"I know what my body is telling me I need"Subscription
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.
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.
The collapse and successful resuscitation of footballer Fabrice Muamba thrust out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) into the media spotlight.
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 ...
Administering 'top-ups' of epidural analgesiaSubscription
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
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).
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.
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 46, PAGE NO: 23WHAT IS IT?
A recent US research study sheds further light on the sleep patterns of night-shift workers.
Steve Davies, RN (A), MSc, HSc. Dysphagia Nurse Specialist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead