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    How to administer an enemaSubscription

    An enema is the administration of a substance in liquid form into the rectum. This may be performed to aid bowel evacuation or to administer medicines.

  • How to keep up to date with practiceSubscription

    VOL: 102, ISSUE: 17, PAGE NO: 54 Ann Shuttleworth

  • How to remove epidural cathetersSubscription

    Epidural analgesia is a highly effective mechanism for controlling acute pain following surgery or trauma to the chest, abdomen, pelvis or lower limbs (Royal College of Anaesthetists, 2004).

  • How to assess epidural blockade.Subscription

    Epidural analgesia is extensively used to manage acute and chronic pain in a variety of clinical settings. It is a high-tech mode of analgesia that may be safely managed by ward nursing staff following appropriate support and training (Cox, 2001).

  • How to use non-verbal signs in assessments of suicide risk

    How to use non-verbal signs in assessments of suicide riskSubscription

    According to the World Health Organization (2002) suicide is on the increase worldwide.

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  • How to improve the safety of patients treated in the NHSSubscription

    A huge number of patients successfully access health care services in the UK - each day more than one million are treated by the NHS alone. However, it is estimated that 10 per cent of patients admitted to the NHS are harmed unintentionally (National Audit Office, 2005).

  • How to maintain optimal glycaemic control in diabetes.Subscription

    In 1998, the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) identified that intensive glycaemic control reduces the risk of diabetic complications. Since then many local and national treatment algorithms and guidelines have been developed including those by the Department of Health (2002), National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2004; 2002) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2001).

  • How to manage opiate dependence and withdrawalSubscription

    In 1998, in response to the escalation in problematic drug use, the government launched a 10-year drug strategy entitled Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain (Government Publication, 1998). 

  • How to get practical support and adviceSubscription

    Sandra BensonMacmillan CancerLine Manager, Macmillan Cancer Relief, LondonHousing and finances

  • Infusion pumps - How to pick the best pump for the delivery of fluids.Subscription

    Ian Poxon, RGN. Clinical Procurement Specialist, Supplies Department, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, University Hospitals NHS Trust