Caring around the Clock: rounding in practiceSubscription
Introducing hourly ward rounds to a large acute trust led to a reduction in buzzer calls but required staff education, commitment and support from a ward link coach
Safe usage of fat-based emulsion supplementsSubscription
In order to highlight to nurses the importance of safe and effective use of oral nutritional supplements, a poster was developed to raise awareness at ward level
We naturally chew food before swallowing, but tablets and capsules require a complicated, conscious mechanism to over-ride the need to chew and the gag reflex, designed to eject foodstuffs that are not adequately chewed.
Cutting levels of antimicrobial resistanceSubscription
Growing levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs pose a serious threat to healthcare systems. Nurses have an important role in combating this threat
Evidence on NSAID use in soft tissue injuriesSubscription
Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used for analgesia in soft tissue injury. The evidence to support this is weak, plus NSAIDs may even delay healing.
Opioids in palliative care: the NICE guidanceSubscription
Effective pain management with opioids requires a dynamic approach with a focus on good communication skills as well as ongoing assessment of the patient.
Reflections on reducing insulin to lose weightSubscription
Some women with type 1 diabetes deliberately omit or reduce insulin dosages to lose weight. This diabulimia may lead to serious heart and neuropathic complications.
Medicines management is a core nursing skill. This review gives an introduction to and taster of our newly launched online Nursing Times Learning unit on drug calculations.
Improving wellbeing with cardiac rehabilitationSubscription
Cardiac rehabilitation can improve both physical and psychosocial wellbeing in people with cardiovascular disease - yet fewer than half of patients access it.
A reappraisal of herbal medicinal productsSubscription
While little evidence exists to support the use of many complementary and alternative medicines, there is a scientific basis for the use of herbal medicines