Category list : Assessment
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Assessing the health of homeless peopleSubscription
Guidance developed by the Queen’s Nursing Institute advises nurses how they can assess the health of homeless patients and ensure they receive the care they need.
Since nurses have a duty to keep clear and accurate records, they need to know how to measure and document wounds in order to track their progress to healing.
Knowing how to control wound pain effectively is an important aspect of wound care, since poorly managed pain can significantly impede the healing process.
How commissioning affects community nursingSubscription
By understanding and being involved in the commissioning process, community nurses can ensure that their voices are heard and positively shape the service they can provide.
Reducing the risk of inpatient fallsSubscription
A national audit of inpatient falls provides the first overview of whether trusts and health boards are complying with guidance on falls assessment and prevention.
Nurses need to assess the patient holistically when devising an effective treatment plan. Assessment tools help with accurate monitoring of the wound’s progress.
Autonomic dysreflexia in spinal cord injurySubscription
Autonomic dysreflexia often goes unrecognised in patients with spinal cord injury. Health professionals must be able to recognise when patients are at risk.
Best-practice statements: should we use them?Subscription
Best-practice statements are useful in theory but their effectiveness may be compromised by varied development methods and a lack of implementation evaluation.
PhD student and staff nurse Liz questions the ethics behind collecting patient feedback if services don’t change or improve as a result
Pain is a personal experience but may be difficult to communicate. It is vital that nurses know how best to assess it to ensure the optimal treatment is given.