Issue : 16 June 2008
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Blog: Does Darzi have all the answers?Subscription
'I'm beginning to feel a touch cynical, as if I am no longer able to get excited by yet another community-flavoured document with the Department of Health logo upon its glossy cover'
Blog: Searching for a mentorSubscription
Liz Darlison talks about day 2 of the Cancer Leadership Programme
Nurse-led cardio programme improves lifestylesSubscription
A nurse-led preventative cardiology programme can significantly improve lifestyles and reduce primary and secondary cardiovascular risk, suggests a major international study.
Blood pressure measurement could be done more simply and just as accurately using only systolic readings in patients over 50, according to researchers writing online in The Lancet.
The Healthcare Commission has called for a mattress decontamination facility at a hospital trust in Surrey to close immediately because of infection control fears.
Unions sign up to three-year dealSubscription
The first year of the three-year 8% pay deal for nurses and non-medical NHS staff was officially accepted by all but one of the NHS unions yesterday.
Work begins on national dementia strategySubscription
The government has ordered an immediate review of the prescribing and use of anti-psychotic drugs to treat dementia, under new plans to improve the quality of care of people with the condition.
What did the media report?
Severe abnormalities in ECG signatures are independent predictors of sudden death among myotonic dystrophy patients, a study has shown.
Resources for developing your own courses, pathways and services for bowel care
A range of new benchmark checks on nursing care standards are to be introduced, the government has announced.
Patient records stolen from London hospitalSubscription
Computer files containing information of around 20,000 patients have been stolen from a hospital in London.
Nurses do their bit for hepatitis C awarenessSubscription
Specialist nurses have been raising awareness of hepatitis C at North Manchester General Hospital.
Student becomes charity burns championSubscription
Aimee Carroll, a student HCA at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, has been chosen as the first ambassador of Manchester Children’s Burns Foundation – a new charity set up last year.
Health visitors to be balloted on strike actionSubscription
Members of the Unite union, representing health visitors and NHS support staff, are to be balloted on strike action later in the summer.
Clinical staff benefit from a debrief after being involved in a failed paediatric resuscitation, according to UK researchers.
Government chooses HPV vaccine for campaignSubscription
The government has opted for the bivalent vaccine Cervarix for its new routine immunisation programme against human papillomavirus and cervical cancer.
NMC chief executive signals intention to goSubscription
A second senior member of the nursing regulator has announced that she is to resign following a highly critical report into the way the organisation is run.
North-south divide over cancer survivalSubscription
People living in the north of England are significantly more likely to die from cancer than those living in the rest of the country, suggests a new report published last week.
Top teaching tips for nursesSubscription
Elspeth Raisbeck explains how nurses can fulfil their professional code by using a variety of methods to teach students
Consent to treatment and mental capacitySubscription
Nurses frequently express concern about consent required for bowel procedures and training required before procedures for digital rectal examination and digital removal of faeces. This section addresses these issues.
Articles and guidelines on the application of rectal irrigation
Spinal cord injurySubscription
Bowel function and spinal cord injury.
Articles and resources on the management of faecal incontinence
Download a PDF of useful guidelines on digital removal of faeces.
Constipation is an unpleasant and often distressing symptom that can happen to anyone at any time.
Trusts in England are still struggling on hygiene control, according to the Healthcare Commission.
Nurse shortages continue to dog neonatal unitsSubscription
Nurse and specialist cot shortages mean neonatal services in England are continuing to struggle to keep up with demand, despite a national reorganisation of neonatal provision, MPs have warned.
New continence drug launched in UKSubscription
A new once daily antimuscarinic agent for the treatment of the symptoms of overactive bladder has been launched in the UK.
Alcohol and drug misuse mean Scots are almost twice as likely to take their own life or someone else’s, compared to people living in England and Wales, according to UK researchers.
Breast cancer treatment could take a major step forward with the development of technology that combines two key imaging techniques, say US researchers.
The president of the NMC has announced her intension to resign in the wake of a damning report on the regulator’s performance.
Useful documents for the assessment of food and fluid intake in bowel care.
Nursing Times' popular illustrated series of bowel-related procedures that can be used in clinical and educational settings.
A new oral treatment for metastatic breast cancer has been launched which may help women for whom trastuzumab has failed.
This series of articles explores the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract.
The RCM has issued a warning over possible future strike action on pay.