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Critical Care Nursing

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ICU nurse: critical care is one specialty

Pressure grows for action on sepsis

8-Sep-2014

Identifying and treating sepsis could soon be given the same attention as reducing pressure ulcers and hospital acquired infections, Nursing Times has learned, as a campaign to tackle the potentially fatal condition heads to parliament.

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Heart transplants could be replaced by gene therapy

Heart transplants could be replaced by gene therapy

12-Aug-2014

British scientists have launched a pioneering trial to see whether gene therapy can potentially replace heart transplants.

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Using music to maintain the correct rhythm during CPR

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Achieving the recommended compression rate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be difficult, but music can help to improve skills in the short term

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Safe administration of blood components

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Blood transfusion carries potentially serious hazards. Nurses have an important role in ensuring safe administration and in maintaining records to provide an audit trail

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When was the first time you felt that buzz of pride to be a nurse?

15-Sep-2014

Most nurses experience it right at the start. It could be on the bus to your first day of placement, when you have the urge to lean over and tell a stranger that you’re a nurse by the way.

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'Supercooling' may extend life of transplant organs

'Supercooling' may extend life of transplant organs

BBC News reports on a new method to keep donated organs fresher for longer: “supercooling”.

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Ambulance

How it was fifty years ago

Watching some episodes of Melvyn Bragg’s series ‘Reel History’ on BBC television recently about the start of the NHS and the opening of the M1 Motorway, I was reminded of the time I was driven by ambulance on the newly constructed M1 Motorway from London to Birmingham when I was working as a staff nurse at the Bedford General Hospital in 1959.

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