A landmark clinical trial has provided “renewed optimism” for patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, after researchers found a drug reduced the risk of renal failure by almost a third.
A substantial proportion of hospital patients and healthcare workers shed the influenza virus before the appearance of clinical symptoms, according to Swiss researchers who examined flu transmission.
Nurses in New York are using geospatial mapping of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice at a local clinic level in “real time”, according to US researchers.
Applying hand rub with three steps for 15 seconds is as effective at reducing bacteria as the six steps for 30 seconds recommended by the World Health Organization, according to Swiss researchers.
Nursing staff in intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection control, warn researchers.
The majority of tourniquets used in peripheral venepuncture may contain microbes which could put patient safety and care quality at risk, warn researchers from Portugal.
Most accident and emergency patients with a suspected urinary tract infection (UTI) and who are treated with antibiotics actually lack evidence of this infection, warn UK researchers.
The contamination of privacy curtains with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) is a common problem and could be a source of disease transmission to patients, warn US researchers.
Trusts are being encouraged to develop new roles for nurses to help improve care for patients who undergo emergency laparotomies – among the most critically ill patients treated in hospital.
The chief nursing officer for England has today urged people across the country to nominate outstanding health and care staff to be celebrated in this year’s NHS parliamentary awards.