Issue : 16 August 2011
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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.
“A video technique that may significantly boost a woman’s odds of having a baby could soon be available,” according to the Daily Mail.
Administration of drugs 1: oral routeSubscription
Part one of this four-part series discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the oral route
Anger following attack on chief nurse roleSubscription
Nurses are demanding the role of chief nursing officer for England – the most senior representative of the profession – is protected after it emerged it faces being scrapped or “diluted” by the government.
“Lentil-loving hippies have the right idea when it comes to beating bowel cancer,” according to the Daily Express.
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
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.
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
BBC News has reported “a call for more maternity doctors” by a group of six UK obstetricians who said that most maternal deaths are now caused by treatable medical conditions.
Does massage help to prevent pressure ulcers?Subscription
The simple answer is there is no evidence to suggest massage helps prevent pressure ulcers. In fact, there is limited evidence to suggest it actually causes harm, and several national guideline groups advise against it (Diemel-Peeters et al, 2006, 2005; Dyson, 1978).