Issue : 5 October 2010
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Staff personal hygiene, outsourced cleaning contracts and not knowing where to complain are factors the public considers when asked to rate hospital cleanliness, research has found.
Seasonal flu jab to contain swine flu vaccineSubscription
The annual flu jab will this year protect against swine flu and will be offered to all pregnant women for the first time.
Long term illness focus halves emergency costsSubscription
Refocusing district nursing teams on older people with more than one long term condition can cut emergency bed day costs in half, a new study shows.
Nurse led projects were among the most effective in preventing older peoples’ emergency hospital admissions, research reveals.
NHS telephone service ‘dilutes’ nurse roleSubscription
The “significant dilution” of the role of trained nurses in the telephone service due to absorb NHS Direct has been laid bare in a parliamentary question.
Fewer than half of hospital trusts collect and report information on the number of times patients are transferred around hospital.
Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients are being moved from one hospital ward to another with no clinical justification and risking the spread of infection, evidence collected by Nursing Times suggests.
Nurses duck end of life care discussionsSubscription
It is nurses, not patients, who are reluctant to broach discussions about end of life care, a conference was told last week.
Handing the bulk of NHS commissioning powers to GPs could result in more specialist nurses being employed in the community, according to a doctor pioneering the policy.
A trust that has faced serious questions about care quality in the past year is focusing on monitoring and reducing transfers to improve safety.