Critical Care Nursing
News and practice for critical care nurse specialists
Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, international research has found.
Probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units show no benefit in preventing the colonisation of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to US research.
Latest research: critical care
The efficacy of intentional rounding has been widely debated and questioned so one trust carried out a review to ascertain staff and patient views on its effectiveness.
Being in critical care can have negative effects on patients but implementing rehabilitation strategies at an early stage can aid long-term recovery.
Probably the greatest benefit to patients that nurses provide is their holistic focus. Other health professionals deal with specific aspects of patients’ needs, but nurses see the whole patient, and consider that patient’s needs from every angle. In fact, it’s the ability to provide holistic care that attracts many people to join the profession.
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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.
‘This book is aimed at undergraduate physiotherapy students but would be extremely useful for nurses at any level working in respiratory or cardiac care in a ward or in the critical care environment. ’