Issue : 16 August 2011
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Trusts asked if simplified KSF is workingSubscription
Trusts are being asked for evidence that the new streamlined version of the troubled knowledge and skills framework is working.
“Seven in 10 babies fed too much salt,” read the Daily Express headline.
Setting standards for diabetes careSubscription
Standards to support patients with diabetes exist, but are they enhancing their care?
Older patients should 'walk around the ward'Subscription
Encouraging older patients to walk around the ward can significantly reduce the amount of time they need to stay in hospital, nurse researchers have found.
Most nurse managers are apathetic about tackling staff absence, despite nurses consistently having one of the highest rates of absenteeism among NHS staff, a study suggests.
“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.
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
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).
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.
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