Issue : 1 April 2008
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Competencies must be integrated into careSubscription
The launch of 13 national continence competencies last month is a major achievement for nurses working in continence care (See Update, p64). The competencies, produced by a partnership between Skills for Health and the RCN, should kick-start radical improvements in the overall standard of continence care in the UK.
First national standards for bladder and bowel care to improve good practice
An integrated paediatric continence serviceSubscription
Author June Rogers, MSc, BA, RSCN, RN, is paediatric continence adviser, Liverpool PCT.Abstract Rogers, J. (2008) An integrated paediatric continence service. Nursing Times; 104; 13, 70–71.June Rogers, winner of the 2007 NT Continence Award, describes the process of developing an integrated continence service.
The benefits of a male patient focus groupSubscription
Author Michelle Hunt, BA, RGN, Advanced Professional Diploma in Continence Care, is clinical nurse specialist continence, Berkshire East PCT, St Mark’s Hospital, Maidenhead.Abstract Hunt, M. (2008) The benefits of a male patient focus group. Nursing Times; 104: 13, 72–74.Michelle Hunt describes the development and benefits of a male patient focus group.
Julia Herbert discusses how anal plugs can be used to improve the quality of life for people with faecal incontinence.
Education may prevent injurySubscription
A&E nurses should be given sufficient resources to provide structured, injury prevention education to patients who present with minor injuries, a study has suggested.
Call to use cheapest asthma drugSubscription
Nurse prescribers should opt for the cheapest inhaled corticosteroids for adults and children aged 12 years and older with chronic asthma, according to NICE.
NICE issues pregnancy adviceSubscription
Pregnant women should avoid alcohol in the first three months of pregnancy, according to NICE guidelines on pregnancy care and support.
Role ahead for nurse geneticistsSubscription
Nurses have a crucial role to play in the future application of genetics in clinical practice, suggests a review of international research.
Cardiac clinics provide better careSubscription
Nurse-led disease management programmes for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events are both effective and economic, a large study has concluded.