Issue : 12 July 2011
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Regular patient comfort rounds are improving patient care and reducing slips, trips and falls at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, its director of nursing has said.
Patient deaths spark contamination probeSubscription
A police investigation has been launched over the deaths of two hospital patients who had their medication “interfered with”.
More patients are waiting over 18 weeks to be treated, according to Department of Health figures.
Doctors warned of social media riskSubscription
Doctors have been warned not to make friends with their patients on social networking sites.
A parliamentary watchdog investigated double the number of complaints about government departments in the past year than in the previous 12 months, a report has said.
Older people's delirium often overlooked in A&ESubscription
More needs to be done to improve the care that older adults with cognitive impairment – including dementia and delirium – receive when they visit hospital emergency departments, according to Canadian nurse researchers.
Adjuvanted vaccines used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic did not increase the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome substantially, if at all, according to a Europe-wide study.
Northampton General Hospital added 68 nursing posts to its staff in the last financial year, according to board papers.
Ward sisters at a hospital criticised by the Care Quality Commission are forced to spend 40% of their time on bureaucracy, an independent review has found.
Health visitors qualifying next year could struggle to find jobs unless the rate at which new posts are being created increases, an investigation by Nursing Times suggests.