Issue : 13 November 2007
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Support from a heart failure nurse specialist significantly increases patient compliance with non-pharmacological interventions, say Dutch researchers.Over 18 months, one third of 1,000 heart failure patients received usual care, which included regular visits to a cardiologist, while the remainder also ...
Author Christine Perry, MSc, PGDip, RN, is associate programme manager, MRSA/Cleaner Hospitals Team, Department of Health.Christine Perry summarises current recommendations for MRSA screening and provides information on implementing them.
Author: Ingrid Torjesen, BSc, is freelance medical writer.Ingrid Torjesen describes tools to help nurses review their clinical practice in infection control and identify how healthcare-associated infections can be avoided. These tools include high-impact interventions and root cause analysis.
Author:Brian I. Duerden, FRCP Edin, FRCPath, MD, BSc, inspector of microbiology and infection control, Department of Health.
Commissioners at a large PCT have taken the lead in ensuring that all providers meet the required standards for infection prevention and control. Kathryn Godfrey finds out more
The need to reduce the harm caused by infection is indisputable on every level. At one level are professionals. Every nurse, midwife and specialist community public health nurse operates under a code of professional conduct. The standards that comprise these make it clear that we have a professional duty to protect patients from the harm caused by infection and we have a clear obligation to ensure our practice does not contribute to this.
Author Ann Shuttleworth, BA, is clinical editor, Nursing Times.Ann Shuttleworth describes how the Department of Health has made available a range of support tools and advice to help healthcare professionals reduce rates of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).
Author:Martin Kiernan, MPH, ONC, DiPN, RGN, is nurse consultant, prevention and control of infection, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; vice-president, Infection and Prevention Society (incorporating ICNA).
Bolton Royal Infirmary has addressed the issue of healthcare-associated infections at all levels of the organisation, as Clare Lomas reports
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