Issue : 23 September 2008
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This two-part series on last offices outlines the procedures involved in preparing a body after death. The first part, last week, discussed factors that influence practice. This second part details the practical procedure of performing last offices.
Symptomatic bradycardia 1: physiology and causesSubscription
This is the first in a two-part unit on managing bradycardia. It discusses the physiology of the condition and examines its main causes. It also explores assessment through interpretation of ECGs or rhythm strips.
New research examining the impact of a combination of lifestyle factors on mortality highlights the importance of health promotion messages. Nerys Hairon finds out more
The role of the community matron was developed to improve standards of care for people with complex long-term conditions. Initial emphasis was to support patients to help take control of their condition and reduce unnecessary use of urgent care services and hospital admissions.The community matron caseload requires skill to balance the risks involved in keeping people in their own homes. Recent audits show that end-of-life planning and palliative care are crucial aspects ...
Virulent Staphylococcus infection warningSubscription
The Health Protection Agency has urged nurses to be vigilant about a severe form of Staphylococcus aureus which is on the rise in the UK.
Vaccination data on NHS staff neededSubscription
A mandatory system to monitor the immunisation status of NHS staff is needed, according to the Health Protection Agency.
Care bundles used in hospitals to tackle Clostridium difficile should be rolled out to community settings, a leading microbiologist told the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference at Warwick University last week.
Call for better neonatal careSubscription
RCN Wales is calling for babies to receive the same level of neonatal nursing care as adults.
Mental health nurse morale goodSubscription
The morale of mental health nurses in acute psychiatric wards is good, contrary to popular belief, researchers have said.