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Although visiting is often restricted for patients on adult critical care units, evidence suggests that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks
Body temperature is a vital sign and it is important to measure it accurately. This article reviews and compares the various methods available to nurses.
Gateshead Healthcare Foundation Trust implemented a rehabilitation service that helped patients to recover quickly and effectively following critical illness
A trust has lowered its mortality ratio by improving compliance in EWS monitoring
A review of the literature determined whether silver-coated endotracheal tubes were effective in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Babies born pre-term make quicker progress if they hear their mother’s voice as part of interventional therapy, new research suggests.
Nurses and doctors should give verbal and printed advice to patients with any type of head injury, who are discharged from an emergency department or observation ward.
Continued use of statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who received the drugs before being admitted, according to a UK study.
A study has confirmed the consequences for care of exhaustion among nursing staff, finding that fatigued critical care nurses were more likely to express concern they had made a wrong decision.
A doctor ignored advice from nurses about a wrongly placed feeding tube, which contributed to the death of a patient at a London hospital, an inquest heard this week.
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Watching some episodes of Melvyn Bragg’s series ‘Reel History’ on BBC television recently about the start of the NHS and the opening of the M1 Motorway, I was reminded of the time I was driven by ambulance on the newly constructed M1 Motorway from London to Birmingham when I was working as a staff nurse at the Bedford General Hospital in 1959.
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Staff need to recognise and act appropriately when patients deteriorate. This article gives practical advice on using basic observations to monitor patients