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Critical Care Nursing

News and practice for critical care nurse specialists

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Probiotics ‘do not prevent superbugs' in critical care


Probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units show no benefit in preventing the colonisation of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to US research.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Plymouth hospitals invest in ‘sim man’ for staff training


A lifelike, interactive mannequin that moves, talks and can display vital signs including breathing and heartbeat is being introduced at Derriford Hospital to improve patient safety.

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Kathryn Godfrey

Sorry seems to be the hardest word


Analysis of complaints sent to the health service ombudsman has found that not receiving an adequate apology is the most common complaint, accounting for a third of cases last year.

'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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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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Physiotherapy in Respiratory and Cardiac Care

Physiotherapy in Respiratory and Cardiac Care: an evidence-based approach

‘This book is aimed at undergraduate physiotherapy students but would be extremely useful for nurses at any level working in respiratory or cardiac care in a ward or in the critical care environment. ’

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