Issue : 5 February 2008
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Part 1 of this two-part unit on pneumonia explored common signs and symptoms of the infection, and explained how nurses can identify those at high risk. This part looks at its nursing assessment and management.
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.
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
Online reports ‘improve’ care homesSubscription
Online report cards on nursing home performance could help improve patient care, a US study suggests.
Nurses can use a simple screening tool to identify children and adolescents at high risk from parents who misuse drugs, US nurse researchers say.
Nurse support key factor in quit ratesSubscription
Nurse-led smoking cessation support can significantly increase the chances of patients successfully quitting, according to a Cochrane Review.
Severe asthma is ‘different’Subscription
Patients with severe asthma may have a different form of the disease, according to research on more than 750 patients, half with severe and half with mild-to-moderate asthma.
Information vital in donor decisionSubscription
More effective communication between nurses and bereaved relatives could increase the number of organ donations, suggests a small UK study.
Cosmetics pose ICU infection riskSubscription
Bacteria living in moisturising body milk could cause life-threatening infections in ICU patients, warn researchers.
Will we ever see the end of mixed wards?Subscription
Ministers have admitted they are failing to meet a pledge to abolish mixed-sex wards, claiming single-sex bays will suffice. Richard Staines gauges reaction from the frontline
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.
Vacancies put Scottish care standards at riskSubscription
Increases in nurse numbers in Scotland are being outstripped by vacancy rates, leading to warnings that care standards are suffering as a result.
Psychiatric staffing levels ‘unsafe’Subscription
Nurse shortages and overcrowding in acute psychiatric units is having a ‘deleterious’ effect on the care of detained patients, a watchdog warned last week.
Suicides increase in prison systemSubscription
There was a significant rise in the prison suicide rate last year, despite improvements in custodial healthcare provision.
New unit reflects patients’ journeySubscription
A new £33.5m medium-secure mental health unit is to open this month at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London.
Trusts face infection litigationSubscription
Foundation trusts could be sued if they breach infection control regulations under new proposals issued by their regulatory body.
Drop in infection rate puts target in sightSubscription
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.
NI nurses receive new dress codeSubscription
Northern Ireland nurses will be given a new dress code in April as part of a £9m infection control strategy over the next three years.
Equal pay case accuses AfC of inherent sexismSubscription
An equal pay case against the NHS this year could open the floodgates on thousands of similar claims from nurses.