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  • Bed

    "I know what my body is telling me I need"Subscription

    13 April, 2012

    Alun Morgan, 62, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 49. He describes his contrasting experiences of nursing care during a short spell in hospital.

  • “Be creative and clear to learn the language of aphasia”

    “Be creative and clear to learn the language of aphasia”Subscription

    13 December, 2013

    We have all experienced times when we have found communication difficult, such as when we’re in an overseas country. We know what we want to say but it can be difficult to find the words to express ourselves in a different language.

  • Cardiology

    “How news stories encourage people to learn resuscitation”Subscription

    20 July, 2012

    The collapse and successful resuscitation of footballer Fabrice Muamba thrust out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) into the media spotlight.

  • A nurse with patient Roy Jones who has benefited from the recovery programme

    Addressing the emotional needs of stroke survivorsSubscription

    21 October, 2008Updated: 24 March, 2009

    Background: Stroke survivors report a range of psychological difficulties.Aim: To facilitate psychological adjustment and to support understanding of the emotions associated with recovery.Method: A group intervention was developed for patients on a stroke rehabilitation ward.Results and discussion: The group was piloted, and feedback indicated the sharing of experiences was the aspect perceived ...

  • Position of the epidural cannula

    Administering 'top-ups' of epidural analgesiaSubscription

    4 May, 2015

    Epidural analgesic is effective in managing acute pain, but failure is relatively common. Nurse administered top-ups of diamorphine can improve the efficacy of epidural analgesia

  • Advances in prevention and treatment of stroke and TIA.Subscription

    5 April, 2005Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK, behind heart disease and cancer (Wolfe et al, 1996), and the single largest cause of serious disability. A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is a temporary, stroke-like event in which symptoms last no longer than 24 hours. A TIA increases the future risk of stroke sevenfold (ONS, 2001).

  • Old woman   face close up

    Aetiology, signs, symptoms and treatment of trigeminal neuralgiaSubscription

    13 April, 2004Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a painful facial condition of unknown aetiology (Olesen, 1988) and one of the most common causes of facial pain (Theodosopoulos et al, 2002). It was originally known as tic douloureux (tic) and is also termed idiopathic and primary trigeminal neuralgia. This article discusses the condition, its epidemiology and prognosis, causes, diagnosis and assessment, and interventions used for its management and treatment.

  • Alzheimer's diseaseSubscription

    15 November, 2005Updated: 5 March, 2009

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 46, PAGE NO: 23WHAT IS IT?

  • Research focus: an evening sleep before a night shift improves alertness and performance

    An evening sleep before a night shift improves alertness and performanceSubscription

    19 December, 2016

    A recent US research study sheds further light on the sleep patterns of night-shift workers.

  • An interdisciplinary approach to the management of dysphagiaSubscription

    1 September, 2002Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Steve Davies, RN (A), MSc, HSc. Dysphagia Nurse Specialist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

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