Issue : 14 September 2010
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The government’s immigration cap announced last month is creating problems for some acute hospitals.
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.
Leaders may escape degree demandSubscription
Plans to require nurse leaders to obtain a degree by 2020 may be dropped, Nursing Times understands.
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.
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.
Nurses have heavily criticised a minister for appearing to downplay the effect of staffing levels on care quality.
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.
Infection control nurses have a key role in delivering improved patient outcomes, and the recent white paper challenges them to take this opportunity, says Gladys Xavier
Patient isolation is necessary to prevent MRSA cross infection but steps must be taken to minimise the psychological impact of this infection control measure
Attitudes towards infection control throughout the NHS have witnessed a profound cultural shift over the past five years.
Using the lived experiences of patients with Clostridium difficile infection to improve careSubscription
Creating a better understanding of the needs of elderly patients with Clostridium difficile infection
Using the Waterlow risk assessment tool to predict C difficile infection risk in hospital settingsSubscription
Tackling the spread of C Difficile in a priority for the NHS. A team explain how they adapted and tested the Waterlow score to assess patients at risk of infection
A number of new satellite role in the infection prevention team support clinical specialist nurses, improve practice and increase patients’ confidence in their care
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.
The small details get stuck in the big pictureSubscription
I was chatting to a friend recently who, after two pints of beer and a long night with a teething baby, was describing himself as a “sap”. He had spent the morning folding up cardboard and cleaning out tiny jars for the recycling and, as he was doing it, he was thinking about the giant air conditioning machines in Las Vegas.
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