Issue : 16 August 2011
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“A video technique that may significantly boost a woman’s odds of having a baby could soon be available,” according to the Daily Mail.
“Lentil-loving hippies have the right idea when it comes to beating bowel cancer,” according to the Daily Express.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
Setting standards for diabetes careSubscription
Standards to support patients with diabetes exist, but are they enhancing their care?
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
Administration of drugs 1: oral routeSubscription
Part one of this four-part series discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the oral route
“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.
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
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.
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