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Stockings or bandages for leg-ulcer compression?

Stockings or bandages for leg-ulcer compression? Subscription Required

The efficacy of four-layer compression bandaging, seen as the gold standard treatment for venous leg ulcers, was compared with that of two-layer compression stockings

Using humanising values to support care

Using humanising values to support care Subscription Required

This article uses a patient scenario to demonstrate how recognising and valuing humanity in all our interactions can be used to instil compassion and dignity

Prevention and treatment of meningococcal disease

Prevention and treatment of meningococcal disease Subscription Required

Rapid diagnosis and treatment of meningococcal disease are vital to prevent life-threatening complications and long-term physical and psychological effects

Are visitors beneficial to patients in adult ICUs?

Are visitors beneficial to patients in adult ICUs? Subscription Required

Although visiting is often restricted for patients on adult critical care units, evidence suggests that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks

Thermometer temperature child

Measuring body temperature Subscription Required

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.

One in three ICU survivors develop depression

A third of intensive care patients develop depression that typically manifests as physical, or somatic, symptoms such as weakness, appetite change, and fatigue, rather than psychological symptoms.

Pressure ulcer tool 'not accurate' for critical care, say nurses

Pressure ulcers in intensive care patients may have been either over- or undertreated because a widely-used tool may not be sensitive enough for critical care, according to US researchers.

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Success for critical care nursing initiative in Scotland

A group of intensive care nursing staff have seen their pioneering work result in some of the best improvements in patient care to be seen in Scotland.

Mother's voice 'aids pre-term babies'

Mother's voice 'aids pre-term babies' to suckle

Babies born pre-term make quicker progress if they hear their mother’s voice as part of interventional therapy, new research suggests.

Give head injury patients advice when discharged, says NICE

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.

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Listening is harder than you think Subscription Required

A few years ago I met Tony Benn on a train from Nottingham to London. It was one of those chance encounters and as we started to talk Mr Benn asked me about my job, what I thought about nursing and the problems in the NHS.

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How it was fifty years ago

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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Nurses are pivotal to influencing improvements in observations management and patient safety

How to measure and record vital signs to ensure detection of deteriorating patients Subscription Required

Staff need to recognise and act appropriately when patients deteriorate. This article gives practical advice on using basic observations to monitor patients

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Surgery

All-metal hips need more corrective surgery

“Experts are calling for controversial metal-on-metal hip implants to be banned,” according to The Guardian.

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