Issue : 13 November 2007
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Kent trust dismisses HCAsSubscription
Two healthcare assistants have been dismissed by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, following last month’s damning report into standards at the Kent trust.
The Royal College of Midwives has called for pregnant women to stay off drink following research that found there was no link between binge-drinking in pregnancy and health problems in unborn babies.A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which pooled findings of 14 previous trials, found there was no link between binge drinking and problems such as stillbirth, miscarriage and birth defects.But Mervi Jokinen, practice and standards development advisor ...
RCN signs up to anti-drink campaignSubscription
The Royal College of Nursing has joined a coalition calling for the government to do more to prevent the rise in alcohol-related diseases.
Women with heart failure receive fewer interventions than male patients, according to an audit of NHS services.Researchers surveyed 176 acute trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on emergency admissions for acute heart failure, from October 2005 to March 2006.On average, women were less likely ...
Study reveals surprising views on ICU careSubscription
The families of intensive care patients that do not survive are often more satisfied with care provision than the relatives of those that do make it, according to US study findings.Researchers surveyed 539 families of patients who spent four to eight weeks in ICU, of which half had died.‘When we began ...
Bath patients with antisepticSubscription
ICU patients cleaned daily with the antiseptic chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) are less likely to contract primary bloodstream infections than those washed in soap and water, say US researchers.A 12-month, crossover study of 836 patients showed soap and water use resulted in 10.4 primary bloodstream infections per 1,000 patient days, ...
NI students encouraged to take up nursingSubscription
Northern Ireland's health minister has launched a campaign to encourage more students to become mental health or learning disability nurses.
Staff receive £100 for top performance ratingSubscription
Staff at a London hospital trust have received a one-off £100 bonus as a reward for the organisation's 'Excellent' rating by the Healthcare Commission.
Violence against NHS staff inEnglandhas fallen for the second year in a row, show figures released by the NHS Security Management Service last week. Full details are as follows: