Issue : 25 September 2013
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I have just received some bad news. Three years after being dismissed by my NHS trust for “gross misconduct and insubordination”, my appeal against dismissal at the tribunal has failed.
Hand hygiene – when and how should it be done?Subscription
Changing hand hygiene practice among healthcare staff requires a multifaceted approach focusing on how and when hands should be cleaned
Promoting hand hygiene in clinical practiceSubscription
Nurses are well placed to promote good hand hygiene techniques in practice and should use this to influence culture change in their organisations
Improving adherence to hand hygiene practiceSubscription
Approaches to educate health professionals on hand hygiene practice must take into account “human factors” to ensure long-term adherence
Probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea Subscription
Antibiotic therapy may cause diarrhoea. Robust evidence is needed to establish the effectiveness of probiotic use in preventing or treating antibiotic-associated diarrhoea
Influenza immunisation for healthy childrenSubscription
The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu
Compliance with hand hygiene in healthcare presents an ongoing challenge. Without it, microbes have an opportunity to spread, carrying the risk of patient harm, which can be fatal. Hand hygiene action, at the right time, can quite simply save a life.
Throughout my training, I was continually asked by patients and families “who is who?”
The rising cost of utility bills is the biggest source of financial concern facing nurses, our survey suggests, with one in five respondents citing this as the main reason for money worries.
More than half of nurses who answered our survey said they intended to have the influenza vaccine this year.