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Incontinence following prostate cancer surgery

Incontinence following prostate cancer surgery Subscription Required

A case study illustrates how urinary incontinence should be managed following radical prostatectomy

Skin preparation for Caesarean section

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More research is needed into pre-operative skin preparation before Caesarean section to establish the most effective method to prevent wound and surgical site infections

Varicose veins: diagnosis and management

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has updated its guidance on the diagnosis and management of varicose veins to reflect new treatments and approaches

Treating and managing atrial fibrillation

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The management of atrial fibrillation is often complex, and can involve a variety of drugs as well as surgery to reduce the risks associated with it, especially stroke

Perioperative glucose control for patients with diabetes

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This review aimed to discover whether intensive or conventional glucose control should be used for patients with diabetes who are undergoing surgery

Ablation patients 'feel less pain' if put in trance by nurses

Visualising a “safe place” helps patients reduce pain while undergoing procedures, according to a complementary health study by Danish nurse researchers.

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Doctors warn on cancer changes

Brain specialists criticise loss of cancer centres

Some of the UK’s leading brain doctors have criticised the government for “draconian changes”, which they claim could put cancer patients’ lives at risk.

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Services 'safe' at Leeds children's heart surgery unit

Children’s heart surgery at a Leeds trust has been found to be “safe” by a review into mortality rates, but question marks have been raised about staff compassion.

New packs for nurses to give prostate surgery patients

A charity has launched surgery support packs to help nurses guide men through the side effects of prostate cancer surgery.

Nurse cuts 'linked to death rates', says major study

Nursing cutbacks are directly linked to higher patient death rates in hospitals, a major study has found.

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We must use antibiotics wisely to maintain their effectiveness

'We must use antibiotics wisely to maintain their effectiveness'

Antibiotics are a precious resource. Since their discovery, they have saved lives and enabled huge advances in medicine and surgery.

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Surgical wound care: current views on minimising dressing-related pain

Surgical wound care: current views on minimising dressing-related pain

Most surgical patients - up to 82% - report acute pain from their wounds for up to two weeks after they have left hospital (Apfelbaum et al, 2003).

Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003

Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003

“Death rates following hip replacement surgery fell by half in England and Wales,” reports the BBC News website.

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