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Issue : 13 November 2007

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  • Hot flushes good news for breast cancer patientsSubscription

    News30 October, 2008

    Hot flushes, night sweats and painful joints can be a sign that breast cancer drugs are working, a new study suggests.

  • Aspirin does not reduce heart attack risk in diabeticsSubscription

    News20 October, 2008

    Aspirin does not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke for patients who have diabetes but no previous cardiovascular disease, a new study reports.

  • Infection rates and parenteral nutritionSubscription

    News11 December, 2007

    Patients receiving higher calorific intakes of parenteral nutrition (TPN) are at increased risk of bloodstream infections, claim US researchers.They studied 200 patients receiving TPN, of which 49% contracted an infection.Infected patients received 36 kcal on average per day, compared with 31 kcal for ...

  • Whooping cough and admission ratesSubscription

    News11 December, 2007

    Early discharge from paediatric intensive care (PICU) increases the risk of readmission and poor outcomes in infants with whooping cough, warn New Zealand researchers.They studied 72 children admitted to PICU with pertussis over four years. Of these 19 had to be readmitted to the unit. Most subjects were less than 12 months old. Apnoea or paroxysmal cough was present in ...

  • Empathy needed for domestic abuse screeningSubscription

    News11 December, 2007

    A&E nurses should ask open-ended questions to help encourage abused women to reveal evidence of domestic violence, suggest US and Canadian researchers.They reviewed 871 interactions between clinicians and patients in emergency departments, of which around a third included screening for domestic violence.‘We ...

  • Music intervention helps young cancer patients to copeSubscription

    News3 December, 2007

    Taking part in music-based activities, such as playing handheld instruments or singing action songs, can help children with cancer to cope better, suggests a small US study.

  • Sick A&E nurses should go homeSubscription

    News29 November, 2007

    A&E nurses who contract viral infections should be sent home at the first sign of illness and not return to work until they are symptom free for 48hours, say Scottish researchers.

  • Hospitals earn almost £100m from car parking feesSubscription

    News22 November, 2007

    NHS trusts are raking in almost £100m a year from car parking charges, according to new figures released yesterday.In 2005-06, patients and visitors paid £98m to park outside hospitals and GP surgeries, a rise of 26% on the previous year, according to figures revealed by the Commons health select committee.The committee last year revealed that some trusts charged up to £76 a day for parking and rates varied from 30p to £4 per hour.A ...

  • New hospital patients not screened for MRSASubscription

    News22 November, 2007

    Only 2% of hospital trusts are screening new patients for MRSA, according to new figures released by the Conservative Party. The Tories made a Freedom of Information request on MRSA screening and isolation practices from all hospital trusts in England. Of the 82 trusts that responded, the party said only 32% could provide any data on the number of patients screened.They also said that no trusts were able to provide figures on the numbers of patients ...

  • Nurse-led project allows more cancer patients to die at homeSubscription

    News22 November, 2007

    The number of terminally ill people able to die at home has more than doubled under a new palliative care scheme piloted by a cancer charity.The Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme, piloted in Boston, Lincolnshire, has seen the number of patients dying at home increase from 17% to 42% since the scheme was implemented in 2004.

  • Blood pressure management seriesSubscription

    Clinical20 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download the Practical Procedures on blood pressure management from Nursing Times.

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    Adverse drug reactions and interactionsSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    The decision to use medicines to treat or prevent ill health is a matter of balancing risk and benefit and must take account of the efficacy of the drug, the likelihood of adverse reactions developing as a consequence of its use and their potential seriousness.

  • Respiratory procedures seriesSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download the Practical Procedures Respiratory Series from Nursing Times.

  • PharmacokineticsSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    The way in which a drug behaves in the body over time is known as its pharmacokinetic profile. This describes the way in which the drug is absorbed, distributed around the body, metabolised and excreted, once it has been administered.

  • PharmacologySubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

  • Medicine-related errorSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    The management of clinical risk has particular relevance for practitioners involved in the preparation and administration of medicines as there is an increasing trend towards litigation in cases of error.

  • Compliance and concordanceSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    When medicines are administered in hospital there is a high degree of certainty that medicines are given to or taken by the patient for whom they are intended. In the community, however, such certainties do not exist, and one of the major drawbacks of our reliance on pharmacotherapy in treating ill health is that, either intentionally or unintentionally, a high proportion of patients do not take or use their medicines in the way that is intended.

  • StandardsSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    In recent years a number of key events have highlighted the dangers associated with inaccurate administration of medicines. The death of a patient in 2001 due to the inadvertent administration of vincristine via the intrathecal route prompted a range of activities coordinated at national level to improve the safety of patients prescribed intrathecal chemotherapy.

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    The administration of medicinesSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    The administration of a medicine is a common but important clinical procedure.

  • Key Questions - Non-medical PrescribingSubscription

    Clinical19 November, 2007

    Fiona Peniston-Bird, consultant on the development and implementation of non-medical prescribing. What is supplementary prescribing?

  • Patient assessment seriesSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download the Patient Assessment Series from Nursing Times.

  • Key Questions - Mental HealthSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Tony Leiba, PhD, PGCE, RNT, RMN, is professor of educational development (mental health), Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University and North East London Mental Health Trust.

  • Key Questions - Long-term ConditionsSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Heather Sud, RGN, and Jane Gorman, RGN, have a job share as corporate matron, Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust, Croydon, Surrey.

  • Key Questions - GastrointestinalSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Christine Norton, PhD, MA, RN, is Burdett professor of gastrointestinal nursing, King’s College London and nurse consultant, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow.

  • Key Questions - Continence and UrologySubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Alison Harris, RGN, BSc, Dip DN, is senior lecturer in primary health care at Middlesex University.

  • Key Questions - CardiothoracicsSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Liz Allibone, PGCTLCP, BSc, RGN, is nurse teacher, nursing development, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.

  • Key Questions - Cancer CareSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Dion Smyth is lecturer practitioner in cancer and palliative care, University of Central England.

  • Respiratory procedures seriesSubscription

    Clinical16 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download the Practical Procedures Respiratory Series from Nursing Times.

  • Raft of second wave ISTCs cancelledSubscription

    News16 November, 2007

    Health secretary Alan Johnson has announced that six second wave of Independent Sector Treatment Centres will not go ahead.

  • Respiratory procedures seriesSubscription

    Clinical15 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download Nursing Times’ practical guides to respiratory procedures

  • Online centre opens to all mentorsSubscription

    News15 November, 2007

    A new online resource for nurse mentors has been launched by Napier University, a nurse education centre in Scotland.

  • Funding for child only mental health bedsSubscription

    News15 November, 2007

    The government has announced £31m to increase bed capacity and facilities for child and adolescent mental health services in England.

  • Call for better diabetes support in schoolsSubscription

    News15 November, 2007

    Every school in England should have a policy on how to work with school nurses, teachers, support staff and paediatric teams to combat diabetes, according to a report.

  • Schizophrenia linked with appendix ruptureSubscription

    News15 November, 2007

    Patients with schizophrenia are almost three times as likely to suffer from a ruptured appendix, a study has shown.

  • Award to study US neuro careSubscription

    News15 November, 2007

    Two senior staff from Glenside Manor, an organisation providing specialist neuro-rehabilitation services in England, have been awarded a scholarship to study brain injury recovery centres in America

  • BHF funds academic nurse postSubscription

    Focus15 November, 2007

    The British Heart Foundation has funded a new academic nurse post at the University of Glasgow in an attempt to combat the problem of heart disease in Scotland.

  • Macmillan nurse Sue Cowdy talks to NT about lung cancerSubscription

    Interviews15 November, 2007

    Three minute interview with Sue Cowdy, Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and member of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC).

  • Bowel care seriesSubscription

    Clinical14 November, 2007

    Click the links below to download Nursing Times’ practical guides to bowel care

  • Kent trust dismisses HCAsSubscription

    News14 November, 2007

    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.

  • Pregnant women should stay off drink, say midwivesSubscription

    News14 November, 2007

    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

    News14 November, 2007

    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 receive inferior heart failure emergency careSubscription

    News14 November, 2007

    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

    News14 November, 2007

    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 ...

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    Focus14 November, 2007

    Sometimes, whatever is going on around us it is important to share good news so that we can keep our spirits and motivation high – thus helping us to carry on the good work, despite the many problems which surround us all. So this week’s blog concentrates on good news by telling Nursing Times readers how a day I spent in Milton Keynes proved to be uplifting, mainly because community nurses were working in harmony with their general practice.

  • Bath patients with antisepticSubscription

    News13 November, 2007

    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

    News13 November, 2007

    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

    News13 November, 2007

    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.

  • News Plus covers the latest figures relating to violence perpetrated against NHS staffSubscription

    News13 November, 2007

    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:

  • ‘Painkillers cut Parkinson’s Risk’

    NHS Choices13 November, 2007

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