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Issue : 5 August 2008

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Nursing traditions are a mixed blessingSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Every morning, as I enter my hospital, I pass a portrait of one of the old matrons. She’s rather fabulously turned out – a white bonnet, ruffled collar and blue cape.

  • 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.

  • Do relatives have legal powers regarding continuation or withdrawal of treatment for patients in ICU?Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Since last October, a statutory framework for making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves has been in place.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fist clenches corrupt blood testsSubscription

    News6 August, 2008

    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

    News6 August, 2008

    Patients carrying MRSA for long periods continue to be at increased risk of infection and death, warn US researchers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Worldwide HIV rates on declineSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • More patients consult nursesSubscription

    News5 August, 2008

    The rise in primary care consultations carried out by practice nurses is continuing, latest figures suggest.

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