Issue : 5 August 2008
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Nutrition key in brain injury outcomeSubscription
Patients with traumatic brain injury should receive a gastric feeding tube as soon as possible, say US specialists.
Fist clenches corrupt blood testsSubscription
Patients should not clench their fists during phlebotomy procedures as it can cause high blood potassium readings, a UK study suggests.
MRSA carriers at long-term riskSubscription
Patients carrying MRSA for long periods continue to be at increased risk of infection and death, warn US researchers.
Practice nurses should routinely measure protein molecules that form part of cholesterol as indicators of cardiovascular risk, according to international researchers.
Avoid baby talk in dementia careSubscription
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.
Worldwide HIV rates on declineSubscription
The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are declining, according to international data.
Banning smoking in inpatient mental health settings may prove successful in cutting violent incidents, UK research has suggested.
A hospital trust has charged staff and visitors almost £3,000 in parking fines over a 10-day period, NT has learnt.
Virgin’s surgery plans deferredSubscription
Virgin Healthcare appears to have postponed plans to open the first of its health centres until next year.
More patients consult nursesSubscription
The rise in primary care consultations carried out by practice nurses is continuing, latest figures suggest.