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Issue : 5 August 2008

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  • Worldwide HIV rates on declineSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are declining, according to international data.

  • Virgin’s surgery plans deferredSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    Virgin Healthcare appears to have postponed plans to open the first of its health centres until next year.

  • Using supplementary nurse prescribing in a memory clinicSubscription

    Clinical5 August, 2008

    This article describes the development of a nurse’s role in a memory clinic that resulted in a change from the nurse working as the doctors’ assistant to an autonomous practitioner. It reports on a baseline audit of the nurses supplementary prescribing practice which shows that most patients now receive their prescriptions more quickly.

  • Trust rapped over poor performanceSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    Ministers have told managers at an acute trust in Wales to review its poor performance in orthopaedics and A&E.

  • The obesity timebomb needs to be defusedSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    The NHS is facing a major public health dilemma. Failure to act will have serious adverse financial and healthcare consequences in the near future for our profession. It is possibly the most significant challenge for our industry.

  • Surrey trust to raise over £100,000 in parking finesSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    A hospital trust has charged staff and visitors almost £3,000 in parking fines over a 10-day period, NT has learnt.

  • Spinal opioids in postoperative pain relief 2: adverse effectsSubscription

    Clinical5 August, 2008

    This is a two-part unit on using spinal opioids to manage postoperative pain. Part 1 outlined the pharmacology of spinal opioids. Part 2 discusses the selection of patients and their nursing care. It also focuses on the incidence of and response to adverse effects. For further information on contraindications, nursing care and patients’ clinical requirements, see Portfolio Pages.

  • Smoking ban may reduce violent incidents within psychiatric unitsSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    Banning smoking in inpatient mental health settings may prove successful in cutting violent incidents, UK research has suggested.

  • Protein test may prove better than cholesterol as CVD risk indicatorSubscription

    News6 August, 2008

    Practice nurses should routinely measure protein molecules that form part of cholesterol as indicators of cardiovascular risk, according to international researchers.

  • Nutrition key in brain injury outcomeSubscription

    News6 August, 2008

    Patients with traumatic brain injury should receive a gastric feeding tube as soon as possible, say US specialists.

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