Critical Care Nursing
News and practice for critical care nurse specialists
Electrical engineers in the US have created a “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers before they can be seen by human eyes.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has announced that it plans to recommend a technology that holds catheters in place and reduces infection risk for use by the NHS.
Latest research: critical care
Patients who are critically ill are at greater risk of malnutrition and nurses must be able to accurately assess their nutritional needs to help them recover.
Patient Blood Management aims to reduce inappropriate transfusions and ensure they are only given where they are clinically indicated
It seems the tide may be turning on the way older people are treated in the NHS, with the need to develop and improve this important area of care at last being acknowledged and acted on. There were two announcements this week that gave me hope that change is coming.
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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.