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Behind the Rituals

Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email nursingtimescomments@emap.com

All posts from: October 2011

Is it necessary to record the batch numbers for IV fluids on prescription sheets?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 31 Oct 2011

Is it necessary to record the batch numbers for IV fluids on prescription sheets?EXPERT COMMENTRecording batch numbers for IV fluids is an outdated procedure. The burden of risk of giving an IV fluid is no greater than any other IV medicine where batch numbers are not recorded.Martin Shepherd is head of medicines management, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Should cooling methods such as fanning and tepid sponging be used to manage pyrexia?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Oct 2011

Should cooling methods such as fanning and tepid sponging be used to manage pyrexia? What do you think?EXPERT COMMENT

Does massage help to prevent pressure ulcers?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Oct 2011

Does massage help to prevent pressure ulcers? What do you think?EXPERT COMMENT

Does increasing fluids really help constipation?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Oct 2011

Does increasing fluids really help constipation? What do you think?EXPERT COMMENT

Should you always change plastic aprons between patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Oct 2011

Should you always change plastic aprons between patients? What do you think?EXPERT COMMENT