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Neurology Nursing

News and practice for neurology nurse specialists

Position of the epidural cannula

Administering 'top-ups' of epidural analgesia Subscription Required

Epidural analgesic is effective in managing acute pain, but failure is relatively common. Nurse administered top-ups of diamorphine can improve the efficacy of epidural.

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

How a time machine concept aids dementia care Subscription Required

A “time machine” analogy is a useful way of understanding memory problems in people with dementia, better enabling health professionals to make appropriate interventions.

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Nursing Times Learning has launched a new unit on how to tell the difference between dementia, delirium and depression in older people, to ensure they receive the right care.

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Early warning scores are quickly calculated

Improving observation with new technology Subscription Required

Nurses’ use of technology for patient assessment and observation is improving patient care and safety, as case studies from Croydon and Merseyside show.

Close contact with animals can improve the wellbeing of older people with dementia

Improving dementia care with the Eden Alternative Subscription Required

The Eden Alternative is a philosophy that encourages nurses to empower care home residents by recognising what they are able to do and engaging them in activities.

Third of traumatic brain injury patients readmitted

Rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury are higher than previously reported, according to Canadian researchers.  

Nurse takes reins at neurology commissioning support body

A nurse is to lead a new directorate set up to provide commissioning support services for neurology and associated long-term conditions.

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Concussion symptoms last longer in women, say researchers

Women have a more difficult time recovering from concussion than men, suggest researchers.

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Stroke patients at heightened risk of attempting suicide

Stroke patients can be up to twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the rest of the population, and the risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke.

Macrolide antibiotics linked with 'small risk' of foetal neuro damage

Macrolides antibiotics, currently considered safe during pregnancy, may carry a small risk of neurological damage and so should be reviewed by regulators, according to UK researchers. 

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'With Terry Pratchett's death, dementia care has lost a powerful and ferocious advocate'

Sir Terry Pratchett’s death is a terrible loss. Not only to the millions of Discworld fans around the world but, perhaps more importantly, to the nursing community and those who are part of the fight against dementia. 

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Neurological assessment 1 - Assessing level of consciousness Subscription Required

This article, the first in a four-part series on neurological assessment, describes assessment of level of consciousness.

It's the brain, not the stomach, that causes hunger pangs

Brain’s 'hunger hub' could be switched off

“Have scientists found a way to banish hunger pangs?,” the Mail Online asks. The question is prompted by research in mice looking at the “biological pathways” that regulate appetite and hunger.

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