Probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea Subscription
Antibiotic therapy may cause diarrhoea. Robust evidence is needed to establish the effectiveness of probiotic use in preventing or treating antibiotic-associated diarrhoea
Assessment and management of diarrhoeaSubscription
A new Nursing Times Learning unit complements Royal College of Nursing guidance on the identification, assessment and management of diarrhoea
Norovirus outbreaks: containment or closure?Subscription
A study examined whether containing affected patients in single rooms and bays was more efficient at managing an outbreak of norovirus than closing entire wards
Crohn’s disease in adults and childrenSubscription
Crohn’s disease has a significant impact on the lives of patients. New NICE guidance outlines evidence-based pathways of care
Managing upper gastrointestinal acute bleedingSubscription
NICE guidance emphasises the role of endoscopy in treating patients who have upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
PEG feeding tube placement and aftercareSubscription
PEG tube nursing care: Care must be taken when deciding to use, siting and managing percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes (PEG tubes) to avoid errors or complications that could prove fatal
The efficacy of using X-rays to determine whether or not nasogastric tubes are correctly positioned was measured using retrospective data.
Guidance has been issued for nurses on the insertion of balloon gastrostomy tubes, as more patients are receiving enteral feeding.
Supplementary hydration and nutrition is often needed for people with acute stroke. Dehydration is a predictor of poor outcomes including discharge to long term-care.
How to manage chronic constipation in adultsSubscription
There are various options available to treat this common condition, but effective treatment relies on obtaining a thorough patient history.