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Issue : 13 November 2007

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  • Heart failure nurses prove their worthSubscription

    News13 November, 2007

    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 ...

  • Supplement Practice: A Practical Approach to MRSA ScreeningSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    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.

  • Supplements Performance: Making Infection prevention a RealitySubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    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.

  • Supplements Practice: Bloodstream infections and their controlSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    Author:Brian I. Duerden, FRCP Edin, FRCPath, MD, BSc, inspector of microbiology and infection control, Department of Health.

  • Supplements People: Sharing experience to fight infectionSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    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

  • Supplements Editorial: We have a duty to reduce infectionSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    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.


    Focus12 November, 2007

    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).

  • Supplements Practice: High Impact intervention tools for acute careSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    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).

  • Supplements People: Moving policy from board to wardSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    Bolton Royal Infirmary has addressed the issue of healthcare-associated infections at all levels of the organisation, as Clare Lomas reports

  • Off The RecordSubscription

    Focus12 November, 2007

    Off The Record

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