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News and practice for adult nurses

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care Subscription Required

Nurses often play a key role in administering medicines from anticipatory prescriptions to patients near the end of life. This article summarises a study of their experiences

Safe removal of knotted nasogastric tubes

Safe removal of knotted nasogastric tubes Subscription Required

Knotting or looping of nasogastric tubes when in situ can distress the patient on removal. Nurses should know how to recognise and respond to the situation

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The value of volunteers on older people’s acute wards

The value of volunteers on older people’s acute wards Subscription Required

Volunteers can provide valuable one-to-one interaction with older patients, even in busy acute wards, providing companionship and activities to reduce stress

How patients use online sources for information

How patients use online sources for information Subscription Required

Many patients access the internet to obtain information on their conditions so it is vital nurses understand what is available and can direct them to accurate information

Should practitioners override patient choices?

Should practitioners override patient choices? Subscription Required

Patients sometimes make choices that may harm their health. Should practitioners be able to override these choices if they are acting in the patient’s benefit?

Value in Healthcare Awards Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer nurse numbers 'reach peak' of more than 3,000

The number of specialist adult cancer nurses in England has reached an all-time high, with more than 3,000 posts in the NHS, newly released figures show.

Queen's Hospital Romford

Troubled trust reveals huge waiting list

A huge, previously unreported waiting list of more than 90,000 patients has been revealed by one of England’s most troubled trusts. It comes amid an intense national drive to tackle politically sensitive waiting targets.

Blood

Call for safer blood transfusions

The process for delivering blood transfusions needs to be redesigned to reduce mistakes, a new report has recommended, after an audit found human error was the most common cause of patient harm.

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Macclesfield district general hospital

East Cheshire nurses adopt iPad safety system

Nurses at East Cheshire Trust are using an iPad based system funded by the Nursing Technology Fund to record patient observations.

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Digoxin linked to increased death rates

Digoxin linked to increased death rates, warn researchers

Scientists have questioned whether atrial fibrillation patients should be treated with the heart drug digoxin after new evidence suggests that it increases death rates.

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