Issue : 14 September 2010
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Death rate indicator under reviewSubscription
The Department of Health is struggling to reform a controversial quality indicator that has played a role in identifying hospitals with poor nursing standards.
A number of new satellite role in the infection prevention team support clinical specialist nurses, improve practice and increase patients’ confidence in their care
DH sets up hospital tap safety groupSubscription
The Department of Health has set up a working group to look at the safety of hospital taps following last week’s news a Gram negative bacteria had been found in sinks.
The government is considering fast tracking health visitor training in a bid to meet its pledge to employ an extra 4,200 health visitors by 2015, Nursing Times has learnt.
Patient isolation is necessary to prevent MRSA cross infection but steps must be taken to minimise the psychological impact of this infection control measure
The government’s immigration cap announced last month is creating problems for some acute hospitals.
Leaders may escape degree demandSubscription
Plans to require nurse leaders to obtain a degree by 2020 may be dropped, Nursing Times understands.
Midwives to lead on healthy pregnancies by 2020Subscription
Midwives will replace GPs as the lead professionals for pregnant women by 2020, a report for the four UK chief nursing officers has said.
Nurses have heavily criticised a minister for appearing to downplay the effect of staffing levels on care quality.
Pregnancy checks before surgerySubscription
An NPSA Rapid Response Report outlines how to ensure that women do not undergo surgical procedures when they are unaware that they are pregnant.