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Issue : 5 August 2008

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  • ‘Protocols don’t have to dehumanise healthcare’Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    You may recall me mentioning my poorly knee once or twice? Too much yoga, football and hopping over the years. So, after far more visits to protocol-laden clinicians than such a simple problem required, a pleasant if tired-looking surgeon took out some meniscus and rearranged some ligament at a pleasant day surgery venue with attached shopping facilities.

  • ‘Simulated practice is the way forward for training’Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Conferences are great occasions for immersing yourself in your specialist subject. The ‘Striving for Excellence’ conference at Cardiff University last month was such an occasion.

  • A model for joint workingSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    A private healthcare provider has taken over a floor at London’s University College Hospital. Jo Hartley finds out how nurses from the two sectors are sharing their skills

  • A tough test of our skillsSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    I feel tired. My feet ache. I’ve had a busy shift. What’s new? Nothing, I suppose. It is just that today I’ve had another diarrhoea day. Of late I seem to spend a lot of my time dealing with patients suffering from diarrhoea.

  • Analysis: Targeting nurse careSubscription

    Analysis6 August, 2008

    A new nurse-led model of care for vulnerable mothers is being piloted across England. Louise Tweddell reports on its progress.

  • Avoid baby talk in dementia careSubscription

    News6 August, 2008

    Nurses should refrain from using baby talk with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease as it leads to less cooperation over treatment and care, a US study suggests.

  • Awareness of stroke risk and symptoms in diabetes patientsSubscription

    Clinical5 August, 2008

    BACKGROUND: Stroke is responsible for approximately 15% of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes but the baseline knowledge level of stroke warning symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options is unknown in the UK.METHOD: This survey was conducted with hospitalised patients aged over 18 with type 2 diabetes, who consented to a personal interview. The questionnaire was adapted from a previous study and modified to suit local practice. Information ...

  • Call for infection control nursesSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    The RCN has called for more infection control nurses to be recruited in order to help tackle the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

  • Chance to improve learning disability care must be takenSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    A government-commissioned report has called for all nurses to be trained in caring for patients with learning disabilities.

  • Counting on core skillsSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    With the spotlight falling more frequently on poor language and maths standards in nursing, Kathy Oxtoby looks at what is being done to tackle this dangerous deficit.

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