Issue : 16 August 2011
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Children who are excluded from discussions about their hospital care often feel scared and angry that no-one is listening to them or telling them what is going on, according to researchers from the nursing school at Trinity College, Dublin.
No one who watched the Panorama documentary on the Winterbourne care home for people with learning disabilities could have felt anything but extreme distress and anger.
People with learning disabilities may need support to make healthcare decisions. Nurses can use the Mental Capacity Act to ensure decisions are made in patients’ best interests
“Hospital patients who get out of bed to walk around can cut their stay by three days,” reported the Daily Mirror. Those who start strolling on their first day in hospital shorten their visits more than others, it added.
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Setting standards for diabetes careSubscription
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Managing change by empowering staffSubscription
A team of community nurses was encouraged to adapt an electronic patient caseload tool by making sure they were all involved in its development and implementation
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Caring for inpatients with learning disabilitiesSubscription
An education programme raised hospital employees’ awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities when they are admitted to hospital