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Issue : 5 August 2008

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exploring the anatomy and physiology of ageing: part 1 - the cardiovascular systemSubscription

    Clinical5 August, 2008

    This is the first article in a new series on the anatomy and physiology of ageing. The series explores normal age-related changes that occur in the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems

  • Guidance aims to cut antibiotic use in respiratory infectionsSubscription

    Clinical5 August, 2008


  • 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 ...

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