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Sports injuries: snapshot on hospital admissions

Almost one-third of all patients hospitalised in Australia for sports injuries had injuries sustained while playing a football code, notes a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. Australian Rules football, rugby codes and soccer each accounted for about 8%, and touch football 2%, of the nearly 60,000 patients hospitalised with sports injuries in 2016–17. One in 10 of the sports injuries was life-threatening, with diving comprising 27% of these cases, cycling 24% and equestrian activities 24%. A further 7% of injuries resulted in intracranial injury (concussion and other traumatic brain injuries). Read the report at: https:// www.aihw.gov.au/reports/injury/hospitalised-sports-injury-australia-2016-17/contents/table-of-contents.

Cardiology guidelines app available

The Heart Foundation has launched its Smart Heart Guidelines app for health professionals to access Australian clinical practice guidelines for heart failure, atrial fibrillation and acute coronary syndromes. The guidelines were developed by the Heart Foundation and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. The free app provides interactive algorithms and calculators to guide decision-making and is designed for easy navigation to specific sections of the guidelines. It can be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play (and accessed at https://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/smart-heart-guidelines-app/?_)