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  • Research is needed for stroke rehabilitation

    Improving upper limb function after strokeSubscription

    17 August, 2015

    Upper limb weakness following stroke has a negative impact on daily living and quality of life but the evidence for interventions is limited

  • Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgia

    Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgiaSubscription

    3 August, 2015

    Occipital nerve injections to treat occipital neuralgia are often administered by doctors, but a nurse-led clinic proved to be more favourable with patients

  • Staff working at night may experience sleep disturbances after their shift

    Reducing sleep disturbances caused by shift workSubscription

    15 June, 2015

    A Cochrane review explored which pharmacological interventions, such as modafinil and armodafinil, and other treatments, including hypnotics, can reduce sleep disturbance associated with shift work

  • 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

  • Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

    Differentiating dementia, delirium and depressionSubscription

    13 April, 2015

    How can you tell the difference between dementia, delirium and depression in older people, to ensure they receive the right care? Current knowledge on this question is summarised in this article, and is also available as a learning resource in our learning unit on dementia, delirium and depression

  • Close contact with animals can improve the wellbeing of older people with dementia

    Improving dementia care with the Eden AlternativeSubscription

    16 March, 2015

    The Eden Alternative is a philosophy that encourages nurses to empower care home residents by recognising what they are able to do and engaging them in activities

  • Diagnosing depressed skull fracture in a young child

    Diagnosing depressed skull fracture in a young childSubscription

    16 February, 2015

    Skull fractures associated with intracranial injury are a leading cause of traumatic death in childhood. Children with head injuries should be monitored for signs of deterioration

  • Improving subarachnoid haemorrhage care

    Improving subarachnoid haemorrhage careSubscription

    7 November, 2014

    A national confidential enquiry into care of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage notes areas for improvement, including greater use of specialist nurses

  • How to identify signs of brain tumours in children

    How to identify signs of brain tumours in childrenSubscription

    24 October, 2014

    Diagnosis of brain tumours in children is improving, but the UK still lags behind other western countries. Knowledge of symptoms will allow nurses to improve early diagnosis

  • Premature mortality in people with epilepsy

    Premature mortality in people with epilepsySubscription

    18 July, 2014

    A population study found that people with epilepsy had a substantially greater risk of premature mortality than the general population and unaffected siblings

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