All posts from: July 2011
Would hospital patients benefit if those who were able were allowed to administer their own medicines? What do you think?Expert comment
Should healthcare professionals always be ‘bare below the elbows’? Are long sleeves an infection risk?
It’s the most common sampling method in the UK, but does it have clinical value? Does moistening the swab increase bacteria survival in the wound? Is routine swabbing helpful?
Patients have long been told not to eat or drink for hours before surgery because of the risk of pulmonary aspiration, but is this really necessary?Some studies have suggested that light meals and liquids are not harmful before surgery, and that fasting can sometimes cause adverse effects, but many guidelines continue to insist on complete fasting.What do you think?