Issue : 4 October 2011
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Driving quality in diabetes careSubscription
A new generation of Point of Care blood glucose testing meters with wireless connectivity to the hospital’s IT systems is raising the quality of data collected andspeeding up nurse’s access to blood glucose results therefore improving patient safety and care.
Cerys David is a first year nursing student at the University of Chester. We’ll regularly check in with her to see how she’s doing.
The validity of chemotherapy drug Adriamycin has been called into question, as a new study shows breast cancer survival rates are almost unchanged by its usage.
A “smart pill” could be the latest breakthrough in the way irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is monitored and treated.
Two-thirds 'would use HIV home kit'Subscription
HIV testing kits could be used by almost two-thirds of people if they were made legal and regulated, a survey by Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has revealed.
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QNI appoints chair designateSubscription
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that former Nursing Times editor Jane Salvage will be its next chair.
Men who develop type 2 diabetes have often gained less weight than women, according to a new study.
Obesity in children triples high blood pressure risk Subscription
Health professionals have been urged to be more vigilant against overweight children, as obesity can almost triple their risk of high blood pressure.
Lansley: 'We must tackle problems in nursing'Subscription
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged to give “nurses time to care” and to “root out bad practice” in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference.
Former nurse Colin Norris may appeal against his murder conviction based on new evidence provided by a leading expert on insulin and hypoglycaemia.
A senior Unison figure has revealed that the union is prepared to accept some hospital reconfigurations.
Breast cancer symptoms cannot be identified by one-fifth of women, a new poll has suggested.
Top nurse leaders namedSubscription
There are fewer than 50 nursing directors on a national list of around 1,000 people being lined up for the most senior NHS leadership roles, Nursing Times can reveal.
Failures at a Norfolk health centre highlight the need to understand the “significant risk” of nurse-led primary care practices, according to the author of a damning report into care failings.
Trade your Crocs for steel toe caps Subscription
Emergency nurses and paramedics need to walk in each other’s shoes, says Mike Brady
We must stop cavalier changes to hospital staffing, says Peter Griffiths
Pressure on midwives threatens choice policySubscription
Midwives are increasingly under pressure and having to cut home birth services, apparently because of funding cuts, a survey shows.
Community nurses 'fear for safety' in CroydonSubscription
Community nurses and healthcare assistants making home visits alone and out of hours in Croydon are being told that their fears for their personal safety are “exaggerated”, according to unions.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has said he wants a new system of per-patient funding for end of life care in place by 2015, a year earlier than was recommended in the Palliative Care Funding Review.
Healthcare staff employed at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust were involved in a lunchtime protest over service cuts last week.
Hospital rapped for 'abject' nursing careSubscription
“Dire” and “abject” nursing care at a hospital in Swansea may have contributed to the death of a patient with learning difficulties, an investigation has concluded.
Improving the hydration of hospital patientsSubscription
A hands-free drinks system can help to reduce patient dehydration in acute settings
Implementing nurse-led dischargeSubscription
Clinical areas must be prepared to embrace nurse-led discharge for it to succeed
The second in a two-part series discusses the use of defibrillators in hospitals
NPSA issues new safety warningsSubscription
Hospital patients suffering from a rare immune system disorder can deteriorate rapidly with potentially fatal consequences, nurses have been warned.
Recently, I had the misfortuneof becoming a patient.
Attitudes towards Gypsy TravellersSubscription
Nurses need to recognise and overcome negative attitudes towards Gypsy Travellers to help address the health needs of this community
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The study for regulator Monitor found delivery of cancer targets was a “key challenge” in 2010/11 and continued to be so for some trusts in the first quarter of this financial year.
Numbers receiving MMR jab equal to 1990sSubscription
The combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccination is being administered to an increasing number of children in England, official figures show.
Midwife job cuts despite higher birthrate - RCMSubscription
Despite a rising birthrate and a shortage of professionals, senior midwives are being urged to further cut staff numbers, a survey found.
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