial episode: religious fixations, limited speech, and obsessive-compulsive and paranoid tendencies surrounding food. During or directly following several such episodes, he was brought to the Emergency Department or out-patient office for evaluation

Jena Salem, Cheryl Kennedy

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, Volume 9 , 105–112

Article | 30-November-2020

State association-sponsored program for SBB candidates

Concern about the closure of the only Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) School in the State of Michigan prompted the Michigan Association of Blood Banks (MABB) to develop and administer a comprehensive series of lectures to meet the needs of technologists seeking SBB certification via the experiential route. The program consisted of more than 60 1½-hour lectures covering all aspects of blood banking (genetics, coagulation, immunology, blood group serology, blood collection and

W. John Judd, Louise Eisenbrey, Marty Weaver, Marliesa Back, Sharon Cisco, Janet M. Deters, Jerry M. Gray, Janis Hamilton, Mary Beth Hartrick, Miki Morrison

Immunohematology, Volume 10 , ISSUE 3, 95–98

Review | 13-September-2016

Standards of the Polish Ultrasound Society. Ultrasound examination of the portal system and hepatic vessels

Increased incidence of liver diseases, the development of liver surgery and other invasive methods for managing portal hypertension, plus an increasing number of liver transplant procedures pose more and more new challenges for ultrasonography. Ultrasonography,being an effective and clinically verifi ed modality, has been used for several decades for diagnosing diseases of the liver, its vessels and portal hypertension. It is used for both initial and specialist diagnosis (performed in

Robert Lechowicz, Michał Elwertowski

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 15 , ISSUE 61, 208–226

Review | 31-January-2019

Recommendations for ultrasound examination in ophthalmology. Part I: Ultrabiomicroscopic examination

ultrabiomicroscopic examination tools. Moreover, its position among other methods for echographic examination of an eyeball was determined. Examination techniques and the role of standards of conduct at each stage of a diagnostic procedure were discussed. A role of insufficient cooperation between constructors of new ultrasonographic diagnostic tools and software IT specialist with the users of these tools, which results in the lack of consistency between the components of these sets was emphasized. Based on long

Jacek Kosmala, Iwona Grabska-Liberek, Rimvydas Stanislovas Ašoklis

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 18 , ISSUE 75, 344–348

research-article | 13-February-2018

Long-term offspring epilepsy outcomes following planned assisted homebirth versus hospital birth

fully understood. Further research is needed in a prospective setting by applying modern standards of early identification of risk pregnancies and deliveries, carefully monitoring the health of expecting mothers, and anticipating referral to specialist services according to medical needs.

Matti Sillanpää, Maiju M. Saarinen, Päivi Polo-Kantola

Journal of Epileptology, Volume 26 , ISSUE 1-2, 7–14

original-paper | 03-September-2019

Evidence for Infections by the Same Strain of Beta 2-toxigenic Clostridium perfringens Type A Acquired in One Hospital Ward

identify the differences and similarities among bacterial strains from every patient. The use of molecular methods allows for fast and precise identification of the bacteria isolated. The objective of this study is a comparative phenotypic and genetic analysis of C. perfringens strains isolated from two patients hospitalized at the same time in 2017 in the Provincial Specialist Hospital in Włocławek (Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province) who developed soft tissue infections. Trying to explain recurring cases of


Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 68 , ISSUE 3, 323–329

Article | 26-June-2018

Malignant middle cerebral artery infarct: A clinical case report

together with the research evidence for these treatments. In addition the vital role of the neuro critical care nurse specialist is highlighted. Case Study This case study follows Mary’s (a pseudonym) journey from the time when her daughter found her collapsed on the floor in her home to the day she was discharged from the hospital. For the purposes of this paper, the clinical guideline used at the metropolitan tertiary referral facility (location of a hyperacute stroke service) in which Mary was

Kwan Yee (Queenie) Leung, Sheila Jala, Rosalind Elliott

Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, Volume 28 , ISSUE 1, 5–12

research-article | 30-November-2020

Diagnostic value of 12-zone lung ultrasound protocol for diagnosing COVID-19-associated pneumonia in outpatients

lung ultrasound protocol. Each scanning area was assigned a score from 0 to 3 based on the prevalent lesion patterns: normal = 0; “ground-glass” opacity = 1; interstitial changes = 2; consolidation = 3(9). Lung ultrasound was performed within 15–20 minutes after CT scan by a blinded specialist on a Vivid E9 system (General Electric, Norway) using a convex probe (frequency 1.8–6.0 MHz) in a sitting position (on a medical exam stool). The LUS image analysis was performed in the Diagnostic Department

Dzmitry Haurylenka, Victar Damantsevich, Andrey Filustsin, Anna Damantsevich

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 21 , ISSUE 87, 271–276

Research Article | 17-October-2018

Effective and efficient committee work: A Systematic overview of multidisciplinary literatures

who between them bring the appropriate range in educational and functional background, while keeping the group size close to 6-12; appointing committee chairs for their facilitation skills and generalist background rather than specialist knowledge; allowing sufficient time to allow all relevant knowledge to be shared and evaluated through discussion, especially when judgements need to be made by committees with members who vary in status; applying formal consensus development processes; and

Sandy Oliver, Katie Hollingworth, Rob Briner, Catherine Swann, Kate Hinds, Chris Roche

Evidence Base, Volume 2018 , ISSUE 2, 1–21

research-article | 31-December-2019

Role of intrapartum ultrasound in modern obstetrics – current perspectives and literature review

Małgorzata Siergiej, Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Jerzy Zwoliński, Anna Maria Śladowska-Zwolińska

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 19 , ISSUE 79, 295–301

Research Article | 03-April-2018

Cessation for smokers seeking treatment and advice from health care professionals in the hospital setting

tartrate is the most effective combination of individual treatments for improving smoking abstinence, particularly for general inpatients. Further, there was an indication that patients admitted to specialist wards (e.g. cardiovascular) would benefit most from high intensity interventions, regardless of the use of adjunct pharmacotherapy. The evidence for a positive effect on sustained quit smoking rates for peri-operative patients is not definite, but as smoking adversely affects surgical success

Zoe Kopsaftis, Joseph van Agteren, Kristin Carson-Chahhoud, Tim O’Loughlin, Brian Smith

Evidence Base, Volume 2018 , ISSUE 1, 1–35

Article | 15-August-2021

A study of Class III treatment: orthodontic camouflage vs orthognathic surgery

surgical patients (without genioplasty) were obtained from one specialist practice. From the surgical group, 26 pre-surgical lateral cephalograms were also obtained. Inclusion criteria for the two groups were at least three of the following: (1) an ANB angle of 1 degree or less, (2) a Wits appraisal less than -4 mm, (3) an incisal overjet ≤ 0 mm, and (4) a Class III molar relationship. All lateral cephalograms were traced and digitised and a number of skeletal, dental and soft tissue variables were

Katherine Georgalis, Michael G. Woods

Australasian Orthodontic Journal, Volume 31 , ISSUE 2, 138–148

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