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Issue : 5 February 2008

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  • Africa losing one in ten qualified nurses to developed countriesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    One in ten nurses born in Africa is working in a developed country, according to estimates based on census data from the top nine destinations for overseas health professionals.

  • Cosmetics pose ICU infection riskSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Bacteria living in moisturising body milk could cause life-threatening infections in ICU patients, warn researchers.

  • Drop in infection rate puts target in sightSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Trusts moved a step closer to meeting the government’s MRSA target last week, after figures from the Health Protection Agency revealed a significant drop in cases.

  • Equal pay case accuses AfC of inherent sexismSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    An equal pay case against the NHS this year could open the floodgates on thousands of similar claims from nurses.

  • Hot TopicSubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    ‘The important symbols of nursing have not been eradicated – they have changed’

  • Improving acute care of people with learning disabilitiesSubscription

    Clinical5 February, 2008

    This article reports on the development of a patient passport system for use by people with learning disabilities entering acute care settings. The passport contains information on patients’ individual needs to help hospital staff with the care planning process. The aim is to help patients take part in the decision-making process where possible, as required by the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and to improve their experience of acute care.  

  • Information vital in donor decisionSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    More effective communication between nurses and bereaved relatives could increase the number of organ donations, suggests a small UK study.

  • Listen up: A medic has much to learn from an HCASubscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    I have two lives. Each helps the other be more effective but it is not something I normally confess to.

  • More action required to cut alccohol-related death rateSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    New figures show that the UK’s alcohol-related death rate continues to rise, with men particularly at risk. Nerys Hairon reports on what nurses can do to tackle this problem

  • New unit reflects patients’ journeySubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    A new £33.5m medium-secure mental health unit is to open this month at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London.

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