Issue : 5 October 2010
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Most of us have probably noticed that the number of older patients being admitted with complex heath needs and a degree of cognitive impairment, such as dementia, is increasing. These patients are not being admitted just to elderly care units but across many different specialties.
CQC sets new nursing care standardsSubscription
Nurses working in care homes and the independent sector must meet tough new standards following an expansion to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection regime.
A training needs analysis identified a more positive approach to dementia patients was needed. This was addressed with interactive dementia awareness sessions.
A Cochrane review looked at international evidence on oral nutritional supplements for older people in institutional settings and at home
All schools of nursing must have a fitness to practice committee. The different procedures that apply to trainees compared with registered nurses are discussed
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.
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.
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.
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.