The King’s Fund Point of Care programme explores the barriers to providing compassionate care in hospital and how nurses can enable such care.
Sharon Wood outlines why pain at the end of life is often not diagnosed in older people, how it should be assessed and how medication and non-pharmacological methods can be used in its management.
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AuthorKaren Heslop, MSc, PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, BSc, is respiratory nurse consultant, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne
A new survey shows parents’ awareness of the risks posed to infants by a winter respiratory virus is worryingly low. Nerys Hairon outlines nurses’ role in prevention
A new report suggests that recent changes in drug-taking behaviour have contributed to an increase in bacterial infections. Nerys Hairon finds out more
Authors Joanna L. Ford, PhD, BSc, is research and development officer; Pete Phillips, MRPharmS, BPharm, is director; both at surgical material testing laboratory, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.
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AUTHOR Rifat Soyfoo, MSc, is scientist; Karen Shaw, BHSc, MPH, is nurse epidemiologist; both at the Health Protection Agency, London.ABSTRACT Soyfoo, R., Shaw, K. (2008) How to cut Clostridium difficile infection. Nursing Times; 104, 25, 42–44.This article provides an update on Clostridium difficile and highlights the appropriate infection-control measures that need to be in place to reduce the infection.
This two-part unit explores the monitoring of patients receiving a blood transfusion. This first part outlines the importance of making careful checks before the transfusion, as well as that of monitoring a patient receiving a transfusion.
A literature search is a well thought out and organised search for all of the literature published on a topic. A well-structured literature search is the most effective and efficient way to locate sound evidence on the subject you are researching. Evidence may be found in books, journals, government documents and the internet. This article describes the key principles involved in conducting a literature search.