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Putting it into practice

How do we put research into practice in the surgery or the hospital ward? Each week we’ll pick out a practice article and pose some topics for debate and you can pose your own questions too… 

All posts from: July 2012

How can nurses use social media responsibly?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 30 Jul 2012

Article: Chinn (2012) How can nurses use social media responsibly? Nursing Times. Published online 13 July 2012.Key pointsNurses no longer live together or work as closely together as they used toSocial media offers new ways for nurses to share ...

How should multimedia be used in nurse education?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 23 Jul 2012

Article: Everett F, Wright W (2012) Using multimedia to teach students essential skills. Nursing Times; 108: 30/31, 18-19.Key pointsMultimedia can engage students and enhance their learning experiencesMultimedia can be used to introduce and develop essential nursing skillsNurse educators have an important role in developing innovative ...

Can pressure ulcer incidence be used as a measure of nursing care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Jul 2012

Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) A strategy to reduce avoidable pressure ulcers. Nursing Times; 108: 29, 14-17.Key pointsSafety Express is a national programme to minimise the four main avoidable harms in healthcare, one of which is pressure ulcersTreating pressure ulcers is costly and eliminating them could save the NHS over £150m a yearPressure ...

How can nurses improve fluid management and reduce the risk of dehydration?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 9 Jul 2012

Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) Developing a bundle to improve fluid management. Nursing Times; 108: 28, 18-20.Key pointsAll patients should be assessed for their fluid needsA plan should be made to ensure optimum hydrationFluid intake should be managed continuouslyHydration should be reviewed for early detection of deteriorationEducation ...

How can nurses contribute to reducing the risk of surgical site infection?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 2 Jul 2012

Article: Kiernan M (2012) Reducing the risk of surgical site infection. Nursing Times; 108: 27, 12-14.Key pointsSurgical site infections continue to represent about a fifth of all healthcare-associated infectionsAlthough SSI rates appear to have fallen, this is largely because of poor detection due to rapid dischargeThe risk of SSI ...