Issue : 18 May 2010
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Making oxygen use safer in hospitalsSubscription
A rapid response report by the National Patient Safety Agency outlines how the risks of oxygen use can be minimised to prevent serious harm to patients
Parents are often uncertain about the risks and benefits of immunisation. Effective delivery of information can help encourage uptake in children and young people
Patient outcomes would improve if the contributions of black and ethnic minority staff were better harnessed, chief nursing officer Dame Christine Beasley has said.
Academics have criticised the level of support student nurses get in the care of the dead, after Nursing Times revealed evidence suggesting over half of deceased hospital patients are not properly treated.
Senior nurses could form special investigation teams which would be dispatched to English hospitals after a “never event”.
Unison vows to fight pension cutsSubscription
The new coalition government can expect a “period of real conflict” if planned cuts are carried out in the NHS, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has warned.
Dying patients are being denied adequate medication to control symptoms and relive pain because nurses fear prosecution for assisting suicide, a Nursing Times survey has found.
As nurses are now specifically mentioned in new policy on assisted suicide, they must consider their ethical obligation to patients in this debate, says Frances Trowell
New guidelines address the issue of prosecution for assisted suicide in a healthcare contextSubscription
The laws on assisted suicide have been clarified to put an emphasis on intent, and prosecution policy now specifically mentions nurses and other clinicians
A fast track path improves access to palliative care for people with learning disabilities Subscription
People with learning disabilities are now living longer and may develop diseases such as cancer. A fast track referral pathway ensures their needs are met