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Nursing Older People

News, practice and discussion forums for older people's nurses

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Cold snaps responsible for more deaths than heat waves

22-May-2015

Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analysing over 74 million deaths across 13 countries.

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Link between admission rate and disability at end of life

21-May-2015

A high number of hospital admissions in the last year of life is linked with increasing disability in older patients, which may influence palliative care discussions, according to a US study.

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Incontinence can impact on quality of life

Assessing quality of life with incontinence Subscription Required

A review of questionnaires to assess quality of life and symptom severity in women with urinary incontinence found three that outperformed others on a range of factors.

Patients should be referred to an ophthalmic unit in cases of suspected cataracts

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By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.

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'Aim of documentation should be to assist with patient care'

'Aim of documentation should be to assist with patient care' Subscription Required

22-Aug-2014

Recently I spent three days attending my trust’s mandatory and statutory training on topics covering a range of issues from manual handling and basic life support, to Datix reporting.

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One idea involved detailing named nurses on a whiteboard to help patients and carers

"Just Do It": nurse-led change in Nottingham Subscription Required

9-Mar-2015

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has created a quality-improvement scheme that gives nurses the opportunity to have their ideas put into practice with minimal delay

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

How a time machine concept aids dementia care Subscription Required

20-Apr-2015

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

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Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these contributes to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.

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